Best Season: March to May and September to November
Total Duration: 9 Day
Trip Grade: moderate
Tiger Nest Monastery
“Bhutan” the land of Thunder Dragon and ‘The Last Shangrila' on earth, is located within the lap of the eastern chain between India and China. Covering a region of 18000 sq miles, the small chain Kingdom of Asian nation is one of the foremost isolated nations in the world. Spectacular mountain parcels, varied flora, fauna, and distinctive ancient Buddhist monasteries have created Bhutan a model holidaymaker destination. It's presented within bio-diversity harboring around 300 meditational herbs and 165 species.
Bhutan has its own, historical, geographical, religious, ancient and cultural significance. It is well known to the natives as Druk Yul (The land of the Thunder Dragon). Bhutan is considered the last paradise on Earth. Its isolation, spectacular, varied flora and fauna, ancient Buddhist monasteries, spirited culture, and mystic aura have created it thus. The kingdom's topography is one of the dramatic contrasts from the near-tropical southern border with India at an associate altitude of 300m, the land rises to culminate within the over 7000m peaks of the Himalayas within the North that from a natural frontier with Tibetan region of Bhutan's Northern neighbors China. The capital of Bhutan is Thimpu. There are many places to explore in Bhutan, some are: Memorial Chorten (dedicated to the late king Jingme Dorji Wangchuk), ancient medication Hospital, Paro and different places like: Bumthang, Thongsa, Punakha etc.
Hills Trek Pvt.Ltd offers you a chance to have an insight into the faith, culture, ecology, and life of this stunning country. These tours will take you through a number of the prime picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges to lush green valleys.
You are able to enjoy the intricate paintings, unusual handicrafts, and the cottage industries which are very impressive and inspiring, the distinct architecture. The tour, in addition, introduces its visitors to the unique architectural splendors of the monasteries, Dzongs, and the traditional Bhutanese houses and witnesses some intriguing religious festivals.
Some information of Bhutan
Accommodation: Modern hotels are available in Kathmandu and Thimpu. The outlying areas have comfortable resorts and lodges.
Access: Druk Air (Bhutan's Airlines) operates flights to Paro from Kathmandu, Kolkata, Dhaka, New Delhi, and Bangkok also. The overland entry point is in the Indian state of West Bengal into Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan. Phuntsholing is four hour's drive from Gangtok (Sikkim) and Darjeeling. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimpu takes six hours.
Adventures: Trekking, Tour and Mountain Biking
Best Seasons: March to May and September to November are the high season months while June /July and December- February comprise the low season. During summer maximum of 30 degrees Celsius and in winter minimum of 1.1 degrees Celsius.
Tariff: Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB) has set minimum tariffs which are different for high and low seasons. Individuals and groups of fewer than four persons must pay a surcharge. The rates are the same for both cultural tours and treks.
Visa: You will need a visa to enter Bhutan. You cannot travel to Bhutan without going through a licensed Bhutanese travel agency who will apply for a visa on your behalf. Visas must be approved prior to arriving in the kingdom and may take up to 30 days to obtain, as such planning ahead is very important. Visas are granted for a two-week period for a one-time fee of $20 USD per person. If you wish to stay longer than two weeks, we can apply for an extension of up to two additional weeks for a fee of $15 USD per person. In addition to the visa fee, there is also a one-time fee of $10 USD per person tourism development fee charged by the government.
Once you decide to travel through us, all you will have to do is send us a clear copy of your passport and we will apply for your visa on your behalf. Once your visa is approved, we will e-mail you a copy of the approval. You will have to carry a copy of the approval when you check in at the airport and at immigrations in Paro. The actual visa will be stamped on your passport on arrival in Paro.
For your visa application, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your date of departure from Bhutan.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02:Kathmandu Full Day Sight Seeing.
Day 03:Kathmandu - Paro by Flight and Local Sight Seeing.
Day 04:Paro to Punakha Valley via Thimphu and Dochu La
Day 05:Chimmi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Day 06:Punakha Valley to Paro, Chuzom and Tamchog Lhakhang
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu (TIA), our representative from Hillstrek will be there to pick you up. You will be transfer to hotel in half an hour drive with private vehicle. We will discuss about our trip and you have time for refreshment. In the evening we are together again for welcome dinner in typical nepalese restaurant with cultural program.
After breakfast, full day sightseeing of, Bouddhanath Stupa(UNESCO World Heritage Site) Pashupatinath Temple(UNESCO World Heritage Site) Patan Durbar Square(UNESCO World Heritage Site) Soyambhunath Stupa(UNESCO World Heritage Site). Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport you will be greeted by our tour guide. After you check-in and spend some time settling into your new surroundings, we will take sightseeing in Paro town and a temple visit. This afternoon trip allows you to acclimatize to the rarefied air at this altitude as well as the chance to get to know your guide.
The capital Thimphu, sprawled across the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chhu River, is Bhutan’s centre of government, religion and commerce. During the journey from Paro to Punakha, you can stop off in the nation’s largest city, with an immersive tour taking in some of the major attractions, including the Buddha Dordenma statue, the National Memorial Chorten, a view of Trashi Chhoe Dzong and the Folk Heritage Museum (exact tour itinerary varies). After leaving Thimphu, the drive to Punakha is spectacular, winding snake-like up the 3,000m-high mountain pass of Dochu La, offering views to 108 chortens (Buddhist shrines), forests of cluttering prayer flags and, on a clear day, sweeping views of the Himalayan range. Duration of drive: 3 to 4 hours (126km)
This is a full day of exploration through the lush Punakha Valley, which at 1,200m is low enough for bananas and oranges to grow. The morning starts with a short walk across farmhouses and rice paddies to reach Chimmi Lhakhang, a 15th-century fertility temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint, perhaps better known as the ‘Divine Madman’. This site has long been a pilgrimage for couples hoping to start a family. Heading further down the valley, the 300-year-old Punakha Dzong comes into view. Built in the 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (who founded the Kingdom of Bhutan), the fortress once housed the country’s government. It is now the winter home of Je Khenpo, the head abbot of Bhutan, along with a retinue of 1,000 monks. After lunch, the tour takes you on a walk through homesteads and farmland to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a shrine recently built by the royal family. Duration: 6 to 7 hours Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Retrace your steps back over the Dochu La pass for a second chance to view the Himalayan mountain range. Returning to the Chuzom (the confluence of the rivers Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu), you can glimpse the three nearby shrines, built to ward off evil spirits – each with a different style of architecture: Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese. Time-permitting, there will be a visit to Tamchog Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo, a pioneering engineer who introduced the construction of suspension bridges into Bhutan and Tibet (several of which are still in use today). The final part of the drive to Uma Paro is through apple orchards and rice paddies back to our mountain home, where you can spend the rest of the day in this calming setting. One popular option is to try your hand at archery, Bhutan’s national sport. Duration of drive: 3 to 4 hours (126km) Difficulty: Easy.
The historical Paro Valley is the focus of today’s activities, culminating in a visit to the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, one of Bhutan’s most important pieces of architecture. According to legend, this Cliffside is where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. The trip starts early in order to avoid the hot sun during the two-hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint, a steep hike passing a waterfall and ending among beautiful murals at the monastery’s main entrance. If time allows, there is the possibility of heading further up to visit remote temples. After lunch – either a prepared picnic or from the charming Taktsang cafeteria – you return to Uma Paro, where you can recharge on your final night, enjoying the herbal hot stone bath. Duration: 6 to 8 hours Difficult: Moderate to hard.