Bhutan Private Summer Journey – 7 nights

Bhutan Private Summer Journey – 7 nights

Punakha Dzong

Bhutan & Beyond is delighted to announce this amazing SALE offer, exclusively for the months of June-August 2019. It features the best mix of our 3, 4 & 5 star properties.

Our 7 night tour visits 4 very different valleys. Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & wonderfully remote Phobjikha.

OR CALL THE BHUTAN TRAVEL EXPERTS
AUS toll free ; James – 0412 416 111; Nicola – 0413 598 669

Day 1:

Paro Airport  to Thimphu City – 1 hr 30 mins.

After clearing immigration and customs you will be greeted by your BTCL guide and driver and transferred to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, travelling through the spectacular countryside en-route. All the houses and buildings in the Kingdom are painted and constructed in traditional Bhutanese style.

On arrival into Thimphu check-in to your hotel and take lunch. Enjoy the remainder of the day to explore Thimphu, both by vehicle and on foot. Your options include visits to the National Memorial Stupa; the celebrated Royal Textile Academy and the Takin Preserve – home to Bhutan’s most unusual national mammal.

Overnight Thimphu – 4* Zhiwa Ling Ascent Resort.

Hike options available in Thimphu, subject to conditions on the day.

  • Wangditse hike:
    Drive to BBS tower, approximately 15 minutes drive and start hike from there. It’s a gradual walk towards Wangditse Goemba, approx 30 minutes walk. (round trip 1 hr)
  • Tango Goemba hike
    Travel north up the Thimphu valley and hike through the forest to Tango Goemba (2hr round trip)

Day 2:

Activities in the Thimphu Valley today.

This morning visit the awesome Golden Buddha which also offers an excellent 3 km hike option with sensational valley views. Furthermore visit the majestic Trashichhoe Dzong and the beautiful Tara Lhaden Zhingkham lhakang (temple).  

Other recommended places to visit are Zorig Chusum – the Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan (closed over school holidays and weekends) & the The Folk Heritage Museum. Also, the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts. The colourful weekend markets (Fri-Sun) are always a hit. Becuse this is where all the locals go to buy an array of fresh fruits & vegetables, home-wares, handicrafts and clothes.

Don’t forget to take a wander along Thimphu’s main street, Norzin Lam, which offers good shopping and the Craft Bazaar. For those who have an interest in quality weavings and local art check out the Gagyel Lhundrup weaving centre because here you can interact with the weavers. The adjacent S. Bishwa art gallery is also recommended.

Finally the city bars are also worth a visit. Your guide will advise you the best options. Please note Tuesday is ‘dry day’ in Bhutan and most bars in the city will remain closed.

Overnight Thimphu – 4* Zhiwa Ling Ascent Resort.

Day 3:

Thimphu to Punakha Valley (3+ hrs drive time)

Depart eastwards this morning on the very scenic drive to the Punakha Valley. This valley holds the title as the winter capital because of its more temperate climate. 

Ascend to Dochu La (pass 3116m) to view the 108 stupas. These are a memorial to those who lost their lives in lte 2002 when the Bhutanese army evicted Indian separatist rebels from their jungle camps in Bhutan.  On a clear day witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalaya.

This afternoon, arriving into Punakha valley, visit the markets at Mesina. After that we walk across rice paddy fields to Chimmi Lhakhang. This is a monastery built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley who has a very colourful history. He was also known as the Divine Madman or Mad Monk. It is belived childless women who visit the temple will conceive after receiving a ‘wang’. This is a blessing from the resident monk.

Finally visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lheundrup Lhakhang & Nunnery. 

Overnight Punakha Valley – 3* Zhingkham Resort.

Day 4:

Sightseeing and hiking in Punakha.

This morning, visit the dramatic Punakha Dzong. This dzong formally served as the seat of the government and is still the winter residence of the Dratsheng (Central Monk Body). This is Bhutan’s most spectacular Dzong because it is an excellent example of how a medieval fortress, and a centre of both monastic and administrative functions, has adapted and evolved for modern day use. Time permitting take an excursion along a delightful country lane to the very traditional village of Talo. Here you can wander the beautiful gardens of the local monastery.

This afternoon we recommend you travel further up the valley & hike through rice paddies, fields of vegetables and through tiny hamlets to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten. This Chorten holds very special significance because it was consecrated in 1999 & dedicated to the protection of the former Crown Prince. Now King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Overnight Punakha Valley – 3* Zhingkham Resort.

Hike option available in Punakha.

  • Logodama Hike:
    From Talo you have the option of hiking to Logodama (3+ hrs). Enroute enjoy the forest scenery and pass the villages of Lungtam & Pachekha and view the Punakha Dzong below. Your guide will also advise any other hiking options that may suit you today.

Day 5:

Punakha to Paro (4 hrs drive time)

This morning drive back to Paro valley. Again traversing Dochu La. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the major features in Paro town. These  include the Rinpung Dzong with its cantilever bridge & the National Museum. Finally take a wander through Paro main streets for good handicraft and local jewellery shopping.

Overnight Paro Valley – 5* Zhiwa Ling Heritage Resort.

Day 6:

Hiking Pilgrimage & Sightseeing in the Paro Valley.

This morning hike to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. This is Bhutan’s most revered monastery and all Bhutanese strive to make the pilgrimage here at least once in their lives. This visit is much more than ‘just a hike’ and each step gains merit points for the next part of life’s journey.

Choose between a 1.5-2 hr round trip hike to the monastery viewpoint, or a longer 5 hour and more strenuous hike into the monastery itself. Please note you must be of at least moderate fitness to make it all the way to the monastery and back. Tigers Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at 800 metres above the valley floor.

This is where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress to subdue the local demons followed by 3 months’ meditation in a cave still visible in the monastery. In 1998 Taktsang was seriously damaged by fire. It has since been painstakingly reconstructed to its original condition and consecrated by the 4th King in 2005.

This afternoon visit Kyichu Lhakhang. This is one of Bhutan’s oldest & most beautiful temples. It boasts an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit.

Overnight Paro Valley – 5* Zhiwa Ling Heritage Resort.

Day 7:

Paro Region Sightseeing.

This morning, enjoy an excursion to Chele La (pass 4000m) on Bhutan’s highest motorable road. 

Visit the remote Kila Nunnery. This is Bhutan’s oldest and the nuns live a very quite & basic life. They do welcome visitors!

Option 1 is to continue on to the remote Haa valley for a light afternoon hike. Or instead, return to Paro and the afternoon is at leisure for relaxation at the resort.

Overnight Paro Valley – 5* Zhiwa Ling Heritage Resort.

Day 8:

Day of departure.

This morning transfer to Paro Airport in time for your onward flight.

All-inclusive 8 day/7 night private land tour

No. TravellersSolo Traveller2 persons twin/dbl4 persons twin/dbl
Tour Costs US$US$2781.00US$2344.00US$2059.00 pp
SGL Rm SupN/AUS$406.00 ppUS$356.00 pp

OR CALL THE BHUTAN TRAVEL EXPERTS
AUS toll free ; James – 0412 416 111; Nicola – 0413 598 669

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Tour Details

Price: From US$2059.00 pp for 4+ persons travelling together sharing twin/double rooms.

Daily departures 01JUN-31AUG19, subject to availability.

Depart: Paro
Return: Paro

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