Day 1: Arrive at Paro (2280 meters):( Lunch / Dinner)
Fly to Bhutan: Land of the Happiness. Upon arrival in Paro Airport, you will be received by our representative from the airport and drive to the Hotel. Start our 10Days Bhutan Tour adventure. First visit Ta Dzong (built in 1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the Dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge.
After lunch, visit to the ruins of the DrukgyalDzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit KichuLhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king SrongsenGampo.
SrongsenGampo: He was a Tibetan king who married a Chinese princess, Wenchen in 641, as a apart of her dowry was a statue called “Jowo” which was an Indian image of Buddha, Sakyamuni as a small boy. In 659, He decided to build 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and, at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. 6 of these Temples lie in Bhutan, most prominent of them are JambayLhakhang in Bumthang and KichuLhakhang in Paro. KichuLhakhang is said to hold the left foot of the Ogress and JambayLhakhang pins the left knee. Dinner and overnight in TashiNamgay Resort.
Day 2: Paro – Thimphu Sightseeing: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) (Altitude 2320 m, Distance 58 kms, Drive Time 1 hour):After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. On the way, visit Tamchog Monastery built by ThangthongGyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century. Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (TashiYangtse in Eastern Bhutan).Visit Memorial Chorten,a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. Late His Majesty, King JigmeDorjiWangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy.Sangay Gang view point, the Largest and tallest statue of Buddha in the world.After lunch visit Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve centre and TashichhoDzong. Dinner and overnight in Hotel PhuntshoPerli.
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha (1310 meters): (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) (72 Kms, 3 hours drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. While in Punakha, visit PunakhaDzong built in 1637 by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, ZowePalep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named DrukPungthangDechenPhodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and The third King,JigmeDorjiWangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. After Lunch, excursion to KhamsungYulleyNamgyalCholing Monastery. Dinner and over night inPunatsangchhu Cottages.
Day 4:Punakha – Gangtey: (Altitude 3120 m) (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) After breakfast drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes: visit to WangdiphodrangDzong built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. Visit GangteyGompa Monastery, from outside.GyaltsePemaThinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of PemaLingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin LegpaiDhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, KunzangPemaNamgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Dinner and overnight at the Gakiling Guest House.
Day 5: Gangtey – Trongsa – Bumthang:(Breakfast / Lunc)h / Dinner (Altitude 2800 m, Distance 188 kms, Drive Time 6 hour drives.) After breakfast, drive to Trongsa. Visit TrongsaDzong, the most impressive dzong of Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by ChogyalMinjurTempa, the official who was sent by Shabdrung to unify eastern Bhutan and enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay. TrongsaDzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family and first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong. Then Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is said to be dedicated to the TrongsaPenlopJigmeNamgyal. After Lunch, drive to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight in Swiss Guest House.
Day 6: Bumthang Sightseeing: (Altitude 2800 m.)(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) After breakfast, visit JakarDzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667. Visit JambayLhakhang, built by King SrongsenGampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as KichuLhakhang in Paro. The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang and was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life force. Under the temple is said to be a lake in which Guru Rimpoche hid several Terma. In October one of the most spectacular festival, “JambayLhakhangDrup” is staged here. After lunch, we visit KurjeyLhakhang that is named after body print of Guru Rimpoche, built in 1652 by MinjurTempa. Visit TamshingLhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by PemaLingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom. In the evening, visit Membarstho which literally means, “The burning Lake”.Dinner and overnight in Swiss Guest House.
Day 7: Bumthang – Thimphu Sightseeing:(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) (Altitude 2320 m). After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight in WangchukResort.In the evening, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King JigmeDorjiWangchuk, the tallest statue of Buddha at KuenselPhodrangSangaygang view point, Takin preserve center and the DupthopLhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Dinner and overnight in Thimphu.
Day 8: Thimphu – Paro:(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Early morning, drive to the Dzong for Throngdroel ceremony. (The ceremony will be over at 11:00 am)After lunch excursion to Cheri Monastery. A walk of one and a half hours leads to the monastery. ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal, built it in 1620 and established the first monk body here.In the evening drive to Paro.Dinner and overnight in Hotel Jigmeling.
Day 9: Paro Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) After breakfast, We drive to SatsamChorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the TaktsangJakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The Primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, DorjiDrolo, said to be his favourite consort.
After Lunch drive to Cheli La. The 35 Km drive is an interesting road excursion.The pass is at 3810 m there are views of Jhomolhari as well as down to the Haa valley. In the evening free to stroll in the town and shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Paro.Dinner and overnight in Thimphu.
Day 10: Departure: (Altitude 2280 m)Early morning, drive to the Airport and Farewell.
– SIN-PARO-SIN Air Travel
– All meals and guided tour in Bhutan
– Bhutan visa fee, Tourism development fee
– Service of licensed and trained guide and assistance
– All guided tours, meals and hot beverages
– private transportation throughout trip
– All necessary documents permit (where applicable)
– Coordination quick rescue service in case of emergency (cost -covered by your insurance plan)
Cost does not includes:
Travel Insurance,Expenses of personal nature, Airline taxes & fuel surcharge S$126 subject to changed upon ticketing,Tipping for guide and driver