Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Places covered: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangdue

This trip especially for those who like to do a lot of outdoers but at the same time comfortable night. Almost all days there will be hiking, but will be in the hotel for a night so that one can have comfortable rest. This trip will cover popular districts in western Bhutan. Will have 2 nights in Paro, 2 Nights in Thimphu 1 Night each in Punakha and Phobjekha under Wangdue district. It's also a mix of cultural and historical sights that will include National Museum and Ringpung Dzong in Paro, Tashichodzong, Memorial chorten, big buddha in Thimphu. In Punakha will visit Majestic Punakha Dzong and Temple of fertility. Will also have hike to the most popular Tigers Nest Monastery in Paro, also hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten in Punakha.

This tour will be one of the more exciting as we will be visiting Phobjekha, that most of the people compare to Switzerland. And if you visit in winter you will also have the chance to see Black Necked Crane an endangered bird species in World. And at Gangtey there is a Natural trial which will take you through the villages and forest alongside the roosting ground of Black Necked cranes and also you will enjoy some natural places such as Dochula and riversides.

Paro
Paro Rinpung Dzong and Museum

You will be received by our people at the airport. Then will drive to Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) which was converted to National Museum in 1969 by the third king. Then will visit Paro Rinpung Dzong one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture which serves as Paro district head office as well as a monastic community. If you feel energetic then will walk down to Paa chu, cross over the cantilever bridge and get to other side where our driver will be waiting.

After lunch will drive to Thimphu. On way will stop at Tamcho to see the 15th Century Iron Chain Bridge. Then will continue to Thimphu.

Evening can stroll in Thimphu market.

Night Halt: Thimphu

Cheri Monastery
Guest on Cheri Monastery Hike

After breakfast will drive to Dodena which is about 45 minutes drive, and then will hike to Cheri Monastery, which is the first monastery established by Zhabdrung after he came to Bhutan. The hike will take on average 45 minutes to 1 hour one way. Its a beautiful hike through the mixed forest of Oak, Pine, Rhododendrons etc.

After lunch will visit National Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") the third king of Bhutan. Then will drive to Kuenselphodrang to see Buddha Statue which is one of the biggest sitting Buddha in the world measuring 169 feet tall. Then will visit Bhutan Post if you want to make some personalized stamps.

Towards evening will visit Tashicho Dzong the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Central Monastic Body and Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of monastic body.

Night Halt: Thimphu

Pumola
On way to Buddha Point from Pumola

After breakfast will drive to the starting point of Phajoding. Then will start to hike up to the Phajoding monastery Phajoding Monastery which was founded in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo (1184-1251), a Tibetan lama who spread the Drukpa Kagyu teachings of Buddhism in Bhutan. Most of the buildings at Phajoding however were constructed in 1748 by Gyelwa Shakya Rinchen (1710-1759), the 9th Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot).

After reaching Phajoding if you have still energy, we can still further go up towards Thujedra side, and this side the exiting point of Druk Path Trek. Or else if you want more adventure then we can hike towards Pumola and exit from Buddha Point side too, but from this side will take much longer time, but very scenic.

Night Halt: Thimphu

Gangtey Natural Trail
Guest on Gangtey Natural Trail

After breakfast will drive to Gangtey it's a beautiful valley which is compared to Switzerland and also the place where Black Necked Crane migrates in winter from Tibet. On reaching Dochula will stop there. Its a beautiful pass with 108 stupas and also if the weather is good we will be able to see the Eastern Himalayas that fall within Bhutan including the highest peak in the country Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7,541 m). Then will continue to Gangtey.

After lunch will do a short Gantey Natural Trail which will take about 1 hour plus. It's an easy and beautiful trail that will take you through blue the pine forest, and a beautiful village. After that will visit Black Necked Crane Information Center where you can see some documentary about this elusive bird and other information too. And if it's in winter you can use binoculars to see those birds.

Night Halt: Phobjekha

Longtey Hike
Guest Hiking towards Longtey from Kumbu Village

After breakfast will drive to Kumbu Village and then will start to Hike to Longtey. It is a beautiful hike that will take you via grazing grounds of yaks, followed by the rhododendrons. The view of Gangtey valley once you reach the top is simply awesome. The second half is all descend through fix forest of Junipers, Firs, Hemlock, rhododendrons etc, till we exit at Longtey village where our driver will be waiting. Then will drive to Punakha.

After lunch will visit Punakha Dzong which is one of the most majestic fortresses in the country which is located between 2 rivers, Mo chu(Female river) and Pho Chu (Male river). Today it is the winter residence of the Je-Khenpo the chief abbot and also serves as the administrative center of the Punakha district. Then will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was blessed by Lam Drukpa Kuenley who is also known as Devine Madman for his philosophy of "Salvation Through Sex". And its also known as Temple of Fertility.

Night Halt: Punakha

Lungchutse
On Lungchutse Hike

After lunch will drive to Kabesa and then will hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten which was constructed by Her Majesty Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden which is dedicated to world peace.

After that will drive to Paro. On reaching Dochula will hike to Lungchutse Monastery. It is a beautiful hike through the mixed forest of Rhododendrons, Hemlock, Spruce etc. You won't see more people hiking so it will be a peaceful hike. Once you reach there the view are very good provided the weather is good. You will have 360-degree view. Then will walk down to Dochula. After that will drive to paro. On reaching Paro will check-in to hotel and have rest.

Night Halt: Paro

Taktshang Monastery
Our Guest on way Taktshang

Today after breakfast will drive to Taktshang Base and then will hike to Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) which is one of the most popular tourist sites. Its the place blessed by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century, though the monastery was only constructed in 1692 by Desi Tenzin Rabgay.

The hike will take on average 5 to 6 hours up and down.

In the evening will go for Farm Dinner and also if you want can try Traditional Hot Stone Bath.

Night Halt: Paro

Depending on the flight time will reach you to airport and seeoff.

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