Bhutan - The Land of Thunder Dragon is such a place where peace and happiness prevail every corner of this dragon land. Stuck in between two major countries, India and China - this tiny yet stunningly beautiful country is encircled by mighty Himalayan ranges and adorned with beautiful valleys, high passes, perennial rivers and the precious - ever smiling people with sacred heart. Go for a Bhutan Tour. Bhutan is really a gift of Mother Nature and the people of Bhutan is excessively concern to preserve the boon that they have derived from ages.
Though Bhutan is a tiny land (only 38,394 km²), yet it has something special for everyone. It is the place for ultimate peace for which travelers throng this land from distance. During a Bhutan Package Tour, you will find that - the pristine and unadulterated nature rejoices the heart and soul of travelers looking for peace and tranquility. If anyone looking for romantic gateways also, Bhutan will not disappoint them as it is one of the best places for lovable ones. For adventure lovers, Bhutan has kept wide open its treasures for hikers, mountaineers, mountain bikers, trekkers, rafters. It's a treasures trove for those looking for adrenaline rush! The picturesque natural beauties have exhilarated nature lovers around the globe - this is the reason, Bhutan is explored by foreigners since last decades. If you are also looking for peace, tranquility and happiness - Book a Bhutan Package at earliest.
Bhutan was hidden from rest of the world until 1974. Book a Bhutan Tour Package from NatureWings and explore from villages to contemporary modern cities, high mountain passes, innumerable Buddhist monasteries, dzongs, and museums to scenic valleys. Bhutan has everything to offer its guests. Explore different Customized Bhutan Packages from NatureWings with flights from different cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati and best hotels that cater ultimate luxury and comfort with modern amenities. It's high time to explore this amazingly beautiful country. "Kuzu zangpo la Bhutan".
Bhutan is a land locked country. From north to south and from east to west it is surrounded by China, and India. Tucked in the lap of Himalayas High peaked mountain ranges, it was untouched from rest of the world till 1974. Bhutan opened its door for tourism in 1974 with an aim to increase foreign currency and to showcase its age old preserved culture and traditions to rest of the world. From then on people are travelling this beautiful country. On 1974 tourism in Bhutan was started with only 287 tourists, whereas in 2019 the no. of tourists increased to 3, 16,000.
Now, the best way to do a Bhutan Tour is by Air. Paro in the sole international airport in Bhutan. Bhutan has two major airlines - Druk Air, IATA Code 'KB' and Bhutan Airlines, IATA Code 'B3'. Both airlines operate flights from different major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bangkok, Singapore, Kahmandu and Dhaka.
Bhutan Airlines and Druk Air operate flights from Kolkata Airport [CCU], Delhi Airport [DEL] and Guwahati Airport [GAU] to the Paro Airport [PBH] on regular basis. Following is the flight schedule as published by them.
Bhutan Airlines also operates direct flights from Delhi Airport [DEL] to the Paro Airport [PBH] of Bhutan on regular basis. Following is the flight schedule as published by them.
FROM 16 SEPTEMBER 2022 TO 30TH NOVEMBER 2022
PBH - DEL
TUE, THU, SAT, SUN
DEL - PBH
TUE, THU, SAT, SUN
FROM 1ST DECEMBER 2022 TO 14TH FEB 2023
PBH - DEL
TUE, THU, SAT, SUN
DEL - PBH
TUE, THU, SAT, SUN
FROM 15TH FEBRUARY 2023 TO 14TH MAY 2023
PBH - DEL
MON, WED, FRI, SUN
DEL - PBH
MON, TUE, THUR, SAT
OPTION 3 : DIRECT FLIGHT TO PARO [PBH] FROM GUWAHATI AIRPORT [GAU]
Druk Air operates direct flights from Guwahati Airport [GAU] of Assam to the Paro Airport [PBH] of Bhutan on regular basis. Following is the flight schedule as published by them.
