Bhutan Cultural Tour 10D Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Gangtey-Bumthang
Day01. Arrive Paro International airport.
Upon arrival transfer to Thimphu 45minutes from the airport. Visit the Main market of Thimphu with its many curio shops. Visit the National memorial stupa of the 3rd King, here you will see many people walking around the stupa for good health and also accumulating good karma. You can also visit the Tashi Cho Dzong which houses the office of the 5th King of Bhutan and many other offices of the Cabinet ministers.
Late evening is free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel, where they have a whole lot of therapies to indulge in.
Day02. Thimphu sightseeing.
Visit the viewpoint of Thimphu and the Takin sanctuary. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan which is quite funny as it has the head of a goat and the body of a bull with long hair like yaks. Here you can take a little hike for about 15 minutes around the sanctuary, Later visit the Zilukha nunnery and the monastery.
Visit the handicrafts emporium, local paper making factory, textile muesuem, folk heritage muesuem, national library, the Indigenous hospital.
After lunch drive to the Tango and Cherry monastery viewpoint north of Thimphu. If you prefer you can take a little hike around the villages of Kabisa, you can also visit the Pangrizampa astrology school. The school buildings were recently contributed by the Austrian people.
During dinner, we will organize a Cultural programme with complete mask dancing and Bhutanese music cultural troop followed by dinner. We will also invite some people who are versed in Bhutanese culture and Buddhism, whom you can interact to ask questions about Bhutan politics, religion etc.
Day03. Thimphu to Gangtey 137km. 5hrs.
Drive via the Dochula pass 3400m, you have great views of the mountains and the stupas weather permitting to Wangdue, visit the Wangdue Dzong and the market. After lunch drive to Gangtey home of the black neck cranes. You can view the cranes from the crane foundation center and the Gangtey monastery. It would be quite cold to walk around but the good heating at the resort will keep you nice and warm. If you do not mind the biting winds you can always take a stroll around the area.
Day04. Gangtey to Bumthang 157km 5hrs.
Drive to Bumthang the Switzerland of Bhutan. You will cross two major passes above 3400m and you will see yaks enroute. Before reaching Bumthang you reach the valley of Trongsa with its stunning Trongsa Dzong which is the largest Dzong in Bhutan and also most important as from this Dzong the present dynasty took its roots. The architecture is awesome as most Dzongs were built in the old days without using nails and drawings. The head carpenter was the main architect. After crossing the Yotongla pass you will reach the valley of Chumey where you can see the traditional fabric weavers called ‘Yathra’ which is popular in the Himalayan region, and this is the birth place of this textile. On reaching Jakar valley, be free to relax in your hotel or visit the Swiss farm which is enroute to your hotel.
This hotel is a new hotel which is owned by one of the Queens in Bhutan. This incorporates modern living with traditional ambience and set amidst the village of Tamshing.
Day05. Bumthang sightseeing.
Explore the Bumthang valley, visit the Jakar Dzong, Swiss farm, Tamshing monastery from the 7th century, the Kurgye monastery, and after lunch visit the Tang mebartso or the burning lake, this is where dharma treasures were revealed. You also have the option to do the sightseeing of this places by a gradual hike around the Jakar valley.
In the evening the hotel will arrange traditional brew or ara session. You can try this local drink around a bon fire.
Day06. Bumthang to Punakha. 210km 7hrs.
Drive back to west Bhutan and complete sights that have not been completed enroute. Before reaching Punakha walk to the Chimey Lhakhang monastery or the temple of fertility, this temple is the place where barren couple come to pray for fertility. The walk is about 20 minutes through the village to reach this monastery, in the event you will see villagers carrying out their daily chores.
Day07. Punakha sightseeing.
Visit the marvelous Punakha Dzong built at the confluence of two rivers. The male and female rivers. Here Bhutanese art and architecture is at its best. Punakha used to be the former capital of Bhutan and its still used by the monks as their winter capital. The weather is very pleasant in Punakha during the winter as it is situated at a lower altitude.
Later visit the Paradise monastery at Kabisa village, this is a hiking programme about 1 hr hike from the roadhead to visit the beautiful monastery built by the Queen mother for the people of Bhutan and the King who was then a crown prince. The views from the monastery is rewarding.
Day08. Punakha to Paro. 135km appx. 4.5hrs.
Drive to Paro via the Dochula pass and on reaching Paro you can visit the national muesuem and the Paro Dzong and the Kichu monastery. PM you can walk around the Paro town.
Day09. Taktsang Monastery Hike.
Take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery, Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche did his meditation here for 3 months. The hike takes about 3 – 4 hrs depending on the capability of the hikers. This is also a photographer’s delight; the monastery is adorned with prayer flags and stands in the cave of granite rocks 300m above the valley floor. Lunch will be served in the viewpoint cafeteria. Later visit the Kichu monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built in the 7th century by the Tibetain King Songsten Genpo who built 108 monasteries around the region with the heart being Lhasa in Tibet. Also visit the Drugyal Dzong at the end of the valley to end your tour.
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