Bhutan, also known as ‘’’Druk Yul’’ (meaning the Land of the Thunder Dragon in Bhutanese), is a country where the ancient traditions and religions of the Buddhists are still intact. The country has become travelers’ favorite due its richness in culture and history, and heart-warming hospitality.This five-day-long Journey to Druk Yul Tour is an opportunity to explore the magnificent country of Bhutan in a short period. We visit major landmarks in the capital city Thimphu including King’s Memorial Chorten and TashichhoDzong. Then, we will explore the National Library that houses the priceless Buddhist manuscripts.
Learning about the ancient method of healing and herbal medicine while in the Traditional Institute of Medicine is an informative period of the trip. Journey to Druk Yul Tour also takes you to Thangka Painting School where you can see students learn the art of painting thangka. We then drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan where we visit PunakhaDzong, KhamsumYulleyNamgyalChorten and blend in with the local while strolling the Punakha market.
In Paro, we hike up to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) hanging on to the edge of a cliff. It is the major attraction in Bhutan, and a must visit the site. Also, we explore other attraction in the city including DrukgyelDzong and KyichuLhakhang. Want to explore Bhutan even better? Adventure Club Trek offers a very convenient but exciting Bhutan Cultural Tour with Three days Bumthang Trek- 12 Days itinerary which takes you sightseeing in Thimphu and Paro, and gives you the opportunity to trek for three days in this secluded country.
Fly to Bhutan by Druk Air (Bhutan Airlines) from Kathmandu, New Delhi, Singapore or Bangkok. Usually, some flights are taking off to Bhutan per week. Breathtaking view of Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks as we near our landing at Paro Airport. Upon arrival in Paro, you will be received by a representative from Adventure Club who will drive you to the capital, Thimphu. Nothing is scheduled for today, so you can relax at the hotel or go around the streets of Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
Today, the whole day will be spent exploring the major landmarks of the capital city. We start our planned tour after a delicious locally prepared breakfast.
Summary of the day:
King’s Memorial Chorten.
Also known as Thimphu Chorten, King’s Memorial Chorten is a stupa built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo ( Bhutanese King), Jigme DorjiWangchuck. Located in the southern-central part of the city, the chorten is an eye catcher with its golden spires and bells. People are praying, and performing ceremonies is a common site here.
Established in 1967, the National Library of Bhutan houses documents, manuscripts, old records, letters and approximately seven thousand important photographs. It was built to preserve and promote the rich cultural and religious heritage of Bhutan.
Traditional Institute of Medicine:
For centuries, it has been a source of herbal remedies. The institute has been making medicines from medicinal plants that come from the remote parts of the Himalayas and distributing it to healthcare unit around the country
National Institute for ZorigChusum:
Famous as ‘the painting school,’ it teaches students the 13 traditional arts of Bhutan like thangka painting, wood carving, statue making and embroidery among others. It also offers the art created by the students for a reasonable price.
Built by the first Dharma Raja, TashichhoDzong has been the seat of the Druk Desi since 1907. It houses thirty temples, shrines and chapels. After sightseeing, we drive to Punakha. It is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes of the pleasant drive along the National Hwy. En route we make a brief stop at Dochulapass(3,050m) and if the weather favors we catch a glimpse of the beautiful Himalayas including Mt. Masanggang(7,158m), the highest peak in Bhutan. Overnight at Punakha.
Today, we explore Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. One of the main attractions of the city is the PunakhaDzong which is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. Built-in 1637-38 by the first Zhabdrung Rinpoche, NgawangNamgyal, it was the administrative center until 1955. The sacred relics of the Southern Kagyu School including the RanjungKasarpani and the sacred remains of ZhabdrugNgawangNamgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa are preserved in the Dzong. Partially destroyed, and it is expected to be rebuilt by 2021. Overnight at WangduePhodrang.
Today, we drive to Paro, and on the way, we visit SimtokhaDzong(castle monastery). Built in 1629, it is the first of its kind in Bhutan. In Paro, we visit the DrugyelDzong, a symbol of Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600’s. Then, we hike up to Taktsang Monastery(Tiger’s Nest), the main attraction of Bhutan. Located at an elevation of 3,120m, the monastery was built after Guru Rinpoche flew on a tigress’ back to mediate in a cave where it stands now. Lunch at Cafeteria Restaurant which lies halfway to our destination. The round trip takes around 4 hours. We also explore KichuLhakhang, Bhutan’s oldest temple on our way back. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Today concludes our five days trip to Bhutan. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you off at the airport for your flight to Kathmandu.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.