Fantastic Bhutan 8 Nights / 9 Days

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Fantastic BHUTAN 8NIGHTS 9DAYS  

Day 1: Arrival in Paro, Bhutan     

After a scenic mountain flight, you will arrive at Paro International Airport. Our representatives will be already there to pick you up with your name on a board. You will then have one and a half hours of drive to Thimphu. The driving will give you the time to acclimatize in the Bhutanese environment and you will also get the amazing views of the landscapes along the way. Once you reach Thimphu, you will check into a hotel and set out to explore the city. You will first have a 15 minutes’ drive to Kunesel Phodrang which is a famous viewpoint in Thimphu. Enjoy the amazing view of the city and surrounding landscapes. You will also get to see a large statue of Gautama Buddha. The viewpoint is also known as Buddha’s point. You will then visit Memorial Chorten which showcases the brilliant Bhutanese architecture and the Buddhist artifacts like prayer wheels, mani walls, images, statues, flags, etc. After that, you will visit Tashichho Dzong/Fortress which is another prominent heritage site in Thimphu. The fortress works both as a monastery and administration. The throne room and the office of the King are also here. Later, you can either rest or stroll around the city.     

Day 2: Thimphu to Punakha     

You will head towards Punakha after the early morning breakfast in Thimphu. It takes about    

3 hours of drive to get to Punakha. Stop by Dochula Pass to get the stunning view of the Himalayas and Landscapes. There are 108 Chorten in the Pass, built in the memory of the departed soldiers, which look amazing against the mountains. Once you reach Punakha, you will check into a hotel, rest for a while. For the rest of the day, you will spend sightseeing Punakha. You will first visit Punakha Dzong situated at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. It is a beautiful fortress, the summer residence of the monks and the administration office of the Punakha district. Then you will go to the suspension bridge over Pho Chu river which is the longest suspension bridge and  a beautiful viewpoint., After that, you will hike for an hour to visit Khamsum Yuley temple. You will get a spectacular view of the Punakha and the surrounding landscapes from there.     

Day 3: Punakha to Bumthang     

On the third day of the Bhutan tour, you will have a long drive to Bumthang. It takes about 10 hours to reach your destination. There is another option of domestic flight to reach Bumthang.     

The road trip offers some of the wonderful views of the mountains, river valleys, forests, etc. However, the road may get tough sometimes. Check into a hotel and take a rest once you reach Bumthang.     

Day 4: A Day at Bumthang     

Today, you will explore the Bumthang valley. You will first hike to Tamshing Goemba in the morning. The monastery has a lot of religious significance due to its connection with saint Pema Lingpa. You will then visit Kurjey Lhakhang, where the imprint of Guru Rinpoche said to have preserved in rock. Later visit JambayLhakhang which is said to be built by King Sontsen Gampo along with other 107 temples to defeat his demons. At last in the evening, you will hike up to Thangbihakhang in Thangbi valley.     

Day 5: A Day at Gangtey     

You will wake up at the Gangtey Valley also known as Phobjikha Valley surrounded by the outstanding beauty of nature. This valley also serves as a wildlife preserve where exotic animals like black-necked cranes, sambar, yak, sorrow, etc., live. After taking your time here, you can now head towards Gangtey Goemba. Gangtey Goemba sits at the top of a hill which also lets you catch an overall view of Gangtey Valley. If you aren’t tired or have some time left, you can stroll around the valley or communicate with local people with the help of your guide.     

Day 6: Gangtey to Paro     

You will enjoy your scenic ride from Gangtey as you head towards Paro. It takes about 4 and half hours to complete this ride. After that, you will rest for a while and relieve the fatigue of the long drive. Then, you will get to Paro Dzong also known as Rinpung Dzong. You can spend some time here admiring the stone-made architecture and art outside and inside the Dzong. Later, you can visit Ta Dzong, a watchtower used as the National Museum of Bhutan. This place is full of items like weapons, statues, and paintings related to the culture and history of Bhutan.     

Day 7: Sightseeing in Paro     

Ta Dzong the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower in 1967, it is serving as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collections of art, artifacts, Thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.     

Rinpung Dzong     

Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.     

Drukgyel Dzong    

This Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang   Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Historically and strategically this Dzong withstood all its glory and was featured in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine. The glory of Drukgyel Dzong remained even when it was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mount. Jhomolhari from the village, below the Dzong.    

Weekend Market: Paro’s weekend market isn’t very large but it has a traditional feel and is a fine introduction to some of Bhutan’s unique local products, from organic Tsirang honey to the squares of dried jellied cow skin known as khoo (a local snack). Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.    

Day 8 -Paro – Tiger nest (Hike to Taktsang Monastery)     

Today, you will get to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s most popular destination. It is also known as Paro Taktsang or just Taktsang Monastery. There are three major temples here and a cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated. It is located on a cliff that is only accessible by foot. If you want, you can get up to the cafe on a horse but after that, you have to hike. It takes about 5 hours to get to the top and return with some gentle and steep slopes. After reaching the top, you can get an amazing view of the whole Paro valley and beautiful landscape. You may take your time to explore the monastery, its beautiful architecture, Tibetan Buddhist art, and craft.     

Day 9: Departure     

After spending 8 nights in Bhutan, your trip concludes on the 9th day. You will wake up in a hotel in Paro, have your breakfast and head towards the airport. We will guide you through the procedure and wish you farewell.     

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