◾Government Fees, Royalty & Taxes.
◾Tours as mentioned in the itinerary.
◾Standard hotel room (Twin/double bed).
◾All meals (Breakfast/Lunch & Dinner) at a local restaurant or hotel.
◾SUV Car, Mini Van or Bus with driver throughout your stay.
◾Experienced tour guide.
◾Sights & entrance fees as per the itinerary.
◾Costs for extra activities
◾Personal drinks & beverages
◾Additional hotel facilities like laundry, personal calls etc.
◾Single room supplement: US$ 20 per room per nigh
- Day 1 PARO - THIMPHU
During the flight on a clear day, you will get to enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjungha, and other famous Himalayan peaks including sacred Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. Upon arrival at Paro Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The drive to Thimphu is about 1 hour. On route, enjoy the view of the Valley of Thimphu River through a rather arid and Rocky landscape.
After lunch we will take you to visit The King’s Memorial Chorten (built-in memory of The Third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and The Thimphu Dzong).
Overnight - Thimphu.
- Day 2 THIMPHU
After breakfast, we will then drive about 45 minutes to the base camp of Cheri Monastery. The hike to reach Cheri Monastery takes about 1 hour. Cheri was built high on the slope in 1619 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal as his first monastery in Bhutan. It takes you through the temperate forest of oak, rhododendrons and other species of hard wood trees. The view from monastery below is spectacular. Lunch will be provided at the base camp along the river side as we descend down from Cheri Monastery. After lunch, we proceed to visit places like Zorig Chusum – the Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan (sometimes closed for visitors); the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts; the hand-made paper making factory & if your trip happens to fall on weekend (Fri-Sun) we take a quick visit to weekend market where everyone goes to buy an array of fresh fruits and vegetables and many colorful local items such as yak tail duster, cups of butter tea, turquoise from Tibet, and musical instruments etc. We will end the day with an evening visit to the Buddha Point. The massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed with the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.
Overnight - Thimphu.
- Day 3 THIMPHU - PUNAKHA
After breakfast we will proceed to Punakha Valley. Continue ascending to Dochu La (pass) to view 108 Stupas, commissioned by a former Queen as a memorial to those who lost their lives during a low intensity conflict in late 2002 when Bhutan evicted Indian rebels camped in the jungle on the Bhutan – Indian border. On a clear day, you will witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalaya.
Visit the dramatic Punakha Dzong, which formally served as the seat of government and is still the winter residence of the Dratsheng (Central Monk Body). This is Bhutan’s most spectacular Dzong and an excellent example of how a medieval fortress and a centre of both monastic and administrative functions, has adapted and evolved for modern day use. This afternoon we especially recommend you travel northwards up the Punakha valley and take a fascinating hike through fields of vegetables and tiny hamlets to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten. This Chorten holds very special significance being consecrated in 1999 and dedicated to the protection of the former Crown Prince – today’s current King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
After lunch, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (also known as the Divine Madman or Mad Monk) who has a very colourful history, and which is an, easy 20 minute walk across paddy fields. It is believed that childless women who visit the temple will conceive after receiving a “wang” (blessing) from the resident monk.Passing Wangdue, one of the major towns and district capital of Western Bhutan. Located south of Punakha, Wangdue is the last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving.
Overnight - Punakha
- Day 4 PUNAKHA - TRONGSA
Pelela pass at 3320m is an important dividing range that separates Western Bhutan and Eastern Bhutan. Crossing this pass, one may enjoy the pastoral feeling as you drive deeper into the valley with meadows where sheep and yaks graze. The bamboos that grow plenty on the hillsides are trimmed by yaks. Yaks love the dwarfed bamboos. If you are bird watcher, look out for the specialty called the Wren babbler taking refuge underneath those bamboos. In the month of April- June, the hillsides are painted with the rhododendron blooms. Chendebji Chorten –Two kilometers beyond Chendebji village is Chendebji Chorten, at a lovely spot by river confluence. Visit Trongsa Dzong - One of the most powerful Dzong in Bhutan. Those people who go from west to east and east to west have to pay taxes in this Dzong. It is one of the largest Dzong in Bhutan built by Chogyel Minjur Tampa in 1646 who send by Zhabdrung to unify the central and eastern part of Bhutan. This Dzong is believed to be the spiritual home of Bhutan’s king.
