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Experience Happiness Bhutan

Happiness Bhutan Tours 8Nights 9Days

Tour Highlights

Experience the best of Bhutan! Those who make the rare journey into the Kingdom will discover that this is indeed an exclusive place with a truly indigenous experience to offer. Bhutan’s beautiful unspoiled and pristine landscape, ancient Buddhist culture, imposing architecture and friendly people will enchant you. The air and the environment are not polluted and there are no crowds.

We can help you develop your trip around your schedule and according to your interests. Come and join us for an exceptional Bhutan experience with our unparalleled service!


ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival– Paro – Thimphu

Arrive at Paro International Airport. The flight will be a breathtaking the experience as you will be able to see the treasures of the Himalayas, embodied in majestic forms, such as Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jomolhari, Mount Jichu Drake and others. The landing at Paro will be a thrilling moment, too. Representatives from Asia Escapades Bhutan will meet you at the airport, after which you will drive for about an hour to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. After lunch, the rest of the Day will be dedicated to sightseeing.

  1. Memorial stupa of the third king- built in 1974 by Queen mother in memory of great third king.
  2. The largest and tallest sitting Buddha statue in the world overlooking capital city.
  3. Pay respect to Changangkha monastery house for Buddha of compassion built in 14 century.
  4. Takin reserve-To see the national animal of Bhutan.
  5. Evening visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building, which was built in 1641. This massive structure houses the office of the King, the Throne Room and part of the government Ministries. While walking into the Dzong, on the right side take a few seconds eyesight of Small beautiful palace of HM King, HRH Queen and HRH Prince.

Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02:Thimphu Hike

Tango and Cheri monastery:

Distance: 1 hour approximately for each.

Altitudes: 2800 meters

Elevation Gain: 400meters

Difficulty Level: Medium

In 1627 the first Buddhist Monastic School for Bhutan was started by Shabdrung in Cheri, which to these days has become a Meditation Centre for higher-level Buddhist studies. The Monastery buildings are old and still contains many sacred relics from past. Definitely, visit this place is more purifying and refreshing. From the road head at Dodayna it will take about 40 minutes hike to reach Cheri Monastery. The trail leaves Dodayna bride and gently goes up through woods of blue pine, Oak trees and with lots of Rhododendron undergrowth.

After coming back to Dodayna Bridge from Cheri yet you still have Tango hike which is even more satisfying and spiritual. The hike to Tango can take about another 40 minutes and goes gently uphill through alpine woods.

Tango is the highest level of Buddhist studies in Bhutan. The qualification after you finish Tango is equivalent to Masters Degree in Academy studies. Tango is also the seat of our renowned Buddhist Master known as Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. The young reincarnation of the master still resides at Tango. We also have many other young reincarnated masters studying there.

The road head at Dodayna is about 30 minutes drive from Thimphu city.

Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha Valley

This morning you will be transferred by road eastwards to the Punakha Valley. En-route pass the Semtokha Dzong built in 1629 the oldest fortress of its kind that guarded the Thimphu valley, which today is a monastery. Continue ascending to Dochu La (pass) to view 108 Stupas, commissioned by a former Queen as a memorial to those who lost their lives during a low-intensity conflict in late 2002 when Bhutan evicted Indian rebels camped in the jungle on the Bhutan – Indian border. On a clear day, you will witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalaya.

On arrival into the Punakha valley stop and visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (also known as the Divine Madman or Mad Monk) who has a very colorful history, and which is an easy 20-minute walk across paddy fields. It is believed that childless women who visit the temple will conceive after receiving a “wang” (blessing) from the resident monk.

After lunch enjoy an orientation tour of the valley including the nunnery and, dramatic Punakha Dzong, which formerly served as the seat of government and is still the winter residence of the Dratshang (Central Monk Body). This is Bhutan’s most spectacular Dzong and an excellent example of how a medieval fortress and a Centre of both monastic and administrative functions, has adapted and evolved for modern day use.

