HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BEAUTIFULLY PHOBJKHA TOUR
Welcome to Bhutan – the land of happiness – one of the most sought after travel destinations today. Nestled in the foothills of Himalaya, Bhutan has always remained an independent kingdom. It was closed to the outside world, and as a result, its age-old culture, tradition, spiritual heritage and environment are still intact. Bhutanese are deeply religious, practices Mahayana Buddhism. You will explore the Buddhist monasteries dotted around country, Chortens (stupas), prayer flags and monuments.
The land of happiness kingdom is a trekker’s paradise and an environmentalist’s dream. With 72.5 percent of the country under forest cover, Bhutan’s pristine ecology is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna that you will discover while trekking Tiger’s Nest and Khamsum Yulley Namgyel.
Bhutan is a unique blend of the old and new. The country is slowly opening up to the modern world in fine balance with its ancient traditions. This kingdom is an adventure like no other, it’s time to discover it.
BEAUTIFULLY PHOBJKHA TOUR DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Paro and Thimphu Sightseeing
Visit the fascinating Rinpung Dzong meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’, which is the seat of the Paro district. Then visit a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu. This has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or “Dharma Raja”), the head of Bhutan’s civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907.
Phuntsho Pelri3 activities includedLunch includedParo and Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu to Punakha
The drive from Thimphu to Punakha takes us first to the Dochula Mountain Pass in the snow covered Himalayas. Here are 108 memorial chortens built by the eldest Queen Mother. Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful dzong in the country, especially in spring when the lilac-coloured jacaranda trees bring amazing colours to the dzong’s towering whitewashed walls. After lunch hike to the Devine Madman’s Monastery, famously known for its fertility shrine.
Meri Puensum Resort3 activities includedLunch includedDochula, Punakha and Punakha
Day 3: Punakha to Phobjikha
Visit Gangtey Gonpa, the seat of the Ngyingmapa Buddhism, one of the religious sects in Bhutan. The present reincarnate is the 9th descendant of Terton Pemalingpa. We will visit Gangtey Gonpa monastery and take a stroll around the place. This serves as the wintering place for endangered black-necked cranes migrating from Tibet from November to February to escape harsh winter there. The road to Gangtey passes through dense forests and oak is beautiful.
Dewachen Hotel & Spa2 activities includedLunch includedThimphu and Wangdue Phodrang
Day 4: Phobjikha to Punakha
Crossing this important pass, one may enjoy the pastoral feeling as you drive deeper into the valley with meadows where sheep and yaks graze. If you are a bird watcher, look out for the specialty called the Wren Babbler taking refuge underneath bamboos. Trongsa, the sacred and the temporal heart of the country is the first district that you will come across.
Wangdue Ecolodge2 activities includedLunch included Punakha and Punakha
Day 5: Punakha to Thimphu
This small factory produces traditional Bhutanese paper handmade from the bark of the daphne bush and you can see the whole process. Another unique structure is the prominent National Memorial Chorten, which is predominantly white with spires of gold, was erected in 1974 in honour of the father of modern Bhutan, the third king of the country. A visit to Kuensel Phodrang alias Buddha Point is a gigantic Buddha statue, which houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues.
City Hotel3 activities includedLunch includedThimphu
Day 6: Thimphu to Paro
Visit one of the oldest monasteries in the country built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo and the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. This fortress was built around 1644-49 to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan-Mongol forces. It was later burnt in an accidental fire in 1951.
Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa3 activities includedLunch includedParo
Day 7: Hike to Tiger’s Nest
Paro is a valley of religion and myth. The most famous landmark, the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), stands on a granite cliff about 800m above the valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, a famous Buddhist saint, flew to Paro on a tigress and meditated at Taktsang. The monastery is considered as a national treasure of Bhutan.
Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa1 activity included-Paro
Day 8: Weekend Market and Departure
Visit Paro’s weekend market before your departure. This market isn’t very large but it has a traditional feel and has some unique local products like organic Tsirang honey, squares of dried jellied cow skin known as khoo (a local snack). Drive to the airport for your departure.
WHAT WE INCLUDE IN OUR TAILOR MADE BHUTAN TOURS:
Tea and snacks
Complementary bottled water in car
permits and sightseeing
NOT INCLUDED IN OUR TAILOR MADE BHUTAN TOURS:
Drinks and Beverages
Phone and other bills of personal nature