Colors of Druk Yul

Colors of Druk Yul 7 Days / 6 Nights

Trip Code: HAT55

Trip Type:
Bhutan Classic Circuits

Maximum Altitude:
3810m

Durations:
7 Days

Trip Starts:
Paro

Trip Ends:
Paro

Accomodation:
Hotels

Best Time For Travel:
Best in March, April and September through Novembe

Trip Over View

The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul - Land of the Thunder Dragon, because of the fierce snow storms. First time in Bhutan will definitely make you believe that what you are seeing is nothing but your beautiful imagination. The last Shangri La- Bhutan is guarded by nature and law to protect its people, culture, and tradition from the influences of the modern world. About 75 percent of the population is Buddhist but both Buddhism and Hinduism co-exist peacefully here. You will be surprised how much there is in Druk Yul - Himalayan kingdom - to see and enjoy.

Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan

You will visit the spectacular dzongs of Paro, Wangdue Phodrang and Punakha and immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture, tradition and history. You will appreciate the mountain views from Dho Chu La and Chele La passes and attend the colorful week-end market of Thimpu. Look out for rare animals & plant species as you travel through stunning wooded valleys blooming with flowers, past imposing fortresses, serene monasteries & bustling markets in Thimphu, Punakha & Wangdiphodrang. In Druk Yul, you will observe diverse cultures and traditions that reveals in its crafts and textiles, festivals, food, architecture and people. You will witness some rare animals & plant species as you travel through stunning wooded valleys flourishing with flowers, ancient heritage sites like striking fortresses, tranquil monasteries, dzongs monasteries and lhakhangs which were built without any plan or modern engineering giving insight into Bhutan’s rich spiritual and secular history and the lively markets. The country’s beauty and splendor are never-ending and filled with surprises.

Thimpu Bhutan Festival Tour

Druk Yul is a festival rich country. Its colorful festivals are celebrated with much zeal. So some trips are fixed with a glorious Tshechu Festival of Bhutan. All tshechus are celebrated as religious festivals, commemorating the deeds of Buddha, to honor Guru Rimpoche Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to the country. The festival last for three to five days and involve music, dance and grand feast and drinking. You will also have opportunities to take short hikes, visit the farm houses and meet the local families, watch their daily activities and understand Bhutan’s rural life. In fact, there is so much more that Druk Yul can share for the rest of the world and also discover more about this gem of the Himalayas because sometimes big experiences come by travelling to small places.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Flight to Paro.

Day 02: Paro – Sightseeing and drive to Thimpu.

Day 03: Thimphu Sightseeing.

Day 04: Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdue Phodrang (77 km).

Day 05: Khotokha Excursion.

Day 06: Drive to Paro.

Day 07: Paro – Departure.

Day 01: Flight to Paro
We can fly to Paro from Kathmandu, Delhi, Kolkatta or Bangkok. The flight rewards us with spectacular views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, we will meet our representative and get transferred to our hotel. After some rest, we will stroll in the township of Paro. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 02: Paro Sightseeing and drive to Thimpu
In the morning, we drive 16 km away to see the ruins of historical Drugyal Dzong from where you can also see the peak of Mount Chomolhari on a clear day. On the way back, we will visit a typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch in the hotel, we visit National Museum (Ta-Dzong), located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river. We also visit Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong - the administrative seat of the district of Paro. In the late afternoon, we drive to Thimpu (2 hrs), enjoying gorgeous scenic views at every turn. Overnight in Thimpu.

Day 03: Thimu Sightseeing
In the morning, we visit Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thankas (sacred Buddhist scrolls) and Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased as well.
After lunch in the hotel, we visit Simtokha Dzong - one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan that houses the largest monastic schools in the country. We also visit Tashichho Dzong - the main Secretariat Building, containing the Ministries and office of the King and Pangri Zampa Monastery - which was the residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. Evening reception by our tour operator with some cultural entertainment.

Day 04: Thimpu - Punakha/Wangdue Phodrang (77 km)
After an early breakfast, we drive to Punakha and Wangdue. We stop at Dochu La pass (3140m) and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee with spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. We check in to our hotel in Wangdue and after lunch visit the sights such as: Punakha Dzong - the district administration office and the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its chief abbot, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong with its small town-perched on a hill between two rivers.

Day 05: Khotokha Excursion
After an early breakfast, we drive to Khotokha (22 km) where we visit Drajanchu monastery -one of the most sacred and important Lhakhangs of Tongdey Phajo's lineage. Khotokha is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and the view of the surrounding mountains and landscape is breathtaking. Picnic lunch at Khotokha and retrace our drive to Thimpu.
In the evening, we have leisure time to browse the shops of Norzim Lam. On week-ends, it’s worth visiting the week-end market.

Day 06: Drive to Paro
After an early breakfast, we drive back to Paro. If you want to try out something more active, Taktsang Monastery is just an ideal destination. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge overlooking Paro Valley and river with a sheer drop of nearly 900m. It is believed that during the second half of the 8th century Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated, having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs.
As an alternative to the hike, we can take an excursion to Cheli La (3810m) to enjoy the mountain views and drive further to Ha Valley to see the rural Bhutanese life. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 07: Paro Departure
Transfer to airport for a flight to our next destination.

  • Includes

    • Accommodation on twin sharing.
    • All transfers and sightseeing as on itinerary.
    • Three meals a day.
    • English speaking local Tour Guide.
    • Sightseeing admission fee.
    • Bhutan visa fee.


    Excludes

    • Airfare to and out of Bhutan.
    • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, laundry, phone etc.
    • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
    • Travel Insurance.
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