5 DAY LUXURY PACKAGE
Read below for a full description of this experience
Arrival in Paro, visit to Tamchog Temple, and then head to Thimphu.
Head to Dochula Pass to see the 108 stupas, get an astrology reading, visit the Temple of Fertility and the fortress of Punakha Dzong.
Visit of the Punakha Valley, including the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal and its Chorten, and then return to Paro via the Suspension Bridge.
Drive to the Tiger’s Nest, hike through the mountains, and return to Paro for a relaxing day.
Drop off at Paro International Airport for your return to Bangkok.
Visit popular districts in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha
Seeing sacred temples like the 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
Stay in luxurious hotels
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
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.
Thimphu – Punakha
55 Km, 1 hour drive
The second day begins with a delicious breakfast to boost us for our journey to Punakha Valley. About forty minutes into the drive, we will make a stop at Dochula Pass, where you will have the opportunity to admire the Himalayan Mountain Range in all its natural splendor, even to the point of seeing as far as the Jumolhari, Kula Gangri, and Jichu Drakey peaks bordering China if blessed by a sunny day and clear skies. 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 services 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 gather spiritual energies and then disseminate them to all living beings as prayers are carried upwards to the gods.
Following our lunch, we will 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 a wooden phallus, in order to drive away the evil eye and for those seeking to be blessed with children.
Finally, our journey will take us to the Punakha Dzong, a fortress constructed at the confluence of two rivers, and which stands as the winter home of Bhutan’s clergy, as well as the place where all Kings of Bhutan are traditionally crowned.
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.
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.
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!
Round-trip flight from Bangkok
Airport Transfer - Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport
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