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Day 01: Arrive at Paro- Discover Paro

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. On arrival in Paro Airport our representative will receive you and drive to Thimphu with sightseeing along the way.

Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong.

  • Visit “Paro Dzong” also known as Paro Rinpung Dzong means “the fortress of the heap of jewels”. This structure serves as the house for the district monastic body and government administrative office of Paro.
  • Visit Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong - for protection from invaders. Now, it is the National Museum of Bhutan and houses artifacts dating back to 4000 BCE.
  • Take a stroll through Paro town, a street of typical Bhutanese traditional buildings.
  • The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind and absorb the beauty of this isolated kingdom.

​​​​​​​Overnight at hotel in Paro

Day 02:  Paro – Punakha (71kms/5hours)

After a hearty breakfast, journey to the golden Punakha valley.

Stop at Tachhog Lhakhang (the Iron Chain Bridge), a temple located across the famous iron chain bridge built over the meandering Pa Chhu (Paro River). Devour yourself to the invigorating ambience of the cool-sweeping breeze and bright colored prayer flags. The whole set up a feast to the eye.

On the way break at Dochu La- Pass at 3,100 meters above the sea level. Sip a cup hot coffee at the Dochu La cafeteria while enjoying the mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. If  skies are  clear, the  high  Himalayan  peaks towards the north east  will  be  revealed  in all  their  glory. Take in the 108 stupas beautifully adorned on the pass with the blue sky back drop.

Continue towards Punakha- on arrival visit Chimi Lhakhang or popularly known as the Divine Mad Monk’s Temple.

Chimi Lhakhang: On arriving Punakha; walk along the path through the traditional houses of Sopsokha village amidst agricultural field of rice and mustard, leading to a hillock where the temple of the Divine Mad monk is located. Sopsokha village is a typical example of clustered settlement. You may witness unusual paintings of phallus on walls of the houses. The phallus paintings are traditionally believed to ward off evil influences and bad-mouth/gossips of others that bring bad luck.

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Over night at hotel in Punakha

Day 03: River rafting in the untamed Rivers of Punakha Valley

Elevation at Punakha: 1,200 meters.

Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: Drive further to take a small hike to Nyzergang to visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. We can begin the day with hike up through fields of rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The scene from the stupa is spectacular. The Stupa stands majestically on the high hill top of the Punakha Valley. This structure is a classic example of gorgeous traditional architecture. It was built by the Queen Mother for dispelling negative forces and to maintain peace and harmony in the country and for all the living beings. It is a moderate strenuous hike of about one hour from the car parking

Excite the trip up by venturing into the crystal clear rivers of Bhutan fed by the glacier of the eastern Himalayas in a rafting boat. Try out river rafting- which starts from, the bridge to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel and ends at Changyul village. The rafting stretches to 10 kilometers and about one and a half hour. The river maneuvers in a scenically beautiful environment offering lots of opportunity to see birds especially from the month of October to April. As you flow to the lower part of the valley you will have a fine 360 degree view around you.

Punakha Dzong is just as striking inside as outside and it is arguably the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Located magnificently between Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River) confluence, the intricate carving and amazing architecture of the Dzong is a great source of inspiration. This famous structure built in the 1637 has lot to tell about the historical background and various Tibetan invasion won from this strategically located Dzong. It also houses the kingdom’s most sacred relic the “Rangjung Karsa-pani”.

Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 04: Punakha- Thimphu (73kms/3hours)

Take a scenic drive back to Thimphu. On the way back you can drop by Royal Botanical Park, Lamperi

It is a breath taking 125 acres’ botanical garden with 46 species of rhododendron flower. The best time to visit this place will be between April and June. The park also has trekking routes. Stroll around the Baritsho (lake), tree house and camping space for visitors. The annual rhododendron festival is held here.

Upon arriving Thimphu, visit the Buddha Dordenma at Kuenselphodrang.

Capture the vibrant Buddha Dordema statue and the tranquil environment in the evening sunset. Apart from the serenity of the place the view of the Thimphu city from this mountain is gorgeous.

Visit ABC, the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar is a perfect place to buy authentic Bhutanese souvenirs to take back home.

Later in the evening take a stroll in Thimphu City: the Capital without traffic signal. You may drop by a café for a coffee or a light snacks on your own.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu

Day 05: Explore Thimphu valley

  • Visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum. Zorig Chusum means the Thirteen Arts and Crafts. You will come across students actively engaged in painting, embroidery, woodcraft, masonry, sculptor and carpentry.
  • National Folk Heritage Museum. It dedicates itself to connecting people with rich Bhutanese Folk Heritage & rural history through exhibition, demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of Bhutanese Rural life.
  • Visit Centenary Farmer’s Market. It is a market place where you can see the produce of Bhutan.
  • Visit National handicraft Emporium and Craft Bazaar, where you can buy authentic Bhutanese souvenirs.
  • Bhutan Post: Visit Bhutan Post and create your own stamp at the National Post Office.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu

Day 06: Tiger’s Nest Hike

We have saved the best for the last. Get your energy up at breakfast this morning and drive from Thimphu to Paro. Hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Venture through the pristine surrounding of the monastery resting on a cliff.

  • Hike up to Tiger’s Nest - one of Bhutan’s most revered pilgrim sites. Be rewarded to the overwhelming sight of the monastery perched on a cliff at 3,120 meters above the sea level and 900 meters above Paro valley.

Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months. He blessed and preached tantric Buddhism in Bhutan.

Overnight at hotel in Paro

Day 07: Departure

Our team will drop you to the airport and bid you farewell.

Read Customer Reviews

5.0 / 2 Reviews

Mihnea P
Hong Kong

Happiness is in our hearts 💕

Under auspicious Buddhist Gods we have visited such a beautiful and peaceful country. We were very impressed by Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang District and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro.
It was heart touching the festival in Tamshing Lhakhang where the actors wore a mask from 15 th century.
We visited Jakar Dzong, Burning Lake , Punakha Dzong, Taktsang Monastery, Paro Dzong, Thimphu Dzong ( where we saw the second festival) and many others Chorten.
Finally at Kichu Monastery we were blessed by his Holiness Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche.
All was possible because of Thinley, Phurba Tshering our guide and Rinchen our driver.
We hope our happiness will last our entire life.

 


Marie
Ireland

First class company with attention to detail

I was contact person for organising our trip. The company always gave clear and prompt response to all my ems. Flexible in package options and organised all the necessary documentation and flights, even sent us boarding passes for flights. Our guide Namgay was very informative, knowledgeable and helpful in every possible way. Our driver was very careful and both guide and driver were friendly and accommodating . Hotels were very good.
We visited lots of places and thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
Would recommend this company to anyone.