COLORS OF BHUTAN, 8 Days/7 nights

Day 1     THIMPHU                             (L/D)

Welcome at the airport by a local English speaking guide. Transfer and check-in at the hotel. Rooms are available from 2 pm.
Visit the Folk Heritage Museum, or “Phelchey Toenkhyim”, an interesting exhibition of objects and artifacts used in rural households, including a traditional watermill with mill stones dating back over 150 years.
Drive to the Thimphu Valley and visit the Changangkha Lhakhang.  This 15th century temple with its large prayer wheels and stunning valley views, houses a monastic school. 
Close by, is the Drubthob Gompa Nunnery with approximately 40 residents Buddhist nuns. This sanctuary also provides shelter for orphaned girls and aging women. Then drive back to town and visit Zorig Chusum, often referred to as 'The Painting School’.  This institution offers a six-year course on 13 traditional arts and crafts. 
In option :  Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath -  river stones are heated and once they are hot, they are immersed in a wooden bath tub, heating the water and releasing the natural minerals of the stones. 
Overnight in Thimphu. 


Day 2     THIMPHU                       (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit a private temple 'Layrab Choling Goempa', an opportunity to engage in a meditation class, a casual discussion with the resident monks. Then, drive about 40 minutes to the Northern part of Timphu Valley. 
Then begin trekking to Tango Monastery (approx 45 min).  This is one of Bhutan's most historical monasteries, built in the 17th century, with white washed walls and curved structure.
Enjoy the sweeping view, down the winding Thimphu Valley, small villages and the Wang Chhu River. 
Return back to Thimphu. On the way, stop to see the national animal of Bhutan, an unusual animal - the Takin - located in the forest.  
Enjoy a free time in Timphu or, in option, indulge in the serenity of the Jiva Spa at Taj Tashi Hotel. 
Overnight in Thimphu.    
 
 
 
Day 3     THIMPHU - DOCHU LA - PHOBJIKHA                       (B/L/D)
 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Travel by road to the Gangtey region and Phobjikha Valley via the Dochu La pass.  Enroute, visit the oldest fortress in the kingdom, Simtokha Dzong built in 1627 and is home to the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. 
Approximately an hour’s drive from Thimphu is the Dochu La pass situated at 3140 meters, a scenic journey travelling through rhododendron, oak and pine tree forests, the road winds up passing through small Tibetan settlements and hamlets.   Appreciate the views of the majestic eastern Himalayan ranges as well as the colourful displays of Buddhist prayer flags.   Explore the surrounding temples and scenery. 
Arrive in Phobjikha. 
Overnight in Phobjikha.
 
Day 4     PHOBJIKHA                       (B/L/D)
 
Breakfast at the hotel.  Enjoy an early morning walk through the small town of Tabading and surrounding hamlets to witness the local life. 
The day will be dedicated to Phobjikha area. 
Visit the 16th century Gantey Monastery, the biggest monastery in the kingdom, where 100 monks serve. 
This area is also famous for the black necked crane.  The arrival of these graceful creatures marks the commencement of winter, celebrated by the local monks and villagers. Their annual pilgrimage to Bhutan commences at the same time every year (The black necked crane viewing is from mid October - mid March).  
Overnight in Phobjikha.
 
 
Day 5     PHOBJIKHA - PUNAKHA                       (B/L/D)
 
Breakfast at the hotel. 
Enjoy the free time in the morning.  Then drive to the lower altitude of Punakha Valley. Stop for a short hike through rice fields to Chime Lhakhang – a temple of fertility. 
Punakha, the former ancient capital, is located at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level, one of the lowest lying valleys in the kingdom. In the afternoon, visit the Punakha Dzong, the “palace of great happiness”, built in 1637.  It was the winter residence of the head of the clergy of Bhutan with his entourage of monks and the second oldest Dzong in Bhutan, with its white washed walls, steeped entrance stairs and ornate interior and murals painting. 
Overnight in Punakha. 
 
 
Day 6     PUNAKHA - PARO                       (B/L/D)
 
Breakfast at the hotel
Travel by road to Paro Valley (approx. 4-5 hours) with the stunning mountain views, rice field terraces and orchards. This area is a bustling commercial centre and surrounded by many small villages and towns hidden in the forests, hillsides and valleys. Arrive in Paro and check in at the hotel. 
Visit the National Museum, overlooking Paro and the valley, with an interesting collection of artworks, weapons and paintings.   
Overnight in Paro.   
 
 
Day 7     PARO - TAKTSANG MONASTERY - PARO                       (B/L/D)
 
Early breakfast at the hotel. From 7.30 am to 08.30 am, participate in a Yoga lesson in the meditation house house.
In the morning, walk (approx. 1.5 hours) to the amazing 17th century Taktsang Monastery "Tigers Nest" perched on the cliff side at 3140 meters and overlooking the Paro Valley, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Himalayas. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Ramthanka's forest.   Proceed by road to the north western  end of the Paro Valley and visit the ancient Kyichu Monastery, a 7th  century temple, with an impressive 5-meter statue of Guru Rinpoche and a statue with 11 heads and 1000 hands of the God of Compassion. Drive back to Paro. 
Free time to explore the local bazaar. 
Overnight in Paro.
 
 
Day 8     PARO                    (B/L/D)
 
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Paro Airport.
End of our services.

INCLUSIONS

Accommodation in a shared double or twin room at selected hotels.
Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle as per the program.
English speaking guide except during free time.
Entry fees for all sightseeing visits as mentioned on the program.
Meals as mentioned on the program: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch) and (D) for dinner.
Government taxes (VAT, etc). 
 
SUPPLEMENT
Early check-in and late check-out facility.

EXCLUSIONS

Visa for Bhutan. 
International flights and airport taxes.
Meals not mentioned. 
Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.
Insurance. 

NOTE

Program is subject to change without prior notice due to the airlines unexpected changes of flight schedule or cancellation.

We reserve the right to adjust the prices at any time in the event of an increase in the fuel surcharge applied by airlines or any other transport companies.