Journey to Bhutan

Well -Come to Bhutan to experience the breathtaking natural beauty and spiritual power of this magical Himalayan Kingdom.

Duration

8 Nights | 9 days

Perfect Season

All season

Destinations

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Laya

Walking hours per day

5 to 6

Level of Difficulty

Medium

Start Point

Gasa

End Point

Gasa Hot spring

The Highest Altitude

4458 m

  • OVERVIEW
  • TOUR INCLUDES
  • TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • TOUR PLACES
OVERVIEW
Tour Begins
Day 1

Paro

Your introduction to our enchanting kingdom begins on a flight over the Himalayas into the lush green valley of Paro; truly one of the world’s most spectacular sights. Flying into Paro, Bhutan is a unique experience altogether. On your flight BY Druk Air during your flight, You will view the world’s highest, most majestic peaks and enjoy the view of the approaching valley with its primeval alpine forest, monasteries, temples and farmhouse nestled in splendid mountain isolation. On arrival to Paro you will be received by our representative, the tour guide, and driven to hotel, After Lunch On arrival to Paro

visit : National Museum : National Musuem( TaDzong) This is once the Watch Tower for the RinpungDzong. It was converted into a NationalMuseum in 1968. It has many national treasures and a visit to the Museum will provide an excellent introduction to Bhutan and its history. The Ta Dzong stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro Valley.Paro Dzong: A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guard houses, to the dzong.

Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the country. The Dzong was built in 1645 A. D. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple one of the oldest built in Bhutan by Tibetan king Tsongtsen Gonpo, and it houses the Jo Jampa future Buddha and the Guru Lhakhang with ancient painting. Overnight : Hotel

Day 2

Paro- Thimphu

Morning: Visit Paro weekend market where most of the farmers sell their vegetableDrive to Thimphu, the capital city, in the next one-hour Drive From Paro to Thimphu takes about an hour follows the Paro river till its confluence with the Thimphu river from which point you will take the road along the Thimphu river valley till the capital city of Thimphu.

After Lunch : Overlooking the valley. En route visit the 14th century Temple and the Iron bridge. Visit Kuenselphodrang where the world’s biggest Buddha statue is builtVisit Thimphu Trashichhodzong, the Central Secretariat of the GovernmentThimphu Sightseeing: Visits to the Memorial Chorten where many locals come to Circumbulate the Stupa. Overnight Hotel

Day 3

Thimphu Sightseeing

The Arts and Craft school (Zorig Chusum)Visit the Indigenous hospital, Traditional Medicine Centre which includes a herbal medicine.

Drive 30 minutes to Dodena to where you can see view of Cheri Monastery was built in 1620 present the monastery is one of the main retreat centers and a popular pilgrimage site in the country. You can also see the beautiful painting of Guru on the rock.

You can also visit Guru Temple on the way.

Picnic lunch will be served near the river bank after you cross a traditional covered wooden Afternoon: Visit the Pangri Zampa Astrological collage

Visit: Tara templeEvening: Dinner at the local Bhutanese restaurant

Day 4

Thimphu to Wangdiphodrang via Punakha

Drive to Punakha stop at the Dochu- la pass (3150mrs). The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimphu to Punakha where 108 memorial Chortens or stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest QueenMother.

En- route to Punakha. Short hike to Chimilhakhang, taking you across rice paddies to the Temple of Fertility at Lobesa, dedicated to the 15th century Buddhist master and iconoclast Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the Divine Madman. Today, the temple is frequented by barren couples to receive the blessings of fertility from a 15th century wooden phallus

After Lunch at local restaurant: visitOur most significant visit today is Punakha Dzong, a magnificent castle-fortress that served as the old capital of Bhutan. It is considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 on the confluence of the Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river) this fortress monastery is the preserve of Bhutan’s most precious religious relics and treasures. It is in this monument that the Kiings of Bhutan are crowned and the head of Buddhism in Bhutan (Chief Abbot) winter resident

Day 5

Punakha Sightseeing

Morning relax at the farm and see how the farming and cooking is done spent the time with the villager.

