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Special Tour

 Special Interest Tours that Green Forest Bhutan offers are of various combination of mix interest, personal wish list to extreme travel itinerary. Bhutan being Buddhist country, there are many renowned Buddhist temples, fortress carrying many unheard stories and unseen places only for those who are into beginning Buddhist practice and to advanced Buddhism. Changing tours in Bhutan and Buddhist Tour/Buddhist circuit that we offer takes through this kind of experiences and take you inside mindfulness and realization. Meditation tour in Bhutan, Yoga, Massage and Spa tours are some of them. We add other Buddhist related charming programs to make you feel extra ordinary and experience different.

Green Forest Bhutan organizes special Bhutan tours for free of cost to those renowned Journalists, travel writers, travel magazine writers, news publisher, TV channels host, Over Seas Agents and those related agencies who willingly to promotes Green Forest Bhutan around the globe in exchange with free trip to Bhutan. We have certain quota for every year and if you are interested to use this facility, we request you to send your express of interest quickly, you can submit as many documents as possible to proof your profession and identity or we may ask you to sign the contract as well.

We also offer Bhutan tours and arrange accommodation and facilities for International film maker if they are interested shooting best scenes in Bhutan. Many International and national film maker are very happy and there are secret success stories behind filming in Bhutan. Film like little Buddha, Travelers and Magicians etc are most watch. Films by National Geo Channels, World Wildlife Fund and Global warming by disaster management are some of the best. Actors, actress and models from India, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong are visiting Bhutan often for fun and holidays in Bhutan.

  • Bhutan Bird watching Tour
    Day 1: Arrival in Paro                  

    On arrival at Paro airport,our representative will be there to receive you and drive you to your hotel.In the afternoon you will visit Rinpung Dzong (fortress on heap of jewels) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan, and Ta Dzong. Once a watchtower for the defense of the Paro Rinpung Dzong the Ta Dzong today is museum of natural history. Evening, stroll along the Paro River and spot some river birds. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.

    Day 2: Paro Sightseeing

    After breakfast drive to Chele la, the highest road mountain pass in the country, and later to Drugyel Dzong to the north of Paro valley.

    The species found in these areas are Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Ibisbill, Common Sandpiper, Crested Kingfisher, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Hoopoe, Nepal House Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, Yellow-browed Tit, Grey-crested Tit, Rufous-fronted Tit, Black-throated Tit, Plumbeous Water Redstart,Brown Dipper, White-capped Water Redstart, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Eagle and Himalayan Buzzard. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.

    Day 3: Paro – Punakha

    Drive to Punakha,passing through some of the kingdom’s most fertile river valleys.The first stop is at Dochu La (pass) at 3,050 meters. The snow-capped eastern Himalayan range can be seen from here on a clear day. You could also circumambulate the 108 stupas of the Druk Wangyal Chorten.

    The birds found in Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys are Himalayan Cutia, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Collared Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, White-browed Fulvetta, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Plain Mountain Finch, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated

    Parrotbill, Himalayan Bluetail, White-browed Bush Robin, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Brown Bullfinch, Red-headed Bullfinch, Chestnut-tailed Minla (Bar-throated Siva), Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Little Bunting, White-bellied Heron, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Grey Treepie, Spotted Nutcracker, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Slaty-backed Forktail, Spotted Forktail, Eurasian Jay, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler and Streaked-breasted Scimitar Babbler. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Punakha.

    Day 4: Punakha – Gasa

    In Punakha to Gasa stretch,  you will sight Golden-throated Barbet, Jungle Owlet, Asian-barred Owlet, Osprey, White-bellied Heron, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Great Cormorant, Black-throated Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Yuhina, Striped-throated Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Straited Yuhina, Scarlet Minivet, Long-tailed Minivet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Asian Koel, Grey-hooded Warbler, Golden-spectacled Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Buff-barred Warbler, Yellow-bellied Fantail, White-throated Fantail, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Hoary-throated Barwing, Blue-fronted Robin, Lesser Shortwing, Himalayan Cutia, Green Shrike-babbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Speckled Piculet, Orange-bellied Leafbird, White-tailed Nuthatch, Maroon Oriole and Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Punakha.

