|Trip Style||:||Cultural Tour|
|Trip Rating by Popularity||:||*****|
|Physical Demand Rating||:||1|
|Discounts||:||Applicable on this trip|
|Group Size||:||Maximum 12, Avg 5|
|Group Leader||:||A Certified Tour Guide|
|Transport||:||Quality and appropriate transportation will be made available.|
This trip is mainly designed for our guest from South East Countries such as; China and Thailand, lesser time to spend and yet wanting a fair share of Bhutan. In cases, where our guests would like to combine their holiday trip to Bhutan with neighbouring countries like Nepal, India and Thailand, we take this as an opportunity not only to help our partners in arranging such trip but also as an occasion to present our culture, tradition and our hospitality to the extent possible within a short span of time. Whether you enjoy a stroll in the Country, or climb to breathtaking Tiger’s Nest, see living culture of the people in their traditional costumes or the enchanting folklore and history– the package ushers the guest to experience the main attractions of western Bhutan and will leave you with an lasting feeling of mysticism and contemplation.
Day 1: Arrive Paro and Drive to Thimphu, (60 km, 1 hour)
If your arrival to Bhutan is on a (bright) sunny day, it could (should) begin with the panoramic view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga, and our very own Jomolhari and Jichu Drakey (you may change your seat, if you are not on the right side). We have been told the actual descent of the flight to the airport (Paro) is usually manual, which itself becomes a memorable experience, topped by surrounding hills and houses (Feeling you could touch them). After necessary clearance from the airport, outside you’ll be received by our guide(s) with a traditional welcome khadar. In Paro valley you will visit; 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang temple and other sites (if time permits). After lunch in Paro, you’ll proceed towards the capital city, Thimphu.
Day 2 : Thimphu Sightseeing
In your second day in Bhutan and the Capital City, Thimphu – you will begin your visit from any of the following tourist sites, such as; National Folk Heritage Museum, Zorig Chusum school of 13 traditional arts/crafts, Textile Museum, Memorial Chorten (stupa), Kuenselphodrang (AKA Budha Point) and the Simtokha Dzong. These visits will showcase not only our age old heritage, tradition, customs and even fabrics (which is the present identification of a Bhutanese) but our deep commitment to preserve and promote it. Your visit to Centenary Farmers market will bring across our efforts to promote self sufficiency in agriculture produce against chemically infused vegetables imported from neighbouring states. Do visit our only Takin Reserve Center and see an unique animal (mixture of a goat and wildebeest) which is also national animal of Bhutan – the Takin. Takin is chosen as the National Animal of Bhutan, because it is unique, rare and native to Bhutan. It is closely associated to religious history and mythology of the country. The animal was called ‘Dyiong-gyem tsi’ or takin. Conclude your day with a lovely meal in one of the best restaurant with a choice of Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, or Thai culinary (do seek guidance from the guide).
Day 3 : Hike to Tango and Cheri and Drive to Punakha (77 km, 4 hours)
Spend some time, relaxing and flexing your muscles as you’ll be hiking to Tango monastery (a temple which was build in 1659) and continue to Cheri Gompa, another half an hour hike to the first monastic school built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan in 1620. Look out for wild gorals and deer along the way as they’ve unwittingly found shelter around the temple. After your evening tea around 3.00 pm, we will proceed towards Punakha, on the way you will cross Dochula Pass at 3140 m and experience a beautiful view of the mountains, hills and forest. On the pass you will also see the Druk Wangyal Chortens, a collection of 108 chortens (stupas) mainly built to illustrate the achievements of the Fourth King.
Day 4 : Punakha sightseeing and drive to Paro (110 km, 3 hours)
The Punakha Dzong (built 1637) is the most beautiful fortress of Bhutan and this historical Dzong is also known as Pungtang Dechen Phodrang Dzong (meaning very awesome dzong “the palace of great happiness or bliss”). It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion. Punakha Dzong served as the capital of the Country from 1637 to 1907 and the first National Assembly was held in 1953. The significance of the Dzong stepped up in 2011, when His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk married Gyeltseun Her Majesty Jetsun Pema on October 13th at Punakha Dzong. One of the beautiful aspect of Punakha Dzong is its location, the Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley.The Fabulous woodwork represents the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. Continue to Chhimi Lhakhang (1499), the fertility monastery built in dedication to the ‘Divine Madman’, a much revered lama known for his eccentric ways for teachings. Our escort will narrate the entire story during a short hike up to the temple. Visit the Wangduephodrang town which is unlike any other towns in Bhutan for lunch. The small incongruous square is a hullaballoo of activities; cab drivers yelling names of nearby towns for customers, a gas station queued up with vehicles and power-tillers, vegetable vendors, dairy products on sale etc. Drive to Paro after lunch.
Day 5 : Paro Sightseeing
In Paro, we’ll visit the world known Taktshang monastery (translated Tiger’s nest) and complete our visit to Bhutan with an unforgettable experience. It is a two hours hike that would prove its worth, just by a look of the temple hanging on a 1000 feet craggy cliff. The view of the temple as our clients have been saying is “nothing short of spectacular”. The temple was built in 1692 by Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgye and in this matter, the guide will complement the visit with its history. In the afternoon, we will visit National Museum and enrich your Bhutan experience and knowledge further by witnessing some of the most treasured collections of arts, artefacts, textiles, stamps, statues etc. In the evening, with a local theatre company, we will organize a cultural evening at the hotel which will showcase some of our traditional music and dances, mask dances and folklore at the hotel. After dinner, a dip in the traditional hot-stone bath may help you unwind and reflect about your journey before departing.
Day 6 : Departure
Being with you for last 5 days, saying farewell is usually not mechanical. However, with a hope that this trip to Bhutan has build up a friendship which is more valuable than anything else and the service has been more than satisfactory, we will say goodbye with a promise of meeting each other very soon. Additional Activities that can be included: Specialised Language Guides, Mountain Biking, Motorcycling, Swimming, Fly Fishing, Cultural Performances, Cooking classes, Art Classes, Attending Rituals in private homes, Meditation Sessions with reputed lamas, Yoga Sessions, Buddhism Talks, Volunteerism like being part of a House Construction, Fruit-Picking; Sports like Tennis, Squash, Golf, Basketball and even a Football match; Music Jam-up sessions with local musicians. If you have a burning desire to share your story with the locals, we can also have some FM radio stations or local newspapers to talk to you – you name it and we will make it possible!!
What’s Not Included