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Punakha Family Holiday Packages

Is Punakha a good place to plan a Family Holiday? Punakha is one of the most sought out destination for family holiday in Bhutan. Family Holiday in Punakha is all about enjoying a relaxing time with family members, going on a trek and walk, exploring nearby places and enjoying the scenic beauty of a city strategically located on the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. What is the best Time to Visit Punakha for families? A family trip to Punkaha can be enjoyed all year around due to the temperate climate of the area. However, the best time to visit it is during the spring season when the weather is warm and pleasant and makes sightseeing pleasing. Duration for an ideal family holiday to Punakha? Ideal duration for a family trip to Punakha ranges from 2 days to 8 days, depending on what all needs to be covered. How much does it cost to for a family holiday? The cost for a Family trip to Punakha start at $250 per person per day for all foreign visitors (except Indians) to Bhutan and these costs include stay at budget hotels, all meals, travel within Bhutan as per itinerary, guide and visa charges. What are the Top Attractions in Punakha for Families? Punakha has lots of places to explore for families like Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lkhagang, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten etc to just name a few. What are the top items in Punakha Cuisine for family? Both veg as well as non-veg options are available for a family trip to Punakha. Some of the local dishes which are quite popular are - dried or fresh chilies, spicy food is commonplace and the national dish is Ema Datsi – chilies cooked with farmhouse cheese. What is the best way to get around in Punakha? The best way to get around with on family holiday in Punakha is to walk or hire a taxi to enjoy the sightseeing. What is the best way to reach Punakha? The best way to reach Punakha is to first take a flight to the only airport of the country in Paro and from there take a cab to reach Punakha after travelling 4 hrs through scenic views. Are there family packages offered in Punakha? Yes, there is multitude of Family travel packages to Punakha offered, both online as well as offline with registered travel agents. Is Summer a good time for family travel to Punakha? The all year round temperate climate, a family trip to Punakha during summer is fine.    
5 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Thimpu from Paro via Private Non AC SUV (Standard) - Non AC Thimpu Check-in to Hotel in Thimpu

Day 2

Breakfast at Hotel in Thimpu Visit to Simtokha Dzong Memorial Chorten Buddha Dordenma

Day 3

Breakfast at Hotel in Thimpu Checkout from Hotel in Thimpu Private Non AC SUV (Standard) - Non AC for transfer from Thimpu to Punakha Visit to : Dochula Pass Chimi L'hakhang Temple Punakha Dzong

Day 4

Breakfast at Hotel in Punakha Checkout from Hotel in Punakha Private Non AC SUV (Standard) - Non AC for transfer from Punakha to Paro Visit to :: National Museum of Paro Kyichu Lakhang. Check in at a hotel in Paro

Day 5

Breakfast at Hotel in Paro Visit to : Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

Day 6

Breakfast at Hotel in Paro Checkout from Hotel in Paro

7 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1 & 2

On arrival at Mumbai Airport, you will make your own way to International terminal for your flight to Paro. On arrival at Paro Airport, (2200Mts). After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative and afterward drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with an en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu Next day In the morning, visit the handmade paper mill, School of Arts and crafts (Closed on Saturday, Sundays & Government holidays) where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Later visit national library & Simply Bhutan museum. Also, experience Archery at the Museum Itself. Later drive pass by memorial Chorten built in memory of the 3rd King. Visit Buddha viewpoint, Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3

Today’s drive passes through Dochula pass (3100mts) making the most beautiful pass in Bhutan. 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another passes. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a photo break, we will continue our drive to the warm valley of Punakha. On arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan. Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from the hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.1/2 hour walk, including both way). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 4

After breakfast hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (approx. 2 hours round trip walk), a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Afternoon visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery: Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang(Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambhava, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tesla Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5

After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down 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. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. Later in the day after checking into the hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 6

It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. On the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening an exploratory walk around Main Street and market area. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 7 & 8

After breakfast, take a full day excursion to Haa valley. Adjoining the districts of Paro, Chhukha, and Samtse, En route to Haa valley, take a short stop at Chelela pass. At an elevation of 3,988 meters, Chelela is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. On arrival in Haa valley, visit the famous monasteries of Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) followed by Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). The Ha Wangchuklo Dzong built in 1915 after the Dumchog Dzong was razed to the ground by fire is worth exploring, standing in the midst of lush greenery with its beautifully painted walls. Later explore Haa town and its market area and then return to Paro for overnight stay. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m) Next day After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

6 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival at Paro Airport, (2200Mts). After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative and afterward drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different styles of stupas; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu

Day 2

In the morning, visit the handmade paper mill, School of Arts and crafts (Closed on Saturday, Sundays & Government holidays) where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Later visit national library & Simply Bhutan museum. Also, experience Archery at the Museum Itself. Later drive pass by memorial Chorten built in memory of the 3rd King. Visit Buddha viewpoint, Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3

Today’s drive passes through Dochula pass (3100mts) making the most beautiful pass in Bhutan. 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another passes. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a photo break, we will continue our drive to the warm valley of Punakha. On arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan. Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from the hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 4

After breakfast hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (approx. 2 hours round trip walk), a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Afternoon visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery: Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang(Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig chanting chentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambhava, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tesla Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5

After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down 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. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum.Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 6 & 7

It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. On the way, visit the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening an exploratory walk around Main Street and market area. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. Next day After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

6 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1

‘I fly Tour’ guests will meet at Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic airport Mumbai as per the schedule flight departure time and proceed to Paro. On arrival at Paro, proceed to Thimphu. We visit Tamzhing Lhakhang monastery & oldest bridge. Later we have a short Meet n’ Greet session before dinner.

Day 2

Today we explore the city of Thimphu, we visit Motithang mini zoo, Buddha Dordenma Statue, (subject to operations) Chang Gangkha, Tashichho Dzong, National Library, Handicraft Center.

Day 3

Today we proceed to low lands of Punakha valley. En-route we enjoy white water rafting (subject to operation), visit Dochula pass & 108 memorial chortens also known as Druk Wangyal Chorten.

Day 4

Today we proceed to Paro. On arrival we visit to Drukgyel Dzong is also known as Victory Fortress, Paro Dzong, Ta-Dzong is also known as National Museum, Kyichu Lhakhang- one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan.

Day 5

Today we proceed to Chele-la-Pass (Subject to operation)- The highest motorable pass of Bhutan. Chelela is a mountain pass located in the western region of Paro valley. It is located between the two most picturesque location of Bhutan Haa Valley & Paro Valley. Today, more fun comes your way... Enjoy Dinner & Dance Party in the evening!

Day 6 & 7

We visit Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Evening we enjoy Shopping at local market. Then we enjoy Bhutanese cultural program. Last day Its time now to say goodbye to our tour companions. Let us be in contact with each other through email, Facebook…. And meet again on one more memorable tour. See you all !! Guests will proceed to airport as per group flight schedule. ‘I fly Tour’ guests will proceed to airport as per group flight schedule. Tour concludes.

6 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1

I-Fly Pune Tour’ guests will meet at Pune Airport as per their scheduled flight departure time and proceed to Paro. Upon arrival in Paro, proceed to Thimphu. We visit Tamzhing Lhakhang monastery and the oldest bridge. We have a short Meet N Greet session before dinner.

Day 2

Today we explore the city of Thimphu. We visit Motithang mini zoo, Buddha Dordenma Statue (subject to operation) Chang Gangkha, Tashichho Dzong, National Library and Handicrafts Centre.

Day 3

Today we proceed to the low lands of Punakha valley. En route, we enjoy white water rafting (subject to operation). We then visit Dochula pass and 108 memorial chortens also known as Druk Wangyal Chorten. On arrival at Punakha we visit Punakha Dzong.

Day 4

Today we proceed to Paro. Upon arrival we visit Drukgyel Dzong, which is also known as Victory Fortress, Paro Dzong, Ta-Dzong, which is also known as National Museum, Kyichu Lhakhang - one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan.

Day 5

Today we proceed to Chele-la-Pass (subject to operation). Chele-la-Pass is the highest motorable pass in Bhutan. Chele-la is a mountain pass located in the western region of the Paro valley. It is located between the two most picturesque locations in Bhutan - Haa Valley and Paro Valley. Later we enjoy the Bhutanese cultural program.

Day 6 & 7

Today we visit Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), a trek of total 12 km. In the evening, we enjoy shopping at the local market. Last day It’s time now to say goodbye to our tour companions. Let us be in contact with each other through email, Facebook…. And meet again on yet another memorable tour. See you all!! ‘I-Fly Pune Tour’ guests will proceed to the airport as per the group flight schedule. Tour concludes.

7 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Phuentsholing Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1 & 2

On arrival at Bagdogra Airport, (500Ft / 150Mts) you will be met by our local representative who will assist you to board your vehicle to Phuentsholing. On arrival in Phuentsholing, met by our representative, after clearing immigration formalities, check in at the Hotel. Later if time permit Visit Zangtho Pelri: Situated in city centre, this small temple represents the heaven of Guru Rinpoche. Later in the evening explore the local market. Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing. Next day After Breakfast drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan. On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and market area. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

In the morning In the morning, we will visit to Pangri zampa monastery for astrology session. Later, we will visit handmade paper mill, School of Arts and crafts (closed on Sundays, government holidays) where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Later visit national library & Simply Bhutan museum. Also experience Archery at the Museum Itself. Later drive pass by memorial chorten built in memory of the 3rd King. Visit Buddha viewpoint, Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4

oday’s drive passes through Dochula pass (3100mts) making the most beautiful pass in Bhutan. 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another passes. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a photo break, we will continue our drive to warm valley of Punakha. On arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan. Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.1/2 hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also also known as the temple of fertility. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5

After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down 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. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 6

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx 5 hours walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. On the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening an exploratory walk around Main Street and market area. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 7 & 8

After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Dooars. Dooars is the gateway to the hill stations of North Bengal and Bhutan. Famous for its tea gardens, forests and the River Teesta, it is ideal for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The region is known for its wildlife sanctuaries where one can spot herds of deer, one-horned rhinos, elephants, guars and reptiles. The bird population here is an ornithologist's delight. Overnight stay at Dooars. Last day After early breakfast check out from the hotel & proceed for Bagdogra Airport to board the return flight, our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell. You may choose to do Jeep Safari for wildlife experiences on direct payment basis if time permits depending on your onward flight.

7 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Phuentsholing Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival, You will be received at the Bagdogra Airport / New Jalpaiguri Station by Yatra representative who will drop you to Bhutan India border. Drive to your hotel. Overnight stay at Phuntosholing.

Day 2

After breakfast Drive to Immigratgion office for Permit. After permit done transfer to Thimphu upon reaching, visit the following Kuensel phodrang The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha point is the world���s largest sitting Buddha statue, the statue is 167 feet high. The statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking the city of Timphu, it can be accessed by road and is about 15 minutes away from the city���s center. The word Kuensel means everything is clear and from this place you will sure enjoy a great view of the Thimphu Valley on both sides.The Tashichho dzong is also home to several ministries of the Bhutanese government, and the Central Monk Body which is the apex organization of the country's main spiritual order. The monument welcomes visitors during the Thimphu Tsechu festival which is held in autumn each year. The Dzongs main structure is a two striped quadrangle with 3 storied towers on each of its four corners. Overnight stay at Thimphu.

Day 3

Post breakfast visit the Immigration Office to extend your permit to go towards Punakha. Then, visit the following : Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory : This is a private factory and they manufacture a special watermark paper as well as products such as lampshades, envelopes and other objects made of traditional Bhutanese paper. They make great gifts to take home with you and are genuinely unique. It is not just the texture of these handmade paper products that will intrigue you, but also their unique earth tones and natural hews.

