You will get to understand and experience the true culture and traditions we have in Bhutan. You will get to visit places which are considered to be the “Must Visit Places” in the country. Interacting with local people is considered to be very interesting by most of the visitors from around the globe and with this tour you will also get to meet people from different places. We say that if someone doesn’t make it to the Tiger’s Nest monastery then your tour is not complete. With this tour you will also be visiting the Tiger’s Nest monastery which is the most popular Icon of Bhutan.
Places Covered in this Tour- Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Dochula pass
Trip Duration – 6 nights 7 days
Day 1 – Paro.
After you arrive in Paro international airport, you will be received by our representative from Colorful Bhutan Travels.
The flight into Paro on Druk Air/Bhutan airlines (only international flight) is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of Bhutan. If the weather is clear you can see magnificent views of the peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land on arrival at Paro international airport.
Check in Hotel with welcoming tea or coffee. After lunch we will drive towards the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, the dzong was built in 1649 under the behest of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory of an invasion from Tibet. In early 1950, the dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion. On the way to Drugyel Dzong we will stop for a while at the view point where you can see the Tigers Nest which you will be hiking on your last day of the tour. Today’s short drive is mainly to let you all acclimatize to the altitude. If time permits take a leisurely walk around Paro town.
Overnight at Paro.
Day 2 – Paro- Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu passing through mountains, which takes about 1 ½ hour’s drive and we will directly check into hotel. Later we will Visit National memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in the memory of our Third king H.M Jigme Doji Wangchuk , who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity, died before his plan came to fruition. However the Royal family and Cabinet resolved to fulfill his wishes. Then we will Visit Folk Heritage Museum: it is a restored three-story traditional rammed mud and timber that resembles the rural household in the Thimphu area during the mid-19th century, domestic tools equipment’s that were used by rural families of that period and also provides you a glimpse of lifestyle, items and artifacts of Bhutanese villages and rural households.
Later after lunch we will be visiting The National Institute of Zorig Chusum: is the center for Bhutanese Art education. It was set up by the Government of Bhutan with the sole objective of preserving the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan and training students in all the traditional arts forms. The curricula cover a comprehensive course of drawing, painting, wood and slate craving, embroidery, sculptures, weaving and paper making. Then we will visit Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang): Another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point. It is a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk and take a glimpse of the valley.Then we will visit Jungshi Home Made Paper factory (jungshi meaning natural) which was established in 1990. It was established to expand the old domestic skill for commercial purposes. One can get a closer look at all the steps involved in the manufacturing process, from raw material to finished product. . Later in the evening we will be visiting Tashichhoe Dzong the “Fortress of Auspicious Religion” where today like most of the other fortresses in Bhutan serves as the Administrative and Religious Center. Evening at leisure in Thimphu town.
Overnight at Thimphu
Day 3 –Thimphu – Punakha Valley
After early breakfast we will visit the weaving center which is privately owned. There you can also witness live weaving. They also have a shop where if you are interested you may buy their finished products. Then we will drive to Punakha (3 hours’ drive), crossing Dochula pass 3050 m, it is one of the most beautiful pass among all the passes, it is surrounded of 108 chortens (Stupas) with fluttering prayer flags, on a clear day you will see all the Himalayan mountain peaks, descending to Punakha is the sub-tropical vegetation, where farmer grows all most all kind of fruits and cash crops. Then visit Chimi Lhakhang (temple) also known popularly as the “fertility temple”. This temple is reputed for granting children to couples who come to seek blessings for a child. People who come to this temple are blessed with a wooden phallus with a silver handle and the bow and arrows of the famous 15 Th century Buddhist saint called “Drukpa Kuenley” to whom this temple is dedicated. Then we will check into the hotel and take a rest.
Overnight at Punakha.
Day 4 – Punakha – Punakha
Khamsum Yuelay Namgyel Chorten & Wangdue Phodrang Dzong
After breakfast drive through Punakha Valley. For further exploration of this scenic valley, the destination for this morning, hike up through the farm land to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyel Chorten,a shrine built by royal family a startlingly ornate and elaborate structure with images of VajraKila and superb view of Punakha Valley. The hike will take around 3 hour’s. After lunch we will Visit Punakha Dzong located in between two rivers, mo Chu (Female River) from its left and pho Chu (Male River) from its right, it was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in commanding position at the confluence. The Dzong was called Druk Pungthang Decchen Phodrang (the palace of Great Happiness) in olden days and arguably the country’s most attractive Dzong.
Then we will drive towards Wangdi Phodrang and visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong built in 1638, the third oldest Dzong in Bhutan- recently the Dzong was completely burnt down by fire. We can see the burnt Dzong and then Drive back to Punakha.
You may also try river rafting on your own expense
Overnight at Punakha
Day 5 – Punakha – Paro.
After breakfast drive back to DochuLa Pass for a second chance to see wonderful view of the Himalayan range. Returning to Chhuzom or confluence we catch a glimpse of three Chortens in Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese style which were built to ward off evil spirits near the check point.Time permitting the journey can break with the visit to Tamchok Lhakhang built by Thangthong Gyelpo or the Iron bridge builder as he is known. This former saint from the 15th century introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains.After lunch we will be visiting Paro National Museum. It was established in 1968, in the renovated ancient Ta-dzong building under the command of His Majesty, the king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. It houses for some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art, including masterpieces of bronze statues and painting. Suitable galleries were constructed to house the extensive collections. The works of art is elegantly displayed on scientific lines. After the museum we will visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. Under the command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal the dzong was built in 1646 and it was established as administrative and monastic center of the western region and it became known as Rinpung Dzong (meaning Heap of Jewels). The dzong is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.
Overnight at Paro
Day 6- Day Hike to Tiger Nest.
After breakfast, we will drive back to Paro and conclude our visit to the Dragon Kingdom with a hike to the magical temple known as Taktsang (the “Tiger’s Nest). Taktsang is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan World. The temple itself is perched on a granite cliff that drops 2,000 feet to the valley floor. The name is derived from a legend that Guru Rinpoche flew across the mountains to this spot on the back of a tigress,
Reaching a cave in which he meditated for three months, converting the people of Paro Valley to Buddhism during his stay. The path takes us through a forest of oak and rhododendron, arriving at a small chorten surrounded by prayer flags. With a little more effort, we will reach a tea-house and a spectacular view of Taktsang. That will be our lunch stop. Those who choose can hike further, to an overlook that is almost at eye level with the temple.
Overnight at Paro
Day 7-Paro-Outbound journey
After breakfast our representatives will drive you to Paro Airport for outbound journey
Tour cancellation & refund policy
Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
In the event of cancelled or shortened trips due to unforeseen reasons after arrival in Bhutan, no refund will be made due to the company already having paid for hotels and other logistics.
No refund will be made for missed connections or no show at the airports.