Taktsang Highlight Tour of Bhutan 7 N / 8 D
Day 1. Arrive Paro(Altitude 2280 m)-Thimphu (2320 m) Distance:54 km-1 hr drive.
Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing.
Day 3. Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m) – 76 Km – 3 hrs drive.
Day 4. Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) – 66 km, 3 hrs.
Day 5. Gangtey – Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m) – 143 km – 6 hrs.
Day 6. Thimphu – Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m).
Day 7.Paro sightseeing (Tiger’s Nest):
Day 8. Departure from Paro.
Day 1. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) – Thimphu (2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive): Your Guide will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu. On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century.
- Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (Tashi Yangtse in Eastern Bhutan).
After lunch, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our 3rd King, late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (The Father of Modern Bhutan) and the Tallest Statue of Buddha.
In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body. Then free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 2. Thimphu Sightseeing: After breakfast visit Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve center, Sangaygang view point, and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.
After lunch, visit National Postal Museum, visit Folk Heritage museum and Craft Bazaar. In the evening, witness Archery match at Changlimithang stadium and free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 3. Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m, 76 Km, 3 hrs drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass where there are 108 stupas with amazing view of the Himalayas. On the way, visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi also known as the Rhododendron Garden, a nature reserve rich in flora and fauna and beautiful in itself. The recorded species are the monal pheasants, blood pheasants, musk deer, leopard, red panda and the leopard cat. A Rhododendron garden with 46 species of the plant is the theme of the botanical garden with a small lake which adds beauty to the Garden.
Driving further towards Punakha, we can visit Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Popularly known as “The Divine Madman”, in the year 1499. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt” and built the temple on top of a hillock. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.
- Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455 – 1529) was one of the Bhutan’s favourite Saints who was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung Monastery and was a contemporary and a disciple of Pema Lingpa.
After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal which is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. Punakha is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952.
In the evening, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery through rice fields and green vegetation, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk and back to Hotel. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the Phochu river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.
Day 4. Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) (66 km, 3 hrs): After breakfast, drive to Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes visit to the Wangdiphodrang Dzong initially built in 1638 (but razed by fire in 2012) & under construction. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613. The second reincarnation, Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang.
After lunch, explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black Necked Cranes in winter and visit the Crane Information center. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 5.Gangtey – Thimphu (143 km – 6 hrs.): After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Lunch will be served on the way.
In the evening, free for photography in the town OR visit to the centenary vegetable market. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 6. Thimphu – Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m). After breakfast, drive to Paro and to Chelila pass which separates Paro valley from Haa valley with the highest motorable road in Bhutan at 3810 meters above sea level. You can see the beautiful view of the High Himalayan mountain including Mt. Jumolhari.
After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower of the Fortress, now the National museum of Bhutan since 1969. Then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. Take a short walk across a traditional cantilever bridge to the archery ground. If you are lucky, you will witness archery match in action. Archery is the national sport.
In the evening visit to a farm house if still there is time. Bhutanese farm houses are very colorful, decorative and traditionally built without the use of single nail. All houses follow the same architectural pattern. A visit to Farm House is very interesting and offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 7. Paro sightseeing (Tiger’s Nest): After breakfast, drive to the base of the monastery and hike to Taktsang Monastery – a 2 hours walk to the monastery. The primary temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the then Paro Penlop Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
After lunch, visit to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. The Dzong was built to commemorate as an evocative reminder of the great victories. On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Evening time, stroll in the market and buy souvenirs. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 8. Departure: After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.
Tour Charges – (7 Ns & 8 Ds)
|No. of persons.||Charges per person for whole tour duration (USD)|| Visa Fee
(one time payment)
|1 – 3||1540||40||1580|
|4 – 6||1480||40||1520|
|7 – 11||1400||40||1440|
|12 – 16||1350||40||1390|
|17 & more||1260||40||1300|
Note: 100% discount on daily charges shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
The Tour Cost Includes:
- All Meals (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
- Accommodation (Twin Sharing) – additional charges for single occupancy.
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt. Taxes @ USD 65 per person per day.
- Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
- Visa Fee.
- English speaking Local guide.
The Tour Cost Does Not Include:
– International Air fares.
– Insurance Premiums
– Payments for service provided on a personal basis
– Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
– Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges. Incidentals, Portage
– Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”
- Traditional cultural show if interested
- Visit to a farm house
- Village walk (schedule changes)
- Bottled mineral water during travel