Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

Posted by Andy on Thursday, September 2, 2010

Visit Bhutans’ key cultural sites by private car leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.

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All tours and treks are ex-Kathmandu and can be customized if you wish to stay longer.
Note that BHUTAN visa requires 7 days processing.

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Detailed itinerary
Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay. Please contact us with your requirements.

Day 01Arrive Paro International Airport
Your flight should afford breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks before you land in Paro, to be met and escorted to your hotel by our local representatives. After lunch you will visit the National Museum housed in an old watchtower on a hill overlooking the Paro Valley. Afterward, you can take some time to wander through the town and along the riverside.

 

Bhutanese Farmhouse

Day 02Paro Area Sightseeing
A 16km drive will bring you to the ruined fortress of Drugyal Dzong with fine mountain views on a clear day, then a visit to a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. After lunch you will visit the National Museum housed in an old watchtower on a hill overlooking the Paro Valley. Then visit the Rinpung Dzong, a massive fortress dating from 1645. In the evening enjoy a two hour drive along the winding road following the river to the capital city of Thimphu.

Day 03Thimphu Sightseeing
In the morning you will visit the Memorial Chorten; the traditional Painting and Wood Craft school; the ancient manuscripts of the National Library; and the Handicrafts Emporium, where you can shop for traditional arts and crafts. After lunch the tour moves on to Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, and to the huge fortress of Tashichho Dzong that houses government Ministries and the office and Throne Room of the King. Your last stop will be Pangri Zampa Monastery dating from the sixteenth century. Cultural entertainment will be provided in the evening.

Day 04Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdiphodrang
After an early breakfast you will drive up to Dochola Pass (26 Kms.) to enjoy a spectacular view of the Eastern Himalaya, continuing on (50 km) to the former national capital of Punakha. You will visit the beautiful dzong of Punakha lying between two rivers, then move on to the dzong of Wangdue Phodrang perched on a hill at the edge of a quaint village.

 

Day 05Punakha – Khotokha
Today you will travel to Khotokha to visit the sacred Drajanchu monastery and the spring whose waters reputedly have healing powers. Khotokha is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and the view of the surrounding mountains and landscape is breathtaking. After a picnic lunch you will return to Thimphu where you may shop or relax in the sauna.

Day 06 – Thimphu – Paro
After a drive back to Paro you will take a four-hour round-trip trek to Taktsang or “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. It is believed that during the second half of the 8th century Guru Padma Sambhava, the second Buddha, meditated at this spot after travelling there on the back of a flying tigress. In the evening you will be free to stroll in Paro to shop or to visit some village homes, perhaps opting for a traditional hot stone bath.

Day 07Departure
You will be escorted to Paro Airport for your return flight.

The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.

Services and costs included in the price

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Hotel accommodations in Bhutan
  • Licensed, English-speaking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and supplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals, hot beverages and mineral water
  • Private vehicle transportation for all tours

Services and costs not included in price

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks ( soda and alcoholic)
  • Expenses of a personal nature