Happy Bhutan Tour

  • Day 01: Arrival At Paro, Transfer To Thimphu
  • Day 02: Transfer Sightseeing
  • Day 03: Transfer To Punakha With Sightseeing
  • Day 04: Phobjikha Valley Excursion.
  • Day 05: Day Picnic With Rafting
  • Day 06: Punakha To Paro With Sightseeing
  • Day 07: Paro Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) Hike, Himalayan Spa Treatment
  • Day 08: Excusrion To Chelela Mountain Pass & Haa Valley
  • Day 09: Depart From Paro

Overview

For those who wish to spare no expense in their experience of Bhutan, but have a limited amount of time, this is the trip for you. Ultimate Bhutan begins with your arrival by business class on Druk Air. Your first class accommodation options may include Taj Tashi, Uma Punakha, Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Uma Paro, ZhiwaLing and Amankora providing you the finest in luxury with services including massage, spa, wellbeing therapies and fine dining. Your transfers are by the highest in luxury 4WD vehicles in Bhutan, whilst your excursion from Bhutan’s spiritual heartland Bumthang back to the western valley of Paro is undertaken mountain flight. You will be accompanied by our most senior guide and driver, as well as an interpreter if required. To truly immerse you in all things Bhutanese, we will arrange a private dinner and culture show, a traditional private tented lunch, and an audience with a Rinpoche (if available). All of these options can easily be tailored to suit your level of luxury.

Day 1: ARRIVAL AT PARO, TRANSFER TO THIMPHU (Elevation – 2320 m)

Upon your arrival, a representative of 2Bhutan Travels who is your tour guide will receive and welcome you to the majestic Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The guide will accompany you during your entire stay in Bhutan.
Your vehicle waiting at the airport will drive you to the capital city Thimphu while you enjoy the scenic beauty of mountains and rivers along the way.
Your tour guide will escort you to the hotel in Thimphu. After settling yourselves and refreshing you can visit the following if you do not wish to take rest the hotel room.


It is a 12th century temple sitting on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley with the main statue of Chenrizig (The Buddha of Compassion). The monk will offer you a little amount of holy water from the shrine to drink and get blessed.

The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha Point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue which is 167 feet high. The magnificent Buddha statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley. The statue is constructed out of bronze and is studded with many semi-precious stones. A 15 minutes’ steep winding drive to the statue offers an unparalleled view of the Thimphu city especially after dark.

A walk across Thimphu town in the evening will show you the urban life of Bhutan with a lot of commercial and social activities. Overnight in Thimphu at a hotel.

Day 2: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING (Elevation- 2320m)

The National Memorial Chorten build in the honour of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who is also known as the “Father of modern Bhutan”

Simtokha Dzong is the oldest fortress in Bhutan built in 1629.

Showcases the beauty of traditional Bhutanese fabrics and textiles.

The tour of this almost living museum will also give you a glimpse onto how many rural folk of the country live today following the ancient Bhutanese ways.

The Tashichhoe Dzong has been seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan since 1952 and houses the Throne room of the His Majesty the King. The Tashichhoe Dzong also houses several government ministries and the Central Monk Body. The monument welcomes visitors during the Thimphu Tsechu festival which is held in autumn each year Overnight in Thimphu at a hotel.

Day 3: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (Elevation – 1300 m)

After your breakfast back at the hotel, you will embark on a journey through the winding mountain road towards Punakha which is a small town located about 80 kilometres from Thimphu. The drive time is approximately three and half hours. (*NOTE: The road between Thimphu to Phunakha is under maintenance, so rough drive is expected.)

Dochu La Pass is located at about 30 kms away from Thimphu at an altitude of 3100 meters. On a clear sunny day the pass offers stunning views of the majestic Himalayan mountain range. Striking feature at the pass is the 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens (stupa) that were built for the well-being of all sentiment beings on earth. The 108 Chortens were built as a tribute to the Kings of Bhutan for their selfless service and leadership they offer to the people of Bhutan.

Driving for another 1.5 hours will bring you to Lobesa village where Chimi Lhakhang is located. The temple is accessible only by walk through the vast farmland which take 30 minutes. This temple is dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley (Divine Mad Man) and is the place from where Phalluses originated as the symbol of fertility and protection. Childless couples visit the temple to get blessings so that they conceive and are blessed with child.

Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu River and the Po Chhu was built in 1638. It was the capital of Bhutan till 1955. It houses the most sacred relics of the Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism and mortal remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Pema Lingpa. The Dzong is still the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot) and the central monastic body and hosts the annual Punakha Tshechu Festival.Overnight in Punakha at a hotel.

Day 4: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY EXCURSION (Elevation 2900m)

After breakfast at the hotel, a drive of 3 hours will bring you to the serene valley of Phobjikha, the valley of the Black Necked Cranes. This is believed to be a glacial valley and is the winter nesting grounds for the endangered Black Necked Cranes. These cranes are migratory birds and start arriving by end of October and leave for the Tibetan plateau by February every year.
A visit to the Crane Information Center will give you the all the information regarding the Blacked Necked Cranes and importance of these birds in the lives of the people in local community.


