Bhutan Tour 7 Days 6 Nights



Bhutan  Tour  7 Days 6 Nights

This 7 days Bhutan Tour is a popular week tour package most of our clients prefer. You will be very happy to know the happiest people of Asia and their traditions, culture and their lifestyle. You will also explore various monasteries and Buddhist art in Bhutan.

You will fly in Druk Air from Kathmandu to Paro Airport and enjoy the amazing lifetime experience of the Himalayan flight over the snow-capped mountains

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Day 1:  Paro to Thimphu (2300m) (L/D)
You will be flown to Paro, Bhutan. Enjoy the scenic view of the Himalayan range. Upon arriving at Paro International Airport Bhutan, The land of the dragon, you will be greeted by your guide. 

To acclimatize your body with the altitude, will be doing very light sightseeing. You will be driven to Thimpu, through Paro valley. Do not miss out the silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) meandering its way through the thick forested ravine, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower). 

Later in the afternoon, we will visit Tashicho Dzong which is a beautiful fortress and monastery which houses the Secretariat building, King’s Throne room and other government’s offices. It is also the summer residence of chief abbot or spiritual leader Je-Khenpo. We can visit the Handicrafts Emporium to see or buy a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products including the famous traditional thangkha paintings.

Then, we will move to the memorial chorten which is a beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

We will stay overnight at Hotel Riverview, Thimphu. Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing (B/L/D):

Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan. It has approximately 90,000 people and a very much laid back town. The wide streets that are lined by trees give you a relaxed feel. Early in the morning we will take a 15minute guided walk to the Memorial Chorten. The shrine was built in the memory of the late king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Many Bhutanese will stop by here every day to pray. Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels.

Later in the day, we will start our sightseeing by visiting the Zilukha Nunnery at the outskirts of Thimphu. 70 nuns lives there and run their daily chores in the nunnery. It is a magnificent view from this nunnery. Then the tour will visit the Changangkha Lhakhang. Later we will visit the traditional paper factory. We will learn how paper is done from the daphne plant. The factory does produce a unique type of opaper called the rice paper, it is said to last loonger than the normal paper.

Evening drive past Trashichhoedzong, "fortress of the glorious religion". This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch's throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural. 

Overnight at hotel, Thimphu

Day 3: Thimphu  - Punakha - Trongsa (B/L/D)

In the morning you will be driven to Punakha, it is an old winter capital of Bhutan. On the way we will drive up to Dochu-la pass, stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If the skies are clear, you will be able to view the the following peaks (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Later we will continue our journey to Punakha valley and visit the Punakha Dzong. It was built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King.

 If possible, we can have your picnic lunch planned at Chedebji Chorten (Stupa) which is patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. A lama named Shida is said to have been behind the construction, which was undertaken to pin down a mischievous local spirit. It is a popular picnic lunch and pilgrimage for Bhutanese driving east-west road.

On arrival in Trongsa, we will visit Trongsa Dzong. Like almost all towns in the Kingdom, this Dzong architecture dominates the entire Trongsa horizon dwarfing the surrounding buildings. Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second King ruled the country from this ancient seat.

Overnight in, Trongsa

Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will drive to Bumthang. Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys - Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. We will be moving along with the Yotong La and descend eventually into open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley, the first of four Bumthang valleys. 

The valleys are also famous for the production of honey, cheese, apples and the yathra - woolen colourful material that has multiple uses. We will start with the Palace that is used primary by the second King as his summer residence. We shall take a 15 minutes hike that brings us to the Prakar monastery, followed by visit to Yathra Weaving centers (a Colourful wool weaving).  Then we’ll drive onto the Jakar the center of Bumthang valleys. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings were cremated and the present royal families trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingpa, who was also a smith in Jakar Township.

Later in the afternoon we will visit the Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock., the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. (optional – sometime does not allow permit),

Total drive of about 2 hours 30 minutes hours. Overnight at Mipham Guest House, Bumthang.

Day 5: Drive to Punakha (B,L,D)

After breakfast we will drive back to Punakha, en rotue visit Ta Dzong, a cylindrical stone structure rising five storeys, was built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, a task entrusted to him by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After more than 350 years, it has been resurrected into a classy museum that represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity warm place at 1400 m. T

If time pernmits we will visit the mighty and most impressive Punakha Dzong. It is still the home for Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. From there we can hike to chimi lhakhang – the temple of divine madman.

We will also visit Chimi Lhakhang. It was built by lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’ A wooden effigy of the Lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint. 

From there we will take a 20-minute walk across the rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. You will be fascinated with the view at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings.

Day 6: Punakha to Paro (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will drive west via dochula pass 3080 m, weather permitting we will enjoy the Bhutan Himalaya peaks above 7000 mts. 

Upon reaching Paro we will visit Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968.

 

Afterwards, we can walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district.Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 7: Drive to Paro airport for onward flight to Kathmandu (B)
After early breakfast at the hotel drive to Paro airport for your sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak.

Day 1:  Paro to Thimphu (2300m) (L/D)
You will be flown to Paro, Bhutan. Enjoy the scenic view of the Himalayan range. Upon arriving at Paro International Airport Bhutan, The land of the dragon, you will be greeted by your guide. 