    Day 5: Punakha – Gangtey/Phobjikha

    From Punakha you will drive towards Phobjikha through the black mountain region. The Phobjikha valley is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country and it serves as the nesting grounds for the endangered Black-necked Crane in winter.The bird species found in this valley are Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Blue-capped Rock Thrush,Fire-tailed Myzornis, Great Parrotbill, Alpine Accentor, Green-tailed Sunbird, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Scaly Thrush, Tickell’s Thrush, Fire-capped Tit, Amur falcon, Ward’s Trogon, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Spotted Laughingthrush, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Red-headed Bullfinch, Scarlet Finch and White-tailed Nuthatch. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Phobjikha.

     Day 6: Phobjikha – Thimphu

    Visit the crane observation and information center, before driving back to Thimphu. Drive to Pelela at 3,300m to spot the Himalayan Monal, Spotted Laughingthrush, Himalayan Griffon, Brown Parrotbill, and Great Parrotbill. Stop at Dochula for lunch. Continue drive to Thimphu. Evening freely stroll around Thimphu. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.

     Day 7: Departure

    After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onwards destination.

     

  • Bhutan Motor Cycle and Bicycle Tour

    “Itinerary can be customized based on your interest & time”

    DAY 1: Arrival in Paro
    Our representative will meet you at Paro airport and transfer to your hotel. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Afterwards walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge still in use. Overnight, at a hotel in Paro.

    DAY 2: Paro-Thimphu (Cycling)
    After breakfast guest will begin a full day’s ride to Thimphu. The average gradient of the road is excellent for cycling, as there are few steep climbs or descents. Enjoy riding beside rivers and through a mixture of rice fields, coniferous forests and hills dotted with chortens and monasteries. After enjoying a picnic lunch at a wayside spot, continue riding via a narrow gorge through to the widening valley at Namseling. Finally, the quaint suburbs of Thimphu begin to appear and you will see the impressive Semtokha Dzong, built in 1627. The ‘Bridge of Prophecy’ decorated with many prayer flags welcomes you to downtown Thimphu where you will continue down the main street to your hotel. Overnight, at a hotel in Thimphu.

    DAY 3: Thimphu
    Visit Memorial Chorten .This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the third King who passed away in the year 1972. Other highlights include the 12th Century Changangkha Temple, Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha nunnery, the School for Arts and Crafts where the students are taught to master the 13 types of Bhutanese art, the National Library housing a collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If time permits, you may also visit the Takin Mini Zoo and Tashichhodzong. Overnight, at a hotel in Thimphu.

    DAY 04: Thimphu – Punakha (Cycling)
    The road to Punakha begins with a 22km ride and a height gain of 670m up to Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters). The hillsides are covered in a luxuriant temperate forest of abundant rhododendron and magnolia and several species of deer and monkeys make their home in this forest. Stop for lunch at Dochu La.The downhill ride from the Dochu La into the Punakha valley will leave you speechless as you glide through lush forest spread over a distance of 50 kilometres.

    After refreshing in the hotel in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu and is the winter residence of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu in winter. Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. Overnight, at a hotel in Punakha.

    DAY 5: Punakha – Trongsa
    Enjoy exploring the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang before visiting Wangduephodrang Dzong. Built in 1639 the strategically located Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. Drive over the Pele La pass (3,420m) on the Black Mountain range, which divide western and central Bhutan. White langur monkeys can often be spotted in the moss-draped forests in this area. Further on, in silent isolation surrounded by great forested hills is beautiful Chendibji Chorten built in the 18th Century to commemorate the subjugation of a local demon. It is built in a style unusual for Bhutan, with painted eyes facing the four directions. The Trongsa Dzong can be viewed across a deep canyon to signal your approach to the town around a curving road. Overnight, at a hotel in Trongsa.

    DAY 06: Trongsa – Bumthang (Cycling)
    After breakfast visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Trongsa has the largest Dzong in Bhutan and its foundations were laid in the 16th Century. There are now 22 temples in the complex. Afters light refreshments begin the drive to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the spiritual heartland of the kingdom. The road climbs rapidly up a series of hairpin turns out of Trongsa. After passing through cultivated fields and forested hillsides you will reach the Yutung La Pass (3400m). From here ride down through a dense, beautiful coniferous forest to a wide, cultivated valley known as Chummey valley before continuing on in the soft afternoon light to the town of Jakar. Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.

