Discover Bhutan 8 Nights 9 Days
TOUR in BRIEF
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Paro Valley – Thimphu
Our tour begins with a journey towards east into the booming metropolis of Thimphu. Situated at an altitude of 2,300 m it is the home to 120,000 Bhutanese.
Thimphu being the capital of Bhutan, offers unique opportunities to explore the Bhutanese culture, lifestyle and traditions in depth. We invite you to see the sights of the Kingdom’s capital with us.
After lunch, we will spend our time circumambulating the sacred National memorial Chorten.
This is a Tibetan-style Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late 3rd King 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.
Free time in town
Arrive – Paro airport and then transfer to Thimphu.
After breakfast we will drive up to Kuensel Phodrang to pay respect to the Biggest sitting Buddha statue in the world. The statue measures 51 meters. Built with the help of donor from Singapore, it is now an important sight to visit for all Buddhist around the world. We will spend our time circumambulating the sacred
National memorial Chorten. This is a Tibetan-style Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the late 3rd King 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.
Before lunch, we will have time to quickly visit the Bhutanese Paper factory. The art of handmade paper in Bhutan dates back to the 8th century, although usage was limited mainly to religious purposes. Today, it is considered an important element in the preservation of Bhutan’s cultural heritage.
After lunch, we will visit the Mini Zoo. The zoo used to exhibit various indigenous wild animals, which were later released back into the wild by order of the 4th King who declared that such a facility was not in keeping with the Bhutan’s environmental and religious convictions.
Thimphu – Trongsa
After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chortens, mani walls, 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.
Then continue onwards, reaching Wangduephodrang town in time for lunch. From here, it is a long, winding descent into the Wangduephodrang valley, which is about 1,700m below the pass. Take lunch at Wangduephodrang town, and then continue on to Trongsa 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.
Stop en 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 remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.
Trongsa – Bumthang
After breakfast, walk by Trongsa Dzong (built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1647) and climb up a steep path to visit the Ta Dzong (watchtower), dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling.
Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km. from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/11,155ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km. from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open, cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley.
On arrival in Bumthang, check in at your lodge. After lunch, visit Kurje Lhakhang (“where the saint’s body is imprinted on a rock”), Jambey Lhakhang (7th century), Tamshing Monastery (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan), and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant.
Drive to Thangbi Monastery via Kurjey Monastery and hike for the rest of the day through the beautiful valley of Thangbi toward Nga Lhakhang, the first overnight camp on Bumthang Cultural Trek. Picnic lunch would be provided and time to enjoy the walk, hike and visiting the monasteries on foot along with the village farmer’s house. We hope the day remains sunny for beautiful day to remember.
Bumthang – Punakha
After breakfast proceed to Punakha, stopping along the way at Trongsa or Chendibji Chorten for lunch, which will be served in a local restaurant famous for its cuisine. The day is going to be full of driving but make sure to stop for photography and shorts walks to keep your legs and arms active.
Punakha – Paro
After breakfast in the morning 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 lunch, proceed to Paro, en route visiting a traditional Bhutanese farm house, to gain an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the local people.
Today’s exploration of Paro begins with the climb to the famous Tiger nest monastery. The monastery is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meter above the valley floor. The legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew into Bhutan on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cave before bringing Buddhism to Bhutan.
The four-hour round trip hike offers spectacular views of the monastery and the valley below.
The hike to the famous Tiger nest monastery is a great finish to this day of cultural immersion and your journey to this ancient kingdom of BHUTAN.
Note: Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help lighten the journey
· If you are interested we can arrange Farm house visit along with lunch and hot stone bath experience