Sacred Bhutan- The Land Of Happiness
Spend 13 days on a journey through Bhutan! It is not an exaggeration to say that Bhutan is a destination unlike any other. This sacred land is still untouched by the modern world. You will be able to immerse yourself into the true traditional highlights of Bhutan for 13 days of your journey. Spend time visiting ancient sites such as the Rimpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, and Trongsa Dzong fortresses, and multiple sacred temples such as the Kyichu Lhakhang Buddhist temple, as well as monasteries such as the Tiger's Nest Monastery!
In addition to spiritual site visits, you will also get a chance to visit the unique countryside of Bhutan, to interact with locals and get a feel of the real Bhutan away from touristic sites. Bhutan is a hub for ultimate peace and serenity, with the country using a unique happiness scale to care for their citizens. This will become apparent through the warm welcomes you will receive from locals in this one of a kind destination!
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|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
Depart from your home on a journey of the mind, body and soul to Bhutan. Please ensure when booking flights that you plan to arrive on day 2.
|Day 2||Paro||Welcome to Paro!|
Welcome to Paro! After your flight, you will be greeted at the airport by a Learning Journeys guide where you will start your Bhutan odyssey in Paro, where you'll visit the ancient fortresses the Rimpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong, the latter a UNESCO-protected location and perhaps the most important archeological site in the country. After that, visit the Kyichu Lhakhang - a centuries-old Buddhist temple. In the evening you will check into a luxurious Paro hotel for an overnight.
Today, you will get an early start to see more of picturesque Paro. After breakfast, you will embark to first see the Kila Nunnery located on a cliffside, and then learn a bit about local history at the National Museum. In the afternoon, get some insight into local life with a home visit to a farmhouse before enjoying a relaxing night back at your hotel.
After breakfast, you will make your way to Punakha, a 4-hour drive away and the old capital of Bhutan, enjoying the views from Dochu La Pass on the way. There are many historic sites to explore in Punakha, including the island fortress Punakha Dzong and the Chime Lhakhang, a uniquely-adorned 15th century temple said to bless visiting couples with fertility. Tonight, stay at the luxurious Amankora or Uma Punakha for a restful night's sleep.
Get out into the fresh mountain air today with a hike to Khamsum Yuley Monastery and the elaborate temple chorten that took 10 years to complete. After that, enjoy rafting along the Mo Chu River. There is the option to visit a local farmhouse today before checking back into your hotel for the evening.
You'll head to Gangtey today, located some 3 hours away in the picturesque and treeless Phobjikha Valley. It's here in the wetlands that the black-necked cranes nest and you'll get to learn more about this intriguing species at the Crane Center. This is also the home of the beautiful old Gangtey Monastery with its elaborate gate and breathtaking valley views. Tonight, check into local hotel.
After breakfast, you will explore Gangtey! Gangtey in Phobjikha Valley offers plenty of opportunities to hike, with marshlands, lots of flat open terrain and, being away from the more heavily touristed areas, ultimate peace and serenity. After a day exploring the area at your leisure, you can check back into your hotel for a dinner and relaxation.
The pretty mountain village of Trongsa, 2 hours' drive away, is your next destination. Here, you'll see the famous fortress Trongsa Dzong, perched over the village on the mountainside. Next, you'll have the chance to learn about Bhutanese history at the Trongsa Museum of Monarchy, with more than 100 years of royal history on display. Tonight, check into the luxurious Yangkhil Resort, offering stunning views over the dzong.
Today you'll head 2 hours away to Bumthang, which is home to a high concentration of sacred sites. You'll visit the Yathra Center in Chume, the beautiful Kyichu Lhakhang Temple - the oldest monastery in Bhutan - and see the Swiss Farm, which makes its own cheese using Jersey cow milk and brews the national beer, Red Panda. In the evening, enjoy a comfortable night's sleep in the local hotel.
Rise early for a visit to Tang Valley, where farm houses and fields are dotted between heavily-forested mountains. You'll see Mebartso, the "Burning Lake", a deep pool in the river gorge with religious significance. Today you'll also visit Pemacholing Nunnery, a monastic school with nuns from 12 to 70 years of age, situated at the start of Tang Valley and the Ugyencholing the16th century palace here has been converted into a museum where you can enjoy an al fresco lunch in the sunshine, complete with valley views. Afterwards, browse historic artifacts in the galleries and learn more of Bhutan's monarchy. Enjoy dinner back at the hotel in Bumthang.
Today you begin your journey back to Thimphu, starting with a flight to Paro, then a 1-hour drive on to Thimphu. Visit the Royal Textile Academy detailing the traditional Bhutanese craft of weaving, then continue to the National Library, a major repository for Buddhist scripture holding many rare manuscripts. Tonight, check into the local hotel.
As Bhutan's cultural heart, Thimphu has much to offer travelers. Today you will visit the Folk Heritage Museum, where you have the chance to try a hearty Bhutanese lunch, then it's off to the paper mill, where paper is recycled into items such as bags and lampshades. Before returning to your Thimphu resort for the night, you'll visit Buddha Dordenma, where a 149-foot bronze statue of the Buddha presides over the capital.
Today, you'll return to Paro and embark upon a hike to the Taktsang Palphug Monastery! Also known as the Tiger's Nest Monastery,Taktsang Palphug is perched on a cliff overlooking Paro Valley and is one of Bhutan's most iconic sites. The monastery is home to sacred paintings, a prayer wheel, several buddhas and many religious relics. After exploring the temples here you will return to Paro for your final night of this tour.
End of Bhutan tour. You will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.