Four and Eight Day tours into the Hidden land of Bhutan
Very close to Nepal is the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. Nestled between India and China, it is located only a few miles from Nepal's eastern border.
It is a land known for its isolation. For centuries, it was not a place that people visited. It is steeped in Buddhist traditions and features some incredible scenery that is found in the Himalayas. Monasteries hang off the sides of cliffs, the valleys are green and alive while the mountains are capped with brilliant white snow. The air is clean, and the architecture is unique to this mountain kingdom.
We at PANDA TREKS & EXPEDITIONS are proud to be able to offer tours into this isolated and forbidden land. We have both a four day and eight day tour available. Why not come and experience Bhutan while in this part of the world? Kathmandu is the gateway to the kingdom of Bhutan.
7 Nights / 8 Days Bhutan Cultural Tour
Day 01 : Flight Kathmandu-Paro
The flight into the Himalyas reveals breathtaking views of great peaks, taking you right into the Dragon kingdom's cloud scraping air-strip at Paro.Your Bhutanese tour guide will greet you on arrival to drive you through the beautiful Paro Vallley to your hotel situated on a breezy pine scented hillside. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Paro
Paro sightseeing includes:- A drive to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong (18 kms up Paro valley). Built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. On a clear day the 7314 m white-domed Namgyel peak of sacred Mt. Chomolhari (Mountain of Goddess) can be seen looming overhead. You visit the Taa Dzong-The National museum, housed in an ancient watch-tower. This museum has fine collection of ancient thankas paintings, textiles, weapons and other artifacts. Meals and overnight at the hotel. Evening at leisure
Day 03 : Paro-Day Excursion to Taktsang
Morning drive to Satsam Chorten. Take a 2 hour hike to Taktsang climbing 980m above the valley floor to the viewpoint of the monastery. You stop for lunch at Taktsang Jakhant. Then walk back to Satsam Chorten and return to the hotel. Evening at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Paro-Thimpu (68 Kms)
After breakfast an hour drive through the Paro and Thimpu valleys to the capital of Bhutan Thimpu, stopping at the hotel for lunch. An afternoon visit to the Memorial and the Handicrafts Emporium. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Thimpu-Punakha/Wangdi (101 Kms)
The drive to Punakha takes you through Dochula pass, 3100 m-site of one of Bhutans most enchanting views. On a clear day the whole range of the Himalaya stretching from east to west can be viewed. The journey continues through varying scenes of greenery to Punakha. View the Punakha Dzong from outside. This Dzong (fort) is set at the junction of the rivers Phochu (male river) and Mochu (female river) with their waters merging in front. This Dzong serves as the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, the chief abbot of the central monks body. From Punakha, we rejoin the east-west highway at Lobeysa and continue eastwards at the Lodge.
Day 06 : Wangdi-Thimpu
Drive back to Thimpu Sight seeing in Thimpu includes-visit to the Painting School of Buddhist Art, the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and the Indigenious hospital, where centuries old healing arts are still praticed. Then, visit the Handicrafts emporium Meals and overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Thimpu-Paro
A leisure drive to Paro. Meals and overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 : Paro-Kathmandu
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to the airport to board your flight. Your BTCL representative will see you off and bid you farewell.