Bhutan Discovered
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From AU$ 0 7 Days
  • BHUTAN
  • Max 12 passengers
  • Thimphu Paro
7 days From AU$ 0

Overview

Discover the unknown, as you travel through Bhutan, viewing ancient Buddhist texts in Thimphu, exploring the picturesque Punakha Valley, hiking to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and visiting the mighty Paro Dzong in this undiscovered travel destination full of ancient Buddhist temples, red-clothed monks and friendly locals.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Thimphu

Kick start off your Bhutan discovery with a winding trip to the valley of Thimphu. Enjoy easing into Bhutan as we take in the sights of the city with an orientation walk along the main street.  Thimphu successfully blends old with new, but you might be amazed as you come across the first intersection, with Bhutan’s famous policeman acting as traffic lights!   We then visit Nado, Bhutan’s famous traditional incense maker and the colourful Gagyel Lhendup weaving center.


Day 2 Thimphu

We are up bright and early for a nature walk to the sacred Cheri monastery. Enjoy lunch before returning to Thimphu for an afternoon of sightseeing, including the Memorial Chorten, and Dubthob nunnery.  We then visit the School of Arts and Crafts where students follow an eight-year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpture. Afterwards we head to the incredible Textile Museum, the interesting Folk Heritage Museum, Bhutan’s National Library as well as the Thimphu Handicraft Emporium which offers high quality traditional goods, and finally a small family-run enterprise which manufactures paper and paper products using traditional methods. Before the day is over we visit Kuenselphodrang, the site of the world’s largest sitting Buddha.  Enjoy a well-earned rest in Thimphu, where we spend the night at a hotel.


Day 3 Punakha

This morning we leave the bright lights of Thimphu behind us as we drive to Punakha, the ancient winter capital of Bhutan.   Keep your camera handy as we enjoy a scenic trip, with a stop along the way at Dochu-La pass (10,000ft/3,048m) for a breathtaking view the eastern Himalayas, a nd of course Bhutan's highest peak, the majestic Gangkar Punsum . Stretch your legs out, as we stop to enjoy a short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kunley.  It boasts three towers and is located at the confluence of two rivers, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Bhutan’s 21 Dzongs.   Finally arriving in Punakha, we check into our hotel where we enjoy the night.


Day 4 Punakha

Enjoy the scenic rural setting of Bhutan, as we head down to the convergence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers, two of the main rivers of Bhutan. Here you will be greeted with lovely views of the majestic Punakha Dzong, and a beautiful cantilever bridge spanning the river. For those wanting to explore further, take advantage of the optional hike to Khamsum Yulley Monastery. Please be patient if you choose to take this adventure, as with many monasteries in Bhutan, our leader will need to hunt around for the caretaker with the keys to have a look inside!


Day 5 Paro

This morning we make the return journey to Thimphu, where we stop for lunch before continuing into the Paro Valley.   Enjoy the scenic drive today, and a chance for a bit of a rest, as you will want to arrive refreshed to take advantage of tonight’s local home stay in Paro with home cooked meals and a friendly local atmosphere.


Day 6 Paro

We are up bright and early again, for a delicious breakfast before we drive up to the starting point and prepare for our hike to the legendary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest).   This magnificent monastery will take your breath away as it clings to a rock cliff 900 meters above the valley floor.  Learn the legends which date back to 747 AD about this breathtaking monastery, it is sure to be the highlight of your Bhutan adventure.


Day 7 Paro

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, farewell your new travel buddies and prepare for your next adventure before we transfer you to Paro airport for your flight out of Bhutan. Due to group visa requirements, all travellers are required to leave Bhutan on the same day.



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