Bhutan is the only country in the world that officially practices Mahayana Buddhism or Vajrayana Buddhism. More than a religion, Buddhism is a way of life in Bhutan. Since time immemorial, Buddhism has shaped local beliefs, culture and identity.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation and meals in Bhutan (3 Star or Budget Hotel) as per plan
- Transportation within Bhutan: (1) up to 4 PAX – Creta (2) 5 to 7PAX – Innova / H1 / HI ace Bus and (3) 8 to 18 PAX – Hi Roof Mini Bus / Coaster Bus
- Services of an experienced professional tour guide and driver
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel Insurance
- Accommodation, meals and transport outside Bhutan
- Meals not included in plan
- Entry fees to all visiting sites, wherever applicable
- Entry/route permit fees
- Personal expenses(bar bills, telephone calls, laundry)
- Unplanned/unforeseen expenses (extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, landslides, flight delays, etc.)
- Tips to driver or guide
- Expenses at luxury hotels
- Beverages and drinks
Arrive at Paro Airport or Phuentsholing Gate - Representative from” AriseDev Tours & Treks “will receive the guests at Paro Airport or Phuentsholing. While traveling by air, it is mandatory to carry a passport. While entering Bhutan through Phuentsholing Gate, entry and route permits will be processed at Phuentsholing Immigration Office.
Travel to Thimphu - Guests will enjoy the views of beautiful mountains, and valleys while sightseeing on the way.
Overnight Halt at Thimphu
National Memorial Chorten – An iconic monument located in the heart of Thimphu city: people of all ages come here to circumambulate and recite scary prayers
Buddha Point-One of the largest Buddha statues in the world is situated on the hillock overlooking the whole Thimphu valley below.
BBS Tower and Motithang Takin Preserve/Mini Zoo - A walk around the wildlife reserve to see the national animal of Bhutan (Takin). Also explore the sights of breath-taking views of Thimphu city from the BBS tower area.
Changangkha Monastery - Discover the oldest Monastery (Temple) in Bhutan, where newborn babies in Thimphu receive names.
Tashichhoedzong- Once a Buddhist monastery and a fortress is presently the seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). It is an impressive structure, which houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan.
Crafts Market – Shopping for souvenirs from the crafts market. Visitors will find an interesting assortment of genuine Bhutanese handicrafts and textiles available for sale here.
Stroll Clock Tower and Thimphu Town- Stroll around the heart of Thimphu city. Witness the buzzing crowd and check into local shops and handicraft stores. Do not forget to try the delicious local cuisines.
Overnight Halt at Thimphu.
Tango -Tango monastery is about half an hour hike from the parking area. Originally, it was the resident of Phajo Drugom Shigpo in 13th century. It was rebuilt in its present form in 1688 by Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th Temporal Ruler of Bhutan and 1st Tri Rinpoche. The monastery was restored in mid 1990s and now the residence of 7th Tri Rinpoche, the young incarnation of Tenzin Rabgye. It is also a Buddhist university.
Cheri monastery -Cheri monastery is at 45 minutes’ walk distance from the base, Bhutan’s first monastery and was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620 after overcoming a local demon. Cheri is still an important place for meditation retreats for many monks.
Overnight Halt at Thimphu.
Travel to Punakha-Punakha, the journey to second capital of Bhutan will offer you picturesque views of green mountains, water streams, paddy fields, traditional Bhutanese house, etc.
Dochula Pass and Druk Wangyel Lhakhang-Enjoy breathing in the fresh uncontaminated air, admiring spectacular views of snow-capped Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges, Ii is built in honour of the fourth King of Bhutan. The temple houses the biggest golden butter lamp (4.5 feet tall) in the country, including a foot tall intricate stand of sliver.
Chimi Lhakhang-Get blessed at the fertility temple. It is a common belief in Bhutan that barren women will be blessed with the birth of children if they pray at this temple.
Khamsum Yuley Temple-Enjoy an exciting hike to a temple on a hilltop, overlooking the Punakha valley. The temple is a classic example of gorgeous traditions and architecture. The trip through the woods is very refreshing as the trail is surrounded by pine trees
and beautiful views up and down the valley.
Punakha Dzong-Visit Punakha Dzong and also experience walking through one of the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, 350m and perched high above the very swift river of Po Chhu..
Stroll Punakha– Enjoy shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
Overnight Halt at Punakha
Gangtey Gompa-It is a beautiful place of rolling hills and green meadows surrounded by snow-capped mountain, from there one can closely view the picturesque Black Mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha Valley.
Khewang Lhakhang -The picturesque and small Khewang Lhakhang (temple) is located just opposite to Tabading across the marshlands in the middle of the Phobjikha valley. It is believed that the location for this temple was prophesied by the famous? Divine madman? Drukpa Kuenley (1455-1529) when he visited the valley.
Overnight Halt at Phobjikha.
Travel to Paro -A journey to a historical place that holds many sacred sites and temples, providing breath-taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchan Junga and other Himalayan Peaks including scared Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan.
Dumtseg Lhakhang -Dumtseg Lhakhang -Located in the heart of Paro town, the construction of this temple has freed the valley from leprosy as per history.
Kyichu Lhakhang - Tour to Bhutan’s oldest & most beautiful temple where you will get to witness the two orange trees in the courtyard of the temple bearing fruit throughout the year.
Stroll Paro Town – Enjoy shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
Overnight Halt at Paro
Paro Taktsang - Enjoy an unforgettable experience of trekking to Paro Taktsang, which is located on the mountain cliff overlooking the Paro Valley and surrounded by majestic mountains and emerald green valleys.
Overnight Halt at Paro
Return Travel to Paro Airport or Phuentsholing–Guests will travel back to Paro Airport or Phuentsholing for outbound journey.
Out boundary - Representatives from “AriseDev Tours and Treks” will see off the guests.