9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour
This 9 Nights Bhutan Tour Package will take you to Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa and Bumthang.
Bhutan Tour 9 Nights/10 Days
Visit Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa and Bumthang
Day 1: Arrival at Paro International Airport Bhutan. (Altitude of Paro is at 2200mts)
Paro is the first town you will enter when flying in to Bhutan.
When flying into Bhutan, from the left hand side of the aircraft you will see the Majestic Himalayan Range with the Peaks of Mt.Everest, Mt.Kanchanganga, Mt.Jumolhari and Mt.Jichu Drake whereby the latter two Mountains are in Bhutan.
On arrival at the Paro Airport, the representatives of Bhutan Jewel Travel will greet you.
Check in at Paro Hotel and if time permits, you can start sight seeing in Paro.
Visit the Kyichu Monastery.
Kyichu Monastery is very sacred in Bhutan as it’s the oldest Monastery in Bhutan.
Night halt in Paro
Day 2: Paro To Thimphu: (54 kms, 1 to 1.5 Hours drive) Altitude of Thimphu is 2300mts.
After breakfast drive to the Capital City of Bhutan, Thimphu.
Thimphu sight seeing: Thimphu site visits will include visits to the Memorial Chorten(Stupa), the site of the Tallest Sitting Buddha in the world, the National Animal Zoo(takin zoo), the local farmers market, the First fortress built in Bhutan(Simtokha Dzong), local hand made paper factory , the Tashichhodzong, etc.
Night halt in Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu To Punakha: Distance : 71 Kms Drive time is 2-3 hours, altitude is 1350 meters.
After breakfast drive to wards the Dochula Pass and then to Punakha and Wangduephodrang.
Punakha and the Wangduephodrang are two Western Bhutan Districts close by to one another.
On the drive there, stop by the enchanting and mesmerizing Dochula Pass, which is at an altitude of 3150 meters and takes around 1 hour to reach from Thimphu.
Dochula Pass is a Great place to feel the cool air and see thousands of prayer flags fluttering high on treetops. There are 108 stupas and a Temple build by the Queen Mother for the long life of the Fourth King and the well being of all sentient beings.
You will spend some leisurely time here and can take a short walk around this area. After spending some time here and having some tea and snacks/lunch, continue journey to Punakha.
Punakha is at an altitude of 1300 meters and so much warmer than Thimphu and Paro.
Sight seeing in Punakha will be the Punakha Dzong(Fortress) where the weddings of the Kings of Bhutan took place.
Evening take a stroll to the local town of Punakha.
Night Halt In Punakha Valley
Day 4: Punakha to Phobjikha Valley: (Distance 70 Kms, Drive Time 3 Hours, Altitude is 2900 mtrs.
After an early breakfast inPunakha, drive towards Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha valley is a high altitude wide valley at a level of 3000 meters above sea level. From this valley one can see the beautiful Black Mountain range. Phobjikha Valley is one of the widest and biggest Valleys in Bhutan and winter roosting place for the Endangered Black Necked Cranes. Small but important initiatives are taken like the power cables are put underground if any so that the Birds do not have accidents when flying around and the whole of the Phobjikha Valley is a protected area where development is minimal so that the vast valley is kept untouched and thus undeveloped for the Cranes to roost on.
Enroute to Phobjikha visit the “Chimi Lhakhang”. From the road head walk towards this temple and even at a leisurely pace it will take you just beyond 20-30 minutes to reach this temple.
Chimi Lhakhang is famous for couples who want children and thus known as the “Temple of Fertility” and is widely believed by the Bhutanese people that if you want to conceive, then this is the temple to pray for a child where you are blessed with an ancient Wooden Phallus. Since this temple was built by the naughty and shabby looking religious saint in the year 1499 A.D, known as” Drukpa Kuenley” meaning Devine Mad Man, thus this temple is also known as the Devine Mad Man Temple. When walking to Chimi Lhakhang you will go through the nearby village with a few Traditional Bhutanese houses and through their paddy fields, so it’s a very refreshing and moderate walk.
After reaching Phobjikha Hike around this beautiful village valley and visit the Crane Center.Night halt in the peaceful Phobjikha Valley.
Day 5: Phobjikha To Trongsa: Distance 125Kms,Drive Time is 4.5 hours, Altitude is 2200 Mtrs.
