This Itinerary offers you a complete package of culture, hike and experience of diverse nature and culture of Bhutan. Though there is no festival around the date of travel it’s a good opportunity to capture scenic pictures all along the trip.
The month of May is a spring season and is generally clear with excellent scenery with good weather to travel. The flowers will be bloomed and you can see many varieties of wild flowers all around the tour.
Twin/Double, Meals, Transfer
- 3 Stars Hotels
- Economic Class Flight
- English Speaking Guide throughout
PARO – THIMPHU
Today’s Highlights: The flight to Bhutan would offer you spectacular views of Indian Plane and the merger to Himalayan Range. The highest peaks would be laden with snows and landing to Paro itself is exhilarating.
This is the only country’s international airport, Paro and is believed to be one of the world’s most difficult airport. The flight from Singapore soars through the Plane of India and while descent, it offers you a panoramic view of the Himalayan beauty, please don’t get frightened as the plane would fly close to the mountain range and land with deep angle into the gorge of Paro.
The guide will meet you and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. En route stop at Chuzom (confluence) where Paro River joins Thimphu River. Check into your hotel on arrival or after lunch, visit the famous Changlingmithang Stadium and an archery field. If you are lucky, you may catch a game of archery in progress- otherwise visit the paper factory, Buddha Dordenma, Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan). Overnight Thimphu.
THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA. (77 kilometre, takes 3 hours)
Today’s Highlights: stop at Dochula Pass for a panoramic view of the Himalayan peak of Bhutan.
After breakfast, this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for lunch at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. It also is a place where you see 108 small stupas dedicated to the Majesty of Bhutan and the fallen soldiers.
From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Receive a special fertility blessing from Lama’s wooden phallus if you wish. Overnight at Punakha.
PUNKHA – PHOBJIKA VALLEY (60 km; 4 hrs);
Today’s Highlight: The most elaborated Dzong and considered the most beautiful Dzong of Bhutan. Drive through a scenic valley of Sha.
Morning visits Pungtang Dechen Phodrang Dzong or commonly known as Punakha Dzong. It was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637-38. It is the winter home of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body. The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa. It’s also known for the coronation of the kings of Bhutan. You may take your time inside the Dzong to see the beautiful and unique architect of Bhutan.
Later drive towards the east of Bhutan and on the way to you will drive by several village and picturesque landscape. Phobjikha or Gangtey is famously known for the roosting ground of endangered Black Nacked Crane. All Black-necked crane will be migrating only in late November.
Overnight at hotel in the Phobjikha Valley
PHOBJIKHA VALLEY HIKE
Today’s Highlight: The nature trail which is easy of course but very scenic and lots more to see what nature offers.
Popularly known as the Gangtey Nature Trail, walks you through a thick blue pine tree. The natural fragrance itself will boost your adrenaline and its one of the best easy hike with lots of things to see. Nature is at its grandeur and you would love the panoramic scenic valley of the Phobjikha. If you are still not quenched with the easy trail there are tougher ones ahead if you would like to try.
By evening if you are interested you may join in a meditation session in the Monastery nearby.
Overnight at hotel in the Phobjikha Valley.
PHOBJIKHA TO PARO. (185 Km, 5-6 hours)
Morning visits the only Nyingmapa Peling Tradition of Buddhist School in Bhutan. This place is one of the important monasteries in the lineage of Bhutan History. And you can still visit some village and see how they live and works.
Later drive back to Paro and visit Kyichu Monastery, the oldest in Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Highlights: Hike to Tiger’s Nest, the iconic symbol to the outside world and the most sacred place for all Bhutanese.
After breakfast, you will hike to Taktsang or the “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery perched precariously on the cliff 900m above Paro valley. It is the most famous monastery in Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche, the 8th-century spiritual master is said to have flown on the back of the tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain.
Explore the monastery, and if you wish, you can sit for a short meditation before you hike down to the valley floor. Optional would be visiting local farmhouse and spend around the paddy field to experience the Bhutanese style of Living or walk around the Paro town to buy souvenirs. Overnight at Paro.
The guide will drop you early morning and bid farewell from Paro Airport.