    DAY 07: Bumthang
    Morning, visit Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan’s patron saint Guru Rimpoche meditated and 7th century Jambay Lhakhang. It dates back to the origins of Buddhism in Bhutan and is one of the Kingdoms oldest temples.

    After lunch, visit Jakar Dzong and Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pemalingpa and containing interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Afterwards enjoy exploring the village of Jakar, Bumthang’s main township. Overnight at a hotel in Jakar, Bumthang.

    DAY 08: Bumhang – Ura – Bumthang (Cycling)
    Cycle to the Ura Valley, approx 69 kms from Jakar. The ride begins with a height gain of 900m over almost 40 km to the Shertang La pass. The Ura Valley, on the far side, is the highest of the Bumthang Valleys. Extensive pastures line the road and just before the pass there is a panoramic view of the mountains of Lunana. Descend from the pass on long looping roads through pastureland and fields to Ura village. Enjoy some sightseeing in Ura Valley before driving back to Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel  in Jakar, Bumthang.

    DAY 09: Bumtahng – Punakha
    Drive back to Punakha, stopping at Trongsa for lunch. There will be opportunities to ride along various stretches of road if desired. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Punakha.

    DAY 10: Punakha – Thimphu (Cycling)
    Enjoy a leisurely ride to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten situated on a beautiful hillock. Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before riding back to Punakha. Afterwards, drive for Thimphu. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.

    DAY 11: Thimphu – Paro
    After breakfast you can either begin riding back to Paro, or elect to drive there later to allow time to stroll around Thimphu. If it’s the weekend, you can walk through the market to see the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chillies, fresh cheese and a variety of fresh greens. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. On arrival in Paro, check into your hotel. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.

    DAY 12: Paro
    After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a cliff 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch.In the afternoon drive or ride the relatively flat road to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate a victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.

    DAY 13: Departure
    After early breakfast drive to Paro for flight to onward destination.


  • Bhutan Honeymoon Tour

    “Itinerary can be customized based on your interest & time”

     Day 01: Arrival at Paro

    Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities you will be transferred to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 2: Thimphu

    Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes, visit to National Memorial Chorten. Then proceed to Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself. Then visit Painting School where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

    After lunch proceed Textile and Folk Heritage Museum. These museums provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Trashichhodzong houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

    Day 3: Thimphu / Trongsa

    After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. Then continue onwards, reaching Wangduephodrang town in time for lunch. From Dochu-la pass, it is a long, winding descent into the Wangduephodrang valley, which is about 1,700m below the pass. Take lunch at Wangduephodrang town, and then continue on to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west.

    Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check into the hotel for the night.

    Day 4: Trongsa / Bumthang

    After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong. Built in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne, and the present Crown Prince now holds the post. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. Then drive to Bumthang, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). Overnight, stay at a hotel in Bumthang.

    Day 5: Bumthang

    Visit to Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock., the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang.

    Day 6 : Bumthang/ Phobjikha

    After breakfast drive to Gangtey / Phobjikha. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Overnight at a lodge in Gangtey/Phobjikha.

    Day 7 :Phobjikha / Punakha

    After breakfast drive to Punakha.Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha Dzong serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damages to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue. Also visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Overnight a t a hotel in Punakha/Wangdi.

    Day 8 : Punakha / Paro

    After breakfast, drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. Afternoon, visit to National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the sprng. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

     Day 9: Paro

    After breakfast, hike to Tiger’s Nest. It is one of the most famous touristic destinations of the country and the cultural icon of Bhutan. Visiting the Tiger’s Nest is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys. After lunch, drives up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644.

    While returning to hotel visit en route, Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.