Overnight hotel in Punakha

Day 04: Hike in Punakha

(Optional) This morning we especially recommend you travel northwards up the valley and take a fascinating hike through fields of vegetables and tiny hamlets to Khamsum Yuelly Namgyel Chorten. This Chorten holds very special significance being consecrated in 1999 and dedicated to the protection of the former Crown Prince – today’s current King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk. Alternatively, take the afternoon at leisure and don’t forget the markets if you are there on a Saturday morning. If of interest white-water rafting is available in this valley at extra cost. Your guide will advise if the conditions are suitable.

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Drive to Talo Nobgang village and explore village and experience rural life of Bhutanese Peoples daily living. Upon returning from Talocolorful you can also visit Nunnery and enjoy the spectacular views of Punakha and Wangdue valleys.

Overnight hotel in Punakha

Day 05: Punakha – Gangtey/ Phobjikha valley

After breakfast, we begin the 105 km drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. It will take us about 4 hours with the road gradually ascending till Lawala pass (1100 feet). Passing through Nobding village, the vegetation consists of high altitude dwarf bamboo, rhododendrons flowers, and Magnolia, fir and pine trees. We will reach Phobjikha valley at 3,000m, in the Black Mountain Ranges. Phobjikha is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and home to the very rare black-necked crane. The birds migrate from Tibet to Bhutan in winter (from October -March). We will be visiting Gangtey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries that look like a small Dzong. Then you can visit the beautiful Phobjikha valley. This valley is mostly covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo and pine trees. There are impressive carvings of art and wood on a farmhouse. You could interact with the people and get to know more about their way of life.

Overnight hotel in Phobjikha

Day 06:Gangtey – Punakha

We will be driving for 3 hours to Punakha and on the way visit Wangduephodrang Dzong, which was built in 1638 by the Zhabdrung.

However, a tragic fire in 2012 has brought the Fortress to the ground and it is today in ruins.

We will take a short stroll through Wangdue town and after Lunch, you can stroll in Lobesa small organic town.

Over night hotel in Paro

Day 07: Punakha Valley to Paro Valley

Depart Punakha early morning for your transfer westwards to the Paro Valley, once again traversing Dochu La, and arriving in Paro town in time for a late lunch.

This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the major features in Paro town including Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge; Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit; and the old ruined fortress of the Drugyel Dzong (14km from Paro). This is the historical site of the Fort of Drukpa Victory, from which the Bhutanese used to repel the Tibetan invaders again and again. On a clear day, views of the 7314-meter snow domed peak of sacred Mt Jomolhari can be seen.

Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Day 08: Paro – Taktsang monastery hike

After breakfast, we drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours (round trip.) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river-powered prayer wheels. As you reach Taktsang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of this most pious Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a cliff overlooking the valley; it would just qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders.

Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998, it has been rebuilt to its original glory. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. Hence the name, Taktsang, or the “Tiger’s Lair”. On our way back, we will visit another symbolic structure, which is now in ruins, the Drugyel Dzong, or “Castle of the Victorious Drukpa,” which was also built by the Shabdrung to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans in the 16th and 17th centuries. From here, the Jomolhari Peak (“Mountain of the Goddess”) can be seen on a clear Day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). The next stop will be at Kyichu Monastery, one of Bhutan’s oldest, built in 659 A.D. by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. On arrival at Paro, we will visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong (Fortress), which was built in 1646 and also Ta Dzong, the watchtower.

Overnight hotel in Paro

Day 09: Paro to Departure

After breakfast, you will be driven to Paro International Airport for your journey out of Bhutan.

  • Sustainable Development Fees
  • Bhutan Visa fee
  • Accommodations in 3|4|5 star Hotels/Resorts on Double Occupancy basics.
  • Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea and Snacks(Dinner & Lunch will be served at Tourism board certified restaurent only)
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees to the sights visited.
  • Local English Speaking Tour Leader/Guide.
  • Full time luxury SUV or luxury Coaster Bus.
  • All necessary permits and their fees.
  • Plenty of drinking mineral water.
  • All necessary trekking arrangements (1 tent for 2 guest for trekkers).
  • Individual’s special gifts hamper.
  • Free Bhutan tourist maps and other information pamphlets.
  • Wearing of Bhutanese dress during your stay in Bhutan only if you are interested.
  • Visit of traditional Bhutanese house and dinner with Bhutanese locals.
  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended)
  • Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
  • Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

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