07D PARO-THIMPU-PUNAKHA

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Overview

The 07D PARO-THIMPU-PUNAKHA tour package focuses on the essence of Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys.  Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
The capital, Thimphu, is home to a bustling weekend market and the ornate Tashichho Dzong, which serves as the government seat. The historic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637, sits at the juncture of the 2 rivers, Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, and hosts a lavish, multiday religious festival that features masked dances and music. The Phobjikha Valley, habitat for rare black-necked cranes, is a bird-watching destination. As independent travel to Bhutan is not allowed, most visitors book through a tour operator.
This tour is perfect for a week of respite from routine life and provides a soothing balm of lush greenery, exquisite cuisine, colour, friendly people, a great climate and fresh air free from the city pollution.

 

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Inclusions

3 star

Transfer

Breakfast

Sightseeing

Stay Plan

PARO-THIMPU-PUNAKHA

03 Nights in Paro

02 Nights in Thimphu

01 Night  in Punakha

PACKAGE DETAILS

PARO-THIMPU-PUNAKHA

  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours
  • Permit for travel to Punakha.
  • All Monument & Museum Entrances Fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All tours and transfers either on a private basis or seat-in-coach basis.

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Paro is a valley town in Bhutan, west of the capital, Thimphu. It is the site of the country’s only international airport and is also known for the many sacred sites in the area. North of town, the Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. Northwest of here are the remains of a defensive fortress, Drukgyel Dzong, dating from the 17th century.
Closer to town, Rinpung Dzong, another imposing fortress, is reached via a covered bridge across the Paro Chhu River. A former watchtower nearby houses the National Museum of Bhutan. On display are traditional clothing and jewellery, armour and Buddhist paintings. Set amid woodlands, Ugyen Pelri Palace is a royal residence and a good example of Bhutanese architecture. The 3-story Dungtse Lhakhang, a distinctively shaped temple with a tower, features religious murals. Southwest of Paro, Chele La Pass, with views of the surrounding peaks, is the highest point on a mountain road that winds through thick forests, ending in the Haa Valley.

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WHEN TO VISIT:

The Paro Valley has a mild climate, with warm summers (Jun–Aug) and dry, cool winters (Nov–Feb). Popular times to visit are Apr-Jun, late summer (Aug) and mid-fall (Oct). Elaborate dances mark the Paro Tshechu religious festival (spring, dates vary), which also features a huge Buddhist painting presented by monks. Monsoon season runs Jun-Sep.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior. In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites. The massive Tashichho Dzong is a fortified monastery and government palace with gold-leaf roofs. The Memorial Chorten, a whitewashed structure with a gold spire, is a revered Buddhist shrine dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
At 51.5 meters high, the towering bronze-and-gold Buddha Dordenma statue sits on a southern hill above Thimphu. Marking the site of the 1885 battle that established the monarchy, Changlimithang Stadium hosts football games and archery contests. Nearby, the Centenary Farmer’s Market sells food and handicrafts on weekends. The Folk Heritage Museum, in a 19th-century timber house, focuses on rural Bhutanese customs. At the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, visitors can watch traditional Bhutanese papermaking. The Royal Textile Academy displays regional textiles from the 17th century to the present, including costumes used for Buddhist dances.

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WHEN TO VISIT

Many travellers choose Apr-Jun and Oct to visit when daytime temperatures are mild and the weather is mostly dry. Jul–Aug is the peak of the wet season. Nov–Mar is dry and cool with cold nights. A key event in the capital's calendar is Thimphu Tshechu (Sep/Oct), a colourful Buddhist festival of masked dance and prayer.

 

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Punakha is a town in the Himalayas of Bhutan. It's known for the Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress at the juncture of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers. The fortress hosts the Punakha Tshechu, a religious festival featuring masked dances and music. In the surrounding Punakha Valley, temples include the fertility-focused Chimi Lhakhang and the hilltop Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which has river and mountain views.

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WHEN TO VISIT:

The Punakha Valley is a year-round destination with a temperate climate. Summers (Jun–Aug) is warm and rainy. Winters (Dec–Feb) is dry and cool. Music and masked dances mark the multi-day Punakha Tshechu religious festival (dates vary). Monsoon season runs Jun-Sep.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

PARO-THIMPU-PUNAKHA

 

Day 01 - Arrival in Paro, transfer to Thimpu

Upon arrival at Paro Airport, avail the  transfer to Thimpu, the national capital of Bhutan. Rest of the day is on leisure. Overnight at Thimpu.

Day 02 - Sightseeing in Thimphu

After breakfast head out to get a glimpse into the cultural and natural wealth of Bhutan. Visit Motithang Takin Preserve, named after the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin. Next visit the Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the government. This historic building, which has withstood the test of time, showcases the traditional Bhutanese architecture. The trip to BBS Tower offers you the best photography opportunities for the day as this point commands panoramic views of Thimphu city. Next visit the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park, which has one of the largest statues of Shakyamuni in the world – Buddha Dordenma. The Folk Heritage Museum, which is housed in a 3-storey building, exhibits a vast collection of old tools and household items used by the locals. Overnight at Thimpu.

Day 03 - Thimphu to Punakha via Dochu La

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Punakha. Punakha is known for the historical Punakha Dzong – one of the oldest and largest dzongs in Bhutan; it is also the erstwhile seat of the government. It has seen numerous significant events in the history of Bhutan. The exhilarating road trip becomes more interesting as you cross the Dochu La Pass, which offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayan Kingdom. It is also known for the 108 Buddhist shrines built here by the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. During your time at Punakha Dzong, you can also witness the union of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers. We also take you to Chimi Lhakhang, built by Ngawang Choegyel, the 14th Drukpa head, in reverence to Drukpa Kunley.  Reach Punakha and check-in to your hotel. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 04 - Punakha to Paro

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and head back to Paro. This day involves plenty of sightseeing as we take you to some of the most popular tourist attractions, here. During the day, you will spend moments of peace at the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang. It is one of the 108 Buddhist temples, built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The visit to Ta Dzong – home to the National Museum of Bhutan – will bring you one step closer to the culture and people of the kingdom. Fascinatingly, some of the artefacts housed in the museum date back to 4000 BC! Also, explore the Drukgyel Dzong, which used to be a significant defence base till 1951, when a fire gutted the campus and left it in runs. Overnight at Paro.

Day 05 - Local Sightseeing in Paro

After breakfast, you shall visit the "Paro Taktsang" well known as Tiger’s nest temple. The Temple or Taktsang Monastery is the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. Perched precariously on the edge of a 1200m cliff, this monastery is an impressive sight and the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. Overnight at Paro.

Day 06 - Excursion to Chele La Pass

After breakfast, proceed on an exciting excursion to the Chele La pass. About 37 km from Paro, the mountain pass will take you to over 12000 feet altitude. On the way, see lush forests of pine and rhododendron. After reaching the pass, view the Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. On a clear day, panoramic views of the Haa and Paro Valleys can also be captured from here. Overnight at Paro.

Day 07 Departure from Paro

After breakfast, you shall be transferred to Paro Airport to board your return flight.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

There are certain norms and requirements of permits for Indian Nationals to enter Bhutan. Please get in touch with us for further details.

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