Wanderlust Bhutan Journal

Wanderlust Bhutan Journal 9 Days

Tour Highlights

This 09 days trip is a combination of Western and Central Bhutan, the best what Bhutan has to offer. Western Bhutan is the heartland of the Drukpa people, home to the only airport, the capital of Bhutan, oldest and most spectacular Dzongs in the Kingdom. Whereas Central Bhutan is believed to be the first part of Bhutan to have been inhabited, with evidence of prehistoric settlements, there is great variety of people, architecture and scenery to be explored.

Day 01: Arrival-Paro
You will fly from your country to Paro Via India, Bangkok, Nepal & Singapore with Druk Air or Bhutan airlines, the national airline of Bhutan operate from an above destination and you have to see the flight connectivity from your country as its operating 45 days in a week. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and if weather permits, you may have spectacular views of the high peaks of the Himalayas including the highest Mt. Everest 29,021ft. After visa formalities at the Paro airport 7,590&39, you are met by our Bhutanese guide and transferred to your hotel in Paro to provide you some rest. In the evening your guide will take you to a tiny Paro town for orientation with the place and people & Overnight at Paro.
Day 02: Tiger Nest Monastery Hike
After breakfast depart for exciting excursion trip to Tiger Nest Monastery Your hike this morning is to site of Taktsang Monastery meaning Tiger & 39s nest, tragically wrecked in a fire of early 1998. The monastery, which has now been rebuilt, is perched some 2,000ft600m up on a sheer cliff overlooking the valley and was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. The hike is about 1 & 12 hours to the teahouse, from where you may either opt to go further uphill to the monastery for about 1 hour. Lunch is served at the tea house with the majestic views of Taktsang above and the Paro valley at the bottom. The return trek to the road head is downhill and takes about a little more the time it has taken you to come up. Arrive in Paro and visit a typical Bhutanese village home. This visit will certainly provide you an insight on living style of Bhutanese villagers. Certain cooking demonstration will be performed for you to get idea on how Bhutanese delicacies like BUTTER TEA and EMA DATSI are prepared & Overnight at Le-Meridien/similar(5 star Hotel). Or Option No. 2 Take a tour of the national museum formerly the watch tower takes approximately more than an hour. Also visit the mighty Rinpung Dzong 1646 AD where the Hollywood movie the Little Buddha was shot. Time permitting visit the oldest Buddhist temple of kyichu Lhakhang 7th century and dungtse temple 15th century & Overnight at Paro.
Day 03: Paro- Thimphu
After breakfast at the hotel you will drive an hour to the capital city of Thimphu the only capital city in the world without traffic lights. The total population is approximately 90,000 increased dramatically in recent years. In Thimphu you will certainly visit several tourist attractions such as the Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in the memory of the late king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Many Bhutanese people gather here to pray every day, Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. You will then visit the School of Arts and Crafts or “painting school”, where Bhutanese children can follow an eight year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpture. This will be followed by a visit to the Heritage Museum, Changangkha Lhakhang temple, national Library, Traditional Hospital and see how paper is made from the daphne plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants. At the end of the day, we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, the seat of Bhutan & administrative and religious center & Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu Vicinity Visits & Tango Cheri Hike
After breakfast you will get ready for, Today Sights Visit the sights that you probably have missed yesterday. If you feel ok to hike, your guide will take to north of Thimphu 25 Kms north and hike to the temple of Cheri Goemba. This hike is short but steep. This monastery is the first where the first monk system was established in Bhutan by Shabdrung N Nangyal unifier of Bhutan in beginning of 17th century. This is quite a place and location where you will feel that you are on roof of the world. Return back to hotel & Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 05: Thimphu- Punakha Valley
Today drive to Punakha Valley, an old winter capital of Bhutan, Enroute stop at Dochu LaPass, 10,000ft3,048m to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan & 39s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft7,550m. The road then drops down through a varied ever-changing forest, finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley. In the afternoon you will visit Punakha Dzong 1637 AD, one of the most impressive in the country situated between two mighty rivers basically known to people male and female rivers. Time permitting visit the small town of Khuruthang in Punakha & Overnight at Punakha.
Day 06: Punakha Valley Excursion
Today’s Excursion you will start with the temple of fertility or Chimi Lhakhang, Chimi Lhakhang was built by Lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochula with his magic thunderbolt of wisdom. A wooden effigy of the Lama thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a wang blessing from the saint. It is a 20-minute gentle walk across the rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings. In the afternoon drive 45 minutes to another district on Wangduephodrang, unique of its kind, small but cleanly maintained by the residents. Visit the fortress and the town. In the evening drive back to Punakha & Overnight at Punakha.
Day 07: Far Flung Phobjikha Valley
After breakfast drive to Beautiful Valley of Gangtey. which takes about 3 hours to reach there. passing many little villages and gradually climbing up the black mountains. About ½ hr before the Pele pass, a small road diverts to Phobjikha valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa monastery and in the evening you can take a walk in the valley. Visit 15th-century Gangtey Goenpa temple on a hilltop, Explore the valley and watch rare black naked cranes, the winter homes that migrate from Tibet & If time permits take a hike from Monestry towards Nomad village & Overnight at Gangtey.
Day 08: Transfer to Beautiful Paro Valley
After early breakfast drive back to Paro Valley, via Wangdue, Punakha, and Thimphu which takes about 3 hours. Enroute stop at Dochula cafeteria for tea and views. Continue to drive to Paro, which takes another 1 hour. Your lunch may be in Thimphu or Paro. In Paro, visit the places which you have missed earlier and your guide will advise you for options or you can visit the local market & Overnight at Paro.
Day 09: Departure
After early breakfast at the hotel drive to Paro airport for your sensational takeoff and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan second highest —-peak. Tashi Delek & See You Again
  • Sustainable Development Fees
  • Bhutan Visa fee
  • Accommodations in 3*/4*/5* 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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