Drukair-Royal Bhutan Airlines
Drukair-Royal Bhutan Airlines
OPTION 4 [BY LAND] : REACH BHUTAN BY ROAD FROM BAGDOGRA AIRPORT [IXB]
Bagdogra is located in about 16 km (9.9 mi) west of the city of Siliguri in the Darjeeling district in northern West Bengal. Bagdogra Airport is well connected with all the cities of India including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata. You can enter the last Buddhist Kingdom foothill, the Phuentsholing town which is 170 KM (4 hrs approx) only from Bagdogra Airport. Guests from Mumbai / Delhi / Bangalore can easily fly to Bagdogra Airport from where NatureWings offer many Bhutan Packages.
WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK BHUTAN TOUR PACKAGE FROM NATUREWINGS HOLIDAYS LTD?
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WHICH IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK BHUTAN PACKAGE TOUR?
Nested quietly in the lap of Himalaya, Bhutan is a tiny country that witnesses a wide range of seasonal variations. In Bhutan, distinct characteristics of climate and weather is clearly visible, that is why summer, winter, spring and autumn, decor this magical land with its grandeur and natural treasures. That is why Bhutan is year-round destination to choose for travel.
June to August is Monsoon in Bhutan. Sometime drizzle and sometime incessant rain disrupt work life in the hilly region. Land slide is common which effect road block and heavy traffic. So, monsoon is best to drop any Bhutan Tour Plan.
Now comes Autumn (September to November). With less or no rain weather appears very soothing and enjoyable. Travelling and sightseeing in various places seems pleasant. This is the time when many important festivals took place. Among them some of the best festivals like Black-Necked Crane Festival, Paro Tshechu Festivals, Punakha Tshechu Festivals are held with great festivity among Bhutanese people. Dzongs and monasteries come into live with colorful flags and big Thonkas. Dancers wear colorful masks and perform with great energy in presence of monks and even king. This is one of the best time to book a Bhutan Tour Package from India.
Next is Winter. Winter in Bhutan (December to February) is not so pleasant, rather it's harsh. During winter many parts of northern region drops down to sub zero temperature. Cities like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha appeared white due to heavy snowfall. Government of Bhutan sometime declares long holidays in schools, collages, and work from home module for government employees. But life must goes on - with this mantra Bhutan tries to resurrect from the chillness of nature. Many festivals are held during winter, some of them notable are Monggar Tshechu, Trashigang Tshechu, Lhuntse Tshechu and Trongsa Tshechu. So if you want to experience the different looks of Bhutan, there is no season actually. Every season is unique and the choices are yours. You can book your Bhutan Tour in winter also. Winter in Bhutan is Awesome!
According to NatureWings - the best time to book a Bhutan Holiday Package is Spring (months of March to May) when the entire valleys, alleys, streets, come alive with blooming Jacaranda and Rhododendron. Soothing weather prevails everywhere. With little or no rain at this time sky becomes clear, fog free and vibrant, so world famous Jomolhari treks and Drukpath treks happens during spring. Travelers from all over the globe specially from European countries, from western countries (USA, Canada, Brazil), China, Thailand, Cambodia and Australia flock Bhutan during spring.
March to May
10°C to 22°C
June to August
15°C to 28°C
September to November
12° C to 26° C
December to February
-3° C to 10° C
NEW ENTRY FORMALITIES FOR BHUTAN TOUR AS PER NEW TOURISM POLICY OF BHUTAN, 2023
For Indian passport holders no visa is required to visit Bhutan. However entry permits must be processed to enter into the country. The entry permits can be processed on arrival or in advance by a local travel agent like NatureWings Bhutan.
A valid Passport (minimum of 6 months validity) is required for travel to Bhutan.
Tourists are free to travel on any day beyond Thimphu and Paro with the same single permit.
With the new tourism policy, regional tourist must pay SDF (Sustainable Development Fee) Rs.1200/Person/Night excluding package price (Flight, Hotels, Meals, Guides, Transportation & Monument fees).
