This tour is meant for travelers visiting Bhutan for Spiritual wellness. You will be taken to places like Chimi Lhakhang in Punakha, built around the 15th century, by Lama Drukpa Kinley (the Divine Madman) who was a great Yoghi. He came to Bhutan to spread Dharma (Buddhist teaching).
|Tour Name||Spiritual Heritage tour in Bhutan|
|Activities||Visit to Cultural Heritage & Hiking|
|Duration||7 Nights & 8 Days|
Day 1: Arrival Paro
Day 2: Paro Sightseeing
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu
Day 4: Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 5: Thimphu – Punakha
Day 6: Punakha Sightseeing
Day 7: Punakha – Paro
Day 8: Paro Exit
Day 01: Arrive Paro
Upon arrival in Paro, clear customs and immigration. Keep your copy of the visa clearance letter handy. Your visa has been paid for. Meet your Guide and driver outside the terminal building and you will be taken to your Hotel. After lunch sightseeing includes Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong (National Museum)
Rinpung Dzong: meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. Built in mid 17th century, it now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro district and residence for the 200 monks of Paro. It is also the venue for Paro festival held in the spring. Several years ago, the colorful movie Little Buddha was filmed here.
Paro: Paro is one of the most beautiful valleys in the country and Bhutan’s only airport is located here, it is located among the terraced fields, and elegant farm houses. Willow trees line many of the roads, contrasting with bright colors of the fields and the most popular and important sites also found within Paro district. Paro town (2,280m) is still a small city with one main street and less then one hundred small family-runned shops. In the weekend there is a market in Paro.
Overnight: Hotel Paro
Day 02: Paro – Full day Sightseeing in Paro (2,200m/7,218ft)
Hike to Taktsang: In the morning we will drive to north of Paro town for about 1/2 hr and embark on a trek to the famed Taktsang (Tiger’s lair) Monastery. Taktsang Monastery is located on the face of a 1.000m seemingly impossible sheer, vertical cliff, above Paro Valley.
The trail begins near the Satsam (2.650m) and climbs steeply uphill to the Cafeteria (2.940m), an area of exposed ridge with panoramic view of Taktsang Monastry. This takes little more then an hour. (Ponies are provided on request to ride up till this Cafeteria, but rest of way, including return downhill must be done on foot.) You can get a good view from the Cafeteria or hike further uphill for at least another hour to the temple itself. Within the vicinity there are several other temples and sites to be seen. Lunch is served at the tea house on the way back from the Taktsang Monastry.
Back downhill, your driver will meet you and drive you to Drukgyel Dzong (Victory fortress), This Dzong was built in 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and on the way back you will also visit Kyichu Lhakhang: Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century miraculously builds 108 temples, along with Jorkhang in Lhasa. Kyichu is considered to be one of them and is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
After this exciting experience you will be going back to the Hotel where your dinner will be served and you can enjoy your free evening time to stroll around Paro town.
Overnight: Hotel Paro
Day 03: Paro – Thimphu Sightseeing (2,400m/7,875ft)
After breakfast drive to Thimphu the modern capital of Bhutan and the distance is about 65kms from Paro town and takes one hour. Drive south following Pachu River to the river confluence at Chuzom. On the way you will see Bhutan’s rural area and there will be a possibility to make picture of this beautiful landscape. Lunch will be served one of the restaurants at Thimphu town and after lunch free time to stroll around Thimphu town and overnight Thimphu.
At the end of this memorable day you will have the dinner in your hotel.
Thimphu: (at 2400m) is Bhutan’s capital city and center of government, religion and commerce. About one hour drive east from Paro this unique city with its unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions will warmly welcome you. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monks, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. It was a wooded farming valley until 1961, when it became Bhutan’s official national capital. The massive Tashicho Dzong, about 700 years old, was carefully revamped in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck to house the Royal and main government offices. Even today, the city has a few streets and the population is more than 75.000 people
Overnight: Hotel Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu (2,400m/7,875ft)
Full day sightseeing in Thimphu
After breakfast the sightseeing will start in and around Thimphu and we will cover the most important touristic sites such as the Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Takin Sanctuary, Tashicho Dzong, The Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, the Hand made Paper factory and the Changangkha Monastery.
