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These 3 days trek begins at Thimphu and ends at Punakha. These trails were once used by people of Thimphu and Punakha for trading purposes; before the arrival of motor road to Bhutan. With an average of less than 50 trekkers trekking on this trail in a year, the trails are very calm, natural and undisturbed.
This tour includes 5 days of cultural sightseeing and 3 days of trekking. But considering that you will be arriving only by lunch time and departing right after your breakfast, you cannot do much of sightseeing on your arrival and departure days; hence from 5 days, only 3 days will be fully dedicated to cultural sightseeing. If you do not wish to spend 8 days, you can customize this tour into 6 days and 5 nights by omitting Thimphu vicinity tour and Taktsang monastery hike.
Places covered: Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.
Difficulty grading: Easy
Nature of Tour: Trekking and cultural sightseeing.
NOTE : We are open to make any amendments to suit your needs . Feel free to mail your special request at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you with the Itineraries of your choice
Arrival at Paro – Thimphu (65 km) (cultural sightseeing)Welcome to Bhutan. Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at Paro International airport. The drive from Paro to Thimphu will take around one hour. After reaching Thimphu, check into your hotel, enjoy your lunch and set out for exploring Thimphu city and places around it. Towards evening visit to National Memorial Chorten, mingle with elderly people, circumambulate the stupa and get blessed. National Memorial Chorten: Located in the heart of Thimphu city, it was built in 1974 by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her son, Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The three-storey choeten houses several relics such as Phurba Lhatshog, Kagay, Khrowo Nampur Gyalwa, Guru Tshengye, and Khenlop Chesum. The choeten is today the spiritual nerve centre of the city. Overnight: At hotel in Thimphu
Thimphu vicinity tour (cultural sightseeing)After our breakfast from the hotel, we will set out for exploring around. Some of the historical sites that we will be visiting today at Thimphu are Buddha Statue, Textile Museum, Changangkha Lhakhang, Simtokha Dzong and Tashichho Dzong. Buddha Statue: Located at Kuenselphodrang, facing Thimphu valley down bellow is the worlds’ largest and tallest Buddha statue standing at the height of 169 feet (52m). The statue houses one hundred thousand of smaller Buddha statues, the exact replica of the outer Buddha statue. From here one can have a 360 degree view of Thimphu valley. Textile Museum: Located near National library at Chubachu, it was established in the year 2001. The museum contains Bhutanese textiles, arts, crafts and more importantly the royal collections which includes first version of the Raven crown worn by first and second King of Bhutan, dresses and accessories worn by royal family and the bedding of his holiness Zhabdrung Jigme Dorji. Changangkha Lhakhang: Overlooking the heart of Thimphu city, the temple was built by Nyima in the 12th century at the site chosen by his father, Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, the founder of Drukpa-Kagyud Buddhist tradition in Bhutan, which today is the state religion of Bhutan. The temple houses, among others, a copper statue of Tandin (Hayagriva), Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his consort Khandro Sonam Pelden. This temple is considered the guardian of all children born in the Thimphu valley. Simtokha Dzong: Located around 5 km south of Thimphu town, Simtokha Dzong is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629, it is believed to have been built over a stone onto which Zhabdrung Rinpoche pinned down a demon and subdued it. The Dzong contains the bed chambers of Zhabdrung and Desi Jigme Namgyal, the father of the first King of Bhutan. Formally known as Sanga Zabdon Phodrang (Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras), the Dzong contains many sacred relics. Tashichho Dzong: Located on the bank of the Wangchu River in the Hejo village, Tashicho Dzong was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and enlarged in 1694 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. It was entirely rebuilt under the command of Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1962. Today, the dzong is the seat of the central government, His Majesty the King’s office, and the summer residence of the Central Monastic Body. Overnight: At hotel in Thimphu
Thimphu – Kabesa – Sinchula campsite (trekking)Drive to Kabesa from where the trek begins. After trekking for around 4 to 5 hours through a pine and rhododendron rich forest, you will finally reach your campsite located below Sinchula pass at an altitude of 3400 m above sea level. Overnight: Camping Walking distance: 5 hours Campsite altitude: 3400m
Sinchula – Dupsingpang (trekking)After our breakfast we will slowly ascend towards Sinchula pass (3500 m) and from there the trail will narrowly descend down till we reach our next stop at Dupsingpang campsite. The Sinchula pass is marked by a small stupa, from where the spectacular view of Himalayan ranges can be enjoyed. Overnight: Camping Walking distance: 6 hours Campsite altitude: 2440m
Dupshingpang – Chorten Nyingpo – Punakha (trekking)Today, we will be descending down for an 8 long hours till we reach Chorten Nyingpo, our extraction point. After traversing through several beautiful villages and numbers of stream, you will finally see your tour vehicle and driver waiting for you. From here, drive to Punakha and relax after reaching your hotel. Overnight: At hotel in Punakha Walking distance: 8 hours
