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Hidden Valley – 11 Days

This tour provides visitors with the perfect insight while highlighting many traditional landmarks and culture customs of the Bhutanese people. The skills of the Bhutanese artisans are so vivid in the handicrafts that, it never

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
Trip Duration: 11 Days
Max Altitude: 3,400 m /11152 ft
Trip Starts From: Paro
Trip Ends At: Paro
Trip Region: Bhutan
Best Season: 
January to June; September to December
Trip Level: Easy
Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
Trip Route: Paro-Thimpu-Punakha- Trongsa-Bumthang-Phobjikha- Tiger's Nest-Paro

Trip Information

This tour provides visitors with the perfect insight while highlighting many traditional landmarks and culture customs of the Bhutanese people. The skills of the Bhutanese artisans are so vivid in the handicrafts that, it never fails to amaze visitors to the kingdom. The greatest art forms range from beautifully hand-woven traditional textiles and handicrafts. While many places produce fine examples of both, Bhutan’s superlative wood carvings, masks, gold and silverworks, paper, and religious paintings are unique and excellence and in the fact that they are made to be used by the people themselves, rather than to be sold to tourists.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 – Arrival at Paro Airport. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 02 – Sightseeing around Paro. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 03 – Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu for sightseeing. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 04 – Drive from Thimphu to Punakha with sightseeing on the way. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 05 – Drive from Punakha to Trongsa. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 06 – Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 07 – Sightseeing around Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 08 – Leaving Bumthang behind we drive to Phobjikha. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 09 – Drive from Phobjikha back to Paro. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 10 – Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 11 – Transfer to the international airport for your final departure. Overnight at a hotel.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrival at Paro Airport

    You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

    The flight to Bhutan offers scenic views of some of the highest peaks in the world.

    Paro is at an altitude of 2280m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal area for rice, apple, wheat, potatoes and vegetable growing.

    Our Bhutanese tour guide will meet you at Paro airport, traditionally welcomed with silk scarves and after completion of arrival formalities we then transfer to hotel. Overnight at a hotel..
    (Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 02 - Sightseeing around Paro

    Early morning drive towards Paro. We visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, on the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kms from Paro. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 03 - Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu for sightseeing

    Early morning we take a scenic drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, approx 90 minutes drive from Paro. Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visiting the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 04 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha with sightseeing on the way

    Driving 3 hours leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We then drive onto Lobesa where you take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple, it is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Continuing North to visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 05 - Drive from Punakha to Trongsa

    Approximately 6 hours after our early breakfast to Wangdiphodrang we continue on to Tongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m). The pass is marked by a white chorten and many prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stopping at Chendebji Chorten for lunch. You can see the chorten with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Finally reaching towards Trongsa you can view the stunning Trongsa Dzong from a distance. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 06 - Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang

    Trongsa (2,300m) literally meaning new town forms the central hub of the nation and historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. Visit the Trongsa Dzong which was built in 1648 and is the biggest and most impressive of all the fortresses in the country. This Dzong is the ancestral home of Bhutan`s royal family. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All five Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne. The monastic body shifts to Trongsa for the winter and to Bumthang in the summer. Above the town is Ta Dzong watch tower which is presently under renovations to make way for the new Museum on Bhutanese Monarchy.

    After the tour of Trongsa we drive to Bumthang, 68 kms away from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m). The road winds steeply up to the pass, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley. Stopping in Chumey village there are many shops selling yathra, a woolen textile. Bumthang is famous for yathra a distinctive strip of woven woolen fabric in numerous colours and patterns mostly made using ancient dyeing techniques .The Road follows the valley down and it climbs through blue pine forests to Kiki La (2,860m). We then descent down to the Choekor Valley or central of Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 07 - Sightseeing around Bumthang

    Bumthang valley comprises of a combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitudes varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. Home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visiting the Jakar Dzong built in 1667 and it`s seat of district administration and regional monastic body of Bumthang. Jambay Lhakhang founded in 7th century by the Tibetan king Songsen Gampo it is one of the oldest monasteries in the country. Kurje Lhakhang, where the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan subdued a local demon and left his body imprint. Tamshing founded in 1501 by Terton (Treasure Revealer) Pema Lingpa the incarnation of Guru Rinpoche. The monastery has very ancient religious paintings like 1000 Buddhas and 21 Taras (female form of Buddhisattvas) in Bhutan. Visit a farmer’s house for refreshments and observe the traditional way of living. We also visit a Swiss farm which produces cottage, swiss cheese, honey, a large variety of fruit juice and spirits. The Brewery that manufactures the famous Red Panda Beer (weiss beer) also located here. Take a leisurely walk in Chamkhar town. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 08 - Leaving Bumthang behind we drive to Phobjikha

    Driving about 7 hours to the glacial valley of Phobjikha. On the slopes of valley the great monastery of Gangtey is situated, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. The unique black necked crane festival is held on the valley floor every November. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 09 - Drive from Phobjikha back to Paro

    An easy drive via Wangdiphodrang. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 10 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest)

    The trail to the Tiger’s Nest climbs through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 11 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

    After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
    (Breakfast Included)

     


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a tourist car / van /minibus.

  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.

  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.

  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.

  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day 01 with welcome drinks.

  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.

  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations, if required.

  • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.

  • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.

  • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.

  • All route access and monument entry permits and fees.

  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (Please see the Druk Air flight info below)

  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip, see the travel insurance page).

  • Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry.

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal clothing and equipment. (See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for tour guides, porters, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected)

  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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