Decoding the mysterious Bhutan
Shrouded in mystery and magic, Bhutan is no ordinary place, for it beautifully embraces traditions amidst the cacophony of global modern trends. Though unspoiled in its charm of ancient monasteries, historic ruins and welcoming civilization, the remote kingdom offers a taste of the contemporary through bustling streets and modern establishments. Hop in our ride, as we set sail to explore the different facades of the mysterious Bhutan in our exhilarating journeys.
Itinerary idea in details
Day 01 and 02
Upon your arrival, drive to Thimphu - the capital town of Bhutan. En-route make a stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers.
Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.Late afternoon visit Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang); A place for refreshing with a huge statue of Buddha on the top of the Kuensel Phodrang. Then an exploratory walk around Thimphu city centre. Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks,ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery.
Next morning, visit the National Library that houses an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. Later visit Textile Museum, which provides insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form. Nexct in the itinerary is Changangkha Monastery, overlooking the whole of Thimphu valley.
Spend your evening in the comforts of the hotel at Thimphu.
Day 03 and 04
Thimphu - Punakha and Wangduephodrang
After breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass and stopping briefly to catch the breathtaking view of the Chorten, mani wall and prayer flags and the hypnotic mountains which decorate this lofty point. Afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong, built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers. The majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past.
Following which, mark your later exploits with nature excursions like a hike to Chimi Lhakhang. Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, it is also known as the temple of fertility. Also, a walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpse into the daily life of the village folks. In the evening explore newly developed Wangduephodrang town and its local market.
Drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley.
At Paro, visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning that has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. In the evening take a stroll around Paro main street, exploring its local shops and market area.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 05 and 06
Start early for an excursion trip to Taktshang Monastery, one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence the naming ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Later in the afternoon, drive to the base of Drukgyel Dzong, where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. Nearby visit a traditional farm house, and get a deep insight into lifestyle of local people especially the village folks.
Spend the evening at leisure and overnight at your hotel. Next morning, depart for the airport for your journey back home.