Bhutan Shangrila Tour
Bhutan Shangrila Tour, the visit to Taktsang monastery is spectacular with sightseeing of Paro, Thimphu Gangtey, Wangdue, Phobjika and Punakha. You will experience the most beautiful and famous monuments, nature and village life of ordinary Bhutanese people. The Last Shangrila Tour will show you the best cultural and historical sights of western Bhutan like colorful Paro, booming capital Thimphu, tropical Wangdue, beautifully renovated castle Punakha Dzong (castle monastery) and pristine Phobjika valley.
On Bhutan Shangrila Tour; Bhutan is the only country in the world that has no traffic lights and Thimphu host to the tallest statue of sitting Buddha in the world. Dochula pass has 108 small stupas and it is the best viewpoint place in Bhutan.
Best Season: Round the year
Tour: Bhutan Shangrila Tour
Group Size: 1 pax+
Activity per day: Approx 5-7 hrs tour
Day 01: Fly to Paro and drive to Thimphu Overnight at Hotel
Afternoon visit of the Tashichhho Dzong, the seat of the king and government.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Thimphu Overnight at Hotel
Early morning drive to gigantic statue of Buddha overlooking the valley and walk to striking city viewpoint. See Memorial Chorten, always busy with devotees. Walk in Norzin Lam Street and see the traffic police signaling in junctions. Thimphu is only capital in the world without the traffic lights. Finish walk in main postal office to visit postal museum with exhibition of valuable Bhutanese stamps and philatelic shop where beautiful stamps can be bought. Visit school of traditional arts, where the young men and women learn the arts and craft of their forefathers. Continue with visit to Folk Heritage Museum with exhibition on traditional village life in Bhutan. Excursion to Takin zoo, where the national animal, the mysterious Takin, is kept, After that Changankha Lhakhang, the oldest place of worship in the valley. Evening spend in leisure.
Day 03: Drive to Gangtey Overnight at Hotel
Transfer to Wangdue Phrodang over Dochu-la pass (3010 m) with visit of royal temple Dochu Lhakhang. Descend to tropical valley of Punatsang Chhu river. Soon after lunch you will start driving up to the mountains again until you reach pristine Phobjika valley (2750 m). Optionally you can attend lesson on Buddhism led by accomplished master with translation to English in Gangtey monastery Shedra (Buddhist college). You might also like to spend overnight in welcoming local farmhouse or even try the hot stone bath, traditional Bhutanese treat.
Day 04: Drive to Wangdue Overnight at Hotel
Visit of historical Gangtey gompa. 2½ hour walking tour through the valley is one of the most beautiful and easy hikes in Bhutan. You will go through the buckwheat and potato fields to the mixed forest with trees decorated with old men’s beard lichen and finally you will get a view of marshland. Here, in late autumn and winter, rare black neck crane can be seen. Finish hike with the picnic lunch. Drive back to Wangdue.
Day 05: Drive to Paro Overnight at Hotel
Early morning climb to Khamsum monastery with wonderful view of the valley and it‘s terraced paddy fields. Visit of Punkaha dzong, which counts as the most intricately decorated castle in the kingdom. Short walk to Chhimmy lhakhang temple, devoted to 15th century saint Drukpa Kunley, know as “Divine madman”, who did taught Buddhism by singing, driking and rampant sexual behavior. Evening drive to Paro.
Day 06: Sightseeing of Paro Overnight at Hotel
Visit of the National Museum and Paro dzong (Rinpung Dzong), the castle-monastery where Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha film was shot. The pristine Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the two oldest temples built in Bhutan. Afternoon climb to Taktsang Gomba (Tiger’s Nest) is the highlight of the tour. While the hike seems to be hard, it’s very rewarding. If you don’t feel so strong, you can climb just halfway to cafeteria with nice view of the place. Late afternoon light shining on the temple and surrounding rocks is best for photography.
Day 07: Fly back to home
If time permits, you can make visit to Drukyel Dzong, the castle ruins from where you can see the summit of holy Jomolhari Mountain in clear weather. Depart from Paro by flight.
Tour cost Includes:
- Double sharing Accommodation with all meals
- English speaking Tour Guide,
- Sightseeing Tours by Car, Van or Tourist bus as per group size
- All permit and entrance fees of Bhutan
- Bhutan visa fee
- Government Taxes
- Bhutan Tourism Development Fund charges
Tour cost Excludes:
- International Airfare
- Travel and Health Insurance of client
- Tips for guide and driver
- Personal beverages during the trip like Miniral Water and Beers