Bhutan also known as the “land of Dragon” is located in the middle of India and China.
Bhutan is a neat and clean country with the spectacular view of Himalayas. This country hosts some breathtaking sacred Mt. Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. Throughout the entire tour, you’ll get a stunning view of Bhutan Himalayan peaks which are permanently capped with snow !!!
This Bhutan Tour 7 nights and 8 days include the destination Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha, and Bumthang. You’ll get a beautiful chance to explore all these cities rich in cultural and natural aspects.
Bhutan serves as the best destination offers unlimited experiences for various kinds of visitors. Visit the Dzongs, monasteries, Thangka painting schools, and handicraft centers offer you an insight of Bhutanese culture, religion, and history.
Visiting different sacred monasteries you’ll get a privilege to experience the Meditation and Yoga.
In this Bhutan tour, you’ll get to experience hiking, trekking, and sightseeing in each city. Traveling through these fascinating places help you discover the true spirit of the Bhutanese people.
Bhutanese people are famous for their friendliness and unique cultural heritage.
Come enjoy unspoiled natural and cultural beauty of Bhutan !!!
Highlights of Bhutan Tour
- Visit one of the famous landmarks of Bhutan, Tiger Nest or Taktsang Monastery
- Visit Kyichu Lhakhang at Paro
- Explore National Museum Chorten house, a traditional Bhutanese Farm House, Paro
- Explore Bumthang valley, a spiritual hub of the country
- A scenic flight where you can witness some majestic unclimbed views of the world greatest Himalayas
- Visit the tiny capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu
- Explore the unique Bhutanese culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the local people
- Wander around the Kurjey Lhakhang complex, a legacy of Guru Rinpoche
Travel Hours: 1-hour drive
Max Altitude: 2,320 m, Thimphu
Highlights: Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, endangered Black Necked Cranes
Arrive at Paro amazing city of Bhutan !!!
Upon your arrival, our Bhutan tour guide will receive you from the Paro International Airport.
From the Paro International Airport, you’ll travel to Thimphu, a capital city of Bhutan.
The estimated driving time is 1 hr and along the way, you’ll catch the beautiful glimpse of Paro Chhu (river).
On an arrival at Thimphu city, you’ll check into the respective hotel. After the refreshment, if you’ve time you can explore the near places around the city. Overnight at Paro.
Travel Hours: 2-3 hours
Max Altitude: 1,250 m, Punakha
Highlights: National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang Temple
After early breakfast, you’ll visit the National Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the third king of Bhutan. It is located in the heart of Thimphu city.
Afterward, you’ll also visit Changangkha Lhakhang Temple which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (the queen mother of Dragon). This temple is located above central Thimphu which was built in 12th century by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhigpo. This temple holds some religious belief like local parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names and blessings for their newborns.
Later having some refreshment, you’ll continue to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3,140 m). In the clear spring sky, at Dochula, you can enjoy a great panoramic view of mountain range. Some beautiful mountain name includes Masagang, Terigang, Kangphugang, Tsendagang, Jejegangphugang, Zongphugang, and finally Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan.
Punakha was former capital of Bhutan until 1955 and the capital was moved to Thimphu.
Travel Hours: 3 hours
Max Altitude: 3,300 m, Phobjikha
Highlights: Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, endangered Black Necked Cranes
On the third day, you’ll head towards to Gangtey or Phobjikha a wide and beautiful valley. It is named after hilltop village and its Gangte monastery.
It is also part of the beautiful Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park formerly known as Black Mountains National Park.
A quiet and remote Phobjikha valley is also the winter home of endangered black-necked cranes. They migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north to pass the winter months in a milder climate.
Enjoying the surrounding hills and mountain views you are expected to reach Phobjikha in the evening. If time permits, then you can explore the Phobjikha valley one of the untouched regions in Bhutan.
Travel Hours: 5-6 hours
Max Altitude: 2,850 m, Bumthang
Highlights: Gangtey Monastery, Chendeji Chorten
After breakfast, you'll depart for Bumthang, known as the spiritual heartland of Buddhism. Throughout the trip, you'll come across via different the beautiful sceneries and scattered settlements.
After an hour drive, you'll cross Pele La Pass and retrace your steps towards 17th-century monastery Gangtey Gompa. It is dramatically located at the head of the valley. It is inhabited by the monks during the summer month. Along the trail, you can enjoy the spectacular view of several villages.
After visiting the monastery, you'll back over the Pele La Pass via Chendeji Chorten. This Chorten is built in 15 the century in a form of Nepalese style. Passing through several villages you'll stop at Trongsa for lunch. If time allows, you'll also stop at the viewpoint of Trongsa Dzong.
After continuing drive for few hours, you'll reach Bumthang for an overnight stay.
Highlights: A cultural heritage of Bumthang- Kurjey Lhakhang, Hike to Tamshing Monastery
Bumthang is one of the spectacular valley and famous for the Buddhism in Bhutan. The
In the morning, you'll hike to Tamshing Monastery. This monastery was built by Terton Pema Lingpa and one of the oldest monastic schools in Bhutan.
Here you can witness Kurjey Lhakhang a place where a Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock.
After visiting Tamshing monastery, you'll also visit Jambay Lhakhang one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century. Jakar Dzong is also worth to visit in Bumthang valley.
If time permits, you can also go for a hike to Thagbi valley where you can visit Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century. All these historical temples hold many mythical stories linked to its origin. Your Bhutan tour guide will unfold its mystery as you visit these holy sites.
Overnight at Bumthang.
Flight Hours: 45 minutes
Highlights: Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang
On the sixth day, you'll fly back from Bumthang to Paro. During this flight, you can enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks, Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, Drugyel Dzong,
Once you reach Paro, taking some rest you'll get a free time to explore the Paro city. You'll visit several landmarks of Bhutan. First, you'll visit Rinpung Dzong which means the fortress of the heap of jewels.
One of the important Paro religious Tshechu festivals is held from the 9th till the 15th in the 2nd month yearly. It is one of the perfect examples of Bhutanese architecture and it contains fourteen shrines.
Next, you'll visit another beautiful and famous archaeological sites Drukgyel Dzong. It is situated on a ridge in the upper Paro valley. Drukgyel mean the fortress of the victorious Drukpas. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate his victory over the Tibet.
You'll also visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest monasteries in the country. It is built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.
After exploring all these places, you'll back to your hotel. Overnight at Paro.
Max Altitude: 3,120 meters
Highlights: Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest Monastery)
Tips: No backpack, cameras, and phones are not allowed inside the monastery. You need to wear thick layers of clothes as you might get cold inside the monastery.
Today you’ll hike to legendary Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest Monastery). It is situated perched on a high rocky cliff 900 m above the valley floor. This is a place where Guru Rinpoche flew in the fear of flying tigress mediated for three years.
Since the cave has been considered as sacred sites and many famous saints have traveled to mediate here.
It is an only two-hour walk from parking area. You'll walk via coniferous forest up to the viewpoint of the monastery. In every step, you'll get a plenty of opportunities to admire the beautiful view of Himalaya and Paro valley.
One thing is sure that no trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable landmark !!!
The final day, you’ll have a departure from Paro to your destinations area. From here you can continue your trip to Nepal or any other countries.
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