11 Days Itinerary Covering : Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Wangduephodrang - Gangtey - Trongsa - Bumthang - Thimphu - Paro
The Kingdom of Bhutan exhibits a fine example of ancient traditions juxtaposed with modernity. With scenic locations and mystic cultural beauty, Bhutan is gradually becoming one of the most sought after tourist destinations in South East Asia.
Guests coming to India and who are looking for excursions to the nearby nations can comfortably embark on tours to this enchanting nation. Recently voted as the happiest country is Asia, Bhutan no wonder is a great tourist hideout. The Bhutan enchanting tour will take you on a voyage across some of the most interesting tourist destinations in Bhutan.
Paro, a historic valley in Bhutan is the first destination you will touch base with, in the country. Fly in with Druk Air that guarantees you for a very comfortable journey. Once you reach here, our representative will meet up with you and escort you till the hotel that has been pre-booked for you. Refresh yourself up and get ready to explore through the length and breadth of the country...
The evening can be reserved for taking a stroll across the market and the main areas of the city.
While in Bhutan, enjoy taking long walks, as the beauty of this place can best be appreciated in this way. Paro is one of the destinations in the country that offers loads of interesting opportunity to travel and explore on foot. Therefore, leave a few hours of your second day to explore the place in this manner.
Post breakfast begin the day with a visit to the National Museum, locally known as the Ta Dzong. The museum houses several exotic collections of arts, crafts, and paintings. To know about the culture of Bhutan, a visit to this place becomes mandatory.
Once you have completely explored the museum, you can now enjoy a walking trail of Rinpung Dzong. Replete with legends and fables, visiting this place will contribute towards strengthening your treasure trove of knowledge of the country.
Post lunch visit the Drukgyel Dzong. The fortified ruins of the fort still resonate with the stories of valor and chivalry of the rulers who nipped several external invasions in its bud, in this very soil. On the 2nd day of your tour, you may also visit a local farmhouse to witness the lifestyle and traditions of the natives staying here!
Visit the Kyichu Lhakhang in the evening, a very revered place in the country for the locals.
The distance between Thimphu and Paro is about 60 km and offers for an interesting journey when one travels from one place to the other. On the 3rd day of the Bhutan tour, you will proceed towards Thimphu, the capital city of the country. However, before you reach Thimphu, you will halt over at Chuzom.
This place is mostly celebrated for being the confluence where the Paro River and the Thimphu River meet. Visit the Simtokha Dzong, located near Thimphu, which is the oldest fortress of the country. Today, this fortress houses the School for Buddhist Studies and attracts people from all over the world.
Post lunch visit the King's Memorial Chhorten, a burial center and the Tashichhodzong that literally translates to fortress of the auspicious religion. Built in the mid 16th century, this place today houses the main secretariat building.
In the late afternoon, a visit to the handicrafts emporium will just complete the day! This place also houses the folk heritage museum and is a great place to give you an insight into the traditions of the place.
In the evening, visit the local markets to pick up local articles and souvenirs to carry back home.
On the 4th day visit the National Library, the Painting School, and the Traditional Medicine Institute, a few of the popular attractions housed within the city. Post lunch proceed towards Punakha that was once the capital of Bhutan. To catch a glimpse of the beauty of Bhutan, halt enroute at Dochula and spend a few moments with nature. On arrival in the city, check into the hotel and rejuvenate your senses.
In the evening visit the Punakha Dzong and the Khamsm Yulley Namgyal Chorten before finally retiring for the day.
On the 5th day, have early breakfast and leave for Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. The scenic beauty that you will witness enroute between the 2 destinations will indeed mesmerize you. The thick greenery, the forests, the flowers and the chirping birds will almost make you feel as if everything is just surreal.
To make yourself believe that you were still in Bhutan tours, visit the impressive Wangdue Dzong, nestled comfortably atop a hill. The pretty architecture of the Dzong truly complements the naturally beautiful surrounding. The Gangtey village offers for an interesting insight into the lives of the locals here.
Visit the place to carry back fond memories of the place. The Gangety Gompa located in the heart of the place boasts itself of being the only Nyingmapa monastery in the vicinity.
Gangtey is locally popular as Phobjikha valley and is most visited for its natural ambience and distinct wildlife. The black necked cranes make this place their winter homes and can be seen in high numbers especially during the winter months. Post lunch travel to Trongsa to visit its markets and the Pele le Pass.
Early morning visit the Trongsa Dzong, most noted for its architecture. A fine example of Bhutanese art and architectural styles, the Dzong was built in the mid 16th century. Post this visit; embark on your journey to the next destination, Bumthang popular amongst the natives and tourists alike for its religious significance.
Bumthang refers to the culmination of the 4 valleys - Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura across altitudes that range from 2600 m to 4000 m. Fondly frequented by devotees for the temples and monasteries housed here, even the tourists visiting this place can expect to spend some moments of serenity.
While here, visit the Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Kurje Lhakhang, and the Jambay Lhakhang; all ancient places of worship.
On the 9th day, you will primarily travel from Bumthang to Thimphu. The distance between the 2 places will take almost about 8 hours of your day and therefore leave you with little time to explore the place.
However, you will at least have time to stop enroute at Trongsa town and Wangduephodrang for lunch and refreshments to break the monotony of the trip. By evening you will reach Thimphu where you can check into the hotel and rest your weary souls.
On arriving in the Paro city, embark on an excursion to the Taktsang Monastery. This ancient monastery is a place of great reverence for the locals. Even tourists visit this place to soak themselves in the charisma that fills up the place.
While here, do not miss to listen to the many fables that the locals will narrate to you. The interesting tales will enhance the pleasures of your trip to the place. Your stay will be organized in the pre-booked hotel in Paro.
Post breakfast, leave for the airport for your onward journey, back home.
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