Spiritual Journey (Short-tour)

TOUR OVERVIEW

This 8-day Spiritual Journey, short tour will take you through the valleys of Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha. In these townships you will discover the spirit of the Bhutanese, as you visit numerous sacred sites, dzongs, temples, monasteries, and markets. This well-planned tour is designed to cover all of the important and sacred sites in Bhutan. The itinerary listed here is our recommendation for your Bhutan Tour, and we can easily customise your Bhutan tour to spend more time in the places that you like best, doing the activities that you are most interested in. We will try to visit all of the places listed below but the time and date of visits to each location may change base on your interests, weather conditions and road conditions.

 

Day Activity/Valley
1 Arrival at Paro International airport
2 Hike to Chumphu Monastery
3 Drive to Thimphu valley, and visit Changgangkha Lhakhang and Buddha point
4 Drive Punakha valley, and visit Chimi Lhakhang
5 Short Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, and visit Punakha Dzong
6 Drive back to Paro valley, and visit Tachog Lhakhang
7 Hike to Tigers Nest
8 International Departure

Day 01| ARRIVAL AT PARO INTERNATIONAL

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon! Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our team upon exiting customs. We will drive to your hotel to get checked-in and settled, and then you will have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine with some light sightseeing in the town of Paro. We end the day with a visit to Dumtse Lhakhang, built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder, Thangton Gyalpo. This temple was originally built to subdue a demoness, and is therefore chained firmly to the ground. It’s three floors represent Hell, Earth and Heaven. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Paro.

 

Day 02 | HIKE TO CHUMPHU MONASTERY

We will set off early on day 2 for a leisurely hike to Chumphu Monastery, where the Dorji Phamo, the flying Goddess also known as the floating statue is situated. It is said that Goddess Dorji Phamo flew here from Tibet and stayed on in the form of a statue. She is a life size statue and believe it or not, her one leg is crossed at the knees and the other is standing but doesn’t touch the ground. Some people test this belief by passing a money note below her feet and it passes through smoothly without a hitch. There are water falls said to be the bathing place of Guru Rinpoche and there are big rock opening said to be opening gates to Heaven. The peace and joy you feel while visiting this temple is just amazing. It takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach this site. After leaving your vehicle the walk is casual and not too tiring as the hike path goes through the forest with lot of shades and cool breeze. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Paro.

 

Day 03 | DRIVE TO THIMPHU VALLEY (65 kms, 01 hours)

We will visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu, dating back to the 12th Century.
We will drive up to the Kuensel Phodrang nature park, where you can admire the 169 foot bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha.
A short 15-minute drive from the main city will take us to Sangaygang, where the Bhutan Broadcasting Tower is stationed. From there you will relish the beautiful, panoramic scene of the entire Thimphu valley. On the way up or down hill, you will see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, in their natural habitat.

 

Day 04 | DRIVE TO PUNAKHA VALLEY (2 h 30 min 85 km)

After breakfast, we will drive to Punakha, where we will see Dochula Pass. 108 memorial chortens were built on this mountain pass by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Indian militants.

After Lunch in a local restaurant in Punakha, we will take a 20-minute walk across terraced fields, through the village of Sopsokha to Chhimi Lhakhang. This small temple sits atop a hill in the centre of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the ’divine Madman,’ Drukpa Kuenlay, built a small chorten there. It is know locally as a pilgrim site for barren women. Overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

 

Day 05 | EXPLORE PUNAKHA VALLEY

After breakfast, we will proceed to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Built by the third Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, this chorten is a splendid example of Bhutanese architecture and art, and is the only one of its kind in the world. It was built over the span of eight and a half years, with its design being drawn from religious scripture rather than architectural schematics. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Next, we will visit Punakha Dzong, the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1637, this dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from the distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years, but has been carefully restored and, today, is a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.
The final stop of the day will be the Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge. At 160-metre long, Pho Chhu is known for being the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. As you cross this bridge, you will see spectacular views of Punakha dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

 

Day 06 | DRIVE BACK TO PARO PARO VALLEY (142 km, 5 hours)

After breakfast, we will drive back to Paro and stop at Thimphu for lunch. We will arrive early in Paro, and have time to relax and prepare for the next day’s hike.
On the way we will visit Tachog Lhakhang, which is located on the way to Paro valley. We will cross one of Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo’s bridges to get to the Dzong. Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo built the iron chain bridges in Bhutan in the late 1300s, and is said to have built 108 of these bridges around Tibet and Bhutan. Many of them are still in use today, showing the strength and durability of these bridges. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Paro.

 

Day 07 | HIKE TO TIGERS NEST

After breakfast, we will go for a hike to the Taktsang Monastery. The one hour hike up to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs, and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.
After lunch in Paro, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhag, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. You can then take a stroll around Paro to pick up some souvenirs.
We will stay overnight at the hotel in Paro.

 

Day 8 | INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country. We hope by now you have many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!

Trip Highlights

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Bhutan
  • Explore Bhutan’s important spiritual & pilgrimage sites
  • Explore the capital city of Bhutan
  • Visit Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan
  • Explore some of the most important monasterie and temples in Paro valley
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most famous monastery in Bhutan

PRICES: On Demand

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ADDITIONAL INFO

The Bhutan tour package price includes the followings:

  • A minimum of 3 star accommodations in Bhutan
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • English speaking tour guides
  • All internal ground transportation
  • USD 65 Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) in Bhutan
  • Visa for Bhutan
  • Mineral drinking water
  • All entrance fees

 

The Bhutan tour package price do not include the followings:

  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry, and tips for Guides and Drivers
  • International Air fare
  • Travel and Medical insurance