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Day 1: Arrive to Bhutan.
Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Upon arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by your tour guide and drive to Thimpu. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude.
Thimpu Tour- Buddha Point - at Kuensel Phodrang will also be open to tourists once it is completed. The 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha symbolizing indestructibility will be completed soon. The Buddha statue itself is competed awaiting paintings, but visitors can drive up to the Buddha point and view the tallest statue of Lord Buddha. The view of Thimphu valley from the Buddha point is spectacular and beautiful, especially at night.
Thimphu Dzong - the largest Dzong is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan. Heritage Museum - dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artifacts used in rural households. National Memorial Chorten - which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk
Sangaygang - drive about 15 minutes from the main city to a hillock where the Bhutan Broad Casting Tower is stationed. From there you can relish the beautiful scene of the whole of Thimphu City. On the way up or down from the hillock, you can also see Takin the national animal of Bhutan. It is a place where many Bhutanese frequent, especially on public holiday. Shop and walk around Thimphu town.
Day 2: Thimpu to Punakha (1300m)
We will head to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan in the morning. Drive through scented pine and cedar forests, festooned with hanging lichen. The Punakha River is one of the biggest rivers in Bhutan. During spring and winter, the color of the river turns jade and is beautiful.
Dochula Pass (3,050m), this beautiful pass with its 108 Bhutanese stupas is the memorial site of fallen Bhutanese soldiers in the 1990s.
Chhimi Lhakhang - A 20 minutes walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below metshina. Nhawang chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the Divine Madmin Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. It is a pilgrim site for barren women.
Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chilf Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years buy has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship. Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge is lovely and well worth to go there.
Day 3: Punakha to Gangtey (3000m)
The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane. Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phibikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate in the winter months from Tibetan Plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. It is also possible for nature hike along the valley of Phobjikha for 2 hours
Gangtey Goempa is situated south of the road and east of Wangdue Phodrang. Gangtey Gompa is an old monastery dating back to the 17th century. The short journey south from the main east-west artery is well worth the detour.
Day 4: Gangtey to Paro (2280m)
Paro Valley - the beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.
Paro Dzong - also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag.
Ta Dzong - Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong has since been turned into the national museum and walk and shop around Paro Town.
Day 5: Paro (2280m) to Haa Valley to Paro.
Drive to Haa through Chele La (3,988m). Chele La Pass which at 3,988m is the highest road passes in Bhutan, snaking upwards through blue pine and rhododendron forest for 35 kilometers. On a clear day, the view sweeps away to the snow-dome of Bhutan’s second highest peak - Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314m). This sacred prayer flag-bedecked pass has appeared in several Bhutanese films plus many fashion shoots in the past. From the pass, you can see Paro valley on one side and then Haa valley on the other.
We walk down through the rhododendron forest to Kila Goemba, an ancient nunnery, before driving further down the mountain where we walk out to the Dzongdrakha Goemba complex if time permitting. Both locations are rarely visited by foreigners.
The valley of Haa was only opened to tourist in 2002 and Haa is the least visited valley in Bhutan due to the lack of tourist infrastructure. This has helped in keeping Haa the way it has always been, with Bhutanese families living their traditional and simple life. There are no tourist standard hotels in Haa valley so we normally return back to Paro for the night.
Day 6: Paro (2280m)-Taktsang Monastery
Taktsang Monastery - is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex located on the cliff side of Paro Valley. According to legends, it is believed that Guru Rinpochhe flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a Tigress with his consort Yeshey Tshogyal and meditated in one of the caves. Guru Rinpochhe performed meditation and emerged in eight manifestations and the place became holy. Thus it gains the name tiger’s nest. It takes 2 and half hour to ascend up and takes 2 hours to descend down. For those who prefer not to hike, a ride on pony is available till half way thru the journey
Drukgyal Dzong - A drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.
Day 7: Paro Airport.
Transfer to Paro airport and we bid farewell to the magical kingdom in the sky and head back to home. Thanks for joining us on Bhutan Adventures tour.
Bhutan visa fees.
Flight Cost like Kath/Paro/Kath
Expenses of personal nature like shopping souvenir, drinks, telephone, and internet
Tips for guide and driver.
Bhutan Tour Cost:
The daily tarrif per night for both the high season and the low season is set by the government of Bhutan. In addition; there is a government surcharge per night for individual travelers and for groups of two. For group of three or more there is no government surcharge.
Tourist high season rate: March to May and Sep to Nov.
1 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 250 per night per person, no surcharge.
Tourist low season rate: December to February and June to August.
1 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 200 per night per person, no surcharge.