Glimpse of Bhutan 5 Nights 6 Days

Trip Overview Glimpse of Bhutan 5 Nights 6 Days

Itinerary Overview                                           
Day 01: Arrive Paro – Thimphu                                                             
Day 02: Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha                                                                                        
Day 04: Punakha – Thimphu – Paro                                                        
Day 05: Paro
Day 06: Depart Paro

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our  representative will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities.

After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours) following the Pachu River. Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 02:THIMPHU
Once a rustic village sitting in a broad, fertile river valley, Thimphu is today the nation’s bustling capital. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the National Memorial Chorten. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernisation, and as a monument to world peace.  Continue on to 12th century Changangkha Temple and Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha Nunnery.
Other sites to visit include: the School for Arts and Crafts where students are taught the 13 types of Bhutanese art,,the Traditional Paper Factory displaying the Bhutanese paper making process, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If there is time, you may visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichhodzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’ Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.
 
DAY 03:THIMPHU–PUNAKHA
Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley (about 3 hrs total driving time). The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan Kingdom. 
Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. 
After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.

DAY 04:PUNAKHA–THIMPHU–PARO
In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through ricefields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.
Drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores. Afterwards proceed to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture studies. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

DAY 05:PARO
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to the viewing point). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight

DAY 06:DEPART-PARO
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
Cost Include          
  • 5 Nights at 3* hotel accommodation with WiFi (Luxury  hotels will be charged separately)
  • Personal specialized English speaking guide & driver with SUV
  • Visa Fee
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (excluding alcoholic drinks)
  • Tea and Snacks
  • All entrance fees & sightseeing including Monasteries & Dzongs etc
  • 65$ Bhutan Government daily royalties which goes for free education and free health services for the Bhutanese people, and other taxes
  • Mineral water all time during the tour

Include Exclude 
  • Airline Tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • Meals, other than Mentioned
  • Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.
SOME OF THE INTERESTING THINGS THAT YOU WILL GET TO WITNESS IN THIS TOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS :

Meeting with Locals
Get to Know about their lifestyles
Hike to the Tiger Nest, the only monastery build in a stiff cliff 
Dochula Stupas
Magnificent Dzong's and Fortress .
Views of some of the highest peaks