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  • Bhutan Revelation

    There is nothing like taking a stroll through the quaint Bhutanese villages, interacting with the real villagers, and enjoying a multitude of vista, all while enjoying the scent of fresh mountain air. This "Bhutan Revelation" tour provides just that perfect blend for explorers and nature lovers alike. Everyday presents a new opportunity to exploring and understanding the depths of the Bhutanese way of life.



    Day 1

    The flight into Paro (2,200 m/ 7,800 ft.) on the national carrier, Druk Air (‘Druk’ meaning Dragon), is a befitting introduction to the magnificent beauty of Bhutan. From a window seat on a clear day you can enjoy a spectacular view of Bhutan’s snow capped peaks as you approach Paro International airport. On arrival you will be received by our representative, and then taken to your hotel. After refreshing yourself, visit the National Museum (housed in Ta Dzong - watch tower), which displays works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armor and rare stamps.

    Down the hill lies the Paro Rinpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the Dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the many archery grounds. (Archery is the national game of Bhutan). We may catch a match in action. Have an easy evening walk around the Paro town.

     Bhutan National Museum, Rinpung Dzong

    Recommended Hotels in Paro:

    - Naksel Paro Hotel
    - Haven Paro Resort

    Day 2

    Drive to Haa valley via Chelela pass (3,750 m). Stop for a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari (7,314 m) from the pass.

    Take a short hike along the ridge and absorb some of the best views of the Himalayas. Make a descent to Haa valley. After lunch, explore Haa town; visit Lhakhang Karpo Monastery. An hour drive south of Haa will bring you to Dorikha village (2,700 m). Visit the newly renovated village monastery and meet the monks. Meet the family. Dinner and overnight at lodge/farmhouse.

     Chele La pass, Karpo Lhakhang, Dorikha village

    Recommended Hotels in Haa Valley:

    - Risum Resort
    - Lechuna Heritage Lodge

    Day 3

    After breakfast, take a village tour - tour the traditional house construction site and meet the villagers. Observe and/or take part in their chores where possible. Dinner and overnight at lodge/farmhouse.

     Take a village tour

    Day 4

    Weather permitting, after an early breakfast, drive up the dirt road to Tergo La (“Ter” means treasure, “go” means gateway) pass (3,660m). From the pass are great views of Mounts Jomolhari and Jichu Drake (6,970m) in the north. Also visible in the distance is Mt. Kanchenjunga in Sikkim. Hike along the ridge towards Sele La pass and you will be treated to some great panoramic views of the deep valleys on the sides. Enjoy your lunch and return back to Dorikha village. After tea and refreshments and goodbyes, proceed to Thimphu (2,400m), Bhutan’s capital. Overnight at hotel.

     Trekking near Dorikha village

    Recommended Thimphu Hotels:

    - Terma Linca Resort & Spa
    - Druk Thimphu Hotel

    Day 5

    Thimphu has a population of about 100,000 people. The main street of Thimphu, Norzim Lam, is lined with shops of all descriptions, mainly stocking goods imported from India and Thailand. This is the only capital in the world where there are no traffic lights.

    Visit the “Takin Preserve” and learn the story behind the existence of the national animal of Bhutan. You must see it to believe it. Drive to Sangaygang, a hill overlooking Thimphu valley, for a bird’s eye view of the capital city. From there we will take a pleasant 2-hour morning hike to Dechen Phodrang Monastic school.

    In the afternoon, visit the National Memorial Chorten (monument) built in 1974 in honor of our late Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. We will then visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine founded in 1988 and the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, the 13 forms of traditional arts and crafts commonly referred to as “the painting school.” We will also visit the National Library, all of which are within walking distance.

     Takin Motithang Preserve, Dechen Phodrang Monastic school, National Memorial Chorten...

    Day 6

    The road to Punakha from Thimphu begins with a gradual climb through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochu La pass (3,050m/10,000ft.). We will stop to soak up the breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. The views continue to entertain us as we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha (1,350m/4,430ft.) where Punakha Dzong (Fortress) sits between the two rivers Pho Chu and Mochu (Father and Mother River). This fortress is now used as the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (the Spiritual head of Bhutan). This Dzong had served as the capital seat of the Kingdom for more than 300 years (until 1955).

    Drive up the valley and have lunch by the banks of the beautiful Mo Chu River. A pleasant 40-minute hike will lead us to Khamsum Yuley Namgey Lhakhang (temple) which presents a great view of the Mo Chu valley below.

     Dochu La Pass, Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuley Namgey Lhakhang

    Recommended Hotels in Punakha:

    - Drubchhu Resort
    - Dhensa Punakha Resort

    Day 7

    The next morning we will hike up to the Chimi Lhakhang (temple) on a small hilltop. It is a pleasant 30 minutes hike through the rice paddies and a small village. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in 15th century known as Lama Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as the “Divine madman” in the west. He preached in the way that is unlike the stiffness of clergy and society of the time; it is also believed that this temple blesses couples having fertility problems. A popular pilgrimage spot for the Bhutanese, it is frequented by childless couples and parents who have difficulty raising children from all over the world.

    Head down the valley to Wangdue Phodrang and enjoy the 2-hour scenic drive east to Phobjikha valley. Before we reach Pele La pass, we make a right turn on a spur road and exit the highway. The road will lead us to the broad and beautiful valley of Phobjikha. This valley is also home to the Black-necked cranes, an endangered species of bird that migrate from the plateau of Tibet. The birds migrate in late October and they return to Tibet in March/April. The Black-necked Crane, deeply revered as a heavenly bird (lhab-bja), is also known as Thrung Thrung Karmo. The birds have harmoniously coexisted with the local residents largely due to locals’ strong Buddhist beliefs. The lhab-bja appears in the Bhutanese folk lore, songs, dances and historical references. Visit to Gangtey Goenpa (Monastery).

