5 Days Itinerary

A PORTAL OF WESTERN TOUR

This cultural tour through the Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese hospitality, admire the ever-changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich Buddhist culture. Highlights include National Post Office, Memorial stupa, cycling, zoo and hike to Wangditse.  At Paro, you will be at Ta Dzong Museum, Rinpung Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley.

OVERVIEW

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO -THIMPHU
DAY 02: THIMPHU

DAY 03:  PUNAKHA 

DAY 04: PARO

DAY 05: DEPART PARO

DAY 01: Arrive Paro and then to Thimphu (65 km-1½ Hours/Altitudes-2300 m). Upon arrival check in hotel and visit to National Post Office        (remain open during working days)where you can make stamps with your own photos and Next Memorial Stupa built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan‘s third King. Chorten literally means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha. Then visit Buddha Point the tallest statue of Buddha and could get a superb view of Thimphu Valley    

Cyclying (Buddha Point - Sangay Gang; 6 km-1 hour),the best place for photographers)

Cycling is an increasingly becoming popular in our country. Away from home you can test your fitness by cycling about 6 kms

Sangay Gang the best place for photographers. You can also have a panoramic view of the valley.  On the way back we will visit the small zoo dedicated to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan.  In the evening visit Tashi chho dzong “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s.  Tashi chhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. (it is allowed to visit after office hours at 4 pm in Winter & 5 pm in summer)

Weekend Market (Remain open from Thursday-Sunday); Every Saturday and Sunday most of Thimphu's scant population and many valley dwellers congregate on the banks of the river where weekend market is held. It is an interesting place to visit and provides opportunity to mingle with the local people.

Farm House Stay; Farm House visit  is one of the unique itinerary with experiences, taking you for Home Stay in Bhutan and living with typical Bhutanese families and children. The most interesting story and the people which you have probably never heard/seem in life are found in Bhutanese farm houses.Local visits are one of the most amazing experiences, tasting particular family special local dishes, sharing one’s stories, learn every day's life and see the daily challenges faced by them ,clicking pictures, joining the family for meals and many more can be organized. They are probably the happiest persons we see in the Land of Gross National Happiness-GNH. Go local and be local crosses beyond the borders and let you be inside villages.

DAY 02: Thimphu to Punakha (70 km-3 Hours) Today after breakfast you will drive to Punakha (1300m/4265ft) the former capital of Bhutan. On the way after 45 minutes’ drive from Thimphu will reach at highest pass between Thimphu and Punakha the place called Dochula pass (3140m) where you can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on clear day.

Then, visit Chhimi Lhakhang a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children.

Upon arrival check in hotel and visit Punakha Dzong a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) rivers, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan which houses some rich Buddhist collections.

Archery in Bhutan is more than a sport, it is a living example and a dynamic manifestation of the unique traditions and culture of the Bhutanese people, and it is a celebration of the Bhutanese way of life. No festival and no celebration is complete without a game of archery and the game itself is a combination of physical talents and spiritual influences where the deities and spirits are called upon to help a player or a team to perform better and win the contest. You can explore this game and feel the taste of game

Camping: It is one of the great ways to enhance travel experience. Bhutan has a clean environment and pristine forest. You will further enjoy with delicious meal featuring local ingredient, fresh vegetables and regional cuisines, which is freshly prepared onsite. Dinning in relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, you will have a Restroom – Simple Toilet tent. A dug-out pit toilet with chairs. In the evening, you can share telling tale and fun around cozy camp fire and many more.

DAY 03;Punakha to Paro via Thimphu (125 km-4 hours) afterbreakfast you will drive back to Paro. On the way at Dochula make a short hike

Lungchutse Hiking Trail (3.5 Kms) which is about 2 hours travel time (one way). The highest point on the trail is about 3569 meters above sea level. You will trek from Dochula Pass, climb towards the Lungchutse Lhakhang (highest point on the trail) and then descend towards Yusipang via the Tashigang Gonpa covering 9.2 kms.  From Lungchutse one could see the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari, Gang Bum, Gangchen Tag, Masagang, Tsenda Gang, Teri Gang, Table Mountain, Hinglae La, Gangkar Puensum and Dagala to mention few.

Check in hotel and visit Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative Centre. Next visit Paro Museum an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics.  Then walk down hill via Wooden Bridge, it takes 10-15 Minutes to the road point

Day 04; Paro- Hike to Taktsang (Distance 3-4 Hours walk/Altitudes-2200 m). Today, you will hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest. “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss. Taktsang monastery is located on a top 800 meter cliff in Paro. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress.

Kichu lhakhang one of the oldest temples to have been built in Bhutan by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century AD

Dart/Khuru: Khuru is a favorite traditional game played in Bhutan. Nearly everyone including the women play khuru for enjoyment and to mark the important occasions. It's not easy for beginner to give the hit but with little practice, you'll bet better quickly.   More than just the game is the spirit of the game which makes it lively. Teams sing and dance on each strike making the game even more interesting. Cheering and jeering is the part of the game. There is no age limit or retirement age for any players. As long as one can throw it straight and at the target one can qualify as a player. Away from home you can explore it and know what the game is like.

Day 05; Departure

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