If you wish to get a feel of social, cultural, traditional structures sustained at villages in a shortest time frame, then there is no better way to see these aspects first hand than on a walking pace. Bhutan Country Walks Tour takes you on foot through the narrow path amidst terrace rice field, beautiful forests, wide meadows, hills or some rugged trails leading to farm houses and quaint hamlets. Invariably, opportunities are at large to interact with people and also to delve deeper into the ways of life that continue to uphold the unique tradition and culture in face of the changing times.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GLIMPSE OF BHUTAN TOUR
Summing up, more than a way, through this walking tour we will be bringing you closer to the ways of life at countryside villages, in the process allowing you to sneak peak into thriving age old tradition and social setup. In other words you will be travelling as much as in local way, experiencing some local foods and an opportunity to be part of local tradition and culture which amazingly have stood tall against the test of the time.
- Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
- Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
- Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
- Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
- Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
- Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.
Day 1: Arrive in Paro.
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon or evening, we begin our short walking tour covering some of the monuments and villages.
Overnight in hotel
Day 2: Thimphu.
After breakfast, one-hour drive brings to capital Thimphu, where we have a full day to cover some of the cultural highlights visiting prominent attractions and in the evening we stroll through the town area.
Overnight in Hotel.
Day 3: Thimphu to Haa.
In the morning, we will cover any remaining local attractions in Thimphu. Subsequently, drive through less traffic road, savoring scenic landscape on the way to Haa. Along the way, we make intermittent stops at villages and monuments. We will have sometime to local village in Haa by walking. Your accommodation in Hatoey village is in a traditional Farm house converted to a lodge. You have an option to order traditional hot stone bath over Ara, a local home brewed Liquor. Overnight in Haa
Day 4: In Haa Valley.
Haa is among the few places in Bhutan, which still retains its quaint and tranquil charms. It was opened for tourist only in 2002. Full day is devoted to visit in and around Haa Valley. Today, try some local culinary delight that is synonymous with Haa – called “Hoentay Dumpling” made from buckwheat flour and filled with spinach, chopped turnips, mushrooms, ginger, chili and butter. Overnight in Haa
Day 5. Haa to Paro via Chele La.
A short drive from the valley climbs up to Chelela Pass (3850m), the highest motorable road in Bhutan with views of Mount Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey, some of the tallest, most stunning peaks in the world. Begin 1-2hr walk dowhill following the ridge to Kila Gompa, a cliff hanging nunnery, a staggering site that manages to house 7 small temples and about 70 nuns. Drive to Paro, where we walk to Dzongdrakha, a cliff side temple complex with local homes. Then visit 7th century Kichu temple and walk in the valley, past local villages to your hotel in Paro.
Day 6: Paro – Hike to Takstang.
Ultimately, the Journey builds up in hike to legendary Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery. In order for us to cover beyond what regular tourist visit, start early. After visiting Takstang, instead of retracing the steps back, we plan on hiking further uphill to Zangdopelri and Ugyen Tsemo, for higher lookout and too see core pilgrimage path. Return to Paro by the way of visiting a temple on the other side of rock, visible from afar but not accessible from the main site. Upon return, freshen up at the hotel and visit the town area, for a final stroll in the town and a farewell dinner. Overnight in hotel in Paro
Day 7: Departure.
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight out of Paro.
- Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
- All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
- Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
- Experienced driver.
- Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard goverment approved hotels & guesthouses.
- All meals in Bhutan.
- All entrance fees and permits.
- All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
- Medical / Travel Insurance.