You will be wowed by many of the great sights of Bhutan: great Himalayas, fabulous places, holy monasteries, sacred temples, unspoiled culture, simple traditional lifestyle, deeply Buddhist religion, the charming, welcoming and friendliness of the people – so you’ve come to the right place to immerse yourself a tranquil honeymoon of your life’s most important holiday. “No visit to Bhutan would be considered as complete without a trip to the famous Chimmi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple) esp. for hone...
Day 1Arrival in Paro and transfer to Thimphu
Once settled in our hotel, we begin to unlock the mysteries of Bhutan by touring Thimphu’s most important sites.
After lunch we visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of late Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Buddha Point, 15th century Changangkha Lhakhang, Textile Museum where we learn about Bhutan's living national art of weaving and primary center of learning for Bhutanese artists School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts.
In the evening we can stroll in Thimphu Town, Handicrafts Stall or Centenary Farmer’s weekend Market.
Day 2Hike to Cheri Monastery
In the morning drive to north of Thimphu Valley (15kms) and hike to Cheri Monastery for 30 – 45mins. Cheri Monastery was established in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu sect.
After Lunch, visit Handmade Paper Factory followed by visit to National Takin Reserve and Zihlukha nunnery, biggest nunnery in Bhutan and is a good place to photograph and interact with the nuns and learn about what it takes and feels like to be a Bhutanese Buddhist Nun.
Day 3Visit to Administrative and Religious Center
Thimphu - Punakha
After breakfast, we will drive from Thimphu to Punakha on national highway, which leads from the cold of Thimphu to the hot, almost tropical area of the Punakha Valley. En route, we will stop at Dochula Pass, where you can visit the marvelous 108 stupas and have a coffee break.
Upon arrival in Punakha visit Chimmi Lhakhang - Takes a 45mins hike round trip. This monastery is also referred to as the “Abode of Fertility”
After lunch we go visiting the beautiful Punakha Dzong, seated at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers and Punakha suspension bridge, an exciting bridge for photography enthusiasts.
Day 4Historic Dzongkhag
Punakha - Bumthang
Today we go to Bumthang. With an average altitude of 2600m, this region has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys of Chumey, Choeskhor, Tang and Ura, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend.
After lunch you can explore visiting some farm house and handicrafts shops.
Day 5Full day sight seeing
After breakfast we will visit Tang Ugyencholing Palace - Restored in 19th century and en-route visit Tang Valley.
After lunch we will be visiting Kurje Lhakhang, Jambay Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong.
Day 6Trek through Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout
Bumthang - Toktu Zampa
Toktu Zampa - Ngang Lhakhang
Ascent: 170 m, Camp altitude 2,720 m
The route follows the Chamkhar Chu, a river known for trout and stops for lunch at Thangbi Lhakhang. From here the trek enters the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan) at the centre of which lies the Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple). The valley was once populated by swans, and hence the name Ngang Yul.
Day 7Trek highest point of the route Phephe La (3,360m)
Ngang Lhakhang - Tahung
Ascent: 750 m, Descent: 670 m, Camp altitude: 2,800 m
We willl begin the day by crossing verdant meadows and with a beautiful view of the valley below. Then you climb gradually to Phephe La (3,360m), the highest point of the trek route. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas where many stops can be made to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings. The path leads you downhill into a broad valley. Among several possible camping sites the most likely one is uphill behind the village of Tahung.
Day 8Trek ends at Ugyencholing Palace
Tahung - Mesithang
Descent: 230 m
After breakfast we will trek through the Tang Chu, another trout-filled river. On the bank of the river is the Tang Rimpoche’s Lhakhang. We will will pass the Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) and lead you to Tang Ugyencholing Palace. From here you will soon reach the road head where our Driver will be waiting and drive back to your hotel at Bumthang.
Mesithang - Bumthang
Day 9Drive to Phobjikha
Bumthang - Phobjikha
After breakfast, we will be heading towards Phobjikha, the valley where significant wintering ground of the rare and endangered Black‐necked cranes in Bhutan are found.
After lunch, we will be visiting Gangtey Monastery that overlooks the wetlands surrounded by subsistence farms and natural forest areas makes Phobjikha a stunningly beautiful and sacred valley. After that, we will hike through Gangtey Natural Trail (1.5hrs) most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. In the evening, visit Farm House (traditional village house).
Day 10Explore Paro Town
Phobjikha - Paro
After breakfast, we will drive to Paro. En route, we will stop at Lamperi Botanical Garden which comprises of over 46 species of rhododendrons.
Afternoon you can relax at the hotel or explore the neighboring villages.
Day 11Hike to Tiger's Nest
After breakfast, we will hike to Tiger’s Nest - Bhutan’s most scenic icon or the most important landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley.
Today we will be having full day sightseeing visiting Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Ta Dzong (the watchtower) one time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century and Drukgyel Dzong - This Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646.