    Day 10: Depart Paro
    After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination

     



  • Bhutan white water Rafting & Kayaking

    Day 1:  Paro – Thimphu

    On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative. After completion of the airport formalities, then drive for about 2 hours from Paro airport to Thimphu. After reaching Thimphu visit Changangkha lhakhang, the oldest temple in Thimphu built in 12th century. It is popular temple for pilgrims and for new born babies. Takin Preserve Park, takin is the national animal of Bhutan.Royal Textile museum, established in 2001, provides fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Craft Bazaar has got a wide range of authentic Bhutan made art and craft products. In the evening freely stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 2: Thimphu

    After breakfast visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum and a photo studio.Painting school teaches the techniques of traditional paintings, sculpture and other forms of traditional arts and one can view the students at work.National library holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts some dating back to several hundred years.Dochula pass (3100m/10,200ft). On a clear day to the east of the pass, the snow covered mountain peaks of the Himalayas are seen and among them is the Mt. Gangkar Phuensum at 7497m, which is the highest peak in Bhutan.

    Druk wangyal Chorten (Stupa) at Dochula built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. And, also visit Druk wangyal Lhakhang (Temple) at Dochula built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan) Jigme Singye wangchuk. Tashichho  Dzong ( Fortress), which houses most of the government  offices, throne room and office of the king. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha

    After breakfast visit Dochula pass (3100m/10,200ft). On a clear day to the east of the pass, the snow covered mountain peaks of the Himalayas are seen and among them is the Mt. Gangkar Phuensum at 7497m, which is the highest peak in Bhutan. Druk wangyal Chorten (Stupa) at Dochula was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. And, also visit Druk wangyal Lhakhang (Temple) at Dochula built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye wangchuk. En-route, stop at Lobesa and take a short hike to chimi lhakhang. Childless couple who pray in this temple is believed to be blessed with a child very soon. Punakha Dzong (fortress), which is built is 1637 is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong is built between two rivers, Mochhu (female) and phochhu (male). In the evening freely stroll around the town. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Punakha.

    Day 4: Punakha - Rafting

    These water sports are done along the tributaries of the main rivers. On this trip, you have options of rafting along the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River), which joins to form the Punatshangchhu River, further downstream

    The Pho Chhu is famous among enthusiasts. Rivers course suitable for water sports.

    The Pho Chhu (Male River) is famous among enthusiasts. Rivers suitable for water sports

    Option 1: Upper Pho Chhu
    Location: Punakha valley, Western/Central Bhutan

    From/To: Wangthangka (a two-hour trek from the end of the road) – Samdingkha

    Length: Approximately 7 km, 2 hours with scouting

    Difficulty: Class III-IV Flow: 2000 -3000 cfs

    Season: Mar/Apr, Oct/Nov. High water in this section will make this run very difficult.

    Craft: Kayaks and Rafts.

    Description:

    The upper Pho Chhu is a great paddle through an open valley and worth the walking time to get there. There are a few good class IV rapids at the top, full of big boulders and big water moves. There is a good put in, just above the footbridge at Wangthangkha.

    Immediately below the put in, the first class IV rapid can be scouted from the left. After this, we go around the coner and under the footbridge and scout the next class IV from the left. From here most of the rapids are boat scoutable, as the river eases up a bit, and there are lots of big, bouncy class III rapids and a few boulder gardens. Take out at the footbridge at Samdingkha, or continue another 7 km down to Punakha.

    Option II: Lower Pho Chhu

    Location: Punakha Valley, Western/Central Bhutan

    From/To: Samdingkha – Punakha (directly below the Mo Chhu confluence)

    Length: 7km, 1.5 hours

    Difficulty: Class III with one IV at the bottom Flow: 2000 -3000 cfs

    Mar/Apr, Oct/Nov. should be runnable at high water.

    Craft: Kayaks and Rafts.

    Description: The lower Pho Chhu is much easier than the upper section, with plenty of class III and a good class IV finale. This is currently the most popular rafting tour, since it is not too difficult and a beautiful half-day raft trip. From Samdingkha, the river meanders through a wide-open valley, full of rice fields and farmhouses. About 4 kilometers down is Strainers Paradise, a class III boulder choke. From here, there are some nice wave trains until the grand finale. Right below Bhutan’s longest footbridge is Wrathful Buddha, a class IV. Take out is right after the confluence with Mo Chhu, next to the impressive Punakha Dzong.

    Option III: Mo Chhu – Tashithang Devil’s Gorge Section
    Location: Punakha Valley, Western/Central Bhutan

    From/To: Tashitang (end of the road, about 2-hour’s drive from Punakha) – Punakha Dzong (directly below the Pho Chhu confluence)

    Length: 12 km, 5 -7 hours with scouting

    Difficulty: Class V Flow: 1000 cfs, Feb/Dec. Higher than medium flows will make this run dangerous. A high water run is not recommended.

