The Last Shangrila Bhutan Tour
10 Days / 09 Nights
Day 1: Delhi – Paro ( by Flight) & Paro-Thimphu by road (55km/1h30 approx)
Leave for Paro by Drukair flight. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in Entire Himalayas. Journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Arrive Paro. Assistance on the arrival. Traditional welcome with Scarf and hand over stamped picture postcard to each guest on the arrival. Transfer to Thimphu by car. Thimphu, Capital city of Bhutan, it is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and market area. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Thimphu: Visit Thimphu city, Buddha Point, Trashichoedzong
After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to King’s Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Completed in 1974 after his sudden death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Later drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre. Take a glimpse of the valley. Further, drive to visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Thimphu – Trongsa (193km/3hrs approx.)
After early breakfast, drive to Dochula pass (3,080m). If the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the north east. Many other peaks can be seen from this pass, on a clear day, especially Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7, 497m. Proceed to Trongsa across Pelela pass (3,200 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. Stop enroute 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 at the hotel.
Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang (78 km/2 hrs approx)
After breakfast proceed to 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. Visit Ta Dzong and Proceed to Bumthang. Enroute stop at Chumey, a wide fertile valley where wheat , barley, potatoes and buckwheat are cultivated. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5: Bumthang
Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor,Tang and Ura. You will see prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries.
Visit Kurje Lhakang, jambey Lhakang, Tamshing Lhang and akar Dzong. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Bumthang/ Gangtey (153km/6hrs approx)
After breakfast embark on a fascinating journey to Gangtey. They valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. Visits Monasteries. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Gangtey/ Punakha (85km/3hrs.approx)
After breakfast, explore fascinating Phobjikha valley. Winter home of black necked cranes. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu and Gay Chhu.
After lunch drive to Punakha, the ancient capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Punakha – Paro (125kms/4hrs approx)
After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back from Dochu la, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Later proceed to visit Ta Dzong ( National Museum). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Paro
Drive to Satsam Chorten for a view of Taktshang Monastery. It is one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress; hence, it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Afternoon visit Paro Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Paro
After breakfast transfer to airport, leave for further destination.