|Duration||7 nights and 8 days|
|Tour Date||6th October 2019 – 13th October 2019|
|Guide||Knowledgeable with good command over English|
|Tour Highlights||Cultural sightseeing, Festival, short hikes, interaction with the local people, beautiful landscape and nature.|
Receive by the local representative and visit the following places:-
National museum: 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 hotel
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.
Take a short visit Dzongdrakha village looking over the Paro valley and its rice fields. Hike to kila Gompa monastery. The monastery consists of about 30 nuns and continue hiking towards Chela pass. You will see lot of yaks on the way.
Enjoy the stunning view over the Himalayas. In Haa, take a glimpse two of the oldest temples in Bhutan, Lhakhang Karp and Lhakhang Nap. In the evening get some fresh air around the town. Overnight hotel
It is a beautiful drive with stunning view over the deep valleys, old villages and beautiful forest. Peep inside the one of the oldest dzong in the country. Previously used as prison but now houses some monks. 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.
Buddha point: Overlooking the Thimphu town, it is one of the biggest statues of Buddha in the country.
Changangkha monastery: 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. Free time in the town. Overnight: hotel
This day is reserved to attend one of the most beautiful and the biggest festival in the country. Only once a year, it is one of the most important events in the country. You will witness spectaculars dances and some of the dances date back to 14th and 15th century. It has been passed from generations to generations without any hindrance. It is the best place to meet the locals from all works of life. Overnight hotel
After 45 minutes of drive enjoy the panorama of Himalayas from the beautiful pass (3150m). 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.
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.
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. Overnight hotel.
En route, visit Simtokha dzong. Built in 1629, it is the oldest dzong in Bhutan. stop at Tachhogang and hike to the 14th century suspension bridge over the Pa chhu. You can hike further up to visit the temple located on the hilltop. In the evening visit a local farmhouse and try the local hot stone bath. Dinner in the farmhouse. Overnight hotel
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. Overnight: hotel
Transfer to airport for departure.