5 nights 6 days Bhutan tour is projected to cover the major highlights of Bhutan by visiting the popular cities Paro, Thimphu and Punakha of Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan. This Bhutan highlights tour package provides an enchanting journey into the land of Thunder dragon and covers almost all the highlights of Bhutan travel.
Fly into Paro by Drukair flight ( Royal Bhutan Airline) or Bhutan Airlines. After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by your local Bhutanese tour and then drive to your hotel in Paro.
After checking into your hotel in Paro and refreshment your Paro sightseeing tours includes the following:
Farmhouses in Paro Valley and a visit to a farmhouse offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer and where you can enjoy authentic Bhutanese lunch.
Kyichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body.
Rinpung Dzong, built-in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditional Bridge), the oldest bridge in Bhutan.
In the evening stroll around Paro town and you may visit local Bhutanese handicraft stores. Dinner & overnight at a hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, you will travel to Thimphu which will take you through Chunzom (confluence of Pachu- the river flowing through Paro valley & Wangchu –the river flowing through Thimphu valley). On the way, visit Tachog Lhakhang (temple), this 14th-century temple located on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu on the Paro-Thimphu highway, is a must-visit temple in the Paro valley. Built by the great master architect Thangtong Gyalpo, the temple houses some unique statues. To get to the temple one may walk over the iron chains that spans over the Pa chu.
After crossing Chunzom which is a confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers, the drive will take you along the Wangchu ( Thimphu River) to Thimphu valley.
After checking into your hotel visit the following:
Bhutan Postal Museum-The museum tells the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the evolution of communications and postal system in the country. Also, you can get personalized Bhutanese postage stamps with your photo on them..
National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles that are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.
School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Folk Heritage Museum– A living museum of rural life that provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. The Folk Heritage Museum is set inside a three-storied, 19th-century traditional house.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu
After breakfast, travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140 m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.
You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ( the Queen Mother of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan.
On the way, stop for lunch at Metsina village and then visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.
Then visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). In the drive-through upper Punakha valley and take a hike through farmhouses to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for peace and stability in this ever-changing world.
Overnight a hotel in Punakha.
Punakha-Thimphu and Thimphu tour
After breakfast, continuing your Bhutan trip takes you to Thimphu and after lunch Punakha-Thimphu and Thimphu tour
After breakfast, continuing your Bhutan trip takes you to Thimphu and after lunch visit the following:
Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan.
Kuenselphodrang (commonly known as Buddha Point) where the largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock overlooking the Thimphu Valley and enjoy the magnificent few of Thimphu Valley and mountain peaks.
Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into the present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
National Memorial Chorten, chorten literally means ‘ seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Meet the elderly local in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten.
Craft Bazaar -A one-stop place to witness Bhutanese culture and buy Bhutan made art and craft products. The Bazaar in its 80 stalls covers all aspects of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast drive to Paro for about 1 hour and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The hike to Tiger’s Nest will surely be the highlight of your Bhutan tour and Bhutan trip as it was for many who visited Bhutan. Then you will drive up the Paro valley to visit Drukgyel Dzong ( in ruins), a 17th century fortress that used to keep invading Tibetan forces at bay and it was destroyed by fire in 1951.
In the evening you may relax in the traditional hot stone bath.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, drive to the Paro International Airport and your tour guide will see you off at the Paro International Airport for your flight to your onward destination