Bhutan Tours offer impressive monasteries, spectacular architecture, ancient traditions and stunning wide variety of flora and fauna, extremely friendly people and unique colorful culture. The last remaining Himalayan kingdom is adoringly called Druk Yul by its’ inhabitants, land of the thunder dragon. Bhutan is a virtually untouched world where spirituality is the way of life and nature is bestowed the admiration it deserves which is the main element to witness in your Bhutan trip.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Early in the morning we pick up you from your hotel in Kathmandu to depart to Paro for about one hour flight and after clearing immigration and customs you will be greeted by your Bhutanese guide. During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, meet and greet. Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). Once the watchtower for the Rimpung Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The Museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing aneabutted by two guardhouses, to the dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with the superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Later Drive to Thimphu
Morning; Visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the third King who reigned from 1952 – 1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery, situated just beyond Dechencholing Palace (5kms from Thimphu). This temple was the first residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. It was built during the first quarter of the 16th century by Ngawang Chogyel, the great ancestor of the Shabdrung.
Evening visit Tashichho Dzong – The main secretariat building. It is from here that the King and other prominent civil servants run the country. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer. Overnight Thimphu
after an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdi. The drive will take you via the the Dochula Pass (3150 mtrs.altitude). On a clear day, the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges is visible from here.
Lunch at the hotel/guest house. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, the former winter capital and presently administrative seat of the district. It is also the winter residence of the central monastic body. The Dzong (fortress) lies between two rivers, the Pochu and Mochu, meaning male and female rivers. It was built in 1637 A.D. visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong, perched on a promontory 13 kms away from Punakha. The Dzong was built in 1638 A.D. Overnight at Wangdiphodrang .
After descent from Pele pass to Nakarchu you enter the district of Tonga and drive through a narrow gorge to Chendebji Chorten. Here are two stupas: the older in Nepalese Style which was constructed in 18th century by Lama Shida and the more recent in Bhutanese Style. . Visit Tongsa Dzong. Overnight at Sherubling Lodge or Yangkhyil.
Drive from Tongsa via Jakar visiting Jakar Dzong to Bumthang Ura Valley. Visit Bumthang Monastery. Overnight at Wangdu Choling Lodge or Swiss Guest House. Electric supply in Bumthang is erratic.
Drive 7 hours from Bumthang to Punakha. Overnight at Zanthopelri hotel .
Hike to Taktsang Monastery perched on a cliff 800 meters above Paro valley.
Later visit Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16 Kms away from Paro town). The Dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means the victorious Bhutanese. This spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari, “Mountain of Goddess” (Alt.7329 mtrs). Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back. Evening stroll Paro town. Overnight at Kitch Resort, Tiger Nest, Hotel Olathang or similar.
Transfer from Hotel to airport in time to connect Druk Air flight to Kathmandu.