LEISURE TOURS

Trip Grade : EASY

Fly Paro

At the Paro airport (7,590'), you are met by our Walk to Himalayas representative and transferred to your hotel in Paro to provide you some rest. Visit Bhutan's national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong. You will also visit Rinphung Dzong (a dzong is a fortress-monastery). 

Overnight : At hotel.

Drive to Thimphu and sightseeing

Drive to Thimphu, start sightseeing with visit to a Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. You will then visit the School of Arts and Crafts (or "painting school"). This will be followed by a visit to Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, Changgangkha Lhakhang (temple), national Library, Traditional Hospital.

Overnight : At hotel.

Thimphu-Punakha; Village Walks

Drive to Punakha, en-route stop at Dochu LaPass, 10,000ft/3,048m. Reach Punakha. A short trek to visit the Crown Prince's chorten and nearby villages. Visit to Punakha Dzong, following the Mo chu river. Also visit a  ‘temple of fertility’ or ‘Chimi Lhakhang’. Total drive of about 3 hours.

Overnight : At hotel.

Punakha-Trongsa

Drive to Wangdiphodrang via the Pele La Pass at 11,152ft. We arrive in the town of Trongsa, it is a very popular place with largest Dzong in Bhutan and certainly one of the most impressive ones.

Trongsa sightseeing and drive to Bumthang (Jakar) 

Vist to the historical Trongsa Dzong followed by a watchtower above the main Dzong. Drive across the Yotong La 11,234'and descend eventually into the valley of Chumey, the first of four Bumthang valleys.

Visit to the Prakar monastery, followed by visit to Yathra Weaving centers. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. Total drive of about 2 & ½ hours.

Overnight : At hotel.

 

Bumthang Valley - sightseeing and walks in Jakar 

Visit Jambay Lhakang (Lhakhang means temple) and continue to Kurjey Lhakang. After Kurjey, you will cross the suspension bridge over to Tamshing Lhakang. Drive you to like homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory, the castle of the 'White Bird', perhaps one or two local temples and a walk around to visit woodcraft workshop, dying workshop.

Bumthang – Gangtey 

Drive towards Gangtey. The road then descends to Tongsa but instead of stopping here for the night you will drive on, past Chendebji Stupa, over the Pele La (11,000ft/3,353m) and start the descent until you reach your hotel located on the bank of the river.  Total drive of about 7 hours.

Overnight : At hotel, Gangtey. 

Gangtey – Paro

You will drive past Wandgue town and Dzong along the east west high way.. After lunch in Thimphu, drive in the evening to Paro. Total drive of about 5 hours.

Overnight : At hotel.

Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger Nest)

It can be called "the Tiger's Lair" when translated. You will stop at a traditional Bhutanese cafeteria for rest and refreshments royal Bhutanese style. This abode of traditional Buddhist religious prayer and worship was built in the 17th century AD.

It literally hangs from the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. According to a legend, Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, came to Bhutan from India flying on a tiger.

Departure 

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Paro airport for your sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak.

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