7 Days Luxury Itinerary

SEVENTH HEAVEN LUXURY STAY TOUR: 07 DAYS GENERAL LUXURY ITINERARY

This luxury tour will take you through the hills and valley of western Bhutan. You will be well taken car by the well experienced guide in SUV car. In the evenings, you will spend the night halts in your selected luxury hotels. At Paro, you will visit Dzong Museum, farm house. Then on 2nd day, you will be taken through breathtaking journey on roads and foothills, this tour explores the highlights of Bhutan’s western valleys. Enjoy the many cultural sites of Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital including the National post office, memorial chorten, and hike of an hour and Tashi chhoe dzong. You will come across Dochula pass where you could view eastern Himalayas. Then carryout flag hoisting and then move to Punakha. On day four, drive to Phobjikha (3000m/9845ft) valley a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. Phobjikha valley is one of the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black-necked Cranes. On the way back at Dochua, you will hike to Lungchutse Hiking Trail (3.5 Kms) which is about 2 hours travel time (one way). Finally on 2nd last day, hike to Taktsang. . “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.

OVER VIEW

DAY 01: PARO

DAY 02: THIMPHU

DAY 03: PUNAKHA

DAY 04: PHOBJIKHA

DAY 05: PARO

DAY 06 PARO

DAY 07: DEPART

DAY 01: Arrive Paro 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 visit Weekend market and watch archery match in the evening.

Farm House visit; 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.

You may go for evening walk or drive to see the night view of Paro dzong

DAY 02: Paro to Thimphu (65 km-1½ Hours). Upon arrival check in hotel and visit to visit to National Post Office at Thimphu. The central PO is located in the lower part of town on Chang Lam. It is a large and well organized facility that includes a philatelic department. Mailing letters/packages in Bhutan is usually very safe though, like elsewhere, anything of value should be registered. The main attraction of this post office is getting your picture printed onto stamps and mailing them out to your friends or relatives as a surprise. Doesn't cost much and good to keep as a memento. Various stamps and other gifts to purchase at the post office. 

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 to Buddha Point the tallest statue of Buddha and could get a superb view of Thimphu Valley Drive to Sangay Gang the best place for photographers. On the way back we will visit the small zoo dedicated to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. You can also have a panoramic view of the valley. 

Hike to Wangditse (1-2 hours) Sangay gang Cross Country Hike or Wangditse Hike It starts from Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) tower and ends at Dechenphodrang, through Pine forest. It is a very easy hike and it takes about 2 hours. Through this hike we can see Thimphu valley & Tashichho Dzong so beautifully.

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.

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.

But carryout 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

Punakha Ritsha Village; ‘Ritsha’ meaning ‘at the base of a hill’ is a typical village in Punakha. The village houses are made of pounded mud with stone foundations. Each house is only two storey high surrounded with gardens and the rice fields. In the recent years, the farming work is mechanized and power-tillers instead of bullocks are used to plough the fields and villagers have become relatively prosperous

Then drive to 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

Night View of Punakha Dzong

Day 04: Punakha to Phobjikha (70 km-3 Hours). Drive to Phobjikha (3000m/9845ft) valley a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. Phobjikha valley is one of the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black-necked Cranes. Upon arrival check in hotel and visit Gangtey Goempa the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan.

Gangtey Village: Phobjikha is a wide glacial valley with a central stream meandering through the open grassland and thickets of dwarf bamboo. Farmlands occupy the peripheral slopes where potatoes and turnips are grown. The forests beyond the farms are mostly coniferous. The general vegetation is composed of mainly blue pine, birch, maple and several species of rhododendrons. 

Day 05: Phobjikha to Paro (195 km- 7 Hours) after breakfast drive back to Paro but on the way visit to

Simtokha Dzong is one of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. The Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1627.

Then on the way visit Tagchogang Monastery. This 14th century temple located on the base of a mountain across the Pa Chu on the Paro-Thimphu highway, is a must visit temple in the Paro valley. Built by the great master architect Thangtong Gyalpo, the temple houses some unique statues. To get to the temple one may actually walk over the iron chains that spans over the Pa Chu.

Day 06: 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. Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded as one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694.

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 OF BHUTAN/witness: 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 and feel the taste of game

Paro weekend Market: Paro's weekly vegetable market isn't very large but it has a traditional feel and is a fine introduction to some of Bhutan's unique local products.

Day 07: Departure 

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