5 DAY CULTURAL PACKAGE

Read below for a full description of this experience

District

Day

Itinerary 

1

Arrival in Paro, visit to Tamchog Temple, and then head to Thimphu.

Thimphu

2

Head to Dochula Pass to see the 108 stupas, get an astrology reading, visit the Temple of Fertility and the fortress of Punakha Dzong.

Punakha

3

Visit of the Punakha Valley, including the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal and its Chorten, and then return to Paro via the Suspension Bridge.

Paro

4

Drive to the Tiger’s Nest, hike through the mountains, and return to Paro for a relaxing day.

Paro

5

Drop off at Paro International Airport for your return to Bangkok.

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Day 1

Paro – Thimphu

55 Km, 1 hour drive

Arrival in Bhutan is an event in itself, with the plane sweeping into the country’s only international airport within the Paro Valley, offering a splendid view of the Himalayan mountainsides dotted with traditional Bhutanese houses perched high atop the rocky peaks.

 

Once you’ve landed, our representative will meet you with a white silk scarf embossed with eight lucky symbols, in accordance with Bhutan’s reverence for symbolism to ensure an auspicious start of your journey.

 

The road to Thimphu, the royal capital, takes about fifty minutes amidst the villages and rice fields of the Paro Valley, including the six hundred years old Tamchog Temple.

 

Once in Thimphu, there is no lack of fascinating places to visit, starting with the Dordenma Statue – the largest seated Buddha statue in the world, over 50 meters tall and made of bronze and gilded gold, as well as the Memorial Chorten at the center of the city, dedicated to His Majesty the Third King of Bhutan, or even the Tashichodzong, the Fortress of Auspicious Doctrine, where the royal government houses the throne room and offices of the King.

Visit popular districts in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha
Seeing sacred temples like Tamchog Temple
Cultural sites like the Temple of Fertility
Hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery
Hoist wish-fulfilling prayer flags at Dochu-la Pass
Enjoy your stay in comfortable hotels

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP

DETAILED ITINERARY 

Day 2

Thimphu – Punakha

55 Km, 1 hour drive

The second day will begin with a delicious breakfast to boost us for our journey towards Punakha Valley. After about a forty minutes drive into the mountains, we will make a stop at Dochula Pass, where you will be able to admire the Himalayan Mountain Range, and on a clear day, even see as far as the Jumolhari, Kula Gangri, and Jichu Drakey peaks bordering China. There one can also see the Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens, 108 stupas offered as tribute to His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan for his service to his people.

At the Pass you will be able to offer a wind prayer flag, as per Bhutanese custom, in which the winds blowing the prayer flags will gather spiritual energy and disseminate it to all living beings, while carrying their prayers to the gods.

We will then have lunch, and proceed to Chimmi Lhakang, the Temple of Fertility, built in 1499 by the saint Drukpa Kinley, more commonly known as The Divine Madman. The temple is renowned for its tradition of blessing pilgrims with wooden phalluses, in order to drive away the evil eye and for those seeking to be blessed with children.

Finally, our journey towards the beautiful Punakha Valley continues as we reach the Punakha Dzong, a fortress constructed at the confluence of two rivers in 1637, and which now stands the winter home of Bhutan’s clergy, and the place where all Kings of Bhutan are crowned.

Suspension Bridge, Punakha

Day 3

Punakha – Paro

160 Km, 3.5 hour drive

Located atop a strategic ridge above the Punakha Valley, the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal was built over a period of nine years, with the architects, carpenters, painters, and sculptors famously discarding their engineering manuals in favor of holy scriptures for the construction of the temple. To this day, it is the only structure in the world that so completely showcases the architectural and artistic traditions of Bhutan.

 

Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten was built on the orders of Her Majesty the Queen Mother in 1999, to bless and protect the crown prince of the time, and current monarch, and through him, ensure the prosperity and security of the Bhutanese people. More than that, it was intended to promote stability, harmony, and peace throughout the world.

 

We will then end the day with a visit of the Suspension Bridge in Punakha on our return to Paro in the evening.

Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

Day 4

Paro

On the fourth day, we will drive to Taktsang Monastery, locally known as the Tiger’s Nest; a sacred temple built on the cliffside. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew into the caves around which the temple was built on the back of a tigress while on his search for a calm and secluded place to peacefully meditate. We however, will not be flying on the back of tigers, but taking a small mule track on the cliffside which usually takes about five hours amidst beautiful scenery unique to the peaks of the Himalayas.

 

Upon our return to Paro Town in the evening, you will have plenty of time to explore and stroll around the streets.

Day 5

Depart Paro

After breakfast, we will head to Paro International Airport for your return flight to Bangkok, after what we can only hope was the trip of a lifetime!

Tour includes:

Not included:

  • Travel insurance

  • Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry and alcoholic drinks.

  • Tips for tour guides, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants.

  • Round-trip flight from Bangkok

  • Airport Transfer - Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport

  • Hotel accommodation

  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Dedicated vehicle with a driver

  • 24x7 English Speaking Guide

  • All Sight Seeing and Monument entrance fees

  • 1 mineral water bottle every day

  • Welcome  white silk scarf in Paro

  • One-time 40$ visa fee