Flight to Bhutan in the Kingdom’s only airline, The Druk Air. In-flight offers breathtaking scenery of Himalayan Mountain ranges including the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. Traditional reception will be given by your local tour executive on arrival at Paro International airport. Following the pick up, you will be driven for sightseeing at Paro Ringpung Dzong and Paro Museum. Upon completion, lunch will be served in one of the finest local restaurant in Paro followed by visit to Kichu Monastery and Drugyal Dzong. Evening take a 45 minutes drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
This affluent and vibrant province has been a home to the Royal families and government ministries for more than six decades. Thimphu, the city of happening also serves as the cultural hub for ten and thousands of foreigners and locals. Well preserved cultural heritages, serene environment and easy accessibility of modern amenities are peculiarities that sets Thimphu apart from rest of the provinces in Bhutan.
Your tour program in Thimphu includes, sightseeing visit to Folk heritage museum, National library, painting school, Changangkha Lhakhang, Sangaygang view point, Takin zoon and Thimphu Dzong. Evening leisure hour at clock tower square and experience the sights and sound.
The fascinating drive, through interlocking valleys and mountain passes are all time beauty of tour across central Bhutan. Aside, scarcity of human settlement is a noticeable feature especially in the mountain passes between Wangdue and Trongsa where people still practice seasonal migration. Trongsa remains at seven and half hours drive distance from the capital city offering silent night tranquility. Prior to crossing Wangdue province, chill out at Docula pass and break for the sunrise tea at cafeteria in the immediate vicinity. On arrival in Wangdue, pop inside the 17th century fortress to glance the main shrine. Faring Wangdue will set your drive over green hills and through beautiful alpine forest. On arrival at Chendibji, photography session will be timed for 15 minutes followed by lunch break at cafeteria which is located at stone throw distance from the photography spot. Trongsa will be your designated destination for night halt.
Since from the inception of monarchy until present, Trongsa has been a significant seat of successive monarchs of Bhutan. The Past history unfolds the fact that Trongsa was a crucial place from where the unification of eastern region was brought to fruition. Today the prominent cultural icons of this place are Trongsa Dzong, watchtower (Ta-Dzong), Thruepang and Kuenga Rabten Royal Palaces. Optional one and half-hour hike from either side of the fort is at your convenient choice besides sightseeing visit to aforesaid cultural situates. At completion, straight drives to Bumthang en route Yotongla, the highest mountain pass between Trongsa and Bumthang. Stop for shopping at Yathra weaving centre in Chummey, just before arrival to Chhamkahar town, your final destination.
Situated between 2600-4500m, Bumthang is a spiritual heartland of Bhutan and home to epic and legends. The prominent Jambay Lhakhang built in sixth century and Kurjay Lhakhang built in 19th century are permanent attractions to thousand of devotees from Bhutan and overseas. Besides, myriads of other Buddhist temples and monasteries, national parks, spiritual lakes and legendary valleys with wide open landscape makes Bumthang unique from rest of the destination in the country. While you are in Bumthang, visit to all the cultural sites including Jakar Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang, and Kurjay Lhakhang, Tamshing monastery, Mebar Tsho (mythical burning lake) and honey production centre. After retiring from day’s program experience the night scenes of Chamkhar town.
Early hotel check out to catch up the bright day visit to Phobjikha, the winter home to black necked crane, the migratory bird from Tibet. With breakfast in Trongsa, three hours non stop drive will reach you to Phobjikha for a short sightseeing. Wangdue will be the lunch spot and 20 minutes drive towards north will be your today’s destination, the Punakha.
The remarkable Punakha was once the old capital of Bhutan where the historic events, coronation of the first king and the first national assembly session were accounted to have held here. Still today, the place is a winter resident of central monastic body and the chief Abbot. The glorious Punakha fort is built at the confluence of male and female rivers holding defensive significance of the past. The flamboyant architectural design of the giant fortress richly showcases the typical 13 traditional arts and architectures of Bhutan. As a day visitor, only the courtyard and the main shrine inside the fort are opened for visitation. After the visit, drive to the north of Punakha to hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal stupa perched on the majestic blue pine hill of Sirigang. It is 45 minutes leisurely hike over the gentle hills and enjoy the panoramic view of Kabesa valley from exterior top floor of the stupa. Drive back to Thimphu after the lunch.
Excursion to Tango and Cheri Monasteries situated in the north of Thimphu valley. These two monasteries still retain the Buddhism sanctity luring thousand of devotees during auspicious days. Apparently at Tango Monastery, higher Buddhism studies are taken up by multitude of Buddhist Scholars from across the kingdom. On the other hand, Cheri Monastery houses the meditation centre for Buddhist Scholars and enthusiasts seeking for spiritual path. After the hike proceed to Paro.
The highlight of this excursion will be graded as unforgettable memory as the incredible “Tiger Nest Hike” unveils the era of rescue by Guru from the darkness period. Taktshang, literally means the Tigers Lair, is adventurously perched on the rocky cliff elevating 1000 meters from the basement. The history dates back to eight century when the Guru Rinpochhe flew on the back of tigress from Tibet en route Singye Dzong in the north east Bhutan in the eighth century. His mission to subdue evil spirits dwelling in the Himalayan region of Bhutan was brought to fruition after meditating for three months in the existing cave. Up on his blessing, the current stature of the monastery was initiated in 1694 and unfortunately the old structure was engulfed by fire in 1998 and it was revamped in 2004, which you will behold on your visit. The fascinating hike could vary in duration depending on the physique of an individual. However, on an average it is only three hours hike. Further, option lies at your decision, whether to make up till the nest or enjoy the breathtaking up view of the nest from the cafeteria viewpoint.
After the break fast straight drive to airport to board your flight to onwards destination.
- Bhutan Visa
- All Permits – Museum Fees
- Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
- Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
- Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
- SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
- Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
- All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
- Bottled Mineral Water
Travel during Off Season: Jan-Feb-Jun-Jul-Aug-Dec
Single Traveller – Independent Traveller : $ 1800/-
Couple or Two Person Traveler – Independent Traveler : US $1720 per person
Group of 3 & More : US $1480 per person
Travel during Peak Season: Mar-Apr-May-Sept-Oct-Nov
Single Traveler – Independent Traveller : US$ 2160/-
Couple or Two Person – Independent Traveller: US $2080 per person
Group of 3 or More: US $1840
- Round Trip Air Tickets
- International Travel Insurance
- Alcohol & Beverages
- Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
- Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Hotel Staffs
- Donations to Monasteries and Temples
- Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50