9 Day Happiness Bhutan Tour

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WELCOME TO BHUTAN!

 

Bhutan is well known for its rugged beautiful landscape and for its drive to achieve Gross National Happiness for its citizens. The country is landlocked, nestled in the Himalayan highlands, with India to the South and China to the North.

 

Our nine-day tour program offers a glimpse of Bhutan’s rich cultural and traditional heritage and spectacular mountainous landscape. You will see the beautiful valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Phobjikha.

 

Thimpu, the capital and the largest city of the kingdom of Bhutan, is situated in the western central part of Bhutan, and surrounding valley is the Dzongkhags, the Timohu District. In the capital city of Thimphu, you will have the opportunity to see one of the largest statues of Buddha and to visit the Memorial Chorten. You will also learn more about Bhutanese life, arts and crafts from the visit to the folk museum, the Institute of arts and crafts and the Institute of traditional medicines. One highlight is the visit to the Trashichho Dzong, the seat of the administrative and religious power in Bhutan and which houses the throne room. The ancient capital of Bhutan was Punakha and was replaced as the capital by Thimpu in 1955, and in 1961 Thimpu was declared the capital of Bhutan. In Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, you can see the Punakha Dzong nestled between two rivers and also make a visit to the sacred Chimi Lhakhang. In Phobjikha, you will have the opportunity to walk through the pristine natural environment which is winter roosting ground of the endangered black-necked cranes. In Paro, for a memory of a lifetime, you can visit the memorable Tiger’s Nest temple which is perched high up in the cliffs, and also visit Drugyel Dzong, a fortress of historical significance. The arts and crafts of Bhutan represent the exclusive “spirit and identity of the Himalayan Kingdom” is defined as the art of Zorig Chosun, which means the ‘thirteen arts and crafts of Bhutan.” 

 



HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • A quick glance of rich cultural and traditional heritage and eye-catching impressive mountainous, landscapes of Bhutan’s cultural and historical heritage sites such as fortresses, monasteries and temples.

 

  •  Hike uphill for about 2-3 hours (most challenging monasteries to reach) to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). It is one most sacred sites in Bhutan.

 

  • Visit Trashichho Dzong and Punakha Dzong and see the beautiful architecture of the fortresses

 

  • Visit the beautiful Dochula Pass from where you can get a spectacular view of the Himalayas

 

  • Explore the beautiful valley of Phobjikha, the winter home of the black-necked cranes

 

  • See how people live and learn about the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan

 

  • Experience the local culture and taste Bhutanese cuisine

 

  • Visit the Bhutanese farmhouse and enjoy a hot medicinal stone bath 

 

 

GALLERY

Thimpu
Buddha Dordenma, Thimpu
Phobjikha
Phobjikha
Phobjikha
Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong
Paro
Paro
Tiger's Nest Monastry, Paro

Day by Day plan

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  • Day 1: Arrival at Paro

    Paro – Thimphu:

    By Road in 1.5 hours

     

    The unique exotic Bhutan experience began even before one arrives in Bhutan. The flight into Bhutan will give you a spectacular view of the beautiful serene Himalayan mountain ranges. On a clear day, you can see Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.


    Our Wild Voyager representative will receive you upon your arrival. The journey from Paro to Thimpu will give you the unique Bhutan experience. The drive will take you through the great views of rice terrace, winding Pho Chu and Wang Chu rivers, gorges and hills of Bhutan.

     

    After Lunch in the afternoon, visit Kuenselphodrang Nature Park where a 169 feet statue of Buddha Dordenma, one of the largest statues in the world has been built which is made of bronze and gilded in gold overlooks southern entrance of the Thimpu valley.

     

    In the evening after some light snacks, visit the Memorial Chorten, a white-washed structure with a gold spire, is a revered Buddhist Shrine dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

     

    Night stay will be at Thimpu.

     

  • Day 2: Thimphu

     

    Our representative will take to a morning visit the Institute of Traditional Medicines & Folk Heritage Museum. Established in1978, This Institute collects plants from remote corners of the Bhutanese Himalaya, such as Lingzhi, laya and Lunana, and then distributes pills, tablets, ointments and medicinal teas to regional health care units.  

     

    The Folk Heritage Museum located in Kawajangsa, in the heart of the capital city Thimpu. This Museum dedicates itself to connecting people with the rich Bhutanese folk heritage and rural history through demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of Bhutanese rural life.

     

    Afternoon visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 traditional crafts) which includes painting, sculpture, carving, calligraphy, paper making, casting, embroidery, weaving, carpentry, masonry, bamboo and cane weaving, gold and silversmithy and blacksmithy. After seeing Bhutan’s artistic heritage our representative will guide you to the Tashichho Dzong which houses the King's Throne Room & Government offices.

     

    After Breakfast our representative will take you to visit the weekend vegetable market of Thimpu. When it comes to the vegetable market of Thimpu, the beauty lies in its originality and freshness. You need to visit these centenary farmers market to watch how Bhutanese shop their daily needs and what they produce for us.

     

    Then visit the Folk Heritage Museum and the Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 traditional crafts).

     

    After lunch, visit the town and craft bazaar in Thimpu. The market consists of 80 shops which are made of bamboo huts aligned together. You can look for hand-woven stoles popular 'yathra' items wooden bowls and utensils etc. at the craft bazaar.

     

    In the evening our representative will take you to visit Tashichho Dzong which houses the King’s Throne Room, monastic body & Government offices.

     

    Overnight will be at Thimphu.