Lunch will be served in one of the local restaurants. At the end of this memorable day you will have the dinner in your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Thimphu
Memorial Chorten: This landmark of Thimphu was built in 1974 in the memory of third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is popularly regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. It is a four-story tall white building, containing statues and iconography of deities from complex tantric teachings and serves as an important place of worship for Thimphu residents, as well as from other parts of the country.
Takin Sanctuary: Takin (Budorcas taxi color) has been chosen as the national animal of Bhutan is based both on its uniqueness and its association with country’s history and mythology. It is said that Devine Madman, a popular saint is said to have created it with his magical power at a large congregation of devotees. It resembles like a cow from back and goat in the front and continues to befuddles taxonomists, who cannot quite relate to other animal.
Tashichhodzong: This fortress serves as the office of the King, ministers and various government organizations. It also is the headquarters for central monastic body of Bhutan. Bhutan’s spiritual leader Je-khenpo and the monks of both Thimphu and Punakha reside here during summer. It is also the venue for Thimphu Festival in the fall season.
Paper Factory: traditional papers were made from the daphne plant, using simple Methods.
Changangkha Monastery: It is one of the oldest monasteries in Thimphu. It was built in 15th century by phajodrugom shingpo, who came from Tibet and brought Drukpa kaugye and spread his teaching. Inside the monasteries the main figure is (Avolokiteshwara) god of compassion and other deities.
Day 05: Thimphu – Punakha (1,300m)
Today’s drive will take us in 3 hours to Punakha covering a distance of 75 km. On the way we will pass Dochula pass (3,050m), where you have the opportunity to see the peaks of the eastern Himalaya ranges if the weather permits. Descend to Punakha from Dochula takes about 2 hours and lunch will be at a local restaurant or in the Hotel in Punakha. After lunch we will visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and also nowadays the winter residence of more than 400 monks for 6 months. It is one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan and served also as the ancient capital of Bhutan. In the evening you will have your dinner in the hotel and have free time to stroll around in Punakha.
Overnight: Hotel Punakha
Day 06: Punakha – Wangdi Sightseeing
After breakfast visit Chimi Lhakhang, it was built around the 15th century, by Lama Drukpa Kinley (the Divine Madman) who was a great Yoghi. He came to Bhutan to spread Dharma (Buddhist teaching) and continue drive to Wangdi to visit Wangdi Phodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyel. If time permits visit Khamsum Yalley Namgyel Chorten which was built in 2001.
After this exciting experience you will be going back to the Hotel where your dinner will be served and you can enjoy your free evening time to stroll around Punakha town.
Day 07: Punakha – Paro 2,200m/7,218 ft
After breakfast we drive from Punakha to Paro and we will take approximately 4 hours. On the way passing Thimphu we will visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1629 and lunch at Thimphu. After lunch continue drive to Paro overnight Paro.
Overnight: Hotel Paro
Day 08: Paro – Exit
Drive to the Paro Airport to catch your flight. Our representative from Bhutan Travel Connection will escort to see you off at the airport.
Price for this tour for 1 person is from US$ 2,070.00 (extension will be surcharged)
Tour payment must be sent four weeks prior to date of arrival in Bhutan. The visa is issued by the Government of Bhutan subject to advance payment only.
Once the trip is confirmed we will send you the instructions for making payment.
Above mentioned rates are applicable to change without prior notice. The above mentioned packages are LAND ONLY but will include a daily itinerary, all Bhutanese Government Visa Fees, Taxes and Royalty. Accommodation will be in tourist hotels on a full board basis throughout the tour.( with exception of the drinks) entrée fees, airport and tour transportation will be included as well as a qualified English speaking guide accompanying you during the whole duration of the tour. In case another speaking guide will be needed a surcharge will be applicable.
Upgrade from tourist class hotels to luxury hotels is possible but a surcharge will be charged. Please visit our hotel information list.
Flights ex. Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu & Calcutta can be arranged if requested.
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For groups of more than 4 people we will make a tailor made offer on requested tour. Alterations on existing tours are possible please inform us about your requests and we will adjust to your convenience. Price will vary from original tour.