7 DAY LUXURY PACKAGE
Read below for a full description of this experience
Land in Paro, and drive to Thimphu with a stop at Tamchog Temple
Astrology reading, hike to Tango Monastery, visit of the Folk Heritage Museum and the Institute for Arts & Crafts
Head to Dochula Pass, then to the Temple of Fertility, and then 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
Visit the National Museum of Bhutan, the Fortress of Jewels, and Kyichu Lhakhang monastery
Hike to the Tiger’s Nest, and return to Paro Town for relaxation
Enjoy one last breakfast before departing from Bhutan
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.
Hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest
Visiting monasteries throughout Paro, Punakha, and Thimphu district
Guided cultural and historical sightseeing
Private astrology reading
Hoist wish-fulfilling prayer flags in Dochula Pass
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Following our breakfast, we will head to Thimphu where trained astrologers from the National School of Astrology will be available to offer private astrology reading sessions.
From there we will hike for about an hour, nine hundred feet up to the Tango Monastery. Established in the 12th century, the monastery serves as a school for the study of Buddhist philosophy, metaphysics, mathematics, poetry, and a myriad of other subjects. Being the highest center of Buddhist learning in the country, almost every Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) has completed the nine-year long program of the Tango Monastery, along with the three years, three months, and three days of meditation that ensues.
After lunch, we will visit the Folk Heritage Museum, offering you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle through its collection of rural artifacts, tools, and equipment the Bhutanese people have used throughout the generations, with the occasional demonstrations of rural traditions and customs.
We will then visit the Zorig Chusum, the National Institute for Arts & Crafts, which showcases the 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan. Finally, we will end the day with a tour of the Zilukha Nunnery, known to be the largest nunnery in the country, and famed for its charitable and humanitarian work.
Thimphu – Punakha
105 Km, 2.5 hour drive
The third 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.
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.
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, to 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, with a stop at the Talo Monastery, a monastic school with over a hundred monks who have dedicated themselves to a strict lifestyle of meditation, study, and prayer for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Punakha – Paro
160 Km, 3.5 hour drive
The National Museum of Bhutan, built in 1648, showcases over three thousand works of Bhutan’s artistic and cultural heritage, including Buddhist scrolls known as Thangkha Paintings, some dating all the way to the 12th century.
Following our visit, will take a stroll down to the Ringpung Paro Dzong, the Fortress of Jewels, which houses the district’s monastic body and is believed to provide extended longevity to anyone who prays within.
The next monastery we visit on the other hand, Kyichu Lhakhang, was blessed by numerous Buddhist saints and is believed to be holding down the left foot of a demon as large as Bhutan itself.
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 enjoy a traditional hot stone bath to help you relax after the day’s hike.
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
Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry and alcoholic drinks.
Tips for tour guides, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants.