Heart of the Dragon – 8 Days

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    Heart of the Dragon – 8 Days

Enjoy 8 days Bhutan tour from Kathmandu. Explore Bhutan with Paro Tour, Thimpu Tour, Punakha Dzong visit, Wangdi, Takshang Monastery Hike and Gangtey Tour. This 8 days tour itinerary provide excellent opportunity to witness colorful Culture and rituals at monastery in Paro, see lifestyle of Bhutanese people at capital city – Thimpu. Excursion to Punakaha Dzong gives insight knowledge of Old Capital. Further Gangtey and Phobjika valley offers rare opportunity to see Black Necked Crane.

Bhutan is also known as “The Land of Thunder Dragon” is ultimate Himalayan Shangri-la. The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan shares with Nepal the world’s greatest concentration of mountains and living heritage of Buddhism. While undertaking Bhutan Tour from Kathmandu, you will take flight to Paro from Kathmandu which can be truly be described as a flight into fantasy. During the flight, a firsthand close up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other famous peaks of the Himalaya range become a reality.

Paro is home for oldest Buddhist monastery in Bhutan. This valley is dotted with many century old heritage places where every year Bhutanese people celebrate Paro Tsechu with Mask dance. Paro is also one of the most fertile valley in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields. Commence hike to Takshang monastery located on hill ridge. Takshang monastery is also known as “Tiger Nest” and most holiest Buddhist pilgrimage site inside Bhutan.

Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. Taschichodong is the administrative center of Bhutan. Being capital of modern Bhutan, Thimpu tour offer insight knowledge on Bhutanese culture, history, traditions and lifestyle.

Punakha  is dominated by the beautiful Punakha Dzong and is formal capital of ancient Bhutan. The way from Thimpu to Punakha provide excellent view of Himalayan range from Dochula pass (3,050 meters).

Located in the south of Punakha, the higher reaches of the Wangduephodrang valley provide rich pastureland for cattle. Further you can also enjoy excursion to Gantey and Phobjika valley which is home to rare Black Necked Crane.

We offer offer best deals on Bhutan Tour from Kathmandu inclusive of Bhutan visa and necessary arrangements of hotel, guide and sightseeing tours on private basis.



Tour Duration: 7 nights/8 days

Tour Theme: Culture, Traditions, Spiritual and Natural Beauty Tour

Tour Type: Private Tour

Paro: The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport. Mount. Chomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro river). Paro is also one of the most fertile valley in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.

Major attractions at Paro:-

  • Paro Dzong also known as Ta Dzong
  • Rinpung Dzong
  • Drukgyel Dzong
  • Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Taktshang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest)

Around Paro:-

  • Haa valley
  • Kila Goemba
  • Chelela pass
  • Dzongdrakha Goemba

Thimpu: The capital town of Bhutan and the center of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.

Places of interest in and around Thimphu:

  • Memorial Chorten
  • Simtokha Dzong
  • National Library
  • Institute for Zorig Chusum
  • Traditional Medicine Institute
  • The Folk Heritage Museum (Phelchey Toenkhyim)
  • National Textile Museum
  • Trashichhoedzong
  • Handicrafts Emporium
  • Changangkha Lhakhang

 

Punakha: Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until and still it is the winter seat of Je Khenpo (the chief abbot). Blessed with temperate climate and owing to its natural drainage from Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) rivers, the Punakha valley produces abundant crops and fruits. There are splendid views of the distant Himalayas at Dochula pas (alt. 3,050m) on Thimphu – Punakha road.

Places of interest in and around Punakha

  • Punakha Dzong: Built strategically atThimphu town the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. The Dzong is open for visitors during Punakha festival and in summer months when the monk body moves to Thimphu.

Excursions around Punakha

  • Chimi Lhakhang
  • Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  • Talo
  • Punakha Ritsha Village

 

Wangduephodrang: Wangduephodrang is the last town on the central highway before central Bhutan. The town is not more than Wangdi Dzong, Bhutan enlarged village with a few well-provided shops. Located in the south of Punakha, the higher reaches of the Wangduephodrang valley provide rich pastureland for cattle. This district is also famous for its fine bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.

Gangtey & Phobjikha: The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, and extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valley’s are tightly enclosed.

Phobjika Valley: Situated on the edge of the forest and wetland along the main road of Phobjikha valley, the black-necked crane information Center has an observation room equipped with high power telescope and spotting scopes for catching the best view of the cranes. The center also offers display information that outline the natural and cultural history of the area. There is a small gift shop, which sells handicrafts produced by the local people.

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Arrive by Druk Air. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountain and landscape. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representative. Rest of the day is free to explore Paro town.

Overnight at Kichu Resort or similar in Paro

 

Day 02: Paro Sightseeing tour

Morning, 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. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. 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 Kichu Resort or similar in Paro

 

Day 03: Drive Thimpu & sightseeing tours

Morning, drive to Thimphu (1 & 1/2hrs). Upon arrival check into Hotel.

Later visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.

Overnight at Hotel River View or similar Thimpu

 

Day 04: Thimpu sightseeing & Drive to Punakha

Morning, visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers.

 

Afternoon, drive to Punakha. In Punakha visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans.

Overnight at Hotel Zangto Pelri or similar in Punakha

 

Day 05: Drive to Wangdi & excursion to Gangtey valley

Morning, drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa.

 

Continue with excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every measure to ensure the safety of the Cranes. While the cranes reside in the winter valley for 4/5 months the village folks are not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs through the valley. Explore the fascinating glacier valley and return to the Resort.

Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort or similar in Wangdi

 

Day 06: Drive to Paro

Morning, drive 4/5hrs to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university.

Overnight at Kichu Resort or similar in Paro

 

Day 07: Takshang Hike

Morning, hike to Takshang monastery also known as “Tiger Nest”. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 3/4 hours through pine forests (total walk 4/5hrs). The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. On return visit Kichu Lakhang.

Overnight at Kichu Resort or similar in Paro

 

Day 08: Departure transfer

Transfer to Paro airport in time to board outbound flight.

TOUR COST (Per Person)

Seasons 01 person 02 & above 03 & above
High Season(Mar – May) (Sep – Dec) US$ US$ US$
Low Season(Jun – Aug) (Jan-Feb) US$ US$ US$

 

Inclusive of Tour cost + All Meals + Airfare (Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu) + Bhutan Visa + Royalty Charges and Entrance Fees

Service Includes:-

  • 7 nights/8 days Bhutan tour as per the above itinerary using hotel mentioned above or similar category (3-star equv.) with all meals
  • Necessary airport transfers at Paro airport with assistance
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary using private vehicle
  • An English speaking Bhutanese guide for sightseeing tours as per the itinerary
  • Bhutan Visa fee as currently applicable
  • Monument entrance fees as applicable
  • Bhutanese Government Royalty fee as applicable

 

Service Excludes:-

  • Airfares of Druk Air (As shown as extra) & airport tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Any other services not mentioned in cost includes section