Day 1: Arrive Paro - Thimphu
Arrival in Paro Airport where you will be met by your private guide and driver. They transfer you in about one and a half hour to the capital Thimphu. On the way you stop at the Confluence of the 2 holy rivers. Upon arrival in Thimphu: first visit to the town centre and a walk through the Old Town. (depending on the time of arrival some more visits can be made).Transfer to your designated ***hotel - briefing by one of our local staff members - diner
Day 2: Thimphu
Thimphu is the biggest city of Bhutan and is spread out over a wide valley. Luckily the architecture still remains very traditional and it is a nice place to wander around.There is a lot to do and see in Thimphu, so you should make a selection with your local guide. Of course you will visit the National Memorial Chorten, erected by the 3th King as a monument for World Peace. Other interesting places are the 12th century Changangkha Temple , the giant statue of Budha Dordenma and the Zilukha Nunnery. If you happen to be in Thimphu on a weekend then it is a good idea to visit the Weekendmarket where Bhutanese farmers and merchants come to sell vegetables, chillies and cheese. For those interested in books and old scriptures a visit to the National Library is a must. The famous Tashichhodzong is the main government building, housing some ministries, the office of the King and the central monk body. If you are rather in for a walk, then it might be an option to take a 2 hour walk up to Cheri Gompa or up to Tango Buddhist University. From there you can walk down along village trails to the School for Arts and Crafts where young pupils are taught the traditional Bhutanese Arts. Overnight in your designated hotel.
Day 3: Dochu La and Punakha
It takes about an hour to reach the top of the Dochu La (3050m) by car. Those who like to walk can have a nice 3 hour walk up from Tashiding Gompa to the Lunchotse Lhakhang, a temple above the Dochu La. You will then walk down to Dochu La through some amazing rododendronforests. Dochu La pass offers a scenic view with 108 chortens against a background of snowcapped mountains. It is a very popular place both for tourists and locals to see the Bhutanese Himalayas. From Dochu La it takes another 2 hours to reach the rural valley of Punakha. Depending on the time of arrival you can take a walk in through the fields around Lobesa and visit the Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Divine Madman, dedicated to Drukpa Kuenly. He was (and still is) a popular buddhist saint due to his quite unorthodox methods of religious teaching. Overnight in your designated hotel
Day 4: Punakha
A full day to explore the lush valley of Punakha. The main attraction of Punakha is the enormous Dzong, built in the 17th century by Shabdrung who unified Bhutan. At the
confluence of two rivers this dzong is the winter seat of the Central Monastic
Body of Bhutan. In past times Punakha was also the capital of Bhutan and the
dzong still functions as the seat for the local government. You can easily wander around in the dzong for a couple of hours, look at the Bhutanese coming-and-going and feeling the rich history of this building.
Another Must See is the Khamsung Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, built by the Queen Mother, which offers great views over the valley. Just behind the dzong, you'll find the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan, where a nice 2 hour hike start following a trail along the riverbanks. If time left, we suggest a visit to a small nunnery on a nearby hilltop for tremendous views on the valleys of Punakha and Wangdue.
Overnight in your designated hotel
Day 5: Phobjika
A leisurely ride brings you to the glacial valley of Phobjika. Although this is one of the most beautifull valleys of Bhutan with its patchwork of fields and forests, the valley is mainly known for the large numbers of Blacknecked Cranes who migrate here from November to March. These majestic birds are easy to observe as they flock together in the marshes on the valley bottom. Apart from the natural beauty, the valley's main attraction is the Gangtey Gompa, an architectural masterpiece where a lot of young monks get their education.
Overnight in your designated hotel.
Day 6: back to Paro
We return back to Paro across the Dochu La. On the way we make a stop at Simthoka, the oldest dzong of Bhutan. Upon arrival in Paro there is time to visit the Rimpong Dzong and the small, but interesting National Museum. Overnight in your designated hotel.
Day 7: Visit Tigers Nest
No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to Taktsang, the famous Tigers Nest.This definitely is the most touristic place you will see in Bhutan, but the visit is really worth it. This iconic temple clings to a steep cliff about 900m above the Paro Valley. It takes about 2 hours to walk up to Taktsang through shady pine forests, but you can also rent a horse if the climb is too difficult.
Taktsang is the holiest site in Bhutan: Guru Rinpoche flew in here in the 7th century on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours. In the 17th century the monastery was built. Several building were added during the centuries and in 2005 the reconstruction was completed after a major fire in 1998.
After the visit, you'll have time to visit the center of Paro or just enjoy a last afternoon in the garden or the spa of your hotel.
Day 8: Fly
Transfer to Paro Airport for your onward flight
A trip to Bhutan is a full inclusive tour.
Including in our tour prices are:
- All transportation with private car and driver
- Dedicated private and licensed guide from airport to airport
- All overnights in standard ***hotels
- All meals (breakfast , lunch,diner)
- All excursions / visits / sightseeing according to your wishes
- All entry fees and monastery fees
- Visa for Bhutan
- Tourist Development Fee
- Bhutanese Daily Royalty (Tourist Tax)
- 24/7 Assistance from our Thimphu Office
not included are:
- soft drinks and alcohol
- tips for guide and driver
- personal expenses like souvenirs etc..
Flights to Bhutan are not included. Paro Airport is served by Drukair and Bhutan Airlines only. They have several hubs in Asia like Delhi / Kathmandu / Bangkok / Kolkatta / Singapore... We can easily book your flights from one of these hubs.
All our tours in Bhutan are tailormade. This is just an example.
We can easily create a private tour according to your wishes.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of MyHimalaya