Rivers, Dzongs & Lakhangs

Package Details :

The itinerary varies slightly year to year depending on local festivals, water flow, and river access. This itinerary is typical, but may deviate slightly in order to give you the best possible trip

Quick Bhutanese translations : Chhu = river, La = pass, Dzong = monastery/fortress, Lhakhang = monastery and Stupa/Chorten = shrine

Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days

Destination Covered : Paro - Thimphu - Dochu La.

Day 01 : Fly to Paro :-

Fly into Paro and experience the majestic views of the eastern Himalayas as you descend into the narrow Paro Valley.

Paro Airport with the Paro Dzong in the background

Meet your guides outside the airport, check-in to the hotel, and have lunch. That afternoon, visit the National Museum and the Rinpung Dzong before a welcome dinner.

The Places you can visit are :

1. Rinpung Dzong (Fortress of the heap of jewels) : was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1644AD. It is the administrative seat of Paro District. The annual Paro festival is held here.

  • Rinpung Dzong, Paro
  • Ta Dzong (National Museum)

2. Ta Dzong : It was built as a watchtower. It was converted into a national museum in 1968. You can witness finest specimen of Bhutanese art, masterpieces of bronze statues and paintings

Day 02 : Thimphu :-

Next Day you will be transferred to Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu you can visit :

Tachog Lhakhang : is located on the way to Thimphu from Paro. One need to cross the iron bridge in order to get to this lhakhang. The iron bridge was constructed by Drupthop Thangtong Gyalpo. It is amazing to note that iron bridge chain bridge was constructed on 13th century and it is durable and strong.

It is a fun crossing the bridge

Thimphu (Altitude: 1,800 - 5,400m approx.) Thimphu, the capital city, is a bustling town on the banks of the river Wang Chhu. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government and to several foreign missions and development projects.

The shape of the valley is likened to that of deep skull with a winding crystal river that descends into Thimphu valley from the high mountain above. It is said that eight auspicious sign can be witnessed in the features of the valley.

Places To Visit At Thimphu :

1. Tashichho Dzong : The “Fortress of the glorious religion” houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, government offices and the central monk body.

Tashichho Dzong

2. Memorial Chorten : This stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk by his mother.

Memorial Chorten

3. Kuenselphodrang (Buddha Point) : The Buddha Dordenma Statue which is 169ft is the world’s tallest Buddha statue and it is located about 6kms from Thimphu city.

Buddha Point

Day 03 :Drive over Dochu La, Temple of the Divine Madman :-

Spend the morning enjoying Thimphu, then travel by bus over Dochu La (10,300 feet) and into the Punakha Valley with a couple of interesting stops at sites along the way.

Monks at the Temple of the Divine Madman

We hike through lush rice fields to the Temple of the Divine Madman, built in 1499, and decorated with giant phalluses to honor a local folk hero Drukpa Kunley. Here you can participate in a fertility ceremony, if you'd like.
Night at hotel ((Kichu Resorts/Dragon Nest/similar))

Day 04 : Raft the Mo Chhu, Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten :-

In the morning, hike past rice fields to a beautiful, but remote chorten overlooking the Mo Chuu. Often overlooked by most tourists, it was built to promote world peace, stability, and harmony.

Entering the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten

That afternoon, raft the Mo Chhu down to the Punakha Dzong and reach the confluence with the Pho Chhu (Father River).
Night at hotel ((Kichu Resorts/Dragon Nest/similar))

Day 05 : Raft the Pho Chhu, Visit Punakha Dzong :-

Choose to hike or bike across a long suspension bridge to the Pho Chhu, then paddle the class II/III emerald green water from the glacial lakes that feed the Pho Chhu. We take-out at the confluence with the Mo Chhu, and enjoy lunch with stunning views before a tour of the Punakha Dzong.

Rafting near the Punakha Dzong in Bhutan

The Punakha Dzong is a fortress that was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637-38. The Je Khenpo (the religious head of Bhutan) spends his winters here. It is one of Bhutan's most attractive landmarks and has survived 6 fires, 2 glacial lake outbursts, and 1 massive earthquake. It was built at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Pho Chhu, which is considered an auspicious location. The Punakha Dzong was the site of the coronation of Sir Ugen Wangchuck as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan in 1907. More recently, the coronation of His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the 5th King of Bhutan, was held here on October 31, 2008.
Night at hotel ((Kichu Resorts/Dragon Nest/similar))

Day 06 : Back to Paro :-

Travel by van back to Thimphu . After Lunnch we can visit Changangkha Lhakhang and Folk Heritage Museum

In the evening we will have plenty of time for shopping, sightseeing, and rest.

Night at Hotel (Hotel Pedling/similiar)

Day 07 : Hike to Taktsang (the Tiger's Nest) :-

Today we hike up to the Taktsang. It takes about 2 hours to reach the view point and another 20 minutes to the monastery, but with stellar views and fantastic photo opportunities, it is well worth the effort.

Taktsang is probably the most recognizable site in Bhutan. It is perched precariously on a cliff-face over 3,000 feet above the Paro valley. Mythology says that Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a flying tigress, which was actually one of his consorts in disguise, and landed here in the 8th century. The guru meditated in caves on the cliff and would eventually introduce Buddhism to Bhutan

Head back to Paro and enjoy a farewell dinner on our last night in Bhutan. Night at Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 08 : Fly from Paro to Bangkok :-

Fly from Paro to Bangkok