Attend an ancient religious festival in Punakha valley, the old capital of Bhutan.
The festival consisting of sacred mask dances takes place in the courtyard of majestic Punakha Dzong that sits at the confluence of two rivers.
While in Punakha, raft Bhutan’s snow fed pristine rivers, explore rural hamlets and get the best view of Punakha Dzong.
Visit Thimphu, one of the most unique capitals of the world and in Paro valley, hike to Tiger’s Nest, an ancient pilgrimage site dating back to the 7th century.
- Amazing views of world’s highest mountain peaks, Kanchenjunga (8586m) & Everest (8848m) on the flight to Paro.
- Sustaining hike to Tigers Nest monastery. Awesome architecture of temple which cling from 900m into Paro valley. Stunning hike to Tiger’s Nest monastery, which clings to a cliff about 900m from the valley floor.
- Rafting will give you the best opportunity to explore the remote villages of Punakha valley and the best views of the magnificent Punakha Dzong.
- Drive through beautiful Paro valley and Thimphu following the course of the Paro Chu and Thimphu Chu rivers.
- Opportunity to mingle with local people in the capital city, Thimphu.
DAY 1~ PARO ARRIVAL (2280m) TO THIMPHU: 65KM/APPROX 1HR
DAY 2~ THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (1300m) 77KM/APPROX 3HR
DAY 3~ PUNAKHA FESTIVAL & RIVER RAFTING (7th – 9th March, 2017)
DAY 4~ PUNAKHA – THIMPHU
DAY 5~ EXPLORE IN THIMPHU (2320m)
DAY 6~ PARO TIGER’S NEST
DAY 7~ PARO DEPARTURE
DAY 1~ ARRIVAL AT PARO (2280m) TO THIMPHU: 65KM/APPROX 1HR
The flight into Paro valley takes you over the mighty and sacred Himalayas, offering amazing views of the world’s highest peaks.
As you descend into the terraced rice fields of Paro valley, you will see a landscape with traditional structures that blend beautifully into the rugged mountainous terrain.
Bokar Tours will be at Paro airport to receive you and drive you to Thimphu.
The first stop will be to view the beautiful Tacho Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder. The drive to Thimphu takes about an hour and follows the course of the Paro Chu (river) and the Wang Chu rivers.
It is a scenic drive that offers beautiful views of villages by the riverside. In the evening stroll through the small but unique capital city of Thimphu and get to know the locals. Overnight stay in hotel, Thimphu. LD
DAY 2~ THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (1300m) 77KM/APPROX 2 ½HR
After an early breakfast, you the drive to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, passing through some of the kingdom’s dramatic river valleys and paddy lands.
The first stop is at Dochu La pass (3050m). From Dochula you can see the eastern Himalayan range on a clear day. Once you cross the pass, you wind down to the warmer valleys of Punakha and Wangdue.
En-route you will stop at Mitsina village and visit Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the temple of fertility and dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, the 15th century saint, also known as the divine madman for his outrageous methods of teaching the dharma.
It is a 20-minute walk through rice fields to the temple were you get blessed by a wooden phallus. Overnight stay in hotel, Punakha. BLD
DAY 3~ PUNAKHA FESTIVAL & RIVER RAFTING (25th – 27th Feb, 2018)
The Punakha Tshechu celebrates the defeat of invading Tibetans in 1639. You will see plenty of recreated battles, horsemanship and swordplay. Sacred mask dances are also performed during the festival.
In the afternoon walk through pine forests and farmlands along the bank of Pho Chu (male) River for two hours to Samdhingkha, where your rafting crews will be waiting for you.
You will be briefed before rafting along the Pho Chu River, which has stretches of Class II and IV rapids. Upon arriving at a beach-like stretch of sand, some distance from a Chorten, you will be served a picnic lunch on the sandy embankment.
The post-lunch rafting session will continue till you reach the relatively placid section of the river below the Punakha Dzong. Over night stay in Hotel, Punakha. BLD
In the evening you will travel back to Thimphu. Enroute you will visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the Kingdom. Evening, free to explore Thimphu. Over night stay in Hotel, Thimphu. BLD
DAY 5~ THIMPHU (2320m)
Today morning visit National Memorial Chorten; the National Institude of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; Folk Heritage Museum; visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple, which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Taken Preserve to see the Bhutan national animal; Textile museum, Changzamtok weaving center.
Afternoon visit to Buddha point – the Buddha Dordenma a 138.6-foot-tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue (inclusive of lotus) seated on a 62-foot-tall; drive towards the BBS tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” Evening you drive to Paro. Over night stay in Hotel, Paro. BLD
DAY 6~ PARO
Today’s exploration of Thimphu begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a Buddhist Stupa, dedicated to world peace and prosperity. It was built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan. You will find Thimphu residents circumambulating the Stupa throughout the day praying for universal harmony and all sentient beings.
Your next stop is the National Library that holds thousands of ancient Buddhist texts and scriptures. It also has a small but growing collection of modern books.
You will also visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students train in Bhutan’s thirteen traditional arts and crafts and the Folk Heritage Museum, which will provide insight into a traditional Bhutanese farm house and Bhutan’s fast disappearing rural past.
After lunch, you will visit to Buddha point to view the Buddha Dordenma, a 138.6-foot-tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue (inclusive of lotus) seated on a 62-foot- high seat and Sangaygang for a bird’s eye view of Thimphu city. On the way down visit a nunnery temple and the Tashichhodzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s seat of government. It is also the summer residence of the Je Khenpo or the Chief Abbot. Over night stay in Hotel, Paro. BLD