Kingdom in Cloud8 Nights 9 Days
Kingdom in Cloud8 Nights 9 Days
Kingdom in Cloud
Embark on a fascinating journey into Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well-being in GNH—Gross National Happiness. Explore remote villages and shrines nestled in the mountains, and enjoy spectacular hikes through rice terraces and forests. Hike up to the cliff-top Taktsang Monastery, Looking high above the Paro Valley ( 3000m), and discover your own capacity for happiness as you meet with families, artisans, students, and more.
- ParoZoom into a cluster of quaint farmhouses that embroiders the beauty of Paro Valley. Visit National Museum, 1400-year-old Kichu temple, Rinpung Fotress, The best in Paro is hike to Taktsang Monsatry, the most renowned Buddhist structure in the entire Himalaya, built on sheer cliff wall 900m above the valley. Only the sounds are murmurs of winds, waterfall, birds and the chanting of monks.
- ThimphuCapture the unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient tradition in Thimphu. Visit academy of Art & Craft, World Biggest Buddha Statue, Takin Enclaves, Memorial Stupa, Textile Factory, Indigenous paper factory, Tashi Cho Dzong “ The Glorious Fort of Happiness” & weekend market to mix with locals and get a closer view of their traditions.
- PunakhaStop over at Dochula for the breath taking view of Eastern Himalaya. Visit Dochu-la Temple and 108 Stupas. Drive through a beautiful dense forest of spruce, pine, rhododendron and larch. Stopover at Chimi Lhakhang the “ Temple of Fertility”. The best for the day is the visit to the magnificent Punakha Fortress considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture and epitome of beauty and ancient political power. Also sock in the beauty at Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel another an impressive fine Bhutanese Art & Architecture and capture the beautiful landscape of Punakha valley with farms, rice fields and the part of Jigme Dorji National Park
- GangteyCapture some breathtaking view of Phubjikha valley, home of the graceful endangered Black –Necked Crane, the Biggest Nymimapa Monastery in Western Bhutan. Weave your journey through beautiful villages, springs, waterfall, and numerous species of birds, mammals & flowers.
- 1 Arrival at Paro (2280m)As the plane banks over the mountain slopes, the Paro Valley greet you with luminous paddies rippling in the breeze and tiny houses sprinkled on the bank of the meandering river. The air is crystal clear, light translucent and on horizon, snowcapped mountains frame the idyllic like painting. It does not matter how many times you land in Paro, the bucolic valley unfolds like a dream. If you are lucky, you will have a glorious view of the Snowcapped Himalayas. After visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will meet by our representative from Journey to Discover Bhutan. Visit Rinpung Dzong, a school for monks, and take an orientation walk in town before dinner.
- 2 PunakhaDrive to Punakha, Bhutan’s ancient capital, crossing the Dochu La pass (10,000 feet) and enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya through flickering prayer flags. Afternoon: Visit Talo Compa and Village home of current Royal Family.
- 3 PunakhaVisit the Punakha Dzong, an elaborate fortress guarding the southern end of the valley at the confluence of the Pho (male) and Mo (female) Rivers. Hike to the Chime Lhakhang temple and continue on to the town of Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a spectacularly situated temple, and take in sweeping views of the valley below
- 4 Gangtey ValleyTravel to the village of Khewa get a taste of Bhutanese life. Visit the farm of a local family and enjoy a home-cooked dinner.
- 5 Gangtey ValleyWalk to Gangtey Goemba, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries in Bhutan, perched atop a hill amid a cluster of cottages. Explore the restored temple complex and examine some of the finest craftsmanship in Bhutan. Visit a community school, followed by a spectacular walk through the valley to visit an age-old temple and make an offering.
- 6 ThimphuDrive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and home to the royal family. Visit the National Library and observe pilgrims circling the beautiful National Memorial Chorten, a whitewashed stuppa stopped by a golden spire. Then head to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts-and-crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Meet with a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and traditions.
- 7 Chela La ExcursionDrive to Cheli La pass (12,500 feet) hike to the top to view the Western Himalaya. En route, hike to the Kila Goemba nunnery and take in spectacular views from the temple complex, which was built on a steep cliff face.
- 8 ParoEmbark on a vigorous hike to the famed pilgrimage site of Taktsang Lhakhang or the Tiger’s Nest Temple, which clings to a vertical granite cliff nearly 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Take in some of the best views in the region. Later, visit the seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples, and walk the local archery grounds.
- 9 DepartureDrive to Paro Airport for your onward flight.
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Our ten day trip through Bhutan was a truly amazing experience. Bhutan is a beautiful kingdom and thanks to our excellent guide Tsheten, we could explore it thoroughly.
Tine Raeymaekers & Cis Verbeeck
I visited Bhutan in January/February 2007 for 11 days, and it was an incredible experience. Tsheten took very good care of me and introduced me at easy pace to Bhutan culture, customs, history and people.
It was clear that Bhutan had captured everyone's attention when my fellow taking photos the minute they stepped off the plane - and we hadn't even entered the airport yet! I was met at the airport by Tsheten himself, and from start to finish, he was organized, charming and attentive.