Punakha Winter Trek
Fit for those who are looking at a easy trek
This trekking activity is certainly going to be an easy and short one relaxing through lush green forests, small medieval serene villages and paddy fields of beautiful Punakha apart from visiting other beautiful places in our country.
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 where you can relax and anticipate yourself for a memorable experience for the coming days.
Tour in and around Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, National Museum, Rinpung Dzong) and travel to Thimphu
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. After lunch, visit the National Museum locally known as Ta Dzong. The National Museum in Paro is just few minutes walk away from Rinpung Dzong. The last travel destination in Paro will be Rinpung Dzong which means “Heap of Jewels”. Then proceed to Thimphu in the evening.
Thimphu ( Tashichhodzong, Zorig Chusum, Buddha Point, Memorial Chorten)
Start the day 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. After lunch, visit Buddha Point where you will be able to relish the breathtaking view of entire Thimphu City. 169 feet tall Statue of Lord Buddha was built to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. In the evening visit the Memorial Chorten built in loving memory of the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The tour in Thimphu will be concluded by visiting handicrafts emporium and local craft shops where locally produced goods are available.
The trekking program actually begins on the fourth day. The activity is planned for 17 KMs and approximated time of 9 hours. Right after breakfast drive towards Dechencholing palace in Thimphu. From the road end point, walk up to Chamina village. On the way further, you will be able to spot the famous Phajoding monastery. Upon walking for few KMs up, you will see Thinleygang village and Talo monastery and the motorable road towards Punakha. From this point, the trek will be down the hill until you reach Dopshing where you will spend the night.
Dopshing – Chorten Ningpo
The journey today will be from Dopshing to Chorten Ningpo trekking for about 18 Kms for 7 hours approximately.
Punakha (Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Dzong)
After 2 days f hiking and trekking, begin the 3rd 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 have a relishing time for the night in Punakha.
Punakha (Chimi Lhakahng)- Docula Pass- Thimphu
Drive back to the capital via Dochula pass which is 3,100 m above sea level. But 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. Then drive to Dochula pass where you will certainly enjoy the view of 108 stupas locally known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens. Lunch at Dochula. Then continue your journey towards Thimphu where you can enjoy your evening time exploring Thimphu city.
Thimphu (Tango Monastery)-Paro
The eighth 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.
Departure from Paro International Airport
Paro Taktshang (Nigers Nest)
Trekking Base Camp