Destination : Paro to Haa to Thimphu
Duration :   7 Nights and 8 Days
Starts: Paro
Ends : Paro
Transportation: By car (Sante-Fe, Creta, Prado or Tucson)
Activities :  Architecture /Forts / Market / Bazaar / Takin zoo / Handicraft stores/ Bhutanese textiles/ School of Traditional Painting and Crafts
Tour at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive in Paro drive to Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha
Day 4: Punakha to Gangtey/ Wangdiphodrang
Day 5: Gangtey to Thimphu
Day 6: Thimphu to Paro
Day 7: Paro to Hike to Taktshang
Day 8: Depart Paro 
Highlights of the Tour

As you descend the mountainous kingdom, get ready to be greeted by the fluttering prayer flags, hills adorned by typical Bhutanese structures and terraced paddy fields. You will also notice that everybody is smiling and are all ready to help anyone. Paro international air port, trust us is also the least crowded terminal. To add to the calmness of the terminal, you would see that life around is in  a slow motion, and people look like as if  they have all the time in the world. Looking for some relaxation? You have chosen the right place! Let us serve you so that you would wish your days here to be longer.

Day 1: Arrival in Paro  then to Thimphu
You would be driven  to Thimphu and check in your hotel.

Thimphu is a perfect example of the modern/ globalized Bhutan. You would observe that Thimphu has closely built modern concrete structures with almost all the amenities of the developed nations. While you would also be surprised to see that a part of every region of Bhutan lives in Thimphu. Monks with red robes, people from the highlands, people from the east, west and south all will be there. What might amaze you is seeing men in skirt like dresses while women wear clothes that cover them fully.

Visit to the Memorial Chorten to understand how Bhutanese people display their faith. This is a special stupa, built in honor of the late third King of Bhutan. Young and old come here to either seek refuge or to get blessing.

Visit Tashicho Dzong which is another unbelievable wondrous sight for our guest.

In order to get an insight into the typical lifestyle of farm life in Bhutan, lets go and visit the Folk Heritage museum.

It wouldn’t be fair not to visit the 13 arts and crafts school of Bhutan. You would see that this school is nurturing the future Bhutanese artist. Students are taught to do fresco painting, sculpturing, wood carving, clay statue making, embroidery, tailoring.Visit the textile museum, and appreciate the Bhutanese weavers for their expertise in manually weaving such intricately designed textiles.

Day 2: Thimphu

  1. Visit the fortress of glorious religion (Tashichho Dzong). It houses the main secretariat building, the central monk body, and the office of the King.
  2. Next you would be visiting the Kuensel Phodrang, where one of the biggest statues of Buddha looking over the Thimphu valley is built. This special bronze made, gold plated statue sits on the hill top and once you get there, you would be able to see the entire Thimphu valley at a glance.
  3. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. This goat like oxen bodied animal relates itself to a myth during the time of the Divine Madman who disguised his true personality in order to subdue the evil to make them good beings.
  4. On weekends, Farmer’s Centenary Market is a farmer’s market for all the farmers of the country, and so anyone wishing to get a product from a particular region of the country, you must visit this market.
  5. Incense sticks are an integral part of a Buddhist offering in their alters with butter lamps and also with water offering. In fact, incense sticks are used almost every occasion such as during the performance of a ritual, during the festivals, at times of death and birth too. In order to get a glimpse of how these important sticks are manufactured, we will also be happy to take you to the incense making factory which will also be making papers manually  the Bhutanese way.

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha
Drive to Punakha which is approxmately 3 hours and a half would be another experience for any guest. Punakha is the ancient  capital of Bhutan. En route to Punakha, halt at Dochula pass for a while to enjoy the views of the snow capped panoramic view of the younger Himalayas on a clear sky day. Don’t miss out on the 108 grand stupas which was built by the Queen Mother HRH Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk to honor the fourth King and for peace and security of the country.

On the way to Punakha, stop by to pay visit to the Divine Madman’s temple popularly known for its blessings of children to those who haven’t been able to conceive. Take an opportunity and walk the paddy fields and get a glimpse of the rural-urban lives of Bhutanese.

Reaching Punakhka,  visit the Dzong whose entrance is over the cantilever bridge. The Dzong is situated in the centre of Pho chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river). A slight uphill walk from the Dzong will take you to the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.

Then drive to another strikingly beautiful temple built by the Royal Queen Mother in honor of her son, the fifth King. Enjoy the elegant and amazing architecture of the temple.

