This unique holiday package is customized to immerse you among the tranquil settings and rare flora and fauna of an explored and mystical country hidden in the folds of the eastern Himalayas. Natural landscape and beautiful scenery, awe-inspiring monasteries and stupas, spectacular mountain ranges and innocent happy people, Bhutan awaits to charm you in more ways than one! Welcome to a spree of explorations in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro, Bhutan’s finest tourist destinations and go back with fond life-long memories.
“Bhutan is a unique blend of the old and new. Here is a country that is slowly opening up to the modern world in a fine balance with its ancient traditions.”
- Hiking to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Visiting big fortresses and monasteries
- Visiting old and new capital cities
- Change in vegetation from sub tropical to alpine
- Visiting of farm houses
Day 01: Arrival to Paro and drive to Thimphu
During the journey, you will experience breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains.
Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, and completion of immigration formalities and collection of your baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan. The drive to Thimphu takes you along the Paro Chu (Chu means water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu, then turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. Check in at the hotel.
Next, visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third king of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the ZorigChusum( Painting School) where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. Traditional dinner at the Folk Heritage Museum.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu
Day 02: Explore Thimphu and drive to Punakha
In the morning, drive to Sangayjang (Thimphu view point) and visit the Takin Sanctuary (Takin is the national animal of Bhutan). Visit Tashichhodzong, the seat of the Royal Government since 1952 and presently housing the throne room of His Majesty the King and the secretariat. Tashichhodzong is also the home to the Central Monastic Body which is the apex organization of the country’s main spiritual order.
Before lunch, visit the Handicraft Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased.
After lunch, drive to Buddha point (Kuenselphodrang) and then off to Punakha. An hour’s drive will take you to Dochu La pass (10,350 ft/3150 m), from where you can experience panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. On the way, down the hill towards Punakha valley, you will also see lots of flora and fauna. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). Blessed with a temperate climate and fed by the Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) rivers, Punakha is the most fertile valley in the country. Overnight stay at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 03: Explore Punakha and drive to Paro
In the morning, mini hike/walk uphill (30-40 min) to KhamsumYeulingNamgyelChorten (stupa)PunakhaDzong. PunakhaDzong is placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. It was built in 1637 A.D. by ShabdrungNgagwangNamgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region.
Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been restored in recent years by the Royal Government. In the afternoon, on the way back to Paro, visit ChimmiLhakhang (temple of the Divine Madman). This visit includes a short narrow hike. The Divine Madman known as DrukpaKuenley came to Bhutan from Tibet in the 15th century to introduce the Drukpa Kagyupa sect of Buddhism and built this monastery. He spread the religion by the nature of sex and jokes which has made it so unique than others.
Overnight stay in Hotel in Paro
Day 04: Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
After breakfast, you will take a short drive to the base of Taktshang Monastery. The climb up to Taktshang will take around 3-4 hours. The trail climbs through beautiful fine forests, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop for a rest and light refreshments at the only cafeteria mid-way and then walk a short distance until we see Taktshang monastery.
The monastery was built in this holy place in 1684 A.D. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here in the form of DorjiDrolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in 747 A.D and mediated for 3 months. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m in to the valley below. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria and after lunch you will return to Hotel in Paro
Day 05: Depart Paro
After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will drop you at Paro International Airport for onward journey.
Tour Package includes:
- All transportation including pickups and Drops
- All accommodation
- All breakfast and dinner
- All sightseeing as per itinerary
- All immigration Formalities
- Mineral water throughout your tour
- All internal taxes
- Tourism sim card if required
- Experienced Driver
ENTRY AND EXIT POINT: Paro Airport
Note: You need to bring your passport or voter card.
Name of the airline: 1. DrukAir. www.drukair.bt (book ticket here) OR 2. Bhutan Airlines. www.bhutanairlines.bt (book ticket here)