Incredible Culture of Bhutan

It was known as Druk Yul or The Land of the Drukpas sometime in the 17th century

It was known as Druk Yul or The Land of the Drukpas sometime in the 17th century. The name refers to the Drukpa sect of Buddhism that has been the dominant religion in the region since that period.

 

Bhutan was originally known by many names including Lho Jong, ‘The Valleys of the South’, Lho Mon Kha Shi, ‘The Southern Mon Country of Four Approaches’, Lho Jong Men Jong, ‘The Southern Valleys of Medicinal Herbs and Lho Mon Tsenden Jong, ‘The Southern Mon Valleys where Sandlewood Grows’. Mon was a term used by the Tibetans to refer to Mongoloid, non-Buddhist peoples that populated the Southern Himalayas. The national language is Dzongkha, the native language of the Ngalops of western Bhutan. Dzongkha literally means the language spoken in the Dzongs, massive fortresses that serve as the administrative centers and monasteries. Two other major languages are the Tshanglakha and the Lhotshamkha. Tshanglakha is the native language of the Tshanglas of eastern Bhutan while Lhotshamkha is spoken by the southern Bhutanese of Nepali origin

Day 1: Arrival at Paro and drive to Thimphu (Altitude 2,280m)

Once you arrived in Paro international airport, you will be received by our tour guide, meet & greet then transfer to Thimphu / 65 km /1 hour driving distance from the airport. En route enjoy the scenic beauty of nature alongside the highway. On arrival check in at hotel followed by refreshment and orientation talk on Bhutan by your tour guide. If time permits explore Thimphu City admiring the way of life in Bhutan. Inclusion: L.D / on hotel Namgay Heritage or similar

 

Day 02 Thimphu

Following breakfast visit following places of interest in and around Thimphu valley: Memorial Chorten which is built in the memory of our late third king of Bhutan who reigned from 1952 -1972. Next visit to kuenselphodrang for better view of the valley as well to pay respect to Buddha Dodrenma “a Buddha of his own nature mind “which is one of the tallest statue in Buddhist world. Fall back to town and visit to changangkha lkhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Buddha of compassion which dates back to 12th century. Drive further north to Motithang zoo which is especially made for Bhutan National Animal called takin which resembles bit of a cow and a goat. A legend has it that this animal was then created by Devine Mad monk in 15th century. On your way back, take a short stop over for stunning view of King’s secretariats and nunnery. Lunch break in one of the local restaurant in the town.Pm: At your own for independent activities, meeting again in the evening and visit to King’s secretariats (open 4-5pm winter time and 5 -6 pm in summer). Please note that all visitors are requested to dress up smart casual while visiting Monastery and government buildings.
End the evening with sumptuous dinner and retire. Inclusion: B.L.D / O/n Hotel Namgay Heritage or similar

 

Day 03 Transfer to Punakha 70 km /3 hours

Following breakfast start off for Punakha crossing over Dochula pass at an elevation of 3150m above the sea level. If weather permits you can have a stunning view of snow caped Mt peak from the pass. Walk around 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten (stupa built in 2005 by queen mother of Bhutan). Drive down hills winding through lush forest until you arrive at the lower valley of Lobeysa which sandwich between the district of Punakha and Wangdue.Walk in a tourist café for lunch with perfect setting overlooking the farm houses, rice fields and a temple of fertility on the hill top. After lunch you may like to take a walk towards the temple through rice field and farm houses. Retreat to road head and drive to punakha and visit the grand Punakha Dzong “ a fortresses of great happiness “ which sit on the confluence of two rivers called Mo chu and Pho chu , a male and female river . After the visit to Dzong you will be transfer to Hotel for Check in followed by evening tea/coffee and dinner at hotel. Inclusion: B.L.D / O/n Hotel Pema Karpo or similar

 

Day 04 Punakha to Trongsa 129 km / 4 hours

Following breakfast start off for Trongsa crossing over Pelela Pass at an elevation of 3350m above the sea level. Driving through this stretch is always an exciting journey as you come across several breathtaking landscapes. On arrival at Trongsa check in at hotel Yangkhil Resort followed by lunch. Afternoon you are at your own for independent activities or explore the small town of Trongsa. End the evening with sumptuous dinner and retire. Inclusion: B.L.D / O/n Hotel Yangkhil Resort or similar

 

Day 05 Trongsa to Bumthang 68 km / 2 hour

Following breakfast visit to Trongsa Dzong which is an ancestral home of our Royal Family who once ruled Bhutan from this Fortresses. Walk back to road head and drive to National Museum which house inside an old watch tower. A documentary show enlighten you about the epic and history of Bhutan. Back to hotel for lunch and drive to Bumthang crossing over the highest motor able pass “Yatongla” at an elevation of 4000 m above the sea level. En route take a short stop over at Yatra weaving center at Chumey valley. On arrival check in at Hotel followed by refreshment. Inclusion: B.L.D
O/n Hotel Yugharling Resort or similar.

 

Day 06 Bumthang sightseeing

Following breakfast visit to Bjakar Dzong (a white bird castle) which is built in 17th century to house the civil administration and monastic body. Next visit to Jambay lhakhang, a temple dedicated to future Buddha which was then built by Tibetan Emperor in 7th century. Drive further north to visit yet another sacred Buddhist temple known as Kurjey lhakhang which was then sanctified by Guru Rinpoche in 8th century. Crossing over suspension bridge and walk through the farm land that connect to Tamsing Temple where your car will pick you up. Drive to town for lunch break at one of the local restaurant, on the way stop over at Swiss cheese & beer factories.Pm: Explore chamkhar town interacting with local residence admiring their way of life. End the evening with sumptuous dinner and retire. Inclusion: B.L.D / O/n Hotel Yugharling Resort similar

 

Day 07 Fly back to Paro and sightseeing.

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be receive and transfer to hotel for check in and relax. Inclusion: B.L.D / O/n Hotel Olathang or similar

 

Day 08 Excursion to Taktsang Monastery

Following breakfast transfer to Ramthangka base and start trekking to Taktsang Monastery which will take about 5 hours round trip. A strenuous trek through mixed pine forest and rododrenrones adorned with lichen dotted with prayer flags. About 45 min trek brings you at the tea house and another 2 hours to the monastery. This cliff hanging Taktsang monastery or often called as a Tiger’s nest awestruck every visitors. It is one the most visited tourist attraction in Bhutan. While your Bhutan trip may not be complete without climbing to Taktsang. This trip to Taktsang fill you up with spiritual bless and for those who do not choose the spiritual side, it is a dramatic landscape.Legend has it that during 8th century Guru Rinpoche landed on this cliff riding on a flaming female Tiger in the form of Guru Dorji Droley (one of his own 8th manifestation) to tame the malicious being who was then terrorizing the local residence. In course of his visit Guru Meditated for 4 month on the trance of Vajrakumara with his consort khandrom Yeshey Chogyel to overcome the spirit. Thus guru sanctified this spot as a 2nd Kailahs the abode of Hindu God Shiva.Walk back to tea house for pure vegetarian lunch freshly prepared for the tourist. After lunch walk back to road head and transfer to Hotel. End the evening with hot stone bath (a traditional hot stone bath) followed by a farewell dinner with guide and driver.

 

Day 09 Departure

You will be leaving for home today, so after breakfast you will be transfer to airport for departure