Glimpse of Bhutan (7N/8D)

Overview

Trip Overview

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.

Sketch (Outline) Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Paro
Day 02: Arrive Paro – Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha.
Day 04: Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu.
Day 05: Thimphu – Paro.
Day 06: Paro sightseeing.
Day 07: Paro to Thimpu
Day 08: Departure Day.

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Paro: (406 Kilometers): Bhutan is a most popular tourist destination and it’s easy to access Bhutan from Kathmandu. So, Kathmandu to Paro (Bhutan) Flight is a very popular flight. It is a short flight of only 1 hour 20 minutes and only Druk Air is operating a direct flight from Kathmandu to Paro and return. You can also access Paro by Thai Airways via Bangkok and from India too. Three-star standard hotel.
Overnight stay at Paro

Day 02: Arrive at Paro (2280 meters) – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m, 54 km): You will be received by the Representative from Yak Holidays at the airport and drive to Thimphu. On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century.
– Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (Tashi Yangtse in Eastern Bhutan).
After lunch, visit Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. Late His Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve center and Sangay Gang view point, the Largest and tallest statue of Buddha in the world and Tashichho Dzong. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha (1310 meters): (72 Km, 3 hrs drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. Drive further down and visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi.
– The Royal Botanical park, also known as the Rhododendron Garden at Lamperi is about half an hour drive towards Punakha/Wangdue. With your spirits still high from the visit to the awesome sites of Dochula Pass with its 108 stupas and the beautifully arranged Himalayan mountain ranges, you will descend down to Rhododendron Botanical Garden, a nature reserve rich in flora and fauna and beautiful in itself. After the almost surreal experience of the flutter of colorful prayer flags, the image of Dochula’s sublimity and a most wonderful sight where the earth touched the sky, you will be enthralled to find yourself amongst another similar natural environment: fresh air breeze, the twittering of the birds, distant barking of a Barking Deer that breaks the silence of the garden. The recorded species are the monal pheasants, blood pheasants, musk deer, tiger, leopard, red panda and the leopard cat. A Rhododendron garden with 46 species of the plant is the theme of the botanical garden. Located 30 km’s from the capital, the park has numerous view points, a lake, and a canteen. At this park, you can indulge yourself amongst this rich biodiversity.
Drive further to Punakha. While in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and The third King; Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952.
After Lunch, excursion to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Punatsangchhu Cottages or similar.

Day 04: Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu: (Altitude 1310 m, 90 km):
After breakfast, drive to Wangdiphodrang. Enroute stop a while to view Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “Devine Mad man” in the 15th century.
– Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455 – 1529) was one of the Bhutan’s Favourite Saints who was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung Monastery and was a contemporary and a disciple of Pema Lingpa. He Travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet as a “Neljorpa” (Yogi) using songs, humor, and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings of Salvation through sex.
Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang (razed by fire in 2012), now in ruins & under construction, it includes: visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers.
After lunch, drive to Thimphu. Free for shopping in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 05: Thimphu – Paro: (Altitude 2320 m, Distance 58 km, Drive Time 1 hour): After breakfast, visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by the visit to Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art and Folk Heritage Museum.
We then drive to Paro. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the national museum of Bhutan then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices.
In the evening, visit a typical farmhouse. Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 06: Paro sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m) After early breakfast, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay; this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort.
After lunch, visit the Drukgyel Dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “ victorious Druk “. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century.
– Srongsen Gampo: He was a Tibetan king who married a Chinese princess, Wenchen in 641, as a part of her dowry was a statue called “Jowo” which was an Indian image of Buddha, Sakyamuni as a small boy. In 659, He decided to build 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and, at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. 6 of these Temples lie in Bhutan, most prominent of them are Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kichu Lhakhang is said to hold the left foot of the Ogress and Jambay Lhakhang pins the left knee.
Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 07: Free day at Thimpu: Today the whole day is your free day. You can go for shoppings, and rest.

Day 08: Thimpu to Kathmandu Departure day

Distance & Driving time

Paro to Thimphu          –   54 Km – 1 Hr.

Thimphu to Punakha    ­– 76 Km – 3 Hrs

Punakha to Wangdue   – 17 Km – 40 Mins

Highest altitude: Dochu La Pass (3140m).

The Tour Cost Includes

Inclusive & Exclusive

INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES IN TOUR PRICE

What’s included in Tour price?

      • Druk Air fares.
      • Visa Fees
      • Meals [Breakfast only]
      • Accommodation [Twin Sharing]
      • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
      • Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
      • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
      • English speaking Local guide.
      • Sightseeing.

What’s excluded in Tour price?

        • Insurance Premiums
        • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
        • Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
        • The cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
        • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water,
        • Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services

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