Hidden HImalayan Kingdom - Bhutan

Country: Bhutan

General Area: West Bhutan

Season: Mar – June & Sep – Nov

Tour Duration:  7 Days/ 6 Nights

Day 01: Fly to paro from Delhi/Kolkata/Bumbai & Drive Thimphu

Fly Paro, the flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. Flying into Paro is one of the most spectacular flights one can experience. Arrive in Paro, after visa formalities you will be received by our executive and transferred to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

Upon arrival at Thimphu check in to the hotel and if time permits visit National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity..

Overnight stay at Hotel, Thimphu

Day 02: Full Day Thimphu Sightseeing

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes, visit to; 3150 meters Dochula Pass to enjoy spectacular 180° view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges along the borders with the Tibet region of China in the distance.

Continue your sightseeing by visiting National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Textile and Folk Heritage Museum which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Trashichho Dzong is impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. Handicrafts Emporium is government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products.

Overnight stay at Hotel, Thimphu

Day 03: Drive To Punakha (75 Km – 03 Hours)

After breakfast we check-out from the hotel and head towards Punakha a warmer region and the former capital of Bhutan until 1955. It’s a winter residence of the central monk body and it’s one of the richest agriculture lands. The valley is blessed with the biggest river in the country. En-route we will cross over Dochula Pass at 3050 meters and visit at Chimmu Lhakhang the auspicious fertility temple, dedicated to the Tantric Buddhist Master Drukpa Kinley (divine madman).

After lunch we visit Punakha Dzong a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Zhabdrung Nagwang Namgayal in 1637 and was the seat of the government every winter until Thimphu was established as the permanent capital in 1955.

Overnight stay at Hotel, Punakha

Day 04: Punakha – Khamsum Yueling Namgyel Hike (One Hour)

After an early breakfast drive towards the base of Khamsum Yueling Namgyel monastery and start your hike. Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scripture. Upon completion proceed for lunch. Afternoon opt for a rafting session in the crystal clear rivers of Punakha or visit the local market.

Overnight stay at Hotel, Punakha

Day 05: Drive To Paro (150 Km – 04 Hours)

In the morning departure for the medieval town of Paro nestled on a beautiful terraced valley with pristine views of the surrounding mountains. Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and after lunch visit Kyichu Lhakhang built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. We will stroll down to cross the traditional cantilever bridge, and then take a leisurely walk in Paro town.

Visit National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) of the Rinpung Dzong. We will then stroll down to the Paro Dzong and take in the amazing architecture of this 17th century monument, a premier example of Bhutan’s unique architecture.

Overnight at Hotel, Paro

Day 06: Explore Paro

After breakfast, drive up to the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644.

Today’s exploration of Paro valley begins with a hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s nest monastery) 4-5 hours hike Tiger’s Nest or Taktshang Goempa is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters (2952 feet) above the valley floor. The four-hour round trip hike offers spectacular views of the Goempa and the valley below. Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help lighten the journey.

Note: If you want to skip hike to the tiger’s nest monastery, then the second option will be a day visit to Haa

Paro – Haa – Paro: After an early breakfast, drive towards the scenic town of Haa which is the parental village of the present prime minister of Bhutan. En-route stop at Chelela Pass which is the highest motorable road in Bhutan. On clear days, visitors are offered a majestic glimpse of the Himalayan mountain range. On arrival visit Lhakhang Kaap and Naap and upon completion proceed for lunch. Afternoon visit the local town and evening drive back to Paro.

Day 07: Fly Paro To Delhi

In the morning we check out from the hotel and drive to Paro airport to board your homeward flight.

About Bharat Goel

Bharat Goel, an avid traveler and wildlife photographer has more than a decade’s experience of travelling in wild throughout India. His love for the wild urged him to leave his engineering career to dedicate his life for the preservation of nature and wildlife. He constantly strives to make people aware and encourage them to appreciate and being responsible towards nature through his endeavor.