8 days & 7 nights in Bhutan

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Day 01 : Arrive Paro, Paro- Thimphu

child in airportThe flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our Bhutan Travel Zone representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities. You will be transferred to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.
Your first dinner and sleepover will be at the hotel in Thimphu Bhutan.

 

Day 02: Thimphu

thimphuToday’s full day for you is sightseeing in the city of Thimphu, Bhutan, and also not only the city but other visits is also included to:
1.National Library, which holds a vast collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion;

2. Then we’ll visit Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan;

3. Then the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (we’ll visit outside only), where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed and traditional medical practitioners are trained;

4. Then we’ll see the National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the Third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, he is known in Bhutan as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (‘the father of modern Bhutan’)
and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy

thimphu dzong5. Tashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses the secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body;

6. Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, providing fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

7. Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.
Your dinner and sleepover is at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu – Torngsa

trongsaAfter having our early breakfast, we’ll drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the high Himalayan peaks towards the north east will be revealed in all their glory. On a clear day, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana, and finally, Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

bajothangThen continuously we’ll go onwards, reaching Wangduephodrang town in time for lunch. From here, it is a long, winding desent into the Wangduephodrang valley, which is about 1,700m below the pass. So stopping near by a restaurant we’ll take our lunch at Wangduephodrang town, and then continue on to Torngsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large white chorten and prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. So we’ll stop on the route at Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remaining of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot,

Then driving through all these things then we’ll arrive at Torngsa in late afternoon so then we’ll check into a lodge for the night.

Day 04: Torngsa – Bumthang

jakarAfter we have our breakfast, we will walk by Torngsa Dzong (which was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1647) and then we’ll climb up a steep path to visit the Ta Dzong (watchtower), dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling.

Then we’ll drive to Bumthang, so then we’ll check you into a lodge. After lunch, we’ll visit Kurje Lhakhang (‘Where the saint’s body is imprinted on a rock’), then we’ll vist Jambey Lhakhang (7th century), then after that we’ll visit Tamshing monastery (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan), and then Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). We’ll stroll in the village, then we’ll visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take a refreshments at a local restaurant. Your dinner and sleepover is at the lodge.

Day 05: Bumthang –Punakha

backAfter breakfast, we’ll explore future the fascinating valley of Bumthang. Then we’ll proceed to Punakha, stopping along the way at Torngsa for lunch, which will be served in a local restaurant which is famous for its cuisine.

Then we’ll visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town en route to Punakha, which we reach late afternoon. Your dinner and sleepover is at the hotel in Punakha.

 

Day 06: Punakha-Paro

backto paroIn the morning we’ll visit to Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first king, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood damage from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damage to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue.
After having our lunch, we’ll proceed to Paro, a route visiting a traditional Bhutanese farm house, to gain an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the local people.

On the arrival in Paro, we’ll check into the Hotel. Your dinner and sleepover is at the hotel.

Day 07: Paro

paro dzongToday’s full day for you is sightseeing in Paro valley which includes morning visits to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong and now houses the National Museum, and Paro Dzong (which is known as Ringpung Dzong), was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

After lunch, we’ll drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Zhabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in the war of 1644. En route, we’ll also visit Kyichu Lhakang, which was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songten Gampo.

Your last dinner and sleepover is at the hotel in Paro Bhutan.

Day 08: Depart Paro airport

paro airport

 

After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.