Punakha – Paro extended getaway with Chele-La-Pass (7 Nights)

8 Days
Trip Type
Max 11 Group size
  • Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Per Person Cost
Extra Bed
W/o Extra Bed
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Overview

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival: Paro
Departure: Paro

Route:- Paro - Thimphu(1) - Punakha(2) - Paro(4).

Summarized Itinerary :-
Day-1 Paro Airport – Thimphu Sightseeing.
Day-2 Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue Sightseeing.
Day-3 Excursion to Gangtey (Phobjikha).
Day-4 Punakha/Wangdue – Paro.
Day-5 Paro Sightseeing.
Day-6 Excursion to Taktshang Monastery.
Day-7 Excursion to Chele-La-Pass.
Day-8 Departure.

Distances :-
Paro to Thimphu -65 kms (1 hrs).
Thimphu to Punakha -80 kms (3 hrs).
Punakha to Paro -145 kms (4 hrs).

Destination Overview :-

Thimphu - Thimphu is capital city of Bhutan and one of the most visited destinations of Bhutan. Thimphu is a city offering an old world charm of a Himalayan Kingdom alongwith Monasteries, museums and a distinct heritage character.

Punakha - Punakha Valley is a riverside town and rice bowl of Bhutan and is renowned for the countryside character it offers.

Paro - The beautiful Paro valley provides a visitor with all the essential elements of Bhutan in general. Ancient temples, massive forts, monasteries, picturesque villages, scenic hikes, and drives. Zhiwa Ling is in close proximity to the many attractions the Paro valley has to offer.

itinerary
  • Day 1 Paro Airport – Thimphu Sightseeing.

    Arrival at Paro Airport and transfer to Thimphu - Afternoon start for half day Thimphu sightseeing consist of Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue), King's (National) Memorial Chorten - This Chorten was built in 1974 in a typical Tibetan style. Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion) - Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu in Bhutan.

  • Day 2 Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue Sightseeing.

    After breakfast drive to Punakha / Wangdue, On the way Stop at Dochu-La-Pass - it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. Visit Punakha Dzong - built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. Visit the Chhimi Lhakhang - The Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Divine Mad Man”.

  • Day 3 Excursion to Gangtey (Phobjikha).

    Start your day with trip to Gangtey (9,840 ft.) which is a vast U-shaped glacial valley also known as Phobjika Valley. You can also visit Gangtey Gompha and return in evening.

  • Day 4 Punakha/Wangdue – Paro.

    Leave for Paro, enroute stop to visit Royal Botanical Park - The park contains a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and features a huge species of plants. Explore Paro on foot in evening.

  • Day 5 Paro Sightseeing.

    Start full day sightseeing covering Ta Dzong - National Museum with an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities and Rinpung Dzong - the administrative seat of the district of Paro. Also see Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang - one of the oldest Buddist temples in Bhutan.

  • Day 6 Excursion to Taktshang Monastery.

    Visit famous Taktsang Monastery - called “Tiger's Nest” (2 hrs hike from the base camp).

  • Day 7 Excursion to Chele-La-Pass.

    Day excursion to Chele-La-Pass (13,088 ft.) – The Chele La Pass is one of the highest vantage points in Bhutan, from which you can marvel at commanding views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and valleys while the Himalayan yaks grazing in the horizon and return back to Paro.

  • Day 8 Departure.

    Leave for your journey back home.