Delightful Bhutan
December 10, 2017
Amazing Bhutan
December 10, 2017

Glimpses Of Bhutan

Customizable Tour: 6 Nights 7 Days

Take this 7-day tour and experience the best of Bhutan in just a week. You will have the time of your life in this extremely wonderful kingdom. This eco-friendly country has a vibrant wildlife and a greater part of its land protected by lush forests. The impressive Himalayan ranges add to the beauty of the country and offer for excellent trekking and adventure trails. Bhutan’s spectacular historical temples, the ancient Buddhist culture, the calm and clean atmosphere and the natural beauty will enchant you.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day Wise

Day 1 – Arrival in Paro and Transfer to Thimphu

Upon your arrival, drive to the capital city Thimphu. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains and rivers along the way. After arriving at the hotel, you can spend your day relaxing or visit the places – Kuenselphodrang and Memorial Chorten. The Kuenselphodrang or the Buddha Point has the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue situated atop a hill. A 15-minute drive to the statue offers an exceptional view of the Thimphu city. The Memorial Chorten in Thimphu is a stupa built in the honor of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the king of Bhutan. Stay overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2 – Local Sightseeing in Thimphu – Motithang Takin Preserve

Visit the wildlife reserve area for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Also, enjoy visiting other famous attractions of Bhutan-the National Library of Bhutan, the National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, the Royal Botanical Garden and Wangchuck Centennial National Park. Pay a visit to Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress in Bhutan. Head back to the hotel and spend the night there.

Day 3 – A visit to Punakha

After breakfast at the hotel, head out on a journey to Punakha, a small town located around 80 km (3.5 hours approximately) away from Thimphu. Stop at the Dochula Pass en route to Punakha. Later, proceed to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility and visit Punakha Dzong. After reaching Punakha, check in and stay overnight at the hotel. NOTE: 1. The road between Thimphu to Punakha is under maintenance, so a rough drive is expected. 2. The Chimi Lhakhang Temple has some sexual depictions. You can reconsider visiting this place if you have children with you.

Day 4 – Phobjikha Valley Excursion

Post breakfast at the hotel, take a 3-hour long drive to the serene valley of Phobjikha. The valley is host to the endangered Black-necked Cranes. Visit the Crane Information Centre for more information about the black-necked cranes. Also, at Phobjikha, visit the beautiful 17th-century Gangtey Monastery. Take an hour-long walk in the Gangtey Natural Trail and marvel at the spectacular views of the valley. Later, drive back to the hotel in Punakha and stay overnight there.

Day 5 – Punakha- Paro with Sightseeing

En route to Paro, if time permits, visit the Tamchog Lhakhang temple. One must cross an iron chain bridge to get to the temple, which is an amazing experience in itself. Upon your arrival in Paro, head to the hotel and relax for some time before visiting some famous attractions in Paro. Visit Rinpung Dzong, a Buddhist monastery, and fortress and Ta Dzong, the national museum of Bhutan. Head back to the hotel to stay overnight.

Day 6 – Paro Hike and Sightseeing

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the Taktsang monastery. You can take a walk of about 2 hours to reach the top of the monastery, which is situated on a steep rock. Enjoy a good view of the monastery from a tea point en route, where you can also have lunch. While your return journey to Paro, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist temple. Later, take a joy walk around the Paro town and return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 7 – Departure

Check out from the hotel and transfer to Paro Airport. Leave Bhutan with a lot of wonderful memories.

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About Destination

Paro

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.

Thimpu

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.