Destination Holidays welcomes you to The Kingdom of Happiness Tour of Bhutan with a fascinating trip for ten days leading you to marvel cultural and historical and places of interest around Bhutan in the comfort of warm hospitality of Thundering Dragon of Bhutan has to offer.
The Kingdom of Happiness Tour leads you around best of Bhutan covering remote and isolated villages with towns and cities of Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Jakar,
Phobjikha and Paro where the famous landmark of Bhutan Taktsang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest is located on a shelf of a high cliff overlooking panoramic views of Paro and beyond.
This fascinating The Kingdom of Happiness Tour with scenic drive to beautiful Phobjikha valley with its amazing landscapes and mountain views where the rare and beautiful black neck crane migrates every year in the spring / summer seasons.
The Kingdom of Happines Tour offers interesting culture and historical monuments and super sceneries with exciting moment. For a small country Bhutan The Kingdom of Happiness with fascinating and dramatic landscapes and high snowcapped peaks where all types of vegetables, crops and fruits are grown in its varied climatic zones from sub-tropic, alpine to arctic temperatures in the midst of serene country with its old traditional way of life.
The Kingdom of Happiness Tour with Destination Holidays commence on reaching Paro airport where you will received with warm welcome in traditional Bhutanese traditional way, and then leading you with interesting tour at places of interest around Bhutan includes overnights in Thimphu capital city of Bhutan visiting places of interest and tour of Punakha a beautiful valley steeped with history and to Phobjikha valley of Gangtey area and heading towards Trongsa, Jakar on the least visited areas by other travelers where you can observe the true rural life of Bhutan.
This fabulous The Kingdom of Happiness Tour includes hike to famous Bhutan landmark at Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest, with 17th century Ta-Dzong, and Druk Gyaldzong and then ending this fantastic tour with a flight back to your respective countries or back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Paro 2,280 m and drive to Thimphu 2,300 m – 02 hrs journey.
On arrival at Paro-Bhutan’s international airport after going through visa formalities our Destination Holidays native guide of Bhutan and representative will receive you with warm welcome and then drive for two hours through countryside dotted with farm villages and terraces with typical Bhutanese landscapes and Buddhist culture architecture villages.
On reaching Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan, interesting to know that Thimphu the only city in the whole world without traffic lights, all the traffic controlled by traffic police with their whistle. In Thimphu in the best hotels, afternoon at leisure with time for a walk around the market and observe the Bhutanese way of life with short tour of memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and the painting school. Tour of Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King of Bhutan.
Visit of Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley, a short scenic drive for a visit of the largest and recently built statue of Buddha with wonderful view of entire Thimphu valley.
Day 02: From Thimphu drive to Punakha 1,350 m- 03 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Thimphu a scenic short drive to Punakha through Dochu-la pass at 3,200 m, in fine clear weather a fantastic view of Bhutan’s highest mountains Chomolhari / Jumolhari can be seen with other snowcapped peaks extending almost 180 degrees. Walk around 108 stupas and continue drive to sub tropical valley of Punakha, on arrival, if time permits hike to the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.
Day 03: At Punakha with interesting tour.
At Punkakha a short hike for less than 2 hours to Tashigang Hongtso Monastery, located into a clearing at the edge of a serene forested area overlooking the town of Hongtso, Tashigang has been one of our favorite visits for well over a decade. In the surrounding buildings are pilgrims practicing silent meditation, and a peaceful calm pervades the area.
The monastery houses about 40 orphans, who receive language, religious and general education from the monks an interesting tour of the Gompa (monastery), observe a private ceremony with chanting using ceremonial instruments in the main temple room, here you can interact with head lama. A nice drive at the top of Dochu-la for superb views of Himalaya peaks, including the unclimbed peak Gangkhar Puensum, 7570 m (24,836 feet).
Then back to Punakha Valley, a subtropical Shangri La carved by the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu (Mother and Father River), arriving at the lodge with another short hike through the Royal Botanical Forest.
Day 04: Drive to Trongsa 2,,200 m – 05hrs.
Morning starting with an interesting drive to Trongsa leading past Wangdi province and short tour around the ruins of Wangdi Dzong (Fortress), which has been destroyed by fire recently.
From here continue drive to Trongsa over Pelela Pass at 3m300 m which forms the part of Black Mountain range that divides the country from east and west.
On route this picturesque journey with short break for a hike to remote village of Rujubji. On reaching at Trongsa after a good drive of 5 hours or more with tours in between drive relax and refresh in the local nice hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Jakar 2,650 m – 04 hrs.
Morning after breakfast tour around Trongsa town visit of majestic Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), an earlier royal resident and the unique watchtower which houses a newly converted museum after a nice tour drive towards Yotong La pass at 3,425m and on route stop over the weaving place, beside the road where “Yatha” (wool weaving) is done which the valley of Bumthang is famous for and then continue drive to Jakar on arrival transfer into a nice local lodge / guesthouse.
Day 06: Around Jakar tour of places of interest.
Starting the morning with a visit of Jampay Lakhang, one of the first two Buddhist temples built in the country. Tour of Kurjey lakhang Temple, the site where royals are cremated, from here walk across the suspension bridge visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there and then concluding the day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Most of the activities can be done on foot. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles.
Day 07: Drive to Phobjikha 2,900 m – 04 hrs.
After a great wonderful time around Punakha, drive to the isolated valley of Phobjikha. The valley protected for endangered and rare Black Necked Cranes visits Bhutan every winter (early Nov to end of February).
The drive is very scenic and exciting with everlasting views, on reaching at Gangtery visit the famous old Gompa (monastery), the only Ningma-pa sect of Buddhism monastery and largest around western Bhutan.
Phobjikha valley is a paradise for trekkers and hikers with afternoon at leisure for short walks.
Day 08: Drive to Paro – 08 hrs.
Today a long and interesting overland drive to Paro an opportunity to marvel the countryside and rural farm villages, after a great drive reaching Paro with a stroll around the old Paro town with local handicrafts stores. Here an opportunity to watch traditional game of archery the national sports of Bhutan.
Day 09: Sightseeing around Paro at places of interest
Morning after breakfast, our expert guide will take you on a pleasant walk or short drive with an hour uphill hike to Bhutan’s famous landmark old Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest.
A place for retreats and meditation of many Buddhist monks and high priest of Bhutan, the monastery located within the overhanging rock cliff with superb views of Paro town and snow capped peaks towards north, from here with steep downhill a short drive to visit 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, later converted into the National Museum in 1967, afternoon free at leisure for stroll around Paro shops and markets.
Day 10: Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations.
As per the flight time to respective countries with amazing time in Bhutan and great service of Destination Holidays our guide will transfer you to Paro airport for the flight to connecting Indian cities or to other next countries.
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