Day 4: Punakha to Gangtey/ Wangdiphodrang 
En route to Gangtey Goenpa, stop by for the visit to the Wangdiphodrang Dzong which was constructed in the year 1638 which  is being reconstructed after a fire in the year 2012 razed it completely to the ground. The name is said to be given by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who then derived the name from a boy’s name.

Continue on the journey to the land of the black necked crane through the alpine vegetations  of short shrubs and stunted trees.  The history of Gangtey dates back to the time of establishment of the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism, by Guru Rinpoche , who was instrumental  in making Bhutan a Buddhist country. Reaching Gangtey, enjoy the pleasures of the place by taking a stroll to the monastery of Gantey Goenpa. Given the favorable weather condition, you will even have the chance to sleep under the stars or simply in the guest rooms.

Overnight  at Gangtey.

Day 5: Gangtey to Thimphu
Sightseeing in Thimphu. Stroll through the Thimphu streets and enjoy Thimphu town.

Visit to the handicraft shops will give you an insight into the product of the 13 arts and crafts school situated in the same place.

You would also be driven to Changangkha temple. This temple sits on a small hill that looks down the Thimphu town and its clustered settlements. This is a very popular temple, with never ending pilgrims to get blessing  and seek protection for their babies,  students offering  butter lamps  to help them write their papers or either get through their interviews. The main statue in this temple is a statue with thousand eyes and thousand hands, signifying his compassion to help thousands  who might be suffering.

Visit to Tango Monastery, a Bhuddhist  institute for  advanced Buddhism learning.

Night halt at Thimphu

Day 6: Thimphu to Paro
Drive to Paro, the heavenly valley which is home to 1/4th of the country’s population and also proudly claims of having quite a number of ancient, remarkable monasteries and temples as compared to many other regions of Bhutan. Paro also grows the maximum amount of the red rice which is considered to be having a high fibre nutritious content.

Paro valley is blessed with the gigantic Mt. Jhumo-Lhari which stands proudly at an altitude of 7300 meters at the northern  end of the valley whose glacier water forms  the river of the valley known as Pa-chu (water of Paro).

En route to Paro, visit Tamchoe Lhakhang. The highlight of this visit is the iron links of a suspension bridge  that creaks and sways underfoot, when prayer flags flutter on the metal bridge. Below the Pa chu runs smoothly and beautifully.  The bridge according to senior in the area is supposed to have been made in a day by a man with supernatural power. As you reach the other end of the bridge, you would have to climb a short trail uphill to the temple which is privately owned.

Visit the site of the reconstruction of Drukgyel Dzong which is built in honor of the 6th crown prince.

Returning from Drukgyel Dzong, visit Kyichu temple which is one of the most ancient temples in Bhutan. Kyichu is supposed to have been built at night back then in the 7th century when a King of Tibet had to build 108 such temples in order to subdue a demon in a day.

Day 7: Paro to Hike to Taktshang monastery
Taktshang is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist scared site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. It was founded in the 8th century as a meditation cave. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. According to legend, it is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress. Therefore, this place is was consecrated to tame the Tiger demon.

Today many monks and lamas visit Taktshang for  meditation or praying purposes. Climbing up hill to Taktshang monastery is about 1 1/2 hours. There is a trail which is has railings to secure the pilgrims and to enjoy the views from the hill top.

In the evening, visit and enjoy the experience of a  Bhutanese farm house with Bhutanese cuisines, and to sooth the muscles from the hike to Taktshang, indulge yourself in a hot stone bath arranged by the farm house family especially for you.

Day 8: Depart Paro
Your guide and driver will drop you at the airport. We hope you had a great stay in Bhutan and we look forward to serving you another time as well. Thank you for your visit.

Pricing Detail and time to visit Bhutan

Category Months for Travel 1 – 5 Pax 6- 10 Pax 10 Pax & more
A March/ April/ May/ September/October & November US $ 260 per day US $ 240 each per day US $  215 each per day
B January/ February / June/July/ August & December US $ 230 per day US $ 210 each per day US $ 195 each per day

*The charge  of the trip for 8 days & 7 nights  INCLUDES accommodation in a 3 star hotel, an English speaking experienced  guide,bottled mineral water, tourist SIM with 4G, 3  meals (light refreshments to carry as well), a professional driver with a SUV transportation, fees & taxes.However, cost DOES NOT INCLUDE :

  1. Airfare to Bhutan
  2. Travel & medical Insurance coverage.
  3. Alcohol beverages, Internet, telephone etc…,
  4. Laundry, riding pony, tips and other expenses of personal nature.
  5. Meals in 5* hotels
  6. Bhutan visa fee.
  7. Language speaking Guide
  8. Overseas call