Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights.
Locations: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang valley.
Type of Tour: Cultural tour/Adventure/Hiking/festival/Buddhism.
Visit to the Tashichho Dzong,Memorial stupa,Ta Dzong (National Museum), Punakha Dzong, Worlds tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, Dochula mountain pass, Fertility temple, participate in celebrating the famous Dochul Druk Wangyel festival at 3150 metrs mountain pass.
Druk Wangyel Festival is an annual festival held on December 13th at the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Festival Ground located at Dochula Pass around 22km from the capital city Thimphu. Dochula Pass is one of the most scenic locations in the entire kingdom, offering a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. Set amidst this breathtaking backdrop, the Dochula Druk Wangyal Tsehchu is an experience unlike any other and truly exemplifies Bhutanese cultural traditions.
Day 01: Arrive Bhutan
Fly into Paro by Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Airline. The great snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plane approaches Bhutan, if you look down farmhouses as dots on the hillsides can be seen.
As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it.
You will be received by the representative of Yelha Bhutan Tours & Travels (Bhutan tour operator) who will be your Bhutan travel guide throughout your tour.
Check into your hotel in Paro and after refreshments, visit the following:
Day 02: Paro & A Day Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
Today after breakfast, we will drive to base of Taktsang and 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. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 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.
The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast travel the full day Thimphu tour includes visit to the following:
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via the Dochula pass. An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day with a powerful binocular telescope. Dochula Festival will be held here at the Mountain pass.
Visit the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and well being of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Also visit Druk Wangyel Temple which was built to honor His Majesty, the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The past and future appear to merge in the details of the temple that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distance future.
We will drive to Mesina to visit the Fertility temple. Walk through the Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where couples unable to conceive come here for blessing.
Overnight at hotel in Wangdue/Punakha.
Day 05: Punakha Valley.
Today after Breakfast we will drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. We will drive to upper Punakha via Punakha Dzong for a short Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Temple located at the upper Punakha Valley.
Later we will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. The Temple of Happiness. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple, located on the island of the Pho-Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river.
After Lunch drive to Wangdi valley and walk through the town.
Evening in Punakha.
Day 06: Wangdue –Paro (Stop on route for the famous Dochula Festival)
After breakfast, we will drive to Paro but on way we will stop at Dochula Mountain Pass for the Famous Dochula/ Druk Wangyel Festival. It is one of the most popular attraction/festival in Bhutan and held once on December 13th.
The festival is very unique and beautiful and it’s a good rare opportunity to see the Kings, Queens and the Royal Family close.
After the festival we will drive to Paro valley. Overnight rest in Paro.
Day 07: Departure from Paro
In the morning tour guide from Yelha Bhutan Tours will escort you to the Paro airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees (Not including Bhutan air fare)
High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November
Single traveler: US$ 1660 per person
2 person: US$ 1480 Per person
3 plus person: US$ 1420 per person
Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December
Single traveler: US$ 1360 per person
2 person: US$ 1240 Per person
3 plus person: US$ 1180 per person
Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above
(Note airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)