Glimpses Of BhutanDecember 10, 2017
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Customizable Tour: 7 Nights 8 Days
Walk through Bhutan’s wildlife, religion, culture, and history with Yatra’s “Incredible Bhutan” package.
Learn about its wealthy history at National Memorial Chorten and a temple at Dochula, and get engrossed in spiritual peace at Chimi Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang and Buddha Dordenma. Motithang Takin Preserve and Chele La allow you to admire Bhutan’s wilderness, whereas the dzongs acquaint you with its traditional architecture. The Folk Heritage Museum and National Museum are perfect to learn about the local culture. National Handicrafts Emporium is where you can buy souvenirs, while the BBS Tower is the place for some photography.
With a probability of doing and seeing so much, Yatra assures that you will have the time of your life on the tour. We understand precisely tourists want, and flexible their specifications in our packages has made us the preferred travel portal in the country.
Day 1 – Welcome to Bhutan (Arrival in Bagdogra | Bagdogra to Phuentsholing)
Begin creating happy memories right from your arrival at Bagdogra Airport, where a Yatra representative will meet you and assist in your transfer to Phuentsholing.
On reaching the hotel in Phuentsholing, help yourself to a hearty dinner before retiring for the night in your room.
Day 2 – A Visit to Thimpu (Phuentsholing to Thimphu | Visit to National Memorial Chorten)
After freshening up, head to the breakfast table to recharge yourself before traveling further into the kingdom. Post breakfast, begin your journey by road to Thimphu – the Bhutanese capital.
A pleasant year-round weather, soaring hills on all sides and an old-world charm all combine beautifully to make Thimphu a perfect holiday retreat. What’s more? The city is studded with Buddhist monasteries and temples that radiate peace.
Here, explore the magnificent National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third emperor of the kingdom. This three-storey stupa has numerous shrines, housing colorful statues of Buddhist deities and photographs of the monarch.
After paying homage to the king, make your way back to the hotel to gorge on a delicious dinner. Later, enjoy an overnight stay in your hotel room.
Day 3 – The Thimpu Experience (Sightseeing in Thimphu)
A lavish breakfast signals the start of a day, which would take you closer to Bhutan’s amazing culture. Head out, and visit Motithang Takin Preserve, home to Bhutan’s national animal, the takin. The protected territory has pine forests that create the perfect environment for these animals.
Also during the day, travel to Tashichhodzong, a huge dzong-style building, from where the king rules. You could walk in its landscaped lawns or see rich Buddhist artwork on its exterior walls.
The place, which will really bespeak about the lifestyle of the kingdom, is the Folk Heritage Museum. The daily chores of villages, objects in use, typical village houses, livestock and stables, a rural kitchen and traditional open hot stone bathhouse are on display here.
You will certainly be awe-inspired at the sight of the around 52-meter high Buddha Dordenma statue. The idol has smaller statues of Bodhisattvas, Arhats, and mandalas.
Like shopping? Then make the most of your time at National Handicrafts Museum, where you may buy Bhutanese clothes, handmade paintings, and jewelry.
Photographers can rejoice as they will get a great opportunity to click a bird’s eye view of the city from atop BBS Tower.
Follow this amazing excursion with dinner at the hotel; later, it’s time for bed.
Day 4 – Road Trip to Punakha (Thimphu to Punakha | Sightseeing on the Way)
After an early breakfast drive to Punakha via Dochu La.
Dochu-la pass located at a height of 3,088m/ 10,130 ft is a scenic location with chortens chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, it may be possible to see the following peaks from this pass in the order left to right: Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m, after this uplifting experience proceed further to Punakha.
Later visit Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the fourth King.
The afternoon is also scheduled for an excursion to Chimi Lhakhang. Situated on a hillock in the center of the valley, this temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humor, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha (Altitude 1300m).
Day 5 – Punakha
After breakfast, a beautiful hike takes one to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability, and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond.
