Cultural tour to beautiful Phobjikha Valley
Price on request
Private Transport in Bhutan, english speaking tourguide, 3 meals per day, overnight stay, admission to places of interest according program, visa
Flights, beverage, tips for driver and tourguide
Duration: 9 days
Overnight: in traditional and comfortable hotels
Arrival in Paro, Drive to Thimphu
On a clear day, flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of the Himalaya. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, it is a breathtaking journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom. Upon arrival at Paro you will immediately notice the transparent purity of the air and the absence of noise. After the Immigration and customs formalities you will be welcomed by your local host and the tour guide from Druk Eye Tours & Travels.
Afterwards we shall drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. It is exactly 1 hour drive from Paro. In the evening we will visit the Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 by Ashi Phuntsho Chhoden in honour of her late son, the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Overnight in Hotel in Thimphu.
After the breakfast we drive towards north, where you start your day hike behind the palace from third king of Bhutan, which takes you through pine trees and you have beautiful view on Thimphu city. It is three hours walk to the Monastery, on reaching you are welcomed from the monks and have opportunity to talk with the them. There is also a good place for picnic lunch. After lunch you can walk down hill to the parking where you will picked up by your driver. If times permits you can visit the Tashichhodzong. Overnight in Hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu - Wangdu or Punakha (1250m)
Early in the morning we drive to Buddha point, a massive Buddha statue on the hill of Thimphu overlooking the city. Afterwards we proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,150m). The highest point on the road is marked by a large Bhutanese chorten and prayer flags fluttering on the hill. On a clear day, there is a spectaculars view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas from this spot. On reaching Punakha make a wonderful 2 hrs hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the temple for fertility. Later in the evening visit Punakha Dzong that served as a capital of Bhutan until 1955, and is still the winter residence of Je khenpo (the chief abbot). Overnight in the hotel.
Wangdu or Punakha (1250m)
The day in Punakha gives you the wonderful scenario on the Mochhu River surrounded by the paddy field. It is more interesting to hike from the KABESA village, which takes almost 3 hrs. Up to KHAMSUM YUELLEY NAMGYAL CHORTEN perched high on the hill on the opposite bank of the Mochhu rive, built in 1999 dedicated to the present king and serves to protect the country. When you descend down from the chorten one can walk through the village where the trail lads to the Amankora hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Wangdu/Punakha - Phobjikha Valley (2900m)
In the morning we drive to the Glacial Phobjikha valley with elevation of 2900m famed for the migratory black- necked cranes that make it their winter home. This cranes arrives from Tibet towards the end of the October, marking the end of the harvesting season and the time for the cattle and their herder to move down to warmer climes and at the beginning of March they fly back to Tibet. Visit the Gangtay Monastery and make a walk through the valley (Nature Trail) stop at a farmhouse, where you insert either a tea break or even for the lunch, where they serve you with Bhutanese dish. Overnight in Gangtay (farmhouse or hotel).
Phobjikha Valley (2900m)
After breakfast do a hike around the phobjikha valley. The owner from the farmhouse will accompany the guest around the phobjikha valley and one can get an opportunity to test some typical food in the village. Later in the evening the owner from the farmhouse will host you a dinner at his house you can also take a typical hot stone bath in the evening. Overnight in the Hotel.
Phobjikha Valley - Paro
Today we drive back to Paro over Dochula Pass, on reaching Paro visit the Paro Dzong which was built in 1645 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, which played an important role in history of Bhutan til today. If you still have time stroll around Paro town and later drive to hotel.
Taktshang is the most famous of the Bhutan’s monasteries, miraculously perched on the side of a sheer cliff 900m above the floor of Paro valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs of wind and the water and the chanting of monks. And of-course the whispering tourist overwhelmed by the beauty of the Taktshang. The only way up to the tiger’s nest is to walk, ride a horse or fly on the back of a magic tiger. The trail (1.5-2 hours hike) climbs through blue pines, once you reach the ridge there are excellent views across the valley. A climb from the Cafeteria will bring you to a spectacular lookout at 3140m that puts you eyeball to eyeball with the monastery, which looks like it is growing out of the rocks. Once you are in the monastery you will find that it is worth a visit. After lunch we drive to National Museum, which house a huge collection of ancient artifacts. With this we let you free in Paro town and evening we move back to the hotel to hare one last dinner together, celebrating our journey through the magical Kingdom of Bhutan. Nak-sel Hotel, Paro.
After breakfast we drive to the airport for your departure flight.
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