|Trip Style||:||Cultural Tour|
|Trip Rating by Popularity||:||*****|
|Tariff / rate||:||$ 1,500 / – per Pax|
|Discounts||:||Applicable on this trip|
|Group Size||:||Maximum 16 Pax / Minimum 4 Pax|
|Group Leader||:||A Certified Tour Guide|
|Transport||:||Quality and appropriate transportation will be made available.|
This trip is mainly designed for our guest from South East Countries such as; China and Thailand, lesser time to spend and yet wanting a fair share of Bhutan.
In cases, where our guests would like to combine their holiday trip to Bhutan with neighbouring countries like Nepal, India and Thailand, we take this as an opportunity not only to help our partners in arranging such trip but also as an occasion to present our culture, tradition and our hospitality to the extent possible within a short span of time.
Whether you enjoy a stroll in the Country, or climb to breathtaking Tiger’s Nest, see living culture of the people in their traditional costumes or the enchanting folklore and history– the package ushers the guest to experience the main attractions of western Bhutan and will leave you with an lasting feeling of mysticism and contemplation.
Arrive Paro and Drive to Thimphu, (60 km, 1 hour)
On arrival to Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your personal Bhutanese guide and driver. They will escort you to your car and drive to Thimphu, Capital of Bhutan. After check in to your room in hotel , lunch will be served at dinning room.
After lunch visit Memorial Chorten, a beautiful stupa like temple, where senior bhutanese citizens come to pray. Kuensel Phodrang has enormous statue of Buhhda that has panoramic view of Thimphu city below.
you can visit Post office in center of Town and buy a postage stamp with your own pictures on it and post it to your friends.
Along with your guide visit Trashichhodzong, fortress which also houses monk body in summer, administrative office and also has throne room of the present King.
Dinner and overnight in Thimphu Hotel.
Breakfast in morning and visit to Changangkha monastery. The 800 years old temple houses the Buddha of compassion, Chenrizeg ( Avaloktesvara ) . Childrens born in Thimphu valley are brought here for blessings.
Takin is national animal of Bhutan. Their Natural Habitat is above 3000 meters. You can visit Takin Reserve Centre in Mothithang and see live Takin. Folk Heritage museum is worth a visit. Your guide will explain the traditions as you visit inside the traditional house converted to Museum. Zorig Chusum, 13 arts and crafts school is situated just behind the Museum and your guide will take you inside the class room where students learn the traditional skills. Textile Museum is situated below Main Street in town. your guide will escort you there.
Vegetable market is also worth a visit to see the kinds of organic vegetables and other food stuffs consumed in the Himalayas. Archery is national sport of Bhutan and you will easily come across a match happening around Thimphu Valley.
Evening stroll around Thimphu town, if you like. Dinner in Restaurant in town and overnight at Thimphu Hotel.
Early breakfast and drive to Dochu-La Pass ( 10,000 meters ) . A short break here is worth viewing the Range of snow covered peaks along with the highest unclimbed mountain in world, Mt.Gangkar Phuensum, 7,570 meters.
108 beautiful stupas were built here and is auspicious . After your coffee break drive down to Wangdue valley for lunch at local restaurant. From here the drive leads upwards until the picturesque glacial valley of Phobjikha opens up in front of your car. This valley is protected area for rare and endangered black-neck cranes that migrate here in winter from the Tibetan Plateau.
Your guide will take you for a wonderful short hike before or after you check into your room in guest House. A centre for protection of black necked cranes will be open for tourists visitation.
On the ridge of this valley, there is a Monastery, Gangtey Gomba. This is the only Nyimapa sect of bhuddist institution built in western part of Bhutan. The reincarnation of great-grandson of Terton Pema Lingpa still resides in this monastery. Your guide will explain and escort you inside the temple.
Dinner and overnight at Gangtey Guest House.
Day 4 : Punakha sightseeing
Mornings in Phobjikha valley will greet you with pristine fresh air and mists still lingering on over edge of valley.
Breakfast and drive to Punakha. The old capital and winter residence for the monk body, Punakha has warm temperature and rice is grown here in abundance. Punakha is known for many things but imposing Dzong ( fortress ) of Punakha stands out. Bhutans finest in architecture and many battles with Tibetan and Mongolian invaders , the final resting place for the founder of Bhutan, Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong ( the Palace of great happiness or Bliss ) lies between two rivers, male river and female river.
Chimmil lhakhang ( temple of divine madman ) lies on the way. You will take short hike across paddy fileds and visit inside the temple. Childless couples visit Chhimi lhakhang for blessings. Paintings of Phallus symbols on walls of houses are attributed to lama Drukpa Kuenley ( Divine Madman ). After lunch on the way back at the cafeteria, drive straight to Punakha Dzong. After cossing the beautiful cantilever bridge you will enter the giant fortress as your guide will explain in details about its history.
Check in to Punakha Hotel and if time permits, drive up to Talo Gomba or to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
Dinner and overnight in Punakha Hotel.
Day 5 : Paro Sightseeing
Breakfast and drive to Paro. After crossing Dochula Pass, visit Simtokha Dzong, first fortress built in 1629. It now functions as institute for cultural language and has beautiful interior of old statues and paintings.
In Paro visit national Museum, a little lower lies enormous Paro Rimpung Dzong. Built in 17th century on a strategic location, Rimpung Dzong defended the Valley from invaders.
From here walk down to river and cross cantilever bridge to your waiting car. Visit Dumtse Lhakhang with very old paintings inside its dark corridor. Further up lies Kyichu Temple. Built in 7th century by Tibetan King Tsongtsen Gompo in order to subdue evil ogress that was terrorizing Himalayan regions.
Drugyel Dzong lies at the end of Paro valley. This fortress was originally built protect this route from possible Tibetan raids. It got burned down in 1951 and laid in ruins for many years.
Dinner in local restaurant in Paro Town and overnight at hotel.
Day 6 : Hike to Paro Taktsang
Early morning Hike to Paro Taktsang ( Tigers Nest ) . Built on sheer cliff, 900 meters above, Taktsang is sacred pilgrimage site to all Bhutanese. In 8th century, Guru Rimpoche ( Guru Padmasambhava ) is said to have flown here on back of tigress and meditated for 3 years. A pony can be hired, if necessary, till the cafeteria from where you will have to walk up again. Lunch at cafeteria and walk down to your car.
If time permits drive up to Chelela Pass, 3880 meters above. It has scenic beauty with Ha valley on the other side. Mt. jhomolhari 7,326 meters, Bhutans sacred mountain and second highest is visible along with blooming blue poppy ( national flower of Bhutan ) on right season.
Hot Stone Bath can be arranged on request.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast your guide and driver will reach you to Paro International Airport and assist you to board the plane.
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