    Craft: Kayaks only, this is much too difficult and steep for a raft.

    Description: The upper Mo Chhu from Tashithang has lots of class V, with a gradient of about 300 feet per mile. There is a short stretch of flat water about six kilometers down, the end of which marks the start of the Devil’s Gorge, a step up from the whitewater above. There is little access to the road, so paddlers attempting this section of river should be ready to commit to the whole thing. For those, not wanting to bite off such a big chunk of hard whitewater, check out the alternative put in for the upper stretch, described below (Mo Chhu – Upper Run).

    Option IV: Mo Chhu – Upper Run
    Location: Punakha Valley, Western/Central Bhutan

    From/To: 14 km above Punakha – Sonam’s Put In Length: 3 km, 1.5 hours with scouting Difficulty: Class IV -V Flow: 1500 – 2000 cfs, Mar/Apr, Nov/Dec

    Craft: Kayaks only, too difficult for a raft.

    Description: From this put in the gradient reduces slightly, although the rapids are still continuous class IV with several class Vs, which may need scouting. At the put in, the first rapid, Whiplash, can be scouted from river left. After Whiplash, the river continues to drop away in horizon line after horizon line. After about two kilometers, there is a short piece of flat water, recognizable because it is the only flat water on this section. This marks the start of a long, two-part class V rapid called Paula Jones. About one kilometer of class IV remains after Paula Jones, and the section ends with Baba Raj, a class IV that can be scouted from the left. Take out here, or continue downstream.Overnight, stay at hotel in Punakha.

    Day 5: Punakha – Paro

    After breakfast drive to Paro.  En-route visit Khamsum Yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the wellbeing of Bhutanese. Royal Botanical Park in lamperi is the first botanical park in Bhutan. It has 46 different species of rhododendrons. This blooms during the mid of March to early August. Paro Dzong (fortress) built in 1646, houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices. National Museum (Ta- Dzong) above Paro Dzong, once a watch tower built to defend Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) during inters valley wars of 17th century was later inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. Overnight, stay at a hotel in paro.

    Day 6: Paro – hike to Taktsang (tigers nest)

    After breakfast drive to tigers’ nest hike point. Taktsang is built on a cliff at 900m above Paro Valley. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhva) arrived on  the back of at  tigress and mediated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in cave in the 8th century where the monastery now stands.  Overnight, stay at hotel in Paro.

    Day 7:  Departure

    After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destinations. 

  • Bhutan Photography Tour

    “Itinerary can be customized based on your interest & time”

    Day 01: Arrive Paro-Thimphu
    Our representative will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities.After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rinpung Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Afterwards, drive to Thimphu. Overnight, at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 2: Thimphu
    After breakfast, drive to Tashichhodzong to attend the Thimphu festival. You will see locals dressed in their finest clothes who have walked from miles around to attend the festivities. They come to watch masked dances, to pray, and to feast. While the underlying purpose of the festival is spiritual, dances are more often like plays, telling stories where good triumphs over evil, or depicting significant historical events, especially surrounding the life of Bhutan’s patron saint, Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche). Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Overnight, at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 3: Thimphu Sightseeing
    Morning sightseeing includes a visit to 12th century Changangkha Temple, the Zilukha Nunnery and the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization, and as a monument to world peace. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972.In the afternoon return to Tashichhodzong to further experience the colourful events of the Thimphu festival. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 4: Thimphu-Punakha
    Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley. The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdoms. In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that grow to tree size and bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring color.

    On arrival in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. The insides walls are covered with elaborate murals depicting the teaching of the Buddha. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned.

    DAY 5: PUNAKHA
    After breakfast enjoy a short hike through rice fields up to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before an excursion to visit 15th century Chimi Lhakhang is considered a symbol of fertility and many childless couples go to this temple for blessing. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.

