DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO BY AIR & TRANSFER TO THIMPHU:
On arrival at Paro Airport, (2200Mts). After immigration formalities and baggage collection, then drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with an en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different styles of stupas; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area. Dinner & Overnight stay at Summit Thimpu.
DAY 02: THIMPU:
In the morning, visit Pangri zampa monastery for astrology session. Later we will visit handmade paper mill, School of Arts and crafts (closed on Sundays, government holidays) where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Later visit national library & Simply Bhutan museum. Also, experience Archery at the Museum Itself. Later drive pass by memorial Chorten built in memory of the 3rd King. Visit Buddha viewpoint, Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where a national animal, takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Dinner & Overnight stay at Summit Thimpu.
DAY 03: THIMPHU - PUNAKHA (75 KM, 3 HRS APPROX):
Today’s drive passes through Dochula pass (3100mts) making the most beautiful pass in Bhutan. 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another passes. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 108 degrees. After a photo break, we will continue our drive to warm valley of Punakha. On arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborate temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan. Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from the hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.1/2 hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Dinner & Overnight stay at Summit Punakha.
DAY 04: PUNAKHA :
After breakfast hike up through fields of chillies, cabbages and rice along with the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (approx. 2 hours round trip walk), a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Afternoon visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery: Perched on a ridge. amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang(Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambhava, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tesla Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans. Dinner & Overnight stay at Summit Punakha.
DAY 05: PUNAKHA – PARO (125 KMS, 4HR DRIVE):
After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. Later in the day after checking into the hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artefacts. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. Dinner & Overnight stay at Summit Paro.
DAY 06 : PARO: AFTER BREAKFAST EXCURSION TO TAKTSHANG MONASTERY (APPROX 5 HOURS WALK):
It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. On the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening an exploratory walk around Main Street and market area. Dinner & Overnight stay at Summit Paro .
DAY 07: DEPART PARO:
After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
End of Tour and Services
1. The vehicle as per group size as per itinerary.
2. Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
4. Complimentary Spa in Thimphu
2. Anything not updated in the itinerary.
3. Monument entry fee.
- As for child/infant original Indian birth certificate supported by school ID required)
- Indian tourists travelling via Non-Indian sectors (Kathmandu /Bangkok/ Singapore/ Dhaka etc.) valid passport is a must.
Entrance fees in INR applicable (as per the itinerary) to Indian passport/Voter ID holders on direct payment basis.
- Ta Dzong - Paro - 25 Per Person
- Tiger’s nest - Paro - 500 Per person
- Memorial Chorten - Thimphu - INR 300 Per person
- Trashichhoedzong Dzong - Thimphu – 300 Per person
- Simply Bhutan - Thimphu - 300 Per Person
- Folk Heritage Museum - Thimphu - 30 Per Person
- Takin Preserve/Zoo - Thimphu - 100 Per Person
- Arts & Crafts School (Zorig Chusum) - Thimphu - 100 Per Person.
- Textile Museum - Thimphu - 50 Per Person
(this is currently available entrance fee list and is subject to revision as directed by the Govt of Bhutan authority)
CLOSING DAYS OF SOME OF THE MONUMENTS MENTIONED IN ITINERARY:
- Ta Dzong - Paro (National Museum): closed on Government Holidays
- National Library - Thimphu: closed on Sat, Sun & on Government Holidays
- Textile Museum - Thimphu:
- Closed on Government Holidays & on Sunday
- On Sat open from 9.00 a.m to 4 p.m
- Institute of Zorig Chusum (Arts & Crafts School) - Thimphu:
- Closed on Sun & Government Holidays.
- On Sat open from 10 a.m to 12 o’clock.
- Also closed in winter/summer
- December - Early March, September - August - closing date available only a few weeks before
- Simply Bhutan - Thimphu:
- Closed on Sunday & on Government Holidays
- Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) - Paro:
(this is currently available closing/opening information and is subject to change as per the Govt policy)