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5-day Private Bhutan Tour: Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha

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    Day 1: Arrive Paro  (L,D)

    Stop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Taktsang Trail, Paro 11001 Bhutan
    Altitude: 2195m
    Arrive at Paro airport. Check in and enjoy lunch at hotel. After lunch, drive (2 hrs one-way) to Haa via Chelela Pass (3900m). Weather permitting, see Mt. Jumolhari (7314m) & Taktshang Goenpa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery). Haa valley is dotted with crop fields & quaint farmhouses. Also, visit a 100 year-old farmhouse to get insight into the life of locals. Enroute, stop at Haa Dzong. Later, visit the historic Chundu Lhakhang temple. Later return to Paro.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 2: Paro – Thimphu (B,L,D)

    Stop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu Bhutan
    Altitude: 2350m
    65kms / 2 hrs
    After breakfast, drive to the capital – Thimphu. Upon arrival, see manuscripts, written in gold at the National Library. Also stop at a school where traditional style of Thangka painting is taught. Next, visit the Folk Heritage Museum. After lunch, visit Memorial Choeten - a stupa with detailed religious wall paintings & sculptures. Then visit the 14th century Changangkha Lhakhang, a popular worshipping spot for locals. Later drive to Sangaygang viewpoint, usually thronged by young couples. Then visit a nunnery.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha (B,L,D)

    Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
    Altitude: 1310m
    85kms / 3 hrs
    After breakfast, drive to Punakha – the ancient capital. The drive takes you across Dochula Pass (3100 m), marked by more than 100 choetens (Bhutanese style stupa) with prayer flags. Weather permitting, view lofty peaks of eastern Himalayan range. The road to Punakha passes through magnificent forests and a charming countryside. Check in and enjoy lunch at the hotel. Later, get blessed at a temple presided by a 96 year old lama. In the evening, try your hand at traditional archery – the national sport.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 4: Punakha – Paro (B,L,D)

    Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
    125kms / 4 hrs
    After breakfast, hike (45 min one-way) to a choeten affording scenic views, that was built by the queen for the well-being of the country and its people. It’s a moderate hike through rice paddies & pine forests. Then visit Punakha Dzong – a magnificent structure built without iron nails. Also see paintings on the life of Buddha. After lunch, drive to Paro. Later visit National Museum, to admire collections of rare art, artifacts and traditional weavings. After the museum, visit the Paro Dzong. In the evening, explore Paro town.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 5: Paro – Departure (B)

    Pass By: Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, Paro Bhutan
    Morning breakfast and drive to the airport for departure.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Reviewed March 27, 2019

    Our first stop was Paro.We were accompanied by Guide Driver and Vehicle provided by the tour Operator Keys to Bhutan.Paro is is nice small town .Nice eating places .We liked "My Kind of Place".They make lovely vegetarian Buck wheat Dumplings.Th owner very pleasant lady.second day...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    Charismabhutan
    May 26, 2018|
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    Bhutan is most beautiful country and safe destination.
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    April 14, 2018|
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