This tour will take you to experience The Living Highlander culture of Bhutan lies in north of Bhutan far away from the modern towns.
6 Nights | 7 days
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Laya
Day 01: 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.
Today, the 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 02: Paro to Thimphu
Morning: Visit Paro weekend market where most of the farmers sell their vegetable
Drive 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 built
Visit Thimphu Trashichhodzong, the Central Secretariat of the Government
Thimphu Sightseeing: Visits to the Memorial Chorten where many locals come to Circumbulate the Stupa.
Day 03: Thimphu To 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 temple
Day 4: Thimphu to 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 Queen Mother. 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: visit Our 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 to Punakha Sightseeing
Morning relax at the farm and see how the farming and cooking is done spent the time with villager
After lunch : around Punakha to see the few places
Drive 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 06: Punakha To Phobjekha
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-hour Hike 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 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 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 preservation
Project, They have a nice display on community and RSPN working together to preserve the Crane.
Day 07: Phobjekha to Paro
Drive to Thimphu, re- crossing the Dochula Pass.
En route: Visit Semtokha Dzong oldest Dzong in Bhutan.
Afternoon : Zuri hike
It’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.
Evening relax at the hotel Overnight : Hotel
Day 08: Thimphu to Paro
Drive to Paro and hike to Taktsang . Today, 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
Evening: Drive to Paro town Overnight : Hotel
Day 09: Paro- Departure
We bid you farewell as you leave the Kingdom of Bhutan.
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