FAMILY TOURS IN BHUTAN | DELHI – PARO & RETURN | 6D5N
This family tour package in Bhutan is specially customized for the families of 3-7 members who want to spend their vacation in Bhutan. Bhutan is a great and safe place for a family holiday. The ordinary day becomes extraordinary in this Himalayan kingdom and will capture the hearts and minds of young and old alike.
ARRIVE PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, BHUTAN | TRANSFER TO THIMPHU
A happy country welcomes you in much-desired relaxation atmosphere with its beautiful landscapes. With fresh clean air, silent environment and friendly neighborhood, you will be mesmerized and make you realize the Shangrila exists.
Upon your arrival at Paro Airport, complete your immigration formalities during checkout. In the airport exit, you will be received by IndiatToBhutan.Com representative. Our transportation department will arrange and keep a car ready for your family and transfer you to Thimphu. On arrival in Thimphu, our representative will check you and your family into our partnered hotel.
You will have the rest of the day to freshen up yourself and get prepared for the exciting journey in Bhutan. Take time to enjoy the green and fresh environment and natural beauty around you.Overnight Stay at Hotel Gakyil, Thimphu
The tour starts with the full day sightseeing in Thimphu Valley. The National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts, modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags and the Thimpu Painting School, famous for traditional Thangka paintings.
Then Kuensel Phodrang, known locally as Buddha Point and the largest statue of Buddha within the country, from this vantage point you can take a spectacular view overlooking the town of Thimphu.
Continuing you will be taken to explore Memorial Chorten, a beautiful stupa built in the memory of the Third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The paintings and the interiors of the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
After that, Trashichhodzong, the beautiful fortress which houses King's Throne, Secretariate building, and other government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot of Bhutan.
Then finally to end the first day, you will be escorted to National Handicraft Emporium to see a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products of Bhutan.Overnight Stay at Hotel Gakyil, Thimphu
Thimphu - Punakha.
In the third day, drive to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. En-route stop at the lofty Dochu La Pass, 3,048m to view the rugged eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m. The pass also hosts the 108 stupas which make the place a magical world in the modern world.
The road then drops down and finally emerge into the highly cultivated Punakha valley.
In the afternoon visit the impressive Punakha Dzong or Pungthang Dechen Phodrang "Palace of Great Happiness," which is located on the confluence of two rivers (Phochu and Mochu). It was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and the fortress follows the ancient traditions even in modern days. It serves as the winter residence for chief abbot (Je-Khenpo) and the Central Monastic Body. It is one exemplary masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture.
Later hike to the Chimi Lhakhang – the temple of fertility which was built by Lama Drukpa Kunley in 1499. Legend has it that he subdued the demoness of the Dochu la with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’ A wooden effigy of the Lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the Lhakhang. Interestingly, the temple is popular for fertility blessings, and childless women all over the world travel this far to the temple to receive a wang (blessing) from the saint and Lama Drukpa Kunley's thunderbolt. The prayers and blessings are answered with a child sooner or later. There are few monks at the temple, and it is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and beautiful slate carvings.Overnight Stay at Meri Phunsum Resort, Punakha
Punakha - Paro.
Travel back to Paro today via the scenic Doch La Pass, where on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views of the towering Bhutan Himalaya peaks. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Paro Valley before we wander the National Museum which holds an intriguing collection of artifacts and provides a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.Overnight Stay at Rema Resort, Paro
On our final tour day, you will be taken to exhilarating one-hour hike to Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest), one of the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. The Monastery was built precariously on a hillside cliff and it sits more than 10,000 feet above the sea level. Accessible only by foot, you need to follow a trail decorated with colorful prayer flags. Guru Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan came to that cliff riding on the back of the tigress and meditated there for three years. As per legendary flying tigress, the monastery was named as Taktsang Temple (Tiger's Nest). It is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan and it offers breathtaking views to those energetic people who can hike and make it to the top of the cliff. If you feel difficulty in hiking, horse riding will be provided which you have to bear the charges and is not included in the package.
We then take a short drive north of Paro to visit Drukgyal Dzong. Built-in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was used as a stronghold and strategic point against invading Tibetan armies in the seventeenth century. After the fire destroyed it in 1951 and remained as ruins for decades. It is now renovated and constructed in the same architect and in the same preserved cultures. On clear days, you can also see the snowcapped peak of Chomolohari mountain.
We end the day with a visit to Kyichu Lhakhang, a beautiful seventh-century Buddhist temple, one of the oldest in Bhutan. According to legend, the temple was built to subdue a giant demoness whose body was laid across the Himalayas to prevent the spread of Buddhism. Tibetan King Songtsen Gambo built 108 temples throughout the region and around her body to pin her down. The Kyichu Lhakhang was built to hold down her left foot.Overnight Stay at Rema Resort, Paro
Finally, farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to your destination. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments!Tashi Delek!