Travel Style: Small / Big Group
Start Location: Paro
End Location: Paro
Duration: 10 nights /11 days
Accommodation: Hotels / Farm House
Period: All Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers
For spiritual and religious tourist visiting to the land of thunder dragon will include complimentary talk on Buddhism & meditation and will be escorted by spiritual experts.
On your spiritual journey, you discover Fortress, monasteries and temples; learn about Bhutan’s lovely people and their ways of life; and encounter the country’s historical past and present; meet inspiring hermits, be immersed in the murmuring sounds of monks and in the flow of the energy of meditation. Tours are designed to give you a firsthand experience on many aspects of Bhutanese life and culture.
On a fascinating journey into dense endless jungles, vibrant landscapes and rough rushing rivers, you may see some of the world's highest snow peaked mountains, and meet golden langur and others wild animals in their natural habitat. This is an exceptionally breathtaking journey that each faithful person must experience once in a lifetime.
-Visit a tiny Paro town for orientation with the place and people and then walk up to the Paro Dzong from the Traditional wooden Bridge called Nyame Zam, literally means bridge with no fish.
-Drive to Chelela pass at an altitude of 3900m, if weather permits you will be seeing an elegant Jhomolhari, the Kingdom’s sacred peak and some other snow mountains. In the Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, literally means watchtower to safeguard the main structure of the dzong below from the Tibetan invaders. It has been converted to house the National Museum in 1968. It has 6 galleries and a visit to the museum gives us an idea of cultural and ecological richness of Bhutan in a very short time. Dungtse Lhakhang, only temple in the form of a chorten ‘stupa’ built by the famous Iron bridge builder in 15th century and the ruin Drukgyel Dzong ‘fortress of the victorious drukpas’ was built in 1649 to celebrate a decisive victory over Tibetan forces and to curtail further invasion.
-Visit Punakha Dzong, the second of Bhutan’s dzongs built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Rinpoche. Punakha was the country’s winter capital for more than 300 years. It is still the winter residence of the Central monk Body. isit to Folk Heritage Museum, it was established to preserve the remains of yesterday and ensure the survival of the culture of today so that the future generation can know and appreciate their past, which after all has shaped their present. The National Library, The national Institute for Thirteen Arts, Dechenphodrang monastic school and BBS Tower (Sangay Gang) view point and Mini Zoo.
-Visit to 453 year old Gangte Gonpa, the most important monastery of the Pedling tradition of Buddhism in western Bhutan. From monastery we will do the nature trail walk through the pine forest and crane roosting place. The valley is one of the most beautiful spots in the country and home to endanger Black Necked Cranes that migrate from northern Tibet to escape its harsh winter. En-route stops at a Centre for Crane Observation and Education in the valley.
-Visit to Jakar Dzong, the ‘dzong of the white bird’ it has a picturesque location overlooking the spectacular Chhoekhor valley. Jampa Lhakhang, among the 108 lhakhang built by Songtsen Gampo, King of Tibet in 7th century A.D. to pin down demon’s left knee. Each November, one of the most spectacular festivals in Bhutan, jampa Lhakahng Drup is held and on one evening of the festival, the lhakhang is lit by fire dance to bless the infertile women. Kurjey Lhakhang, the actual Kurjey complex consists of the three temples against the hillside facing south. The first temple on the right was built on the rock with the imprint of the body of Guru Padmasambhava. King Ugyen Wangchuk built the second temple to house a monumental statue of Guru Rinpoche.
The third temple is a 3-storied lhakahng houses statues of wrathful deities and life size statue of Zhabdrung and the four temporal rulers. It was built by the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Kesang Chhoden Wangchuk. Tamshing Lhakahng, the most important Nyingma temples was buit by Pema Lingpa in 1501 with the help of dakinis (female celestial beings). The inner walls contain the original unrestored images that were painted by Pema Lingpa himself.
-Visit to Chimi Lhakhang, the famous fertility monastery built in 1456. A pleasant short walk through the paddy fields and farm houses ends at Chimi Lhakahng, a temple dedicated to yogi saint Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as ‘the divine madman’
-Hike to the Taktshang (Tiger’s lair) the most famous and sacred hanging cliff monastery in Bhutan. This place is especially venerated because of its association with Guru Rinpoche, who is said to have flown to Paro Takshang in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming dakini-tigress in the 747 A.D. This is perfect opportunity for those who wish to connect with guru Rinpoche on the final day in Bhutan
-Visit to Membar Tsho (the Burning lake), which is actually a narrow gorge of river from where Terton Pema Lingpa revealed the treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche. If you are fortunate, perhaps you may be able to spot or see a temple of Guru Rinpoche in the lake. In the evening visit to Namkhai Nyingpo Monastery to see monks chanting ritual for world peace.
-Trongsa Dzong one of the largest and the most impressive dzong in Bhutan, signifying the magnificent work of Buddhist architecture.
-Visit Punakha Dzong, the second of Bhutan’s dzongs built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Rinpoche. Punakha was the country’s winter capital for more than 300 years. It is still the winter residence of the Central monk Body.
This Standard Package includes:
• Standard hotels (3 stars)
• All meals
• Transport/transfers within Bhutan
• Entrance fees and permit
• Sightseeing and trekking as per itinerary with English speaking guide
• necessary arrangements
• 35% royalty to the government
• 24 hours service from Guide and tour operator
Not included in the cost
• Travel Insurance
• Airport taxes
• Expenses of personal nature
• Excess baggage
• Tips to guides and drivers
Day 01: Arrival Paro
|Day 02: Paro Valley
|Day 03: Paro – Thimphu
|Day 04: Thimphu – Gangtey
|Day 05: Gangte – Trongsa
|Day 06 : Trongsa – Bumthang
|Day 07: Bumthang holy pilgrimage
|Day 08: Bumthang – Punakha
|Day 09: Punakha – Thimphu
|Day 10: Thimphu – Paro
|Day 11: Departure
(Note: These are sample itinerary planned to give you a general idea of trip to Bhutan. We can tailor, and make tour programs to meet individual needs and preferences.)