    Day 6: Punakha-Trongsa

    Drive to Trongsa via the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests and over the Pele La pass (3,420m) on the Black Mountain range towards Trongsa. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between western and central Bhutan. Further down the road stop to visit beautiful Chendebji Chorten. It is built in a style unusual for Bhutan, with painted eyes facing the four directions. The imposing Trongsa Dzong can be viewed across a deep canyon to signal your approach to the town around a curving road.

    On arrival in Trongsa, enjoy some relaxation time before visiting Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Trongsa is the largest Dzong in Bhutan. The foundations of Trongsa Dzong were laid in the 16th Century and there are now 22 temples in the complex.. In the old days, it was the vigilance point for both the eastern and western trade routes, thus a strategically important Dzong. Overnight at a hotel in Trongsa.

    Day 7: Trongsa- Bumthang
    After breakfast visit the Ta Dzong museum located on the hill overlooking the Trongsa Dzong. The museums main focus is on the history of the monarchy, and is dedicated to the coronation and centenary celebrations of the Bhutanese monarchy with very rare and precious artifacts on display. These include statues built in the 17th century, to the first King’s Namza (dress), the Raven Crown and Sword of Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal and the 3rd King.

    Afterwards, proceed to Bumthang (2.5 hrs), one the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the spiritual and historical heartland of the country. Bumthang is home to some of Bhutan’s oldest Palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries. The valley’s barley fields, apple groves and meadows lay below huge hills which climb up towards the Himalayan mountain wall separating Bhutan from Tibet. After lunch, visit Jakar Dzong, also known as ‘Fortress of the White Bird’. The Dzong is now used as the administration center for Bumthang valley.

    Day 8: Bumthang (attend Tangbi Mani)
    Transfer to the remote Tangbi Mani village for the day by vehicle and a 45 minute walk. Spend the day viewing the Tangbi Mani Festival in an enchanting rural atmosphere. You will be captivated by the dances and costumed performances accompanied by clapping cymbals, drums, horn and the unforgettable chanting of Buddhist monks. Watch on as the dancers whirl their array of colorful brocades through the air, play local games and stroll handicraft stalls, explore around the village and visit locals at their homes. In the afternoon transfer back to Jakar. Overnight at your hotel in Bumthang.

    Day 9: Bumthang
    Sightseeing in Bumthang beginning with Jambay Lhakhang, one of 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen in the 7th Century. It was here that Guru Rimpoche conducted his first sermon on Tantric Buddhism for his host King Sendha, the local ruler, his family and subjects. Continue on to Kurjey Lhakhang, famous for a rock within one of the temples that features a body imprint of the great master Guru Rimpoche. The big cypress tree in the temple grounds is believed to be the walking stick of Guru Rimpoche.

    Afterwards visit Tamshing Lhakhang, the seat of Bumthang’s famous son, saint Pema Lingpa. He built it himself in 1501. A skilled tantric master and artist, he sculpted the main statues and painted the frescoes, some of Bhutan’s oldest which can still be seen even today, mostly in their original state. Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang.

    Day 10: Bumthang – Gangtey (Phobjikha Valley)
    Start early today for Gangtey, about 6 hrs from Bumthang. Farmhouses and temples dot the landscape and you will see local farmers wearing the traditional woven bamboo hats of central Bhutan. The wide and picturesque Phobjikha valley is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Visit Gangtey Goempa (Monastery), the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel in Phobjikha.

    Day 11: Gangtey(Phobjikha Valley)-Thimphu
    Morning visit to view the Black-Necked Cranes (winter only) before departing for Thimphu. From Gangtey the road gradually descends into Punakha valley before climbing up over Dochu La Pass and into Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

    Day 12: Thimphu-Paro
    After breakfast hike to Tango Monastery. Tango Monastery is a higher education institute for Buddhist monks built there in the 15th century by Drukpa Kunley (‘The Divine Madman’). Like many Bhutanese monasteries, Tango was built over a cave where meditation and miracles were said to take place.  The monastery has no less than twelve corners and, it is said, was built in only two months – including the six temples within.

    In the afternoon continue sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the School for Arts and Crafts, The National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. Afterwards drive to Paro for overnight.

     

     

    Day 13:Paro
    After breakfast hike to Tiger’s Nest. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The great Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch.

    In the afternoon, drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate the victory against invading Tibetans, in 1644. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

    Day 14: Departure
    After breakfast, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.


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