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This 07 Days 06Nights tour to Bhutan gets the breathtakingly beautiful nature of Bhutan with its lifestyles, social, culture and uniqueness of Bhutan. This tour is called ‘Land of Happiness’.
You will get to explore the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu and have the opportunity of seeing many interesting places and other spots. Even, in this tour, you can get to visit the monasteries, temples, and dzongs (fortresses). Behind this, you can visit Taktsang monastery, the place that was blessed by Guru Padmasambhava.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
We also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.
The evening ends with a walk through the main shopping district of Paro. Dinner and overnight at hotel Olathang.
Morning drives the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Jhomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. We stop at Satsam Chorten to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around one and a half hours. At the viewpoint enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point where your car will pick you up and then drive to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century and then depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1½ hours. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Dinner and overnight at hotel Jumolhari/Phuntsho Pelri.
In the morning visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk; and also visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine; the Art & Craft School, where children still learn the ancient art of Buddhist painting. Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design. Lunch served at a restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch depart to Wangdue via Punakha, leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. After visiting the Dzong drive to Wangduephodrang. Dinner and overnight at hotel Dragon Nest.
In the morning we drive to Chhuzomsa and then hike to Samtengang via Cheotokha . The trail leads from one valley to another valley and through the dense forest of pine trees and terraced rice fields. Samtengang is situated on a spur overlooking the valley and offers great views of the Himalayas. Your camp is next to a giant lake and amid the pine forests. Dinner will be served at the campsite cooked by our own company chefs and overnight at camp
After breakfast drive to Gangtey which takes about 2 hours to Gangtey. Gangtey lies in the flanks of the Black Mountains. There is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gentle sloping hillsides of Phobjikha is described as ” the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas”. This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Lunch served at a hotel in Gangtey. After lunch drive back to Thimphu via Docho-la pass. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel Jumolhari/Phuntsho Pelri.
After breakfast drive to Haa valley via Chunzom (confluence). The drive will give you the opportunity to drive you through the deep pine forest and into the narrow valley of Haa. Haa is made up of 5 counties and is closed to the outside world until 2002. There is a military camp by the Indian Army. Visit Wangchuk Dzong which dates back to 1915 and also visits Lhakhang Karpo (white temple) and adjacent to it is the Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple) is said to have been built by a pigeon emanation of King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. Lunch served at a restaurant in Haa. After lunch drive to Paro via Chelela pass (3,810 m) which takes 2 hours drive to cover 68 km. From the pass, you will get a good view of the highest mountains of Bhutan and the Himalayan peaks. Dinner and overnight at hotel Olathang.
In the morning an early breakfast will be served at your hotel and then your Bhutanese escort from Mipham Bhutan Tours & Trek will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home.
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