Discover Bhutan in a nutshell

Discover Bhutan in a nutshell

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This is an exotic tour that opens out avenues for us to explore Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage, a tapestry for its ‘Gross National Happiness’’ and we do this in a short period without leaving out Bhutan’s most symbolic monuments…

 

Some countries are unusual and Bhutan is one of them; most countries would measure their worth on economical terms related to its gross domestic product — but Bhutan prefers to go the other way with a thing called ‘National Happiness’’ instead of Gross Domestic Product. Not many visit this little kingdom where there’s so much to be explored within its borders. Magnificence and pride of country are revealed at each dzong, every gompa and, most unbelievably, in the faces of all the happy Buddhist monks we meet. On wonderful tours through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimpu and Punakha, nature seekers, photographers and cultural lovers will discover a transparency of cultural traditions, harmony and compassion that puts life into your vacation…

 

 Thimpu is loaded with celebrated ancient monasteries, cultural relics and astounding views of the whole valley with 7000+ meter peak standing tall in the background. It is even said to be one of world’s ‘greenest’ capitals. Gangtey valley, with its medieval monastery and home of the rare Black Necked Cranes, boasts amazing landscape views. We cruise past Punakha at our own pace, visually relishing the sights of places immersed in exotic cultural delights. We have options to either walk or ride on a horse to Taktsang monastery which symbolizes the religious belief of Bhutanese people. Experience Bhutanese rural life in their buzzing villages and explore more about the rich Bhutanese art and culture by dropping into the Art & Craft School, National Library and Handicraft centers. Tashi Delek Nepal Treks shows you this hidden little kingdom like nobody else…

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro by Druk Air, transfer to Thimphu (55 Km, 1:30 Hours)

Our Paro flight on a clear blue sky day is one of those fantastic mountain flights of a natural kind. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsering Ghang. The first most welcome thing about Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the aircraft. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan, the road leads through the Paro valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at Chuzom (confluence). Later in the day take an exploratory walk getting acquainted with the local environment. Also visit National Memorial Chorten: a monument for world peace and prosperity. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu – B. L. D

Day 2: Cultural tours in Thimphu

Thimphu is geographically placed ideally in a wooded valley, which is an extension of a hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu Chhu [Chhu means River]. Thimphu is pretty different to other world capitals. This is a Small and secluded the city which is pleasantly quiet and you won’t find traffic jams here like in other asian cities; It is often said that Thimphu is the only world capital without traffic lights. Thimphu’s primary shopping centres are wonderfully placed with its unique architecture and the bright colorful national costumes that most of the local folks wear on the streets.
Our tour begins with a visit to the National Library (closed Saturday, Sunday due to government holidays), which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. Our next tour is the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (Sat afternoon, Sun & Govt holidays closed). Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. We then drive towards city centre to visit Textile (Sat afternoon, Sun & Govt holiday closed) and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide absorbing insights into Bhutanese material culture and everyday lifestyles.
The curtain falls on our sightseeing with a visit of Trashichhodzong: This remarkable fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King, and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and the central monk body. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu – B. L. D

Day 3: Drive Thimphu to Punakha (75 km, 3 hrs approx)/ Explore Punakha

After our first meal of the day with a king size breakfast, we drive to Punakha across the Dochula pass (3080m). Dochula pass offers breathtaking views of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. After checking into our hotel, we proceed to visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body.
Our adventurous Afternoon walk goes up through fields of chilies {Bhutan’s favorite dish}, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, an amazing monument recently built by the Queen and consecrated in 1999. at eventide, we can use our time for exploring the lively Punakha village located on the banks of the river. B. L. D

Day 4: Drive Punakha to Paro (125 km, 4hr drive) via Dochu La/Afternoon sightseeing in Paro

After breakfast, we set out for Wangdue Dzong which is hovering on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands a notable view over both the north-south and east-west. Wangdue district is also famous for its bamboo work, slate & stone carving. After this, we drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La; we follow the way up the staged Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. En route we visit Simtokha Dzong, a place of thoughtful tantric teaching. This dzong houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.
After checking into our hotel, we carry on to visit Ta Dzong (closed on Saturday and Sundays due to government holidays), originally built as Watch Towers, it now houses National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. We walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ which has a long and interesting history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. Before we enter the dzong we cross a picturesque traditional cantilever bridge, locally known as Nemi Zam. Overnight at our hotel – B. L. D

Day 5: In Paro

In the Morning after b/fast, we do an excursion to Taktsang Monastery (5 hrs walk), the most well known of Bhutanese monasteries. The myth goes that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip. While returning to Paro, we haul up at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “Mountain of Goddess” looms directly over the Dzong. On the way back to hotel, visit 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. One of the most sacred shrines in the country, it reflects the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Overnight at hotel our hotel in Paro – B. L. D

Day 6: Depart Paro for our next destination or visit Nepal

Tashi Delek Nepal Treks is sure that you enjoyed this amazing cultural and historical tour which has given you many deep insights into this fantastic little Himalayan kingdom, you can now return back to Nepal for some other great.

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