After lunch : around Punakha to see the few placesDrive till the base Khamsum Yulley Namgyal valley and hike for one and half hours. Sangchhen Dorji lhendrub Nunnery – Perched on a hilltop

Overlooking the beautiful Punakha and Wangduephodrang valley. A Buddhist nunnery monastery.


Day 6

Punakha to Phobjikha

Drive to Phobjekha takes about 2 hours through village of Nobding divert onto, crossing over the Gangtey Pass (3140 m), and then drop into the Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the periphery of the northwestern tip of the Black Mountain National Park. The valley is a conservation area and lies on the northern boundary of the Jowo Durshing range.

The Phobjikha Valley is one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes (grus nigri collies.) Each year in winter the birds migrate from Tibet and Siberia. People sometimes refer to the entire region as Gangtey after the name of the Gangtey Goenpa that is situated on a ridge overlooking the Phobjikha valley.

According to legend the Gangtey Goenpa was founded by the grandson (the mind incarnation) of Pema Lingpa Gyalse Pema Thinley in 1613 now it is the seat of Gangtey truelku one of the incarnation of Pema lingpa which was renovated quite recently. This monastery has one of the most elaborate and beautiful carvings and paintings in the country.

Visit the Gangtey Goempa spent the time meditating inside the temple.Phobjekha Nature Hike takes about less than one hourHike starts below Gangtey Gompa near Mani wall chorten, first part of the walk is downhill for about 20 minutes to the Semchubara village, which has about 8 households. From the Semchobara village the trail winds through the pine forest with the view of the main Phobjekha valley where the Crane feeds in winter.

After hiking 30 minute you reach Khewa village located in the middle of the Potato fields and Meadow Visit the Khewa farm house for a cup of tea From Khewa village the trail leads through open meadows to the Khewa Lhakhang built in 14th century by the Tulku Tshering Penjor re incarnation of Saints Khuenkhen Longchen Rabjampa . Inside the Temple there are three big Bhudha of past present and future. Temple now houses about 25 young monks in Khewa temple

Visit Crane information’s centre to see the Crane preservationProject, They have a nice display on community and RSPN working together to preserve the Crane.

Day 7

Phobjekha to Paro

Drive to Thimphu, re- crossing the Dochula Pass. En route: Visit Semtokha Dzong oldest Dzong in Bhutan.

Afternoon : Zuri hikeIt’s a very beautiful easy hike starting from the gate of hotel Uma and taking you to Zuri temple through the pine forest and finally ending at the National museum of Bhutan.

On this hike route between zuri and museum you have the best aerial view of Paro valley with the Dzong of Paro. It takes around 2 hrs of walking with some gradual climb and descends.

Day 8

Paro

Drive to Paro and hike to Taktsang.

We go to a place that has become a must for every visitor to Bhutan – the hike up to the “Tiger’s Nest” or Taktshang monastery. This religious edifice, about 800 meters above the Paro valley floor, is built on a dizzying ledge of a gigantic granite cliff that hangs on a mountainside. Buddhists consider the place so holy that to visit it once in a lifetime is considered a must.

As to how it could have been constructed in the 17th century remains a mystery; a story has it that celestial nymphs (Khandromas) aided in its construction. It was here that Padmasambhava, an eighth century master who is considered to be the second Buddha in the Himalayan Buddhist world, mediated and concealed religious teachings for the future generations.

After Taktshang visit, we stop for lunch at a cafeteria en- route, and then descending to base

Day 9

Departure

We bid you farewell as you leave the Kingdom of Bhutan.

TOUR INCLUDES

Hotels

Meals

Lunch at the Home stay

Transportation

Tour Guide

High lender village tour

Government Royalties and Taxes- visa

Monument fees

Mineral Water

Experienced Driver

1-hour chopper rides

Nomad dance Performance Show

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

1-hour chopper ride greeted full of mountain views to the village of Laya

Nomad dance Performance by the Layap

Laya village tour

Lunch at the village Home stay.

TOUR PLACES

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Mercury Bhutan Travels

Dungkar Lam, Motithang

Thimphu, Bhutan

+975 2 335305

+975 2 339841