8 Days essential Bhutan cultural tour trip offers a relaxed holiday covering western Bhutan. Western Bhutan is known for its stunning beautiful scenery with rice paddy and apple orchards with rivers flowing down the mountain valleys. Most of the houses are painted with traditional designs and offers the visitor the opportunity to discover arts, architecture and the way of day to day activities of the Bhutanese. The trip covers spectacular Dzongs (fortresses) and Monasteries in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.
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Arrive Paro - Transfer to Thimphu
Arrive at Paro International airport and upon clearing immigration and customs, you will meet with your guide and driver. Drive about one(1) hour 30 minutes to Thimphu (2,286), the capital of Bhutan.
After lunch at the hotel, visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in loving memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Where a multi-storied Stupa and numerous paintings are exhibited providing an insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Visit Changangkha Lhakhang an ancient temple built in the thirteen century by Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo, situated on a ridge above the city.
Visit the Takin Reserve, where you can see the national animal of Bhutan (Takin).
In the evening, you will visit Tashichho Dzong (the fortress of the glorious religion). Tashichho Dzong houses His Majesty’s Secretariat and the Central Monk Body. You can see the National Assembly building across the river.
Visit the National Library, established in the 1960s, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and a small collection of books.
Institute of Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where you can see young children learning and practising the ancient arts and crafts of Bhutan. Zorig Chusum literally means the “thirteen traditional arts and crafts”.
Visit the Textile Museum, which provides an excellent introduction about the techniques, style of various textiles woven in the country along with exhibitions of the national dress ‘gho’ for men and ‘Kira’ for women. Visit the Handicraft Emporium which offers a wide range of colorful, hand woven textiles and other products.
If your visit falls from Friday till Sunday, then visit the weekend vegetables market held at the Centenary Farmers Market. The market provides an opportunity to mingle with the local people and sample local organic produce. Local arts and crafts are also available.
Thimphu - Punakha
The first stop after leaving Thimphu is Dochula pass at 10,500 ft, where you can see one of Bhutan’s most enchanting views. If weather permits, from this pass, the breathtaking peaks of Bhutan’s northern bordedr can be viewed. At Dochula, you will also see a unique cluster of 108 Namgyel Khangzang Chortens that spiral up to the main Chorten known as the “Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens”.
Reaching the village of Sopsokha, you can walk about twenty (20) minutes across the rice fields up to the monastery, Chimi Lhakhang. It was built by Lama Drukpa Kinley (also known as the Devine Madman by the west). It is believed that childless women who visit the monastery will conceive after receiving the ‘Wang’ (blessing).
Hike to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten
Drive towards Nezergang and hike about one and half hour to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten in 1999 for the protection of the country and universal peace in the world. After lunch, will continue with Nalanda Buddhist College, Punakha Dzong and Bhutan`s largest suspension bridge. Later evening stroll Punakha town.
Phunakha - Phobjikha
After breakfast in hotel drive to Phobjikha. Visit Gangtey Monastery and after that you can either hike through the Gangtey Natural Trial or visit Black Necked Crane Information Center.
Phobjikha - Paro
Morning, we will hike to Paro Taktshang, later visiting Druk-yul Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Ta-dzong and Rimpong Dzong if time permits.
Transfer and departure from Paro airport.