Bhutan – the land of Mountains, Monasteries and Magic. The land of the Thunder Dragon is sacred and beautiful. Why would you decide to visit Bhutan? Simple – for the spectacular Himalayan snow clad mountains, its monasteries, its beautiful people and its amazing Tsechus (Dance festivals).
Bhutan is also a trekkers’ paradise with its breath-taking trails and amazing landscapes. It is the only country in the world that measures its economy based on the Happiness quotient of its citizens. A land full of surprises where the people retain their old values & culture while being well-educated and technologically savvy. A trip full of awe & fascination awaits you on your visit to the land of the Thunder Dragon.
Day 01: Paro – Thimphu
(65 kms. / 2 hrs. / Altitude of Thimphu: 2350 mts.)
On arrival at Paro Airport meet our representative and transfer to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening explore the Thimpu town. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue), National Memorial Chorten (Monument) & Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon, visit Sangaygang View Point, Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve Centre, The national animal of Bhutan can be seen here Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue Sightseeing
(77 kms. / 3 hrs. / Altitude of Punakha: 1310 mts.)
After breakfast drive to Punakha / Wangdue, On the way stop at Dochu-La-Pass(3150 mts.) to view the higher Himalayas.
Arrival at Punakha check & into hotel. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong – built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. After that take a short excursion trip to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang – The Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Divine Mad Man”. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay will be at Punakha.
Day 04: Excursion to Gangtey (Phobjikha)
(78 kms. / 3 hrs. / Altitude of Chele-La-Pass: 3810 mts.)
After breakfast, start your full day excursion trip to Gangtey (9,840 ft.). Gangtey is the home of Black Necked Crane which migrates from the arid plains of Tibet in the north. It is a beautiful valley of Bhutan. You can also visit Gangtey Gompha. Evening return and overnight stay at Punakha / Wangdue.
Day 05: Punakha/Wangdue – Paro Sightseeing
(140 kms. / 5 hrs. / Altitude of Paro: 2280 mts.)
After breakfast drive to Paro (7,483 ft.). On the way stop at Lamperi to visit Royal Botanical Park – The park contains a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and features a huge species of plants and animals including endangered species. On arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong – National Museum with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha, etc. Rinpung Dzong – Meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. The dzong now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at Paro.
Day 06: Paro Sightseeing
After Breakfast take a trek to the Taktshang Monastery, or alternatively you could visit Kichulanka Monastery, Ta Dzong, Paro Rinpung Dzong (Museum), Nya-mey Zam, Dungtse Lhankhang, Kila Gompa, Druk Choeding.
In the evening stroll through the market of Paro & overnight stay in Paro.
Day 07: Excursion to Chele-La-Pass
(35 kms. / 2 hrs. / Altitude of Chele-La-Pass: 3810 mts.)
After breakfast excursion to Chele-La-Pass (13,088 ft.) – the highest motorable road in Bhutan. Enjoy the scenic beauty & memorable landscapes from Chele-La-Pass. Back to Paro. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight stay at Paro.
Day 08: Paro Airport
After breakfast check out from hotel and drop at Paro Airport for your onward journey.
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