7 Night 8 Days Bhutan Tour.
Day 01: Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu (D)
Arrive at Paro airport, drive to the capital city Thimphu (altitude 2320m, 1 hour 30 minute drive).
The flight in to the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains. If weather permits it you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m; 29,198ft) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. After checking in to the hotel later visit, your representative from the agency will greet you on arrival and drive you to the capital city Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu visit, Tamchhog Lhakhang which is located on the opposite side of the river. This is a temple built by Thang Gyalpo of Tibet, who was responsible for building numerous iron bridges throughout Bhutan. Kuenselcholing View Point, a place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang) it is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Memorial Chorten: This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third king of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. Tashichho Dzong: The name means fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Later relax for the day and stroll around the city. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu (B/L/D) full day sightseeing in Thimphu.
Morning take a hike to Cheri Monastery (Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary) hike about 1 hour (to and fro) leading to Cheri Gompa (Cheri Dorji Dhen), Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body there. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs Gould’s sunbird, yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine flycatcher.
Paper Factory: The handmade paper fabrication in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition orginated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes a valuable national heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and has been preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held in high esteem both at home and outside world.
The Weekend Market: Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in bright colours and gathered to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London!
Bhutan Craft Bazaar: The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western dresses with touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hanger or jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items amd etc. the stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also the place to find bamboo than can be used to construct houses in the country. Later you can stroll around the city. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu to Gangtey (B/L/D) altitude (2800m) above sea level (5 hours drive)
Morning driving towards Gangtey, we come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially in clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- a 108 stupas built by the sldest queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. In the mountain, east of Wangdue Phodrang lies the beautiful PhobJikha Valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few kilo;eters down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley has a mild climate during winter. Overnight in Gangtey.
Day 04: Gangtey to Trongsa (B/L/D) altitude: 2200m, above sea level. (5 hours drive)
In the morning you will walk across Gangtey Nature Trail: (Duration: half day; two hours at a quicker pace) this is one of the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trail. In this trail you have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Goemba Monastery and cross sloping area of green grass, flanked by pine trees on both sides. You will even come across some villages, rivers, crane roosting ground.
Trongsa Museum: Situated strategically above the Trongsa Dzong, the Ta Dzong served as a watch tower for centuries. It was built by Choeje Minjur Tempa in 1652. The museum is equipped with state of the art technology and includes a media room where visitors can watch a documentary programme on the history of the monarchy. The Ta Dzong was renovated and converted as a museum at a cost of Nu. 97 million with funds from the Austrian government. The museum is dedicated to the coronation and centenary celebrations. Overnight in Trongsa.
Day 05: Trongsa to Punakha (B/L/D) altitude: 1350m. Above sea level. (6 hours drive)
Morning drive to Punakha visit Punakha Dzong (Fortress) built in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu. Until the time of the second king it served as the seat of the king. Hike to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) which was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road – Wooden Phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and also Phalluses are painted on the walls. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits (30 minutes hike to and fro, gentle steep, good foot path across the valleys and villages). Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.
Day 06: Punakha/Wangdue to Paro (B/L/D)
Morning drive to Paro and visit, Rimpung Dzong: the Bhutanese Dzong are huge architectural structures constructed for a variety of functions throughout the country, from administrative buildings to monasteries and temples, and yet are carefully and thoughtfully designed to be strikingly beautiful. The Rimpung Dzong, known as the Fortress in the picturesque setting of the Paro valley, is of course no exception, built in the time of the dynamic spiritual and political leader Zhabdrung in 1644. Once a year, as part of the Tsechu festival, one of the oldest Thorgdol (gigantic scroll paintings) is ceremonially unfurled here.
Kichu Lhakhang (Monastery): It is one of the two most sacred and oldest temples in Bhutan. Is was built in 7th century by the tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.
Drugyel Dzong: This ruined Dzong is of great historical importance. It was built in 1649 by Zhabdrung to commemorate the victory of the Drukpas over the Tibetan invasion in 1644. The Bhutanese still vividly recall and celebrate this victory which was tremendously important to the history of the area. On a clear day (7326m) you have a fascinating view of the white domed peak of sacred Jhomolhari (Mountain of Goodness) overnight in Paro.
Day 07: In Paro (B/L/D)
Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiher’s Nest) this is Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rinpoche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. (five hours hike to and fro, some gentle and some steep hike, some stony foot path and some good ones) if you ride a horse upward it will cost extra US$ 25 per person.
Visit Farmhouse: picturesque farm houses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers. Thrill yourself as the farmers welcome you to their homes with genuine smiles. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farm house are charming, with colorfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built. A visit to a farm house gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family (if you take hot stone bath in the farm house it will cost extra US$ 25 per person). Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. Overnight in Paro.
Day 08: Depart Paro (B)
Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport. Your escort will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.
All necessary travel permits.
English speaking local guide.
Accommodation on single/twin room basis.
Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis.
Insurance of any kind.
Additional cost sue to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance.
Personal expenses such as drink, etc.