Kingdom on the Clouds
A comprehensive package to explore western Bhutan with Rinchen Bumzang
This 6 day tour package will leave you absolutely amazed with the thrilling insight into Western Bhutan. We will escort you to famous places and sites that will leave you tremendously bewildered by scenic beauty and serenity.
Arrival in Paro.
You may avail Druk Air, national airline or Bhutan Airline which is privately owned to come to Bhutan. The tour guide will receive you at the airport and escort you to your dwelling inn in Thimphu. Start the tour in Thimphu by visiting Tashichhodzong. Tashichhodzong is sacred in the sense that it houses the King’s Throne room with several important government offices. It is also the seat or summer residence for the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot and central monastic body. After that, visit Zorig Chusum, the embodiment of 13 unique traditional arts and crafts where you will be able to explore unique paintings and other crafts. Then, visit the Memorial Chorten built in loving memory of the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Thimphu- Punakha (Dochula, Short Hike to Longchutse and Chimi Lhakhang)
Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass which is 3,100 m above sea level where you will certainly enjoy the view of 108 stupas locally known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens. Then hike up to Longchutse about 3 hrs away from Dochula where you will be able to enjoy spectacular view of snowcapped mountains and lush green aromatic trees and herbs. Lunch at Dochula. Proceed on to Punakha where on the way you will visit Chimi Lhakhang known as the “Temple of fertility” where people or couples come to get blessings when they plan to conceive a child. Drive to Punakha and dine and relax at the hotel.
Punakha (Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Dzong)- Thimphu
Begin the day by hiking up to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten which is about 45 minutes walk. The stupa is located on a hill ridge overlooking Punakha valley with the patronage from the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. You will definitely relish the scenic beauty from there. After that, the next destination will be Punakha Dzong, the winter residence of the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot and the central monastic body. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan earlier. This majestic fortress is where important national events such as royal weddings take place. It is the same fortress where Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel also entered into his lifetime retreat. Wangdue Phodrang Dzong will then be the next destination after lunch. The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 2012, however, about fifty percent of the reconstruction works are almost completed. Then drive back to Thimphu.
Thimphu ( Tango Monastery, Semtokha Dzong)- Paro (Drugyal Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang)
The fourth day tour will begin by visiting Tango monastery The monastery was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and the great founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, was known to have meditated in its cave. It is about an hour from Dodeyna base. After lunch, visit Simtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built in Bhutan. This visit will surely get your ears filled with history and legendary narrations that you have never heard before. Then drive to Paro. The tour in Paro can be started by visiting Drugyel Dzong. Drugyel Dzong is approximately about 16 kms away from the main town of Paro. It is a must visit place in Paro which hold so much of historic importance. The name can directly be translated as “The Fortress of Victory” since it was built back in 1644 by the Great Master, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to mark glory over the Tibetans who waged invasive war against the Bhutanese centuries ago. The fortress was ruined by fire 1951. However, re-construction of the fortress started in 2016 coinciding with the birth of Crown Prince, Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. Then, drive towards Kyichu Lhakhang. It is believed that Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 holy shrines built in one day by a great Tibetan saint back in the 8th century.
Taktshang Monastery and Ta Dzong
Taktshang is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Bhutan. It is a monastery built on a mountain about 2600 meters and is known worldwide for historic significance and extraordinary legendary events associated with it. Taktshang is literally translated as “Tiger’s lair” where the great saint Guru Rinpoche is believed to have flown on a flying tigress to meditate there for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. After lunch, the next destination will be the National Museum locally known as Ta Dzong that served as Watch tower in the times of our forefathers.
Departure from Paro International Airport
Photo of sunset somewhere in Paro
Memorial Chorten in Thimphu
Paro Taktshang (Tigers Nest)