Travel to three western districts of Bhutan: Paro, Thimphu and Punakha and get deep insights into Bhutan's unique culture, history and traditions. You will visit some of the major historical sites and religious centers, do a short hiking/walking in Thimphu. On the 6th day of the tour, you will venture on a 2-day round trip trekking, to one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites called Bumdrak located on the mountain meadow at an elevation of 3,860 meters (12,660 ft). The trail takes you through green lush forests following ancient pilgrimage routes and enjoy breathtaking views of Paro valley. Camping will be on a serene mountain meadow adorned with Chortens (sacred Buddhist stupa) and fluttering prayer flags. Your return journey back to Paro will be via the most recognized site in Bhutan, 17th century Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), perched on a rock cliff sacred site founded in the 8th century.
Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
Destinations: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Bumdrak
Highlights: Bumdrak, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), National Museum, Tango Monastery, Traditional Painting School, Giant Buddha, Temple of Fertility, Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuellay Namgyel Chorten, Local Family Home and many more ...
Accommodations: 6 nights standard rooms at 3-Star hotels certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, 1 night luxury camping at Bumdrak. Upgradeable to high-end luxury hotels
Transport: Luxury SUV, Luxury Minivan, Coaster Bus
Private Guide: English-speaking experienced and certified guide
Itinerary Outline (Flexible and Customizable):
Day 01: Receive you at Paro, the only International Airport in Bhutan / Transfer to the capital city Thimphu
Day 02: Hike to Tango Monastery & Sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 03: Thimphu / Transfer to Punakha Valley
Day 04: Hike to Khamsum Yuellay Namgyel Chorten & Sightseeing in Punakha Valley / Transfer back to Paro Valley
Day 05: Drive to the highest motorable road in Bhutan, Chelela Pass (3900m) & do a short hike to the cliffside Nunnery in the neighbourhood
Day 06: Trek to Bumdrak (3860m)
Day 07: Descend back to Paro via the famed Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) & visit a family home for home-cooked local cuisine
Day 08: Transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward journey