BEST OF BHUTAN TOURS

A Special 10night/11day in Bhutan

Trip Highlights

  • You will visit the district of Paro, Punakha and Thimphu
  • Visit the tallest Budhha statue in the world
  • Hike to the Tiger’s Nest
  • Visit the Phobjikha/Gangtey valley
  • Visit the Impressive Punakha Dzong
  • Enjoy a traditional hot stone bath

Costs: US$ US$ 2,540 a person

The cost is applicable for groups of 3 and more people

THE DETAILED ITINERARY IS GIVE BELOW

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN BHUTAN

Flights to Bhutan are an amazing experience, particularly if you are flying into the Himalayan kingdom for the first time. As the flights approach Bhutan, you will see the Himalayan foothills including Mt. Everest. Once you enter Bhutan, the flights snakes around the mountains to land at the Paro International Airport in western Bhutan.

Welcome to Bhutan.

You would then get through the immigration counter where you can produce the paper visa we have emailed you based on which you would be stamped your visa on your passport. At the arrival terminal, our guide would be waiting to welcome you. You would then drive for an hour to capital Thimphu. In the evening, you can walk about Thimphu city.

You will also visit the tallest Buddha statue in the world, which is located at a scenic hilltop overlooking the entire Thimphu valley. We will also visit the TashiChhoDzong, which is the giant fortress that houses the office of the King.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

DDAY 2: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING.

In the morning you will take a short drive towards the northern end of Thimphu valley for a nature walk to the Tango Monastery. The monastery was founded by a Buddhist lama, Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, in the 13th century and the present day structre was built by the Gyalsey Tenzin Rabgay in the 17th century. The monastery houses a Buddhist school. We will then head back to Thimphu.

TWe will visit the tallest statue of Lord Buddha in the world, which is located over a hilltop overlooking the entire Thimphu valley. You can then visit the Memorial Chorten, a temple shrine built in the memory of the 3rd King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Many Thimphu residents consider this to be the heart and soul of Thimphu and gather here every day to pray and walk clockwise around the chorten. We will take a short drive up the hill to Thimphu’s Mini Zoo whose sole residents consist of a small herd of Takin—the highly unusual (and extremely rare) national animal of Bhutan.

Other attractions include the interesting Folk Heritage Museum, the school of arts and crafts and the crafts bazaar.

DAY 3: THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA.

In the morning we’ll drive to Punakha, the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at Dochu-La pass (10,000ft/3,048m) for a breathtaking view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain, the majestic Gangkar Punsum (24,770ft/7,550m.) On the other side of the pass, the road descends through varied and ever-changing forest, emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley. En-route, we will visit the Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple built in 1499 by lama Drukpa Kunley (charmingly known as “The Divine Madman.”) On this site, The Divine Madman subdued the Demoness of the Dochu-La using his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom,” (also known as “his phallus.”) A wooden effigy of the Lama’s “thunderbolt” is preserved in the Lhakhang. Traditionally, childless women have visited this temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint. Our trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are few young monks at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings.

In Punakha, we’ll visit the impressive Punakha Dzong. With its three towers, and wonderful location at the confluence of two rivers, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Bhutan’s 21 Dzongs.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

DAY 4: PUNAKHA TO TRONGSA.

IDrive down the valley to the town of Wangdiphodrang. Our road gradually winds its way up towards the Pele La Pass at 11,152ft, where we make stop for views of the snow clad peaks, including that of Bhutan’s sacred peak Mt. Chomolhari. We again make a stop for tea / coffee at Chedebji Chorten (Stupa) patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. On arrival in Trongsa, check in the hotel and after lunch we visit the inner courtyard of historical Trongsa Dzong. Trongsa is a very popular place with largest Dzong in Bhutan and certainly one of the most impressive ones. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of this century. From the fortress we walk up to the watch tower for 20 minutes passing the town of Trongsa.

Overnight at a hotel in Trongsa.

