Bhutan nature culture tour is designed to show you more of this fascinating land and her people, untouched by outside world. The trip allows you to get a more “hands on” experience of Bhutan. Your visits to Paro, Thimpu, Punakha and the beautiful valley of Phobjikha will take you to the one of the rarest and most unique travel destinations in the world, where you will see a very little or no influence by outside world. Meet friendly people of Bhutan and share with their traditional lifestyle in this 8 days tour.
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Day 1: Arrive in Paro and drive to Thimpu.
Fly to Paro. From a window seat on clear days, you can see a spectacular view of Bhutan’s snow capped peaks as you approach to Paro. Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you will be received by your Tibet guide and drive to hotel. The drive Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. If you are taking this trip in spring, you will find nature in its festive mood with rushing turquoise rivers which can be heard from miles away, and mountains transformed into a master artist palette-brilliant vermilion, yellows, purples, pink, oranges and reds to dazzle your senses. Wild cherry, mountain plum, cotton silk and forests of rhododendron trees bloom with astonishing beauty and abundance. Enjoy the magnificent monasteries and stupas in the valleys and mountain tops, along the way.
Day 2: Thimpu Tour
Today you have a full day tour of Thimpu. Visit to the Memorial Chorten built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library and the painting school where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Visit the traditional Medicine institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. Continue Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal traditional silver smiths and Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Drive south and visit Simtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal. It is now used as the Institute for study of traditional teachings
Day 3: Thimpu - Punakha
Leaving Thimphu, the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Before proceeding further to Punakha, you can hike up to the Chimi Lhakhang temple on a small hilltop. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” to the westerners. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Arrive in Punakha and check in at hotel.
After lunch, drive North of Punakha for sightseeing. Punakha was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of second King. Punakha Dzong which dominates the whole area was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks. Today, Punakha is still the home for Je Khempo and the central monastic body. Spend overnight at Punakha.
Day 4: Punakha- Phobjikha
After breakfast, drive into the broad Phobjikha valley (3,000 m). The drive will be through a forest of Oak and rhododendron and often encountering the gigantic Yak.
Phobjikha is also home of the rare black-necked crane which migrates from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. The other side of the pass that overlooks the valley is a realm of high altitude dwarf bamboo, the favorite food of Yaks.
Visit the Gangtey Monastery, perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 gomchens who take care of the monastery. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western side of Bhutan and the largest in Bhutan are headed by its spiritual master known as ninth Gangtey Tulku. The road continues for a few more kilometers beyond the monastery to the village of Phobjikha. The valley of Phobjikha is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan. Spend overnight at Phobjikha.
Day 5: Phobjikha – Wangdi
After breakfast drive to Wangdue at an elevation of 1456m. Visit Rinchengang village, this small clustered village is famous for its masonry work. Resume your drive and stop at Simtokha Dzong, this dzong was built in the 1600s by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal. At present it houses the Traditional Institute for both laymen and women. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Wangdi to Paro
After breakfast, drive to Paro. In Paro, visit Drukgyal Dzong built in 1674 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal, the Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of the Mount Chomolhari (7314 m). Drive south to Satsam Chorten, built in memory of the late Dilgo Khentse Rinpochey, and continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Take a leisurely hike down to Rimpung Dzong. Walk through a traditional covered bridge across the river to your waiting car at the valley floor and take you to the Hotel. If you feel like walking back to the hotel then you can do so.
Day 7: Excursion Taksang Monastery
After breakfast, your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.
Stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue until you see clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all.
Day 8: Paro Airport.
After breakfast, transfer to airport and leave Bhutan. Thanks for joining on Bhutan nature culture tour. Hope you enjoy this tour very much.
Note: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.