- Private Vehicle / Flight
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Fly to Paro above the scenic Himalayan ranges down below. As you arrive in Paro airport, a representative of our company will pick you up and escort to your hotel for check in. Freshen up and enjoy your lunch for a sightseeing journey ahead. First of all, you will be escorted to Ta dzong museum, a treasure of many historical and religious antiques and art crafts. Next we head to Paro Rinpung dzong and then to Kichu Lhakhang. Kichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temple of Bhutan. Last we head to visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong, an old fortress and head towards Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan which is just two hours’ drive from Paro.
Early in the morning, we set off for a sightseeing tour around Thimpu city. You will be escorted to Pangri Zampa Monastery which is situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace, a beautiful palace 5kms from Thimphu. It was the first residential site of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal when he entered into Bhutan in 1616 A.D. Next we visit National Textile Museum where you can explore art of traditional weaving that is still preserved through exhibition. We also visit The Memorial Chorten, a memorial built in 1974 for the King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Later, we head towards radio tower for an incredible view of Thimphu Valley, Thimphu Dzong and a zoo which consists of Takin- the national animal of Bhutan. We further have lunch and head towards the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory which is followed by a visit to Tashichodzong, Simtokha Dzong and the Folk Heritage Museum.
Early in morning, after our breakfast, we leave Thimpu and drive towards Punakha for an adventurous journey ahead. The drive to Punakha is full of wonderful views. You will able to relish the spectacles of Himalayas on a clear day. On the way, we stop at Dochu La pass at an elevation of 3150 meters to visit a Druk Wangyal monastery, a beautiful monastery with gorgeous paintings reflecting the present monarchy and their visionary works till date. Leaving the pass, we descend down along a way full of rhododendron forests, fir and farmlands. As we stop for lunch at Lobesa, we hike up to Chim Lhakhang temple on the way. After this we drive continuously until we reach Punakha.
Punakha is a beautiful village that offers some stunning views of valleys and snowcapped mountains. Today, we spend our day exploring the village of Punakha. We set for a hike, cross a suspension bridge and walk along Mo Chu river on a well levelled path. About few hours of walk, we come across a local village where you can enjoy your lunch. We further walk to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten that lies on the upper Punakha valley. From up there, you can enjoy some magnificent views of snowcapped mountains and other stunning landscapes. In the evening, we return down to Punakha village and stay there for the night.
Day 5 Punakha to Bumthang
Today, we leave Punakha village and head towards Bumthang. Our route for the day is wonderful as we pass the Pele La pass at an elevation of 3300 meters with scenic landscapes all around. We stop at Trongsa for the lunch and visit a dzong nearby. The Trongsa dzong is a fine piece of Bhutanese architecture. Leaving Trongsa, we head towards Bumthang, another beautiful place with scenic lush valleys and hilly forests all around. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and stay at the hotel for rest of the time.
Today, we spend out day in Bumthang. At first, we visit Jakar Dzong. It is the administrative center of the Bumthang valley. Then we head to Jambay Lhakhang. It is one of the oldest monasteries that dates back to introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. After that, we head to Kurjey Lhakhnag. It is a sacred site where the great Guru Rinponche had left his bidy imprints while meditating in the cave. After visiting these places of importance, we hike to Thangbi valley to visit Thangbi Lhakhang. It was built in the 14th century. At last, we visit Tamshing Lhakhang which is an interesting place with many Buddhist paintings. After all these interesting visits in Bumthang, we return to our hotel for overnight stay.
Leaving Bumthang, we drive towards Punakha. We stop at Chendebji chorten for our lunch and visit this chorten that dates back to 18th century. After the visit, we continue our drive to Punakha through same lush and spectacular views of Himalayan terrain. We stop at Punakha and stay there for the night.
Early in the morning, we visit Punakha dzong and head towards Paro through Dochula pass. We stop at Thimpu for lunch and continue our ride to Paro. At Paro, you can visit Rrinpung dzong and Kichu Lhakhang if you weren’t able to visit it in earlier days of your trip due to time constraints. We stay at a hotel Paro for the night.
Today is an exciting day as we will visit the famous – Tiger’s Nest monastery in Paro. It is a beautiful monastery perched on the top of a cliff, in a dramatic location. We should hike up to the monastery for one to one and half hours until we reach the monastery. From the cliff, you can get some spectacular views of Paro city as well. The monastery lies on the place where the great Guru Rinpoche had flown in the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave. After visiting the monastery, you will be escorted to some important visiting sites in Paro if you weren’t able to visit it in day 1 due to time constraints. You can then enjoy rest of the time on your own.
- Airport pick up and drop
- All the ground transportation during the trip
- Experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide
- Necessary travel permits, entry fees to different sites during sightseeing tour
- Accommodation in a three-star category hotel as approved by the Bhutanese government.
- Three board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
- Applicable government taxes and service charges
- Surcharges to be paid to government for travelling solo or in group
Price Not Include
- International flight fares
- Personal refreshment expenses like soft drinks, hard drinks, mineral bottled water, etc.
- Personal Utility expenses like telephone, internet, laundry, etc.
- Travel insurance
- Tips for support crew members
- Airport taxes