Enchanting Bhutan

Travel Package 8 days Tour Plan

Travel Bhutan with Bhutan Travel Packages and embark on journey of a lifetime. Your Bhutan travel experience starts mid-air at least 30 min prior to your landing at the stunning Paro Airport. Through your aircraft window and absorb the breathtakingly beautiful view of the highest Himalayan snow covered peaks showing their defiance of gravity, in all likelihood this is your first experience of directly staring at the majestic mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other star grazing peaks in real time. As the aircraft twist and turns between mountains on its final approach you see down below, on your sides and also sometimes above your eye level the beautiful Bhutan countryside, with its sparsely populated villages picturesque terrace farms, virgin forest, serpentine rivers and roads. After you land and clear immigration formalities you will be received by Bhutan Travel Packages registered guide outside arrival hall, dressed in tradition attire welcoming you in the traditional Bhutanese style.

Day 1 Arrival at Paro Airport, Bhutan – Elevation 2280m

Bhutan Travel Packages welcome you to Druk Yul-the Land of the Thunder Dragon. You will be courteously escorted to your assigned vehicle and directly will be taken to Thimpu the national capital and the seat of His Majesty Jigme Signey Namgayal Wangchuk the fifth dragon king of Bhutan. Today we will take it slow as you are now exposed to higher altitude and your body needs to acclimatise to the altitude. We suggest after your long journey you take rest. For your lunch you will be treated to the choicest of Bhutanese and continental cuisine, in evening your assigned guide will take you around town: the local market, Buddha point here sits one of the largest golden statues of Buddha in Bhutan. The east facing figure seems to be showering its blessing on the Thimpu valley below. In the evening you will be treated to a sumptuous dinner.

Day 2 Thimpu Bhutan Elevation 2200 meters

Bhutan travel sightseeing begins: After a lavish breakfast of continental and choicest of Bhutanese local dishes you would be taken to the Kings Memorial built in the memory of the third Dragon King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk the third king of Bhutan who ruled the country for three decades from 1952-1972 and was grandfather to the present King of Bhutan. Thimpu Dzong: Thimpu Dzong is the largest fortress in Bhutan. It is not the original fortress because it was rebuilt many times. It is also known as Traschicho or Trasi Chhoe Dzong, 'fortress of glorious religion'. It is north of the city on the west bank of Wangchu(Thimpu) river. Traditional handmade paper making factory: here one can see the delicate art of paper making by hand, which has been passed from one generation to other over centuries. National institute for Traditional Medicine: Here a variety of medicine of tradition secret formula origin are available for public and tourist alike and one can procure traditional medicine for ailments or beauty treatments here.

Day 3 Thimpu Bhutan

Semtokha Dzong: This is the oldest fortress in Bhutan. It is about five miles from Thimpu. Heritage Museum: this is where exhibition of artefacts used in rural household are on display. Every Saturday and Sunday market is held on the banks of the river at the popular site centenary farmers market. Villagers and people of nearby places come to sell their products.

Day 4 Thimpu to Punakha- Elevation 1200 meters

After an early breakfast you would be taken to Punakha via Dochu-La pass (3,150m) Dochu-La pass: This is the first mountain pass in western region of Bhutan, and see the 108 Druk Wangyal Chorten situated on the top of the pass, built by the present Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk in celebration of victory of Bhutanese forces against militant group in recent past and to liberate the souls lost. The design is inspired from Buddhist scriptures. On a clear day one can enjoy a panorama of the Himalayan mountain range. We will also have lunch en route to Punakha. Punakha Dzong: the second oldest fortress of Bhutan. It was built in 1637 and remains the winter home of the clergy, headed by the chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is bewildering example of Bhutanese architecture. It looks like sitting in fork of two rivers. The fortress was destroyed by fire and glacial floods but has been carefully restored to its medieval glory. It is a commendable example of Bhutanese craftsmanship. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten(Stupa): We take a short drive up the valley and reach these splendid Stupas. It is one of three such Stupas in the world, were constructed under the guidance of the third Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. It was constructed in 1992.

Day 5 Punakha - Wangduephodrang Valley – Gangtey

As one further drives to south of Punakha, one reaches to the valley of Wangduephodrang at the elevation of 1,350m. It is an old town of a narrow street with single storied shops. There is plan to replace it by a brand new town. Gangtey Nature Trail. It starts from the mani stone wall to the north of the Gangtey Gonpa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang. [ Wangduephodrang Dzong(Fortress). It is on a steep ridge overlooking the highway fork to the east and south of the country. Gangtery Gompu Monastery: This Monastery was established in 1631. The monastery is one of the main seats of the religious tradition based on Pema Lingpa's revelations and also one of the two main centers of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism in Bhutan. Gangtey nature trail: Gangte Nature Trail will start from the mani stone wall to the north of the Gangtey Gonpa and ends in Khewa Lhakhang.

Day 6 Gangtey – Paro

Post breakfast we will leave for Paro a 5 to 6 hour drive from Gangtey. We will have a light traditional lunch at a restaurant at Wangduephodrang and start for Paro our point of origin into Bhutan. On arrival into Paro you will be taken to the local market to do if any last day memorabilia shopping. A good night's sleep after a sumptuous dinner at the luxury hotel in Paro

Day 7 Paro

After an early light breakfast we will start for the Taksang Monetary.The most cherished and holy place to visit in Bhutan is the famous Taktsang Monastery, which is popularly called Tiger's Nest Monastery because it is said that Guru Rinpoche came here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this place. The monastery is built astonishingly on a cliff in 1692. It was damaged in a fire in 1998 and was restored to its former glory in 2005. This is the most sacred site which is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On a sunny day it is advisable to carry sun screen, water, walking stick and a hat. There is about a one hour climb to reach cafeteria from where one can enjoy the captivating view of the monastery as well as flying prayer flags. This is a must visit, and a trip to Bhutan is incomplete without visiting here. Paro Dzong: This a magnificent structure built in true Bhutanese style its original full name is Ringpung Dzong, which means 'the fortress of the heap of jewels'. It was built in 1644 under the order of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal. The Paro Dzong was almost burnt in an accidental fire in 1906. The Thongdrol a 20X20 meter-wide Thangka, could only be salvaged. It is displayed annually during Paro Tshechu which is celebrated from the 9th till the 15th of the second month of the traditional Bhutanese calendar (usually in March or April of the Gregorian calendar). National Museum of Bhutan: Paro has the famous National Museum situated in a round fortress the Ta Dzong. In 1968 with the aim to showcase countries rich cultural heritage The Kingdom of Bhutan inaugurated this museum. It showcases artefacts dating back to 1st century. Kyichu Lhakhang: This is one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built around the 7th century and was later visited by Guru Rinpoche who later went on to establish the Taktsang Monastery

Day 8 Departure

Today your Bhutan trip of Enchanting Bhutan Travel Package has come to an end. After an early breakfast your guide will escort you back to the Paro International Airport to catch flight to your next destination. We hope that you would have had a great tour of Bhutan's monuments, monasteries, cities, towns, etc. we hope to see you again, we bid u adieu from Bhutan Travel Packages.
While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of scope to be able to choose places to visit, as well as drop a few places on itinerary if you so desire. Also all the packages can be custom made to suite your need.

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