9 Days Itinerary

BHUTAN WORLDLY TOUR

This is a relaxed tour that is carried covering 4 districts of western Bhutan. Your transfers is in luxury 4WD vehicles in Bhutan with our most senior guide and driver. In the beginning, you will have a breathtaking journey on roads over the Himalayan foothills. With this tour explores the highlights of Bhutan’s western valleys. Enjoy the many cultural sites of Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital including the National Memorial Chorten and Tashi chhoe dzong. You may as well have a talk on Buddhism. Before crossing the 3050 m Dochula Pass into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’. Continue further and drive to Phobjikha, the roosting place of black necked crane in winters. Back to Paro Valley and make day excurssion to Pelela for Photography. Further to explore the Ta Dzong Museum, Rinpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the incredible Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), perched on a cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor.

OVER VIEW

DAY 01: PARO

DAY 02: THIMPHU

DAY 03: PUNAKHA

DAY 04: PUNAKHA

DAY 05: PHOBJIKHA

DAY 06: PARO

DAY 07: PARO

DAY 08: PARO

DAY 09: 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.

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.

Talk on Buddhism: Bhutan is a Buddhist country and people often refer to it as the last stronghold of Vajrayana Buddhism. Buddhism was first introduced by the Indian Tantric master Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century. So, without any doubt, Bhutan is one of the best places to hear a talk on Buddhism.  Buddhism is not just a religion for Bhutanese people, in fact it is the religion for all, if people believe and have faith in it, at the end, and it really gives a miracle for the followers. This program will be very simple and lively but very powerful. You will be introduced about Buddhism and share it’s importance. We are sure everyone will be benefited and feel the inner peace after the session.

Paro Sunday 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 02:Paro to Thimphu (65 km-1½ Hours). Upon arrival check in hotel and visit National Post Office where you can make stamps with your own photos and Next visit Folk heritage Museum provides glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese life. Valley   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. 

Charity for Senior Citizen-Old age is now increasingly viewed as an unavoidable, undesirable, problem- A number of aging people have begun to come on the streets over a period of time. This only elucidates that presumably there could be many others who could not dare take to the streets but are suffering within their own confinements. The inevitable truth is that many of our senior citizens are abandoned, neglected, abused, ill-treated and looked down upon as a burden in their years. Many of these senior citizens can be seen at different religious sites praying and circumambulating stupas. You can choose to donate to such senior citizens who have no one to look after them. The donations can be done either in cash or they can donate essential items like shoes, clothes, etc.  The donations can be made to different Civil Society Organizations (CSO) that look after the welfare of the senior citizens. These CSOs help provide food, shelter and clothing to senior citizens who have no one to take care of them.

Then visit Buddha Point the tallest statue of Buddha and could get a superb view of Thimphu. Later Hike to Wangditse (1-2 hours) Sangaygang 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 visitTashi chhodzong “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s.  Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

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

Proceed 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.

Day 04; Punakha -Today you will Hike to Khamsum chorten hike:1 hour approximately/Altitudes:  1500 meters

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. Built over a period of 9 years, Bhutanese craftsmen including carpenters, painters, and sculptors consulted Holy Scriptures rather than engineering manuals, to construct this 4-storey temple. The best view of Punakha is enjoyed from the top of this temple. If the caretaker is convinced that you will not take pictures inside the temple, and only shoot out of the temple, you will be allowed to take your cameras. On the top floor, you can step outside. Enjoy the view. 

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.

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 05:  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 06: Phobjikha to Paro (140 km—6 hours). After breakfast we will drive back to Paro. On the way visit 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. The trail mostly passes through conifer forest with rhododendron, juniper, hemlock, birch etc.

Go for evening walk or drive to see the Night View of Paro Dzong

Day 07: Paro- Chelela –Paro- 73 km- 3 hours: Today you will drive to Chelela, the highest peak between Paro and Haa for Photography. The drive to Chelela makes an interesting road excursion and is an excellent jumping-off point for day walks. Chelela separates Haa and Paro valley and at 3810 m, it is one of the highest motor able pass in Bhutan. The drive till here from either Paro or Haa is through dense spruce and larch forests according to the seasons. On a clear day, there are spectacular views of Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and adjoining peaks to the North West, as well as the view of Haa and Paro valley.

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, we are arranging it on this day. No extra payment is required

Day 08; Paro: Hike to Taktsang (Distance 3-4 Hours walk). After breakfast we will drive back to Paro for a 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. It is located atop an 800 meter cliff in Paro. 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 from 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 09; Departure 

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