GNH Kingdom Tour

Day 5-006

7 Nights and 8 Days Tour

Day 1
Arrive Paro - Thimphu

Arrival at Paro. After immigration formalities you will be received by our representative who will be your tour guide throughout your tour.

Then travel to Thimphu which will take you through Chunzom (Tri-junctions of Paro,

Thimphu and Haa district) where two rivers from Paro(Pa-Chhu) and Thimphu(Thim-Chhu)

meets and Forms the Dangchhu which they drain out in India. On the way, enjoy walking over

a suspension bridge to view 15 th century iron chain bridge suspended over the Pa chu and also

walk for about 10 minutes to visit old Irion chain bridge, this 15th century bridge over the Pa-

chu on the Paro-Thimphu highway.

On arrival at Thimphu city, a capital of Bhutan, check into your Thimphu hotel. After

refreshment visit the following:

Witness the Archery Match (National Sport of Bhutan) near Changlimithang National

Stadium. Normally you will spot Bhutanese men playing archery game during weekends or

public holidays. Good opportunity to interact with local people.

Centenary Farmers’ market located along the side of Thimphu River,where farmers would

be selling their wide range of farm produces (vegetables from farms and wild ferns or bamboo

shoots collected from forest, flour, rice, roasted rice, rice flakes, spices, yams both cultivated

and wild ones collected from forests, fruits, etc) and livestock products (mainly cheese and

butter). Free interaction with people from town as well as from villages comes to this weekend

market. Weekend market opened from Thursday-Sunday.

Craft Bazaar: you can witness Bhutanese culture and buy Bhutan made art and craft product.

In the evening scroll Thimphu city and get ready for tomorrows journey.

Dinner and overnight at hotels in Thimphu.

Day 2
Thimphu - Punakha

Distance 71 km, estimated driving time: 2 ½ hours

After breakfast, travel with your Bhutan tourist guide to Punakha/Wangdue via. Dochula Pass (3140 m).

At Dochula, in the clear sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges and see the beautiful 108 chortens(Stupas) built on small hill top.

You will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (the Grand Queen Mother of Bhutan).

After lunch walk through paddy fields for about 20 minutes to visit the Devine Madman’s (Lam Drukpa Kuenley) Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.

Then walk over traditional canteliver bridge to visit the Punakha Dzong, located in between the Pho – Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). Together both river forms Punatshangchu and it drain in Barmaputara river in India.

Then walk for about 15 minutes to the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan spanning 350 m over the very swift crystal clear Pho chu (male river). Its super fun to visit, because of the wind. It sways and initially you fell scared, but then you start to enjoy. This bridge is mainly used by locals from the village located on the other side of the river as a shortcut to Punakha Dzong.

After that visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendup Lhakhang Nunnery and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view of Punakha and Wangdue valleys from there.

Dinner and overnight at Resort in Punakha

Day 3
Punakha - Trongsa

Distance: 129 km, estimated driving time: 8 hours ( due to East West highway road widening)

After breakfast drive to upper Punakha valley and hike 45 minutes passing through suspension bridge and through paddy fields to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang . Visit the temple and also enjoy the beautiful panoramas view of Punakha Valley.

Then travel to Trongsa with lunch enroute. The drive will take you through Nobding village and dense forests of oak and blue pine trees and through the subtropical vegetation. The journey will also take you through Pele la pass (3300m). Throughout your trip you will come across the beautiful sceneries of rural Bhutan, with scattered settlements far from the road which makes for good photographing. You will also pass through open meadows, and valley of yak herders and several other villages via Chendebji Chorten ( Stupa) . On arrival at Trongsa, check into your hotel. In the evening visit small Trongsa Town. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Trongsa.

Day 4
Trongsa - Bumthang

Distance: 68 km, estimated travel time: 3 ½ hrs (due to East West highway road widening)

After breakfast visit Trongsa Dzong, this is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Zhabdrung(the man who unified Bhutan), the dzong is an architectural masterpiece. Before first king was appointed in 1907, country ruled by the Trongsa Poenlop (Governor).

