Welcome to the land of the thunder Dragon. The Bhutan Odyssey cultural tour through the mystical Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. We invite you to experience the beauty, culture and spirituality of Bhutan with us. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and after crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’. We wish you a beautiful journey through our kingdom.
|Day||Day to Day trip Schedule|
|03||Paro – Thimphu||Hotel|
|04||Thimphu – Punakha||Hotel|
|05||Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Gangtey(Phobjikha)||Hotel|
|06||Gangtey – Thimphu||Hotel|
|07||Hike to Paro -Takstang||Hotel|
On a clear day, the flight to Paro is breathtaking, with views of major Himalayan peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, and on the final approach Bhutan`s own snowy peaks, the sacred Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tserimgang. You will be met by your Bhutan Safari representative, and after completion of arrival formalities you will be taken to your hotel.
Evening visit to Paro market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong ( National Museum ) and then walk down a hillside trail to Rinpung Dzong. Afternoon visits to Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, set off for Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Stop en route at Chuzom (Confluence) at the entrance to the Paro valley, where the Paro and Thimphu rivers meet. Three chortens on the riverbank at this place, each in a different style, mark the confluence of the two rivers. Visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the kingdom, shortly before reaching Thimphu.
Afternoon sightseeing in Thimphu, visiting the National Memorial Chorten, majestic Tashichhodzong, the Handicrafts Emporium and the main shopping area.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu .
Morning sightseeing in Thimphu includes visits to the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan), the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), and the National Textile Museum, as time permits.
After lunch drive to Bhutan`s former capital Punakha, stopping en route at Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) for refreshments. On a clear day you will enjoy breathtaking mountain views from this spot.
On arrival at Punakha, check into the hotel. In the evening visit Punakha Dzong, a 17th century fortress. Afterwards take a stroll around the market area.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang, where we will stop to visit the remarkable Wangduephodrang Dzong, stretched along a spur at the confluence of two rivers. We will also visit a local village house, to gain insight into the lifestyle of the people.
Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley.
In the evening take a stroll around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the kingdom. Overnight at guest house, or camp under the stars.
In the morning, explore Phobjikha valley, chosen winter home of black necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan Plateau.
After lunch, proceed to Paro, en route visiting a traditional Bhutanese farm house, to gain an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the local people.
On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After early morning breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktsang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold. Taktsang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is called, it is widely regarded is one of the most important monuments of spiritual significance in Bhutan.
Its history is deeply associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the revered Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktsang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan while riding on a tigress. When he landed in the cave, he took the wrathful form of Guru Dorji Drolo who is regarded as one of the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche to decimate the demons.
Several saints have chosen this sanctuary to pray and meditate in solitude. The monastery was ravaged by fire twice in the 1900s first in 1951 and later the fire of 1998, which nearly destroyed the monastery completely. The government then undertook a comprehensive reconstruction in 2000. The monastery was recreated to its original splendor and re-opened to the public shortly thereafter From the road, the hike toward Taktsang follows an uphill route and takes approximately 2-3 hours at an average walking pace on a clear, sunny day.
Lunch at Cafeteria.
Overnight at hotel Paro
Early breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.
The Trip Cost Includes
- Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
- Food and lodging in 3star category hotels and resorts in twin room sharing basis (4 & 5 star requires additional cost)
- Tourist standard transport vehicles will be provided depending upon the number of Guest travelling.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- All internal taxes will be included
- One time special cultural show program will be organized by Exotic vacations Bhutan for group above 10 pax and if number of pax is exceeding 16 pax .Troop leaders (1pax) will be give complimentary trip to Bhutan
- Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
- All entrance fees and permits.
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Air tickets cost any sector you choose
- Single room supplementary of USD 40 per night
- All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
- Guide and Driver Tipping's
- Pottery pony hire charge of USD 30 per head for visiting Tigers nest for those who cannot walk up to tigers nest
- Surcharge of USD 40 per person per nights and USD 30 and above 3 pax .no surcharge will be charged
- Medical / Travel Insurance.