Enjoy places of interest and ancient stories connected to them. Visit Phobjikha valley – winter home of the black necked cranes. An elaborate tour that covers the whole of western Bhutan including an excursion to Haa valley and the central region. From Chele la get a superb view of Chumolhari and Jichu Drakey mountains.
Day 01 : Welcome to Bhutan- Paro Airport
Flying to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular flights in the entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Everybody coming to Bhutan experiences unique adventures from the rest of the world as Bhutan trips offer exceptionally amazing exploration. On arrival at Paro airport, immigration and customs formalities will be done and then the tourists will be received by our representatives, taking them to a hotel. In the evening, you can take a stroll around the town’s main street. The night will be spent at a hotel in Paro.
Day 02 : Paro-An excursion within
After breakfast, the first Bhutan trip will be to Ta Dzong (National Museum) and then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. By afternoon, there will be a visit to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress from where Bhutanese repelled several invasions from Tibetan armies. Then visit a traditional farm house that offers good insight into the lifestyle of local people. By evening, a visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 03 : Paro / Thimphu- Exploring beyond
After breakfast, start the journey towards Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. You will first visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. By Afternoon, you will be visiting Memorial Chhorten and Tashichhodzong. These sites give religious and traditional touch with their aesthetic beauty of architecture. After that, visit the Handicrafts Emporium, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum followed by a visit to the local market that serves locally grown organic products. The night will be spent at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 04 : Thimphu – Punakha
For the morning trip, you will go for Thimphu sightseeing, visit the National Library, Painting School and Traditional Medicine Institute. After lunch, drive to Punakha, the old capital town of Bhutan. Stop enroute at Dochula pass (3,050m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Without visiting this place, your Bhutan trip will be incomplete. If the weather is good, you can also see the view of various peaks and mountains from there. Check into the hotel on arrival at Punakha. By evening, visit Punakha Dzong, the fortress of the 17th century and later visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Both of these signifies the symbol of victory. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 05 : Punakha / Wangduephodrang / Gangtey (70 km, 3 hours drive)
After breakfast, drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang and then visit majestic Wangdue Dzong and an interesting local market. While moving towards Gangtey,you will pass through dense forests of oak and rhododendron trees. For the evening, take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the region. For the night you can either Camp or stay at Guest House.
Day 06 : Gangtey / Trongsa (120 km, 4.5 hours drive)
For the morning, you will explore Phobjikha valley which is famous for Black Necked Cranes. If you are lucky, you will get to see these birds, adding value to your Bhutan trip. After lunch, drive to Trongsa crossing Pele la pass that has an elevation of 3,300m above sea level. The overnight will be at Trongsa, and for the evening visit, you will go to Trongsa market for exposure.
Day 07 : Trongsa / Bumthang (68 km, 3 hours drive)
For the morning, visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture and visit Ta Dzong, the watchtower, the then built to defend this Dzong and surrounding region, but today, it serves as a museum. The Dzong plays an important role in Bhutan’s history as it was the place from where the Wangchuck dynasty took control. After lunch, the journey will take farther east. Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. After you arrive at Bumthang, check the hotel and take a rest for the night.
Day 08 : Bumthang- The full package for religion
Bumthang is divided into four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries as it is a place where Buddhism was first introduced. The morning will be spent by visiting Tamshing Lhakhang-built by Treasure discoverer Pema Lingpa. The temple is well known for the most unique mural paintings- and Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley. By afternoon, you will be visiting Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places. Later visit Jampa Lhakhang, the ancient monastery dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the country and is believed to be built within the same period of Paro Kyichu, Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo in Haa. By evening, visit local shops. Woolen products are dominant in the town. The night will be spent at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 09 : Bumthang / Wangduephodrang (205 km, 7 hours drive)
After visiting Bumthang market, drive to Wangdue by morning. The lunch will be served enroute at one of the famous restaurants in Trongsa town. For the evening, take a stroll around Wangdue town, visiting shops, local markets and mingling with people. Overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.
Day 10 : Wangduephodrang / Paro (77 km, 3 hours drive)
On the way towards Paro, visit Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley in Punakha. This temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley and is well known as the temple of fertility. It is believed that couples who suffer from infertility are usually blessed with a child if they make a wish from the temple. The temple is about a 30 minute walk across the field from the road. Later in the afternoon, you will drive towards Paro and spend the night there.
Day 11 : Paro (Excursion to Haa valley)
Start the day early to drive to Haa via Chele-la pass. After traveling 4km, the road to Haa diverts from Bondey village. Driving through blue pine & rhododendron forest for 45 km, you will reach Chele-la pass ( 4200 meters). From this point, you can have clear views of Mount. Jomolhari & Jichu Drakey. You can walk for a few minutes enjoying the landscape view from the viewpoint. Drive another 22km to reach Haa. After having a picnic lunch, visit the Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) followed by a visit to Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). The central shrine in Lhakhang Nagpo is said to have no difference with that of Lhasa Jowo in Tibet. The construction of the Lakhang Karpo is believed to have been assisted by the locality. These temples are said to be built in the same period of Jampa and Kyichu Lhakhang.The three giant hills looming over the fringes of Haa valley were called “Me Rig Puen Sum” especially after the incidence of the Lhakhang Karpo construction. Today the three hills are popularly known as “Rig Sum Goenpa” signifying three deities; Jambayang, Chana Dorji and Chenrizig. The chief guardian deity of Haa is Ap Chundu. Later in the afternoon, drive back to Paro via the same way. The drive will not take more than 3 hours. The Overnight will be at the hotel in Paro.
Day 12 : Depart Paro- back to the Airport
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination. This brings an end to your Bhutan trip.
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The Village Lodge Paro
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Taktsang Village Resort
Paro has many highlights for tourists. One of the most beautiful of Bhutan’s valleys.
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Things you should know
The daily $250 tariff
Foreign travelers to Bhutan have to pay an all inclusive daily Tariff of $ 250. This pays for all their expenses during their stay.
Mandatory travel guide
All tourists must be accompanied by a guide assigned to them by their travel agent. The guide fee is paid from their daily tariff.
Which season to visit?
The best time to visit the country is during the Spring and Autumn seasons. There are many festivals and sights to see during these times of the year.
How to get here?
There is one international airport in the country. Regular flights are conducted by the two airlines; Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Contact us for more information on availability of flights to our country.
Preparing for the weather
Bhutan is a country that enjoys all four season of the year. Be sure to pack according to the season in which you intend to make your travel plans.
Embrace the culture
Prepare to embrace our culture while remembering to respect the way of life. Temples and Dzongs (Fortresses) require etiquette and proper dress codes.