Bhutan reminds us of the green valleys, snow capped peaks, cold climate and attractive heritage and culture. This splendid country is flanked by the Indian state.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Phunstsholing
Meet & Greet upon arrival at Phuntsholing (298Mts / 977Fts), a small town at the Indo-Bhutan border. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Phunstsholing – Thimphu
After breakfast drive for 6hrs to Thimphu (178 KMS / 06 HRS, 2134Mts /7000Fts), the modern capital of Bhutan which lies at an elevation of 2300m in a valley traversed by the Wang Chu (river). Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and the monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. It is also an ideal spot for day walks. Overnight at Hotel.
Travel from Phuntsholing to Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu
After breakfast go for morning sightseeing – visit the Indigenous hospital where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, Art & Craft school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. Afternoon visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market. Overnight at Hotel.
The Memorial Chorten of Thimphu was conceived by Dungse Rinpoche (1904-1987), according to the Nyingmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism . It was erected in 1974 in memory ...
Doeboom Lam Thimphu, Bhutan
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Day 4: Thimphu – Wangdi
After breakfast drive for 3 HRS to Wangduephodrang (70 KMS / 03 HRS / 1350Mts /4330Fts) via Punakha crossing the Dochu la pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa. Visit Punakha Dzong (The Punakha Dzong is closed in winter months when the monk body is in Punakha. All visit to Dzong and Monasteries limited till courtyard only) built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Further proceed 20 minutes to Wangduephodrang and view the Dzong from punakha-dzong-bhutan-4outside and stroll around the market area. Overnight at Hotel.
Dochula Pass is located about 30 km away from the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. The 108 chortens were built by Queen Mother to honor the Bhutanese soldiers who were killed when ...
Travel from Thimphu to Wangdu
Day 5: Wangdi – Gangtey – Wangdi
After breakfast go for day excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every measure to ensure the safety of the Cranes. While the cranes reside in the winter valley for 4/5 months the village folks are not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs through the valley. Explore the fascinating glacier valley. Overnight at Hotel.
Gangtey Gompa / Phobjikha (9,845ft) In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of ...
Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan
Day 6: Wangdi – Punahka – Paro
After breakfast drive for 20 minutes to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong (The Punakha Dzong is closed in winter months when the monk body is in Punakha. All visit to Dzong and Monasteries limited till courtyard only) built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Drive 3 HRS to Thimphu for lunch (optional) and proceed 2 HRS to Paro (65 KMS / 02 HRS / 2134Mts /7000Fts) via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight at Hotel.
Simtokha Dzong. Built in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Simtokha was the first dzong to be built in a unified Bhutan. Currently, it houses the country's main Dzongkha ...
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Travel from Wangdu to Paro
Day 7: Paro
After breakfast go for Paro Sightseeing – visit Drukyel Dzong, the historical fortress built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. Also visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) Opening Hours – Tuesday to Saturday – 0900HRS TO 1600HRS & Closed On Sunday,Monday & National Holidays, which was built in 1651 as a watch tower. Since 1951 the Dzong has been re-established as the National museum and holds fascinating collections of art and religious Thankha paintings. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight at Hotel.
Rinpung Dzong is a large Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist monastery and fortress in Paro District in Bhutan. It houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of...
Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
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Day 8: Paro
After breakfast go for a day hike to the view point of Taktsang monastery. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.