Beautiful Bhutan Tour
In this tour, you will get time to get the feel for Bhutanese cultural and enable you to get off the beaten track in Haa Valley, besides visiting the major dzongs (fortress) and monasteries of western Bhutan with some short hiking in the Himalayan Kingdom.
Detailed Model Itinerary
Day 01. Arrive to Paro - Thimphu.
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world's highest peaks like Gangkar Puensum, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Bhutan Nature View Tours & Treks- For Your Bhutan Experience! will warmly welcome & greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this region. After this we will have lunch in the Paro town. Then we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes along a river valley, past small villages and traditional farmhouses, through peaceful countryside. It's a small & charming capital city located in the heart of the Himalayas. On reaching Thimphu, we will do a short hike, (Sangaygang Cross Country) Wangditse Hike. The hike starts from BBS tower till Dechenphodrang, through pine forest. From this hike we can see the Thimphu town (Capital City) beautifully. The hike will take about 1hour 30minutes. Evening visit Tashi Chho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and stroll around Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel, Thimphu
Day 02. Thimphu Halt.
Sightseeing in Thimphu, visit to Memorial Chhorten, built in 1974 in the memory of third king late Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, and the temple inside gives good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy. Mothithang minizoo to see the National Animal of Bhutan (Takin), Zulikha Nunnery, the Thangtong Dewachen nunnery was founded in 1976 by Rikey Jadrel and today it houses the sixty nuns engaged in Buddhist study and practices. Folk Heritage Museum, this Folk Heritage Museum is a showcase, the 19-century farmhouse and the living style of the Bhutanese family. National Library, the National Library was established in 1967 to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. Lunch in Thimphu town. After lunch, visit Paper Factory, were Bhutanese Traditional Papers & paper products are made. Weaving Center produces hand-woven textiles on site and has a selection of cloth and ready-made garments for sale. This is one of the few places where you can watch weavers at work, and then Authentic Bhutanese handicrafts. Evening we will visit Bhutanese Farm House for dinner and Traditional Hot Stone bath. Over night stay at Thimphu Hotel or we can organize even in Bhutanese Farm House..
Day 03. Thimphu - Punakha.
After our breakfast, we will drive to Punakha/Wangdi. The road climbs steeply through forests of pine, hemlock spruce and rhododendrons. At Dochula Pass (3150m) you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges. The pass is adorned with 108 small stupas and many kinds of prayer flags. Then the road descends through lush forests to the fertile valley of Punakha & Wangdi Pghodrang. On reaching Lobesa, we will visit Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hilltop. The temple is known as 'the temple of fertility'. At Punakha, visit the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong. After this, we will drive till the view point of Khamsum Yule Namgyle Chhorten, passing the beautiful rural landscape. Evening at leisure.
Dinner and over night stay at Hotel Punakha/Wangdi
After our early breakfast, drive to Haa, the mythic valley of the Guardian Spirit.The drive will take about 7 hours. We will ascend until the Dochula pass. After crossing the confluence of Paa Chhu and Wang Chhu, the road passes through the forst fo pine and rural farm houses. Lunch will be served as hot pack lunch. After lunch, continue our journey to Haa. On reaching Haa, we will visit the Lhakhang Karpo (white temple) & Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple) and walk around the small town of Haa valley. The Valley is adorned with three towering mountains, known as Rigsum Goenpa, the geogical manifestations of the bodhisattvas, Jampeyang (Manjusheri), Chana Dorji (Vajrapani), Cherizig (Avaloketeshvara). Dinner and overnight stay at Haa, Hotel.
Day 05. Haa-Paro.
After our breakfast, drive to Paro over Chelela Pass.The pass is about 3800m above sea level. This is the highest pass in Bhutan, where the care can take us. On this pass you will see beautifully the prayer flags are fluttering the wind. We can also see the mountain Jhomolhari (the goddess of mountain) on clear days. The drive will take about 2hours. On reaching Paro, we will make a hike to Taktshang, Tiger's Nest, the most famous and scared monastery in Buddhism world. Taksang means "TigerNest" named after Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to this site riding on the back of a flying tigress late in the 9th century. We have to walk about 2hours up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Lunch will be served at Taktshang cafeteria. On our way back, drive to the village of Drukgyel and visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1649 to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invasion and Kyichu Lhakhang, it is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo (the 33rd Tibetan king, who is also the manifestation of avoloketeshivara, commonly known to Bhutanese as Chenrize). Evening stroll around the Paro vally town, the valley of surpassing Beauty.Dinner and over night stay at Paro hotel.
Day 06. Paro-Airport.
Thank You & Tashi Delek !
After our breakfast, we will drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell here at the airport. We wish you a very safe and pleasant flight for your onward destinations.
Note: This is a sample itinerary, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, tour conditions, group options and the physical condition of participants, may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of our guests, safety, comfort and general well being.