Bhutan - 7 Days

Bhutan
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Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas between China and India, the small Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan opened itself to the outside world only in 1960s. Hithertho, it had been largely mysterious even to its neighbors but abandoning its self-imposed policy of isolation had it grappling to find a precarious balance between modernization and the preservation of its culture and traditions. It is now making tremendous developments in all sectors, and it also manages to hold onto its unique identity that makes it unlike any other country in the world with a population of just over 0.7 million.

Bhutan was inhabited 4000 years ago, there were archeological evidences indicating settlements in Bhutan dating back to 2000-1500 BC. Bonism was the main religion in Bhutan before the arrival of Buddhism.

Bhutan has a rich culture that has remained intact because of its self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world until five decades ago. Dzongkha, meaning the language of the fort, is the national language of Bhutan. Small though it is, Bhutan has a rich variety of culture. The difficult topography of the country succeeded in keeping each ethnic group separate and vibrant.

Day 1
ARRIVAL IN PARO, BHUTAN

After your arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will take you in the Car or SUV to Thimphu. At 7,333 feet above sea level, the first thing you will likely notice is the effect of the high altitudes, so you need to get acclimatized while driving to Thimphu and checking in into your hotel.

The Thimphu Tashicho Dzong is a fortress and Buddhist monastery with a distinctive Bhutanese architectural design. Sitting aside the Wang Chhu (river), it is the current seat of the Druk Desi, the head of the civil government, and houses the offices of the current king. After returning to town for dinner, you can wander through the shops, bars, and cafes of Thimphu.

Day 2
THIMPHU Tour

After breakfast, you will visit the National Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to preserving Bhutanese folk arts. This renovated 19th-century building is laid out like a traditional, rural household with three stories of traditional arts esp, cultural relics, and artifacts.

Also visit Simtokha Dzong. Built in 1629, it was the first fortress of its kind in Bhutan and features beautifully painted Buddhist murals and carvings inside.

Day 3
THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA

Today we travel to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan until 1955, and will stop off at Dochula Pass along the way. This popular tourist spot provides stunning 360-degree views of the Himalayas. It is also home to the 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens that were built on a small hill to memorialize the Bhutanese soldiers killed in a 2003 battle with Assamese insurgents from India.

The Druk Wangyel Lhakhang temple was completed in 2008, built to commemorate 100 years of monarchy and His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the fourth king, and leader of the raid that removed the Indian rebels.

Day 4
PUNAKHA TO PARO

The beautiful valley of Paro is home to many of Bhutan's old monasteries and temples. The country's only airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Jomolhari (7, 300m) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pa Chhu flowing through the valley.

Go back in time and history and visit the seventh century Kyichu temple. As the name suggests, the temple is a reservoir of peace, and you will feel at peace here. Next to the temple is a house that was turned into a museum dedicated to the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Day 5
PARO TO HAA

Drive to Haa through Chele La (3, 988m). From the pass you can see Paro Valley on one side and then Haa valley on the other. You can also have a picnic at Chele La if you like to. In Haa, some sightseeing and then head to Katsho village and visiting the Katso Lhakhang. Then you will head back to Paro.

For those who rather have a leisurely sightseeing day, there is the option to drive from Chele La Pass down the other side to the Haa valley. In case Chele La Pass is not accessible during the winter months due to ice or snow, your guide will propose an alternative for this day excursion.

Day 6
PARO - Tiger’s Nest Day hike

Today, you will take an exhilarating one-hour hike to Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest), one of the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. Built precariously on a hillside cliff, it sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Accessible only by foot, we follow a trail decorated with colorful prayer flags along the way to protect travelers from evil spirits. Built over the caves that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in for three years, this 8th century father of Bhutan Buddhism is said to have been brought there on the back of a tigress.

One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan it offers breathtaking views to those energetic enough to make it to the top.

You will end the day with a visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, a beautiful seventh-century Buddhist temple, one of the oldest in Bhutan. According to legend, giant demons lay her body across the Himalayas to prevent the spread of Buddhism.

Day 7
DEPARTURE BACK HOME

Today, after breakfast, you will bid farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take a flight back to your next destination, with beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments!

Package price Includes

  • Inner line permit
  • Private SUV / Car for local transportation
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Bottled water during the tours
  • All local taxes

Services Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

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