6 Days Itinerary

THE BACKBONE OF BHUTAN TOUR

This 6 days tour will take you through the places of 3 Districts. 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 Ta Dzong Museum, Rinpung Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, takin zoo, school visit in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. After crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.

 OVERVIEW

DAY 01:  PARO
DAY 02: THIMPHU
DAY 03: PUNAKHA
DAY 04:  PARO
DAY 05: PARO
DAY 06: DEPART

DAY 01; Arrive ParoCheck 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 visit Weekend market and watch archery match in the evening.

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 know the game.

DAY 02; Paro to Thimphu (65 km-1½ Hours).    Upon arrival check in hotel and visit to National Post Office  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 

School Visit; The school in Bhutan remain open almost for 9 months except in December, January and July.  We can make appointment for your visit. Take this opportunity to interact with students and teachers during break time, and get to learn and know the education system in Bhutan, take pictures with them. Your gesture of donating stationaries like, pen, pencils, books and even desktop or in cash is always appreciated but not compulsory.

 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 Thursday-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. You may visit and feel the different diet taken by Bhutanese.

Karaoke /Night club: Karaoke usually takes place in the evening in pubs, clubs and bars are popular events. It is also a place where people hang out, meet friends, come across new people and get to know more people. Karaoke is for everyone and not necessarily for people with a good voice. It’s not the voice that counts, but the enjoyment one derives from singing that does.

There are many night clubs that the guest can choose where the western music is being played. Night Club offers endless entertainment to their customer. They stage all forms and kinds of dance acts at the venue. You can witness the young Bhutanese talents giving their best performance. Club also serves food and drinks. Extra payment may be necessary.

Day 03; 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

Prayer Flag Hoisting at Dochula: Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. You will hoist prayer flags to accumulate the good deeds for the present and next life

Chimi 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.

Camping: Outdoor camping in Bhutan is arguably one of the great ways to enhance your travel experience. There is a clean environment and pristine forest. You will further enjoy with delicious meal featuring local ingredient, fresh vegetables and regional cuisines. 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 04: Punakha to Paro via Thimphu (125 km-4 hours) After breakfast we will drive back to Paro. On the way at Dochula make hike to 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.

On the way visit to Simtokha Dzong it is one of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. The Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1627.

Go for evening walk/drive and see the Night View of Paro Dzong:

Day 05; Paro- Hike to Taktsang (Distance 3-4 Hours walk). 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

National Game: 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

Day 06: Departure 

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