Spirit of Bhutan Tour - 8 Days

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  • Duration 8 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Starts/Ends Bhutan to Bhutan
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November


  • Discover the vibrant history of Bhutan visiting the Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge.
  •  Explore the most sacred Buddhist monasteries 
  •  Visit of Thimpu,Paro and punakha valley
  •  Hike up Tiger’s Nest Monastery 

This popular Bhutan cultural tour provides an in-depth view into the ancient way of life and rich culture that still thrives in Bhutan today through the western valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang. It is a well paced tour, designed to provide the opportunity to really savour the unique highlights of Bhutan’s western districts which offer diverse mountainous landscapes, a rich Buddhist heritage including monasteries, temples and chortens, historical fortresses and an extremely hospitable people. You will discover the vibrant history of Bhutan visiting the Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley. In Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, you will visit the The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures before crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with its 108 chortens, numerous prayer flags and spectacular Himalayan views into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.

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The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly
changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth.
Arrive at Paro and drive to Thimphu. Upon arrival, drive to capital city Thimphu, Check in hotel and
visit the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and
statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of
modernisation, and as a monument to world peace. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a
memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972.His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji
Wangchuk. Later visit Trashi chhodzong fortress of the glorious religion” Standing proudly on the
western bank of the Wang Chhu a few kilometers north of central Thimphu, Tashichho
Dzong looks every inch the seat of government. While the National Assembly no longer
convenes inside the fortress's whitewashed walls, today the dzong still houses the throne
room and the king's offices as well as the ministries of home affairs and finance. The dzong is
a patchwork of old and new, with the impressive central utse and chapels dating from the
eighteenth century surrounded by government offices constructed in the 1960s. Various other
parts of the dzong have risen, phoenix-like, from the embers of three major fires and the
earthquake of 1897, making it all the more impressive that its expansion and restoration hasbeen completed without either written plans or nails. The impressive open courtyard that abuts the northern side of the dzong is the site of Thimphu's largest festival, the annual Thimphu Tsechu. Unless your visit coincides with the tsechu, however, you should be able to explore the dzong's splendid interior in peace, broken only by the sound of pigeons flapping overhead.Over night at hotel in Thimphu.

    Thimphu Sightseeing. After breakfast visit the world’s tallest sitting Buddha statue at Buddha point which is 169 feet tall. High up in the hills overlooking Thimphu, dawn light glints off the Buddha Dordenma's golden face as he gazes into the rising sun. Depicting Buddha at the moment of his enlightenment, sitting in bhumisparsha mudra with five fingers extended to touch the earth, the 51-metre (169-feet) tall statue is visible from across Bhutan's capital city.
    The statue was cast in bronze in China and transported by sea and road to this site once occupied by the palace of Druk Desi, a secular ruler of Bhutan in the eighteenth-century. At its completion, the statue will contain 125,000 gilded Buddha statues and a wealth of other statuary.
    In addition to celebrating the centenary anniversary of the Wangchuck dynasty, the statue fulfills a twelve-hundred year-old prophesy made by Guru Rinpoche that a Buddha image would be built at this dramatic siteand it’s the best place for photographers.
     We start our hike form Buddha point to Changakha lakhang which is around 1 hours hike. You will be hiking through the trails which was made for mountain bikers which was used by our kings to cycle before, basically you will be hiking through the forest and will be having great views of Thimphu city. We end our hike Changangkha Lhakang, with its high walls and prayer wheels, built in the 12th century, is said to be the oldest monastery in the capital city, Visit the temple get some blessing. 
    After lunch visit Simply MuseumA “living” museum, Simply Bhutan is an initiative of the Bhutan Youth Development Fund that aims to increase young Bhutanese people's engagement with their traditional culture. Housed in a traditional building not far from the center of Thimphu, the museum offers visitors a fun opportunity to learn about Bhutanese traditions, dress up in kiras and ghos (as well as unusual regional costumes), and to try archery or khuru (darts) in the open courtyard. The museum doubles as a photo studio, offering a fun range of backdrops and props to help visitors capture a unique holiday snap. An on-site cafe serves Bhutanese food, and "Magical Moment" performances are held daily. 
    Later visit Painting School the Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. In the evening visit the some shops for shopping if interested. Over night at hotel in Thimphu.

