9 Days Luxury Itinerary


DAY01: Arrive at Paro and sightseeing. Upon arrival at Paro, check in hotel either in 4 or 5 stars. After having rest for a while visit Ta Dzong an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Rest of the time for leisure.

DAY 02: Paro to Thimphu (55km-1½hours). After breakfast you will drive to Capital Thimphu (2400m/7875ft). Upon arrival at Thimphu, check in Hotel (4 or 5 stars). Morning visit Handmade Paper FactoryJungshi means 'Natural' in Bhutanese and this handmade paper factory is fantastic example of how the Bhutan government has revived this age old art. In the evening visit Trashichho Dzong the “fortress of the glorious religion” Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Then time for leisure

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (70km-3 hours). After breakfast transfer to Punakha the former capital of Bhutan and is still the summer residence of Chief Abbot and monk body 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. 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.

Day04: Punakha to Phobjikha (70km-3 hours). Drive to Phobjikha (3000m/9845ft)valley a paradise for nature lovers and hikers, so one can enjoy the hike around the remote valley of Phobjikha.

Phobjikha valley is one of the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black-necked Cranes, where they come in hundreds after spending their summer in Tibet and then migrates to the Himalayas of Bhutan to spend their winter – they arrive in the months of September and October and fly back to Tibet between February and March. After check in hotel visit Gangtey Goempa the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Later visit Black Necked Crane Information Centre which provides all the information about birds. Then visit traditional house to get the rural life of the people. Later walk in and around to get the glimpse of Phobjikha valley

 

Day05: Phobjikha to Bumthang via Trongsa (193km-7½ hours). This morning you will drive to Bumthang () the religious heartland of Bhutan. Upon reaching Trongsa visit Trongsa Dzong the home of the royals and now the administrative and monastic body. Further drive to Bumthang. Upon arrival time for leisure.

Day06: Bumthang Sightseeing and Leisure. After breakfast you will visit Jakar Dzong Centre of the Bumthang region. It played an important role as the fortress of defense of the whole eastern Dzongkhag. It was also became the seat of the first king of Bhutan. At present the Dzong is use as administrative and monastery body. Later visit Wangdichholing Palace built in 1857. As it was the first palace not constructed as a fortress. The palace was the principal residence of the first king and was used by the second and third, but it is now vacant. The King's aunt presently owns the palace.

Day07: Bumthang to Thimphu (307km-10hours). After breakfast you will drive to Thimphu. You may take a break on the way for tea and snacks. Upon arrival at Thimphu, check in hotel. Evening at rest.

 Day08: Thimphu to Paro (55km-1½hours). After breakfast transfer to Paro. Check in hotel and take rest. After having refreshed, hike to Taktshang, if interested. ‘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.

Taktshang monastery is located atop an 800 meter cliff in Paro. Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded is 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.

If you are not interested to make a hike to Taktshang, than visit Drugyel Dzongnow the old ruinsbuilt by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Later visit Paro Museum, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics.

Day09: Departure

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