Destination : Paro, Thimphu,  Punakha to Haa back to Paro
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

Tour  at a Glance
Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Day 2: Paro to Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha
Day 5: Punakha to Paro
Day 6: Paro to Haa
Day 7: Haa to Paro
Day 8: Depart Paro

Highlights of the Trip

The only International Airport in the country will be your final destination before you step on  the land of the ‘Thunder Dragon’ Kingdom, now globally referred to as Bhutan. A common sight is the snowcapped mountains, beautiful tiny hills, scattered and clustered settlement of farm houses in the centre of the terraced farmland or around the paddy fields. If its during the fall season, be prepared for the fresh cold breeze,during the Spring time, expect a warm beautiful sunshine greeting you. You trip would include visit to the commercial and modern settlement known as Thimphu, which also happens to be the Capital of the country.  You will be journeying until Haa which is considered as a highland by most Bhutanese as the people here raise yaks, grows millets, wheats, barley & potatoes.

Day: 1-Land in Paro
As the Druk Air bus land in the Paro valley, you will be greeted by the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Pa-chu (river of Paro valley).

Your hosts from Of Bhutan Divine Hills and Valleys will be eagerly waiting for you.

After making yourself feel at home, your experienced tour guide and the driver will drive you to visit Ta Dzong ( ancient watch tower) and Rinpung Dzong (fort). You will also get to walk on one of the oldest typical traditional bridges in Bhutan known by the name Nymei-Zam.

Overnight at Paro

Day 2: Paro to Thimphu
After breakfast, you would be picked  from the hotel and will head towards the next destination, Thimphu. After checking  in your hotel, you would be taken to the National Memorial Chorten which is built in honor of the late third King of Bhutan.

Next you would  be visiting Tashicho Dzong, one of the largest forts in Bhutan, which is also the seat of the office of King of Bhutan.

On weekends, farmers from across the country gather to sell their organic products in the Centenary Farmer’s market which is one of its kind in the country. Then driving up to the Buddha point to get a good view of the heart of Bhutan, Thimphu. You would get to enjoy the sight of a 169 feet gold plated bronze statue of lord buddha, one of the largest statues in the world  overlooking the entire valley of Thimphu. Visit the school of 13 Bhutanese crafts followed by the experience of  making incense sticks and other beautiful products that you can carry home as a souvenir.

Overnight  at Thimphu.

Day 3:  Thimphu
The journey to Cheri monastery which is at an altitude of 2850m was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, another founding father of Bhutan in the year 1620, which was also the first school for buddhist learning for monks. On the return journey, visit the hand loom textile museum. Bhutanese have been expert weavers of special threads such as pure silk, raw silk, cotton, wool  for centuries. In this textile museum, you would see patterns and colour combination  you would have never found anywhere on earth. As culture and tradition becomes almost the lifeline for Bhutan’s sovereignty in many ways, as it is reflected in the country’s unique, special developmental pholosophy, Gross National Happiness (GNH), Bhutanese dearly treasures our textiles at the same time faces challenges of the culture infusion of globalisation.

Visit to the Takin zoo. Takin is considered as a special animal as it has a head of a goat and body of an oxen. The myth of this animal goes back to the time of a Buddhist saint who was popularly known as the ‘Divine Madman’ who is supposed to have made this combination the Takin. You will also get a good view of the capital city of Thimphu from Sangay Gang which has prayer flags fluttering beautifully inspiring the spiritual spirits.

Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha
Drive to Punakha which is approxmately 3 hours and a half. 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 honour 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 aesthetic 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.

Overnight at Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha to Paro
Paro is a beautiful, homely valley where the one and only international airport is situated. The valley is also the largest producer of red rice which has been found to have high fibre contents. Next to Thimphu, Paro is another modern era town, where commercial activities are popular.  This beautiful valley is also residence to quite a number of ancient monasteries and temples dating back to 6th/ 7th century. Mount Jhumo-Lhari stands majestically overlooking the Paro valley at an altitude of 7300 meters. Mount Jhumo-Lhari is also the source of water for the people of Paro valley from its melted glaciers.

Drive to Drukgyel Dzong  which was built in 1647 which was in ruins then , but now being reconstructed in honor of the 6th Crown prince.

For an experience visit a farm house for a complete set of hot stone bath, followed by Bhutanese cuisine served by the woman who always cooks for her family.

Day 6: Paro to Haa
Haa was identified to our guests only a decade ago and therefore the least visited tourist destination due to the absence of much tourist attractions such as proper infrastructural facili

ties and other tourist appeals. Thanks to absence of all the aforementioned facilities, as it has just added to the beauty of Haa in being the way it was or used to be. Travelling to Haa is an adventure on its own because once you reach Chele-la pass which is one of the highest passes in Bhutan at an altitude of 3988 meters you would feel like you are on top of the world or  walking/driving on the clouds.

Sightseeing and visit to a local temple; Katsho- lhakhang. Haa caters to providing farm houses to its guests.

Night halt at a farm house in Haa if you want to experience, or return to Paro.

Day 7: Haa to Paro
Most people in Bhutan believe that once in a lifetime hike up to the Tiger’s Den monastery for Bhuddhist  to accumulate merits of infinite blessings.  It is one of the highly recommended tourist spots/ attractions in the country because of its location. The hike up to Taktshang, another name for the monastery is approxmately an hour for those who can speed walk and for many an hour and a half or so. It’s a steep climb for many , but worth the climb when you come face to face with the monastery adorned by prayer flags and to realise the unimaginable location on which the monastery was built in the 8th century.

You can enjoy a local  picnic lunch & retrace your steps to visit another ancient temples built in the 7th century by a Tibetan King in one night to subdue a demon.

Overnight  at Paro.

Day 8: Depart  from Paro
After breakfast,your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and see you off at the airport. Hope your stay  in Bhutan would add to the beautiful memories of your life and we will always look forward to serving you the best. 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 tourism driver with a luxury 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