     

  • Day 3: Thimphu – Phobjikha, by Road

    Our representative will take you to a morning visit the Motithang Takin Preserve. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan and a visit to Motithang takin preserve is a must-do in Thimpu. This one–of–its–kind animal can be found only in Bhutan which has got a face of a goat, and the body of a cow.

     

    Then a drive to Sangaygang which is located North-west of Thimpu Valley and is a popular spot or famous for taking a walk around the blue pines. The places have the top hills which give the clear view of the entire Thimpu valley.

     

    Then our representative will take a drive to Phobjikha over Dochula Pass (3 hours drive). On a clear day, one can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges and see Gasa Dzong at a distance. One can also visit the Druk Wangyel Chortens (108 stupas) on the Pass and the 60th Anniversary Park.

     

    In the afternoon, relax and enjoy the warmth of the Bukhari (iron wood burning stove) in the hotel.

     

    Overnight will be at Phobjikha.

     

  • Day 4: Phobjikha – Punakha

    By Road in 3 hours

     

    In the morning our representative will take you to explore the beautiful valley of Phobjikha.

     

    The most notable site in the district is Phobijkha Valley. The valley is a habitat of the rare and endangered Black Necked Cranes that roost here during their annual migration. One can see their roosting place in the marshy land.

     

    In the Afternoon, our representative will drive you to Punakha, a town in the Himalayas of Bhutan. Its known for the Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress at the juncture of Pho and Mo Chhu rivers, relax in the warm and green valley. It is the most beautiful Dzong in the country, especially in spring when the lilac-colored jacaranda trees bring lush to the dzong’s characteristically whitewashed walls. The Dzong is still the winter residence of the Dratshang (official monk body).

     

    In the evening our representative will leave you to spend the time at leisure.

     

    Night stay will be at Punakha. 

     

  • Day 5: Punakha

    Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan.

     

    After breakfast, our representative will drive you to the valley to Chazam, to walk through the beautiful rice fields & hike up the hillock to Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang.  Standing regally on the hill above the Punakha valley, Khasum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a classic example of gorgeous traditions and architecture of Asian Country. This Chorten however, is unique as it is not designed for community worship or for monastic retreat but designed as a magical tool by the Queen Mother for heading off the negative forces and transportation peace and harmony for all the living beings.

     

    After the above visit, our representative will spend the rest of the time to visit monasteries and have an enjoyable picnic.

     

    In the afternoon our representative will guide us to return to Punakha.

     

    In Punakha, our representative will take you to visit the Punakha Dzong. The warmer climate on winter season, the majestic Punakha Dzong, the fast flowing river, the golden rice fields, it is easy for the tourists to fall in love with the town of Punakha. The town exudes an ambiance of calmness and goes across the suspension bridge across the Pho Chu river (Father River) and Mo Chu river (Mother River) spanning 350 meters and, which is one of the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.

     

    Overnight will be at Punakha. 

     

  • Day 6: Punakha – Paro

    By Road in 5 hours

     

    In the morning after breakfast, our representative will take you for a short drive through Lobesa to reach a place called Sopsokha village. From here it is a short walk through terraced rice fields and a path leading to the Chimi Lhakhang, a 15th-century fertility temple which has built on a hillock overlooking rice fields, villages and the Punatsangchu river. The temple was made in the memory  of ‘The Divine madman’.

     

    If the time permits our representative will drive you to visit Tamchog Lhakhang which is a temple that is dedicated to the 13th-century saint Thangthong Gyalpo, the bridge builder, who constructed suspension bridges into Bhutan and Tibet.  Many of the bridges are still in use today.

     

    Overnight will be at Paro. 

     

  • Day 7: Paro

    After lunch, our representative will take you to visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum. Perched above Paro Dzong is a Dzong (Watch Tower), built in 1649 to protect Paro Rinpung Dzong and renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum. The unusual round building is in the shape of a conch shell. It has a great collection of fine arts, paintings and bronzes are famous. There are also textiles, jewellery and handicrafts sections as well as galleries of stuffed animals and butterflies from Bhutan. The stamp hall is very popular and displays record stamps, silken stamps, embossed stamps and famous triangular stamp depicting yeti.

     

    Then our representative will guide you to visit  Paro Rimpung Dzong and a traditional wooden cantilever bridge.

     

    Our representative will guide you to visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century AD and Drugyel Dzong, a ruined fortress from whose ramparts the Bhutanese once repelled Tibetan invaders. It was originally a small structure at the time of its establishment. Over the years the temple was visited and blessed by many famous Buddhist saints.

     

    Then you can take an evening stroll through Paro town.

     

    Overnight will be at Paro. 

     

  • Day 8: Paro – Excursion to Taktsang Monastery

    Paro – Ramthongkha:

    By Road in 35 mins

     

    After breakfast drive to Ramthongkha.

     

    After breakfast, our representative will drive to Ramthongkha. Hike uphill for about 2-3 hours to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). It is one most sacred sites in Bhutan. It is one of the most challenging monasteries to get to located at an elevation of 10,000feet clings to a vertical granite cliff 3000 ft above the valley floor. One must visit this place when you visit Bhutan.

     

    Our representative will take you to a great experience of Hot Stone Bath, made of wood is constructed on a ground level. Traditionally these baths are done near a river bed with plenty of supply of stones and water. It is believed that it produces a medicinal benefit to many ailments such as pains and aches. Evening experience will be followed by a typical Bhutanese dinner consisting of red rice local produce meat and Ema Datsa(Chili and Cheese) in a traditional Bhutanese House.

     

    Overnight will be at Paro.

     

  • Day 9: Paro – Back Home

    Early morning our representative will take the responsibility to drive to Paro Airport for departure, from where you may continue your onward journey.

     

    Tour Ends.

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