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8 Days Home-stay Tour of Bhutan.

The 8 Days Home Stay tour of Bhutan will literally take you away from your hectic life to spots of phenomenal excellence and culture, which you will experience in pristine Bhutan. Your guide,  will accompany you through out your tour to visit towns and rugged Bhutanese villages and you will experience the day to day life in conventional houses with bare minimum infrastructure and appreciate real Bhutanese cooking  from your home-stay host.

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

Statue-of-Buddha-at-Kuensel-Phodrang-8 Days Home-stay TourMeet and greet at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, a short stop to view Tamchog Monastery:

  • This Monastery was built by Thang Thong Gyalpo, popularly known as “The Iron Bridge builder”. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum (Tashi Yangtse in Eastern Bhutan).

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Memorial chorten, as the name suggests, is built in memory of the Late His Majesty Third King of Bhutan.
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha, simply marvel at the immense size of the Buddha statue that sits majestically on the hilltop. The statue was made in China and shipped and trucked into Bhutan after it was cut into pieces.
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, this temple perched on a hilltop just above the valley constantly buzzes with pilgrim activity. Tibetan lama, Phajo Drugom Shigpo established it in the 12th century.
  • Takin Preserve center, a Mini zoo where Takins (Budorcas Taxicolor) are housed. Bhutanese believe that Takin was created in Bhutan by a Yogi, Drukpa Kuenley (Devine Madman) in the 15th Hence Takin is declared as the National animal of Bhutan.
  • Sangaygang view point.
  • Dupthop Lhakhang, located in Zilukha on a high hill above Tashichho Dzong, it houses over 70 nuns. One of the re-incarnations of Thang Thong Gyalpo founded this nunnery.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Homestay / Farm house.

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:

Archery Range-8 Days Home-stay TourIn the Morning, visit to:

  • National Postal Museum where you can also print your pictures on the official Bhutanese stamps.
  • Craft Bazaar.
  • Textile Museum
  • School of 13 Arts and Crafts (Painting school).

Lunch at Simply Bhutan Museum restaurant, where you can enjoy typical Bhutanese dishes, Ara (Local wine), witness Folk dances, visit to the Folk Museum and many more.

In the Afternoon, witness the Archery match at Changlimithang stadium.

In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong, built along the bank of a River, is an architectural delight. It houses the Throne room, offices of His Majesty the King and the Ministries of Home Affairs and Finance. It also is the summer residence of the Dratshang (Monk body).

Dinner and overnight in Homestay / Farm house.

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha (76 Km, 2 hrs drive):

6 Days Bhutan TourIn the morning, drive to Punakha. On the way, visit to:

  • Dochu La Pass (Altitude 3140 m) with its 108 stupas and view the beautiful Himalayan Mountain Ranges in the North.
  • Chimi Lhakhang: Of all the religious figures of Bhutan, perhaps no one is as popular as Drukpa Kuenley or “The Divine Madman”. The maverick saint was so revered that a temple – Chimi Lhakhang (Popularly called The Temple of Fertility) was built in his honor. He was known as The Divine Madman for his unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism often with sexual overtones.
  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is the winter residence of Je Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. Punakha was also an ancient capital of Bhutan until the rule of the Second King of Bhutan.

In the Afternoon, hike to the beautiful Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

  • This temple is built on a hill top overlooking the valley below. It was built to remove negativity and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world.

In the evening, walk the Longest Suspension Bridge in Bhutan (160 meters).

  • This Bridge is considered the longest of its kind in Bhutan and connects the two sides of the Po Chu River. You will get a great view of the river, valley, temple, and a good boost of adrenaline as well.

Dinner and overnight in Homestay / Farm house.

Day 04. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Gangtey (75 km, 2 hour drive):

The-View-of-Wangdiphodrang-Dzong-and-the-valleyIn the Morning, drive to Gangtey.

A short stop on the way to view Wangdiphodrang Dzong.

  • This Dzong was built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This Dzong was razed by fire in 2012 and is under repair now. The Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four points of the compass.

Note: Upper part of the valley is called Gangtey and lower part is called Phobjikha.

While in Gangtey, visit to:

  • Gangtey Gompa Monastery built in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation.
  • Crane Information center.

In the evening, explore Phobjikha valley (Altitude 3000 m), the most beautiful glacial valley in the Himalayas and the roosting ground of the Rare Black- necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Homestay / Farm house.

Day 05. Gangtey – Thimphu (142 km. 4 hour drive):

In the morning, drive to Thimphu. We occasionally stop on the way to take pictures.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Textile Museum
  • Witness Archery match at Changlimithang stadium.
  • Free for shopping.

Dinner and overnight in Homestay / Farm house.

Day 06. Thimphu – Paro (54 kms. 1 hour drive):

5 Days Bhutan TourIn the Morning, drive to Paro and visit to:

  • Ta Dzong built in 1649, an ancient watch tower which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. This unusual building is in a conch shape with 2.5m thick wall.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Rinpung Dzong means ‘The Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. It is the finest illustration of Bhutanese architecture and craftsmanship you’ll see. So impressive it is that even scenes of 1995 film, Little Buddha were filmed here.

In the afternoon, excursion to the Chele La Pass (3988 meters).

  • You can see the beautiful view of the Himalayas including Mt. Jumolhari. The Pass boasts of the highest motorable road in Bhutan. The Chele la pass divides Haa from Paro valley. Explore the pass and enjoy the scenic views.

Drive back to Paro. On the way back, visit to the Kila Gompa nunnery.

  • This Nunnery is also called Chele La Gompa and is on a cliff facing Paro valley, with stunning views of Paro valley below and Jele Dzong in the far north east. About 70 nuns live here in seven small temples and small retreat huts built on a cliff side. This nunnery is the oldest in Bhutan and was initially built as a meditation place in the 9th century by Drupthob Chhoeje Norbu. This is also lovingly referred to as “the Second Taktsang (the Tiger’s nest).

Dinner and overnight in Farm House / Homestay.

Day 07. Paro Sightseeing – Hike to the Tiger’s Nest:

Taktsang-Monastery-in-ParoIn the Morning, drive to Satsam Chorten and 2 hour hike till the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang).

  • This Monastery is without a doubt the most visited and the most photographed of all the monuments in Bhutan. It is nestled above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons, overlooking the Paro valley. The monastery is of tremendous religious significance to the Bhutanese. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to this site on the back of a tigress and meditated here. The monastery was built in 1692 to honor and worship the Guru. The hike up to the Tiger’s Nest is give-or-take a two-hour ascent.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Drugyal Dzong which means, the Fortress of the Victorious Bhutanese. A 16 km road passes up the valley to the ruins of this fortress-monastery, which was partly destroyed by fire in 1951.
  • Kichu Lhakhang, by far, this temple is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. The King of Tibet, Srongtsen Gampo built it in 659 AD. It is one of the 108 temples built by him in a single day across the Himalayan region.

In the inner courtyard, you’ll see a mural of King Gesar of Ling. He was a popular Tibetan warrior-king, whose epic poem is said to be the longest in the world.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography.

Dinner and overnight in Homestay / Farm house.

Day 08. Paro – Departure:

After breakfast, drive to the Airport and farewell.