Journey Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive Paro & Thimphu, Bhutan

Welcome to Bhutan. Arrive at Paro airport, where you are met by your driver and guide.

Drive through spectacular mountain scenery and serene countryside to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Sandwiched in the heart of the Himalayas, Thimphu is a small, charming capital city. All the buildings are constructed and painted in the traditional Bhutanese style. Visit the Memorial Chorten, built in the loving memory of their late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, it has a multi-storied Stupa and will provide you with rare insight into Buddhist philosophy.

​Arrive at your hotel in Thimphu by late afternoon.

Taj Tashi, Thimphu

DAY 2Thimphu Sightseeing

This morning, take a scenic walk to Tango Monastery. This picturesque three-story tower monastery was founded in 12th century and reconstructed in the 15th century by the fabled ‘Divine Madman’, an eccentric monk who meditated in a cave near the monastery.

This afternoon take a short drive north to visit Changangkha Lhakhang. The temple was established in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who came from Tibet. Admire the Chenrezig statue and enjoy fascinating views of Thimphu valley from the courtyard. Continue to Buddha Point to admire the largest statue in the country.

En route back to your hotel, visit the Mini Zoo to see a Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, the National Library, with its vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Arts and Crafts School to see young children learning the ancient craft of painting.(B)

Taj Tashi, Thimphu

DAY 3Thimphu to Phobjikha Valley

Today drive to the Phobjikha Valley, en route stopping at Dochula Pass (10,500 ft.) for of one of Bhutan's most breathtaking views – a plethora of colorful rhododendron blossoms and soft green wild herbs and forest trees dot a canvas of alpine snow. Visit the newly built “Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens”, a unique cluster of 108 Namgyel Khangzang Chortens that spiral up to a main monument Chorten. These chortens (the Tibetan term for stupas), are a new landmark for travelers as they cross Dochula into the interior of the country.

Arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon and enjoy a calming dinner. (B,D)

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley

DAY 4Phobjikha Valley

Today enjoy some of the many activities provided by the lodge or spend time walking around the village, located adjacent to the lodge. (B,D)

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Phobjikha Valley

DAY 5Phobjikha Valley to Punakha

Today in the late morning, drive to Punakha. Upon arrival in Punakha visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 as both the religious and the administrative center of the country. Next, explore the sacred Chimi Lhakhang Monastery, built by Lama Drukpa Kunley, the “Divine Madman.” It is believed that childless women who visit the temple will conceive after receiving "mewang" (blessing). (B,D)

Uma by COMO, Punakha

DAY 6Punakha to Paro

Today journey to Paro, visiting Simtokha Dzong en-route, built in 1629 as a fortress, today it is a theological university.

Upon arrival in Paro, visit Ta Dzong’s National Museum with its collection of ancient Thangkha paintings, textiles and weapons; and explore Rinpung Dzong, the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels, one of the most celebrated Dzongs in Bhutan. (B)

Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Paro

DAY 7Paro Sightseeing

This morning depart for a day hike to the enchanting "Tiger's Nest”, the Taktsang Monastery viewpoint. Built around a cave where the Guru Rinpoche meditated, this monastery seems to cling impossibly to a cliff of rock at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. The hike is challenging but thrilling and mystical. And although the main building was destroyed by fire in 1998, it was reconstructed in 2000. (Transport by pony is available on the ascent, if you do not wish to hike. Walking is mandatory on the descent.

Later drive to see the old ruined fortress of Drukgyel Dzong, see Kyichu Lhakhang (built in 659) and Satsam Chorten. (B)

Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Paro

DAY 8Depart Paro

Today you are taken to the airport for your departing flight home or on to your next destination.(B)

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Tour Details

MEETING POINT
Paro, Bhutan
DEPARTURE POINT
Paro, Bhutan


TOUR INCLUDES

Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan

Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.

Journey Overview

No land seems more remote and mystical than Bhutan. Come into this aerie kingdom to discover the unique, spiritual atmosphere that sets this country, and its people, apart. This 8-day Private Journey takes you on an exploration of Bhutan'’s secluded treasures where you'’ll experience the culture and heritage of a people whose traditional lifestyle has remained unchanged for decades. Travel through mystical mountainous terrain that reveals breathtaking views, enchanting architecture and incredible cliff-side dwellings. Visit the 108 Namgyel Khangzang Chortens. Hike to the "Tiger's Nest" monastery 3,000 feet above Paro. Gain deep insight into the country's Buddhist philosophy. Meet the gracious Bhutanese people on visits to a local school and ancient temples. This journey to Hidden Bhutan will open your eyes and heart to a beautiful land and culture rooted in peace and serenity.

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