On this journey of a lifetime, we take you to the land of fresh air, rich religious and cultural traditions, stupendous mountains, and pristine nature. It is also a land of people who, by official proclamation that is unique in the world, measure their lives not by GNP (Gross National Product), but by GNH (Gross National Happiness)! Bhutan, a country of the size of Switzerland, tucked between Tibet and India, is truly a jewel of the Himalayas – perhaps, some would say, Shangri-La.
This cultural tour is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese Hospitality, admire the ever- changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich Buddhist culture. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastry (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changgangkha Lhakhang in Thimphu and after passing 3150m Dochula pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into sub-tropical Punakha valley featuring Punakha Dzong, and Chimil Lhakhang, temple of the divine mad man.
Day 01: Arrive Paro – Thimphu
Welcome to Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, Landing down on the Paro international airport, you will be greeted by your guide and the drive upon exiting the arrival hall. Drive to Thimphu, check in to your hotel and if time permits visit the places of interests or walk around the Thimphu City. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning visit the places of interest like Memorial Chorten of third King of Bhutan, Huge Statue of Buddha with view of Thimphu valley, Changangkha monastery of 13 century, perversion of Takin the national animal of Bhutan, Zelukha nunnery, Art & Craft School, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum, and Tashichho-Dzong the main secretariat building (Fortress) which houses the King’s Throne building and the summer residential place for the Chief Abbot and state monks of Thimphu & Punaha. Overnight Hotel.
Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha & back to Thimphu or Thimphu to Paro
Option 1: Thimphu to Punakha & back to Thimphu
After an early breakfast make excursion to Punakha valley for 2 ½ hrs drive with short stop to Dochula pass ( Alt. 3150 m). If the weather is clear, you can have a magnificent views of Himalayas, and at Punakha visit beautiful Dzong and hike to Chimi Lahakahng of 15 century, this temple was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenly, who is known as Devine Mad Man. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as the “Temple of Fertility”. It is believed that the childless women can be conceived after they are blessed from the temple. After lunch you walk around Khuru town and drive back to Thimphu. Overnight Hotel.
Option 2: Thimphu to Paro Sightseeing
Today, after breakfast drive to Paro valley and visit the places of interest like the National Museum of Bhutan, Rimpung Dzong (fortress) the main administrative center and the state monastery of Paro region, Dungtsi Lhakhang of 15th century, Kyichu Lhakhang of 7th century, Drugyel Dzong the victorious fortress of 17th century and stroll in Paro town. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 04: Thimphu to Paro
Today drive to the foothills of Taktsang Monastry. There are two options available to enable you to reach Taktsang Monastry. You can choose to ride a pony or hike (Please note that riding pony downhill is not recommended). It takes approximately 1 ½ hour uphill to reach the Taktsang cafeteria overlooking the magnificent Monastery perched on the side of the cliff 900 meters above the floor of the Paro valley.
Taktsang means the tiger’s nest. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress. Guru Rinpoche then meditated in the cave for three months and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. According to Bhutanese tradition, the tigress was a form taken by one of Guru Rinpoche’s consorts for the occasion.
It is total of 5-6 hours walk on gradual ascent with winding trials and with views of Taksang hanging on the cliff and surrounding mountains and valley below with villages and farmlands. Overnight in hotel.
Day 05: Paro – International Flight Departure
Our guide and driver will drop you to the airport and bid you good bye for your flight departure out of Bhutan.
Glimpse of Bhutan package rate for :
1 person = USD $ 1200/-
2 people = USD $ 2320/- (Each person $1160/-)
3 people and above : USD $ 3120/- (each person = $1040/-)
· Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
· All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
· Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
· Experienced driver.
· Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.
· All meals in Bhutan.
· All entrance fees and permits.
· All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
· Medical / Travel Insurance.
All of our Bhutan tours are private, tailor-made journeys for independent travel on dates of your choosing. We can easily customise your Bhutan tour to spend more in the places doing the activities that you are interested in. Kindly mail us to customize the itinerary as per your need.For more inquiry email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com