Day 01 – 02: Arrival
On arrival at the Paro airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by our local tour executive and lead you for short refreshment. The capital lies in a steep valley with alpine forest and numerous golden-topped monasteries scattered throughout. It takes 55km drive from the airport and can be negotiable within one hour. Drive straight to Thimphu, the only capital of Bhutan. It is the capital from where the wheel of the dual spiritual and the secular system of Bhutan is turned. It is the place where the King resides; it is also the centre for the religious community. Moreover, it is the biggest Dzongkhag and the biggest city in the country. Once you are in Thimphu the capital has lot to show you with optional day sightseeing.
Your 2 days optional activities in Thimphu includes
National Memorial Chorten
Giant Golden Buddha
National Institute of Thirteen Arts & Crafts
Traditional Bhutanese Paper Factory
Weekend Vegetable Market
Standing Buddha Park
Royal Botanical Garden
Day 03 – 04: Thimphu – Punakha
Today after your leisurely breakfast in the hotel, your road trip takes you to the fertile Punakha valley, which lies at an elevation of 4430ft/1315m. En-route visit the oldest fortress in the kingdom, Simtokha Dzong, which was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the year 1629 and today it is home to the institute of language and cultural studies. The oriental is a display of some of the most beautiful artistry in Bhutan. After the dzong your drive takes you uphill through mixed forest and apple orchard to the lofty Dochu La pass (10150ft / 3100m). Take in the view of the eastern Himalayan mountain range, colorful display of Buddhist prayer flags and 108 memorial chortens built in 2004. Enjoying the panoramic view of the mountain range, and after a short break your drive descent downhill through virgin forest of magnolia and rhododendron with superb view of the valley and scattered farmhouse surrounded by terrace of rice fields.
Optional Activities in Punakha
Nalandra Buddhist Institute
Zangdopelri Town Temple
Khamsum Yueli Namgyel Temple (01 hr)
Chemi Lhakhang (30-40 minute)
River Rafting (available at extra cost)
Day 04- 05: Punakha – Phobjikha Valley
Drive to the picturesque Phobjikha valley, located on the western slope of the Black Mountain. This conservation area is abundant with wildlife and a winter home to the migrant black necked crane. Your drive takes you from 4400ft/1342m to just under 2800m. As you drive up on a clear day you will vies some of the snow covered mountain peaks like Mount. Jichu Drakey, Mount. Kang Bum and other peaks. The surrounding slopes are alive with vibrant blooms of pink, white and red rhododendron and you will be lucky enough to encounter some yaks and yak herders tent. Your road descent downhill from the lofty Lawala Pass (10800ft/3293m) and then finally enters the beautiful glacier valley of Phobjikha the winter home for the Black-necked Crane. This endangered species arrives from Tibet towards the end of October, making the end of the harvesting season and the time of cattle and their herders to move down to warmer climates. The local people has great affliction for this beautiful birds. The birds depart back to Tibet during early March. More detail information are available at the Crane Observation and Educational Center.
Crane Observation & Educational Center
Hot Stone Bath Retreat (available with extra cost)
Day 06: Phobjikha Valley – Paro
Driving over the Black Mountain and the Pelela Pass you drive back to the picturesque Paro valley. En-route you can have a short stop to the Royal Botanical Garden and a good spot for lunch. Continue your drive crossing the beautiful Dochu La Pass and then via Thimphu. Your drive leads you through following the Wang Chhu River. Reching Paro drives straight to your hotel and relaxes overlooking the valley view.
Day 07: Hike to the Famous Tiger’s Nest
Its now time for you to embark on your somewhat arduous adventure of the day. We suggest you making an early start, since the hike to Taktsang Goemba is quite an uphill task and it takes around 03-04 hr walk at an average speed. Built amazingly on a cliff, it brings pride to the Bhutanese about the work of their ancestors. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here riding on a back of pregnant tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called Taktsang Goemba. This site has been recognized as the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the Himalaya. Many permanent religious leader have visited the site after Guru Rinpoche like – Longchen Pelgi Singye in the 8th century, Jutsen Mela Repa (the poet) in 11th century, Phajo Drukgom Zhipo in the 12th century and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 and now visited by many Bhutanese and tourist alike. The monastery built in 1692 was burned downed in 1998 and restored to the previous glory in 2005. The path up to the goemba is well laid and it’s worth a visit.
Day 08: Depart
After your morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward destination. Your tour guide and driver will see you off at the airport.
