6N/7D Insight Bhutan
Bhutan also known as the Dragon Kingdom is a rich mosaic of different cultures, traditions, life styles, ethnic groups, languages and belief systems. It is astounding that a country with a population of just over half a million speaks as many as nineteen different dialects and a few major languages. Diverse as it may seem, yet the Bhutanese socio-culture fabric is well interlaced and harmonized mainly due to the common thread of simple Buddhist values that the people share. Our cultural tours are the easiest way to get a taste of Bhutan. Each town has a Dzong dating back from the 1600s, and many old temples and monasteries. In our trip, we will visit Thimphu valley (the capital of Bhutan) and Paro.
After an early breakfast drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive takes you through the winding road with lots of beautiful hamlets. In Simtokha, visit the Simtokha Dzong built in 1629 and now it houses the Institute of Language & Cultural Studies. On reaching Thimphu, check-in at the hotel.
After lunch, visit the Institute of Arts & Crafts, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, Traditional Handmade Paper factory and Gold & Silversmiths unit. In the evening, visit the Tashicho Dzong, which houses the Office of His Majesty the King. In the evening explore the various Handicrafts stores in the town.
After breakfast visit the Memorial Stupa built in memory of the late King in 1974. Visit the National Textile Museum, Post office, Changlimithang Zangtopelri and Institute of Traditional Medicines. After lunch drive to Mothithang and visit the Takin (National Animal) sanctuary. Drive further up to the viewpoint and enjoy the view of Thimphu valley. Walk to Wangditse Temple, which would take about 2 hours for the round trip. It is a very gradual walk with great view of Tashicho Dzong and National Assembly building.
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3150 mts). On a clear day, you can see the breathtaking views of the whole range of Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges. On reaching Punakha check in the hotel.
After lunch drive to Karbisa and begin the Khamsung Yuelley Namgyal Stupa hike. The round trip hike would take about 2 – 3 hours and the place offers good view of the lower Punakha Valley. The Stupa was built for the wellbeing of the present Crown Prince of Bhutan.
After breakfast drive to old Punakha town and visit the recently renovated Punakha Dzong with beautiful woodworks and paintings. Drive to Wangdi and visit the Wangdi Dzong and Wangdi village town.
After lunch in Wangdi drive to Dochula pass for the evening tea and to Paro for the night.
After breakfast, drive to Drugyal Dzong to see the ruins of the Dzong that defended the valley in the 17th century from Tibetan Invasion. Drive back to Satsam Chorten and hike to Tasktsang Monastery. Taktsang Lhakhang means the “Tiger’s Nest Temple”. The round trip hike would take about 4 hours and you will be served lunch at the cafeteria at the view point. On the way back to the hotel, visit the 7th century Kichu temple.
Good times mostly end leaving behind a trail of golden memories to cherish. After breakfast today, spend some time at leisure. Check out from the hotel and take a transfer to the airport to board a return flight.