Bhutan, “The Last Sangrila”, is closed off for years from the rest of world and looks like the slice of Himalayan heaven. Paro and Thimpu are major cities and are filled with a mixture of historic and gripping sites combined with ever-growing innovative cityscapes all waiting to get explored. In Paro, explore Tiger next monastery and take a leisurely hike to visit Drugyel Dzong, Local Market, Thanka Painting, Art Craft and Ta Dzong- an ancient museum housed at an ancient watchtower. Precede Thimpu to enjoy the less crowded section of Zelukha Nunnery, Tashichho Dzong and the Handicraft Emporium. You further, proceed towards Bhumthang exploring en route Wangdue Phodrang and Trongsa to experience the true heart and soul of Bhutan. You must include a visit to a countryside, ancient heritage sites, small idyllic towns, and timeless landmarks to understand the true Bhutan and villages filled with people whose way of life have remained unchanged for centuries. You will be surprised to learn that the traditional attire still remained the priority choice for Bhutanese people and even for youth.
Although Bhutan is a tiny country, we have contacted very few of wonderful places and heritage sites that it has to offer. Whatever the reason behind the Bhutan tour is, the journey with Bhutan International Treks Pvt. Ltd. is guaranteed to be a fascinating and truly enlightening experience.
DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO
Our airport representative will receive you upon arrival at Paro Airport (7,000ft) and drive you through the valley of Paro to the hotel. As you having leisure time we take a leisurely walk around the town of Paro.
DAY 02: PARO
Drive to the Drugyel Dzong. This Dzong is of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolari, Mountain of Goddess. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has a fine collection of ancient Thangka painting, textiles, weapons and artifacts. Walk to the traditional wooden bridge.
DAY 03: PARO – EXCURSION
Drive to Ramthongkha and then hike to viewpoint of Taktshang, the Tiger’s Nest. The monastery unfortunately got burnt in 1998 but it has recently been reconstructed.
DAY 04: PARO – THIMPHU
Drive through the beautiful valleys of Paro and Thimphu to the capital of Bhutan – Thimphu. Visit the Zangthopelri Lhakhang, the School of Thankha Painting and the Tashi Nincha folk studio where the traditional folk and mask dance are learned and practiced. Afternoon, visit the Zelukha Nunnery, the TashiChho Dzong and the Handicraft Emporium.
DAY 05: THIMPHU – WANGDUE PHODRANG
We take you to visit the Memorial Chorten early in the morning and see also some gold and silversmiths at work. After lunch drive to Punakha through Dochula Pass. Visit Punakha town and visit the Punakha Dzong if the monastic body has shifted to Thimphu for the summer. Drive to Wangdue town.
DAY 06: WANGDUE PHODRANG – TRONGSA
You will Visit the Wangdue town. They provide you time to have lunch and drive to Trongsa over the Pelela Pass (3,400 m) in the Black Mountain ranges, which separates the western region from the other regions Bhutan.
DAY 07: TRONGSA – BUMTHANG
Visit to the outside premises of Trongsa Dzong one of the largest Dzongs in the country. Visit also the Ta Dzong to Watch Tower and stroll through the small Trongsa town. After lunch, drive to Bumthang Valley.
DAY 08: BUMTHANG
Drive to Ura – this is one of the four valleys of Bumthang. explore the beautiful valley. Visit Ura Lhakhang and drive through the picturesque valley of Bumthang to see Kurje Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Kuenshusum Lhakhang.
DAY 09: BUMTHANG – THIMPHU
Drive to Thimphu. You will visit the Rukhubji village. Overnight in Thimphu.
DAY 10: THIMPHU – PARO – DEPARTURE
Drive to paro airport for your final departure.