This unique holiday package is customized to immerse you among the tranquil settings and rare flora and fauna of an explored and mystical country hidden in the folds of the eastern Himalayas. Natural landscape and beautiful scenery, awe-inspiring monasteries and stupas, spectacular mountain ranges and innocent happy people, Bhutan awaits to charm you in more ways than one! Welcome to a spree of explorations in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro, Bhutan’s finest tourist destinations and go back with fond life-long memories….
“ Bhutan is a unique blend of the old and new. Here is a country that is slowly opening up to the modern world in a fine balance with its ancient traditions.”- Tourism Council of Bhutan
Activity: Cultural tours and natural sightseeing combined with moderate walking and hiking.
Package cost includes airport transfers, 3 star hotel and above accommodation, meals, entire day-long vehicle with a driver and licensed tour guide, special route permits/clearances, museums/monuments entrance fees, and other levies/taxes (as applicable).
During the journey from Delhi, you will experience breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains.
Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, and completion of immigration formalities and collection of your baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan.
The drive to Thimphu takes you along the Paro Chu (Chu means water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu, then turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. Check in at the hotel.
Next, visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third king of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Zorig Chusum ( Painting School) where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. Traditional dinner at the Folk Heritage Museum. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.
In the morning, mini hike/walk uphill (30-40 min) to Khamsum Yeuling Namgyel Chorten (stupa) and then visit Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong is placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. It was built in 1637 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngagwang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region.
Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been restored in recent years by the Royal Government. In the afternoon, on the way back to Paro, visit Chimmi Lhakhang (temple of the Divine Madman). This visit includes a short narrow hike. The Divine Madman known as Drukpa Kuenley came to Bhutan from Tibet in the 15th century to introduce the Drukpa Kagyupa sect of Buddhism and built this monastery. He spread the religion by the nature of sex and jokes which has made it so unique than others.
Overnight stay in the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, you will take a short drive to the base of Taktshang Monastery. The climb up to Taktshang will take around 3-4 hours. The trail climbs through beautiful fine forests, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop for a rest and light refreshments at the only cafeteria mid-way and then walk a short distance until we see Taktshang monastery.
The monastery was built in this holy place in 1684 A.D. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here in the form of Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in 747 A.D and mediated for 3 months. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m in to the valley below. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria and after lunch you will return to your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will drop you at Paro International Airport for onward journey.