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Suitable Month Whole year round - High Season: March-May and September-November - Low Season: December-February and June-AugustFlight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us) Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants Hotel stay outside of Bhutan Expenditure of personal nature Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us) Tips for the guide and driver Language guide Alcoholic drink.
Day 1 : Arrive at Paro
The Flight to Paro gives you a breathtaking views of Major Himalaya peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, and Bhutan’s own snowy peaks, the sacred Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang on a clear day. 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.
As you exit Paro airport completing your arrival formalities, our team will warmly receive you by offering scarf and take you for a lunch. After Lunch, drive to Thimphu where you will
- Visit Buddha Dordenma Statue, this massive statue of Buddha Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley.
- Followed by a visit to Thimphu Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of our late 3rd king of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The Chorten holds a unique paintings and statues which provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy.
- And a walk around the capital city of Bhutan, the only capital in the world without traffic light. The walk gives you with an insight to the Bhutanese architectural design. Our team will then take you to your hotel where our dancer will be welcoming you with a traditional Yak welcome dances. You will then check in your room for a rest and dinner. (Overnight at Thimphu).
Day 2 : Thimphu Sightseeing,
- You will embark on a leisurely hour-long walk to the 18 Century Wangditse monastery, situated atop Thimphu. It is a nature walk and offers you with a spectacular view of the whole Thimphu valley and Trashi Choe Dzong below. On your way back from Wangditse, stop by the Motithang Takin Preserve to see the Takin, Bhutan’s National Animal. - Followed by a visit to Thimphu Changangkha Lhakhang, The fortress-like temple perched on a ridge above central Thimphu hums with pilgrim activity. It is traditionally popular among the parents with newborns. They come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin. You too can get an auspicious name for your children from this temple. Our team will then take you for a lunch
- Visit the Centennial Farmers Market, where the farmer from all the district of Bhutan come to sell their agriculture and farming products. You will get to see a variety of products available in Bhutan. - Followed by a visit to Folk Heritage Museum– A living museum of rural life which provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
- Evening with a visit to the massive Trashi Choe Dzong. This splendid Dzong, north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu, seems to fit seamlessly into the valley, lending the city both regal splendor and monastic weight. The Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth king in 2008 and hosts the country biggest annual festival known as Tsechu festivities. It hosts the Office of the King, Prime Minister, Some Ministry and religious body of Thimphu district. It is also a
summer residence of religious head, Jekhenpo. (Overnight at Thimphu).
Day 3 : Thimphu - Punakha
- You will then depart for Punakha, The Ethereal Ancient Capital. The drive will take about 3 hours. Enroute you will stop by the Dochula Pass (10,100feet). This pass is a popular location among visitors as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of Bhutanese Himalayan range. The view is especially scenic on clear day with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens gracing the mountain pass. Our team will stop there for you to take a photograph and explanation.
- Followed by drive through the countryside which affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdoms and visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Our team will then take you for a lunch at one of the finest restaurant in Punakha.
- Visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move En masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned.
- Followed by a walk to one of the Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge for you to have a heart pumping experience and the view of village nearby. (Overnight at Punakha)
Day 4 : Punakha - Gangtey - Phobjikha
- Our team will drive to Yabesa village from where you will hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten through rice fields. The nature walk to this Chorten offers you with a
magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and the valley below. The Chorten houses
paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.- Followed by a drive to Phobjikha Valley through the bustling market town of Wangdue Phodrang and up winding mountain road with mixed forests. You will have your lunch enroute. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau.
Upon Arrival in Gangtey
- Visit Gangtey Goempa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan that lies beautifully across Phobjikha Village and
- Then explore Phobjikha Valley with time to view the Black-Necked Cranes migration place. It’s quiet
and gives you a best time to rejuvenate and enjoy the environment and healthy air. (Overnight at Phobjikha).
Day 5 : Phobjikha - Paro
After breakfast, our team will drive you to Paro.
You will be having lunch at Thimphu.
- Enroute visit Tachog Lhakhang crossing one the iron bridge built by Thangtong Gyalpo. Thangtong Gyalpo is a popular figure in olden days for his iron built bridge across the country.
- Then drive to the hotel where the Happiness campfire awaits you. After a taking rest for a while, you will join the campfire in the Bhutanese attire to witness the traditional dances performed by our dancer. The traveler will also join the dance played on the Bhutanese Songs and music. You will then have your dinner at the hotel, where you will share your experience with us followed by dinner and rest for a next day hike. (Overnight at Paro)
Day 6 : Paro (Hike to Paro Taktshang),
- You will Hike to Taktsang Monastery. For those who cannot walk there is a services of ponies ride till the view point. You will have to pay few amount for the services. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists.
The great Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Refreshments and lunch will be arranged at Taktshang Cafeteria.
On the return drive to Paro,
- Visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo to subdue the demon that lay across the Himalayan region.
- Followed by a stone bath for relaxation after a long day walk and dinner at Eco lodge. (Overnight at Paro)
Day 7 : Departure
After Breakfast, Our team will drive to the Paro International Airport for your departure to your onward destinations.
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