Day 4

Post breakfast, drive toward Punakha, stop at Dochula Pass (3,100 m), where on a sunny day, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. The Dochu La Pass is probably the best known mountain pass in Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 3150 meter above sea level, the Dochu La Pass is about 30 kilometer away from the capital city Thimphu and the road to Punakha. On a clear day the pass offers visitors a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges. A cup of hot coffee or tea at the pass has almost become part of tradition for people travelling to and fro from Punakha to the capital city.

Day 5 & 6

After breakfast, drive back towards Dochula and to Paro.. Post lunch drive to Paro, on the way visit Tamchog Lhakhang: Tachog lhakhang is temple that is dedicated to the 13th century saint Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder. This temple is located across the river about 15kms from the Paro towards Thimphu. In order to get to the temple one must cross an iron chain bridge, one of the few remaining of the many that Thangthong Gyalpo built. This is a private temple however tourists are allowed to visit if they are given permission. Crossing this very old bridge with its swaying and undulating movements can be quite an experience. The temple's location on the ridge and the high rocky barren hills which serve as its backdrop makes this a good location to take pictures. Ta Dzong (National Museum) :Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 7 & 8

Have early breakfast and drive up to the base of Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months, it wasn’t until Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal came to this place and meditated that it gained the popularity that it has now. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored. Next day After breakfast departure transfer to Bagdogra (IXB) Airport for your onwards journeys.

6 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1

Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan's National Air Carrier. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it. Received by our representative at the airport and transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2

After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following : the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6 year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After lunch, visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m / 10,130ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right) : Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongphugang (7,060m), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at (7,497m). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4

After breakfast visit to Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. Also visit Chimi Lakhang Temple. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5

After breakfast drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. Afternoon in Paro, visit Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 6 & 7

After breakfast take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip. While return to Paro town visit en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. Next day After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

6 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE PARO BY AIR & TRANSFER TO THIMPHU: On arrival at Paro Airport, (2200Mts). After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu.

Day 2

In the morning, visit handmade paper mill, School of Arts and crafts (Closed on Saturday, Sundays & Government holidays) where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Later visit national library & Simply Bhutan museum. Also experience Archery at the Museum Itself. Later drive pass by memorial chorten built in memory of the 3rd King. Visit Buddha viewpoint, Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3

Today’s drive passes through Dochula pass (3100mts) making the most beautiful pass in Bhutan. 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another passes. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a photo break, we will continue our drive to warm valley of Punakha. On arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan. Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.1/2 hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 4

After breakfast hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten (approx. 2 hours round trip walk), a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Afternoon visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery: Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang(Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5

After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down 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. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 6 & 7

It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. On the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening an exploratory walk around Main Street and market area. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. Last day After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

5 Day Package with 4 Star Accommodation in punakha
Thimphu Punakha Paro

Package Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE PARO - THIMPHU (65 KM / APPROX. 2 HOURS DRIVE) Dinner at the hotel. Arrival transfer from airport in Paro to hotel in Thimphu. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Wangchuk Hotel, Thimphu or similar.

Day 2

Breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Thimpu. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Wangchuk Hotel, Thimphu or similar.

Day 3

Breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Transfer from hotel in Thimphu to hotel in Punakha. Enjoy a visit to Dochula Pass and Chimi Lhakhang Temple. Visit the Punakha Dzong. The evening is at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Pema Karpo, Punakha or similar.

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel and dinner at the resort. Transfer from hotel in Punakha to resort in Paro. Enjoy a visit to the Paro Dzong. Visit the Drukgyal Dzong. The evening is at leisure. Overnight at Namsay Choling Resort, Paro or similar.

Day 5

Breakfast and dinner at the resort. Enjoy a visit to Taktsang Lhakhang and Kyichu Lhakhang. The evening is at leisure. Overnight at Namsay Choling Resort, Paro or similar.

Day 6

Breakfast at the resort. Departure transfer from resort to airport in Paro.

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