Journey as a local tour
Journey as a local tour will take you away from busy life quickly, make you enjoy the freshness of the virgin nature, mingle with locals most of the time and collect best portraits from across the journey. This program also perfectly suites of photographers. We will touch the cultural highlights of uniqueness and make you understand the root of true happiness. To know the truth, book the trip with Heavenly Bhutan and have unique experience.
No. of nights: 11
Mountain Pass: Dochula Pass 3100m – Pelela Pass 330m – Yotongla Pass 3350m
- Government Royalty of US $ 65 per night per person
- sightseeing within Bhutan as per the itinerary
- Accommodations in best 3 star hotels on twin sharing basis
- All meals (breakfast, lunch &dinner)
- Full time English speaking guide
- entrance fees and permits
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
- One time visa processing fee of US$ 40 per person
- Flight tickets
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet
- Soft drinks and alcohol
- Mineral water in hotels and restaurants
- Travel insurance
- Shopping and entertainment
- Gratuities to guide, driver, etc.
- Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
- Specialized guides (Foreign language,photography, Bird watching, Buddhism, flora and fauna) available at an additional cost.
Day 01: 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 02: 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. Memorial Chorten (Stupa) was built in 1974 in the memory of the third king of Bhutan. Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The statue sited at kuensel phodrang is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world. Tashichho Dzong (Fortress), houses most of the government offices, throne room and office of the king. Overnight stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu – Trongsa
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 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 king (head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye wangchuk. Proceed to Tongsa via Pelela pass (3,300 m), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large prayer flag and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. En-route stop at Chendbji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida. It is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Trongsa.
Day 04: Trongsa-Bumthang
After breakfast visit Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648, where crown prince of Bhutan traditionally becomes the Penlop (governor) of Trongsa prior to be crowned as king of Bhutan. Ta Dzong, Built as watchtower to guard Tongsa Dzong. Then drive to Bumthang via Yutongla pass. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Bumthang.
Day 05: Bumthang
After breakfast visit to Kurje Lhakhang where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. Also visit the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic school), Jakar Dzong (administrative centre of the region), and Swiss Farm House. Evening freely stroll around town. Overnight stay at a hotel in Bumthang.
Day 06: Bumthang – Gangtey / Phobjikha
After breakfast drive to Gangtey. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Visit Gangtey Monastry, established in the 17th century. Phobjikha valley lies a few kilometers, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, 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 Phobjikha valley. Overnight, stay at hotel in Gangtey / Phobjikha.
Day 07: Gangtey/Phobjikha – Punakha
After breakfast drive to Punakha. En-route visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and town. Overnight stay at a hotel in Punakha.
Day 08: Punakha – Thimphu
After breakfast drive to Thimphu. En-route visit Khamsum yuley Namgyel Chorten, built in 1990 by queen mother and dedicated to the King and for the well-being 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. Royal Textile museum, which was established in 2001, provides fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.In the evening freely stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 09: Thimphu to Haa
After breakfast drive to Haa. Then visit Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple), Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple),Haa Dzong(fortress), Katso Lhakhang (temple) of Guru Rimpoche built against the rocky ledge. Hike around Katso village (alt. 8840 ft). This is a fairly easy hike of about one hour walk through this beautiful valley. Evening freely scroll around town. Overnight, stay in Haa.
Day 10: Haa to Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro via Chelela pass. On a clear day there is a superb view of Mts. Jhomolhari and Jichu Drake. Visit Paro Dzong (fortress) built is 1646 which houses the district monastic body and most of the government administrative offices. National Museum (Ta- Dzong), once a watch tower built to defend paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), during inter valley wars of 17th century was later inaugurated as National Museum in 1968. Kichu lhakhang is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the kingdom built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songchen Gampo. Visit farm House. In the evening freely stroll around the market. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.
Day 11: Paro – hike to Taktsang (tigers nest)
After breakfast drive to tigers’ nest hike point. Taktsang is built on a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhva) arrived on the back of a 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.
Day 12: Departure
After early breakfast drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.