Culture is a practice and believe which shows the identity of a people and a country.This package brings you all with great exposure to religious sites of Bhutan which is just amazing. In this package, you will get to know the Bhutanese way of living with unforgettable experiences.
Day 1: Arrival at Thimphu via Paro
Welcome by our representatives. A drive to Thimphu which will take approximately 2 hours. After arriving Thimphu, a leisure time in hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu
After breakfast, visit to following places:
In memory of Third Druk Gyelpo His Majesty the King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, this religious stupa was built in 1974. It is one of the most popular site in Thimphu.
This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statue in the world. It is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. Enjoy a stunning view of Thimphu city from the Buddha Point.
National Textile Museum
This museum introduces Bhutan’s having national art of weaving. There is a small group of weavers working their looms inside the museum.
Break for lunch. After lunch, visit to following places.
Takin Zoo- Here you can see the famous national animal of Bhutan called Takin with very strange shape and a strong smell.
This dzong has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the kind, the secretariat and the Ministries.
Explore Handicrafts stall and Thimphu town
Centenary farmer’s market
Walk to this market/ shop interacts with the local farmers where farmers come from all over the country to sell their farm products.
Drive to hotel and overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3: Hike to Tango monastery
After breakfast, a short hike to Tango monastery which takes an hour walk. A trail will take a gentle climb for an hour and then the destination is reached. Upon arriving the Monastery, a majestic view of forest will be seen and also different species of bird may be seen. Then return to town and break for a lunch. Afternoon, visit to Simtokha Dzong established in 1629 and it is the oldest and the first Dzong in Bhutan. Later explore to Thimphu Town. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 4: Drive to Punakha (78km/ 2-3 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Punakha (1300m). Punakha is the ancient capital of Bhutan,which is about 21/4 hours drive from Thimphu across Dochula pass. Punakha is the administrative and religious center of the district and the winter home of Bhutan’s Central Monk Body. It is a place where Pho Chhu(Male) and Mo Chhu(female) rivers drains. Punakha valley also produces abundant crop and fruits.
Start your journey by enjoying and taking photos of the Dochula Pass (3150m) with its beauty of the Himalayas. The pass is decorated with 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten,which were built to celebrate the stability and progress ,brought to Bhutan by His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck(4th King).
Visit the following sightseeing palces in Punakha:
1.Punakha Dzong: It was built by Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyal in 1637 with a stunning Bhutanese architechture,standing at the fork of two rivers. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been restored.
2.Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: A short drive to valley which was built by Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck in 1992.
3.Chimi Lhakhang: You can take short hike to through the rice fireld build by Lam Ngawang Chogyal on the spot where his cousion Lam Drukpa Kuenley (known as “the Divine Madman”) where he subdued a powerful demon during 15th century. Chimi Lhakhang is also known as the “Abode of Fertility: and believed from this temple is blessed with a child.
Overnight in Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha- Wangdue
After the breakfast head towards Wangdue Phodrang which is 1350m . This town is located South of Punakha and is the last town which connects the Eastern and Central Bhutan. The old town of Wangduephodrang, a narrow street with single storied shops like math box has been replaced by a brand new town curved out of terraced rice field. The Dzongkhag is also famous for its fine bamboo work, slate and stone carving.
Wangdue Phodrang dzong which is in shape of sleeping elephant overtaking the highway that forks to the east and South of the country.
Gangtay Goenpa( Phobjikha). The magical valley of Phobjikha is known as winter home to Black-Necked Cranes( Grus Nigricollis). The birds migrates from Tibetan plateau in October and November and fly back before spring that’s end of March. Overnight In Phobjikha.
Day 6: Paro via Phobjikha
Paro has a distance of approximately 8 hours from Phobjikha. After arriving Paro leisure time at Paro Town. Overnight in Paro.
Day 7: Sightseeing in Paro
After breakfast, visit to Drukgyel Dzong which is located 14 kms North of Paro town. It has a great history about Bhutan. This Dzong was built upon the victory of the great leader Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel against the Tibetan invasion during 1649.
Then visit to Kyichu Lhakhang. It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom which composed of two temples. The first temple was built by King Songten Gampo, and second was was build by HM Ashi Kesang, the queen grandmother of Bhutan in original pattern.
After lunch, a visit to Paro Ta dzong or National Museum which has great ancient artifacts about Bhutan. It is located in the Western part of Bhutan which was built in 1968. After that, visit to Rinpung Dzong which is located below the Ta Dzong. Then Explore the Paro town. Overnight in Paro.
Day 8: Hike to Paro Taktshang
After breakfast hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest (3-4hours). Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. Guru Rinpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in 8th century. It is considered to be the 10th holiest site in the Buddhist word where you can visit three different temples inside. Riding Ponies will also provide upon request.
Evening sight viewing at Paro town. Overnight in Paro.
Day9: Departure from Paro airport