Bhutan – Kingdom of Happiness
Stunning landscapes set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, and a benevolent populace makes Bhutan an ideal destination for a family holiday
- Best Season: October – June
- Region: Bhutan
- Duration: 8 days
- Activity: Family
- Grade: Easy
The land of the Thunder Dragon – Druk Yul , conjures an image of immense fascination in the minds of most people. Ancient monasteries with fascinating histories, benevolent people with a rich cultural heritage, snow capped Himalayas offering quaint trekking trails . Bhutan, often referred to as ‘The Last Shangri –La’ is probably the most beautiful and mystique country in the world.
This trip makes for an ideal family holiday with the right blend of stunning landscapes, colourful monasteries, friendly people and picturesque walks. Starting from the border town of Phuntsholing your road winds up to Thimpu , the vibrant capital city. Continue further on to Phunakha via the Dochula pass which heralds stunning views of the Eastern Himalayas . Finally you reach Paro where we undertake the iconic trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery.
- Trek to Taktsang monastery
- Visit the Punakha dzong
- Spend some time at the Arts and Craft school and interact with artisans
- Walk to Chimi Lhakhang the ‘Temple of Fertility’
Day 1: Bagdogra to Phuntsholing
Pickup from Bagdogra airport and drive to the border town Phuntsholing . Our guide will assist you to make your permit for Bhutan. O/n at a hotel in Phuntsholing
Day 2: Phuntsholing to Thimpu
Post breakfast commence your scenic drive up the valleys of Bhutan, admiring and photographing the ever changing landscape. In the evening walk around Thimpu town absorbing the vibes of the capital city. O/n at a hotel in Thimpu
Day 3: Thimpu
In the morning visit the Memorial Chorthen built in memory of the Third king, the Heritage Museum and the Painting school were you can see the fine art of painting Thankas. In the second half you can visit the craft market from where you can buy local handicrafts .
Alternatively, you can go for an enjoyable half day walk to Tango Gompa. O/n at a hotel in Thimpu
Day 4: Thimpu to Punakha
Today you will proceed further to Punakha, crossing over Dochu La the highest point on the road. You will take a short break over here to walk around the 108 chortens and if the weather is clear enjoy stunning views of the East Himalayan peaks from the pass.
On reaching Punakha visit Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple of Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as the Divine Madman. who advocated the use of phallus symbols as paintings on walls and as flying carved wooden phalluses on house tops at four corners of the eves. O/n at a hotel in Punakha
Day 5: Punakha to Paro
In the morning visit the Punakha dzong, probably the most scenic one on all of Bhutan. The Dzong houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Kagyu School including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa.
By afternoon leave for Paro valley. O/n at a hotel in Paro
Day 6: Paro
Today you will go for a full day hike to Bhutan’s most iconic monastery Taktsang monastery. It is one of the most sacred places in Bhutan due to its association with Guru Rinpoche, who reputedly flew to Paro Taktsang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming dakini-tigress in the 747 A.D., where he meditated and subdued evil spirits. Hence it is also referred to as Tiger’ Nest. The monastery is precariously perched on a high cliff overlooking the Paro valley. O/n at a hotel in Paro
Day 7: Paro to Phuntsholing
After breakfast visit the Paro dzong and the National museum and shop for souvenir items. By afternoon drive to Phuntsholing . O/n at a hotel in Phuntsholing
Day 8: Phuntsholing to Bagdogra
Drop to Bagdogra airport
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