On this Bhutan Dragon Experience tour, we will explore the country’s exquisite scenery and vibrant culture. It covers much of Bhutan from Paro, Thimphu and Punakha in western Bhutan to Phobjikha in central Bhutan.You get to survey the ancient Drugyel Dzong in Paro and capture the awesome view of the entire valley from Ta-Dzong. A scenic drive to the capital city Thimphu gets you to discover the rich Bhutanese heritage and culture. Gangtey, another stop in your itinerary, has the famous monastery, Gangtey Gompa. The monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens (Lay Monks). Experience Bhutanese village life at Wangduephodrang, observe the traditional art of healing diseases at the Indigenous Hospital and learn more about the rich Bhutanese art and culture by visiting the Art & Craft School, National Library, Royal Goldsmith Workshop and Handicraft centers.
After your arrival Paro you will be greeted by a representative from Master Himalaya. Have a wonderful drive to Thimphu. On the way, you can witness traditional monasteries, Bhutanese style houses, restaurants, and hotels. In the evening explore the highest abbot of Bhutan " Tashicho Dzong" representing the head seat of the king and the Je Khenpo.
Drive up to 12 Kms and 45 minutes hike to Tango Monastery - A Buddhist College, residence to the 16th-century monk " Desi Tenzin". Explore the north side of Thimphu 15km to reach "Cheri Monastery" and visit Memorial Chorten - A stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's third king. Later in the afternoon visit the Folk Heritage museum famous for arts & crafts. Overnight at Thimphu
Explore the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, Simtokha Dzong. Drive to Dochu La Pass (3050m) where you can witness the range of high peaks toward the northeast. The Latest built 108 Chortens add great value to the view. In the afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. Overnight at: Punakha
Gangtey Gompa is perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens (Lay Monks). The Gangtey Gompa is the only Nyingmapa Monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and is also the biggest of its kind. Gangtey is also the winter home for the famous Black Necked Cranes who migrate here from Tibet during the winter months. While the cranes reside in the 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. At Gagtey, you get to visit the Gangtey Monastery and the Black Necked Crane Center. Overnight at the hotel. After breakfast, depart for Paro. Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nation's first airport, Paro still retains its traditional charm in its traditional buildings and the simple way of life lead by the locals. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the time explore the town on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Today after breakfast you visit Rinpung Dzong, the administrative headquarters and the monastic unit of Paro district. Along with the wooden galleries, lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong, are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as The Four Friends, The Old Man of Long Life, The Wheel of Life, Scenes from the Life of Milarepa, Mount Sumeru, and other cosmic mandalas. Also, visit the ancient and holy Kyichu Temple (built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century). At the National Museum antique thangkas, textiles, weapons and armors, household objects, and a rich assortment of the natural and historic artifact are exhibited. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast takes a drive up the valley to Drukgyal Dzong or the Fort of Drukpa victory. The dzong, although gutted by fire and in ruins now, still attracts visitors. It was used to repel Tibetan invasions throughout the course of early Bhutanese history. Looming above the smoldered ruins is the snow-capped peak of the Chomolhari. We will stop at the viewpoint of Taktsang (hike uphill for about two to three hours for a close up of the Taktsang or Tiger's nest). This is the famed site where Guru Padmasambhava alighted upon the back of a tigress. Overnight at the hotel
After breakfast, relaxing or shopping then three hours before departure , Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition’s airport representative will drop to you Paro airport for onward journey.
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Bhutanese visa fee.
Pickups and drops from hotels and airports.
Government approved A and B category hotels on the twin-shared basis.
All meals, tea, and snacks.
Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s).
English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff.
All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums.
Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties.
Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan.
Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance.
Tips for staff (guide and driver).