Journey Into The Land of Happiness Kingdom 5 Days
Bhutan is a Himalayan kingdom that has embraced its traditional Buddhist culture amidst all the daunting global changes. Besides the tradition and culture, there lies a lot of mystery on this land to explore. Keeping all this in mind, we have meticulously designed 4 nights and 5 days ‘Journey to the land of Peaceful Dragon’ tour that will give you a heady mix of museums, mountain passes, and ancient ruins. Visit the popular destinations of Bhutan such as Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang and Paro. Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We customize holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could customize a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable International tour.
After a beautiful experience over the highest Himalayas on earth, you will reach Paro airport. Bhutan Tours & Luxury Exclusive representative (guide & driver) will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities. Upon arrival in this Magical Land, we embark on an hour road trip to Thimphu. The capital lies in a steep valley with alpine forests and numerous golden-topped monasteries scattered throughout. Full of opportunities including the first stop will allow you to view the magnificent Tacho Lhakhang (temple). The hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder, after the visit we drive further to reach Chuzom, the confluence of Paro Chu (River) and Wang Chu (Thimphu Chu) After crossing Chuzom we enter Thimphu valley. After check in and short refreshment, we will drive to Kuensel Phodrang. The Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. It will be one of the largest Buddha stupas (statues of Buddha) in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). Visit National Institute of Traditional Medicine.information resource center on Herbal/Traditional medicine, indigenous Medicine (1983) formulary of traditional Bhutan. We will drive to the National Post office for stamps. Bhutan is famous for producing unique and innovative stamps. After selling peculiar “CD-stamps” Bhutan’s Post office now offers personalized stamps; we invite you to surprise your family and friends with your custom-made stamp made with one of your favorite holiday photographs! Visit Vegetable Market where farmers produce all the organic vegetables locally. Towards the evening we will visit Tashichho Dzong and have glimpse king Jigme’s Palace. The Dzong is popularly known as Thimphu Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” it houses Bhutan’s administration and the throne of His Majesty and other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Just below the dzong, we can have a glimpse of King’s palace. (early notice required) Optional for interested photographers, drive to a viewpoint to take a stunning night view of Thimphu fortress. Overnight stay at Thimphu in (3 star,4 star & 5 star Hotel/Resort)
Today we begin our day by an early morning visit to the National memorial chorten. , is a Tibetan-style chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who passed away in 1972. It is one of the most visible religious structures in town and for many people, it is the focus of daily worship. Remember to walk around the Chorten at least once to gain merit and good luck. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, [Light butter lamp followed by short prayer and meditation] a fortress-like temple, which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Taken Preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan., This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology and visit a Takin enclosure. a continues as we head towards Punakha. The sub-tropical valleys of Punakha and the surrounding mountainsides offer a large variety of attractive places to explore and discover monasteries and the most impressive Dzong in the country and a warmer region. Punakha is the winter residence of the central monk body and it is one of the richest agricultural lands. The valley, with one of the biggest rivers in the country. En-route we will cross over Dochula pass at 3050 m, and view the most dramatic panoramic view of the greater Himalayas. During summers this mountain pass is covered with mists and the views are obstructed. Dochula landmark is the Wangyal Chortens – 108 stupas built on the mountaintop in a Mandala pattern, further enhances the beauty and tranquility of the past. From this cooler mountain pass, we will descend into a warmer region of Punakha. As we descend we will notice a change in vegetation and temperature too. While we enter Punakha valley. Overnight stay at Punakha in (3 star,4 star & 5star Hotel/Resort)
