Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro
Bhutan, located in the eastern Himalayas, is also known as a small Buddhist Kingdom. Though it opened its gate to the outside world only during the 1960s, it has managed to steal considerable recognition in this short span of time. All the credit goes to its spectacular mountain peaks, breathtaking valleys, exotic species of Flora and Fauna, and rich cultural heritage. The country has been able to manage a perfect balance between modernization and preservation of its traditions.
Travelogy India offers various Bhutan Tour Packages which can be customized based on your budget and the number of days you have. Right from the moment you land your feet in the country till the time you leave for your next destination, our travel executives will be there to assist you.
One of the popular and most preferred tour packages is the 7 Days Bhutan Luxury Tour Package, which covers all the important and notable tourist spots of the country. A detailed description of the package is given below.
Arrival at Paro and complete all the immigration formalities and get greeted by our representative. Onward drive to the capital town – Thimphu - a city with an unusual mixture of modern and ancient traditions.
En-route stop at Chuzom- one of the popular tourist spots and the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three beautiful chortens are built at the confluence to grant it an auspicious significance. On arrival check into Taj Tashi Hotel. Check-in, have a sumptuous meal and relax.
Spend the evening by strolling around the main street and market area.
Overnight stay at the Hotel Taj Tashi.
Have your breakfast and get ready for your first day sightseeing of Bhutan. The trip starts with a drive to Buddha Point - a popular sightseeing point offering a spectacular view of the country’s largest Buddha statue. Offer your prayers and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the valley from the spot.
Then, visit King's Memorial Chorten. A monument standing erect for world peace and prosperity. See here the people murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels.
This is followed by a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang in Thimpu. It is the oldest Lhakhang in Bhutan, popularly known as the wish-fulfilling temple. You will see here 11 head statue of Chenrezig.
Have your lunch and enjoy a local dish near the region. Post lunch, your visit includes the following:
Textile Museum: Explore the art of weaving with exhibitions of antique textile artifacts exclusive to the country. It is a nationally and internationally acclaimed museum.
Folk Heritage Museum : Housed in a mud and timber house, this museum is home to wheat, paddy, millet fields, water mills, kitchen gardens, and more.
Trashichhoe Dzong : a majestic fortress and monastery. It is also the official sitting place of Bhutan’s King and government.
The evening will be spent in the Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar, which exhibit some of the most exclusive traditional arts of Bhutan like thangkas, paintings, ceramics, slate, wood carvings, jewelry, and many more hand-woven items.
Drive back to the hotel and have your dinner at Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimphu.
Have your breakfast and get ready for a beautiful road trip to Punakha. Drive to Punakha across Dochu La - a high altitude mountain pass in the Himalayas, which houses 108 memorial chortens. It is also home to the popular Druk Wangyal Lhakhang monastery.
With clear skies, one can catch a glimpse of some of the popular mountain peaks like peaks Masagang, Tsendagang, Terigang, Jejegangphugang, Kangphugang, Zongphugang and Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan.
Have your lunch and enjoy some ethnic Bhutanese cuisines. Next visit includes Punakha Dzong - The administrative center of the Bhutan government untill 1955. It is also the second-largest Dzong in the country with majestic architectures and structures.
An excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, standing on a round hillock, Chimi Lhakhang is a monastery/temple believed to be blessed by the divine saint “Drukpa Kunley”. It is widely believed that couples that do not have children come here to pray for children. The paintings on the walls of the monastery depict the saint’s colorful life.
Drive to your hotel in Punakha at Hotel COMA Uma.
Have your breakfast and prepare yourself for a fun-filled adventurous day. A beautiful hike covering about 2 hours round trip walk to visit the Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten - a symbol of peace and harmony. It is highly believed by the people that the stupa keeps away evil spirits. Statutes and shrine of wrathful deities are housed in this Stupa.
Have a lunch break and Afternoon visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang (nunnery).The magnificent structure of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang is perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang. The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara along with few other statutes, 21 Taras and Tsepamay.
Later excursion to Talo village. A 2800 m wide village spread over a plateau overlooking majestic views of the mountains. It is undoubtedly one of the most peaceful villages in the region. The village is popular for the Talo Sangnacholing Dzong with remarkable architectures reflecting Bhutanese traditions.
Drive back to your hotel in Punakha. Have your dinner and overnight stay.
Have your breakfast drive back to Paro. The drive will take you through the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley.
En-route visit includes Simtokha Dzong. Though it is a small Dzong but has great historical significance as it is the oldest in the country and used to be the former Buddhist monastery. In today’s time, it is one of the institutes in the country for the Dzongkha learning language.
Check in to your hotel, eat your meal and relax for a while.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit Ta Dzong
Then, a short excursion down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”). The inner courtyard is a home for wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lores.
Return back to paro and have your dinner at COMO Uma hotel.
After a sumptuous breakfast, the last day’s endeavor begins. Start with an excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx 5 hours round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.
After lunch, visit Drukgyel Dzong. This ruins of a beautiful fortress cum Buddhist monastery, built as a tribute to commemorate the triumph over a Tibetan invasion. Here, you can catch a glimpse of colorful and decorative typical Bhutanese farmhouses.
Drive back to Paro town.
Next stoppage at Kyichu Lhakhang. One of the oldest and important Himalayan Buddhist temple. It is popular for its quiet and serene environment. The temple houses the painting of Bhutan’s former king and a warrior named “Gesar of Ling”.
The drive continues to hotel- COMO UMA. Relax for a while.
Spending the evening leisurely strolling in Paro city center with your loved ones. Do some shopping, pick your souvenirs, and enjoy an exquisite dinner at one of the cafes in the city.
Overnight at the Hotel in COMO Uma.
After early breakfast, drive to the airport to board your return flight. Our representative will help you with all the exit formalities at the airport and then bid you farewell. Fly back to your next destination with beautiful memories from the Himalayan country.