Bhutan Spinning Wheels

Discover Bhutan: Uncover the Hidden Kingdom's Beauty!

 Day 01: Upon your arrival at Paro, Bhutan’s sole international airport, our guide and chauffeur will warmly welcome you and accompany you to explore the National Museum housed within the historic Ta Dzong, a 17th-century watchtower. This museum offers a captivating glimpse into Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage and history. Following this enriching visit, we will proceed to Thimphu.

Thimphu, the vibrant capital of Bhutan, is home to approximately 115,000 inhabitants. Despite its small size, this bustling city serves as the nation’s primary hub for commerce, religion, and governance, notable for being the world’s only capital without traffic lights.

Please note: The itinerary for your first day’s excursion will be adjusted based on your flight arrival time. If you arrive in the morning, you can expect to visit all the listed sites. However, if your arrival is in the afternoon, we may only have time for one or two visits.

Upon reaching Thimphu, our first stop will be the National Memorial Chorten, a revered religious site and significant landmark. This Buddhist stupa, constructed in 1974, stands in honor of the Late Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Visitors from various walks of life converge here to offer prayers and engage in the ritual of circumambulation, providing an insightful glimpse into Bhutanese religious practices.

Next, we’ll ascend to Kuensel Phodrang, home to the majestic Buddha Dordenma Statue. This towering bronze figure, standing at 169 feet tall, was erected to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth King, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, with the noble aim of promoting global peace.

Afterward, enjoy some leisure time exploring Thimphu town.

Distance: 55km
Travel Time: 1.5 Hours
Altitude in Thimphu: 2,334m/7,655ft
Altitude in Paro: 2,195m/7,200ft.

 Day 02: After an early breakfast, our plan for the day includes a refreshing 2-3-hour hike to Tango Monastery, founded in 1222 by the Tibetan saint Phajo Drugom Zhigpo. Following this, we’ll savor a traditional lunch at the Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant before delving into the arts at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum and exploring the National Library & Archives of Bhutan.

Our journey continues with a scenic drive to Punakha Valley via the sacred Dochula pass, offering breathtaking views of the eastern Himalayan mountain range. Descending through pine forests, we’ll feel the shift from high altitude to a warm subtropical valley. Along the way, we’ll visit the renowned Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the “Temple of Fertility,” before arriving in Punakha town, experiencing the fascinating cultural and natural landscapes of Bhutan.

 Day 03: Today’s journey begins with an invigorating hike to the Khamsum Yuellay Namgyel Chorten, perched atop a tranquil hilltop with panoramic views of Punakha Valley. The trail meanders through terraced rice fields and pine forests, offering a glimpse into Bhutanese architecture and natural beauty.

For groups exceeding three, a delightful picnic awaits by the Mochu River, followed by an exploration of the majestic Punakha Dzong. Marvel at its intricate woodwork, sacred paintings, and timeless architectural marvels that continue to define Bhutanese craftsmanship.

Stroll along Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge, spanning the glacial-fed Phochu River, before journeying to Phobjikha Valley in Gangtey. This vast, U-shaped glacial valley, at 3,000m elevation, serves as a winter sanctuary for the endangered Black Necked Crane, underscoring its importance as a protected biodiversity hotspot.

Embark on this enriching journey, where every step unveils the timeless beauty and cultural richness of Bhutan.

Day 04: Embark on a journey to Gangtey Monastery, one of Bhutan’s grandest, where joyous monks engage in Buddhist studies. After offering prayers, set off on a thrilling 5km nature hike, winding through lush woods, quaint villages, and babbling brooks. Gain insight into local life and marvel at nature’s splendor.

Return to Paro Valley, with lunch en route, and pay homage to the ancient Kyichu Lhakhang. This 7th-century marvel, constructed to quell malevolent spirits, stands as a testament to Bhutan’s spiritual heritage.

Covering 175km in 5 hours, the journey from Phobjikha to Paro promises scenic vistas and cultural immersion.

Day 05: Embark on the sixth day of your journey with a hike to the renowned Paro Taktsang Monastery, famously known as the “Tiger’s Nest,” dating back to the 17th century.

Perched atop a rocky cliff, this iconic monastery sits 800 meters above the valley floor and remains one of Bhutan’s most cherished sacred sites. The round-trip trek typically takes 4-5 hours, with a vegetarian lunch available at the Taktsang Cafeteria midway along the trail, honoring the monastery’s sanctity by abstaining from serving meat.

After descending, return to base and head to Paro town for leisure time.

For those seeking an alternative to hiking, one-way horse riding is offered for a fee of approximately USD20 per person up to the mid-point, but it’s not recommended for the descent.

In the evening, indulge in an authentic dinner at a traditional farmhouse, sampling home-cooked local cuisine. For added relaxation, opt for a therapeutic traditional hot stone bath for about US$15 per person.

Day 06: Following your morning meal, you’ll be escorted to Paro International Airport according to your flight schedule, marking the beginning of your onward adventure.

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