Today you can visit the Gangtey Monastery, which is the only religious sect Nyiningpa Monastery in the Country. Then continue journey to Trongsa. On your way to Trongsa you will pass by the Rukubji Village and thereafter to Chendebji where there is the Nepalese style stupa(similar to Bodhinath Temple in Kathmandu if you have been to Nepal),where you can relax for a while and circumbulate this stupa if you wish to. This Stupa was built in the 15th Century.
Trongsa Town is a rural town with lane like shops all one after the other.
Night Halt at Trongsa Town
Day 6: Trongsa Sight seeing and then To Bumthang: Distance 68 Kms,Drive Time is 3 hours, Altitude is 2800 Mtrs.
Visit the Trongsa Dzong(Fortress) which was the ancestral home of the Ruling Monarchs of Bhutan. This Fortress was built in the year 1648 A.D and is at present used as the Government Administrative Office.
Tronga Dzong is known for its never ending view as road goes on and on and at times you wonder when you are going to reach it. Trongsa Dzong is built at different levels and over look the river “Mangde Chu”. The position of this Dzong is such that all around the Dzong you get a clear view of all areas around, such that in ancient times, no matter from which side a person came from they had to pass the Dzong and thus no one could escape the sharp vigilance from this Dzong. This Dzong was built in such a strategic location because of its importance to control the Eastern and Western Bhutan.
Later Visit the “Ta-Dzong” which in English translation known as the “Watch Tower”. This Ancient watch Tower is around a kilometer from the Trongsa Dzong. Presently this watch Tower is a Museum called the “Museum of Monarchy” and many artifacts related to the Monarchs of Bhutan like ancient battle armors, etc are there displayed wonderfully. Trongsa is connected to the Royal Family of Bhutan as they initially hailed from this District and the Fourth King was born in Trongsa.
Later journey to Bumthang. Night halt in Bumthang.
Day 7: Bumthang Sight seeing: Bumthang is a religious hub in Bhutan with many temples, monasteries, sacred places and pilgrimage sites. Here you can visit sites like the one of the biggest Dzongs in Bhutan with nearly one-kilometer circumference known as the Jakar Dzong built in 1646. Till now too we still have a living reincarnation of this Fourth Desi and he is highly respected and worshipped by the people of Bhutan. Jakar in translation means the “White Bird”.
Then visit the Jambay Lhakhang(Temple) built in the 7th Century (same as the Kyichu Monastery in Paro), the Kurjey Lhakhang where you can see the body imprints of Guru Rimpoche, Kencho Sum Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and the Pema Samba Lhakhang.
If time permits you can visit the “Membar Tso” meaning the “Burning Lake”. When you look into this lake it is dark and black in color and passes between steep rocks. It is a very sacred lake and complete silence is required when visiting this lake.
Night Halt in Bumthang Hotel
Day 8: Drive back to Paro for the Night. After a long journey from Bumthang to Paro, with lunch in Wangdue or Thimphu, guests need to take a good hearty rest for the next day Hike. Night Halt in Paro
Day 9: Paro Taktsang Monastery Hike: (Altitude of the Monastery Site is 3120 mtrs)
Today after an early breakfast you will take a hike to the world famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery known as “Taktsang”. This is a beautiful Monastery perched precariously on a rocky cliff with a drop of 900 meters. The legend has it that in the second half of the 8th Century, Guru Padma Sambhava, also known as the Second Buddha or Guru Rimpoche in Bhutan meditated at this cliff for three months. Guru came here flying on the back of a tigress. This Tigress was his favorite consort Khandum Yeshey Tshokey, whom he had transformed into this Tigress.
This hike takes about 2 hours uphill at a leisurely pace and about 1.5 hours down hill. Pack lunch or lunch will be served at the Taktsang cafeteria.
After this Hike, visit the “Drugyal Dzong” which in translation means “The Victory Fort” and was built in 1649. This Dzong is in ruins after it was completely burnt down in the 1950’s. Drugyal Dzong is reminiscence of ancient Bhutan, when the Bhutanese had war with the Invading Tibetans and it was here that Bhutan pushed the Tibetans away and won the battle. From this Dzong one can view the beautiful “Mount Jumolhari Peak” standing tall at 7314 meters , also known as the “Sacred Goddess Mountain”.
Night Halt at Paro.
Day 10: Depart Bhutan :
NOTE: It is not mandatory that you only do the visit to the above-mentioned sites. Wherever time permits and Guests willing you can visit other sites too, and watch local archery matches, visit local shops and handicrafts shops etc BUT night halts cannot be changed as all hotels are pre booked and if change does take place then new hotel booking charges PLUS cancellation charges will have to be borne by Guests.