7 Nights 8 Days Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Paro
Upon your arrival at the Paro International Airport, you would be received & greeted by representatives from Of Bhutan Divine Hills and Valleys Tours. You would then be driven to your hotel.After checking into your hotel and lunch visit the following:
Visit Drukgyel Dzong after which you would also be driven to visit a 7th century built Kyichu Lhakhang which is known to have been built by a Tibetan King to subdue a demon who was being an obstacle in the spread of Buddhism. This is a special temple situated in the Lango Gewog of Paro District. In the 8th century, the temple was visited by Padmasambhava and it is believed he concealed many spiritual treasures here.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro
Day 2 : Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
After breakfast, hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Paro Taktshang also known as Taktshang Palphug Monastery is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. It was built in the 8th century as a meditation cave. According to the legend related to this monastery, it is believed that Padmasambhava flew to this location from Tibet on a back of a tigress. Therefore, this place was consecrated to tame the Tiger demon. In the evening after returning from the hike, visit a farm house for a hot stone bath and to enjoy and learn about typically cooked Bhutanese dishes.
Overnight at Paro in a hotel.
Day 3 Dec 13: Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival
After breakfast drive to Dochula Pass (3140 m) to attend the Drake Wangyel Festival. In the clear winter sky you will get to enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. The festival was established in 2011 in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth King and the Armed Forces’ victory over the Indian insurgent forces residing in Southern Bhutan in 2003. The festival and the Druk Wangyel temple honours the courageous service of the Fourth King, who personally led the troops against the insurgents, as well as the regular armed forces of the country.
Druk Wangyel Festival is an annual festival held on 13th December at the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang Festival ground located at the Dochula Pass around 22 Kms from the capital city Thimphu.
Travel to Punakha in the afternoon after the festival.
Night halt at Punakha.
Day 4 : Punakha
Visit Punakha Dzong which is strategically located at the confluence of Phochu (male river) and the Mochu (female river).
Visit Khamsum Yully Namgyal Chorten which stands out on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha Valley. Her Majestey the Royal Queen mother , Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuk. It took 9 years to build, and holy scriptures were chosen on the walls over the modern arts and astrologers were consulted over engineering manuals to construct this four storied temple. This temple is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture and artistic tradition. This temple was built for the well being of all the sentient beings, the king and the people of the country. To reach this temple, it would take an hour’s hike and once you reach at the destination, you would be greeted by the beautiful valley of Punakha.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.
Day 5 : Punakha to Phobjikha
Today we travel to Phobjikha valley through the dense forests of the spurs pines and rhododendron. Known as the winter home of the Black necked cranes. The Black necked cranes start migration to this area from November each year. This bowl shaped valley is also a wildlife preserve, so you might also see the other native animals of Bhutan such as samber, yaks . You will have refreshment and lunch at a resort/restaurant in this valley. Afternoon you can visit the Black Necked Crane Center and enjoy the fascinating sight of these birds in this beautiful scenic valley. Gangtey Goenba was built in the 17th century. While in Phobjikha, you can either stay in a hotel or stay with a local family in a modest farm house. This unique opportunity will allow you to get to know Bhutanese families more by interacting with them on a personal level.
Day 6: Phobjikha to Paro
Today we return to Paro valley, home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and the country’s only international airport. The mixture of ancient and modern Paro makes an important part of Bhutan’s evolution over the years. The valley is home to Jhomolhari Mountain, located on the northwestern border of Bhutan and Tibet. Often called a family of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain feeds the rivers of the Paro valley making the valley another fertile valle
In Paro valley you would visit the following:
- Visit to Rinpung Dzong which in translation means, heaps of jewels . This Dzong is a perfect example of the 15th century architecture and one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan. The dzong currently serves as an office of the civil servants and houses the Buddhist monks at the same time also is used as a school for the monks.
- Ta-dzong is situated on a hill above the Paro Dzong. This cylindrical shaped watchtower was built in 1649 and then later converted into the present National Museum in 1968. This museum host invaluable antiques, art, textiles, weapons and household items which narrates a story of their own.
- Stroll through the Paro town and enjoy the different handicraft shops, interact with locals and observe their lifestyles.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 7 : Hike to Taktshang (Tiger’s Den)
After breakfast, you will be guided to hike the Tiger’s nest popularly known as Taktshang. 1 1/2 hours hike to the cafeteria is also a vintage view where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the monastry. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is place is also where Guru Rinpoche meditated to subdue a demon according to a local.
After walking down, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century.
You would then visit a farm house and enjoy a hot stone bath to sooth your muscles from the hike to the Tiger’s Den.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 08: Departure from Paro
Today we will bid farewell. You would move on with your onward flight. We hope you would have made many friends by now and we look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for your visit and do visit us again!
|Pricing Detail and time to visit Bhutan
*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 tourism driver with a luxury SUV transportation with a professional driver, fees & taxes.However, cost DOES NOT INCLUDE :
1. Airfare to Bhutan