To acclimatize your body with the altitude, will be doing very light sightseeing. You will be driven to Thimpu, through Paro valley. Do not miss out the silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) meandering its way through the thick forested ravine, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower). 

Later in the afternoon, we will visit Tashicho Dzong which is a beautiful fortress and monastery which houses the Secretariat building, King’s Throne room and other government’s offices. It is also the summer residence of chief abbot or spiritual leader Je-Khenpo. We can visit the Handicrafts Emporium to see or buy a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products including the famous traditional thangkha paintings.

Then, we will move to the memorial chorten which is a beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

We will stay overnight at Hotel Riverview, Thimphu. Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing (B/L/D):

Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan. It has approximately 90,000 people and a very much laid back town. The wide streets that are lined by trees give you a relaxed feel. Early in the morning we will take a 15minute guided walk to the Memorial Chorten. The shrine was built in the memory of the late king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Many Bhutanese will stop by here every day to pray. Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels.

Later in the day, we will start our sightseeing by visiting the Zilukha Nunnery at the outskirts of Thimphu. 70 nuns lives there and run their daily chores in the nunnery. It is a magnificent view from this nunnery. Then the tour will visit the Changangkha Lhakhang. Later we will visit the traditional paper factory. We will learn how paper is done from the daphne plant. The factory does produce a unique type of opaper called the rice paper, it is said to last loonger than the normal paper.

Evening drive past Trashichhoedzong, "fortress of the glorious religion". This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch's throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural. 

Overnight at hotel, Thimphu

Day 3: Thimphu  - Punakha - Trongsa (B/L/D)

In the morning you will be driven to Punakha, it is an old winter capital of Bhutan. On the way we will drive up to Dochu-la pass, stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If the skies are clear, you will be able to view the the following peaks (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Later we will continue our journey to Punakha valley and visit the Punakha Dzong. It was built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King.

 If possible, we can have your picnic lunch planned at Chedebji Chorten (Stupa) which is patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. A lama named Shida is said to have been behind the construction, which was undertaken to pin down a mischievous local spirit. It is a popular picnic lunch and pilgrimage for Bhutanese driving east-west road.

On arrival in Trongsa, we will visit Trongsa Dzong. Like almost all towns in the Kingdom, this Dzong architecture dominates the entire Trongsa horizon dwarfing the surrounding buildings. Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second King ruled the country from this ancient seat.

Overnight in, Trongsa

Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will drive to Bumthang. Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys - Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. We will be moving along with the Yotong La and descend eventually into open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley, the first of four Bumthang valleys. 

The valleys are also famous for the production of honey, cheese, apples and the yathra - woolen colourful material that has multiple uses. We will start with the Palace that is used primary by the second King as his summer residence. We shall take a 15 minutes hike that brings us to the Prakar monastery, followed by visit to Yathra Weaving centers (a Colourful wool weaving).  Then we’ll drive onto the Jakar the center of Bumthang valleys. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings were cremated and the present royal families trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingpa, who was also a smith in Jakar Township.

Later in the afternoon we will visit the Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock., the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. (optional – sometime does not allow permit),

Total drive of about 2 hours 30 minutes hours. Overnight at Mipham Guest House, Bumthang.

Day 5: Drive to Punakha (B,L,D)

After breakfast we will drive back to Punakha, en rotue visit Ta Dzong, a cylindrical stone structure rising five storeys, was built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, a task entrusted to him by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After more than 350 years, it has been resurrected into a classy museum that represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity warm place at 1400 m. T

If time pernmits we will visit the mighty and most impressive Punakha Dzong. It is still the home for Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. From there we can hike to chimi lhakhang – the temple of divine madman.

We will also visit Chimi Lhakhang. It was built by lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499. He subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’ A wooden effigy of the Lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint. 

From there we will take a 20-minute walk across the rice fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. You will be fascinated with the view at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and some very beautiful slate carvings.

Day 6: Punakha to Paro (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will drive west via dochula pass 3080 m, weather permitting we will enjoy the Bhutan Himalaya peaks above 7000 mts. 

Upon reaching Paro we will visit Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968.

 

Afterwards, we can walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district.Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 7: Drive to Paro airport for onward flight to Kathmandu (B)
After early breakfast at the hotel drive to Paro airport for your sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak.

Cost Includes 

1.    Airfare from Kathmandu to Paro 
2.    Airport transfers and other transportation as per itinerary in private vehicles.
3.    In Bhutan, A grade hotels
4.    All meals 
5.    Welcome & Farewell dinners.
6.    Government taxes, permits, sightseeing entrance fees
7.    Bhutan Visa Fee
8.    English speaking guide


Trip Cost Excludes
1.    Airport Departure Tax.
2.    Bar bills and laundry.
3.    Travel insurance including evacuation.
4.    Tips for guides/staffs

Fact of Trip

Trip Length:07 Day

Trip outline: 

Activity:Cultural Spiritual Experience

Season:All Year Around

Trip Level:Moderate

Accommodation:  Hotel

Transportation:Jeep/Van/ Flight

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