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8 Days Spirit of Bhutan

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Duration

8 Days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

Unlimited

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Languages

English, Other languages on request

Overview

This popular Bhutan cultural tour provides an in-depth view into the ancient way of life and rich culture that still thrives in Bhutan today through the western valleys of Paro, Haa, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang. It is a well paced tour, designed to provide the opportunity to really savour the unique highlights of Bhutan’s western districts which offer diverse mountainous landscapes, a rich Buddhist heritage including monasteries, temples and chortens, historical fortresses and an extremely hospitable people. You will discover the vibrant history of Bhutan visiting the Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley. In Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, you will visit the The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures before crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with its 108 chortens, numerous prayer flags and spectacular Himalayan views into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
  • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
  • Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Paro - Thimphu


  • Arrive at Paro International Airport.

  • Drive to Capital City, Thimphu.

  • Visit Memorial Chorten. (Built in 1974 in loving memory of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck)

  • Changangkha Lhakhang. (Built in 13th Century by Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo)

  • Takin Reserve. (The National Animal of Bhutan)

  • Tashichho Dzong (The Fortress of the Glorious religion)

Day 2: Explore Thimphu Valley


  • Visit National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts.

  • Institute of Zorig Chusum (Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts)

  • Textile Museum

  • Handicraft Emporium

  • Buddha Dordenma. It is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue of 177ft in height built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our fourth king.

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha


  • On the way visit the Dochula Pass, which consist 108 interesting monuments built as a tribute to the selfless service and visionary leadership of our Fourth King

  • Typical Bhutanese village at Sopsokha and Chimi Lhakhang, The Fertility Temple blessed by the Devine Mad man Drukpa Kuenley.

  • Punakha Dzong, It is the second largest and the second oldest monastery in Bhutan located at the confluence of the two great rivers, Pho chhu and Mo chhu.

Day 4: Punakha - Phobjikha


  • On the way experience the Rich Flora and Fauna

  • Gangtoe Goenpa: The Nyingmapa school of Buddhism.

  • Phobjikha Valley: One of the most beautiful valley and also known as marshland in Bhutan, popular for its Scenic Splendor and Culture Uniqueness. It’s also famous for globally threatened Black-Necked Crane. Grus nigricollis (usually seen during the winter season).

Day 5: Phobjikha - Punakha

  • Afternoon, A hike to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten built by The Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck for the protection of the country and universal peace in the world.

Day 6: Punakha - Paro

  • Afternoon, visit Kyichu lhakhang at Paro. It is one of the 108 temples built by King Songsten Gampo of Tibet in one day.
    Rinpung Dzong (A magnificent Fortress built on the heap of jewel) by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646.

Day 7: Paro

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Taktsang meaning Tiger’s Nest”) clings seemingly impossible to a cliff at 914m above the valley. Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of the tigress and meditated there.

  • Visit Ruins of Drugyel Dzong. It is said to have built in 1946 to commemorate the Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 8: Depart Paro

Included/Exclude

  • check-1 Visas for Bhutan.
  • check-1 Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  • check-1 All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
  • check-1 Accommodation
  • check-1 All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • check-1 English speaking, trained and experienced local guide
  • check-1 Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • check-1 Sightseeing.
  • check-1 Mineral water.
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