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Mystical Bhutan Tour - 5 Days

For time pressed visitors, the Mystical Tour package offers the chance to explore the last Shangrilla and its spectacular nature, culture and people in the quickest time possible.

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu  - Paro – Thimphu, Drive – 1 hr

Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing - Punakha, Drive – 3 hr

Day 03: Punakha – Paro, Drive = 4 hr

Day 04: Sightseeing in Paro

Day 05: Paro - Kathmandu

Day 01: Kathmandu  - Paro – Thimphu, Drive – 1 hr

You board Druk-Air flight to Bhutan which provides the most fascinating views of the Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan ranges from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Calcutta, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the kingdom. As you enter Bhutan the plains come to an abrupt end and the mountains keep rising. The silver river threads the valleys, waterfall plunge down the forested mountains and to the north the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up in the sky. As you enter Paro you will see the Paro dzong and one of the most fertile valleys of Bhutan. After lunch at Paro, drive to Thimphu. In the evening free time to explore the city. Overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing - Punakha, Drive – 3 hr

Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital in the world, is a bustling town which is home to the most revered Bhutanese family, the Royal government and the judiciary and to several foreign missions and development projects.

Bhutan's National Library is located close to the thanka painting school and contains the best collection of religious and historical literatures in the Himalayas.

Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery and drive further down with good views of the Thimphu valley.

Visit one of the Handicraft Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other Arts & Crafts stores. Here you can buy stunning Kiras that can be used as bed covers or wall hangings, jewelry and much more.

After lunch drive to Punakha, the road winds up from Simtokha Dzong into the pine forest and through small villages for 20 kilometres and then opens miraculously onto the northern ridge of the mountains. The views over the Himalayan panoply at Dochula Pass at 10,500 feet is one of the most spectacular in all Bhutan as you can see the whole range of the Bhutanese Himalayas from here. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 03: Punakha – Paro, Drive = 4 hr

Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. The town of Punakha, while dominated by its Dzong, developed in 1990's through several government sponsored programs.

Visit the Punakha Dzong. The Dzong is considered one of the most important and also one of the most beautiful Dzongs in the kingdom situated in the middle of two rivers (Pho chu and Mo chu). It was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and was the seat of the government until Thimphu was established as the capital in 1955. It is still the winter residence of the Central Monastic Body. The impressive, colorful and detailed artistry of the surroundings is worth to admire.

Hike to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, dedicated to the Fifth King. It was built to remove negative forces and to provide peace, stability and harmony in an ever changing world. It took eight and half years to build the three leveled chorten. The hike to/from takes about one and half hour.

After lunch you drive to Paro enroute visiting Simtokha Dzong. This is the oldest fort in Bhutan. Overnight at Paro.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Paro

Hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The climb up to the view

point will take around three hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambava landed on the back of a tiger in the 8th century, and mediated for three months. The monastery was later built in this holy place in 1684.

Visit the old fort ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, which offers a very scenic drive of a typical Bhutanese landscape. The dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day the Mt. Jhomolhari(7314metres, 24000 feet),the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong.

Afterwards visit the Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This unusual round building is believed to be in the shape of a conch shell.

Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. Here you can see finest example of Bhutanese architecture.

Visit the Kichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demons that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries.

During evening you visit a traditional farm house to get insight into the Bhutanese way of life. You stay overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 05: Paro - Kathmandu

Morning your guide will escort you to the airport for your onward journey. 

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