     Chimi Lhakhang, Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Goenpa

    Recommended Hotels in Gangtey:

    - Gangtey Goenpa Lodge
    - Dewachen Gangtey Hotel

    Day 8

    After breakfast, take a beautiful hike around Phobjikha valley, explore the villages, and watch the black necked cranes if there are any; visit the crane information center. Return journey towards Dochu La Pass.

     Hiking around Phobjikha valley, explore villages

    Day 9

    Start a gradual uphill climb through moss covered giant rhododendron forests to a recently renovated Lungchu Seka Monastery, which sits atop a mountain overlooking Punakha valley to the east and Thimphu valley to the west. After lunch at the monastery, continue on an easy downhill hike to Tashigang Goemba (Retreat Monastery). Another hour of hike will take you to the road at the village of Hongtso. Spend the rest of the evening exploring the streets of Thimphu if you wish.

     Lungchu Seka Monastery, Tashigang Goemba

    Day 10

    We can spend the morning doing more sightseeing or take a stroll in the town. We will return to Paro after lunch. Visits also include Bhutan’s oldest temple/monastery, the Kyichu Lhakhang, Dungtse Lhakhang. Spend the evening at your leisure in town or your hotel.

     Kyichu Lhakhang, Dungtse Lhakhang, Drugyel Dzong

    Day 11

    After early breakfast drive towards the trailhead to the Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries. Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest," so named after Guru Rimpoche reportedly flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a flying tigress in the 8th century. The monastery is perched on a cliff nearly 3,000 ft above the Paro valley floor. This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about hour and half to reach the cafeteria, which gives a breathtaking view of the Tiger’s Nest. If you still feel like hiking then you can take another hour to reach the temple.

    After lunch, visit the ruins of the 17th century Drukgyel Dzong, and hear how it holds an important place in our history as you hike around. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

     Taktsang Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong

    Day 12

    After breakfast, drive to Paro airport in time to catch your morning flight to your onward destination.






    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Bhutan Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Bhutan Senses Travel Team



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    Naksel Paro Hotel

    • Boasting a spa and wellness centre, a sauna and garden, NakSel Boutique Hotel & Spa offers rooms in Paro, 5 km from the Taktsang Monastery. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.
    • Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a safety deposit box. The private bathroom comes with a bath and free toiletries.
    • The Olive Restaurant serves International and typical cuisine. The Chabchu Bar offers snacks and drinks.
    • Paro International Airport is 11 km from Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa .

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    Risum Resort

    • Good accommodation is available here in clean and cosy pine-clad rooms, with hot-water bathrooms, heaters and, on the upper floors, balconies. A new block of 14 suite rooms offer more luxurious options and swankier bathrooms. The hotel is east of the road linking the two sections of town, so is the most central lodging option in Haa.
    • An excellent photo album in the restaurant has information on outlying monasteries, including Wantsa Goemba, a short walk behind the resort.
    • The property has a multi cuisine restaurant specialization in Indian, Chinese and Bhutanese food. The Bhutanese food in particular is very delicious despite being spicy. Alongside the restaurant is a bar, one may not find a huge selection of alcohol however be sure to find the Bhutanese Whiskey, Rum and Brandy. Apart from that the property provides safe parking area, room service and additional Hot water may be requested for drinking or shower.

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    Terma Linca Resort & Spa

    • Featuring a spa and wellness centre and a massage parlour, Terma Linca Resort & Spa features a fitness centre and an archery field, giving guests an experience in Bhutan’s national sport, Archery. It operates a 24-hour front desk and offers free Wi-Fi in hotel rooms.
    • The fan-cooled rooms include a TV with cable channels, wardrobe and a minibar. The attached bathrooms are equipped with a basic amenities, hairdryer and free toiletries.
    • Terma Linca Resort & Spa is 8 km from the Royal Textile Museum and 10 km from the Buddha Point Statue. The Thimpu Bus Station is 5 km away while the Paro Airport is 65 km away.

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    Drubchhu Resort

    • Drubchhu is a family owned and managed resort located in the valley of Lobesa
    • Drubchhu overlooking paddy fields and farm houses. The resort is within easy walking distance to Chimi Lhakhand and the village.
    • With a total of 27 rooms and yoga room, giving travellers a place to stay. The rooms are large and spacious.

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    Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

    • High in the eastern Himalayas, it is difficult to find a more isolated hotel than the Gangtey Goenpa Lodge. The lodge provides beautiful views of the Gangtey Valley and is surrounded by natural, hilly terrain, teeming with wildlife.
    • Just 12 spacious rooms are available at the lodge, ensuring a genuine mountain retreat experience for guests. Each room is equipped with a fireplace and designed by internationally renowned designer, Mary Lou Thomson.
    • There is a full service restaurant serving a mixture of Western, Asian and traditional Bhutanese cuisine. Meals are served in a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving diners spectacular views of the valley as they eat.
    • The Lodge acts as a jumping-off point for air balloon tours which can last the entire day, taking guests over the expansive forests of Bhutan and providing breathe-taking views of the mountains. In room massages are also available.

    Dewachen Gangtey Hotel

    • Dewachen Gangtey Hotel features sixteen double rooms with modern bathroom fittings, comfortable bedding. The restaurant is cozy with magnificent views and the meals prepared by a professional chef are delicious. The Luxury hotel or lodge is located in the pine forest with beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
    • There is no electricity in the valley. The hotel has its own generator supplying electricity for two hours in the evening and two hours in the morning. It is then turned off after the dinner time. The rooms are heated by individual wooden stove (Bukhari). When the generator is not in use, a dim solar powered light or candles are used. At night, during the colder months, guests are provided with hot water bag. For hot shower, you have to ask for hot water in the bucket.