DAY 1 : WELCOME TO BHUTAN [PARO AIRPORT - PBH] AND TRANSFER TO THIMPHU
Welcome to Bhutan. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong. You will be received by our representative at the airport and on the way to Thimphu, halt at Chojum to take photographs of confluence of two rivers of Bhutan, Thumpu Chu and Paro Chu. Reach Thimphu, hotel check-in and get refresh. The entire day is free to roam around Thimphu City. Night Stay at the hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 2 : FULL DAY THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Today it is the second day of your Bhutan Tour. Obviously after a long and hectique journey, you would need rest to be fresh. Have a good morning in Thimphu while Sun shower the valley with its gentle warmth of love, start your day with a cup of hot Suja - Butter Tea. It is a special drink that is consumed all over Bhutan with pride. It is made of one tablespoon of tea leaves, one block of butter, salt to taste, and one table spoon of milk powder. Obviously it is a refreshing drink. Enjoy your tea, get fresh up and then jump to the breakfast table. After having sumptuous breakfast, dress up and get ready to explore some of the great attractions of Thimphu - The Capital City of Bhutan.
The National Memorial Chorten - Also known as Thimphu Chorten is a site for evening prayer. The chorten was build in the third King memory, and it was continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. The idea to construct this landmark was proposed by Bhutan third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (the father of modern Bhutan), who has wished to erect a monument to the World for peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after Majesty's untimely death, it served as a memorial to the late King and a monument of peace.
The Clock Tower - Located at the centre of the Thimphu Town, the Clock Tower Square is an architectural wonder one can behold during Bhutan package tour. This tower differs from every other construction or building in Bhutan. It is basically a tower with four clock faces in four directions. The tower depicts of Bhutanese architecture pattern which is basically painted or engraved on wood. The tower is decorated with many intricately carved floral patterns, paintings, and replica of dragons. The dragons on the tower are facing each clock in the tower, which is interesting to look at. The dragon is a holy animal in Bhutanese culture, and it stands for the country's independence.
As this place is a prime attraction among locals and travelers in Bhutan, most people come here in the evening to see and enjoy the exquisite carvings and paintings. This tower is one of the busiest locations in town because there are numerous restaurants, gift shops, and hotels nearby. The square is in close proximity to a number of trade fairs, concerts, and other events. The area of clock tower and its surroundings occasionally hosts live music events, which makes the place vibrant and full of life and energy. You can buy gifts for your family and friends at one of the many shopping centers in the area. There is a little playground for children that are also a great place for a picnic and a fun evening activity.
Sakyamuni Buddha - On the top of Kuensel Phodrang hill sits the statue of Great Buddha Dordenma. The 51.5-meter long gilded bronze statue would surely attract you, and the uninterrupted view of the valley would leave you spellbound. This site is also known as Buddha Viewpoint.
Changangkha Lhakhang - At Thimphu, you will come across several monasteries and temples, but Changangkha Lhakhang is the most important religious structure amongst all. The fabric is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, a sign of compassion dating back to the 15th century, the oldest in the region, and from here, enjoy the grand view of Thimphu valley.
Takin Zoo - In here, you will find the National animal of Bhutan, "Takin". Takin is one of the most endangered species of the World, and it is available only in Bhutan, preserved in open habitat.
Trashi Chhoe Dzong - Or the Fortress of the Glorious Region is another 'must visit' site on a 10N 11D Bhutan Tour Package. Situated on the west bank of Wang Chhu River, the Trashi Chhoe Dzong is the formal coronation site of the fifth King that hosts the annual Tsechu festival. This Dzong was built in the year 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, later it was reconstructed in the 1960s in a traditional Bhutanese manner, without the use of nails or architectural plans. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 3 : THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA TRANSFER [2 HR 8 MIN / 74.0 KM]
As your Hot Ngaja (a Sweet Bhutanese milk tea) arrives sip into it while enjoying the beautiful valley from the room. Post breakfast heads towards Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. Punakha is much backward from the chaotic city life at an elevation of 1200 m, which makes this place quite warm in winter and chill during summer. The valley is famous for Red and White Rice farming along the Pho and Mo Chu river's stretch. En-route visit.
Dochula Pass : Is a must visit tourist destination during any Bhutan Tour Package. It is merely 1 hrs drive from the city of Thimphu. While going to Punakha from Thimphu, this magnificent view point can be seen at 10,000 feet altitude. On a clear day wide range of Eastern Himalayan snow capped mountain peaks can be seen clearly from this view point. Decorated with colorful prayer flags, 108 Chortens are the main attraction of this place.
