6 Days Bhutan Travel Plan

6 days Bhutan Travel Plan

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Discover the natural wonders and a mystical destination with a 6 days Bhutan travel plan basic voyage through Bhutan’s central heartland, sanctuaries, historical centers, and the pleasant magnificence of the Himalayas.

This Bhutan tour package explores across four major districts in Bhutan and famous ancient monasteries with short hiking tours to Tiger’s Nest (Paro) and Tango Cheri Monastery (Thimphu).

Your trip to Bhutan tour also includes visiting Tamchog monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century.  This  6 days Bhutan travel plan itinerary is specially designed and projected to provide an authentic experience of Bhutan.

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Duration: 5 nights / 6 days

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Day 01: Paro – Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha.

Day 03: Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu – Paro.

Day 05: Paro sightseeing.

Day 06: Departure.

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Detail Itinerary for 6 days Bhutan travel plan Tour

Day 01. Arrive at Paro (2280 meters) – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m, 54 km):

You will be received by our Representative from Yak Holidays at the airport and will be driven to Thimphu city. On the way, you will visit the Tamchog Monastery, built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge Builder) in the 15th century.

  • Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. 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 district in Eastern Bhutan).

After lunch at Thimphu, visit the National Postal Museum, which is worth a visit for you can get your own picture on a Bhutanese postal stamp right then and there. Get a photo clicked or give a photo of your near and dear ones and you will get personalized stamps in minutes, followed by a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan,  His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The  paintings and statues inside the temple provide a very rare insight of Buddhist Philosophy. The Changangkha Monastery, The Takin Preserve and the Sangay Gang view point, the Largest sitting  statue of Buddha in Bhutan and the Tashichho Dzong.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 02. Thimphu – Punakha (1310 meters): (72 Km, 3 hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive to Punakha valley, via Dochula pass (3100m). If the weather is clear and permitting, which is not at times, we will stop for a while at Dochula pass to view the picturesque Higher Himalayas of Bhutan. And then drive further down and visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi.

  • The Royal Botanical park, also known as the Rhododendron Garden at Lamperi, is about a half a hour drive towards Punakha and Wangdue valleys. With your spirits still high and vibrant from the visit to the awesome sites of Dochula Pass with its 108 stupas and the beautifully Himalayan mountain ranges, you will descend down to Rhododendron Botanical Garden, a nature reserve rich in flora and fauna and beautiful in itself. After the almost surreal experience of the flutter of colorful prayer flags, the image of Dochula’s sublimity and a most wonderful sight where the earth touched the sky, you will be enthralled to find yourself amongst another similar natural environment: fresh air breeze, the twittering of the birds, distant barking of a Barking Deer that breaks the silence of the garden. The recorded species are the monal pheasants, blood pheasants, musk deer, tiger, leopard, red panda and the leopard cat. A Rhododendron garden with 46 rare species of plants, is the theme of the botanical garden. Located 30 km from capital, the park has numerous view points, a lake and a canteen. At this park, you can indulge yourself amongst these rich biodiversity.

After Lunch, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal which is situated at the confluence of  the Pho Chu (Male River) and the Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche – thePadmashambhawa , who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller fortress  here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Zhabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue. While Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rinpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong,  keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper or any kind of blueprint. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). War materials captured during the battles with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of the Je-Khenpo (the spiritual head of Bhutan) and The third King; Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952.

After Lunch, excursion to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Punatsangchhu Cottages or similar.

In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 03: Punakha – Wangdiphodrang – Thimphu: (Altitude 1310 m, 90 km):

After breakfast, drive to Wangdiphodrang. Stop for a while to see he  Chimi Lhakhang also called the “Temple of Fertility”, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley also popularly known as “Divine Mad man” of the 15thcentury

  • Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455 – 1529) was one of the Bhutan’s Favourite Saints who was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung Monastery and was a contemporary and a disciple of Pema Lingpa. He Travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet as a Yogi using songs, humour and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings of Salvation through sex. His brother built the Dobji Dzong which is atop a hill on the way from Thimphu to Haa.

Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, south of Punakha at a similar altitude, the Wandiphodrang Dzong was razed by fire in 2012, and is now in ruins & under construction .The tour  includes visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. A boy named Wangdi may have built the Dzong or had a significant impact when it was built. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to all the four directions. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu.  Free for shopping in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Day 04: Thimphu – Paro:  (Altitude 2320 m, Distance 58 km, Drive Time 1 hour):

After breakfast, visit the National Library, which holds a massive collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by a visit to the Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art and the Folk Heritage Museum.

Drive to Paro. After lunch, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower for the Paro Dzong, which has been since 1967, converted into the national museum of Bhutan then visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices.  From here, take a short walk across a traditional Bhutanese cantilever bridge to one of the many archery grounds to be found in Bhutan. If you are lucky and fortunate enough, you can catch a glimpse of an archery match in action. which  is the national sport. In the evening, visit to a traditional Bhutanese farm house.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 05. Paro sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m)

After an early breakfast, a delightful Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery: A short drive will take us to Satsam Chorten, something similar to a base camp. The trail leads through beautiful pine forests, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we clearly see the legendary Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang (temple) was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop (Governor) of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff  900 meters above the Paro valley. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the tantric mystic who introduced  Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, who is believed to be his favourite consort.

NB: You can hoist prayer flags near the monastery, and offer your prayers inside the monastery.  You can also request the lamas to pray for you.

In the evening, visit the Drugyel Dzong, the fortress of the victorious Drukpa people, which is now now in ruins, that was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamps. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century.

  • Srongsen Gampo: He was a Tibetan king who married a Chinese princess, Wenchen in 641. As part of her dowry was a statue called “Jowo” which was an Indian image of the Buddha, Sakyamuni as a small boy. In 659, He decided to build 108 Temples in a single day to pin the Ogress to the earth forever and, at the same time, convert the Tibetan people to Buddhism. 6 of these Temples are in Bhutan, the most prominent of them are Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang and Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kichu Lhakhang is said to hold the left foot of the Ogress and Jambay Lhakhang pins the left knee.

Hot stone bath: One of the best ways to unwind after a long tiring day in Bhutan is a traditional hot stone bath. It is not only practiced as a comforting leisure but also to treat various ailments.  Soaking in Menchu  (Bhutanese term for water with medicinal properties) is one of the favorites for Bhutanese, especially during the winters. The cost for one bath is US$10.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 06. Departure (Altitude 2280 m): Early morning, drive to the Paro International Airport and Farewell.

Tour Photo Gallery
Rinpung Dzong @ Paro
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Value Added Services
  • Hot stone bath.

    bhutanese archery

    Practicing Archery

  • Cycling around Paro valley.
  • Practice Archery.
  • Bhutanese cooking class.
  • Bhutanese cultural show featuring various mask dances and folk dances.
  • Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Consulting an Astrologer.
  • Practice Dart.
  • Performing religious ceremony.
  • Marriage ceremonies.
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Optional Activities
  • Village walk
  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Kila Gompa.
  • Excursion to Chelila Pass.