Bhutan Vacation | Splendours of Bhutan

Splendours Of Bhutan Valley For 12 Days

Day 1 : Bangkok/Paro/Thimphu

Meet your Bhutanese representative at Paro Airport. Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nation's first airport, Paro still retains tradition by way of architecture and farming.

Visit Kyichu Lhakhang and lunch at Red Rice Restaurant.

Drive towards Thimphu. The drive towards Thimphu is around 2 hours drive and is 60 km from Paro. The drives takes you along the Paro Chu (Chu means water or river) down stream to the confluence with the Wang Chu, then turns upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan. Check in Hotel Druk.

Day 2 : Thimphu to Wangdi

Morning visits the weekend market and Depart for Wangdi; 3 hours leisurely drive over Dochula pass at 10,000ft and from the pass one can see the panoramic view of eastern Himalayan ranges. Descend to the fertile valley of Lobesa. Lunch at Wangdi, visit Punakha Dzong and Chimmi Lhakhang, divine madman’s monastery. Overnight at Dragon Nest.


Day 3 : Wangdi to Bumthang

Late morning, drive towards Trongsa. The drive takes approx.5hours and trail climbs through semi tropical vegetation over Pele la 11,000ft, Descend through the open meadows of yak herder’s settlement till Chendebji Chorten. Lunch at Chendebji Restaurant. Walk around Chendebji Chorten. Continue your journey towards Trongsa and then to Bumthang. The drive continues east on your journey, through the heartland of Bhutan, to Trongsa. Transverse through dense conifer forests and hillsides covered with giant rhododendron and dwarf bamboo. Pass Yongtong La pass 11,600ft. Enroute observe yathra-weaving center at Zungey. Drive another ½ hour to Jakar. Night halt at Bumthang. Samten Khangsar Lodge.

Day 4 : Bumthang Sightseeing

Sightseeing includes visit to Kurjey Lhakhang (Kurjey means the body print of Guru Rimpoche), Jambay Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. Evening visit Farmhouse.
Overnight at Bumthang at Samten Khangsar Hotel.

Day 5 : Day Excursion to Ura.

After breakfast, drive towards Membertsho (Burning lake). Visit Membertsho and relax around there for a while. Later, hike up towards the largest Nunnery in Bhutan. There are around 100 nuns where you can contribute your charity here. Drive towards Ura for Picnic lunch and evening drive back to Jakar. Night halt at Samten Khangsar Hotel. If you would like, you can book for stone bath during evening.

Day 6 : Bumthang to Trongsa

Drive from Bumthang to Trongsa. Visit Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive and masterpiece in architecture. Visit Ta Dzong, the watchtower. Evening, explore Trongsa Town. Over night at Yangkhil Resort at Trongsa.

Day 7 : Trongsa to Phojikha.

Drive to Phojikha early in the morning; Visit the famous monastery called Gantey Gompa (Pemalingpa’s famous Pilgrimage)
Lunch at Phojikha.
Overnight at Gakiling Hotel.

Day 8 : Phojikha to Kyichu Resort

Visit the Lower Secondary School at Phojikha.
Visit the research center.
Visit a typical farmhouse of Phojikha for a nice Bhutanese tea.
In the Evening watch the Cranes and drive towards Wangdi, to Kichu Resort. You will have enough time to explore Kyichu Resort and it’s surrounding on your own. Some can take leisure walk; some can practice their yoga and meditate. Overnight at Kyichu Resort, Wangdi.

Day 9 : Kyichu Resort to Thimphu.

After breakfast, visit Wangdi Dzong and drive towards Thimphu. Visit Tashichodzong and the mini zoo to watch the Takins. Evening, talk on women & youth of Bhutan. Over night at Thimphu Druk Hotel.

Day 10 : Thimphu-Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast, drive towards Paro. After lunch, visit the National museum "Ta-Dzong" used as the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinpung Dzong in the 17th century. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. It is located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river. Visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1645 AD. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley. Today, the Dzong houses the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and the monastic body. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong is one of the fine examples of Bhutanese architect. Night halt at Gangtey Palace Paro

Day 11 : Paro sight seeing

Morning drive till the road head to Ramthangkha. Start your hike to Taktsang (Tiger Nest). Refreshment at the cafeteria from where you can see the monastery hanging on the cliff. As per the Legend, Guru Rimpoche, flew from eastern Bhutan on a tigress bringing Buddhist teachings to Bhutan. This is one of the most venerated and sacred sights for the Buddhist pilgrimage around the world and to the local people. Lunch at Taktsang Cafeteria. On the way back, visit Kyichu monastery, built in 7th century. If you wish, they can fix the stone bath. Stone bath is very famous in Bhutan. We use medicinal hot stone to heat the water in a wooden tub. The hot stone will be thrown at one side of the long wooden tub and when the water gets hot, you may soak yourself in the hot water. Good way of relaxing your muscles. Night halt at Gantey Palace.

Day 12 : Departure

ZoPa Adventure’s representative will drop you till the airport