Druk Wangyal Chorten or 108 memorial Chortens of Dochula Pass was built in 2005 on instruction by the Queen Mother of Bhutan - Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. It was build to commemorate the memory of the brave Bhutanese soldier who scarified their life in 2003 Assamese insurgents. So, when you are on Bhutan Tour, don't miss this great attraction.
Punakha Dzong : Also known as "The Palace of Great Happiness", Punakha Dzong is located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley. This Dzong is the most picturesque of all Bhutan ancient fortresses and it joins the mainland by an arched wooden bridge that contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reigned the Kingdom from this Punakha valley.
Suspension Bridge : This hidden treasure in the Punakha Valley connects the rest of the valley to the old administrative center of Punakha Dzongkhag. The whole deck is covered with prayer flags and provides a perfect spot for bird watching and photography.
Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple) : Stationed at the top of a hillock, the Chimi Lhakhang is a site dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Known as the 'Divine Madman,' Lama Drukpa Kuenley is said to use songs, humor, and outrageous behavior to preach his teachings. Chimi Lhakhang temple is believed to be the temple of fertility, and the Bhutanese hold a strong belief that childless couples are blessed by Lama Drukpa Kuenley if they visit the temple and pray for a child. The road to the temple follows a picturesque rural trail through the paddy field that takes visitors to the temple from the road, and after crossing the paddy field, you will find a tiny stream from where Chimi Lhakhang is just a short climb away. Overnight stayat hotel in Punakha.
DAY 4 : PUNAKHA TO TRONGSA [3 hr 45 min (135.2 km) via Bumthang - Ura Hwy]
This is the 4th day of your exciting Bhutan Package Tour. Wake up early and stroll around the vicinity of Punakha. Try to explore the area and life style of the locals. If you are early riser, obviously stroll among the pathways or alleys of Punakha, stop by the fields, and experience the daily life of locals in fields or shops. Try some milk tea or butter tea from local shop. After inhaling pure air with adequate oxygen, return back to hotel, finish your breakfast and get in to the car with baggage. Today we will explore another beautiful yet important place of Bhutan - Trongsa.
Located in the centre of Bhutan, Trongsa is perched atop a cliff and provides breathtaking views of the Black Mountains and neighboring valleys. This wonderful place of Bhutan is a treat for the eyes as it enriching visitors with its rich history and beautiful nature. Due to its strategic location, Trongsa provides visitors with numerous opportunities to learn about the local culture and rich history. Additionally, travelers will learn different way to make their Bhutan Tour more exciting and memorable. Throngsa is best visited by adventure lovers as trekking and hiking is the most sought after adventures.
Trongsa Dzong - Trongsa Dzong is the largest and one of the most majestic Dzongs in Bhutan. This Dzong has a lot of significance as it is strategically located at the middle of the country and connects north to south and east to west.
Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park - Area wise Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park is one of the country's largest national park and a place to enjoy serenity in nature. This National Park is a great place for Bird Watching also.
Chendebji Chorten - Located on a beautiful gorge on the way from Thimphu to Trongsa, it is an important site for religious practices and looks similar to the Bouddhanath stupa of Kathmandu, Nepal. The Sambha Lhundrup Molam Chenmo Festival in this Chorten attracts lots of tourists.
Thruepang Palace - This palace has lots of significance as it was built by the second King Jigme Wangchuc. This palace is the birth place of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. When King or any high ranked dignitaries visit Throngsa, they generally stay in this palace. So this place has a royal touch and while visited by the tourists, proper dress code should be maintained.
Kuenga Rabten Palace - This palace is situated around 24 km from Throngsa. It takes almost one hour to reach this palace by car. This palace was the winter home of the second king, now is used as the National Commission for Cultural Affairs. This palace has statues of Guru Rinpoche and Shakyamuni. Appropriate clothing etiquette should be maintained while visiting this palace.
DAY 5 : TRONGSA TO BUMTHANG [2 hr 15 min (78.5 km) via Trongsa - Yotongla Hwy and Bumthang - Ura Hwy]
Today is the 5th day of this spectacular Bhutan Tour Package. Today we will visit and explore one of the most beautiful destinations of Bhutan - Bumthang.
