The Best of Bhutan Sample Itinerary
Rivers, Hiking and Culture
NOVEMBER 7th – 19th, 2019
Day 1 November 7th: Arrive in Paro (Bhutan) from Bangkok (or Delhi), drive toward Thimpu with a lunch stop along the way. Visit the larger-than-life Buddha Dordenma (We are talkin’ about one heck of a big, sitting Buddha). Speaking of “talkin’”, we will have an opportunity to visit the Takin Preserve, The Takin is Bhutan’s national animal and has a great mythological story associate with it. There will be an option to mountain bike and visit Dinner and night in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan.
Day 2 November 8th: Check out the Dechenphu Festival. The festival is dedicated to Gay Ngyen Jakpa Melen, a powerful guardian deity of Bhutan. This celebration is the only day of the year foreign tourist are allowed to visit Dechenphu Ihakhang, a monastery fondly referred to by locals as “The House of Final Decisions”. Night in Thimpu.
Day 3 November 9th: Drive over scenic Dochu La pass with views of the Himalayas. On our way to Punakha, short paddle on the Mo Chhu river or short hike to visit temple above the Mo Chhu River. Night in Punakha.
Day 4 November 10th: Paddle the beautiful Po Chu River with loads of fun rapids then visit Punakha Dzong. Cultural/Hiking Option. Night in Punakha.
Day 5 November 11th: Paddle Mo Ch or Po Chu (river), cultural hiking option. Night in Punakha.
Day 6 November 12th: Paddle Mo Ch or Po Chu (river), cultural hiking option, night in Punakha. * There are multiple fun sections on both the Mo and Po Chu (River).
Day 7 November 13th: Drive to Phobijikha Valley of the Black Neck Crane. Night in Phobijkha.
Day 8 November 14th: Spend a relaxing morning visiting the valley of the Black Neck Crain and start our drive to Trongsa. Night in Trongsa
Day 9 November 15th: Trongsa, paddle Mangde Chuu. Night in Trongsa
Day 10 November 16th: Drive to Bumthang. Visit Jambay Lhakan, said to be one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsan Gampo in 659 CE on a single day, to pin down an ogress (female monster) to earth forever. Night in Chumkar located in the providence of Bumthang.
Day 11 November 17th: Chumkar Chuu (paddle, raft, hike). Night in Chumkar.
Day 12 November 18th: 25-35 minute domestic flight to Paro from Bumthang, hike to the stunning temple, Takstang or Tiger’s Nest. This is where Guru Rimposhe, said to be the “Second Buddha”, first landed and meditated in Bhutan. This is one of the most well-known temples in Bhutan.
Day 13 November 19th: Flight from Paro (Bhutan) back to Bangkok/Delhi