• Punakha Dzong

    Winter Capital of Bhutan

  • Old Bhutanese Woman

    An old hardworking Bhutanese Woman

  • Dances of Bhutan

    Bhutanese festival dancer.

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    Black-necked Crane at Phobjikha Valley

Day Hiking to Paro, Thimphu and Punakha

Day 01. Arrive Paro (By Druk Air flight)
Day 02. Paro (Hike to Tigernest)
Day 03. Paro (Hike to Drakarpo and Tachogang) – Thimphu
Day 04. Thimphu (Hike to Tango and Cheri)
Day 05. Thimphu (Hike Phajoding)
Day 06. Thimphu to Punakha ( Via Hike to Lumtsese at Dochula)
Day 07. Punakha ( Hike to Kamsuyulen monaster)
Day 08. Punakha to Paro (Via short hike to Chimi Lhakhang)
Day 09. Departure Paro.

Day 01: Arrive Paro (By Druk Air flight)
Your tour guide representive from our company will receive you at the airport with Tashi Khadar and  drive you the short distance to the hotel. After Tea, drive to Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This unusual round building is said to be in the shape of a conch shell. The centerpiece of this Museum is a complex four-sided carving depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation. One side is Sakyamuni and the great teacher Atisha, representing the Sakya School. On the next is Geylup, a disciple of Dalai Lama. Another is Nyingma lineage, the head is Guru Padmasanva, and the final is Drukpa Kagyu with the figure of Vajra Dhara.  Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. Here you can see finest example of Bhutanese architecture. Enroute visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. Dinner and overnight in Hotel at Paro.

Day 02. Paro (Hike to Tigernest)
After early breakfast, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery. A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery – After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 1 hr. walk till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort. Evening explore around Paro Town. Dinner aand Over night in Hotel.

Day 03. Paro (Hike to Drakarpo and Tachogang) – Thimphu
After early breakfast drive to Saba Valley and hike to Drakarpo. This monastery was built in 13th century by Guru Rinpoche. Now it’s a meditation place for old age people or monks or nuns from different part of country. You will see ancient shoes that worn by great master in 13th century. After lunch drive to Tacho gang and short hike to Tacho gang monastery. This monastery belong to villager and all responsibilities of monastery taken by village people. You will cross the paro river via, iron bridge which built in 13th century bu Tangtong Gelpo. The founder of iron bridge in Bhutan. In the evening drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). In the evening drive to Thimphu and explore around Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight in Hotel at Thimphu.

Day 04. Thimphu (Hike to Tango and Cheri)
After breakfast drive to end of Thimphu valley and hike to Tango Monastery. The trail Tango is a climb of 280 meters and it takes an hour to reach the monastery. Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa founded the monastery in 12th century. The present building was built in 15th century by the “Divine madman”. This is one of the best places for meditation. Packed lunch will be served and after lunch again hike to cheri monaster. Zhabdrung Zgawang Namgyal (One who unified Bhutan) has meditated in this monastery. You can see small stupa inside monaster where Zbabdrung father asses are preserved in it. This monastery is now call as shedra (university) , where monks finally complete their study degree here and they will be send in different monastery as teachers or as master. Dinner and overnigh in Hotel.

Day 05. Thimphu (Hike Phajoding)
After breakfast drive to Thimphu valley view point ( BBS tower). Then hike to phajoding monastery. Hike, goes to High Altitude and is moderately strenuous. The Trek route passes through some beautiful High Altitude Lake. You will across different types of vegatation. Once you reached monastery from where Thimphu town is visible at the valley floor. This monastery is built in 13th centruy by phajo Drugom Zhipo ( The master of Buddhist teaching). You will be served picnic lunch. Evening go around Thimphu Town. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 06. Thimphu to Punakha ( Via Hike to Lumtsese at Dochula)
After early breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass, where you can see 108 Bhutanese Stupas. If the weather is clear you can see all Himalays Ranges with all snow covered. Car wil aprked at Dochula pass so your hike toward Lumtsese will start. You will have very wonderful trails where you can see different typs of vegetation in around 3900 m height. You can also find different types of mushrooms and flowers on route. Once you reached monastery you will view whole Dochula pass. Wonderful place for photographer. You can see whole himalayan ranges with snow covered. You will be served picnic lunch. Evening drive to Punakha. Dinner and overnight in Punakha.

Day 07. Punakha ( Hike to Kamsuyulen monaster)
After breakfast drive 30 mins drive and hike to Kamsuyulen ( The princes monastery). You will have nice view of mochu ( the female river). The trails goes through village and you can view the Bhutansese life style and agriculture. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong. The Dzong is situated between the two rivers and it is one of the biggest rivers in Bhutan.  We have to walk through the suspension bridge to reach the Dzong. The Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping, the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. Dinner and over night in Hotel at Punakha.

Day 08. Punakha to Paro (Via short hike to Chimi Lhakhang)
After early breakfast drive to paro and on the way hike to Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century. (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”.  Sterile women from far and wide come to this Temple to get blessed and an article about this temple also appeared in newspaper, The Washington Post some years back. Dinner and overnight in Paro.

Day 09. Departure Paro.
Early breakfast, drive to Airport and farewell.





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