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10 Days / 9 Nights Trip | Buddha Point in Thimpu, Panaromic view of Himalayas, Phobjikha Valley Hike, Visit Punakha Dzong

Wonders of Bhutan

Find out what lights up the faces of the residents of Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well-being in GNH — Gross National Happiness. On a 10-day adventure across this bastion of Buddhist culture, explore remote mountain villages and shrines and climb magnificent heights to the cliff-side Taktsang Monastery, 900 metres (2,953 feet) above the valley floor. Amid the soaring peaks and cultural delights of this ancient place, discover your own capacity for happiness.
Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, sandwiched between Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh is a bewitching country full of quirky surprises. This is a country where the absolute monarch voluntarily and peacefully ceded power to the people, where wellbeing & happiness trump income & wealth or where forests can never cover less than 60% of the country by law.
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  • Duration
    10 Days
  • Starting From
    $3,799
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    G Adventures
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

The heart of Bhutan: Thimpu.
Highlight #1
The heart of Bhutan: Thimpu.
Strung out along the Wang Chhu, Thimphu is Bhutan's own mini-metropolis, an expanding bubble of shopping complexes, monasteries and chalet-like apartment buildings.
Visit Punakha Valley
Highlight #2
Visit Punakha Valley
The valley is one of Bhutan’s most scenic destinations, filled with wildflowers and golden monasteries.
Explore Paro
Highlight #3
Explore Paro
This tiny, sleepy town is the perfect place to get a glimpse of local life - children playing in the fields, women weaving baskets and older folk turning prayer wheels in temples.
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One week in Bhutan.

Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the regions second least populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center. In this video you will see the following places in: Bhutan, Asia, Central Asia, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Paro, Taktshang, Taktsang, Tiger's Nest, Trekking, Mountains, Prayer Flags, Punakha-Dzong, Tashichho Dzong,

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Paro/Thimphu

Arrive at any time and transfer to Thimphu. In Thimphu, time permitting, take an orientation walk in town and get settled in.

   Meals:   Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Thimphu/Punākha

In the morning, meet a Buddhist Monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs, ways of life, and values in Bhutan. Drive to Punakha, crossing the Dochula Pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas through flickering prayer flags. In the afternoon, drive to Lobeysa and hike 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the "Divine Madman", built in 1499. Today, it is mostly visited by women, as it is known as a temple of fertility.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Punākha

Enjoy a full day of exploration including a visit to Punakha Dzong, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, and Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yueley Chorten.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Punākha/Gangtey Gonpa

Travel to Gangtey and visit the Black-Necked Crane Centre, one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Bhutan.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Gangtey Gonpa

Walk to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa, known to hold the most sacred relics in Bhutan. After, walk across Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, where we'll visit an old temple and make an offering. This evening, stop at the village of Khewa and visit a local family's farm for a cooking demonstration and a home cooked dinner.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Gangtey Gonpa/Thimphu

Drive to the capital to visit the Big Buddha and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Hear a lecture on the Gross National Happiness, an index used by Bhutan to measure the nation's progress.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Thimphu/Haa Dzongkhag

In the morning, visit Memorial Chorten. Drive to the valley and visit Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple). In the afternoon, spend time exploring Haa town.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Haa Dzongkhag/Paro

Drive to the Haa Valley, one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan via the Cheela Mountain Pass, at 3,810m (12,500 ft). Hike to Kila Goempa Nunnery which clings to a rocky cliff. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple and the local archery grounds.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Paro

Embark on a vigorous hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the most venerated pilgrim site of the Himalayan world. The view is absolutely stunning, with the monastery clinging to a cliff face towering 2,953m (9,688 ft) above the valley. Return to Paro and visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong fortress.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Paro

Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet a Buddhist Monk, Thimphu Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Family Farm Meal, Gangtey Gonpa Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lecture on Gross National Happiness, Thimphu

  Arrival and departure transfer

  Visit the Rimpung Dzong

  Hike to Punakha Dzong monastery and fertility shrine

  Visit the town of Wangdue and walk to Khamsum Yueley Chorten shrine

  Visit the village of Khewa

  Black-Necked Crane Centre visit

  Hike to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa

  Walk across Phobjikha and Khewa valleys

  Visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (arts and crafts) and the Thimphu Chorten

  Hike to Kila Goempa nunnery

  Explore shrines and temples of the Haa Valley

  Visit the fortress of Drukgyal Dzong and hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

  Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple

  All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

 Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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