Glimpse of Bhutan (10 Days and 9 Nights )

Day 1:  Paro (Arrival)

Fly from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, Delhi, Singapore, and Thailand each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the kingdom. On arrival you shall be received by our representative who will be waiting eagerly to welcome you with khaddar’s (Welcome Tradition) and after which we take a 2hour drive (55km) towards Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. As you are about to reach Chuzom(Confluence of two rivers Paro and Thimphu) we stop to visit Tamchoe Lhakhang Built by Tangtong Gylepo,( The great brigde builder of Bhutan he is said to have made iron bridges with his bare hands) and now preserved by his descendants. Along the way we have many more scenic beauties to be enjoyed. On arrival in Thimphu we check-in to hotel and in evening we will have light sightseeing around Thimphu town .Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing

After breakfast, you can visit the Takin preservation, to see the national animal of Bhutan,short drive to Kuensel Phodrang and have a sight of Buddha Dordenma the biggest Statue in the world. Visit National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the late Majesty, the Third King of Bhutan, Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Make a short trip to Paper factory where you will get to see the art of Bhutanese traditional paper making.Way back from Kuensel Phodrang you can visit Trashichhodzong, the throne room and the seat of Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body.  After that you can drive to Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the Kingdom built in 1629. Evening you will visit Centenary Farmers Market,where you can see  people coming for market for variety of home grown vegetables which will be displayed for sell. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha (Altitude:  1,300m)

Early morning, drive for two and half hours to reach Punakha, the former capital of the country at 1, 300m. On the way, you will stop vehicle  for a while for Dochula Pass affords scenic view of the Himalayas aside it’s 108 chortens built by Royal Mother Ashi Droji Wangmo Wanchuck to commemorate victory over Indian militants in 2003 and pay tribute to soldiers who lost lives. Upon reaching Punakha, visit the Dzong built in 1637 at the confluence of Mo-chhu and Phochhu. The fort symbolizes the master piece and uniqueness of Bhutanese architecture. Visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten built by Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha to Bumthang (Altitude: 2,600m – 4,000m)

Today you will drive from Punakha to Bumthang it takes around 7 hours. Before moving to Bumthang you can visit Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple, a 20 minute walk through the village of Sopsokha. On the way, you will have a view of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, now under reconstruction after major fire razed the fort to the ground. The district is known for bamboo works, state and stone carving. Upon crossing two major passes of Pelela and Yutogla at either side of Trongsa, we reach Bumthang for the night.

Day 5: Bumthang sightseeing (Altitude: 2,600 – 4,000m)

Today you can visit to Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest Lhakhang in the country built in 7th Century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. Short drive to the North will take you to Kurje Lhakhang housing the body imprint of Guru Rinpochhe. Follow up to Jakar Dzong located on hillock overlooking the town. On the left flank of the Chamkhar Chhu, visit Tamzhing Lhakhang built by great Tertoen, Pema Lingpa, the ancestor of the Bhutan’s hereditary Monarch. In October, Jambay Lhakhang Drub is one of the colourful festivals in the country. Visit Thangbi Lhakhang in the heart of Thangbi valley built in 16th century.  Overnight hotel in Bumthang.

Day 6: Bumthang to Gangtey (Altitude: 3,000m)

The five hour journey from Bumthang to Gangtey passes via Trongsa, the ancestral palace of the ruling Wangchuck Dynasty.  Trongsa Dzong is the seat of Trongsa Poenlop, the post assumed by Prince before accession to the Golden Throne. The Dzong in itself is the source of history. Built in 17th century during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Dzong played significant role in bring Eastern Bhutan under the Drukpa regime while defending external invasions. Ta Dzong, the watch tower then is now converted to Heritage Museum. After crossing Pelela, we head toward Phobjikha Valley, the winter home for Black necked cranes which can be found in the months of November to March. Overnight hotel in Gangtey.

Day 7: Gangtey sightseeing (Altitude: 3,000m)

Drive to Gangtey Goemba which is located in the one of the most beautiful valleys in the Himalayas with Favorable weather condition coupled with suitable environment has made Phobjikha one of the few winter homes of endangered black necked crane numbering around 600 cranes annually. The birds can be seen from November until March. The sacred Gangtey Goemba is the seat of venerable Gangtey Truelku and people from across the country make a visit to the Goemba.Overnight in hotel in Gangtey.

Day 8: Gangtey to Paro (Altitude: 2, 280m)

Drive 03 and half hour from Gangtey towards the Paro,you will make short trips in and around the town including Rinpung dzong and Taa Dzong. Rinpung Dzong was built in 17th Century by Great Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyel has served as a key strategic place to defend the external intrusion and today is the seat of District Administration. Visit Taa Dzong, the Watch Tower, now converted to National Museum. There, you will get to see antiques, thangkas, textiles, armour and historical artifacts.

Day 9: Paro sightseeing (Altitude: 2,280m)

After breakfast, start hiking to Taktshang, the Tiger Nest Monastery. Guru Rinpochhe is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress to meditate and convert the valley to Buddhism. The Monastery is miraculously built at vertical granite will have  lunch at Taktshang Cafeteria, and take a short drive to Drukgyal Dzong, the Fort of Victorious Bhutan built after Bhutanese victory over Tibetans. Then, proceed to Kyichhu Lhakhang, one of the oldest Lhakhang in the Country and contemporary to Jampbay Lhakhang in Bumthang. In the evening, you may stroll freely in the town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 10: Departure (Paro) (Altitude: 2,280m)

Our representative of Quick Travellers will drop you in airport where you can fly back to your destination

Trip Accommodations.

Cost Includes:
  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 star hotel
  • Meals
  • An experienced driver and tour vehicle
  • A qualified & licensed English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water.

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare
  • Expenditure in personal nature