Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days

Cost: 250$ Per Person Per Night

 

With mid-March until June forecasting the best weather with a maximum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 15 degrees, the pleasant weather gives birth to varieties of rhododendrons at mountain passes, which includes Dochula (3150m) and Chelela (3850) pass. The tour package takes you from the ancient historic monasteries, fortress, rivers, valleys, traditional arts and crafts, textile, to the breath-taking surrounding accompanied by scenic beauty in the highlands of Himalayas.

  • Best time to travel: Mid-March-June
  • Weather condition: Pleasant (15°C – 27°C)
  • Highest Altitude to be travelled: 3850 metres.
  • Dzongkhag Coverage: 3 (Paro, Punakha, & Thimphu)

Day 1:  Arrive Paro Airport – Drive to Thimphu (65km/h)

With your flight bringing you to the Paro International Airport, you will be received by our guide. The guide will escort you to the capital city of Bhutan that is Thimphu. On arrival, you will be checked in at your hotel followed by refreshment and oriental talk on Bhutan. Depending on your schedule, if time permits, the guide will walk you through the city exploring the traditional texture and the market products, and to immerse into the evening air.

Overnight: Hotel Termalinca or similar.

 

Day 2:  Thimphu City Tour

After your breakfast you will be visiting the following attracting in the Thimphu city:

  1. National Memorial Chorten: Memorial Chorten which was built on July 28, 1974, in the memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck is now presently seen to be visited by numbers of old aged people and portion of citizen scatter in Thimphu city. The stupa is a large white structure crowned with a golden spire. Serving as one of the most iconic monument, the historic figure is known for leading peoples to gain merit and is dedicated to world peace. Various rituals are performed on important occasions depending on the Buddhist calendar.
  2. Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Dordenma Point): The Buddha Dordenma statue is located at the Kuensel Phodrang Natural Park. The statue of Buddha Shakyamuni measures to a height of 51.5 metres, marking it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is said to fulfil an ancient prophecy dated back to 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Discoverer). The statue is said to spread an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. The statue of Buddha as a whole holds 125,000 smaller Buddha statues placed within the great statue.
  3. Tashichhodzong: The national fortress was constructed in 1641 and was restored by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1960s. It serves as the seat for the government since 1952. It presently houses the office of His Majesty, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. The fortress is built by the bank of Wang Chhu river and the entire structure is surrounded by a beautiful garden. The Dzong is showcased with a spectacular view at night.Overnight in Thimphu: Hotel

 

Day 3:  Thimphu / Punakha (75 Km | 3 Hours)

With an early breakfast over arising, you will be travelling to Punakha. It involves crossing Dochula Pass with is at an altitude of 3150 meters above the sea level. The car will stop by at Dochula Pass, for a walk around the Druk Wangyel Chortens built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother for the peace and stability of the kingdom.  From the stop point, depending on the weather condition a spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen. Heading down from the pass, the road brings you to the Lamperlri Botanical Park where varieties of rhododendrons plants can be seen. Upon arriving at Lobesa, the lunchtime will be enjoyed over the scenic beauty of Sop Sokha village. Right after the meal, you will be visiting the following attraction in Punakha:

  1. Chimi Lhakhang: It is a Buddhist monastery in Punakha District. It was built on 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarchy, Nawang Choegyel. It is also known for the name “The Temple of Fertility”. It includes walking through the paddy field, to the rocky mountain where the temple is built. It is also termed after the Devine Mad-Man, Drukpa Kuenley. Drukpa Kuenley was a famous teacher who is mostly associated with the phallus symbol.
  2. Punakha Dzongkha: Standing at an elevation of 1200 metres Punakha dzong served as a capital of Bhutan from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted in the Punakha fortress in 1953. It is the second largest dzong in the country lies in between two flowing river Pho chhu and Mo chhu. The fortress marks the wedding of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema dated on October 13, 2011. The Dzong also contains the remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (the unifier of Bhutan).

Overnight at Hotel in Punakha.

 

Day 4:  Punakha Sight Seeing

After breakfast you will be visiting:

  1. Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery: The nunnery also serves as the temple to the local people in the village. It is a double storied structure, the temple was consecrated by His Holiness the Je Khenpo. The temple houses a statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig Chagtong Chetong) which heights to 14-foot tall, a statue of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of Longevity). It also houses the nunnery complex which consists of 70 rooms. The nunnery complex was initially started with 41 nuns. The Nunnery complex is known also for its meditation and the higher learning centre. For the nuns apart from religious training, they are also taught tailoring, embroidery, statue making and thanka paintings.

 

  1. Talo Goenpa: It was previously a private temple for the family of Her Majesty the queen mother. It stands on the mountain ridge, high up in the valley of Punakha. The monastery was founded in 1767 and it serves as a monastic school with more than 105 monks with age ranging from 7 to 26. The monks grow up to perform religious ceremonies, while engraved with enormous skills in the spiritual world of the Buddhist teaching.

After the afternoon meal, you will be heading for rafting in Pho chhu river which will be led by kayaking guide. The rafting ride starts from Samdhingkha which is about 17 kilometres north or Pho chhu river and ends at Damchen. 

Overnight at Hotel in Punakha.

 

Day 5:  Punakha to Thimphu (75 Km | 3hr)

On the 5th day you will be driving back to Thimphu after the breakfast. While in the drive back you will enjoy the breath taking view of the traditional village scattered over the paddy field. You will be stopping at Lampelri Botanical Park. The flora and fauna beautifies the entire park. With continued drive, you will be served with the lunch back in Thimphu. After the meal you will be exploring more of the Thimphu city over a leisure walk. With the day ending you will be taken to the local restaurant to enjoy the ethnic taste of food in Bhutan.

Overnight at a Hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 6: Thimphu to Paro (65 Km | 1hr)

You will be leaving to Paro right after breakfast. With the smooth drive to Paro, the journey will be accompanied by scenic beauty, with local temples over or below the highway. On arrival at Paro, you will be checked into the hotel followed by warm refreshments. In the afternoon you will be visiting:

Kitchu Lhakhang:  The temple is one of the oldest in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gompo. The temple is believed to hold many spiritual treasures. The temple is known to be a part of a network of 12 temples arranged around Jo-khang temple at Lhasa.

Rinpung Dzong: The fortress is a Buddhist Monastery and houses many offices of the higher government officials in Paro. The site is listed as the tentative list for travellers in Bhutan by UNESCO. The Dzong is also known for the film Little Buddha in 1993. The annual ritual of the western region is performed in the fortress known as Tshechu.

Overnight at hotel in Paro.

 

Day 7:  Hike to Taktsang Monastery.

After the breakfast, the driver will take you to Ramthangka base, after which the guide will lead you to Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is also known as the Tiger’s nest. It takes 45 minutes to arrive at the tea house which is halfway to the destination. With another hour of hike, you will be reaching to the temple.

Note: There is an option for horse ride till the tea house for the individuals facing difficulty to walk.

Upon reaching the higher elevation, you will get the spectacular view of the monastery built right on the cliff. It is said that a trip to Bhutan is never completed until the site is visited. The tiger’s nest, the air itself is known for spiritual blessing while it also provides a dramatic landscape for photographer and vloggers. The trip takes about 5 hours. Right after the visit, you will walk down to the tea house for a complete vegetarian lunch. After lunch, you will walk down to the base and drive to the hotel with a refreshing dinner.

Overnight at hotel in Paro.

 

Day 8:  Departure

You will be leaving the country on this day. After the last breakfast in Bhutan, the guide and the driver will drive you to the Airport and see you off J.

 

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