      Today after breakfast you will drive to Punakha (1300m/4265ft) the former capital of Bhutan. On the way after 45 minutes‟ drive from Thimphu will reach at highest pass between Thimphu and Punakha the place called Dochula pass (3140m). In 2004, Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck commissioned 108 chortens in Dochula, the pass between Thimphu and Punakha. These chortens commemorate Bhutan's victory over the Indian insurgents hidden in Southern Bhutan in 2003. The 4th Druk Gyalpo, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, led the army. Hundreds of prayer flags flap in the wind at Dochula, carrying positive merit on the breeze to all sentient beings. For centuries, people have travelled through this pass while making their way across the country. On a clear day, the views from the top are astonishing. One can see many snow-covered 7000 meter peaks, including Gangkhar Phuensum, the world's highest unclimbed mountain. Gasa Dzong also appears in the distance.
      On arrival, visit Gangtey Goempa, the oldest Nyingmapa temple in western Bhutan. Gangtey Goemba sits on the crest of a hill, overlooking majestic views of the Phobjikha Valley. Quite appropriately, its name means simply “the temple on the hilltop.” Pema Thinley, the grandson of the great terton (treasure revealer) Pema Lingpa, founded this temple in 1613. In the Buddhist tradition of Bhutan, a terton is a gifted practitioner who discovers ancient teachings and reintroduces them to the world.The monastery, one of the largest in Bhutan, contains a monastic school and houses the ninth reincarnation of the Gangtey Tulku. Every year on the 11th of November, villagers from all over the valley gather in the courtyard here to celebrate the Black Necked Crane Festival. Locals wear their most beautiful ghos and kiras to watch the masked dances performed by the monks of Gangtey.
      Dressed as these cherished birds, school children dance the movements of the black necked crane to welcome the birds back to the valley. Every year, in the end of October and the beginning of November, the cranes arrive in the valley for the winter. They migrate in from the higher altitude plateaus of the Tibetan region.
      Then explore valley on foot is the best way to experience Gangtey as you will walk by small villages and picturesque scenery. Later visit, Crane Information Centre which gives all the information about birds. Overnight at hotel in Phobjikha

        After breakfast, do the Nature Trail hike which is around 2 km to enjoy the valley and meet with the locals and enjoy the fresh lush green vegetations all around Bhutan. After the hike we bid goodbye to Phobijkha valley and drive towards Punakha valley. Upon reaching Punakha valley visit the impressive Punakha Dzong impressive Punakha Dzong, the Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored in recent years by the present monarch. It is open for visitors during the Punakha festival (early spring) and in the summer months, after the monk body has returned to Thimphu. The Dzong is placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order‟s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. After visiting the Punakha Dzong take a leisurely walk for 5 to 10 minutes to reach the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan. We have a great view of villages on the other side of the river. Over night at hotel in Punakha.

          In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through ricefields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.
          Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before exploring Wangduephodrang Dzong. Built in 1639, the strategically located Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. In the 17th century Wangduephodrang played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern regions of the country.
          Afterwards drive back into the Punkha valley for a short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.

            Drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores. Afterwards proceed to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture studies. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

              After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. The cave is said to be the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch.
              In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Inside there is a great golden image of Buddha Shakyamuni.
              Alternatively, day 7 could be spent on a day trip to the Haa Valley, one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. Reached via the beautiful Chelila Pass, Haa Valley is characterised by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

                Breakfast in the hotel and then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.

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                  What's Included
                  • 6 Nights at 3* hotel accommodation with WiFi (Luxury  hotels will be charged separately)
                  • 1 night in phobjikha at 3* hotel but some time we can't get Room then you need to stay in Lodge because there is only one 3* hotel ( there is no telephone, no WiFi no Telivision in the room at all the Hotel because they all have their own uniqueness)
                  • Personal specialized English speaking guide & driver with SUV
                  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (excluding alcoholic drinks)
                  • All entrance fees & sightseeing including Monasteries & Dzongs etc
                  • All the transportation by private vehicle
                  • Bhutan Government daily royalties, and other taxes
                  • Free Mineral water all time during the tour
                  • Tea, coffee  and Snacks
                  • visa fee
                  • Airline Tickets
                  • Travel Insurance
                  • Meals, other than Mentioned
                  • Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.
                  • Tips for Guide and Driver 
                  Dates and Prices
                  Date PriceAvailability 
                  Start DateStarts: MondayJul 01, 2024End DateEnds: MondayJul 08, 2024PricePriceUS$2590StatusStatusAvailable
                  Start DateStarts: MondayJul 08, 2024End DateEnds: MondayJul 15, 2024PricePriceUS$2590StatusStatusAvailable
                  Start DateStarts: MondayJul 15, 2024End DateEnds: MondayJul 22, 2024PricePriceUS$2590StatusStatusAvailable
                  Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: MondayJul 29, 2024PricePriceUS$2590StatusStatusAvailable
                  Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: MondayAug 05, 2024PricePriceUS$2590StatusStatusAvailable
                  Client Reviews
                  • Spirit of Bhutan - 8 Days


                    Very well run by the local tour company (Gakyil) . My guide and driver were excellent.(Dev and Tashi) Both had really good knowledge. Tashi my guide gave me a great insight into Budhisim. We also had a lot of fun and many laughs. I highly recommend this tour. Bhutan is a real eye opener. There should be more places like this in this world. Glenn Burnside New Zealand

                    Glenn BurnsideNew Zealand,Jul 20, 2023
                  • Spirit of Bhutan - 8 Days


                    The Spirit of Bhutan tour exceeded our expectations and the itinerary we did was better than what had been outlined on TourRadar. There were some fantastic walks, and we took the option to go rafting which was a great experience (at additional cost). Our driver Namgay was extremely humble, and was in touch with the local traditions and culture. His smile made every activity a pleasure. The company can tailor make your holiday to suit your interests. We found it delightful that the owner of the company sat down for coffee and wanted to see how we felt about the tour.

                    KathleenAustralia,Mar 22, 2019

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