This package takes tourists deep into the wilderness of Bhutan, away from modern development. The narrow road through the lush forest provides a sense of serenity and tourists can disconnect themselves from the busy world and embark on the journey of rediscovering and reconnecting with oneself. Tourists will come across many secluded small communities leading simple lives. With fluttering prayer flags guiding the road, travelers can enjoy the spectacular scenery and witness a world of the bygone era.
Probably the only capital city in the world without streetlights and an airport of its own, this small city is home to some 100,000 local residents including the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Like any other capital city, it is the political and economic center for the country. The city has a 17th century fortress which houses the Office of His Majesty the King and The House of Parliament stands on the eastern bank of the Thimphu River opposite to the fortress.
Thimphu has successfully preserved its culture and tradition despite growing exponentially and rapidly. Any traveler exploring this unique city will have the luxury of modern convenience and witness ancient monument and traditional way of life simultaneously.
Overnight at a Hotel
Hike to Lungchutse from Dochula (2 ways and 1 hour at the spot- 4 hours)
Lungchutse hike is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hike. The trail will take you through a diverse forest until you reach the ridge. From the Lungchutse temple you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the Himalayas and the valley below.
Lunch at Dochula Cafeteria and Drive to Punakha (1 and half hour) and Cultural Sightseeing at Punakha
Travelling to Punakha is like getting in a time machine and going back to the 17th century. Punakha offers tourists a unique medieval experience. The region still holds many traditional houses built decades ago with people leading a simple farming lifestyle. The valley is especially beautiful during spring and autumn adorned by the produce in the paddy fields. Did you know that Punakha was a former capital of Bhutan? Much of Bhutan’s significant history from fighting against the Tibetan invasion to the institution of first monarch to the signing of the treaty of Punakha with the British Indian Empire which shaped Bhutan’s future significantly were all witnessed in this region.
Phobjikha is one of the most idyllic places in Bhutan. The valley is part of an important wildlife reserve; the valley is home to the endangered black necked cranes. These birds migrate south to the valley from Tibet every winter before flying back early spring. Aside from enjoying the tranquility, the valley also has multiple hiking trails leading through the small community in the valley.
Overnight at a Farm Stay
Over night at a Hotel in Trongsa
Myth and legacies of great Buddhist saints permeate the valley. Approaching and entering the valley can be as though entering the inner sanctum of a sacred temple. With many sacred Buddhist sites spread across the valley, the whole place feel blessed. With such rich heritage, the region’s architecture has been conserved with regulations that guide development initiatives taken today. Bumthang is also known for its cheese and textile production. The hand woven fabric drawn from the yak and sheep wool and the pattern input to their product are indigenous to Bumthang.
Overnight at a hotel in Mongar
The 157 feet bronze statue of Guru Nangsey Zileon sits atop a hill in Takila in Lhuntse District. The statue is approached by a gradual ascent of motor road built navigating through the community paddy fields and traditional houses.
The traditional weaving skill of women in this village of less than 80 households is unparalleled. It is a skill passed on for generations. Textiles sourced from this village are highly sought after in the country and are generally sold at a premium. The village is popularly known for its intricately patterned silk textile known as the Kishuthara. Kishuthara is generally used as Kiras (traditional dress for women). Bags and other products are also produced using this beautiful textile.
Cultural Sightseeing at Tashigang
Bumdeling is the Phobjikha Valley of the east. Like Phobjikha Valley, Bumdeling is also identified as an important bird area as it is the wintering site for the black-necked cranes. These birds migrate south in the winter before flying back to the Tibetan plateau early spring. The region also falls under the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary covers most of Tashi Yangtse District and it is home to endangered species such as the snow leopard, Royal Bengal tiger and red panda. 130 species of butterflies are known to inhabit the area. Blessed with rich bio diversity and picturesque landscape, this idyllic destination is ideal for photography tour.
Over night at a hotel in Bumthang
Flight ticket cost is subject to additional charge and is NOT included in the package price
Over night at a hotel in Thimphu
Cultural Sightseeing at Paro
Taktsang which translate to The Tiger’s Nest is a Buddhist monastery in Paro valley. According to the legend, Buddhist saint Guru Rinpoche flew to the current monastery site riding atop a tigress in the 7th century. Today it has become the most visited site by tourists. Approached by a two hour hike through the pine forest, the majestic architecture perched on a cliff 900 meters above Paro valley greets the hikers. Once at the top, tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the valley below.
End of Trip
- Visa arrangement.
- Government royalty and all the taxes.
- FIT Surcharge for one and two persons.
- Accommodations in 3 to 4 star hotels on twin sharing basis.
- All meals (break, lunch & dinner).
- Full time English speaking guide.
- Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary.
- Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water
- US$ 40 per person (Single entry visa fee).
- Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airline) fare.
- Any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages and any other personal expenses.
- Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
- Travel Insurance.
- Single room supplement charge.
- Luxury hotels/resorts are available on supplement cost .
- Specialized guides available on supplement cost .