Punakha sightseeing tour- Paro (140 km) (cultural sightseeing)In the morning, visit to Punakha Dzong and then slowly start driving towards Paro. On the way, pay visit to Chimi Lhakhang and drive to Paro via Dochula pass. Punakha Dzong: The dzong is situated on a stretch of a land where two rivers – Phochu and Mochu – meet. The dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1937 and named it Pungthang Dewa Chenpai Phodrang, the palace of great bliss. Later it became the final retreat palace for him. The first monarch, King Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned there and it served as the capital of the country until 1955. Today it serves as the winter residence of the Central Monastic Body. The sacred relic Rangjung Kharsapani is also kept in the Machen Temple inside the Dzong. Khemae Lhakhang: Located on a hillock in Lobesa (Punakha), the temple was built in 1499 by Lam Ngawang Chogyal, the brother of Lam Drukpa Kunley, on the spot where the latter subdued a demon who was running away in the form of a dog. Lam Drukpa Kunley buried the demon and said there was no dog now (khe – dog; mae – no). Hence, the temple came to be known as the “temple of no dog”. Today however it is pronounced as Chimi Lhakhang. The temple contains the bow and arrows of Lam Drukpa Kunley and a phallus to bless the visitor. Dochula Pass Located 23 km east of Thimphu city, Dochula pass at the height of 3100 m above sea level is Bhutan’s most decorated and beautiful pass. On this pass is 108 stupas called Druk Wangyal Chortens, built by Queen mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. There is also a temple called Druk Wangyal Lhakhang built in the honour of fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck for his service to his subjects. The front yard of this temple is a venue for Druk Wangyal festival which is conducted annually in the month of December. On the backdrop of this pass is the stunning view of snow capped mountain ranges and amongst which is Bhutan’s tallest mountain Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7570m). After reaching Paro, check into your hotel and relax. Overnight: At hotel in Paro
Taktsang hike & sightseeing around Paro valley (cultural sightseeing)Highlight of today’s tour includes visit to Paro Taktsang monastery, Drugyal Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang. Paro Taktsang monastery: Depending on your pace and the time you spent in Monastery, hiking to this monastery will take around 5 to 6 hours (roundtrip). The monastery is located 900 m above Paro valley on the face of a rocky cliff. Taktshang is perhaps the most famous monastery in the country. The monastery was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew there from Kurtoe Singay Dzong (Eastern Bhutan) riding on a tigress to subdue a demon. Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the secular head of the country (1680-1694) has begun the construction of the monastery at this site in 1692 and completed in the year 1694. The monastery houses many temples that contain sacred statues of eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche, Tshepame Yabyum and Bone relic of Pelgi Singay. Drugyal Dzong: Located in Phongdey village in Paro, the Dzong was built as one of the principal Dra Dzong (defence dzongs). While some attribute the building of the Dzong to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1649 to commemorate a victory over Tibetan invasion, some attribute it to the second Druk Desi Tenzin Drukdra. But as its name suggests (Druk – Drukpa; gyal – victory), the Dzong was built to celebrate the victory over Tibetans. The Dzong was used as the summer residence of Rinpung Rabdey until 1951 when it was completely burnt down. The Dzong is currently being rebuilt to its former glory to celebrate the birth of crown prince Jigme Namgyel. Paro Kichu Lhakhang: : Located about 10 minutes’ drive from Paro town, the temple is one of the two among 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century to subdue a demon that lay supine across Tibet and Bhutan. The temple contains sacred relics dating back to the 7th century like a statue of Lord Buddha and four statues of Chagtong Chentong. It also contains the statues of Guru Nangsi Zilnon, Dolma Kukuli (a manifestation of Tara), Zhabdrung, the bone relic of his Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Overnight: At hotel in Paro
DepartureAfter your breakfast, your guide and driver will see you off at Paro International airport for your onward destinations.
- Airport pick-up and drop off service
- Trekking Guide
- Accommodation (as per the itinerary)
- Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks (if required)
- Trekking permit of National park
- TIMS (Trekking Information Management System )
- Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
- First Aid Kit
- Personal expenses
- Drinks, beverages, hot shower, extra accommodation in Thimpu
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guide and porter
- Meals & hotel accommodation in Thimpu(with out itinerary )
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If you want to cancel your trip, your payment made will be refunded after deducting the bank charges and other service charges. But the visitors have to let us know immediately as and when they decide to cancel their tour.
Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows: –
within 60 days of the start of the tour programme: Free
within 30 days: 15% of the rate
within 14 days: 30% of the rate
within 7 days: 50% of the rate
Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice: 100% of the rate
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