Early morning we will drive to visit Nalanda Buddhist Institute (NBI), also known locally as Daley Goempo or Dalida, is a Buddhist monastic school (shedra). In 1757, the 9th Je Khenpo, Shakya Rinchen, considered to be a reincarnation of Rechung Dorje Drakpa, founded the Nalanda Monastery in Punakha located below Talo Monastery Nunnery, which has a stunning view of both Punakha and Wangdue Valley. Later visit the Punakha Dzong (fortress) or Pungtang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The Dzong is considered one of the most important and also one of the most beautiful Dzong in the Kingdom. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637 and was the seat of the government every winter until Thimphu was established as the permanent capital in 1955. It is still the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot) accompanied by the Dratshang (Central Monastic Body). Take time to admire the impressive, colorful and detailed artistry of the surroundings, including huge statues of Buddha, Guru Rinpoche, and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, as well as paintings of one thousand Buddha’s. We will stop for a visit at Chimi Lhakhang (temple) [max. walking distance approx. 40 mins at a relaxed pace] the auspicious fertility temple, dedicated to the Tantric Buddhist Master Drukpa Kinley (Divine Madman). He is well known for his oral tradition of legends and songs. His teachings were through outrageous behavior and ribald humor in order to awaken the ordinary people. In particular, he took female friends and disciples along the path of sexual desire and relationship to free them from attachment to the illusory world and to awaken their Buddha-nature. We will walk through the rice fields to get to the temple. Depending on season one gets the glimpse of rural farming life, and the rural architecture, decorated with beautifully painted motifs and patterns. It’s not unusual to find a huge phallus painted on the walls, so don’t be shocked, just ask our guides for more details. During early spring its time for paddy plantation and late autumns is the harvesting season. Road trip to Paro, we will head back to Paro via Dochula Pass where will have our lunch at Dochula Café, Then we again descend back into Thimphu and while entering the valley we will briefly stop at the viewpoint of Simtokha Dzong (fortress). This is the oldest Dzong in the country that sits on a ridge overlooking Thimphu Valley. The arts and the architecture inside the dzong is one of the finest examples of Bhutanese arts. The slate carvings inside the dzong is a national treasure and believed to be the best among those found in the country, further drive to Paro. Check in hotel and leisure time. Evening leisure time, we take a stroll in the town, visiting shops and mingle with local people (city tour in Paro). Overnight stay at Paro in (3 star,4 star & 5 star Hotel/Resort)
Distance: 4 hours approximately for each. Altitudes: 3120 meters Elevation Gain: 1000 meters Difficulty Level: Medium Its hiking day, and we begin by driving to the base. Today’s exploration of Paro valley begins with a hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s nest monastery) [max. hiking distance approx. 4-5 hrs. (Walk/Pony ride till viewpoint) Tiger’s Nest or Taktshang Goemba is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters (2952 feet) above the valley floor. The legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew into Bhutan on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cave before bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The Taktshang Goemba (monastery) is built around the cave. The four-hour round-trip hike offers spectacular views of the Goemba and the valley below. Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help lighten the journey. Way back from the hike you will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang (temple), a sacred monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demonesses that lay across the Himalayan region. Afternoon visits the Watchtower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. This Watchtower was made National Museum in 1060. The Museum has been partially damaged due to the September 2011 earthquake, so some of the exhibits have been moved to the exhibit hall behind the museum. After the museum, take a short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong (the place where Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung and Carina Lau’s held their extravagant wedding shooting scene). This Dzong was built in the 17th century to defend the Paro region from the invading Tibetan forces. The architecture is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. The Dzong serves as a central administrative seat and central monk body. Then we again walk down to the Cantilever Bridge, to get a feel of the ancient way leading to the Dzong. The bridge is one of the fine examples of traditional bridge building in the country. After this experience and our final night in the Land of Thunder Dragon- a farewell dinner to savor traditional Bhutanese cuisine and celebrate this incredible journey in a kingdom of mythology and ancient traditions with hot stone bath (optional) & Overnight in (3 star,4 star & 5 star Hotel/Resort)
Departure from Paro onwards destination
Tashi Delek & See You Again
- Sustainable Development Fees
- Bhutan Visa fee
- Accommodations in 3/4/5 star hotel/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 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
One of the most unique features of our tours is that all the itineraries are fully customizable. At Bhutan Tours & Luxury Exclusive we don’t do standard tours, you have the power to customize your trips from A to Z, for example, accommodation, transportations, trip length, activities, places of interest, the pace of travel and more.