Bhutan Walking Holidays - Beyond the Clouds

Multi-day & Extended Tours in Bhutan

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Paro, Thimphu & Punakha Circuit Tour is the round trip starting and ending in Paro and all about getting acquainted with some amazing places in Bhutan has to offer. Get enthralled by the spectacular and divine ancient architecture, monasteries, temples that go back to as early as 10th century. The tour visits Paro located in deep valley, get a glimpse of modern city -Thimphu and visit the old capital -Punakha. Punakha is great place to explore being the residence of monastic bodies and dig more into Buddhism as it’s the place to inquire about ancient Buddhist relics. The tour gives full insight of the Bhutanese culture mingled with literature, religion, beautiful landscape, great mountain views. The tour is thoughtfully designed covering the important sites of Bhutan and to get maximum value of the traveling time in a short stay in the Dragon Kingdom.
Day 01:ARRIVAL PARO & TRANSFER TO THIMPHU Arrive Paro by the Bhutanese National Carrier flying over the world’s highest mountains and finally landing at the lush green Paro valley. A cool and clean fresh air greets the visitor as stepping down from the plane, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide, and a short tour brief by the guide then transfer to Paro town for lunch.Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) which is about 1 & half hours drive. En-route Thimphu, one can do a short hike to Tamchog Monastery, a private temple owned by the descendants of famous Tibetan bridge builder ,Thangthong Gaylpo. Later on continue the drive to Thimphu and visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound.On the way to the Viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin, a strange looking beast which some say resembles a bee stung moose.In Thimphu visit Tashi Choe Dzong: The fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s. Visit the Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum. (Both open Mon-Fri). Brush shoulders with the everyday Bhutanese grocery shopping for local produce at the Centenary Farmers Market (Open Thursday – Sunday). Also see the new authentic craft bazaar (Close on Tue) of 80 stalls showcasing works by artisans from rural areas will showcase. Overnight at Hotel.Day 02:THIMPHU - PUNAKHA - THIMPHU After early breakfast, drive towards Punakha which is about 3 hours passing along Dochu La Pass at 3140m. On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, the road descends through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. En-route take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as "the Divine Madman".In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong. Located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river), the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Later in the evening drive back to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.Day 03: Paro - DepartAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.

What’s included

  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Punakha Dzong
  • Entry/Admission - Chimi L'hakhang Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Motithang Takin Preserve
  • Entry/Admission - Buddha Dordenma
  • Entry/Admission - National Folk Heritage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Centenary Farmers Market
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Itinerary

Day 01:ARRIVAL PARO & TRANSFER TO THIMPHU  Arrive Paro by the Bhutanese National Carrier flying over the world’s highest mountains and finally landing at the lush green Paro valley. A cool and clean fresh air greets the visitor as stepping down from the plane, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide, and a short tour brief by the guide then transfer to Paro town for lunch. Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) which is about 1 & half hours drive. En-route Thimphu, one can do a short hike to Tamchog Monastery, a private temple owned by the descendants of famous Tibetan bridge builder ,Thangthong Gaylpo. Later on continue the drive to Thimphu and visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound.On the way to the Viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin, a strange looking beast which some say resembles a bee stung moose. In Thimphu visit Tashi Choe Dzong: The fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s. Visit the Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum. (Both open Mon-Fri). Brush shoulders with the everyday Bhutanese grocery shopping for local produce at the Centenary Farmers Market (Open Thursday – Sunday). Also see the new authentic craft bazaar (Close on Tue) of 80 stalls showcasing works by artisans from rural areas will showcase. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02:THIMPHU - PUNAKHA - THIMPHU  After early breakfast, drive towards Punakha which is about 3 hours passing along Dochu La Pass at 3140m. On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, the road descends through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. En-route take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as "the Divine Madman". In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong. Located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river), the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Later in the evening drive back to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Paro - Depart After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappears again behind its guardian mountains.
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