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Visit some of the vibrant towns and valleys in western Bhutan, including the capital city, Thimphu. The highlight of your tour will be your visit to the charming glacial valley of Phobjikha, the winter roosting ground for the endangered black-necked cranes. You will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong and the famous Chimi Lhakhang, the ‘Temple of Fertility’. End your trip with a hike to the iconic Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s nest) in Paro. This tour can be arranged in November when the 'Crane Festival' takes place in the valley.
Arrive at Paro by Druk Air. Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Begin your tour of the lovely Paro valley. Visit the magnificent Ta Dzong (fortress) – an ancient watchtower which is now the National Museum of Bhutan. The view from the hilltop overlooking the valley below is breathtaking.
Take a stroll in the town. Dinner at a popular Bhutanese cuisine restaurant.
Overnight in Paro Hotel.
After breakfast, you will visit the beautiful Paro Rinpung Dzong. Walk across the traditional wooden bridge to walk along meandering stone path to the Dzong.
Visit the lovely Kyichhu Lhakhang (monastery, built 659 A D). Drive along the river to see the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong (built 1647, a fortress that saw many a battles being fought between the Drukpas and the Tibetan invaders from the north).
In the afternoon, drive to Thimphu. On the way you can stop over to view the charming Tamchhog Lhakhang, situated across the river. Take a short walk across the legendary chain-link bridge to hike up to the monastery. Continue your journey to Thimphu.
Overnight at Thimphu Hotel.
Full day sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit some of the landmarks in the city – the Memorial Chorten (Stupa), the Folk Heritage Museum, the magnificent Tashichho Dzong – the seat of the government and where the Throne Room of His Majesty is located. Visit Kuensel Phodrang to see the giant statue of Buddha Dordenma, one of the biggest and tallest Buddha statues in the world.
After lunch, visit the bustling Farmers Centenary Market, the local vegetable market. Walk across the traditional wooden bridge to visit the local handicrafts open air bazaar. In the evening, drive up to Sangaygang to get a bird’s eye view of the capital city in the twilight. On the way, pop in at the Takin Nature Preserve and see the unique animals grazing on the mountainside.
Overnight at Thimphu.
After breakfast, drive to the enchanting glacial valley of Phobjikha. Stopover at Dochhu La (3,050m) to enjoy the view of the spectacular Himalayan ranges in the horizon and the beautiful 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens.
Descend down to the warmer climes of the Punakha valley. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong where the Royal Wedding took place in 2011. You will come across Wangdue Dzong which is under renovation after a fire destroyed it in 2012. Continue your journey along the Dang-chu valley onwards to Phobjikha.
Overnight at Phobjikha.
|Dang-chu valley → Phobjikha||57 km|
Welcome to the charming valley of Phobjikha, the winter roosting ground for the black-necked cranes who fly in every winter from far north to escape the bitter cold. Visit the Royal Society for Protection of Nature to learn more about the cranes.
Later, visit the lovely Gangtey Monastery and the surrounding village. The bowl-shaped valley is a photographer’s delight and provides ample trails for easy hikes. In the afternoon, make your way back to Wangduephodrang for the night.
Overnight at Wangduephodrang.
After breakfast, return to Paro. On the way, visit the famous Chimi Lhakhang which sits snugly on a hilltop amidst paddy fields in Lobesa. The monastery is also known as the ‘Temple of Fertility’ dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who is also known as the Divine Madman. Slowly drive back to Paro with plenty of stopovers along the way.
Overnight at Paro.
The whole day is dedicated to trek up the mountain to view the enchanting Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) that clings dramatically on a huge rock cliff, 900 m above the valley. The 2-3 hours easy hike (each way) takes you along winding footpaths and through pine forests with spectacular views of the wide valley below. If you wish, you can spend the evening at a Bhutanese farmhouse and have a typical meal with the host family.
Overnight at Paro.
Leave for the airport. Your guide will see you off at the Paro International Airport.
|Prices per person||2 pax|
Double Sharing Basis
Double Sharing Basis
|1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016||$2322||$1966|