Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. This district, levelling from 1300m at the valley floor rises to almost 3000m around Dochhula pass, served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907 and the 1st National Assembly was held here. The dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan. Visit Punakha Domche and relish the revelry of medieval warriors and also the coming of textiles to life.
Tiger’s Nest: Perched on the high cliffs Taktsang is referred to as the Tiger’s Nest. Built in 1692, it has always inspired and awestruck many a visitor. “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey turns into a pilgrimage and fills you up in spiritual bliss.
DAY 1: Arrive at Paro Airport by Druk Air.
After completing your visa formalities and exiting the Airport, a representative of The Noble Traveller will be there to receive you. Our journey to Thimphu will take approximately I hour – we will stop to view several monasteries, villages and traditional bridges along the way. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 2: Thimphu Sightseeing.
Morning visit to the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Painting School and the National Library. After lunch visit to the Handicraft Center, Zoo, the National Textile Museum and Tashichho Dzong. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 3: After Breakfast Drive to Punakha. (Drive time 2-3 hrs)
Enroute visit Dochula Chorten. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, followed by a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 4: Morning, Drive to Paro. (Drive time 2-3 hrs)
After lunch, sightseeing of Paro valley. Visit the Paro Museum, Paro Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Drukgyal Dzong and Town. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 5: Today Full Day Excursion To Haa Valley By Vehicle (Drive time 2 hrs).
Our drive will take us over the Chele La Pass at over 13,000 ft. After lunch in Haa, drive back to Paro. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 6: Today Full Day Excursion (by foot) To Taktsang (Tigers Nest).
Lunch at Taktsang Cafeteria. If time permits handicraft shopping in Paro Town. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 7: Departure
Early breakfast and drive to Paro Airport to catch your flight by Druk Air, where your guide will help you with your luggage and bid you farewell.
Placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsr Ugyen Wangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been fully restored in the recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. At the dzong enrich your trip with the opportunity to see the highest standards in woodwork. Do not miss the massive Kuenray, the Coronation Hall of all Bhutanese kings, the Dzongchung at the entrance to the dzong and the cantilever bridge over the Mochu that has been recently renovated.
Khamsum Yuley Temple:
There is no temple in Bhutan built elaborately as this. This fascinating temple was built by the Queen Mother of the 5th King to bring universal peace in this world. The best of the spiritual art works are painted on the inner walls. There are also paintings of Buddhist teachers and tutelary deities of the country. This is a great temple to study the symbolic meanings from frescoes and sculptures.
The divine madman also known, as Drukpa Kinley is a famous teacher with whom the phallic symbol is associated. Tales told by your guide would have excited you to visit Chhimi Lhakhang. The Divine Madman sits there though a statue this time. Do not miss the master’s deeds painted on the walls. Japanese and several American couples visited this temple and were blessed miraculously with children. Ask yourself, do I need this Fertility Tour or not?
A day excursion to Talo would be great with picnic lunch. The festival there happens in spring and will capture any visitor’s attention. Let your tour take you there in summer during corn harvest. It’s an adventure to enjoy corn harvest with the farmers and also an opportunity to look for Himalayan bear. A walk through Talo and down to the other village of Nobgang will be a great day’s itinerary.
Nalanda Buddhist College:
Locals call this place Dalayna and the monks call it Nalanda Buddhist College. If you want to chat up with monks in English then this is the place to go. The monks here are dying to practise the new language they learn. Drive there in the afternoon and enjoy your evening tea supplemented by the ravishing view in front of you.
Chorten Nigpo walks:
The walk to Chorten Ningpo passes through several villages. Many visitors love this walk in summer and in autumn. In summer the rice fields are lush and gardens are filled with multitudes of vegetables and fruits. Likewise autumn enchants visitors with the golden hue of ripening rice. For adventure loving hard core walkers we recommend a detour to Hokotso, a lowland lake that holds many legends. This is recommended in autumn though