At Phobjikha you will visit the beautiful 17th Century Gangtey Monastery. It is the largest privately funded Nyingma Monastery in the country and was recently renovated in 2007. As offerings from your side, a simple lunch will be arranged for the monks residing in the Monastery on your behalf if you wish to. The guests can help serve the monks and join in the meal yourself whilst enjoying the company of the young and old monks together.

Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.

Day 5: DAY PICNIC WITH RAFTING

WHITE WATER RAFTING THROUGH MO CHU RIVER (ADDITIONAL CHARGES APPLY) After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to the raft start point. Rafting through the Mo Chu river having a 10 km course with 10 rapids of 2 – 2+ will take you on a breath taking journey featuring incredibly blue water, beautiful alpine secneries, sighting world’s rarest birds and amazing rapids on the backdrop of PunakhaDzong.


After a wonderful rafting, lunch will be served to you at a picnic spot on the bank on Punatshangchuriver. The guests can relax and enjoy the whole afternoon at the picnic

Day 6: PUNAKHA- PARO WITH SIGHTSEEING (Elevation- 2280 m)

After an early breakfast, visit KHAMSUM YUELLEY NAMGYAL CHORTEN, a temple that stands majestically on a strategic ridge above Punakha valley. It takes about 1 hour to hike up and half an hour to hike down the temple. The temple was built by the Queen Mothers to ward off negative energies, promote peace, stability and harmony in a changing world after it was prophesied in the scriptures by ThragthungDudjomLingpa

On the way to Paro, if the time permits your guide will take you to TamchogLhakhang which is temple dedicated to the 13th century saint ThangthongGyalpo, the iron bridge builder. To get to the temple one must cross an iron chain bridge, one of the few remaining of the many that ThangthongGyalpo built. Crossing this very old bridge with its swaying and undulating movements can be quite an experience. Upon arrival at Paro, your guide will escort you to your hotel room where you can settle down and refresh before visitng the following places

Rinpung Dzong means 'Fortress of a heap of jewels' and was built in the mid17th century to protect and to gain control over the region. You will notice an inward sloping wall which is a part of the Bhutanese architecture, which also helps in creating an illusion of making the dzong look bigger than it actually is.

Ta Dzong is the National Museum of Bhutan and has a collection of old thangka paintings, stamps, tools of the medieval era and also an assortment of Bhutan's animals stuffed and displayed.
PARO TOWN: The guest can take a walk across the Paro town.
Overnight in Paro at a hotel.

The guest can take a joy walk across the Paro town. Overnight in Paro at a hotel.

Day 7: PARO HIKE & SIGHTSEEING (Elevation- 2280 m)

The guest will be served an early breakfast and then driven up to the base of Taktsang Monastery. The monastery stands on a steep rock face accessible only by walk. This is the most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored.
The walk is about 2 hours till the top through wide pathways which was built during the restoration works. One hour into the climb there is a tea point from where you get a very good view of the monastery. They also serve lunch here. From there it’s about another 45 minutes climb to the 2nd view point and the highest point in the hike.

Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.

While returning to Paro, the guests can visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, considered the oldest temple along with Jampa and Kenchosum Lhakhang in Bumthang. It dates back to the 7th century and was later renovated in the 19th century. It is also considered by many to be one of the holiest places in the country. Inside the compound is an orange tree which always has oranges throughout the whole year.
HIMALAYAN SPA TREATMENT (OPTIONAL, ADVANCE BOOKING HAS TO BE DONE, ADDITIONAL CHARGES APPLY) Upon arrival at Paro, the guest can relax and rejuvenate your aching body after the hike with the essence of Himalayan spa. The herbs used in spa treatment possess a lot of healing benefits which is good for bones, muscles and skin. Overnight in Paro at hotel

Day 8: EXCURSION TO CHELELA MOUNTAIN PASS &HAA VALLEY

TAfter an early breakfast at the hotel your vehicle will pick you and take you on a joy drive up to Chelela pass, which, at 3800m, is the highest motorable paved road in the country and is about 25km from Paro town.

On a clear day the pass offers stunning views of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. JichuDrakey and if you are lucky you can even see Mt. Kanchenjunga at a distance. As you climb up you can see the changes in the vegetation and once on top you will have crossed the tree-line. The pass itself is marked by many fluttering prayer flags. The guest can enjoy and spend the day at the mountain pass with picnic lunch or have lunch at Haa.

From the Chela pass it’s a downhill journey until you reach the beautiful Haa valley. If you are not very tired by the road journey, you can go for a short hike to visit LhakhangKarpo (White temple) and LhakhangNagpo (Black temple) which will take about 10 minutes. Haa valley is small and beautiful and is said to be a Hidden Land, a valley protected and blessed by Guru Rinpochhe. This valley wasn’t open to tourists until a decade ago. The Indian Army’s base HQ in Bhutan is in this valley with the Dzong as their administrations centre. You can also visit the Dzong where the Indian Army has even setup a CSD and nonCSD canteen. Aftern returning to Paro from Haa, the guest can either relax at the hotel or go for a hot stone bath. HOT STONE BATH (OPTIONAL, ADVANCE BOOKING HAS TO BE DONE,ADDITIONAL CHARGES APPLY) The mineral stones used for the bath also possess a lot of healing benefits. Bookings have to be made in advance.

Day 9: DEPART FROM PARO

Your vehicle and guide will pick you from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight.

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