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Serene Bhutan - Rukha Tour

Package Duration
11 Days / 10 Nights
Destination Covered
Thimphu - Punakha

  • Day 1 : Paro-Thimphu

    Description :

    Paro-Thimphu: On a clear day, the flight to Paro
    is breathtaking, with views of major Himalayan
    peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu,
    and on the final approach Bhutan’s own snowy
    peaks, the sacred Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and
    Tserimgang. On arrival at Paro airport and after
    completion of airport formalities, you will
    be received by Atlas Tour and Travel’s representative
    and drive to Thimphu. Thimphu, perhaps
    the most unusual capital city in the world, is the
    seat of government. This bustling town is home to
    Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service, and foreign
    missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also
    the headquarters for a number of internationally
    funded development projects. After Lunch Visit
    following places
    -Memorial Chorten- built in the year 1974 in the
    memory of our third king of Bhutan, His Majesty
    Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
    -Buddha Point/ KuenselPhodang - Is the largest Buddha statue in the country, from there you can
    get a good view of the Thimphu valley.

    Day 2 : Thimphu

    Description :

    Thimphu - Whole day sightseeing: After breakfast
    visit the following places. .
    -Changangkha Lhakhang - it is right above Thimphu
    Valley, this temple and a monastic school was
    established in the 12th century on a site chosen by
    Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo.
    -Motithang Takin Preserve – houses the rare national
    animal of Bhutan. Takin is listed by international
    conservation agencies as a vulnerable species
    and it is a rare animal found only in Bhutan,
    Nepal and Burma.
    -Traditional Medicine Institute - In Bhutan, equal
    emphasis is given to both allopathic and traditional
    medicines. The rich herbal medicines made up
    from medicinal plants are prepared and dispensed
    -National Institute for Zorig Chusum – or the
    school of Arts and crafts is an institute where student
    undertake a six year course on the 13 tradi-
    Monks making incense at Phajoding in tional arts and crafts of Bhutan

    Day 3 : Thimphu-Wangdue Phodrang

    Description :

    Thimphu-Wangdue Phodrang: After breakfast
    drive through picturesque valleys and mountain
    slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages.
    From the Dochula pass, at over 10,000ft, vast
    panoramic views of the high snowcapped peaks
    of the Bhutanese Himalayas can be enjoyed on
    a clear day. Continue drive down into the Punakha
    valley. On the way visit Chhimi Lhakhang –
    This was founded in 15 Century by Lama Dukpa
    Kinley also known as divine mad man. It is half
    hour walk across a local village and rice field. After
    lunch visit Punakha Dzong- built in 1637 by
    Zhabdrung. It is one of the most beautiful Dzong
    in the country. Later walk around Punakha and
    Khuruthang town. Drive to Wangdue. Overnight
    at hotel.

    Day 4 : Wangdu Phodrang - Rukha

    Description :

    Wangdue Phodrang– Rukha: After breakfast
    drive toward south to Taksha. The trek starts after
    crossing suspension bridge. There our trekking
    staff will be waiting. Start hike uphill about half
    hour. Ride on power tiller about 3 km and again
    start to walk until lunch stop at Samthang(altitude
    860m) with 5 household. Lunch at farm house.
    After lunch continue trek for 1 hour to reach
    Mithana community school (altitude 986m) and
    is about 1 hour to reach Rukha and there are 22
    household (altitude 1391m) . The people are
    known as Olep and they are the original settlers
    of center Bhutan. They have their own unique dialect
    but is it unfortunately dying out as they are
    now being absorbed into the main stream Bhutanese
    society. At Rukha the farmers will happily
    welcome you into their homes. Overnight at farm

    Day 5 : Rukha

    Description :

    Rukha-Halt: After breakfast you can take part in
    game like archery, dart and javelin throw. After
    lunch explore the local farm houses and visit Penden
    Lhamo temple. In the evening witness the folk
    dances with bon fire. Overnight at farm house.

    Day 6 : Rukha-Wangdue Phodrang

    Description :

    After breakfast hike back to Taksha. Our vehicle
    will be waiting to drive you to Wangdue. Overnight
    at hotel.

    Day 7 : Wangdue Phodrang - Phobjikha

    Description :

    After breakfast, drive to Phobjikha- is a bowlshape
    valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain.
    After lunch visit Gantey Goenpa as it is a major
    attraction with an old monastery dating back
    to the 16 century. Later walk around the valley
    which is also the winter home to the rare blacknecked
    cranes, which migrate, from remote parts
    of Tibet, China and Siberia during winter to this
    valley. Overnight will be at hotel.

    Day 8 : Phobjikha - Paro

    Description :

    After breakfast, drive to Paro. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 9 : Paro - Excursion to Taktsang

    Description :

    After breakfast, drive for 20 minutes and start
    the hike, which is about 5 to 6 hours (round trip)
    The trail is along an ancient path marked by river
    powered prayer wheels.
    As you reach Taktshang you will be struck by the
    architectural wonder of this most pious Buddhist
    shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft
    on a cliff overlooking the valley, it would justifiably
    qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders. Tragically
    wrecked in a fire early in 1998, it has been rebuilt
    to its original glory. It is said that the legendary
    Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from
    Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons,
    who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in
    Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name, Taktshang,
    or the “Tiger’s Lair.” Walk back down. Overnight
    at hotel.

    Day 10 : Paro

    Description :

    After breakfast visit another symbolic structure,
    which is now in ruins, the Drugyel Dzong, or
    “”Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,” which was
    also built by the Shabdrung to commemorate
    Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans in the 16th and
    17th centuries.
    From here, the Jomolhari Peak (“Mountain of
    the Goddess”) can be seen on a clear day (Alt.
    7,329m/24,029ft.). Drive back and visit Kichu
    Lhakhang-one of the oldest and most sacred temple
    in the kingdom, dating back to the 7th century
    than visit Rinpung Dzong which houses the monastic
    school and the office of the civil administration
    and walk down passing close by crossing the
    Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge to Paro
    town. Strool around the town. Overnight at hotel

    Day 11 : Departure

    Description :

    After breakfast, drive to Paro international airport
    for your onward flight. The representative of Atlas
    Tour and Travel will see off and bid farewell

  • Other Benefits (On Arrival)
    Description :
    Thimphu : Buddha Point/ Kuensel Phodrang, Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong,
    Changangkha Lhakhang, Motithang Takin Preserve, Traditional Medicine Institute,
    Folk Heritage Museum, National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Dochula pass.
    Paro : Kyichu Lhakhang, Ta Dzong, National Museum, Rinpung Dzong, Taktsang
    (Tiger’s Lair), Drugyel Dzong
    Punakha :Chhimi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, Khuruthang town.
    Trongsa : Chendebji Chöten, Trongsa Dzong.
    Wangduephodrang : Phobjikha, Gantey Goenpa, Rukha

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Atlas Tour & Travel

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Mr Mr. Langa Dorji

Address :- P.O. Box 820, Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan - 820
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