For newly wed couples, Bhutan is an ideal getaway for a honeymoon vacation. In the tranquility of the mountains and the serenity of its natural landscape, you can not only find a world of time for yourself but also reinvigorate love and affection for your beloved. Spend the evening taking a leisurely stroll along the fresh glacial fed rivers, dine at traditional restaurants, take a hike to a temple, or just laze around the picture perfect vicinities. This trip certainly will be the beginning of a life long journey of love and affection between you and your other half.
Day 1: Arrival Paro/Thimphu
Our tour executive will welcome you at the Paro International Airport and bring you to Thimphu. The two-hour drive till Thimphu is a pleasant one. Once in Thimphu, you will check in your hotel and relax till lunchtime. Afternoon will be followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the King, and then to to the National Memorial Chorten in the heart of the city. In the evening, you can stroll around Thimphu city, and if interested, you can visit local pubs and entertainment clubs.
Day 2: Thimphu
Today, the tour executive will take you to Kuenselphodrang, atop a hill overlooking Thimphu city. This is the site of the tallest (167 feet)statue of Buddha in the world. After visiting the Buddha’s statue, you will take a short hike downhill through the Kuenselphodrang park. You will then visit the Motithang Takin Preserve, where you can see Bhutan’s unique national animal, Takin. You can casually walk around the preserve. Lunch will be served at the Folk Heritage Museum restaurant. You will also visit the museum to get a glimpse of traditional Bhutanese lifestyle and culture. In the afternoon, you will visit the Botanical Garden, Serbithang, about fifteen kilometres from Thimphu city. You can walk around the garden and spend a private time.
Day 3: Thimphu/Punakha
After early breakfast, we will head towards Punakha via Dochula pass. We will stop over for tea at Dochula (3,100 meters), where on a sunny day, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. The Dochu La Pass is probably the best known mountain pass in Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 3,150 meters above sea level, the Dochu La Pass is about 30 kilometers away from the capital city,Thimphu. On a clear day the pass offers a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges. Another striking feature at the pass are the 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens (Stupas). These Chortens were built for the wellbeing of all sentiment beings on earth.
After a downhill drive through serpentine road and rich vegetation, you will reach Lobesa. Here, we will take a short hike to the Temple of fertility, locally known as Chimi Lhakhang. Visitors are blessed with a wooden phallus. Couples who are not able to conceive come to seek the blessing.
Post lunch, you will visit the Puna Dewai Chenpoi Phodrang or the Great Palace of Happiness, located at the confluence of two rivers – Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female). The Punakha Dzong is second largest and second oldest Dzong in Bhutan. It is home to some of the most sacred relics of the Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism and is the winter residence of the Central Monastic Body. Night halt at Punakha.
Day 4: Punakha/Phobjikha
After breakfast, you will drive to the scenic valley of Phobijkha, the winter home to the globally engendered black-necked cranes. On the way, you will visit Gangtey Goempa. You can take short hikes in Phobjikha valley and if you are visiting between November and March, you will get to sight the rare birds. Phobjikha valley is a quiet place and you can have the whole valley to yourself.
Today, we will drive to Paro. In the afternoon, you can relax in your hotel or take an excursion to some of the cultural sites mainly Rinpung Dzong and Ta dzong, the National Museum.
Day 6: Hike to Tiger’s Nest, Paro
Today, you will hike to the famous Taktshang or The Tiger’s Nest. Taktshang, one of the most sacred sites of Bhutan, is perched at a precarious 3,120 meters cliff. The gentle hike of about three hours offers a panoramic view of the Paro valley. In the eighth century, Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated there for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the eighth century. To Buddhist pilgrims, this is one of the most sacred sites in the Himalayas, to anyone it has to be one of the most spectacular. At Tiger’s Nest, you will also visit the inner sanctum of the temple. In the evening, you can take a hot stone bath at a local farmhouse to relax your tired muscles. You will be treated to a traditional dinner.
Day 7: Departure
Our tour guide will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations.