Bhutan Trip Advisor is Now 1-derful Bhutan Tours
Duration: 11N / 12D
Best time: ANYTIME OF THE YEAR
Bhutan has a lot of history and culture to offer to its visitors.It is also a hub of medicinal plants Each region has its own unique history which are facinating to learn. In the this tour we will take a glimpse of not only the history and culture of the western region but also learn about the lifestyles of the people.You will also see the landmarks and the natural beauty. The tour will take you to Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhags(Districts).
DAY 1: Arrive at Paro.
DAY 2: Taktsang Hike.
DAY 3: Paro to Thimphu.
DAY 4: Thimphu sightseeing.
DAY 5: Thimphu to Punakha.
DAY 6: Bumthang – Phobjikha.
DAY 7: Phobjikha – Paro.
DAY 8: Paro, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) hike.
DAY 9: Departure.
Districts you will cover: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse and Samdrup Jongkhar
DAY 1:Arrive at Paro
Check-in at the hotel and refresh and have lunch at the hotel. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, the old watch tower and now the National Museum, it has a collection of antiques, relics and modern milestones printed on stamps. After that walk down the pathway to visit Paro dzong and then walk further down and cross the traditional cantilever bridge over to the parking lot where your car will be waiting.
DAY 2: Taktsang Hike
Hike up to the famous cliff-hermitage called Taktsang, the “Tiger’s Nest.” This monastic retreat is built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro valley.
After visiting what is known as one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the country, we will go off the beaten track further up to the temples that are on the hill tops above Tiger’s Nest. It’s so peaceful there and you can really communicate with nature as you enjoy the views from the top be it that of mountains or the valley. No wonder that some monks have chosen this place to meditate for the rest of their lives.
Coming back, we follow a different path that takes us through the pristine thick forest of oaks and rhododendrons festooned with Spanish mosses commonly known as 'Old man's beard'.
DAY 3: Paro to Thimphu
After breakfast leave for Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu is short but wonderful, crossing beautiful small valleys and mountains.
Visit the Folk Heritage Museum which is a complex maintained in the medieval style to show the Bhutanese way of living. Go to the hotel to check-in and have lunch.
After lunch, visit the Takin Conservation Centre and later, Tashichhoe Dzong. Go back to the hotel and maybe walk around town in the evening on your own or with your guide.
DAY 4: Thimphu sightseeing
Visit the School of 13 Arts and Crafts in the morning which is commonly known as the 'Painting School'. Walk down to the National Library which houses Bhutan's history contained in religious texts, inside on display is also the World's largest book (on Bhutan) which is about 5 ft tall and 6 ft wide when open.
After lunch, visit the Textile museum, then Memorial chorten which was built in the memory of the 3rd King in 1974.
DAY 5: Thimphu to Punakha
Drive to Punakha after breakfast. Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan. En-route visit the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens at Dochula Pass (3100m), then further down you will visit Chimmi Lhakhang (the abode of fertility), which is dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley who is more famously known as the 'Divine Mad Man'.
DAY 6: Bumthang – Phobjikha
Drive towards Trongsa, visit the Ta Dzong, the watch tower which has now been converted into a museum. Lunch will be at the museum restaurant, after that visit Trongsa dzong, which played a very important role in the unification of Bhutan between the 17th and 19th Century.
Then drive to Phobjikha, the valley of the Black Necked Cranes. This is the winter nesting grounds for the endangered Black Necked Cranes, they start arriving by October end and leave for the Tibetan plateau by February. Visit the beautiful 17th Century Gangtey Monastery, and then go for the Nature Trail hike that takes you around the valley and as close as possible to the cranes.
Overnight at a Hotel/ Guest house in Phobjikha valley
DAY 7: Phobjikha – Paro
After breakfast, visit the Crane Center, they will give you the information on the arrival of the cranes and also show you a documentary on the Black Necked Cranes in Bhutan. Then go for the Nature Trail hike that takes you around the valley and as close as possible to the cranes. Your car will pick you up at the end of the hike.
Drive to Paro after that. You can stop at Wangdue Phodrang and visit the recently burnt dzong if you’d like or continue straight to Paro.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro
DAY 8: Paro, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) hike
Have early breakfast and drive up to the base of Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months. It wasn’t until Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal came to this place and meditated that it gained the popularity that it has now. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored.
The walk is about 2 hours till the top through wide pathways which was built during the restoration works. One hour into the climb there is a tea point from where you get a very good view of the monastery, they also serve lunch here. From there it’s about another 45 minutes climb to the 2nd view point and the highest point in the hike.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro
DAY 9: DEPARTURE
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