Trip Style: Road Trip (Self Drive / Chauffer Driven)
Duration: 6 nights / 7 days
Route: Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro
- Tiger’s Nest/TaksangMonastery(Paro)
- Buddha Dordenma/Statue(Thimpu)
- Handmade Paper Factory(Thimpu)
- Dochu La Pass (3100 mts)
- Tsechu Festival (23-25 September 2015)
- Trekking & Hiking
- Art & Craft Workshops
- Accommodation (Standard 3*/4*/5* )
- Meals: As per Hotel reservations.
- Bhutan Visa
- Certified English speaking guide
- All monument fees
- All royalties and taxes applicable in Bhutan
- Self Drive Car or Chauffeur Driven Car (if required)
- Driving Permits/permission
- Useful Road Maps.
- Towing strap and air pump.
- Toilet Tent.
- Wireless Radio Sets.
- First Aid Kit
- Crew Vehicle (For big groups)
- Meals not included in Hotel reservations.
- International Driving License (A must carry)
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Insurance, tips, Personal phone calls
- Airfare/train fare
- Refundable Security Deposit for self Drive vehicles (USD 2000/per vehicle)
- Travel Insurance.
- Entry fees (Any kind)
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill health, Vehicle Breakdown, landslide, roadblocks, bad weather etc.
- Any charges for carrying video camera, still camera etc
Fly to Paro
Take a flight to Paro, site for the only International airport of Bhutan. Here your Self Drive/chauffeur Driven cars will be waiting for you to begin this exciting tour. Start driving towards Thimphu, the mystical capital of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.
Start your day with a city tour accompanied by a local guide visiting famous sites like National Library that preserves ancient Tibetan texts, Buddha Dordenma that is a huge 50m tall steel statue of Buddha, zoo to see Tekin, the National animal of Bhutan. The splendid TashichoDzong that hosts the city’s biggest annual festival and an intriguing Handmade paper factory where you can buy souvenirs to take home.
Thimphu – Punakha (77 Kms/3hrs)
Start driving along the national highway from the cool heights of Thimphu via the Dochu La pass at 3100 mts from where you get a fantastic view of the Eastern Himalayan Ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mt GangarPunsum (7520 mts), and reach the balmy, lush landscapes of Punakha valley. Once here check into the hotel and visit the town markets at leisure. Overnight in Punakha.
Today you visit the Splendid PunakhaDzong built at the confluence of two rivers. It is arguably the most beautiful dzong of Bhutan, especially at spring time.After you exit the dzong seek the blessings from a wish-fulfilling statue of Sakyamuni. Overnight in Punakha.
Punakha – Paro (143 kms/4 hrs)
Get prepared for a scenic drive through misty mountains and beautiful trails to enter the capital city of Paro. Check in at the hotel and post refreshments visit the Ta Dzong/National Museum which holds beautiful art & paintings representing Bhutan’s rich culture & Buddhist History. The Buddha Dordenma – a gigantic steel statue and the RinpungDzong that is a school for monks. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Today you go hiking at the most sacred spot in Bhutan called the Tiger’s Nest /Taktsang Monastery where legend says their guru Padmasambhava flew from east to west Bhutan on the back of a flying tigress to subdue the evil spirits that hindered Buddhism. Refreshments will be taken at small joints on the path. Evening will be spent at the hotel.
Time to say goodbye to our humble hosts. It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. Hope you made great memories. Catch a flight to your desired destination from Paro.