Destination

Destination

Bhutan

Duration

8 Days

Price

From $2498

Mist settling over dangerously perched monasteries, towering ice-capped peaks giving way to lush green valleys, chanting monks slipping into the world of quiet meditation and serene locals adorned in traditional dress. All of these unique sites are for your eyes to behold as you make your way through this mystical country with the most enthusiastic local guides. Cross over to the spectacular Punakha dzong "The Palace of Great Bliss" on a wooden arched bridge, linger at the base of the spectacular Namgyel Chorten while taking in the dazzling view of the surrounding mountains and experience utterly profound meditation during a visit to the secluded Chimi Lhakhang Temple. In this untouched land, you will come face to face with ancient ways of life, still thriving local traditions, meaningful art and deep Buddhist spirituality. Experience Bhutan, Asia's best-kept secret!

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Paro
  • Airport Assistance, Visa & Transfer (Arrival)
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Zhiwaling Hotel - Junior suite
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Paro - Thimphu
  • Paro City Tour
  • Private Transfer Paro to Thimphu
  • Evening at Leisure
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Terma Linca - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Thimphu
  • Thimphu City Tour
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Terma Linca - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Punakha
  • Private Transfer to Punakha
  • Punakha Dzong Tour
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Damchen Resort - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Punakha
  • Namgyei Chorten and Village Hike
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Damchen Resort - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Paro
  • Punakha To Paro via Druk Wangyal Monastery
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Zhiwaling Hotel - Junior suite
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Paro
  • Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Zhiwaling Hotel - Junior suite
Bed and Breakfast
Day 8
Paro
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Paro

Welcome to Paro! After an awe-inspiring flight that crosses the Himalayan Mountains, offering spectacular views of the towering Himalayan peaks, you will arrive in Paro. At the airport, one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Your representative will take you to your hotel in Paro and provide assistance with check-in. (Note: Tourist Visa included)

Zhiwa Ling Hotel - Junior Suite

Day 2
Paro - Thimphu

After checking into your hotel, you will embark on a tour of the area, the first visit being the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. The museum has a wide assortment of ancient paintings, armors, philatelic displays and "fields of Buddhas", which Buddhists often visualize while meditating. You will then hike down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". It has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore.

Once you've had lunch, you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest and most sacred temple in the country. From there you will be taken to the ruin Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s.

Embark on a 2-hour journey from Paro to the National capital of Bhutan -Thimphu.It is a beautiful drive through the Himalayan terrain along the Paro river.

Thimphu is city of contrasts; a buzzing hub of activity where old traditions meet modern ways of life in a blend of colorful contrasts and harmonious synthesis. The vibrant sights, the shrill sounds, the delicious smells.

Enjoy your evening relaxing in your hotel or exploring this incredible city.

Terma Linca - Deluxe Room

Day 3
Thimphu

Your day begins with visits to the Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the fascinating Nunnery temple, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, the Folk Heritage Museum and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school).

After delving into a mouthwatering lunch, you will visit a traditional paper factory where you will dive into the art of papermaking. Then head up to the Kuenselphodrang (giant Buddha statute) overlooking Thimphu valley. This 169-foot statue is reputed to be the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world. You will then visit the majestic Tashichhodzong, the seat of the national government.

Terma Linca - Deluxe Room

Day 4
Punakha

After breakfast, embark on a scenic journey to Punakha, with a stop for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day, you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, continue downhill through the dense, lush forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, after traversing through rice fields and along the banks of Punakha River.

Today we visit the Punakha Dzong, which you will find majestically standing on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. The city's dzong is one of the most photographed of all Bhutan's ancient fortresses, and you will find pictures of it hanging in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. The dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reigned the kingdom from this valley. The dzong serves as the winter home of the monastic body.

Damchen Resort - Standard Room

Day 5
Punakha

After breakfast, you will be taken twelve kilometers north of Punakha and begin an hour-long hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, a delightful 3-story chorten that looks down on the upper Punakha Valley. The views of the valley and the surrounding snow-capped mountains are stunning. You can linger here for some time, relaxing and simply appreciating the beauty of the location.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to the Metshina Village and hike through rice paddies up to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in the 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley, or the "Divine Madman", who was believed to bless women who sought fertility.