After lunch start on the full day excursion to Wangdue Phodrang
Wangdue Phodrang district of western Bhutan, is also the name of the dzong (built in 1638) which dominates the district, and the name of the small market town outside the gates of the dzong. The name is said to have been given by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who was searching for the best location for a dzong to prevent incursions from the south. At the chosen spot the Shabdrung encountered a boy named Wangdi playing beside the river and hence named the dzong “Wangdi’s Palace”.
Day 6 – A Day in Paro (Punakha to Paro | Sightseeing in Paro)
If you thought you are done with taking a trip through Bhutan’s culture, you are mistaken because after breakfast today, you will be heading to Paro for another comprehensive sightseeing excursion.
With around 155 monasteries, temples and stupas, Paro can be called the religious heart of Bhutan. Though the city buzzes with tourists, the liveliness takes nothing away from its natural beauty.
Here, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, where numerous treasures are believed to have been hidden by Padmasambhava. The wooden roof and white brick structure of the temple are embellished with colorful paintings.
You will also see a mighty fortress, Drukgyel Dzong, as part of this excursion. Though mostly in ruins, its strong masonry walls and cylindrical towers have withstood the fall of time.
If you liked the Folk Heritage Museum, then you will absolutely love the National Museum of Bhutan, housed inside Ta Dzong, which you will visit today. Its expansive collection includes farm tools, ritual objects, jewelry, coins, traditional attire, religious items, paintings, and weapons including decorative guns.
Following this experience, head to the hotel for dinner. After having your fill, end the day with a sound sleep.
Day 7 – Excursion to Chele La
Thinking that you have been in Bhutan for six days and have seen nothing of mountains yet? Then, fret not because this is the day for it! After a tasty breakfast, take to the road and travel to Chele La- a mountain pass.
The journey will delight you with exceptional sceneries in the form of valleys, rivers, and dense forests of pine and fir. Buddhist prayer flags, fluttering in the wind, mark the site. Flowers like pink rhododendrons, yellow and purple primulas, deep purple irises and wild roses cover the pass.
After relaxing here and breathing the crisp, fresh air, retreat to the hotel for a scrumptious dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8 – Tour Over, Bhutan (Departure from Paro)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.
Located in the Paro Valley of Bhutan, the eponymous town of Paro is dotted with several historical sites. Paro is the perfect destination for anyone who prefers to spend time by themselves in the lap of nature, far from the madding crowd. The main street is adorned with colorful wooden shops, houses, and restaurants. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery popularly known as Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist temple situated in the upper portion of the Paro Valley and is a beautiful monastery. Guru Padmasambhava, who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, meditated here for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. You will be able to witness the famous dzong style of architecture if you visit Rinpung Dzong, which is an intricate wooden structure made of large beams that are held together without a single nail! The National Museum of Bhutan is actually a ‘ ta dzong’ (meaning Watchtower) that was later renovated to host the museum. Shaped like a conch shell, the museum has an excellent collection of Buddhist thangkas. However, note that you will not be allowed to enter with a camera, but you can click pictures of the building and its surrounding areas.
Famous for its wonderful natural beauty and exclusive culture, Thimphu is the administrative capital and largest city of the picturesque kingdom of Bhutan. Being the most modern city in Bhutan with several restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers, Thimphu has maintained its cultural identification. The existence of spirituality in the air combinations well with the Buddhist traditions, and fills the environment with peacefulness. The cultural focus continues to be on maintaining customs in every part of life here. Thimphu is acknowledged as the only capital city in the world that does not use traffic light system. Bhutan has a lot of spiritual sites and locations of culture to visit such as the Buddha Dordenma Statue, Tashichho Dzong monastery and fortress, the National Memorial Chorten, National Folk Heritage Museum, National Textile Museum, Changangkha Lhakhang monastery, Motithang Takin Preserve and a host of other sites. Most of the tourism revolves around the holy sites of Buddhism, both modern and ancient ones. However, nature-related tours, treks, hikes and trail walking are very popular here as well due to the natural beauty of the surrounding areas of Thimpu and the region in general.