8 nights and 9 days
Knowledgeable guide with good command over English
Hikes, interaction with locals in their homes and cultural sightseeing
Our tour company is known for its diversity, we believe in offering our clients the best we can. And in doing so, we go beyond the contemporary. One of which is taking you to the heart of the people. Bhutanese people are known for its hospitality and simplicity. They cherish in sharing the cultural and the cuisines to their visitors. This tour is designed to be with the local people in the villages, share their food and experience their hospitality.
Day1: The Paro valley
Receive by the local representative and visit the following places
The watchtower or the Ta- Dzong was built in 17th century to guard the Paro Rimpong dzong (fortress) below. It has the collection of rare stamps on display. It will bring the history from 6th
Paro Rimpong Dzong
The original Paro dzong dates back to 17th century, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the man who unified Bhutan, but then it was burnt down in 1907 and was rebuilt in the same year with the same architectural design. Currently it is the head quarter of the district headed by the head administrator and the monastic body with about 200 monks. Hike down to the bridge and drive to the town, stall around the town. Overnight farmhouse
Day 2: Valley of Yaks
Drive to high valley of Haa crossing over the Chela pass at 3988m. Opened to the visitors only in 2002, Haa valley is one of the most remote valleys and the lives of the people are still governed by seasons and farm works.
En route stop to visit Dzongdrakha village looking over the Paro valley. Hike to kila Gompa monastery. The monastery consists of about 30 nuns. After visiting the monastery continue hiking towards Chela pass. You will see lot of yaks on the way. From the pass, you will get the stunning view over the Himalayas. In Haa, visit the two of the oldest temples in Bhutan, Lhakhang Karp and Lhakhang Nap.
In the evening stall around the town. Overnight farmhouse
Day 3: Remote villages and deep valleys
It is a beautiful drive with stunning view over the deep valleys, old villages and beautiful forest. Stop to visit Dobji dzong, one of the oldest dzong in the country.
Upon arrival in Thimphu visit Memorial chorten
It is one of the best places to take pictures, given the many pilgrims walking around this huge stupa. It was built in memory of the revered third king who passed away in 1972.
Overlooking the Thimphu town, it is one of the biggest statues of Buddha in the country.
Built in 13th century, this is one of the most important monasteries for the people of Thimphu. Children born in Thimphu are brought to this monastery for blessing and protection.
In the evening visit Trashichhodzong
Built in the 17th century, this dzong is the summer residence of the central monastic body headed by the Je Khenpo (chief spiritual leader). The king’s office is also located inside this dzong. The woodwork and the paintings are among the finest in the country. You may take pictures in the courtyard. Free time in the town. Overnight hotel
Day 4: Over the Dochula pass and to the rice fields of Punakha
Stop at Dochula pass (3150m), enjoy the panorama of the Bhutan Himalayas. Here you can spend sometime walking around and photographing the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens. Built in 2004 to “celebrate the stability and progress that His Majesty has brought to the nation,” this hill of 108 religious monuments in the middle of the pass reflects Bhutan’s spiritual and artistic traditions.
As you descend from the pass, you will observe dramatic changes in vegetation. At the lower elevations in Punakha and Wangdue, cacti, banana plants, poinsettias and other semi- tropical plants dominate the exotic landscape.
Stop in Thinleygang village and hike down to the valley. Visit 15th century Chandana temple and continue hiking in the forest to Lhapchakha village. It is beautiful hike in the forest with the good view of rice fields. Overnight hotel.
Day 5: Rice fields and the dzong
Continue your drive towards Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong. Built in 1637 between the confluence of the Po chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river), this fortress monastery is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Je Khenpo or Head Abbot, and the central Monk Body comprising of over 350 monks. Continue further up the valley and hike to beautiful Khamsum Yuley temple. Over looking the rice fields of Punakha, the temple was built for the current King.
Take a short hike to Chhi- med (means no dogs) Lhakhang in the picturesque valley, to visit the temple of Bhutan’s foremost saint, the Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popular known as the Divine Madman.
Day 6: Black Mountain ranges
This part of drive is one of the most scenic; you will be crossing streams, waterfalls, prayer wheels turned by water, yaks with their herders, remote and picturesque villages and lots of birds.
As we approach Pelela pass (3420m/10825ft), you will get the first glimpse of Black mountain ranges. In olden days it was used as border between east and west. Before reaching the pass,
We will take right towards the valley of rare and famous Black Necked Cranes. First stop is at the village of and Gangtey (30000m), followed by Gangtey Gompa.
The villagers are said to be descendents of about 50 gomchen or lay monks who settled there long time ago. After the School hike to the glacial valley of Phobjikha (2900m/10440ft). This is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. It is the nesting ground of the rare Black necked Cranes in winter.
Day 7: Rinchengang village
As we retrace our journey back to Punakha, you can make numerous stops on the way to visit villages, enjoy nature and to take pictures of local people on the road.
In Wangdue, take a short hike to Rinchengang village for cultural experiences and continue towards Paro for overnight. Overnight hotel
Day 8: Excursion to Takshang
After breakfast, drive 15 minutes to the starting point in order to hike to Takshang Monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”). Visited and sanctified by Guru Rimpoche, this place is one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan world. Over the years, many great Buddhist masters have visited and mediated here. Later, in the year 1692 AD, the fourth temporal ruler of Bhutan built the monastery over the cave where Guru
Rimpoche and his consort Khandro Yeshi Tshogyal mediated. The monastic complex clings to the rock towering 800 meters above the valley (2950 meters above sea level).
After visiting the monastery, stop at the teahouse cafeteria half way down for lunch.
Day 9: Departure
Drive to the airport for departure.