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Mystical Bhutan

Duration of this Trip 7 Days Priced From $2,200-2,800 per person

Surrounded in mystery like the clouds that shroud its peaks, Bhutan has always been a mystical destination – the last Shangri-la. Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, stark and dramatic mountains form frontiers with Tibet and India, giving Bhutan a sense of peace and tranquility. Let yourself be swept away like the winds that snatch at the flags carrying prayers across the boundless vistas of Drukyul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Hike up a mountainside to soar with the eagles or rest in the spiritual calm of flickering temple candles. Revive your spirit in this fabled realm of peaceful villages, spinning prayer wheels, smiles, and kind words!

At a Glance

Duration

7 Days

Priced From

$2,200-2,800 per person

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro
Day 2: Punakha
Day 3: Punakha-Thimphu
Day 4: Thimphu
Day 5: Thimphu-Paro
Day 6: Paro. Tiger's Nest
Day 7: Paro Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro

International Airport where you will be met by our representatives, then you will be transferred to Punakha/Wangdiphodrang (3.5 hours), en-route stop at Dochula Pass (3100 meters) where you will visit the Druk Wangyel Monastery and the 108 chortens. You will also get to see spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayan Range including Gangkar Punseum (7590 meters), the highest mountain in Bhutan, and also the world's highest unclimbed peak. Dinner at hotel. Overnight

Day 2: Punakha

Discover Punakha valley, 30 minutes drive from Wangdi. En-route visit Chimmi Lhakang, the monastery of the Divine Madman and the fertility monastery. Follow by visit to Puankha Dzong, considered to be the most beautiful Dzong in the country. Punakha used to serve as capital of Bhutan till early 20th century and today it is still the winter residence of the Central Monk Body. The Chief Abbot and about 1000 monks live here for six months in the winter since Punakha is located at a lower altitude than Thimphu. Follow by visit to Khamsum Yulley Chorten, a monastery built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother of the 5th King. Picnic lunch will be served. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Wangdiphodrang/Punakha.

Day 3: Punakha-Thimphu

Sightseeing day drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan (2.5 hours). Thimphu has a population of roughly 90,000 and like any other bigger towns, rural- urban migration is very high here. Visit Handmade Paper Factory, Silversmiths and Tashicho Dzong. Wander in the main shopping streets of Thimphu, Dinner at a Bhutanese home. Overnight.

Day 4: Thimphu

After breakfast continue sightseeing around Thimphu. Visit the School of Arts and Crafts, the National Library, and the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Lunch at a traditional restaurant. Visit the Zilukha Nunnery, the Mothithang Zoo which solely houses the Takins (National animal of Bhutan), and Changangkha Lhakang, a monastery built in the 12th century. Evening, take a leisurely stroll from your hotel to the National Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in memory of the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The Chorten has recently been renovated and many locals come here throughout the day to take the opportunity to go round the Chorten to gain merit. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 5: Thimphu-Paro

Scenery drive back to Paro (1 hour). Sightseeing tour in Paro. Visit the National Museum which is housed in the TA DZONG (WATCH TOWER) built in the early sixteenth century to protect Paro valley against Tibetan invasion. It was transformed into the National Museum by the late King Jigme Dorji wangchuk in 1968 and has got excellent collection of all facets of Bhutan's rich cultural history. Paro Dzong which was built in 1646 by the first theocracy ruler Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and it is the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. Overnight Paro.

Day 6: Paro. Tiger's Nest

Hike Tiger Nest Monastery (Taktsang) which is the most famous from over two thousands monasteries in the kingdom. This monastery is perched on the side of a cliff more than 2000 feet above Paro valley. The name Taktsang means Tiger's Nest (English translation) because Guru Rimpoche the founder of Buddhism in Bhutan was said to have flown to the cave on the back of Tigress for meditation. This site is considered sacred by Mahayana Buddhists and a highlight of one's visit to Bhutan. Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 7:

Early morning drive to Paro airport for departurere

Land Tour Costs

From $2,200-2,800 for 6-10 travelers

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Trip Highlights

  • Admire gorgeous examples of Dzong architecture at the Puankha Dzong and Ta Dzong National Museum!
  • Discover Thimpu's ancient shrines, rich museums, delicious restaurants, and excellent shops!
  • Climb up to the 8th century Tiger Nest Monastery overlooking Paro Valley and the Eastern Himalayan Mountains!

Visited Countries

Bhutan

Visited Cities & Places

Paro, Punakha, Thimphu

Suggested Extensions

Treasures of Nepal

Reading Lists

Lindsay Brown, Anirban Mahapatra: Lonely Planet " Bhutan"  2011

Thames & Hudson:  Bhutan,  The Land of Serenity, 2012

Bradley Mayhew, Joe Bindloss: Lonely Planet  "Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya travel guide" 2009

What's Included

  • Visa support
  • Ground Transportation (air-conditioned)
  • English-speaking guide/escort
  • Hotel accommodation in double room
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entrance fees to museums and monuments

What's Not Included

  • International Flights

Visited Countries

Bhutan

Visited Cities & Places

Paro, Punakha, Thimphu

Suggested Extentions

Treasures of Nepal

Reading Lists

Lindsay Brown, Anirban Mahapatra: Lonely Planet " Bhutan"  2011

Thames & Hudson:  Bhutan,  The Land of Serenity, 2012

Bradley Mayhew, Joe Bindloss: Lonely Planet  "Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya travel guide" 2009

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Mystical Bhutan Tour

A 7 days/6 nights tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

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Land Tour Costs

From $2,200-2,800 for 6-10 travelers

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