Overnight - Trongsa
- Day 5 TRONGSA - BUMTHANG
From Trongsa we drive to Bumthang which take about 3 hours drive. We would reach Bumthang for lunch. Bumthang (Day Excursion to Ura Valley, 48 km, 1.5 hrs Drive) Ura Valley -It’s one of the highest settlement in Bumthang valley. It’s a beautiful village with a temple. The people in Ura raise Yaks and other animals like cows, horses and sheep for different purpose. Since it is very cold place, people wear cloths made from Yakshair and sheep wool. Before reaching Ura pass, you can see the highest mountain called Gangkhar phuensum (7568 m) if we are lucky guys. Hike from Ura pass, which will take around 1 hour to village. It’s lovely walk going down wards to village. When we get close to village we can see beautiful purple flowers of buckwheat.
After lunch in the village, we will drive to Sumthrang Monastery; founded by Ngoe Gelwa Lhanangpa in 1220-24 AD. Sumthrang Samdrup Choedzong is one of the oldest monuments of Bhutan situated above the valley of Ura. Ngoe Gelwalhanangpa was one of the Bhuddhist saints that visited earliest after Guru Rinpoche, since which the light of wisdom began for the soil. Most of the ruling elite of Bhutan has descended from this Chojey family to the linage of Ngoe.
Overnight - Bumthang
- Day 6 BUMTHANG
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism in Bhutan. It is an area with a wide variety of fauna and flora. The Guru Rinpoche and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders) making Bumthang his home have led to more than 100 temples being built in this peaceful valley. Jampey Lhakhang -One of the oldest temple built in 7th century by Tibetan king called Songtsen Gempo. Kurjey Lhakhang - Minjur Tempa who was sent by Shabdung to unify the center and eastern part of Bhutan built in 1652. In this temple, you can see the body print of Guru Rinpoche inside the rock. That is why it is called ‘Kurjey’, meaning ‘Body print’. Then hike across the Chamkhar river to Tamshing Temple.
After lunch, drive to Tang Valley to visit Membar Tsho (Burning Lake) and Pemachholing Nunnery. Then visit Pema Choling Institute, which is a residential Buddhist community of 100 women and girls, aged 12 - 60 located in the Bumthang region of Bhutan. Many of the women arrive at Pema Choling with little or no education, from families of farmers or road laborers. The center offers basic education, vocational training and the opportunity to pursue traditional Buddhist studies at the highest academic level.
Overnight - Bumthang
- Day 7 BUMTHANG – PHOBJIKHA
Upon arrival at Phobjikha Valley- you will visit the well-known winter home of the Black necked crane. Every winter from early November till end March, there will be around six hundred black-necked cranes visiting Phobjikha Velley. The birds fly in from Tibet overlooking the Phobjikha velley is the Gangtey Goempa. This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan and it houses about 200 monks. This monastery has one of the finest woodcarvings and paintings. Present Rinpoche is the 9th reincarnation and mind reincarnation of Treasure discover Pema Lingpa. He is heart son of Guru Rinpoche.
Overnight - Phobjikha
- Day 8 PHOBJIKHA - PARO
After breakfast we will leave Phobjikha and proceed to Paro Valley, once again we will pass Dochu La, and arriving in Paro town in time for lunch. This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the major features in Paro town including Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge.
In Paro we recommended to take a leisure stroll along the main street which offers good shopping for jewellery and handicrafts. Alternatively your guide will arrange a hike in the valley to suit your fitness & time frame.
Overnight - Paro.
- Day 9 PARO - TIGER'S NEST
Taktsang Monastery (aka as Tigers Nest) is one of the most scared and revered monasteries in the Kingdom and all Bhutanese Buddhists desire to make a pilgrimage visit to Taktsang at least once in their lives. Each step taken towards the monastery gains merit points towards their future. This morning you too will have the opportunity and good fortune to take a pilgrimage hike to the Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest). Choose between a 2 hour round trip hike to the monastery viewpoint or a longer 5 hour hike into the Monastery itself. Tigers Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at over 1000 meters above the valley floor and where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress to subdue the local demons followed by 3 months meditation in a cave still visible in the monastery. In 1998 the monastery was seriously damaged by fire and has since been painstakingly reconstructed to its original condition and consecrated by the 4th King in 2005.
If time permits, we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit followed by a visit to the old ruined fortress of the Drugyel Dzong (14km from Paro). This is the historical site of the Fort of Drukpa Victory, from which the Bhutanese used to repel the Tibetan invaders again and again. On a clear day views of the 7314 meter snow domed peak of sacred Mt Chomolhari can be seen.
Overnight - Paro.
- Day 10 PARO-HOME
We will drive to the airport for flight to end the destination.