Bhutan Trip – The Peaceful Himalayan Kingdom

Overview

Roads Less Travelled is taking you to the land of Thunder Dragon (Druk–Yul), a piece of paradise on Earth which is coming up as a dream destination in Asia. Bhutan now is globally recognized for its serene natural splendour, gorgeous landscapes, stunning snow–capped mountains, magnificent monasteries and fortresses. Places Covered: Thimphu, Wangdi, Gangtey, Punakha, Paro

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Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro and Transfer to Thimpu Day 2: Thimphu – Wangdi Day 3: Wangdi – Gangtey – Wangdi Day 4: Wangdi – Punakha – Paro Day 5: Paro Day 6: Paro – Departure

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Bhutan Trip DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT PARO – THIMPU (65 KMS / 02 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts)

Arrive Paro by Druk air the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by ITT members transfer to Thimphu (65 KMS / 02 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts), the capital of Bhutan. Visitors can enjoy relaxing walk in the valley at evening. Overnight at Hotel.

Bhutan Trip DAY 02: THIMPHU – WANGDI (70 KMS /03 HRS, 1350Mts / 4430Fts)

After breakfast go for half day Thimphu sightseeing – visit Memorial Chorten – the Stupa built in 1974 in the memory of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The paintings and images inside the monument provide a rare sight into Buddhist philosophy. Also visit Mothinthang zoo and Viewpoint. Afternoon drive to Wangdiphodrang (70 KMS /03 HRS, 1350Mts / 4430Fts) the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. The drive over Dochu La pass is very scenic with fascinating view of mountains of Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel

Bhutan Trip DAY 03: WANGDI – GANGTEY – WANGDI (70 KMS, 2 ½ Hrs ONE WAY)

After breakfast go for Full day Gangtey excursion. Gangtey Gompa in the Phobjikha Valley is a 16th century monastery. It is the only monastery in Bhutan, which follows the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. The Phobjikha valley is home to rare Black Necked Crane, an endangered species, which migrate from the Tibetan plateau in winters. About 250-300 of these reside in this beautiful valley. Return to Wangdiphodrang in the evening. Overnight at Hotel

Bhutan Trip DAY 04: WANGDI – PUNAKHA – PARO (135 KMS / 05 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts)

After breakfast leave for Punakha, the valley which lies amidst snow-capped mountain peaks. Visit Punakha Dzong built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955. The Dzong houses sacred artifacts and the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Drive to Paro (135 KMS / 05 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts) Overnight at Hotel.

Bhutan Trip DAY 05: PARO

After breakfast go for Paro Sightseeing – visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the Dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) Opening Hours – whole week – 0900HRS TO 1600HRS & Closed On National Holidays , which was built in 1651 as a watchtower. Since 1951 the Dzong has been re-established as the National museum and holds fascinating collections of art and religious Thankha paintings. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight at Hotel.

Bhutan Trip DAY 06: PARO – ONWARD CONNECTION

After breakfast transfer to the Airport for onward connection.