The best and more convenient way to transfer your Bhutan tour payment is to wire through bank transaction. Bhutan Lhayul Tours & Travels will provide the detail of the bank once you are fully confirmed your trip. We also accept credit cards, visa card or other means of transaction.
Remember, when you transfer your tour payment to Bhutan other than USD, it is common that there will be a small shortfall on receipt of the payment. So make sure that your bank work out your currency equivalent of USD amount while sending.
Group of 02 Members: USD 1,950/- per person
Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 1,730/- per person
• Rate inclusive of all three meals both local and continental healthy cuisine
• Rate inclusive of all accommodation [three star hotels with double/twin sharing basis]
• Rate inclusive of air-conditioned tourist standard transportation
• Rate inclusive of local tour English-speaking licensed guide on all your sightseeing tours
• Rate inclusive of extensive choices of flexible comprehensive tour itineraries
• Rate inclusive of Bhutan Government Royalty fees of $ 65 per person per nights
• Rate inclusive of all entry fees, museum fees and historical attraction fees
• Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – BST 10%, Service Charge 10%
• Rate inclusive of one time visa fee of USD 40
• Rate inclusive of airport arrival and departure transfer in Bhutan
• Arrival Refreshment
• One bottle mineral water each a day
• A small farewell gifts on the day of departure
• One time cultural program for group exceeding above 7 members
• One time farewell dinner for group above 7 members at local farmhouse to give an insight into the traditional Bhutanese cuisine
• Rate does not include incoming & outgoing Bhutan airfares and airport taxes
• Rate does not include drinks and alcohols and non- alcoholic beverage
• Rate does not include guides speaking language other than English
• Rate does not include expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, potter, telephone/fax calls, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc
• Rate does not include extra expenses or loss due to nature and un-foreseen events beyond the control of our management
• Rate does not include any service outside Bhutan
• Rate does not include one time bank transfer charge of USD 45
• Rate does not include tipping to guide, driver etc.
Luxury Hotel & Resort Package
Escape to an oasis and savor a relaxing moments with choices of excellent luxurious accommodation and dining options and superb Bhutanese hospitality wherever you go. We have vast network of selected and preferred style of luxury hotels and resorts for the discerning travelers. Escape and enjoy special treatment the moment you walk through the door and enjoy that extra special touch.
Eco Friendly Deluxe Camping
Experience and immerse yourself in the great outdoors by staying and spending one –two nights with deluxe camping trip soaking deep into the heart of the most breath taking natural scenery with the sights and sounds of nature. Having your own dome tent set-up and relaxing yourself away from the crowded city. With numerous hiking options and exploring village farms, there is simply too many ways you can come close with nature in Bhutan.
Yoga & Meditation
Bhutan in the Himalaya is one of the most remote and secluded kingdom. It offers an ideal environment to enjoy an intoxicating yoga, meditation and other practices for inner wellbeing. As Buddha explained, human problem and suffering arise from confusion and negative states of mind and that can be removed by our positive state of mind. Unwind a daily yoga and meditation retreat and enjoy your Bhutan holiday with maximum day opportunity in exploring the charm of Bhutan.
White River Rafting
The glacier fed fast flowing untamed rivers of Bhutan provides one of a kind of adventure experience for travelers seeking water sports in an unspoiled and unexplored environment. Whether you are looking for easy rafts or large and powerful heave curved-out narrow valley rafts, we can arrange a rafting & kayaking trip for you regardless of age and experiences. Our scenic white river rafting and kayaking water sport are perfect for anyone looking for an ideal challenge for their trip in the pristine natural setting.
Hot Spring Therapy
There are numerous hot spring found in Bhutan and has been used by the Bhutanese people for centuries with a belief that water has miraculous healing power and medicinal properties to cure certain diseases. We see less tourist giving values in discovering the naturally hot spring, though it is common among the local people. Come and admire the natural splendor, dip into the pristine natural hot springs and enjoy the great countryside with scenic and beautiful hiking trails through rich forest with sights and sounds of nature.
Hot Stone Bath and Home Stay Program
Unwind the traditional practice of hot stone bath therapy by spending a night in a typical Bhutanese farmland. It is a ritual in itself and is one of the favorite activities for the local Bhutanese people as a method to overcome various complications and illnesses. Along with hot stone bath an overnight experience of home stay offers an opportunity to experience the complete lifestyle, culture and day-to-day activities of the host family. Visitors will enjoy home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.