Trip Name: Spirit of Shangri-La
Trip Style: Classic
Service Level: Luxury
Trip duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Physical demand: **
The kingdom of Bhutan, situated on the flanks of the eastern Himalayas, is the last Shangri-La-la on earth. Its pristine natural environment, rich culture and timeless tradition, and a simple way of life make Bhutan a perfect getaway from the humdrum of modernization and city life.
Here people live simple lives and believe in happiness and compassion. The government pursues Gross National Happiness (GNH) as the national objective and not GDP.The Spirit of Shangri-la offers insight and experiences of this small country, its rich culture, arcane lifestyle, and belief systems. The trip includes exploration of nature, cultural sightseeing, and experiencing rural traditional lifestyle among many others. In short, it lets you feel the true spirit of the country’s heartbeat.
Day 1 Paro Thimphu
After you arrive at the Paro International airport, your local tour executive will welcome you. After refreshment, you will be taken for a tour to Paro Rinpung Dzong, the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and the 6th century Buddhist temple, Kyichu Lhakhang. After lunch, you will travel to the capital, Thimphu.
Day 2 Thimphu
In the capital, you will visit the Folk heritage museum, painting school, national library and memorial chhorten. After the lunch, you will visit Changangkha monastery, takin zoo, and Tashichhoedzong towards the end of day trip. You will also be taken to two opposite view points – the sangaygang and Buddha’s point, from where you will have a spectacular bird’ eye view of the capital city.
Day 3 Punakha
The journey to Punakha, Bhutan’s old capital, will start early in the morning. There will be a stopover at Dochula pass where you will enjoy a morning tea at the backdrop of the breathtaking view of the Himalayan mountain range. When you reach Lobesa, you will hike some way to a hillock where the famous temple of fertility is perched. After lunch, you will visit the Pungthang dewa chenpoi phodrang or the palace of great happiness followed by a gentle hike to Kabesa village where you can experience traditional farming lifestyle.
Day 4 Phobjikha
You will be driven to the scenic valley of Phobjikha, the winter home of endangered black necked crane. While in the valley, you can take short hikes, meet local people and also sight the birds if you happen to visit during November to March.
Day 5 Paro
The morning is the best time to experience the beauty of the valley. Covered in think mist, the valley is a heavenly abode. After the breakfast, you will visit the Gangtey monastery and pursue the famous round about hike around the valley. After the lunch, you will be driven to Paro for the night halt.
Day 6 Paro Tiger Nest
The gentle hike to Paro Taktshang or Tiger’s Nest, about three to four hours, offers you the spectacular view of the mountains and the valley below.
Taktshang, one of the most sacred sites of Bhutan, is perched at a precarious 1,000m cliff. You will also be visiting the inner sanctum of the site.
Day 7 Exit
Your local tour executive will bid you farewell at the airport.