ELEGANT BHUTAN

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Price: $675

The country was originally known by many names including Lho Jong, ‘The Valleys of the South’, Lho Mon Kha Shi, ‘The Southern Mon Country of Four Approaches’, Lho Jong Men Jong, ‘The Southern Valleys of Medicinal Herbs and Lho Mon Tsenden Jong, ‘The Southern Mon Valleys where Sandlewood Grows’. Mon was a term used by the Tibetans to refer to Mongoloid, non-Buddhist peoples that populated the Southern Himalayas.
The country came to be known as Druk Yul or The Land of the Drukpas sometime in the 17th century. The name refers to the Drukpa sect of Buddhism that has been the dominant religion in the region since that period.

Day 1

Arrival in Paro & transfer to Thimphu (65 km/ 02 hour drive approximately)

Once you arrive in Paro, you will be received by our representative and guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Thimphu. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. . Depending on arrival time, we can proceed for sightseeing or relax in the hotel.For the beautiful Sightseeing’s we can visit: Trashi Chhoe Dzong: Also called Fortress of the Glorious Religion, situated on north of the city on west bank of the Wang Chhu, the Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth King in 2008 and hosts the city’s biggest annual bash, the colourful tsechu festivities. The opening times 5-6 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-6 PM Sat & Sun. National Library: Housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) is where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.Spend rest of the evening at leisure enjoy a warm dinner before you go to bed.

Accommodation :Hotel Riverview/similar****

Day 2

Sightseeing Tour of Thimphu

After breakfast in the hotel get ready for the sight-seeing: Zorig Chusum – The Institute (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Textile and Folk Heritage Museum – A fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. King’s Memorial Chorten – Built in the memory of Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. People are continuously circumambulating the chorten, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops – To browse through examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials.Trashi Chhoe Dzong, ‘fortress of the glorious religion’. This is the centre of government and religion, site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot.Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.

Accommodation :Hotel Riverview/similar****

Day 3

Thimphu to Punakha (72 km/ 03 hour drive approximately)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Punakha. On the way to Punakha, you will drive past Dochu La. Stop at Dochu La view point which is the first stop after leaving Thimphu.At just 45 minutes from Thimphu, it offers the first glimpse of the Himalayan range. The road to Punakha branches left and curls its way down to the relatively low lands of the Punakha valley.    On arrival, check in to the hotel and have lunch (on direct payment basis). Later, go for sightseeing.

Punakha Dzong – Majestically standing on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, the city’s Dzong is one of the most photogenic of all Bhutan’s ancient fortresses, and you will see pictures of it hanging in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. The Dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley.

Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple) –Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina is the yellow-roofed Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley in his honour after he subdued the demoness of the nearby Dochu La with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’. A wooden effigy of the lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the lhakhang and childless women go to the temple to receive blessings from the saint. It’s a pleasant 20 minute walk across fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. It crosses an archery ground before making a short climb to the temple.In the evening, return to your hotel and comfortable overnight stay.

Accommodation :Meri Punesum Resort/similar****

Day 4

Punakha to Phobjikha (72 km/ 03 hour drive approximately)

After breakfast in the Morning check out from the hotel and get transferred to Phobjikha.After Check in and some rest get ready for amazing Sightseeing’s:

Chimi Lhakhang  – Also known as Chime Lhakhang Located near Lobesa, Chimi Lhakhang stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the “Divine Madman” the maverick saint Drukpa Kuenley who built a chorten (which is a mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics) on the site. Thousands of people visit Chimi Lhakhang either to pray for children by those who are childless or to seek protection for children that they already have.

Gangtey Gompa – Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain’s Gangtey valley, Bhutan and also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery.Evening relax in your hotel or take a stroll.  Overnight stay in Phobjikha

Accommodation :Gakiling Guest House/similar****

Day 5

Phobjikha to Paro (192 km/ 06 hour drive approximately)

After early morning breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Paro. After check in the hotel in Paro and some rest get ready for the beautiful Sightseeing National Museum – The first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Paro Dzong (Fortress) – Dzong (fortresses) are Bhutanese architectural masterpieces built in the past to serve a number of purposes. They served as administrative centers and as houses for the clergy. Kichu Lhakhang – One from the two oldest temples built in 7th century. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores.Overnight stay in Paro

Accommodation :Hotel Gangety Palace/similar****

Day 6

Paro Sightseeing

Today after the morning, we will hike to Tiger’s Nest Temple, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley at 900m above the valley floor. The temple is associated with Guru Rimpoche who visited in 8th century and believed to have meditated three months in this cave and converted entire valley into Buddhism. It is 2 hours walk up hill for an average hiker; however it can take our almost entire day too.Evening back to the hotel and relax. Overnight in Paro

Accommodation :Hotel Gangety Palace/similar****

Day 7

 Departure

Take away the sweet memories of Bhutan .Transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned hotels
  • Round trip transportation (SUV/Hiace/Coaster) depending on group size, including airport pick up/drop
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast in the hotel
  • All applicable hotel and transportation taxes
  • Services of a professional Escort / English speaking guide
  • Museum visiting frees those included in the itinerary
  • Internal permits for visiting temples and municipal areas