(Based on trip reviews)
Starting : Kathmandu
Grade : Easy
Highest access of the trek: 3500m
Best Seasion : March, April, May, October, November & December
Transportation: By bus/car
Accommodation: 3 star level hotel
Minimum Group Size: 01
Itinerary type: Customized
Bhutan tour 7 Days is most popular tour in Bhutan where you can explore remote villages and shrines in the mountains along with Buddhist culture in Bhutan.
Visit one of the most remote countries in the world, enjoy a meeting and lecture with a monk about Buddhist culture in Bhutan. You will also learn how to cook emu dashy (chili cheese) with a local farm family. Also you can hike along peaceful nature trails and thrilling cliffs. You can experience the pristine and peaceful nature of the Dragon Kingdom.
Anyone with an interest in Buddhist culture will be fascinate by this 7-day adventure into the heart of Bhutan. In addition the only country in the world that measures its well-being in GNH – Gross National Happiness.
Explore remote villages and shrines in the mountains. Also , climb magnificent heights to the cliff-side Taktsang Monastery, 900m (2,953 ft) above the valley floor. Discover your own capacity for happiness within Bhutan’s ancient culture.
How we began ?
We start our tour at Motithang Takin Preserve, home to Bhutan’s national animal, the takin. This unusual animal is often describe as looking like a moose that was stung by a bee. Formerly a small zoo, the king decree that penning up animals was contrary to Buddhist beliefs, so they were release. The takin had difficulty adapting, so the preserve was establishe to care for these gentle creatures.
- Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu(2320m),
- Thimphu Full day sightseeing in Thimphu.
- Thimphu to Gangtey (2800m)
- Gangtey to Punakha(1350m)
- Punakha to Paro
- Paro Tour
- Paro to Kathmandu
- Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu: Arrive at Paro Airport and then drive to the capital city Thimphu. Altitude: 2320m/ 7656ft above sea level. (1 hour 30 minutes drive) The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of Himalayan Mountains of the world. If weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m, 29,198ft) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. After checking into the hotel later visit, Your representative from the agency will greet you on arrival and drive you to the capital city, Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu visit, Tamchhog Lhakhang which is located on the opposite side of the river. This is a temple built by Thang Thong Gyalpo of Tibet, who was responsible for building numerous iron bridges throughout Bhutan. Kuenselcholing View Point: A place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Memorial Chorten: This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wang chuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.Tashichho Dzong : The names means – Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.Later relax for the day and stroll around the city.
- Thimphu Full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Morning take a hike to Cheri Monastery (Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary): Hike about 1hrs (to and fro) leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rump Honey guide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine flycatcher. Paper factory: The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world. The weekend market: Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full color and gathered to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London! Bhutan Craft bazaar: The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western wears with touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bang chung, Dhapa, key hanger of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items and etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an exemplary of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country. Later you can stroll around the city.
- Thimphu to Gangtey (2800m) Morning driving towards Gangtey, we come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m, 10362ft) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially in clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- a 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.In the mountains east of Wangdue Phodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km. down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate.
- Gangtey to Punakha(2800m) Morning visit, Gangtey Goemba: In the mountains east of Wangdue Phodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km. down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate.Hike to Chimi Lhakhang(Temple of fertility): This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road -Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and also phalluses are painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits.(30 minutes hike to and fro, gentle steep, good footh path across the valleys and villages).
- Paro Tour Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest): This is Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimopche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. (Five hours hike to and fro, some gentle and some steep hike, some stony foot path and some good ones) If you ride a horse upward it will cost extra US$25 per person. Visit Farmhouse: Picturesque farm houses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers. Thrill yourself as the farmers welcome you to their homes with genuine smiles. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farm houses are handsome in appearance, with colorfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built. A visit to a farm house gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family. (If you take hot stone bath in the farm house it will cost extra US$25 per person.)Later stroll around the town and see how locals live.Overnight in Paro.
- Paro to Kathmandu or to your destination, Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport. Your escort will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.
- 3 star Hotels on twin sharing basis
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for all days
- All transfers & transportation within Bhutan
- English speaking guide, monument entrance fees, sightseeing.
- Daily Govt. Royalties
- Mineral water in the car during sightseeing
- Visa fee $40 per person, Taktsang horse fee USD 15 per person
- Insurance, domestic & international flight fare,
- Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
- Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
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