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Bhutan Luxury Tour is exploring the land of thunder dragon with insider experiences. Discover the unique culture, visit the age-old monasteries, fortress and staying at luxury hotels. Bhutan Highlights visits the prime locations in Bhutan. This includes the colorful city of Paro, the tiny capital- Thimphu and the old capital – Punakha. Spend the day with guided city tour around Thimphu. The main attractions are the King’s Memorial Chorten, Buddha’s Point, Folk Heritage Museum, Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar.
Bhutan Luxury Tour then proceeds to Punakha passing along the Dochula pass at 3,140 meters. The pass commands extended mountain panorama of the eastern Himalayas in a clear day. Punakha Dzong at Punakha is the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan. Back to Paro visit the Paro Ringpong Dzong at the banks of the Paro River. Just on the outskirts of Paro town is Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. You will also have the opportunity to meet the local villagers in a local farm house. Another prime feature of the tour is the popular hike to the Taktsang Monastery outskirts of Paro town. Often popularly known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’ at 3,120 meters, the monastery is located dramatically on the vertical cliff. Bhutan Luxury Tour certainly is a true experience of Bhutan with traveling in luxury and discovering the age-old culture and traditions of this Himalayan Kingdom.
Day 1: Arrive Paro (2,250m) & transfer to Thimphu (2,350m)
Day 2: Thimphu – Punakha (1,310m)
Day 3: Punakha – Gangtey (2320m)
Day 4: Gangtey – Thimphu (2,350m)
Day 5: Thimphu – Haa – Paro (2,250m)
Day 6: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3,120m)
Day 7: Trip concludes & fly to onward destination
Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3,120m)
Bhutan Luxury Tour visits the prime locations in the Dragon Kingdom. Explore around the Paro town, visit the capital – Thimphu and the old capital – Punakha. The extends to Gangtey where one of the most beautiful valleys of Bhutan ‘Phobijikha Valley’ is located. Further visit the Haa Valley en-route to Paro from Thimphu and go for the ever popular hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3,120m) outskirts of Paro town.
Arrive at the Paro International Airport and after clearing your immigration formalities, we shall transfer you to Thimphu which is about an hours’ drive from Paro. Visit several locations in Thimphu like Buddha’s Point, Takin Preserve, Tashichoe Dzong, King’s Memorial Chorten, Centenary Market, the new authentic craft bazaar, Folk heritage museum etc. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu. (Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast, drive to Punakha which is about 3 hours. Ascending upwards, you will come across Dochula pass at 3,100 meters which commands great panorama of the eastern Himalayas in a clear day. Then descend downwards to Punakha Valley; reaching closer to Punakha, take a hike to Chimi Lhakhang. It’s located amid rice fields in a hilltop and is the temple of ‘Drukpa Kuenley’. The temple is also known as fertility temple and pilgrimage site for childless couples. Later on drive to Punakha. Afternoon, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river. Overnight at Hotel in Punakha. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Today drive to Gangtey via Wangdue. After crossing Wangdue, the roadhead winds up through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the beautiful Phobjikha valley, one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau during the winter season. Finally, arrive Gangtey and check in hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Gangtey. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast, one can go for 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor and explore the beautiful Phobijikha Valley. Later on drive back to Thimphu re-tracing the route with crossing over the Dochula pass. It will take about 3-4 hours to reach Thimphu. Upon reaching Thimphu, check-in hotel. PM: Free to explore around or relax at hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast, drive from Thimphu and to the Chelela pass (3899m). Once can notice great Himalayan views and Paro/Haa Valley from the pass in a clear day. Then continue the drive to Haa; Haa Valley was opened up to the outside world only from 2002. At Haa, visit Wangchucklo Dzong dating back to 1915 and Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple) is said to have been built by pigeon emanation of King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and Lhakhang Karpo (white temple). Then further drive to Paro. Overnight at Hotel in Paro. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Early in the morning, drive to the base of the popular Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ and hike upwards. For a fit hiker, it will take 2 hours after when you will get dramatic view of the monastery. It’s believed the Guru Padmasambhava came here in a flying tigress and meditated here in the 8th century. Later on visit Kiychu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Then back to Paro town for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel in Paro. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Bhutan luxury tour ends with bidding farewell to the Dragon Kingdom and we shall transfer you to the Paro International Airport to catch your onward flight. (Breakfast only)