A Purely Buddhist kingdom Bhutan has the world's greatest concentration of peaks. It is probably the last county on the earth where modernization hasn't devalued social and cultural life. It is easy to appreciate the government of Bhutan’s decision to limit tourism to a few thousand visitors a year. This itinerary is ablend of trekking and cultural elements to give the visitor an insight. This trek is spectacular drive via the Dochula pass, monasteries and Gompa and beautiful valleys.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT PARO - THIMPHU Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport you will be accorded a very warm reception by a Representative of Himalayan Kingdom Tours and transfer to restaurant for lunch.
After lunch we will visit the National Museum, Rinpung Dzong (built in 1645 A.D) and then drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight stay at Thimpu
DAY 02: THIMPHU Thimphu Sightseeing, after breakfast our today’s sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes, visit to National Memorial Chorten, Traditional Medicine Institute, National Library, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, School of 13 Arts and Crafts, Takin mini zoo, Zilukha Nunnery, Post Office for stamps, Traditional paper factory, visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products and also Textile Museum. Then visit to Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room it is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Overnight at Thimpu
DAY 03: THIMPHU – Punakha After breaks start drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,050m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Enjoy the view of the eastern Himalayan Mountains. Here you may spend some time, photographing the Druk Wangyal Chortens, built in 2004. Overnight stay at Punakha
After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, which lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu, Symbolizing the masculine and the feminine co-existence their currents are of different colours and they unite at this spot. Overnight stay at Punakha
DAY 04: PUNAKHA- PARO After breakfast drive to Paro which takes about 3.5half hours via Thimphu. At Paro visit Kyichu temple which dates back to the 7th century. Kyichu temple is one of the last three surviving temples. In the 7th century 108 such temples were built by a Tibetan King. To date only three have survived, two in Bhutan and one in Tibet, known as the Jokhang.
After lunch we will visit the National Museum, Rinpung Dzong (built in 1645 A.D) and then drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight stay at Paro
DAY 05: PARO You will have an early breakfast and walk about 2 hours to Taktshang Monastery perched giddily on a rocky ledge, with a waterfall cascading as if from the blue.
Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Guru Padmasambhava, known as the Second Buddha, alighted from flying tigress and meditated at this shrine in the second half of the 8th century. As a result, it is the dream destination for Buddhist pilgrims from the world over. If desired, pony ridings would be arranged.
In the afternoon visit to local farm house to see how Bhutanese famers live and have chance taste the local brewed local wine. Overnight stay at Paro
DAY 06: Departures After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight.
3 or 4 stars hotel with twin sharing basis in Thimpu on F/B on twin sharing basis
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide
3 meals a day All meals during the tour
Entrance fees, visa and permit
Overland transportation by Jeep within Bhutan
Cost does not include:
International Air fare
Nepal re-entry visa fee
Drinks at hotels/lodges
Expense of personal nature such as laundry, insurance, tips etc.