This cultural tour through the mystical Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese hospitality, admire the ever-changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich buddhist culture. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and after crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.
Arrive Paro - Transfer to Thimphu
Welcome reception from the Team.
- Kichu Lhakhang -7th century Temple, one of the oldest in the Country.
- Dzong or the Fortress, 17th century built structures for both secular and monastic purposes.
- Dungtse Lhakang – 15th century temple. A very unique temple that packs a surprise to many guests.
Free time / Promenade at Town
Hike to Tango Monstery
En route to Thimphu, the Capital City of the Nation.
- Buddha Dordema, a 177 ft / 54 m tall statue, sits atop the hill blessing the view of the valley.
- Visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated in honor of the Third King.
- Visit the Takin Preserve, takin is the national animal of Bhutan.
Free Time / Promenade at Town.
Excursion to Punakha via Dochula ( Mountain Pass at 3100 m / 10000 ft )
- Chimi Lhakhang, temple dedicated to the “Divine Madman”, known for his alternative teachings of the dharma, or the unconventional ways.
- Visit Punakha Dzong, where most of the historical occasions took place. Also known as the Blissful Palace.
- Gangtey Goenpa. A 17th century temple that carries the Peling Tradition of the Buddhist school.
- Visit The Black Necked Crane center.
- Chendibji Chorten, built in the style of the Boudanath Stupa of Nepal.
- Trongsa Taa-Dzong Museum
- Trongsa Dzong, a main seat for the Powerful Chieftain back in the days.
The heartland of the the nation and the sacred sites, where Guru Padmasambhava first arrived to rescue the local King Sendu in the 8th century.
- Jambay Lhakhang, a 7th century temple.
- Kurjey Lhakhang, where the body imprint of Guru Peme Jungney is seen.
- Jakar Dzong, the fortress of the white bird.
- The Burning Lake
- Pema Choling Nunnery
- Drakarpo Goenpa, the Split-Rock temple. Caves associated with Guru Padmasambhava.
- National Museum
Visit Bhutan’s Iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery pinned on the mountain cliff.
After a long day’s hike, head for a traditional hot stone bath.
Farewell Dinner with the Team and recollecting memories of the trip
Airport Drop. Homebound.