Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
Day 01: Arrive Paro – Thimphu (MOB)
Upon arrival at airport and meet our representative. Check into hotel and proceed to visit the National Memorial Chorten: a monument representing world peace and prosperity. Later visit Trashichhoedzong (closes at 4 pm): This impressive fortress/monastery is also the Secretariat building, it’s the throne room for His Majesty the King and his various government department officials. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot as well as the central monk bodies. Transfer to Buddha Point (Kuenselphodrang) and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu (B)
After breakfast, proceed to sightseeing at the National Library, it holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Visit Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School and the Textile Museum which is Bhutanese textile exposure has reached a new height as one of the most distinct art form (closed on Sundays). Next visit Changangkha Lhakhang: a well-known fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2400m).
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha (Distance 75 km, estimated time 03 hrs) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Dochu-la Pass and visit Punakha Dzong. The palace is strategically built at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it served as a religious administrative centre for the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by fires and earthquake tremendously, the Dzong was fully restored by the present King. Overnight at the Hotel in Punakha.
Day 04: Punakha / Paro (Distance 125 km, estimated time 04 hrs) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Paro and visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong is the oldest in Bhutan and was built in 1627. Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong a watchtower of old built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars during the 17th century. Next, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, it was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu (religious dance festival), held once a year in spring. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2200m)
Day 05: Paro (B)
After breakfast, proceed to Taktshang Lhakhang by trekking for around 5 hrs, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor, it is one of the most famous Bhutan’s monasteries. Folklore has it, that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery also known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site is recognized as the most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. Now it is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On the drive towards Paro town en route visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in the Kingdom reflecting the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 06: Depart Paro (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure.
Ground Tour cost valid till 31 March 2022
COST PER PERSON IN MYR:
- Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure by our representative
- Accommodation on Twin/Triple sharing basis as per itinerary
- Daily breakfast
- Private tour and Transportation as per itinerary
- Entrance fees, government taxes and service charges
- Includes toll, parking & fuel Cost
- Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites
- English speaking tourist guide
- Return international flight ticket
- Tipping for guide and driver
- Bhutan Visa MYR 250 per person: 90 Days Validity & Single Entry
- Travel Insurance VIP Plan – MYR 85 per person
- Lunch and Dinner
- Camera fee etc. not specified
- Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages
- Porterage & restaurant trip
- Optional tour any other expenses or services not mentioned in inclusions
- Any transport during the day at leisure/Tipping/Any additional rides
- Price valid till 31 March 2022
- 15 Nov – 20 Dec 2021 – Peak + 10%
- 21 Dec 2021 – 05 Jan 2022 & CNY 2022 – Super Peak + 15%
- Rate and itinerary subject to change without prior notice