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Journey in the West

Overview

Duration: 7N/8D

Routes & Places: Paro, Thimphu & Punakha

 

Day 1: Arrival – Paro

Fly to Paro, Bhutan in one of the national airlines. If you get a seat on the window side of the plane and if weather permits, you would be able to get spectacular views of the high mountain Himalayan ranges. At the exit point, you will be greeted by a team from Bhutan Myway , your trip companion for the tour. Soon you would be catching the glimpse of the sites as per your scheduled tour itinerary.

Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress) which is loosely translated as the ‘fortress of a heap of jewels’. It was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal which is beautifully perched on a hill top overlooking the valley. National Museum – it is situated on the ridge overlooking the Rinpung Dzong (Fortress) which was long ago known as Ta Dzong (watchtower). For now you would be able to see only few things kept in the exhibition hall above the main structure as the museum itself is under renovation. Kyichu Lhakhang (Temple) – the temple is one among the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.

Overnight at Paro

 

Day 2: Paro – Thimphu

Drive to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu which takes approximately one and half hour covering the distance of 55 km. Thimphu is in fact the only capital in the world where the traffic is regulated by the traffic personals and the rhythms of the zebra crossing is maintained on the mutual understanding between the Vehicle drivers and the pedestrians.

Your sight seeing are scheduled on arrival to the capital:- Memorial Chorten (stupa) – the white tall structure built in 1974 to loving memory of His Majesty the Third king of Bhutan. Buddha Point – Kuenselphodrang where largest sitting Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock overlooking the Thimphu valley and also if interested/if time permits, take a leisure walk through Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and enjoy the nice view of the entire Thimphu valley. Changangkha Lhakhang – Visit the 12th century Changangkha temple which is more popular among the people of its surrounding area and the entire valley. Takin Enclosure – It is a man-made enclosure for the national animal of Bhutan, Takin which is distributed only in a few pockets of the world. Takin is unique creature which resembles goat’s head and the body of cattle. Listen to its evolution story from your guide.

Overnight at Thimphu

.Day 3: Thimphu

A short hike to Tango monastery should light up your day. After breakfast, travel to the base camp of Tango Monastery which lies north of Thimphu city. From the base camp you hike up to the Monastery through a well-maintained footpath nurtured by the lush green tall trees  filled with oak as well as Rhododendron flower trees which will be in full bloom during spring season.

Tango Monastery – it was built in 1689 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgyal. The three-storied monastery was built with the help of the locals and was completed within two months. At present Tango Monastery is the center for higher studies for monks. The view from Tango Monastery is breathtakingly beautiful. You will experience complete peace and serenity in this area. Centenary Farmers’ market where farmers would be selling their wide range of farm products to the wild ones collected from forests, and dairy products and afterwards it’s a leisure time.

Overnight at Thimphu

 Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha

Today is a fresh new day to enjoy and to open a new travel chapter.  You will leave for Punakha from Thimphu, the road climbs steadily up through pine forest at the height of 3,050 reaching Dochula pass adorned with 108 stupas. If the weather is clear, you will see beautiful snowcapped mountains.

On arrival to Punakha, visit Chimi Lhakhang – the distinct structure perched on the hilltop was built in 15th century by the cousin of Drukpa Kuenley, which the temple is best known for the “Temple of Fertility”. Punakha Dzong –   Fortress is known as Dzong in Bhutanese term, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel which is situated between Pho chu (Male River) and Mo chu (Female River).

Overnight at Punakha  

 

Day 5: Punakha

Your physical ability to climb/hike to the Tiger Nest for tomorrow at Paro will be put to test with a short hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang in Punakha. Drive through upper Punakha valley passing through farm houses and take a short hike through farmhouses to the beautiful temple, which is built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. The leisurely walk up to the temple would take about 1 hour. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtaking view from there.

The real adventure to yet to begin and it is time for some fun. Some adventure is an essential component of travel life, so you will be rafting the slow, soft cascading Mo chu (Female river) and in the mid of enjoyment don’t forget photo-shoot (note-carry a water proof material to cover the camera) the nature and its surroundings and the magnificent Punakha Dzong with its beautiful cantilever bridge.

Overnight at Punakha

Day 6: Punakha – Paro

Before you depart for Paro, visit the Wolakha Nunnary, perched on a ridge amid the pine trees, overlooking the beautifully valleys of Punakha and Wangdi Phordang.and drive back to Paro. On the way to Paro, visit Simtokho Dzong, perched on the hillock is the first dzong built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung.

 Overnight at Paro

 

 

Day 7: Paro

It is very visitor’s dream and the urge of the people who get to see the photo of the magnificent Tiger Nest to visit the site once in their life time. You are one of the fortunate visitors to visit and seek the blessings from such a renowned spiritual site known to the Buddhist world.

Taktshang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro is the most amazing structure ever built in Bhutan. Hanging in middle of the rocky cliff was first built in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. Historical accounts say that the place was founded by Guru Rinpoche alias Padmasambhava in 8th century. It is a 3 hours walk uphill from the nearest motor road head and located at an altitude of 3,120 metres above sea level. Back at Paro town, spent rest of the day in buying gifts for your loved ones back at home

Overnight at Paro

Day 8: Departure

It is time for you to bid farewell to Bhutan with the joyful memories. Bhutan Myway would like to wish you a happy flight and safe journey. And Tashidelek (Good Luck)

  • Pricing Information
  • Services Included
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Twin-sharing accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a solo traveler and US$30/person/night for a group of two. And group of three and above are exempted from surcharges by law
  • Licensed Bhutanese English-speaking guide for tour
  • All entrance fee to museums and monuments
  • Transportation within Bhutan
  • Visa fees of US$ 40 (one time fees)
  • All internal taxes including royalty (US$ 65/person/night)
  • Mineral water
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  • Any kind of insurance
  • Any king of external tax
  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • Single room supplement of US$40/room/night, if you want a separate room apart from the twin-sharing accommodation
  • Upgrades to 4-star and 5 star luxury accommodation available on request
  • Other personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, phone call, etc
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
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Travel Advise:  To save travel cost, travel with group and get exemption from supplementary cost and surcharges.