Hike in Haa Valley for exploring one of the happiest countries in the world
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
Tour Route: Thimphu – Punakha – Paro
Highlights: Hike in Haa Valley for exploring one of the happiest countries in the world,
Tour Bhutan’s most beautiful Dzong – Punakha Dzong and
Explore Tiger’s Nest – the cultural icon of Bhutan clinging to a cliff
Day 1 :Arrival, Paro-Thimphu (By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs)
Welcome to Bhutan. Upon arrival, be greeted by your local guide and escorted to the capital Thimphu. En route pass by Tamchog Lhakang iron bridge. Afternoon starts with National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of the Third King and people’s favorite spot to circumambulate and pray. Visit the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue and Takin Sanctuary which shows you Bhutan’s unique national animal Takin. Next have a close encounter with the nuns at Zilukha Nunnery and ends at Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu and the seat of the central administrative centre (open after 5 pm, Monday to Friday).
Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.
Day 2: Thimphu Hiking & Sightseeing
Hike (1.5 hrs) to Tango Monastery, the most important religious school in Bhutan, along the way enjoying the most breathtaking scenery. After lunch, visit Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School (Painting School) and learn the rural Bhutanese life at Folk Heritage Museum. Continue the tour with National Library which houses rich collections of Buddhist literature and the world’s largest book and visit Traditional Paper Making Factory to witness paper making, valuable heritage of Bhutanese culture.
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha, Punakha Hiking & Sightseeing
On your way to Punakha, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the solemn 108 stupas. Take in the enchanting views of Himalayan range if in good weather. Later, hike around 1. 5 hrs to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and where people pray for children.
Continue to visit Punakha Dzong, the beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, serving as the religious and administrative center of Bhutan until the mid 1950s. You’ll also visit Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge of Bhutan).
Day 4: Punakha – Paro (By Car, 4 Hrs), Paro Sightseeing
Take a 3-hours scenic drive back to Paro and start today’s tour with Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture, used as the administrative centre and school for monks. Later, visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics, the earliest of which dating back to 8th century.
Day 5 : Haa Valley Hiking
Explore the least visited but very charming Haa Valley! It is home to the Royal Grandmother and the Dorji Family, surrounded by luring forests. Start with the ancient Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) in the tiny village of Dumchoe. Hike to Haa Town, visit the central bazaar and have the insight to the local folk culture.
Day 6: Paro Hiking & Sightseeing
This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. After that, move to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest religious fortresses in Bhutan, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo.
Day 7: Departure Flight
Have some leisure time before being transferred to the airport for the flight to your next destination.
This trip is fully customizable