The central region of Bhutan is known as Bumthang. Bumthang, which is also known as the valley of beautiful girls, can be referred as lovely field. The word “thang”, on the other hand means field or flat land. Because of the large number of holy places and temples there, Bumthang is known as the spiritual centre of the nation. The altitude here varies from 2600 to 4500 meters above sea level. Some of the country's oldest palaces, monasteries, and Buddhist temples are found in this area. Stories of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and the tertons (discoverers of holy treasures) are still pervasive in the sacred valley of Bumthang.
Bumthang is made up of four valleys - Chumey, Ura, Chhoekhor, and Tang valley. Every valley has a distinct atmosphere and specialty. The largest of the three is Chhoekor Valley. The valley has been gently and broadly sculpted by the old glaciers. Because of their picturesque splendor, the valleys attract a lot of tourists each year.
During your Bhutan Tour you will find that Jambay Lhakhang which is one of Bhutan's oldest temples is located in Bumthang. In Bumthang several locations are associated to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), who is claimed to have flown into Bhutan from Tibet on a flying tigress. To deal with a problematic local divinity, Guru Rinpoche travelled to Bumthang. Bumthang is the first place in Bhutan where Guru Rinpoche originally introduced Buddhism. Those who are interested in learning more about the history of the Buddha and Buddhism, definitely should go for a Bhutan Tour Package.
Trongsa to Bhutan is almost 80km and takes 6 hrs to reach. So, before lunch we will reach here. After hotel checking and lunch with local delicacy, we will stroll nearby location. Night stay at the hotel in Bumthang.
DAY 6 : FULL DAY BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING
Today is a wonderful day. It is the 6th day of our Bhutan Tour Package booked from NatureWings. Today we will explore some of the interesting place of Bumthang. So, wake up early, complete your breakfast and get ready. Until boarding the bus, you can sneak peek around vicinity of your hotel. Obviously you can get a glimpse of simple village life of the simplest Bhutanese people. If you look around, you may discover that the roof of most of the house is red. It is because, chilies holds an important position in Bhutanese cuisine. So, it is no exception that those red things would be red chilies speeded over the roof top of houses to get dried. Interesting right?
Suddenly you heard a gentle horn of the bus prompting you to get board for your onward sightseeing tour. So let's get started. First we will visit:
Jakor Dzong -also known as 'Fortress of the White Bird', it was constructed in 1549 by Great grandfather of the first Shabdrung, initially as a monastery. Later it was upgraded in 1646, after the Shabdrung had firmly established his power. Jakar Dzong is now used as the administrative centre for Bumthang valley, and also houses the regional monk body.
Kurjey Lhakhang - Situated before Jambey Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th century. Second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru's body and is therefore considered, the most holy. The third temple was built in 1990s by Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother. These three temples are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall.
Jambay Lhakhang - It is a sacred monastery built in 7th century by the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Jambay Lhakhang is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century however the inner shrine with the Future Buddha is believe to be there some 1400 years ago.
Tamshing Lhakhang - Located opposite Kurjey Lhakhang on the other side of the river, it was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa. The lhakhang has ancient religious paintings such as 1000 Buddhas and 21 'Taras' (female form of Bodhisattva). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century.
Ogyencholing Museum - It located in the Tang valley, and this museum is a perfect place that preserves and shows the rich history and values of Bhutan. The museum houses traditional households items, artefact and gives a good insight into the heritage. It is a paradise for history lovers, and the museum shows an insight into the rural life of the country.
Kenchosum Lhakhang - It situated a short walk from Tamshing Lhakhang. Here Kencho refers to the divine being, and sum refers to three. From Khaine Lhakhang in Kurtoe, eastern Bhutan the statues of three Buddha’s (past, present, and future) are believed to have flown here. Kenchosum Lhakhang was founded in the 8th century by Pema Lingpa. The modern structure and the scenic beauty of this place make it worth visiting.
Ura Valley - The Ura valley situated at an elevation of 3100m above the sea level is the highest among the four valleys in Bumthang Dzongkhag. The village comprises of the total household around 300 with clustered traditional houses. It located 48km distance from Dzongkhag. This region’s people are primarily yak and sheepherders. Women of Ura valley typically cover their head with a white scarf. Ura is known for the famous Ura Yakchoe festival that takes place in May month. Fascinating Ura temple located in the centre of the village.