DAY 5: TRONGSA TO BUMTHANG.

After break fast, drive to Bumthang for 3 hours across the Yotong La pass 11,234', then descend into Chumey valley, the first of four Bumthang valleys. In Chumey, visit Yathra Weaving centers (a Colorful wool weaving). Then drive onto the Jakar the center of Bumthang valleys. Bumthang valley is considered one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings were cremated and the present royal families trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingpa, who was also a smith in Jakar Township.

Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang.

DAY 6: BUMTHANG VALLEY SIGHTSEEING.

In the morning drive to Jamba Lhakhang the 7th. Century Temple, Visit Jakar Dzong (literally meaning castle of the white bird) is located on picturesque place overlooking the Choskhor Valley and was first built in 1667. Then visit Wangdichholing palace, built in 1857 on the site of the battle camp of the Penlop of Trongsa, Jigme Namgyal. It was the first palace that was not designed as a fortress. Wangdichholing was the early home of the third king, who moved the court to Punakha in 1952. Visit Kurjey Lhakhang temple, named after the body print of Guru Rinpoche, which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three buildings that make up the temple complex. The first temple is the oldest and was built in 1652 by Mingyur Tenpa, when he was Penlop of Trongsa. The second temple was built by Ugyen Wangchuk, the first king of Bhutan in 1900 when he was still Penlop of Trongsa. The third building in the complex is an elaborate three-storey lhakhang built by Ashi Kesang Wangchuk, in 1984 under the guidance of Diglo Khyentse Rinpoche.

In the morning drive to Jamba Lhakhang the 7th. Century Temple, Visit Jakar Dzong (literally meaning castle of the white bird) is locWalk across the suspension bridge to Tamshing and visit Tamshing Goemba monastery, established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa Goemba in the kingdom. Pema Lingpa built the structure himself, with the help of Khandroms (female celestial beings) who made many of his statues. Also, worth visiting in Jakar is cheese factory and microbrewery.

Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang.

DAY 7: BUMTHANG TO PHOBJIKHA.

From Bumthang, we will ascend out of the valleys on a twisting mountain road towards the Yotong La (11,200ft/3,370m). Near the pass is an area of wild cane/bamboos that is a well-known habitat for Red Panda. The road then descends to Tongsa but instead of stopping here for the night you will drive on to Chendebji Stupa our lunch stop, over the Pele La (11,000ft/3,353m) and start the descent for few kilometers to the junction where it leads to the glacial valley of Phobjikha.

Overnight at hotel/farmhouse in Phobjikha.

DAY 8: PHOBJIKHA TO PARO.

In the morning drive west to Thimphu. First descending to Wangduephodrang and Punakha valley and the climb to Dochula pass again and en route Thimphu for lunch and finally to Paro valley.

Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

DAY 9: PARO VALLEY SIGHTSEEING.

In Paro we visit Bhutan's national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro, magnificent Paro Rinchen pung Dzong which houses administrative seat of the local government and residence of regional monk body, Paro Kichu Monastery the oldest temple in Bhutan and the old ruin Drugyal Dzong.

Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

DAY 10: HIKE TO TAKTSANG MONASTARY.

Your hike this morning is to site of Taktsang Monastery (meaning Tiger's nest), which is perched some 2,000ft/600m up on a sheer cliff overlooking the valley and was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. The hike is about two and half hour to get to the monastery. Lunch is served at the tea house with the majestic views of Taktsang above and the Paro valley at the bottom. The return trek to the road head is downhill and takes about half the time it has taken you to come up. Meet the transport and drive to Paro.

Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 8: Departure.

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll drive to the nearby Paro airport. On your flight, it’s likely that you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of Mt. Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak, and Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

Tashi Delek!


OUR ADDRESS

Green Mandala Tours

Contact: +975-17803928

Email: greenmandalatours@gmail.com

Address: J.D. House, Thori Lam,

Lower Motithang, Thimphu: Bhutan