Bhutan Himalaya Tour 8 Days

Highlight for this trip:

* Our company provides gho and kira for the group

* Traditional farmhouse and dinner at farmhouse with family

* Cultural show

* We arrange the traditional sport archery of Bhutan to our clients

* We have meditation room for guest in your office; we can arrange Buddhist    teaching by inviting Rimpochhes

* We arrange fortuneteller master if our guest want to see their future and pass

Itinerary: 7night 8days

Day 01: Arrive – Phuntsholing, Bhutan

Arrive to Phuntsholing, Bhutan, located at the bottom of foothills. Meet our Bhutanese Guide and stroll around the town. Do the permit formalities for vehicle and tourist. Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Phuntsholing- Thimphu 174km 5hours

Morning after completing immigration formalities. En-route stops and visits Rinchending Monastery, other villages and towns along the way.  Than drive to Thimphu 174km 5hrs, the road winding through the sub Himalayan hills offers great views of the plains and terraced farms. The pristine vegetation and magnificent waterfalls along the way. The altitude of Phuntsholing is about 300Mts and it gradually climbs up to 2200Mts at jhumja and lower again to 1600Mts at chukha checkpoint. It climbs again to 2200Mts at chimakoti and further up to 2900Mts at Chapcha pass, which is the highest point for today’s drive. Then Descends to 2200Mts at chunzom checkpoint and from the confluence; turn right to Thimphu, which is another, half an hour drive at hotel.

If time permit Sightseeing includesMemorial Chorten ( a huge stupa ) built in memory of the third king of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972, Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley, Nunnery monastery. Evening visit the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks. Overnight at the hotel

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdi

Distance: 77 kilometers, Time: 3 hours

Highlights: A panoramic view of the snow-capped eastern Himalayas and a multitude of alpine flowers and birds; Bhutan’s ancient capital and Temple of Fertility.

The three to four-hour drive from Thimphu traverses thorough a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. In about 45 minutes we will reach the famous Dochula pass (3,100m) where on a clear day we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6,000m to 7,554m snow-capped mountains. The pass also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural splendor of the place.

From the pass we descend to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha. Punakha served as the ancient capital of capital and still possesses the country’s main treasures in the form of Buddhist relics. Resembling a gigantic ship on an ocean floor from afar, and girdled by two (Male and Female) rivers, the castle-fortress also represents the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture.

After lunch in a small nearby village together with a rural farming household, we will walk along a footpath flanked by an endless view of ripening paddy fields to the Temple of Fertility – Chimi Lhakhang. This temple, built in the 15th century to honour the “Divine Madman”, a saint iconoclast who is also associated with phallus worship, attracts barren couples from all over to receive fertility blessings from an anointed phallus. Than drive further to Punakha and stop at the views point the confluence of Male (Pho chu) and female (Mo chu) rivers and visit the Punakha Dzong, later visit the Sangchen Lhendrup Nunnery monastery. Night halt in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha – Gangtey/ Phobjikha valley

After breakfast drive to Gangtey 105km it’s about 4hours via Wangdue Phodrang, the road is gradually up to Lawala pass (1100 feet) passing through Nobding village, and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo, spectacular view of the snow-cap mountains, areas mostly cover with rhododendrons flowers, Magnolia, fir and pine forest. Phobjikha valley is at 3,000m in the Black Mountains range. Phobjikha is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and is the home to the very rare black-necked crane.  The birds migrate from Tibet to Bhutan to winter here (from October -March). Visit Gangtey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries that look like a small Dzong. Overnight at the Farmhouse or hotel

Day 05: Gangtey/ Phobjikha valley hike

Today you are going to hike around the Phobjikha beautiful valley. This valley is mostly covers with high altitude dwarf bamboo, pine trees and impress art and wood craving farmhouse. Overnight at the Farmhouse or hotel

Day 06: Gangtey – Paro via wangdi

This morning drive 6hour to Paro and on the way visit stop at Royal Botinical Park at Lamperi.  Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch drive further to Paro and visit the National, Paro Rimpong Dzong, You can play the traditional sport he archery for an hour on the archer ground. Evening visit local farmhouse and enjoy the local dinner with family.Overnight at hotel

Day 07: Discovering Paro Valley

Highlights: Hike to the Tiger’s Lair, the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas, built on a sheer rock face.

After breakfast, drive for half an hour and start hiking up to the temple that is renowned in the Himalayan Buddhist world as one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage. The five-hour round trip follows an ancient but oft-trodden footpath flanked by water-driven prayer wheels.

The temple, precariously perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1,000 metres above the valley floor, is considered sacrosanct as it was in a cave within this temple that the eight century tantric saint, Padmasambhava, subdued the evils who obstructed the teachings of the Buddha. The saint is believed to have come to Taktshang in a fiery wrathful form riding a tigress. Over the years, many Buddhist saints have meditated in and around the temple and discovered numerous hidden treasure teachings.

Visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong enroute. The fortress known as the “Castle of the Victorious Drukpa”, is a symbol of Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invasions in the 17th and 18th centuries. We can also get a view of the sacred mountain, Jumolhari, along the way. On the way back to our hotel, we will visit the 7th century Kyichu Temple, believed to have been built on a place that resembled a knee of a giant ogress. Evening walk around the town for shopping and Cultural show at hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 08: Paro – Bangkok/Delhi/Katmandu

After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.

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