(8 nights/ 9 days )

Date: 25th - 27th Feb, 2018
Venue: Punakha Dzong

The highlight of the tour:

Hike to Tiger’s Nest, an ancient pilgrimage site dating back to the 7thcentury
Capital city Thimphu- the only capital ion the world where there is no traffic light.
Dochula Pass at 3160 m decorated with 108 stupas and if the weather permits view the Higher Himalayas.

Visit Chime Lhakhang dedicated to Divine Madman Drukpa Kuenley. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility.
Visit the roosting ground of rare Black Necked Crane in Phojikha.
Visit a farm house.

 Day 01. Arrive Paro (2280m) – THIMPHU (2320 m) (Driving distance: 54 km, 1 ½ hrs. drive): 

Our representative from Make My Holidays in Bhutan will receive you at Paro airport and drive you to Thimphu.

On the way, view the beautiful Tamcho Lhakhang, built by Thangthong Gyelpo known as the Iron Bridge Builder.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (L, D)

Day 02. Thimphu – Punakha (1300m) (76 km driving distance) (3 hrs. driving time) 

After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan.

The first stop is at Dochu La pass (3160 m). From Dochula you can see the eastern Himalayan range on a clear day.

Drive further to Punakha and on the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, also known as the temple of fertility and dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, the 15th century saint, also known as the divine madman for his outrageous methods of teaching the dharma.

It is a 20-minute walk through rice fields to the temple were you get blessed by a wooden phallus. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 03. Punakha Festival.

The Punakha Tshechu celebrates the defeat of invading Tibetans in 1639. You will see plenty of recreated battles, horsemanship and swordplay. Sacred mask dances are also performed during the festival.

In the afternoon, hike to Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 04. Punakha – Gangtey (3100 m) (driving distance: 67 km, 3 hrs):

Drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey – the roosting ground of rare Black Necked Crane (November to Feb). The community celebrates the black Necked Crane festival on every 11th November. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Goemba.

After lunch, explore the Phobjikha valley, visit and interact with the weavers in their looms, visit the information crane. If you are lucky, you will see the Black Necked cranes.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)

 Day 05. Gangtey – Thimphu (2320 m) (131 km, 6 hrs. drive time):

Drive to Thimphu. Lunch at Dochula.

Free to stroll in the town in the evening. Enjoy the night life after dinner.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 06. Thimphu (2320m)

Your day begins with a visit to the tallest and the largest statue of sitting Buddha, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve Centre( get to see the National Animal: Takin),

We then visit Dupthop Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, and Painting School.

After lunch, visit Textile museum, Lhendup weaving center followed by a visit to National Memorial Chorten.

In the evening, visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” Evening you drive to Paro. Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 07. Thimphu – Paro (2280 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 ½ h driving time)

Drive to north of Thimphu and take a hike to Cheri Monastery. In the afternoon, visit National Handicraft Emporium, followed by a visit to Weekend Market (Friday – Sunday). It is a great time meet the locals selling their farm products. If time permits, witness the archery match in Changlimithang.

In the evening, drive to Paro.

Dinner and O/N in Hotel. (B, L, D)

 Day 08. Paro: Hike to Taktsang Monastery.

After breakfast, drive to the base of Taktsang and hike to Taktsang or “Tiger’s Nest” one of the holiest Buddhists sites in the Himalayan region. The monastery clings to a sheer rock face, almost 900 m above the valley floor. The uphill hike from the road point takes around 3 hours. The trail passes through beautiful pine forests adorned with Spanish moss as you go further up. Stop for rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tigress and meditated for three months.

After lunch, visit to ruins of Drugyel Dzong, which kept at bay invasions from the north. On the way back, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gyempo.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 09. Paro Departure

Drive to the airport and farewell. (B)

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