Exploring Bhutan

1 450 USD

During the trip, we will visit 2 of the 8 UNESCO sites in Bhutan and 1 of the 2 Nomad Mania regions. 

Tour dates: 27 October - 1 November 2024

Itinerary: Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Rinchengang village - Paro

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included in the price

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the unsurpassed Paro
one of the oldest temples in Bhutan
temple of fertility
the beauty of the Himalayas
a fort in the Himalayas
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The flight to Paro Airport is one of the most exciting in the entire Himalayas. Flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or Delhi, you will see breathtaking views of the mountain range and this is where our immersion in the Kingdom of Bhutan will begin. The first gift of Bhutan that we will receive at the exit of the plane will be cool, clean and fresh mountain air.

From the airport, we head to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan with a stopover on the way to Chuz, the confluence of the Timphu and Paro rivers. The capital of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with an unusual blend of modern development and ancient traditions. With a population of around 90,000, it may still be the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Evening walk along the main street and market area of Thimphu. Of course, we will visit the Handicrafts Market to see examples of exquisite traditional arts of Bhutan. Here you can buy handmade fabrics, Thangka paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wooden carvings, jewellery, and interesting items made of local materials. Overnight at the Thimphu Hotel (altitude 2400 m).

Today we are looking at the Thimphu Valley:

The Changangkha Lhakhang Temple, standing at the tip of a ridge jutting out towards the central Thimphu. Founded in the 13th or 14th century, it is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. 

Drubthub Gompa Monastery: The monastery was founded by the next incarnation of Drubthob Chakzampa, who in the 15th century was known throughout the Buddhist world of Tibet as the builder of iron bridges and is also considered the father of Tibetan opera.

The Tsorig Chusum Institute (commonly known as the School of Painting), where students undergo a 6-year course of study in 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

Buddha Point - located a short drive from Thimphu town centre with great views of the valley. 

The Kings Memorial Chorten is a monastery that is continuously circled by people, mantras whispered and prayer wheels spinning. The idea of building this iconic structure belongs to the third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorje Wangchuck (the ‘father of modern Bhutan’), who wanted to erect a monument to peace and prosperity in the world. 

We will end the day with a visit to Trashichhoedzong, an impressive fortress and monastery complex that houses the Secretariat building, the throne of His Majesty the King and various government offices. 

Overnight at the Thimphu hotel.

After breakfast we go to Punakha. On the way we will visit the pass Dochula (height 3080 m). Dochula Pass offers the most spectacular views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Visit Rinchengang villages - a small compact village famous for its craftsmanship in traditional stonework. We continue our way to Punakha where we will visit fortress - Dzong Punakha Monastery (UNESCO), a massive fort built at the intersection of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and still serves as the winter residence of the monarch.

Overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Early in the morning we go on a short tour to Chimi Lhakhang. We will drive only 15 minutes, and then trekking will begin (about 1.5 hours) through rice fields and villages. Chimi Lhakhang - temple on a hill in the center of the valley, also known as the fertility temple. The trail leads through rice fields to a tiny village Pana, which means "field". a walk through the village will give us a complete understanding of the daily life and lifestyle of the inhabitants.

Continue to Paro along the scenic route, visiting along the way Simtokha Dzong, the country's oldest fortress, built in 1627, which is now a school of Buddhist studies.

Upon arrival in Paro, we will visit Ta Dzong, a building originally built as a watchtower which is now National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor, household items and a rich assortment of natural and historical artifacts.

Afterwards we will go to Rinpung Dzong (UNESCO), which means "fort of a heap of jewels." Later we will visit local farms and enjoy dinner at the farm. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

We'll go to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger's Lair (approximately 5 hours walk): This is one of the most famous monasteries of Bhutan, located on the side of a cliff at an altitude of 900 m above the level of the Paro Valley. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated in this monastery, which is why it is called the Tiger's Lair. On April 19, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main building of the monastery, but this stunning Bhutanese heritage site has now been restored to its original splendor.

Afternoon ride to Drukgyel Dzong (UNESCO), a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snow dome of the sacred Chomolhari, the “mountain of the goddess”, is visible in all its glory from the road to the Dzong.

In the evening we will visit Lhakhang Kyichu, built in the 7th century, one of 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. The construction of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism to Bhutan.

Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

After an early breakfast at the hotel, we head to the airport for our flight to our next destination.

The cost of the tour: Wave
1 450 USD
per person in a double room:
The price of the tour includes:
hotel accommodation level 3* according to the entire tour program with breakfast;
transfers from / to airports;
excursion services according to the entire tour program with entrance tickets and English-speaking guide;
lunches and dinners every day
The price of the tour does NOT include:
international air travel;
visas and visa fees;
personal expenses.
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