Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Start/End: Paro / Paro
Activities: Cultural visits, day hikes
Who is it for?
Travel pioneers who want to experience culture and beauty very few have ever had the privilege of exploring.
What is it?
Designed to provide a legitimate glimpse into Bhutanese life and culture, this 6-day itinerary centres on cultural experiences – such as monastery and Dzong explorations, visits to local farmhouses, textiles, and markets – and exceptional hikes. This Himalayan kingdom is only open to a limited number of visitors every year, making it one of the more exclusive destination on Earth.
Highlights: Views of the Himalayan Mountains, hike to Tiger’s Nest in Paro and other day hikes, visit a local Farmhouse, visit monastery and some museums, shopping, cultural show
Season: March to October
Included: Accommodation all meals mentioned in itinerary, local bilingual guide, all transfers and transport as detailed on itinerary, entry fees
Not Included: Tips, domestic and international flights, meals not mentioned in itinerary
Prices: Please contact us for pricing
Later visit visit the textile museum, the Memorial Chorten, and the Tashichho Dzong. The Bhutanese Dzongs are huge architectural structures constructed for a variety of functions throughout the country, from administrative buildings to monasteries and temples, yet they are carefully and thoughtfully designed and are strikingly beautiful. Then we will stop at the Sangaygang viewpoint for some breathtaking views.
Overnight in Thimphu. (D)
Afterwars visit the General Post office of Bhutan: an opportunity to get an insight into Bhutan through its stamps. Visit their Philatelic Bureau for their beautiful, unique and wide range of stamps and philatelic products. Then onto the Bhutan Craft bazaar: The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from areas across the country. Then visit the Paper factory. Paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age-old tradition that originated in 8th century. The handmade paper is seen as a valuable National heritage of Bhutanese culture.
Then visit the Thangtong Dewachen (Nunnery) and the Simtokha Dzong. The location of the Simtokha Dzong has great historical significance. The present place where the Dzong stands was the crossroads of the three prominent western regions of Sha (Wangduephodrang), Wang (Thimphu) and Pa (Paro). The Dzong was successfully completed in 1631 and named as “Sanga Zabdhoen Phodrang” (Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras).
Finally visit the Zorig Chusum Institute: The 13 arts and Crafts institute. The two main objectives of the institute are a) to preserve and promote the traditional arts and crafts and b) to create job opportunities for the underprivileged group of the society.
Later stroll around the city and later dinner at typical Bhutanese restaurant with a cultural show. Overnight in Thimphu (B/L/D)
Then drive from Thimpu to Punakha/Wangdue (3 hour drive), crossing the Dochula Pass with a stunning panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens – 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.
Later visit the Punakha Dzong (fortress), built in 1637 and located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu. Until the time of second king it served as a seat of the king. Finally, hike to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of fertility), which was built in 1499. Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits.
Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue. (B/L/D)
Overnight in Paro. (B/L/D)
Then visit a local Farmhouse. Picturesque farmhouses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farmhouses are handsome in appearance, with colorfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built. A visit to a farmhouse gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family. (If you take a hot stone bath in the farmhouse it will cost extra US$25 per person.)
Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. Overnight in Paro. (B/L/D)