Hues of Tibeto-Buddhist Cultural Terrian
Arrive in Paro (alt 2,200m) today via a Druk Air flight and drive to Thimphu (54 km/1.5 hours/alt 2,400m). The first views of the formidable mountains and terraced rice fields are compelling. Rest of the day at leisure to acclimatise before beginning your explorations of this medieval kingdom.
A full day tour of the old and new capitals of Bhutan. Standing alongside one another, the dzongs, monasteries, institutional buildings and markets are emblematic of the old and the ongoing Thimphu Structural Plan that epitomises the new, while preserving the spirit and tradition of Bhutan.
Day excursion to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang (154 km roundtrip/3.5 hours drive each way), crossing the Dochu La Pass (alt 3,088m) before descending into Punakha river valley (alt 1,300m). Visit the Punakha Dzong, the Wangdiphodrang Dzong and a rural settlement before returning to Thimphu.
After breakfast, drive back to Paro. In the afternoon, visit the excellent Ta Dzong National Museum, and the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang monastery, the oldest in Bhutan and the harbinger of Buddhism.
Morning viewing of the awesome Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest monastery, with an option to walk up to its breathtakingly precipitous location – an unforgettable accomplishment. Afternoon at leisure.
The junction of four high valleys, Bumthang is the religious and cultural heart of Bhutan highlighted by the ancient and now restored 7th century Jambey Lhakhang monastery, the great Jakar Dzong, villages, markets and fine hand woven textiles. Explore the valleys where nomadic herders and caravans may be seen, and take optional walks with picnic lunches.
Head back west, driving through the day to Punaka (218 km/7 hours, alt 1,300m).
Explore Punakha, national capital till 1955, situated idyllically along the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu rivers and dominated by the Punakha Dzong, probably Bhutan’s grandest. Amidst the rice paddies is Chimi Lhakang, the temple of the Divine Madman, the essence of Punakha.
Drive across the Dochu La Pass once more, and via Thimphu, en route to Paro (131 km/5 hours plus stops).
Morning viewing of the awesome Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest monastery, with an optional walk to its breathtakingly precipitous location – an unforgettable accomplishment. Afternoon tour of the excellent Ta Dzong National Museum and the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang monastery, the oldest in Bhutan and the harbinger of Buddhism.
Day excursion to the recently opened western valley of Ha (alt 2,850m, 120 km roundtrip/3 hours’ drive each way), crossing the breathtaking Chele La Pass (3,810m) on the outward and return journeys. Remote and deep, it is the second of Bhutan’s least populated areas and is settled by farmers and herders.
Depart Paro on Druk Airways for your onward destination.
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