memories for a lifetime
Detail about the package
This is one of the long and popular cultural tours for travelers in Bhutan. This tour takes you to western and central part of Bhutan and gives you a glimpse of its rich religious and cultural heritage all along the way. This trip will enable you to discover Bhutan’s pristine environment, rural lifestyle, pilgrimage sites, Buddhist religious sites, different dialects, art and craft, culture and tradition.
As your flight nears Bhutan, you can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Jumolhari and jichu Drake peak. On arrival, you will be received by our guide and transfer to restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you can visit Paro Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels” built by Zhubdrung. You will walk downhill till the road point crossing the traditional wooden bridge. you can visit Kichu, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in 7th century. you will be taken to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Overnight in hotel.
After breakafast, sightseeing in Thimphu includes King’s Memorial stupa (which was built in honor of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck), School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school), Nunnery temple, Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, Buddha Point, and Motithang Takin Preserve. In the evening, visit the Tashi Chhoedzong, the seat of the national government, you can stroll through Thimphu city and absorb the life style of the people. Overnight in the hotel.
Today you can enjoy beautiful drive to Punakha. En route we will stop at Dochula pass (3150 meters) where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas.In the clear sky, we will see all the Himalayan ranges including the highest peak of Bhutan Gangkar Puensum(7560m) above sea level. From the pass, drive downhill through the forest of rhododendron,fir,and hemlock. After lunch, you can take short walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang( temple of fertility). Continue drive to Punakha. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, former capital and the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. Overnight in hotel
Today we will drive to remote Gangtey with short stopover in Wangdue to get a glimpse of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong that dramatically sits on the ridge.we will continue our drive through dense forests of oak and rhododendrons till Lawala pass(3250m). The pass offers exotic views of the Himalayan Mountains. Drive downhill for some time and get the stunning views of Gangtey Goenpa and Phobjikha Valley. Visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Later in the afternoon, you can hike amazing Phobjikha valley and crane centre which has detail information. The home to the Black Necked Cranes, which migrate from the Tibetan to this valley in winter and visit
After breakfast, you will drive to Bumthang. The route is along a spectacular winding road, passing Pele La pass (3400m). Lunch will be served at Trongsa. After lunch, visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. You will then proceed to Bumthang, which is often described as the spiritual heartland of the kingdom. We will stop Chummey Yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with different patterns. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, sightseeing in Bumthang include Jakar Dzong is located on a ridge built in 15th century. Kurjey Lhakhang where body imprints of Guru Rinpoche in 8th century remains preserved on the rock. Jambay Lhakhang which was built by Tibetan king Songtshen Gempo in 7th century and then short hike to Tamshing Lhakhang built in 15th century by the Buddhist saint Pema Lingpa. In the afternoon, you can walk around in Bumthang town and interact with locals.
Fly on domestic flight to Paro. You can have lunch in Paro restaurant. After lunch hike to Zuri Dzong. The views are amzing of valley and Paro Dzong.You can visit local archery ground and watch locals playing archery. Overnight in hotel
Today, you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. Bhutan’s most famous monastery, which is located at face of the cliff ( 3100m) offering the best view of Paro valley. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. Lunch will be served at Cafeteria Restaurant halfway up on the mountain. Explore the monastery and hike back to Paro. Overnight in hotel
You will drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.
While Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, its cultural diversity and richness are profound. As such, strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its unique culture. By protecting and nurturing Bhutan’s living culture it is believed that it will help guard the sovereignty of the nation.