8 Nights 9 Days
Myth and legacies of great Buddhist saints permeate the Bumthang valley. Approaching and entering the valley can be as though entering the inner sanctum of a sacred temple. With many sacred Buddhist sites spread across the valley, the whole place feel blessed. Experience the indigenous hospitality of Bumthang valley.
Day 1: Drive from Paro Airport to Thimphu (1 hour) and sightseeing in Thimphu
Probably the only capital city in the world without streetlights and an airport of its own, this small city is home to some 100,000 local residents including the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Like any other capital city, it is the political and economic center for the country. The city has a 17th century fortress which houses the Office of His Majesty the King and The House of Parliament stands on the eastern bank of the Thimphu River opposite to the fortress. Thimphu has successfully preserved its culture and tradition despite growing exponentially and rapidly. Any traveler exploring this unique city will have the luxury of modern convenience and witness ancient monument and traditional way of life simultaneously. Overnight at a Hotel
Day 2: Drive from Thimphu to Dochula (1 hour)
Hike to Lungchutse from Dochula (2 ways and 1 hour at the spot- 4 hours) Lungchutse hike is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hike. The trail will take you through a diverse forest until you reach the ridge. From the Lungchutse temple you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the Himalayas and the valley below.
Lunch at Dochula Cafeteria and Drive to Punakha (1 and half hour) and Cultural Sightseeing at Punakha Travelling to Punakha is like getting in a time machine and going back to the 17th century. Punakha offers tourists a unique medieval experience. The region still holds many traditional houses built decades ago with people leading a simple farming lifestyle. The valley is especially beautiful during spring and autumn adorned by the produce in the paddy fields. Did you know that Punakha was a former capital of Bhutan? Much of Bhutan’s significant history from fighting against the Tibetan invasion to the institution of first monarch to the signing of the treaty of Punakha with the British Indian Empire which shaped Bhutan’s future significantly were all witnessed in this region.
Day 3: Early Drive from Punakha to Phobjikha (3 and half hours)
Phobjikha is one of the most idyllic places in Bhutan. The valley is part of an important wildlife reserve; the valley is home to the endangered black necked cranes. These birds migrate south to the valley from Tibet every winter before flying back early spring. Aside from enjoying the tranquility, the valley also has multiple hiking trails leading through the small community in the valley. Overnight at a Farm Stay (Optional)
Day 4: Drive from Phobjikha to Trongsa (4 and half – 6 hours)
Over night at a Hotel in Trongsa
Day 5: Early Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang (2 and half – 3 hours)
Myth and legacies of great Buddhist saints permeate the valley. Approaching and entering the valley can be as though entering the inner sanctum of a sacred temple. With many sacred Buddhist sites spread across the valley, the whole place feel blessed. With such rich heritage, the region’s architecture has been conserved with regulations that guide development initiatives taken today. Bumthang is also known for its cheese and textile production. The hand woven fabric drawn from the yak and sheep wool and the pattern input to their product are indigenous to Bumthang.
Day 6: Drive back to Thimphu OR Fly to Paro
Overnight halt at a hotel in Thimphu. Please note that the flight ticket cost is subject to additional charges and is NOT included in the package price
Day 7: Drive to Paro
Over night at a Hotel in Paro
Day8: Hike to Taktsang
Taktsang which translate to The Tiger’s Nest is a Buddhist monastery in Paro valley. According to the legend, Buddhist saint Guru Rinpoche flew to the current monastery site riding atop a tigress in the 7th century. Today it has become the most visited site by tourists. Approached by a two hour hike through the pine forest, the majestic architecture perched on a cliff 900 meters above Paro valley greets the hikers. Once at the top, tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the valley below.
Day 9: Depart From Paro
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