Then travel to Bumthang passing through Yotong La Pass (3400 m). Just before reaching Bumthang visit “Yathra” Weaving Centre .Yathra” Weaving Centre at Zugney Village where you will see local weavers weaving Yathra. Yathra is the name for the colorful, hand-woven woolen cloth (often with geometric designs) that is produced in this region and wool used for this type of textile is sheep wools the sheep is reared in this Bumthang Valley. Yathra is made into jackets or bags, etc.

On arrival at Bumthang check into your hotel and after lunch visit Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message). Then take a gentle and pleasant walk crossing a suspension bridge to Kurjey Lhakhang. Kujey Lhakhang (Kujey means, “Body imprint”). The temple to the right is the oldest and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche( man who brought Buddhism in Bhutan in 8th century) meditated and left his body imprint. After visiting Kurjey Lhakhang take another few minutes’ walk to Jambay Lhakhang(oldest temple in Bhutan). Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the firdt King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108 temples all across the Himalayas.

After visiting Jambay Lhakhang, drive for about 10 minutes to visit Jakar Dzong (Fortress of the white bird). According to legend, when the lamas assembled in about 1549 to select a site for a monastery, a big white bird rose suddenly in the air and settled on a spur of a hill. This was interpreted as an important omen, and the hill was chosen as the site for a monastery and for Jakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as a district administrative center and by monastic body.

Dinner and Overnight at hotels in Bumthang Valley.

Day 5
Bumthang - Phobjikha

Distance: 155 km, estimated travel time: 8 hrs (due to East West highway road widening)

After breakfast travel to Phobjikha valley through Trongsa and Pelela Pass. Phobjikha valley is part of the beautiful Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (formerly known as Black Mountains National Park), one of Bhutan’s most important nature sanctuaries. Each winter it is home to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-necked cranes they roost whole winter season. The surrounding hills and mountains are home to nomadic shepherds and yak-herders. This is one of the most remote and untouched regions in Bhutan.

You are expected to arrive at Phobjikha valley in the evening due to poor road conditions (as road widening project is underway along West-East Highway).

Then check into hotel in Phobjikha.

Overnight at Resort in Phobjikha Valley.

Day 6
Phobjikha - Thimphu

After breakfast take a short hike from Gangtey Monastery along the Gangtey Nature Trail enjoying spectacular view of several villages in Phobjikha valley. You will end your hike at Black Necked crane center and visit the Black necked crane center (cranes will start immigrating to this area by December). From black crane center take short walk through fields and farmhouses where you can have free interaction with local people and visit their houses.

After lunch travel to Thimphu via. Same road WangduePhodrang and Dochula Pass.

You are expected to arrive Thimphu in the evening.

On arrival at Thimphu a check into your hotel and Thimhpu city tour by visiting the National Memorial Chorten (stupa) which was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The term ‘chorten’ literally means ‘ seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Meet the local people in circumambulation, especially in the evenings, at the National Memorial Chorten

Dinner and overnight Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 7
Thimphu - Paro

After breakfast, 20 minutes drive to base of Monastery then hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take another 1 ½ hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan (Singye Dzong) to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. After visiting the monastery, walk back down to base via same trail.

Then travel back to your hotel, on the way visiting Kyichu temple (oldest Temple in Bhutan) ,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the first Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of 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 108 energy points of her body. Kyichu Temple is one of the 108 temples.

Dinner at farm house and Enjoy traditional Bhutanese dinner with the family members of the farm house.

Overnight at hotels in Paro.

Day 8

In the morning, your Bhutan tour guide will escort you to the airport for your onward destinations.

End of tour

Trip Includes

  • Government Royalty and taxes
  • Dedicated English speaking tour guide
  • Dedicated tour vehicle and driver
  • 3-star accommodation (twin sharing)
  • Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
  • Airport transfers
  • Bottled water
  • Entry fees to parks and monuments

Trip Excludes

  • Flights to and from Bhutan
  • Personal expense/shopping
  • Beverages (soda/juice/alcohol)
  • 4 or 5 star accommodation (extra charges will apply)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver

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GNH Kingdom Tour

Trip Facts

  • Cultural
  • No Size Limit
  • Car
  • Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Wangdue Phodrang
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