Red Panda Brewery - Red Panda Brewery and Swiss cheese factory is owned by Mr. Fritz Maurer Swiss national. It is quite interesting to visit this place. You can witness the process which results in unfiltered Weiss beer at the brewery. The tour starts with a walk through the Red Panda plant and ends with the sampling of freshly brewed beer at the brewery. Red Panda Beer prepared in less volume with aromas of clove, lemon and bananas.
Bumthang Swiss Cheese Factory - Cheese factory offers not just insight but also a diversity of cheese to buy. Even apple cider, wine, apple brandy and clover honey are available in Swiss cheese factory. It is the best place to taste the fresh local made cheese in a cheese factory. Fresh cheese taste will be rubbery, and a hard cheese could be grainy and crumbly.
Sheep Breeding Centre - The source of income and livelihood for highland herders are sheep. Systematic breeding sheep farm was established in 1974 at Dechenpelrithang considering the importance of sheep for highlanders. The objective of sheep breeding centre is to purse economic self-reliance in wool and woolen products. Sheep breeding centre has become one of the sightseeing places for tourist.
DAY 7 : BUMTHANG TO WANGDUE [5 hr 9 min (178.0 km) via Bumthang - Ura Hwy]
Today is the 7th day of his Bhutan Trip. Today we will visit another nature packed destination and spend the whole day among the local villagers. Yes, the place is Wangdue Phodrang. This place is 180 km from Bumthang. It takes almost 5 hrs long drive to reach from Bumthang. But the journey is very scenic and enjoyable.
Wangdue Phodrang is a quaint town with no hustle bustle in west of Bhutan. Bhutan has a distinct culture, cuisine and age old rich history which can be observed if you spend some quality time in Wangdue Phodrang. There are many nearby pristine villages that can be visited for its virgin beauty. Wangdue Phodrang is a small town where you can find some wonderful valleys that can be explored during the Bhutan Tour. There is a small airport closer to this town which is used for domestic transportation. The town is so small that it can be explored over walk. If you wish you can hire local taxi also. If you travel this place during November, you can experience one renowned festival here named as Bhutan's Black-Necked Crane Festival. It is the festival that is celebrated on return of crane birds to the valley. Here you can find archery festivals. Archery is the national game of Bhutan and if you can check your targeting skill with bamboo bow and arrows.
There is a small town nearby named Bajo which can be visited after crossing Punakha Sang Chhu (Fo-Chu-Mo-Chu) river. You can buy local veggies (many will be unknown to you) and fresh fruits, experience local Bhutanese foods and daily life. One thing to notice that from shop to market, from cultivation to shop, everything is run by women.
On return you can explore other nature and scenic spots, step farming, organic farming and husbandry. This is a haven for nature photographers. The whole day is for exploration and to be very close to nature. Enjoy the day in full energy. Overnight stay at the hotel in Wangdue Phodrang.
DAY 8 : WANGDUE - PARO [2 hr 52 min (109.3 km) via Thimphu-Punakha Hwy]
Today is the 8th day of this Bhutan Package Tour. Today in the morning after breakfast we will start for Paro town tranfer. From Wangdu to Paro it is almost 110km and can covered wihtin 3 hrs. Today we will see some of the best sightseeing spot in Paro. First we will visit :
Simtokha Dzong is a small dzong, Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan, the dzong is the first of its kind built in Bhutan. An important historical monument and former Buddhist monastery, today it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes.
Ta Dzong - Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968.
Rinpung Dzong - Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.
National Museum of Bhutan - Situated right above Rinpung Dzong in Paro, the National Museum of Bhutan is a house that showcases Bhutan's culture. Built in 1968, the museum stands inside the ancient Ta-dzong building. The museum houses the collection of finest specimens of Bhutanese culture and art and its highlights are paintings and some bronze statues, which are simply masterpieces. The items are demonstrated in large galleries and you can get to know a lot about Bhutan's art and culture from these objects. Overnight stay at Paro.
DAY 9 : PARO, TAKTSANG MONASTERY HIKING
As the sun rays touch the beautiful Paro valley, wake up in the middle of Mother Nature and relish the beautiful view of the river and mountains in a single frame. Enjoy the gala spread but make sure to add some protein to it, as climbing to the top of the Taksang Monastery and back will require a good boost.
