7 Nights 8 Days Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive Paro- Thimphu
Welcome to Bhutan, the land of the thunder dragon. Upon landing the Paro Internaitonal Airport, once you have completed your formalities with the customs, a representative from Of Bhutan Divine Hills and Valleys Tours would be waiting for you.
Today we will take it easy to acclimatise to the change in altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check into the hotel.
After lunch visit Sangaygang which is 15 minutes from the heart of the city to a hillock where the Bhutan Broad Casting Service towe is stationed. From there you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Thimphu city. Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds
Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2: Thimphu -Haa Valley via Chelela Mountain Pass
After breakfast you will travel through farmlands and scattered hamlets and gradually climbing to the Chele La Pass, 3822 m high, with spectacular glimpses of the Bhutan Himalayan mountain peaks all the way. Descending down into the Haa Valley you will be rewarded by stunning scenery as you wind along the side of the mountain into the town of Haa. You stop for picnic lunch at Haa before making your way to Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). Local legend has it that deity helped construct the temple thus giving the name to Haa, meaning ‘surprise’. Haa is overlooked by three mountains called ‘Rig Sum Gonpa’ which signify three Buddha deities; Jambayang, Chana Dorji and Chenrizig. In the evening explore the beautiful Haa Valley.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Haa.
Day 3: Haa Summer festival
You will get to watch skilled local craftsmen weaving yak hair into their traditional tents and also traditional arts of yak shearing and wool making. You will also see how delicious traditional meals are made using yak dairy products as main ingredients.
You will get to taste delicious Haapai Hoentoe, hearty dumplings made from buckwheat and stuffed with fragrant grated turnip, dried turnip grees, mushrooms, garlic, onions and chopped cabbage seasoned with gingerp, ground walnut, chili-powder, salt, butter, sesame and poppy seeds. This is the special dish of Haa valley and made only by people of Haa Valley. There will also be other traditional Bhutanese dishes to sample.You will get to watch and enjoy the lively folk songs and mask dances performed at this festivalTo truly experience and understand the traditional lifestyle of of the pople of Haa Valley, you can eat dinner and spend overnight at one of the local farmhouses.
Day 4: Haa –Paro
Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks.Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditonal Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan.
Farm houses in Paro Valley and a visit to a farm house offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer.
Visit Kyichu temple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body.In the evening walk around Paro downtown and you may visit local handicraft stores. In the evening you may relax in the traditional hot stone bath.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 5:Paro -Punakha and Wangdue
After breakfast, travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140 m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. . Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ( the Queen Mother of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan. The gallery of the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang has beautiful murals depicting some of the important events in the reigns of the Kings of Bhutan.
Then travel onto Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. The dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan. Visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river).
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha.
Day 6: Punakha-Thimphu
Visit Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal before returning to Thimphu.This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. The leisurely walk up to the temple would take about an hour. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view from there.
Centenary Farmers’ Market(open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people.
Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. Witness Archery game which is National sport of Bhutan.
Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.
National Memorial Chorten, was built in memory of the late third king by the Royal Great grandmother. Chorten literally means ‘seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 7: Thimphu-Paro & Hike to Paro Tiger’s Nest Monastery
After breakfast travel by car to the base camp of Tiger’s Nest Monastery and then hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff.Then walk further up to the monastery which will take another 1 ½ hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months.
On the way visit Kyichu temple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body.
In the evening you may relax in the traditional hot stone bath.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 8: Depart Bhutan
Your guide and driver will see you off at the Paro airport. Thank you for visiting. Hope you had a great time, 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