Bhutan, The Last Shangri-La Tour
The Last Shangri La tour in the kingdom of Bhutan presents you to the exclusive cultural heritage sites to this smallest Himalayan kingdom - the best destination to explore diverse landscapes with beautiful Himalayan views, deep luscious valleys etc. (also recognized as the last Shangri la) with delightful, pure pristine splendor encouraging many tourists to visit this tremendous kingdom.
The key magnetism of this tour is that we will be hiking to the Taktsang monastery (one of the best known and most visited monasteries located on the high cliff) where we get the beautiful views of Bhutan city, visit several Dzongs, monasteries and further we explore the real life of the Bhutanese people, culture and their traditions, and many other heritage sites.
The last Shangri la tour begins with the scenic airstrip where we get the magnificent views of Mount Chomohari (the sacred mountain - also known as the home of the goddess) and Jichu Drake. Within hours, we reach Paro and then drive to Thimpu to the respective hotel. Next day we will be sightseeing Thimpu where we visit the memorial chorten at first. This was built in memorial to the third late king who ruled over from 1952-1972. Next, we visit museums, nunnery temple, arts, and painting school to observe the beautiful Tibetan arts. Other sites that we will be visiting is covered up in detail in our itinerary.
Next day we head to Punakha passing high pass known as the Dochu La pass (at 3100 m) and on the way - we get the splendid views of Himalayan peaks and crossing through various flora. On our trail, we will be visiting Chimilhangkhang temple and then we visit the Punakha Dzong (the second largest Dzong). Next day, we will be visiting several villages like Gangtey, Phobjikha where on the trail - we will be spotting diverse flora of this village surrounded by the beautiful snowcapped peaks. We then drive to Paro and will be sightseeing several monasteries. Lastly, on a subsequent day, we hike to the Tiger Nest Monastery and ends our journey and depart to own destination.
We Accent Himalaya is very much expertise in organizing tour in Bhutan tour as we will also be providing a well-experienced guide having abundant geographical and historical knowledge of this thunder land – Bhutan. This tour can be delighted in every season. For more information or if you have any question regarding this Bhutan, The Last Shangri La Tour, please feel free to contact or email us.
Below we list our detailed itinerary for Bhutan, The Last Shangri La Tour:
Day 01: Arrival in Paro then transfer to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour
As the flight to Bhutan is one of the scenic flight; during your flight, you will get the picturesque view of the Himalayas including the sacred Jichu Drake and Chomalhari peak. As you land at the airport, our Accent Himalaya staff will greet you and take you to the hotel of Thimpu. If the flight reaches early in Paro, we will be visiting some sites. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu
After having our breakfast today, we will be starting our tour by sightseeing the Thimpu by visiting the memorial Chorten (constructed in the memory of the third king who ruled the country from 1952 – 1972 ). Next, we will be visiting the nunnery temple, the mini zoo of Thimpu where we get to see the national animal of Bhutan – Takin. We will be visiting the other landmarks of Thimpu such as museum, painting school, traditional medicine institute, Tashichho Dzong and the paper factory. As most of the landmarks of the Thimpu are closed during the weekends on Saturday and Sunday and if our tour comes on the weekends, we will be exploring the market but we try to arrange the day that does not come on the weekends. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.
Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
Today after the breakfast we will be driven to the Punakha through Dochu la pass which is at 3100 meters and if the weather is clear we will get the stunning view of the Himalayas after that we drive through the hemlock, rhododendron and fir forests. We will be visiting the Chimi Lhakhang and then we will drive to Punakha and then we will be visiting the Punakha Dzong which is the second ancient and the largest dzong of Bhutan. We will be spending our night at Punakha.
Day 04: Excursion to Gangtey: 164 Km, 5-6 hours
Early morning we will be exploring the Wangduephodrang and then we will drive via rhododendron and oak forests and then we will be reaching the impressive village named Gangtey where you will get to view the stunning snowcapped peaks and even Phobjikha valley and black mountain ranges. We will be visiting the Gangtey monastery which is situated at the top of the hill. Before heading to the Punakha we will be exploring the Phobjikha village. W will be spending our night at Punakha.
Day 05: Punakha to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 130 km, 4 hours
We will begin our journey after breakfast and drive to the Paro valley. Reaching the Paro we will be visiting the Ringpung Dzong fort made up of the heap of jewels. We will be visiting the oldest temple named Kichu Lhakhang and then we will be visiting the Drugyal Dzong which was built in 1646. We will be spending our night at Paro.
Day 06: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
After breakfast, we will be hiking to the Taktsang monastery which is also known as tiger nest monastery which is said to the famous monastery of Bhutan which is situated on the high cliff. It will take approximately 4- 5 hours to reach the Taktsang monastery. We will be having our lunch at the restaurants which are situated halfway up to the mountain. After spending much time in the monastery we will retrace back down to the valley. We will be spending our night at Paro.
Day 07: Final Departure
Today you’re Bhutan the last Shangri-la tour comes to an end and our team will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.