This trip is the one to take if you want to truly experience the raw essence of Bhutan. You will forget the rest of the world on this one-of-a-kind tour that will surely leave you profoundly changed and enlightened by the end.
DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
You will be received at Paro International Airport by one of our company representatives.
After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours).
DAY 02: THIMPHU
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, completed by the Royal Queen Mother as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972. Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and Zilukha Nunnery. If there is time, you may visit Tashichhodzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’ housing ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.
DAY 03: THIMPHU – PHOBJIKHA VALLEY
Transfer to Phobjikha Valley (5.5-6 hrs). Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters) which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley (about 3 hrs total driving time).
DAY 04: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY – BUMTHANG
Following breakfast visit the Phobjikha Sanctuary to view the majestic black necked cranes (Nov-Mar only) and Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), dating back to the 16th century. Continue driving towards Bumthang (2.5 hrs), the spiritual of the kingdom. Bumthang is home to some of Bhutan’s oldest Palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries.
DAY 05: BUMTHANG
In the morning visit Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan’s patron saint Guru Rimpoche meditated and 7th century Jambay Lhakhang. It dates back to the origins of Buddhism in Bhutan and is one of the Kingdoms oldest temples. After lunch continue sightseeing.
DAY 06: BUMTHANG – PUNAKHA
Depart for Punakha stopping along the way at Trongsa for lunch.
DAY 07: PUNAKHA
After lunch enjoy a hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten through the rice fields. In the afternoon you have an option of returning to
your hotel for time at leisure, or a short excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time.
DAY 08: PUNAKHA – THIMPHU – PARO
Drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores, and enjoy lunch. Afterwards proceed to Paro and check into your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the Paro township.
DAY 09: PARO
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery.
DAY 10: DEPART PARO
After breakfast we drive to the Paro airport.
Bhutan Tourism Royalty & Visa fees.,First Class airconditioned vehicles with experienced drivers,Experienced local English speaking guide.,Tourist standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.,Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Bottled water