Bhutan, the Kingdom that is nestled comfortably in the lap of the Himalayas is a land that takes immense pride in its traditional Buddhist culture and believes in not only preserving it but also imbibing it in today’s day to day modern lifestyle to achieve a beautiful balance of culture, tradition and modern living. Bhutan, a land that is high on the ‘Happiness Index’, is also a land worth exploring for its breathtaking views, monasteries, museums and ancient ruins. Thus keeping in mind all that this country has to offer, we have designed a wonderful journey for you in order to give you a mix of both the cultural and traditional aspects as well as the geographical treasures.
Arrive at Paro Airport. The Cloud Itineraries representative escorts you to Thimpu by road (over an hour). You would have the rest of the day free to explore the city or just relax at the hotel.
In the morning after breakfast visit Budddha Point (Buddha Dordenma); Memorial Chorten, a memorial stupa built in 1974 in the honour of the third king; the three-storied National Folk Heritage Museum; National Library of Bhutan, a fine example of traditional Bhutanese architecture. Later visit Motithang Takin Preserve, a wildlife reserve area for see the rare ‘takin’ national animal of Bhutan. Spend the evening exploring handicraft emporiums in the city.
Leave for Punakha after breakfast and visit Punakha Dzong (also known as Pungtang Dewa Chhenbi Phodrang meaning the palace of great happiness). Later visit Chimi Lhakhang, temple dedicated to the famous Lam Drukpa Kunley or divine mad man. Childless couples mostly visit this temple, which was built in the 15th century.
After breakfast go on a full day Gangtey excursion. Gangtey Gompa in the Phobjikha Valley is a 16th century monastery. It is the only monastery in Bhutan, which follows the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. The Phobjikha valley is home to rare Black Necked Crane, an endangered species, which migrate from the Tibetan plateau
Drive to Paro visiting Paro Chu and Wang Chu river valleys and the 1629 built Simtokha Dzong (Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang), en-route. Arrive Paro and visit Ta Dzong Museum (watchtower) built in 1649 and Rinpung Dzong, a Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage.
Post breakfast; proceed for an excursion to Chele La Pass. Later visit Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetans and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
In the morning hike to Taktsang Monastery. Also knows as “Tiger’s Nest”, is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. It takes almost 2 hours to walk up at an average pace. After returning to Paro, the rest of the day is free to relax.
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
As at Cloud Itineraries we believe in letting you ‘live the journey’, please do not hesitate to speak to us to tweak your holiday or change the route. You could also ‘create your own experience’ with our expert help. So hop on and let’s build the most memorable trip together.
Without a doubt, your trip will give you a memory of a lifetime. In addition to a dedicated tour manager/coordinator, your holiday trip is laced by assistance on arrival and departure at the airport, soothing stays at suggested hotels, quick transfers with a driver, all government and road taxes paid for along with driver’s allowance, splendid sightseeing as mentioned, English speaking guides for tours in plan and delish meals as per your itinerary. Please note, that all applicable taxes and service charges will be included as well.
(Exclusions- international airfares, visa charges, meals outside of plan, monument fees, camera charges, insurance and personal expenses).