About This Trip
The most famous attractions in Bhutan are highlighted throughout this 7-day itinerary, which also gives you the opportunity to go soft trekking. Your journey should begin in Thimphu, the nation's capital and center of traditional Bhutanese architecture, art, and culture. Visit the well-known Thimphu Dzong and Tango Monastery before continuing on to Punakha Dzong, certainly one of Bhutan's most spectacular dzongs. The trip is concluded with a hike to the famed Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), a holy Vajrayana Himalayan Buddhist monument situated on a cliffside of the upper Paro valley.
- 1ThimphuThimphu Dzong, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Takin Sanctuary, Zilukha Nunnery
- 2ThimphuTango Monastery, Traditional Arts and Crafts School, Folk Heritage Museum, Traditional Paper Making Factory
- 3PunakhaDochula Pass, Chimmi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, Suspension Bridge
- 4ParoParo Dzong, Ta Dzong, National Museum
- 5ParoHaa Valley Trekking Tour
- 5ParoHike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), Kyichu Lhakhang
Day 1: Arrival, Paro - Thimphu (By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs)
Welcome to Bhutan. On arrival, you will be met by your local guide and escorted to the capital Thimphu. En route pass by Tamchog Lhakang iron bridge. The afternoon starts with the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of the third king and people's favorite spot to circumambulate and pray. Visit the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue and Takin Sanctuary which shows you Bhutan's unique national animal, the Takin. Next, have a close encounter with the nuns at Zilukha Nunnery and your trip ends at Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu and the seat of the central administrative center (open after 5 pm, Monday to Friday).
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
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Day 2: Thimphu Hiking & Sightseeing
Hike (1.5 hrs) to Tango Monastery, the most important religious school in Bhutan, along the way enjoying the most breathtaking scenery. After lunch, visit Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School (Painting School) and learn the rural Bhutanese life at the Folk Heritage Museum. Continue the tour with the National Library which houses rich collections of Buddhist literature and the world's largest book and visit a Traditional Paper Making Factory to witness paper making, valuable heritage of Bhutanese culture.
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Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha, Punakha Hiking & Sightseeing
On your way to Punakha, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the solemn 108 stupas. Take in the enchanting views of the Himalayas if the weather permits. Later, hike around 1.5 hrs to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and where people pray for children.
Continue by visiting Punakha Dzong with its beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. This serves as the religious and administrative center of Bhutan until the mid 1950s. You'll also visit the Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge of Bhutan).
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Day 4: Punakha - Paro (By Car, 4 Hrs), Paro Sightseeing
Take a 3-hour scenic drive back to Paro and start today's tour with Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture, used as the administrative centre and school for monks. Later, visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics, the earliest of which date back to the 8th century.
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Day 5: Haa Valley Trekking
Explore the less visited but very charming Haa Valley! This is home to the Royal Grandmother and the Dorji Family and surrounded by luring forests. Start with the ancient Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) in the tiny village of Dumchoe. Trek to Haa Town, visit the central bazaar and have an insight into the local folk culture.
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Day 6: Paro Hiking & Sightseeing
This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) and be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, taking in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest religious fortresses in Bhutan, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo.
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Day 7: Paro, Departure
Have some leisure time before being transferred to the airport for the flight to your next destination.
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