Day 01: Arrival In Paro
On arrival at Paro airport our representative will pick you up and drive to Thimphu (7700ft/2350m) is only 55 km long and easily negotiated in 1.5 hours. Your sightseeing in Thimphu includes a visit to Simtokha Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, Thimphu Dzong and Paper Factory.
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
Today drive further north of Thimphu to visit TANGO GOMPA, this is a 300m hike and takes around one hour. Although founded by Gyalwa Lhanangpa , it was further developed by Lama Drukpa Kinley in the 15th century. Nearby is the cave where Zhabdrung meditated and believing that his spiritual powers had helped repel the Tibetan invasion, this gompa was presented to him in appreciation. Desi Tenzin Rabgyel renovated and added to the structure in 1688, bringing it to its current magnificent form. It is now time to return to Thimphu for lunch after which you can take in some more attractions including a visit to Mini-Zoo, National Library and National Painting School. If you are in Thimphu over the weekend, try and visit the local open market with its vast array of fresh produce, handicrafts and other items.
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha
After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Punakha. En-route stop at Druk Wangyel Chorten, “Chortens of the victory of the Druk Gyalpo”. The top is unlike that of any other pass you will encounter. There are 109 chortens and the building of this chortens was initiated by Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. Beside these magnificent chortens in an amazing setting you will be able to sport some of the great Himalayan peaks. At your arrival I Punakha visit Chimi Lhakhang, it is a pleasant 30-40 minute walk from the road head, through cultivated fields and up a gentle slop. This lhakhang dates back to 1499 and was built by Lama Drukpa Kinley, when he visited this valley. Lama Drukpa Kinley is believed to have subdued the demoness residing at Dochu La with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’ and a wooden effigy of this is preserved within.
Day 04: Punakha Sightseeing
Today you will enjoy the wonderful hike in Punakha, drive further north of Punakha to visit Khamsum Yuely Namgyel, there is no temple in Bhutan built elaborately as this. This fascinating temple was built by the queen mother of the 5th Kingto bring universal peace in this world. The best of the spiritual art was painted on the inner walls. There are also paintings of Buddhist teacher and tutelary deities of the country. This is the great temple to study the symbolic meaning from frescoes and sculptures. CHORTEN NINGPO WALK, the walk to Chorten Ningpo passes through many tiny village. Many visitors love this walk in summer and in autumn. In summer the rice fields are lush and gardens are filled with multitude of vegetables and fruits. Likewise autumn enchants visitors with golden hue of ripen rice. In the evening visit Punakha Dzong, the dzong straddles the confluence of two rivers and resembles a giant battleship. This extremely impressive fortress was built as far back as 1937. It was the second of the mighty dzong built by Zhabdrung.
Day 05: Punakha – Trongsa
After your early breakfast drive to Trongsa, en-route stop at Chendebji Chorten with eyes painted on the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Zhida, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Arrival Trongsa visit Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and the second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. After the dzong visit Ta Dzong (watchtower) of Trongsa Dzong. It was built by Chhoje Minjur Tempa, the first governor of Trongsa in 1652. As of date the Ta Dzong of Trongsa is the most fascinating museum of the country.
Day 06: Trongsa – Bumthang
Today after your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Bumthang. Your sightseeing in Bumthang includes a visit to Jakar Dzong, Tamshing Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang, Thangbi Goemba, and Kencho Sum Lhakhang. In the evening stroll around Chamkhar town.
Day 07: Jambay Lhakhang Drub (Festival)
After your breakfast drive to Jambay Lhakhang and watch the Jambay Lhakhang Drub ‘Festival’. This is a great opportunity to mingle with the Bhutanese and to enjoy their happy company. Throughout the day there will be mask dance and the Buddhist ceremonies. People come from all around to attend and exchange gossip, look for marriage partner, pick up merit in the search of escaping the wheel of life or perhaps just to have thoroughly good time with the friends.
Day 08: Jambay Lhakhang Drub (Festival)
Today in the morning hour you will drive to Tang valley and explore the charming countryside. Later in the evening after your early dinner drive to Jambay Lhakhang to witness the necked mask dance. The festival of Jambay Lhakhang is well known because of this dance that performed at night. The highlight of the festival is the fire ritual that is held in the evening where crowds gather to witness the ritualistic naked dance.
Day 09: Bumthang - Phobjikha Valley
After your leisurely breakfast drive to Phobjikha valley, the winter homeland of black-necked crane migrates from the arid of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. In Gangtay you can either rest in the peaceful vicinity of the lodge, or there a plenty of local walks, including bird watching and a visit to Gangtay Gompa which overlooks the valley. The goemba is located on a tiny hilltop build in 17th century. Visit the Black Necked Crane Centre, though you might not be on a Crane season, you will get loads of information about the crane, even a short 3-4 minute documentary will be available regarding the Black Necked Crane.
