Bhutan Cultural Experience (7 Nights 8 Days)

Day 1 : Arrive Paro

Fly into Paro.  The fight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience.  You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visitble ont he left side.  On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative.  After customs and Immigration formalities, you will be escorted to Thimphu the Capital.   Overnight Thimphu.

Day 2 :  Thimphu sightseeing around the capital.

Visit the National Memorial Chorten built in memory of the 3rd King of Bhutan, Visit the Art School, and Visit to the Changangkha Temple which is built in 14th century by a Tibetan saint who came to Bhutan.  After lunch visit to the Mini Zoo to see the National Animal ‘Takin’, and Trashichhodzong known as the Fortress of the glorious religion.  It houses the throne room of His Majesty the King, the  main secretariat building and the central monk body.  Its courtyard is open to visitors during th eThimphu Festival and when the monk body moves to its winter residence in Punakha.

Visit : Semtokha Dzong: Five miles form Thimphu on a lofty ridge stands Semtokha Dozng the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.  It now houses the Insitute for language and culture.

Day 3: Thimphu –  Phobjikha/Gangteng valley.  About 4.5 hrs drive to this beautiful valley of Phobjikha where the black necked cranes resides during winter.

Enroute Dochula pass from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayas be seen on clear day.  There are 108 stupas built by the eldest queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to benefit  all sentient beings.

Day 4: Phobjikha.  Hike around villages and monasteries.

Phobjikha is at altitude of 4430 feet and is known for the winter home of the black necked cranes. Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to from Tibetan plateau.  The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March.  Overlooking valley is the Gangtey Goenpa the oldest Nyingmapa monastery back to the 17th century.

Day 5: Phobjikha to Punakha. About 2 hrs drive.

Drive will take about 2 hrs. Punakha is at altitude of 4420 feet and it served as the capital of Bhutan till 1955.  It is the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief abbot) and the monk body.  It has a temperate climate and its rich fertile valley is fed by the Phochu (male) and Mochu (female) rivers.

Visit : Punakha Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637.  It stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers.

Day 6 : Punakha to Paro.  

Enroute Chhimi Lhakhang the famous Lama Drukpa Kuenley’s temple. Lunch at Dochula or Thimphu depending on driving time and conveniences.

Day 7 : Paro

Today early breakfast and hike up to Paro Taktsang the Tiger’s Nest that is perched ont eh side of a cliff at a height of 900m above the Paro valley.  The hike to the monastery takes about 3-4 hrs.  There is a lookout point and cafeteria.

After noon visit to the Paro Kyichu Temple that dats back to the 7th century and is one of the oldest and most sacred.

Day 8:  Departure.