Taktsang Monastery : After covering 1,200 meters on a fierce cliff, you will reach this sacred site known as the Tiger Nest. Once you climb to the top, take a deep breath of the fresh air and soother the eyes and soul with the stunning view of the scenic surroundings and the valley lying underneath—the Taktsang Monastery, established by Sain Guru Rinpoche, who came to Bhutan in 747 CE. Construction was of the complex was completed in 1694. After 3 hours of some adventurous trek, discover the Tiger Nest monastery, and if you wish, opt for a horse ride from the parking lot to reach the top. While trekking, witness the glorious view of the Paro town, with its lush green valleys, sparkling river, clear blue sky, and moving clouds, in short, enjoy nature at its best. Overnight in Paro.
SOME FACTS TO NOTE ABOUT - THE TIGER'S NEST MONASTERY [PARO TAKTSANG]
Approx 11.7 km from Paro town, Bhutan
3,120 meters (10,236ft) above sea level
Duration of the Tiger's Nest hike
5-6 hours (Back and forth)
Tiger's Nest Trekking Distance
4 Miles (6.43 Kilometers) - Round Trip
Tiger's Nest Trek Difficulty
Moderate - Steep Ascend
Best Months to Visit Tiger's Nest Monastery
March, April, May and September, October, November, December
Gears needed to hike Tiger's Nest
Normal hiking shoes, Water bottle, Some snacks, energy bars, Camera, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Walking Pole/Stick
Opening time of Tiger's Nest Monastery
(October-March) 8 am-1 pm and 2 pm-5 pm (April-September) 8 am-1 pm and 2 pm-6 pm daily
DAY 10 : THE CHELALA PASS - HAA VALLEY DAY EXCURSION
This is the 10th day of this 10N 11D Bhutan Tour Package and this day also going to be exciting one. Today it's an excursion day for Chele La Pass and Haa Valley (if time and weather permits). As Bhutan is mountainous regions, many places are interconnected with one another with passes. Among several passes, the Chele la Pass is the highest motor able pass which connects Paro city with Haa Valley. There are many famous trekking and hiking trail also preferred by many travelers especially foreigners. Anyhow let's explore Chele La.
How to get to Chelela Pass?
To get into Chele La, you need to start early. As it is located at very high altitude (13,000 ft / 3,988 m), you will get almost nothing to eat there. So do a heavy breakfast and packed up your bags with heavy lunch and bottled drinking water. Soon after you leave the Paro City, you will notice the topographical changes and find yourself among the thick forest of pine, far and spruce. The road is smooth, heavily thick with evergreen dense conifers and beauty around it is mind blowing. On the way enjoy the scenic unadulterated beauty of nature and feel the freshness of air. It's amazing. Soon you will encounter with snow all around. As you go higher, more snow you experience on both side of the road along with trees gently covered with milky loose snow. Finally reach the highest point of the pass. Generally it is very windy and bone chilling cold. On a clear sunny day one can witness the spectacular views of Mount Jumolhari (2nd highest peak in Bhutan), Jichu Drake, other northern peaks. The view from here is really awesome. The place is heavily decorated with colorful prayer flags all around. You can stroll the adjacent area and capture the beauty through your lenses. There is a small shop run by local people where you can enjoy hot 2 minute maggi noodles and tea. After spending some memorable moment there, either you can proceed for Haa valley (25k,m / 1hrs) or return back to Paro. Rest of the time is free for leisure. Overnight at Paro hotel.
Which is the best time to visit Chele-la Pass?
Due to high altitude ((13,000 ft / 3,988 m) this pass is best visited between ends of April to end of June. This is summer season and best view of snow clad mountains, the magic of rhododendron, and vibrant landscape of the valleys surrounding the pass can be witnessed. This is best time for family vacation, picnic and trekking. After June i.e. from July to end of September monsoon will cover the area and travelling becomes risky. From October to March winter prevail the area and entire region comes under thick blanket of snow. Unbearable bone chilling cold ruin the normal life here and it become inaccessible too. So, if anyone wants to experience this pass, let’s book your Bhutan Tour Package from Kolkata between ends of March to end of June.