Enjoy a quiet evening in this tranquil oasis, a perfect place for aimless wandering and cultural exploration.

Damchen Resort - Standard Room

Day 6
Paro

Today you will journey back to Paro via the Dochula Pass.
At Dochula, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is a one of a kind in the country, with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works.
After a delicious traditional lunch, you will continue drive to Paro.

Zhiwa Ling Hotel - Junior Suite

Day 7
Paro

Today you will hike to Taktsang or the "Tiger's Nest" Monastery perched precariously on the cliff 900m above Paro valley.

After breakfast, you will start you trek towards the most famous monastery in Bhutan. Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century spiritual master, is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. Explore the monastery, and if you wish, you can sit for a short meditation before you hike down to the valley floor.

Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore Paro or to enjoy the views and facilities at your hotel.

Zhiwa Ling Hotel - Junior Suite

Day 8
Paro

Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the Airport. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you again in Bhutan! Stay Travelous!

A majestic kingdom where time seems to bear no meaning; a land where gentle rolling hills and vast terraced rice fields rise to meet the feet of dazzling Himalayan peaks. This is a place where tranquil Buddhist monasteries are perched on sheer cliffs and whispers of ancient traditions resound on even the most busy city streets. Bhutan is a trekker"s paradise, a nature lover"s playground and a rare jewel for travelers seeking to find a rich culture and a truly humbling people. Bhutan: happiness is a place.

Zhiwa Ling Hotel

The 45-room Zhiwa Ling hotel combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of 21st century technology. Envisioned and created by a local Bhutanese company, the hotel's elaborate hand-carved wooden cornices and masterful stonework coexist beautifully with cutting-edge telecommunication systems and Swedish under-floor heating. Set on 10 acres, Zhiwa Ling has many amenities available to guests. The spa offers all the facilities guests could want; a fitness center, sauna, steam room, as well as a traditional Bhutanese outdoor hot-stone bath. There is a business center, Tea House, two fully equipped conference rooms, a Meditation House and greenhouse. The two restaurants specialize in contemporary international cuisine and classic Bhutanese dishes. Gathering at the Mad Monk Bar for a pre-dinner drink or after-hours fun is a highlight for guests.

The rooms are fitted with either a Californian king size bed or two comfortable Californian queen beds. All bathrooms have a full size bath tub with shower over. A sitting area with leather sofas and a private balcony makes these spacious rooms luxurious and private.

Terma Linca

Nestled between the immense and majestic Himalayan Mountains, lies the uncommon and unusual "Dragon Kingdom" or "Home to Happiness" known as Bhutan. Terma Linca Resort and Spa welcomes you as you take in the style and charm of the country. The luxury 30-room resort is located in a serene setting where nature's treasures abound. The rooms are aesthetically pleasing, blending Bhutanese architecture with modern comfort and conveniences. The natural beauty of the river that weaves throughout the property lets your mind relax while you breathe in the crisp fresh air and the fragrant smells of nature.

The Deluxe Rooms are wood paneled and designed in Bhutanese aesthetics and architecture, combined with modern interior. All rooms overlook the cool rushing river of Thimphu. Not only does each room perfectly frame the iconic landscape outside, but inside each room echoes the same coolness and stillness.

Damchen Resort

Located in the banks of Punakha River, the hotel is modest and humble, inspired by Bhutanese themes. The rooms are located amidst natural vegetation offering utmost privacy. Throughout the interiors one can observe magnificent craftsmanship of local paintings. Major highlights are Punakha Dzong and Chimmi Lhakang which are in close vicinity. There is also a rafting adventure only 3 km from the hotel. While in town one may choose to explore the area via bicycle or on the weekends enjoy the local market.

Standard rooms include an electronic safe, cable TV, room heating services, wireless internet, mini fridge and phone. All rooms are neat, spacious and include tea and coffee making facilities.

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