The kingdom of Bhutan, situated on the flanks of the eastern Himalayas, is often known as the last Shangri-La on earth. Pristine natural environment, arcane culture and timeless traditions make Bhutan a perfect getaway from the humdrum of modernization and city life. Here people live simple lives and believe in happiness and compassion. From nature exploration, cultural sightseeing, and experiencing the unqiue Bhutanese lifestyle, ‘Experience the Shangri-la Tour’ offers wonderful experiences of this small Himalayan Kingdom, nestled between Tibet to the north and India to the south, east and west. Feel the true pulse of our beautiful nation!
Day 1: Paro/Thimphu
Our local tour executive will welcome you at the Paro International Airport. After refreshment, you will be taken for a tour of Paro Rinpung Dzong, the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and the 6th century Buddhist temple, Kyichu Lhakhang. After lunch, you will take an hour and a half drive to the capital of Bhutan – Thimphu.
Day 2: Thimphu
Today, you will take a tour of Thimphu. You will visit the Folk Heritage Museum, Painting School, National Library and the Memorial Chhorten. After lunch, you will visit Changangkha monastery, the Takin zoo, and Tashichhodzong towards the end of the day. You will also be taken to two opposite view points – Sangaygang and The Buddha’s point, from where you will have a spectacular bird’s eye view of the capital city.
Day 3: Punakha
The journey to Punakha, Bhutan’s old capital, will start early in the morning. There will be a stopover at Dochula where you will enjoy a morning tea at the backdrop of the breathtaking view of the Himalayan mountain range. When you reach Lobesa, you will hike to a hillock where the famous temple of fertility – Chimi Lhakhang – is perched. After lunch, you will visit the Pungthang Dewa Chenpoi Phodrang or the Palace of great happiness, located at the confluence of Pho Chhu (male river) and Mo Chhu(female river), followed by a gentle hike to Kabesa village where you can experience traditional farming lifestyle.
Day 4: Phobjikha valley
Today, you will be driven to the scenic valley of Phobjikha, the winter home of endangered black necked cranes. While in the valley, you can take short hikes, meet local people and also sight the birds if you happen to visit during November to March. The morning is the best time to experience the beauty of the valley. Covered in thick mist, it is a heavenly abode. After breakfast, you will visit the Gangtey monastery and pursue the famous round about hike around the valley. After lunch, you will be driven to Paro for the night halt.
Day 5: Paro, Hike to Tiger’s Nest
The gentle hike to Paro Taktshang or Tiger’s Nest, about three to four hours, offers you the spectacular view of the mountains and the valley below. Taktshang as it is locally known is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan. The temple is perched at a precarious 1,000m cliff face, overlooking the scenic Paro valley. At Taksthang, you will visit the inner sanctum of the site. Lunch will be offered at Taktshang cafeteria, with a clear view of Tiger’s nest. In the evening, you will be taken to a farmhouse to experience traditional Bhutanese lifestyle. You will also be able to take a hot stone bath, if you please.
Day 6: Exit
Our local tour executive will bid you farewell at the airport.