Chelela Pass : all you need to know
Paro to Chelela Pass distance is about 39.8 km
It takes amost 1hr and 30 mnts to reach Chelela Pass from Paro
Chelela Pass is situated at an altitude of 3,988 m
It is the highest motor able road of Bhutan
Bhutan's most sacred peak, Mount Jomolhari (22,000 ft) can be clearly seen from this pass
There are so many hiking trails that start from this pass
Mountain slopes of this region are bloomed with white poppy which can't be seen anywhere else in the world
Some notable Hiking Trails that starts from Chelela Pass
PLACE / LOCATION
Chelela - Gangkarpo
2 hrs walk
3900 - 4100 m
Gungkarpo - Kalela
1.30 hrs walk
4100 - 3700 m
Kalela - Nigula (camp site)
4 hrs walk
3700 - 3800 m
Ningula - Sagala
6 hrs walk
3800 - 3700 m
Sagala - Talung
3 hrs walk
3700 - 3000 m
DAY 11 : CHERISH YOUR MEMORIES
After early breakfast, start for Paro Airport with a sweet Bhutan Holiday memory to cherish forever.
BHUTAN TOUR INCLUSIONS
Accommodation in TCB listed Hotels (Double/Twin Sharing Room)
Meal Plan MAP (Breakfast and Dinner)
Transfers & all sightseeing in an exclusive Non-AC Vehicle (Pvt. Basis)
Parking, Toll Tax, e-Permits
Thimphu Local Sightseeing
Paro City Tour
English / Hindi Speaking Tour Guide
All transfer will be on point to point basis
SDF Charges (Sustainable Development Fee)
01 Bottle Packages Drinking Water Per Day on Vehicle
Guest Service Support during the trip from Bhutan & India Office 24/7
BHUTAN TOUR PACKAGE EXCLUDES
Snacks, Lunch or any other meal
Monument Entrance Fees
Laundry, Tips, Phone Call or any such Personal Expense
Any item which is not mentioned in the "Inclusion" Section
SOME DO'S & DONT'S DURING BHUTAN TRIP
Do not take photographs of local people, monks, events, or objects without their permission.
Do not take photographs inside dzongs, temple, monasteries, sacred places, and religious sites.
Follow prpper dress code when you enter temples and holy places.
Do not climb on to the top of any of the religious sites or sacred places.
Do not touch holy objects inside the monastery or any sacred sites.
Do not point your finger or feet at anyone while talking.
Do not touch the forehead of any person as it is considered a sign of disrespect.
Please take off any headgear before entering the monastery or religious place.
Do not wear revealing or skimpy clothes when entering any place of religious significance.
Do not speak loudly inside the religious premises.
Use Dustbin when needed. Do not through rubbish inside temples or any scared sites.
Do not say anything negative about the country, its Royal couple, or discuss political issues with locals.
PLACES YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE BHUTAN PACKAGE TOUR BOOKING?
Buddha Dordenma - Thimphu
Taktsang Monastery - Paro
Dagala Thousand Lakes - Thimphu
Punakha Suspension Bridge - Punakha
National Memorial Chorten - Thimphu
Trashigang Dzong - Trashigang District
Tashichho Dzong - Thimphu
Simtokha Dzong - Thimphu
Trongsa Dzong - Trongsa
Rinpung Dzong - Paro
Punakha Dzong - Punakha
Gangtey Monastery - Wangdue Phodrang
Chimi Lhakhang Temple - Punakha
Dochula Pass - On the way from Thimphu to Punakha
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Hotel White Tara - Thimphu
Hotel Pema Karpo - Punakha
Hotel Kingaling - Punakha
Hotel Drukchen - Paro
Gawaling - Paro
Q. What are the best hotel options to choose for Bhutan Tour from USA?
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Hotel Taj Tashi - Thimphu, Rating: 4.5/5
Hotel Amankora - Thimphu, Rating: 5.0/5
COMO Uma Paro - Paro, Rating: 4.5/5
Le Meridien Riverfront - Paro, Rating: 4.5/5
Naksel Boutique Hotel & SPA - Paro, Rating: 4.5/5
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