Day 10: Phobjikha Sightseeing
Listed below are some of the optional hikes in Phobjikha, choose any two for your day program.
SHASILA NATURE HIKE: This beautiful hike starts from Gangtay and continues through Tokha village and slowly up words through Rhododendron forest. It continues across open meadow and bush bamboo towards the Shasi La Chorten. From here the trail continues downward through stunning old-growth Rhododendron forest all the way to Khelikha village.
LONGTEY HIKE (Lord of The Ring): If you are looking for a picturesque hike through some of the most beautiful part of Gangtay, this is the one.
TONGPHUSHING TRAIL: This is a beautiful leisurely walk through the pine forest, farmland and the villages. The hike starts from Gangtay and continues through Tokha village all the way to the Phobjikha valley. The walk provides insight into village life, farming and also offers great view of the Phobjikha Valley
Day 11: Phobjikha Valley – Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu and en-route visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, stretched along the hilltop above the confluence of Punatshangchhu and Dangchhu River. The imposing Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is the town’s most visible feature. During pre monarchy days, the governor of this dzong played an important role. So be the guest and enjoy the tour of the dzong. After your quick lunch in Wangdue drive to Thimphu and reaching Dochula Pass stop for short refreshment enjoying the panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range.
Day 12: Thimphu – Paro (Hike to Tiger’s Nest)
Early hotel check-out drive to Paro. Arrival Paro it is now time to embark on your somewhat arduous adventure for the day ascending the 3000ft cliff reach the most spectacularly located Gompa in all of Bhutan. According to the legend Guru Padmasambhava visited the site in 8th century flying from the East of the country on the back of a tigress. He meditated for three months in the cave dooming his terrifying form of Dorji Droloe subjugating the evil spirits. Today, Taktsang is more a holy place in the country. After the goemba return back the same trail to the parking lot. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the 7th century Kyichu lhakhang. As the name suggest, the temple is a reservoir of peace, where you will really feel peace here. Next to the temple is a house now turned into museum dedicated to the late Delgo Khyentse Rinpochhe.
Day 13: Board Your Flight
After your morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward destination. Your tour guide and driver will see you off at the airport.
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Single Individual: USD 3,260/-
Group of 02 Members: USD 3,120/- per person
Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,750/- per person
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• Arrival Refreshment
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• A small farewell gifts on the day of departure
• One time cultural program for group exceeding above 7 members
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Luxury Hotel & Resort Package
Escape to an oasis and savor a relaxing moments with choices of excellent luxurious accommodation and dining options and superb Bhutanese hospitality wherever you go. We have vast network of selected and preferred style of luxury hotels and resorts for the discerning travelers. Escape and enjoy special treatment the moment you walk through the door and enjoy that extra special touch.
Eco Friendly Deluxe Camping
Experience and immerse yourself in the great outdoors by staying and spending one –two nights with deluxe camping trip soaking deep into the heart of the most breath taking natural scenery with the sights and sounds of nature. Having your own dome tent set-up and relaxing yourself away from the crowded city. With numerous hiking options and exploring village farms, there is simply too many ways you can come close with nature in Bhutan.
Yoga & Meditation
Bhutan in the Himalaya is one of the most remote and secluded kingdom. It offers an ideal environment to enjoy an intoxicating yoga, meditation and other practices for inner wellbeing. As Buddha explained, human problem and suffering arise from confusion and negative states of mind and that can be removed by our positive state of mind. Unwind a daily yoga and meditation retreat and enjoy your Bhutan holiday with maximum day opportunity in exploring the charm of Bhutan.
White River Rafting
The glacier fed fast flowing untamed rivers of Bhutan provides one of a kind of adventure experience for travelers seeking water sports in an unspoiled and unexplored environment. Whether you are looking for easy rafts or large and powerful heave curved-out narrow valley rafts, we can arrange a rafting & kayaking trip for you regardless of age and experiences. Our scenic white river rafting and kayaking water sport are perfect for anyone looking for an ideal challenge for their trip in the pristine natural setting.
Hot Spring Therapy
There are numerous hot spring found in Bhutan and has been used by the Bhutanese people for centuries with a belief that water has miraculous healing power and medicinal properties to cure certain diseases. We see less tourist giving values in discovering the naturally hot spring, though it is common among the local people. Come and admire the natural splendor, dip into the pristine natural hot springs and enjoy the great countryside with scenic and beautiful hiking trails through rich forest with sights and sounds of nature.
Hot Stone Bath and Home Stay Program
Unwind the traditional practice of hot stone bath therapy by spending a night in a typical Bhutanese farmland. It is a ritual in itself and is one of the favorite activities for the local Bhutanese people as a method to overcome various complications and illnesses. Along with hot stone bath an overnight experience of home stay offers an opportunity to experience the complete lifestyle, culture and day-to-day activities of the host family. Visitors will enjoy home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.