Kaleidoscope of Bhutan 7 Days / 6 Nights
Trip Code: HAT99
Bhutan Walking Tours
March and May, October and November
Best Time For Travel:
Trip Over View
Traveling to Bhutan is surely a heavenly experience. Unique culture, remarkable architecture and picturesque landscapes and less- affected by modern civilization have always been an outstanding feature of Bhutan. The tranquility and sense of peace signals travelers to look at life from different kaleidoscope. Some of the "must visit" sights in Bhutan are covered in this week-long trip. Along with the regular attractions of Thimphu and Paro, this quick tour includes some of the finest hikes and walking tours, you will hike to the legendary Takstang Monastery (also known as the Tiger's Nest Monastery) and Chele La ridge from our base in Paro. This tour also features a kaleidoscope of opportunities for the visitor - the pleasant trials, paddy fields, villages, and forests of blue pine, spruce and rhododendrons, remarkable Himalayan landscape etc to spellbind any visitors. You will feel the sense of pleasure as you walk at your own pace and as you interact with the happy locals, capture the beautiful scenery with your camera while visiting local homes with distinctive Bhutanese architecture.
Some of the best days of your life await here to be unfolded so come and join us in this Kaleidoscope of Bhutan tour and experience the joinery with us. It would be a pleasure revealing some of these amazing places.
Day 01: Flight to Paro.
Day 02: Hike Taktsang Monastery and oour to Paro Valley.
Day 03: Chele La Hike.
Day 04: Drive to Thimphu.
Day 05: Tour to Thimphu Valley and hike Cheri Gompa.
Day 06: Hike to Chokortse Monastery. (B/L/D).
Day 07: Depart Paro.
Day 01: Flight to Paro
Flight to Paro. We are met and greeted at the airport and transferred to our hotel. After some rest, in the evening, your guide will take you to Paro for an orientation of the place and its people.
Day 02: Hike Taktsang Monastery and Tour the Paro Valley (B/L/D)
The legendary Taktsang Monastery which is also called Tiger's nest, perched some 2,000ft/600m up on a sheer cliff overlooking the valley, is a popular hiking destination. The Monastery was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. The return trek to the road-head is downhill and takes about half the time it took to come up. On the way back, we visit a typical Bhutanese village home and gain first-hand insights into the lifestyle of Bhutanese villagers. We drive back to our hotel in the evening.
Day 03: Chele La Hike (B/L/D)
Today we take a scenic drive of about one and half hours to Chele La pass. At an altitude of approximately 3900m/13000ft, it is the highest point on the national highway. From here we enjoy spectacular views of Paro Valley on one side and Haa Valley on the other. We hike up to a cluster of shelters built on sheer cliffs, toa rock cave and then to a temple that house some 50 or so nuns.
We walk back to take our transport and drive back to Paro where we visit Bhutan's national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong. We also visit the Rinphung Dzong, a large Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist monastery and fortress. It houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag.
Day 04: Drive to Thimphu (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we drive for two and half hours to Thimphu; it is the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals. Check in hotel and after some rest, we embark on the tour of Thimpu, beginning from a Nunnery on the outskirts of town. We then visit the School of Arts and Crafts, Textile Museum, Heritage Museum, Changgangkha Lhakhang (temple), National Library, a Traditional Hospital and a traditional paper factory. At the end of the day, we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan's administrative and religious center.
Day 05: Tour the Thimphu Valley and hike Cheri Gompa
Early in the morning, we visit the Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in the memory of the late king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, where people gather to pray and pay homage.Today, we also hike to Cheri Gompa Monastery. The monastery built in 1620 is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu order. It sits on a hill above the end of the road at Dodeyna and it takes about an hour’s walk.
This is a pleasant rural walk, gently up a valley through paddy fields and woodland via Tibetan village. We can enter the courtyard of the Gompa but entrance to the main shrine is not permitted for Non Buddhists. We descend to the bottom of the hill, meet our transport and drive back to Thimpu.
Day 06: Hike to Chokortse Monastery (B/L/D)
This morning, we hike to Chokortse monastery which is situated on a saddle. The walk is uphill for 40-50 minutes and passes through forests of blue pine, spruce and rhododendrons. From here, the view of Thimphu valley below is breathtaking. It takes about 2 hours for the round trip. In the afternoon, we browse the markets of Thimphu and later drive to Paro for overnight.
Day 07: Depart Paro
Transfer to airport for your departure flight to next destination.
- 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.
- 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.