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Bhutan Highlights

Bhutan Highlights

Bhutan highlights

This cultural tour is not only taking people to three major towns and there attractions but also goes to discover Bhutan, the land of happiness very extensively. Unlike the regular Bhutan introductory trip that covers the major attractions of Thimpu, Paro, Punakha and hike to tiger’s nest or Takshang. The tour gives insight idea of Bhutanese lifestyles and culture. The tour takes to the Takin reserve to observe the national animal of Bhutan and also takes to paper factories and handicraft centers to see how they are working on producing different types of handicraft. One of the highlight of the trip is Phobjika which is considered the winter residence for the migratory black naked cranes, which migrates every winter from Siberia to Bhutan. Trongsa and Bumthang are different valleys with quiet a big monastery and Dzongs which are included in the tour. A scenic flight from Jakar to Paro is another attraction as Bhutan recently started domestic flights.  

Major attractions of the trip
Visit different valleys of Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Phobjika and Bumthang with hike to tiger’s nest (local name Taksang monastery) in Bhutan. Discover the root cause of happiness of the Bhutanese people and calculate gross national happiness on your own.

Best season to go
March – May, September-November, (December to February considered cold months and June to August considered rainy season)

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro
Meet and greet by our guide and proceed a visit to Paro museum considered a national museum of Bhutan. After visit to the museum drive to Thimpu, capital city of Bhutan.

Day 2: Sightseeing of Thimpu
After breakfast proceed for a visit to national museum especially famous for preserving Bhutanese art and displays day to day lifestyle of Bhutanese farmers. Visit to traditional paper making factory. Handmade paper was extensively used from teaching learning activities as well as up to write prayers by monks. Continue visit to Motithang takin preserve where you can see a golden Takins, a national animal from Bhutan and also a viewpoint to overlook thimpu.
Afternoon visit to Tashichho dzong which is considered administrative center of Bhutan, office for king and ministers.

Day 3: Drive from Thimpu to Punakha.
Drive to Punakha crossing a popular pass in Bhutan called Dochula. The pass is considered best view point to see the highest mountain of Bhutan Jomolhari and many other peaks. Punakha was a capital of Bhutan until 1955. Later visit to Punakha Dzong, a perfect example of Bhutanese architecture located at the confluence of two rivers Cochu and Mochu. Built in 1639 this is the second largest and second oldest Dzong in Bhutan.

Day 4: Drive from Punakha to Phobjika and discover Phobjika.
Crossing the Pele la pass at an elevation of 3150 m. This pass is considered one of the opportunities for people interested in photography. Phobjika equally popular by the name Gangteng after the name of the popular monastery Gangteng monastery belongs to Nygmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Phobjika also a winter residence of black necked cranes, which migrates from Tibet and Siberia for winter months. This glacial valley is also famous for Himalayan black bear, wild boar, barking deer and foxes.

Day 5: Drive from Phobjika to Trongsa and discover Trongsa.
Trongsa is one of the popular town from central Bhutan and famous for Chokhor Raptse Dzong. Originally built in 1644, this monastery considered seat of power for Wanchuk dynasty before they became kings and ruler in Bhutan in 1907.

Day 6: Trongsa to Bumthang and discover Bumthang.
Bumthang is the religious heartland of Bhutan and houses some of the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. Bumthang consists of four main valleys named Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor. Choekhor is the largest and considered Bumthang Valley.

Day 7: Bumthang sightseeing.
Start a day with a hike to Tamzhing Gompa, the most important Nyingmapa monastery in the country which is founded back in 1501. Later visit to Kurjey Lakhang believe to houses a rock having imprint of Guru Rimpoche. Also popular by the name Kurjey Monastery, this is the final resting place of remains of first three kings of Bhutan.
Continue visit to Jambay Lakhang, one of the two ancient temple of Bhutan, built in 7th century by Songtsan gompo. Later go to Jakar Dzong founded back in 1549. This is one of the biggest Dzong in Bhutan. Known as the castle of the white bird because of the legend that a roosting white bird directed Lamas for the proper and auspicious location of the monastery.

Day 8: Fly from Jakar to Paro and discover Paro valley.
Visit to Drukgyal Dzong, built to protect against the invading Tibetans but destroyed by fire back in 1951 but still mark a victory of Bhutanese military over Tibetans. Later visit to Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century by Tibetan emperor Songtshan Gompo. Believed to be visited by Padmasambhav or Guru Rimpoche and concealed many of the spiritual treasures here.

Day 9: Hike to Taksang monastery (Tiger’s nest). This is one of the major attractions of Bhutan.
This Cliffside temple first built in 1692, a sacred site where Guru Rimpoche has done meditation in 8th century. Guru supposed to be flying here in tigers back do the meditation inside the cave. The main temple got badly destroyed by fire in 1998 including old paintings, artifacts and statues. Temple is famous for its location on a precarious cliff, accessible only by foot, 900 m. above Paro valley at an elevation of 3120m. Beautiful hike about 2 hours to reach the main temple. People not able to hike can take a horse ride up to the café or view point to the temple.

Day 10: Transfer to Paro airport and take a flight to another destination or home country.


Price Includes

  • Bhutan Visa processing service (we need to receive scanned copy of your passport for this).
  • All applicable government taxes.
  • Accommodations in A grade hotels in twin sharing basis (solo travellers need to pay a surcharge).
  • All meals during the trip.
  • An English speaking local Bhutanese guide (ask for a language speaking guide on extra cost and prior information).
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Monument admission fees as per the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the trip.

Price Excludes

  • International flights to and from home country.
  • Personal nature expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry. Telephone etc.
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement for solo travellers and who wish to have private room.
  • Travel  and Medical Insurance covering emergency medicine and evacuation

We will process your Bhutan visa so we need a scanned copy of your passports in our email when you book the trip with us.

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