Bhutan, also known as ‘The land of the Thunder Dragon’, is in many ways still the magical kingdom. Snuggled and protected in the folds of the great Himalayas, the Kingdom seems to lose itself in the clouds. Today, it is an exotic destination, revealed to the outside world by the impenetrable veil of the Himalayan mist.
Bhutan is a spiritual land where every Dzong (fortress), monastery, rock, valley, gorge, tree, and mountain exists with the spirits of their own. Every hill tops is adorned with a monastery or a Chorten (Stupa).
Situated between China (Tibet) in the north and India in the south, this magical kingdom of about 46,500 square kilometers still listens to the voices of the nature, because Bhutan’s 72 percent of the total territory is covered by forest.
With its population of about 600,000, Bhutan is rich in culture, Buddhist festival and nature. Today it is an exotic destination for all ages of tourist to enjoy a natural paradise under the glimpse of beautiful Himalayan peaks.
Take a flight from Kathmandu by Druk Air, the only national carrier of Bhutan to Paro international airport in Bhutan. The flight facilitates you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes, both of Nepal and Bhutan. On arrival and completing visa formalities our guest will be received by Rainbow Adventures representative who will transfer you to Kichu Resort or similar facility. In the afternoon free time, we visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors because of its strategic location. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the ear 17th century. Mount Cholohari (7,320m) can be seen, if the weather is clear. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the clock tower, locally known as Ta-Dzong. Overnight stay in Paro.
We make a hike to the view point of Taktsang monastery. For an extra payment, we can hire horses for this visit. The 2/3 hours uphill hike through villages and pine forests is pleasant. The monastery clings to the huge granite cliff 800 meters above Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism. The saint converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17th century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and now it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese, who desperately desire to visit this place at least once in their life time. In the late afternoon, we drive 2 hours to reach Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, which is 65 km from Paro. Overnight stay in a hotel in Thimpu.
In the morning we go sightseeing around Thimpu, including a visit to Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck; 15th century Changangkha monastery; and the new Drupthob nunnery. In the afternoon we take a 3 hour drive to Wangduephodrang. Nice views of eastern Himalayan ranges, including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt. Gangar Punsun 7,520m, can be observed if the weather is clear. The drive further from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valley of Lobesa. Overnight stay at a hotel.
We go for a full day excursion to Gangtey. Gangtey Gompa in the Phobjikha Valley, is 16th century monastery. It is the only monastery in Bhutan, which follows the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism.
In the morning we drive for 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as the capital of Bhutan in the past. This remarkable fortress is built between rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a process, known as the Punakha Serda, takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Now drive 3 hours to Thimpu; and proceed 2 more hours to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. The building now serves as Budhist University.
Depending on our flight schedule, we drive to the Paro airport to fly to Kathmandu. You will be received at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
The above Itinerary is the standard that we offer. It can be customized as per your particular requirements and interests.