Bhutan: The Mysterious Beauty

Bhutan: The Mysterious Beauty

Welcome to the lost paradise in the Himalayas - Bhutan, with its incredibly beautiful nature, which is protected as the main national treasure.

And small towns and villages are spread here in incredibly beautiful gorges among the purest mountain rivers, which are unlikely to leave you indifferent.

Fancy ornaments and traditional architectural structures, national crafts and souvenirs, bright fabrics, Tibetan tea, the rarest animals in the natural conditions of national parks are just a little of what awaits you while traveling to Bhutan.

Dates of travel: regularly
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Itinerary: Paro - Thimphu (2 nights) - Punakha (2 nights) - Vangdiphodrang - Paro (2 nights)

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Best time to visit

  • Jan
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  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
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  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
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BTN Bhutanese Ngultrum

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Day 1

Arrival in Paro - transfer to Thimphu (55 km / 2h)
Arrival in Paro - the air gate of Bhutan, a meeting with the guide and transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan.
Upon arrival in Thimphu - accommodation at the hotel.
Free time and rest. 

In the afternoon we will visit the National Chorten Memorial, built in 1974 as a Tibetan classical stupa with a pyramidal column crowned with a crescent and sun, in memory of the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is considered the father of modern Bhutan. Images and statues of the Buddha Samantabhadra and other tantric deities within the temple give an opportunity to better understand the philosophy of Buddhism.
Free time and rest. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
* Altitude of Thimphu: 2350 m above sea level

Day 2

Thimphu

Today we are expected to get acquainted with Thimphu - the largest city of Bhutan and the only capital of the world without road traffic lights. Today we will visit Tashichjo Dzong - a medieval fortress, founded in 1216 as a Buddhist monastery; The Museum of the People's Heritage, which will open a window to the world of Bhutan's rural life, will acquaint you with the traditions, customs and everyday objects of the inhabitants of the traditional Bhutanese village.

Today we will visit the Museum of National Textiles, which presents collections of crowns, dresses and accessories of members of the royal family of the Wangchuk dynasty; Bhutan traditional paper factory; The National Library, which houses a beautiful collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

After lunch, we will visit the Crafts Shopping Center, which offers a wide range of products, including elaborate "tank" paintings and hand-woven fabrics that Bhutan is famous for.
At the end of the day we will visit the National Chorten Memorial, built in 1974 in the form of a Tibetan classical stupa with a pyramidal column crowned with a crescent and the sun. The images and statues of Buddha Samantabhadra and other tantric deities within the temple give an opportunity to better understand the philosophy of Buddhism.
Free time and rest. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3

Thimphu – Punakha

This morning we set off on a scenic road through the Docho-La Pass (3,080 m), from where one of the most spectacular views opens in Bhutan. On this pass, 108 chortens were installed to commemorate the liberation of the country from the Assamese resistance. Here we will make a stop, relax and admire the breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Then we will continue our journey to Punakha (75 km / 2h).
Upon arrival in Punakha, check-in at the hotel.
After a short rest, we will have an excursion with a visit to the fortress-monastery of Punakha Dzong. Dating from the 17th century, this dzong was built in a picturesque location at the confluence of two rivers - Pho-Chu and Mo-Chu (literally, "river-man" and "river-woman"). Its name means "Palace of great happiness" or "Happiness". For a long time, Punakha was the capital of Bhutan, as well as the winter residence of the king, and now remains the winter residence of Je Khempo - the head of Bhutanese Buddhism, which, with 300 monks in the cold winter months, moves to this dzong in a warmer climatic zone.
At the end of today, we will walk around the city market.
Return to the hotel and rest. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
* Height of Punakha: 1350 m above sea level

Day 4

Punakha

After a late breakfast, we will take a short walk along the river bank to the Chokratu Khomsum stupa of Yeleley Namgyel, from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the Mo-Chu River and the local villages below the valley of the rice fields.
After lunch, we will take a walk to the temple of Chimi Lhakhang ("Temple of the Holy Madman"), located on the top of a hill in the center of the valley. This temple is also known as the "temple of fertility or procreation" and is a famous place of pilgrimage for childless couples. The temple has a beautiful footpath among the flooded fields and local village houses.
Return to the hotel and rest. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
* Height of Punakha: 1350 m above sea level

Day 5

 Punakha – Wangdue – Paro (165 km/5.5h)

This morning we will leave for Paro.
On the way, we will stop for lunch in the beautiful town of Wangdue (Wangdiphodrang). Here we can walk around the local market, famous for its bamboo products and carvings from slate and stone.
After lunch we will continue our journey, visiting the fortress-monastery of Simtokh Dzong, located in a picturesque place in the forest.
Upon arrival in Paro, check-in at the hotel.
Free time and rest. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
* Height of Paro: 2250 m above sea level.

Day 6

Paro

The city of Paro is in the center of the fertile valley of the same name, which is famous for its delightful landscapes, Buddhist monasteries, traditional villages and unique colorful carved apartment houses.

Early in the morning, you will walk to the monastery of Taksang-lakhang, known as the "Tigress's Nest". The monastery is located on a steep rock at an altitude of 900 m, from where it opens an amazing view of the valley. The history and name of the monastery are associated with Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), who spread Buddhism in Bhutan and is revered as Bhutan by the Bhutanese as a deity guarding the country. The monastery enchants with its beauty: the roofs covered with pure gold over the sanctuaries, the stairs that are cut in the rock, connecting the buildings of the complex, and the bamboo bridges, thrown across the abyss, blend harmoniously with the natural landscape of the granite caves. The highlight of the monastery is the "Hall of Thousand Buddhas", where the sculpture of the famous tigress is located. In one of the halls are kept sacred Buddhist manuscripts, and dark caves under the shimmering oil lamps store images of bodhisattvas. This temple is so revered that every Bhutanese seeks to visit it at least once in his life. The whole walk to the monastery and back will take about 5 hours. If you do not want to walk, you can take a pony and move around on it.
After lunch we will visit the National Museum of Bhutan, which is in the Ta-Dzong watchtower. Dzong (fortress-monastery) was built in 1641 as a fortification and converted into a museum by the third king of Bhutan in 1968. There are a lot of Buddhist relics, an exposition of ancient weapons and an ethnographic exposition about the life of Bhutanese, including dishes, clothes and jewelry. In addition, here you will see priceless manuscripts, Buddhist ritual objects, picturesque thangkas and much more. Visiting the museum will allow you to get acquainted with the historical past, traditions and culture of Bhutan. 

Then you will visit the Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), which is a fortress combined with the Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Kagyu school. After the tour, we return to the hotel.
Free time and rest. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 7

Return home
Our trip to the amazing Bhutan has come to an end. Transfer to the airport and flight home.

 

Price of the program:

  • EUR 1558 per person in a double room
  • EUR 1624 per person in a single room
  • EUR 1242 per person in a triple room

Hotels in the program:

  • Paro: Tashi Namgay Resort or Village Lodge or Tiger Nest
  • Thimphu: Hotel Kisa or Hotel Julmohri

What`s included:

*meeting at the airport
* Visa processing to Bhutan
* transfer airport-hotel-airport
* accommodation in hotels according to the program - 6 nights
* meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
* comfortable transport throughout the tour (with air conditioning)
* excursion program accompanied by an English-speaking guide
* all permits, entrance fees, taxes and road charges

What`s not included:

* international air travel
* health insurance
* tipping and additional personal expenses.