TOUR in BRIEF
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 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. (1.5 hrs drive)
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 – Gangtey
Phobjikha Valley is one of the most stunning areas in the country. The wide flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forest is an extremely rare experience in Bhutan. In contrast to some parts of Bhutan, where modern development is already very apparent, Phobjikha is a place with natural beauty.
Roughly 40 minutes we will arrive at the Dochula Pass (3050 meters). If weather permits we will have great views of the extended eastern Himalayas in Bhutan.
A brief stop at the pass and continue the journey by winding our way into Wangdi valley (1300 meters). From there we will drive up until the neck of Pelela pass (3300 meters) where we will cut our way to take a diversion into the glacier valley filled with dwarf bamboos. The valley is one of the most important wildlife preserve in the country, because of the large flock of black necked cranes that migrates from Tibet in the winter.
We will visit the famous 16th century Gangtey Goemba that overlooks the large green expanse of the valley. The monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly be the families of the Gomchens (lay monk) who take care of the monastery.
THIMPHU – Gangtey (5 hrs drive)
Gangtey – Punakha (1300 m)
The sub-tropical valleys of Punakha and the surrounding mountain sides offer a large variety of attractive places to explore and discover monasteries and the most impressive Dzong in the country
Before, we drive to Punakha we will hike the popular Gangtey Nature trail (2 hrs hike). After the hike our journey takes us back winding our way through Wangdi into Punakha valley.
In the valley, we will drive straight to visit the Nunnery which was built by the maternal grandfather of the king. Here the nuns are given equal opportunities to pursue their monastic education.
GANGTEY – PUNAKHA (3 hrs drive)
After early breakfast, we will travel up the valley north and cross the Mo Chhu to hike up and pay respect to the grand Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten,
The Chorten is 30 meters (100 feet) tall and can be seen in the distance when driving or walking up from the footbridge towards the lodge. The three -leveled Chorten took eight and a half years to build and was consecrated in 1999. Dedicated to the Fifth King, it was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability, and harmony in an ever- changing world. It is therefore filled with every form of colorful protector imaginable.
After lunch, we will drive down valley to visit the stunning Punakha Dzong.
The Dzong is considered one of the most important and also one of the most beautiful Dzong in the Kingdom. It was built by Zhabdrung 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 Central Monastic Body.
|Punakha – Paro (2300 m)|
Today the journey west takes us back to Paro valley winding our way down to Wangdi valley before climbing back to Dochula pass (3000 meters above sea level).
Before climbing Dochula mountain pass we will stop at the village of Sopsokha to hike the famous Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility temple). 1 hr hike. The 30-minute walk from the road to the temple is through open farmland. It is believed by the Bhutanese that a visit to this temple, help increase one’s chances of becoming parents! Thousands of people visit this temple on pilgrimage and numerous couples visit the temple to pray to become pregnant and receive blessing. Many parents also bring their newborn children to receive the baby’s name from the local lama.
After the hike, we will continue our drive towards Paro
PUNAKHA – PARO (4 hrs drive)
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 Rinpoche 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.
Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help lighten the journey
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: If you are interested we can arrange Farm house visit along with lunch and hot stone bath experience.