6 Night 7 Day Bhutan Tour is the perfect way to dive into the mystic culture and tradition of Bhutan while also enjoying the serene beauty of this Himalayan kingdom. Sublime Trails takes you to a detailed tour in three major cities of Bhutan Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan with many major tourist attractions like the National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong and Kunselcholing Viewpoint built on the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang on a hilltop. Chorten is a meditation and prayer place built in a stupa style architecture. A dzong is a centre of administrative and religious activities in each district. These dzongs were built as fortresses but now they serve different purposes. Simtokha Dzong is now used as a school for religious and linguistic studies.
Arriving in Bhutan gives a different feeling as you leave your normal way of life and explore a more simplistic and spiritual way of life. Exploring this unexploited and isolated culture makes one feel like travelling into the past when Buddhism thrived. Religion in Bhutan in Vajrayana Buddhism where several tantric deities are paid homage and mantras are chanted during festivals and rituals. One of the major festivals, Tsecho is celebrated in dzongs of each district on the 10th day of the Lunar calendar. Paro and Thimphu hold the biggest Tshechu festivals involving masked dance, music in drums and several games during a social gathering.
History, culture, and religion of Bhutan are intertwined with each other. Each historical place is also a cultural site which is decorated with prayer flags, prayer wheels, sculptures, paintings, scriptures and imagery of deities and bodhisattvas. Founder of unified Bhutan, Ngawang Namgyal and former kings of Bhutan also known as Dragon King or Druk Gyalpo are given utter respect and their images can be found on these historical sites.
This tour takes you to many major dzongs, temples, and Chortens with brilliant architecture draped in serene landscapes and natural beauty. This tour can also be an insight into the lifestyle of ‘dragon people’ of the country of ‘thunder dragon’. Amazing views is something that doesn’t leave your sight throughout the tour. Tiger’s Nest monastery is yet another viewpoint to watch beautiful landscapes.
6 NIGHTS 7 DAYS BHUTAN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
- A scenic flight covered with mountains towards the Paro airport
- Visit Memorial Chorten built in the memory of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Tashichho Dzong
- Explore the local market and reach Dochula pass at 3,080 meters and enjoy the majestic views mountains like Masagang, Tsendagang, Gangkar Puensum (the highest peak in Bhutan), etc.
- Reach Kunselcholing Viewpoint with a large statue of Buddha to get amazing views of Thimphu valley
- Visit Sangaygang (BBS Tower) another viewpoint to get an amazing scene of Thimphu valley
- Visit Dechen Phodrang and Simtokha Dzong
- Go to Simply Bhutan, a living museum and photo studio
- Visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple, Punakha Dzong and get to Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge
- Explore the beauty of Khamsum Yuley Temple
- Get to Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, the oldest temple in Bhutan and Dumtse Lhakhang
- Hike up to Taktshang Monastery also known as Tiger’s nest
- Enjoy amazing natural beauty and picturesque landscapes throughout the tour
- Visit the Bhutanese families, have dinner with them and know more about their culture and tradition
What to Expect
1. Amazing views of the Himalayas and landscapes
Touring in a Himalayan country brings you the delight of witnessing the majestic views of snowed peaks. A flight into Bhutan welcomes you with views of several mountains, including Mt. Everest on a clear day. Beside the plane flight, one can also view beautiful mountains including Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan from vantage points like Dochula Pass, Buddha Point, Tiger’s Nest, etc.. Not only mountains, forests, rivers, temples, dzongs, prayer flags, brightly colored houses, etc. equally decorate the cities of Bhutan.
The city of Thimphu offers many places to explore religion, culture, and history of Bhutan. One of them is Tashichho Dzong with its thirty temples and shrines. It serves similar to other dzongs by holding both religious and administrative activities. There are the throne room and office of the king, the secretariat building and the central monk body. Tsechu is a festival celebrated in the dzongs of each district and in Tashichho dzong, it is celebrated grandly.
Memorial Chorten is another beautiful structure built in the memory of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This place has several larger than live sized images and statues of tantric deities and mythical creatures. There are two famous spots to get an outstanding view of Thimphu and surrounding. One is the Kuenselcholing Viewpoint where you will also see of the biggest seated statues of Buddha and next is Sangaygang (BBS Tower).
The old site of Tashichho Dzong is Dechen Phodrang where current monastic school lies. Simtokha Dzong is the first dzong serving as the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies featuring more than 300 finely worked slate carvings.
3. Dochula Pass
One of the best vantage points during this tour is Dochula Pass at the height of 3080 meters. The highest point is decorated by Chortens, prayer flags, and mani walls. There are 108 Chortens known as Druk Wangyal Chortens. Several mountains can be seen from here like Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ). A table mountain can be seen along with Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan.
Starting a tour in Punakha takes you to Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple. This temple was built to celebrate 100 years of the monarchy of the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Punakha Dzong is a beautiful fortress built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu river. This dzong was built to serve as the religious and administrative centre of Punakha district is also the main tourist attraction. A suspension bridge over the same Pho Chhu river also serves as a viewpoint to watch Punakha and Pho Chhu. The outstanding beauty of Khamsum Yuley Temple built by Queen mother of the 5th king stands for world peace. Several Buddhist teachings, paintings, and sculptures can be seen inside it.
This is the city to explore best art pieces, statues, Thangka paintings, in Bhutan representing culture, history and art of Bhutan. Kyichu Lhakhang is the oldest temple in Bhutan among 108 other built by Songtsen Gampo believed to be built in a single night. This temple was built by the Tibetan king to help spread Buddhism by winning over evil who obstructed to do so. Dumtse Lhakhang is another temple built to win over a demon by chaining her down to the ground. With a special permit, one can explore this magnificent temple.
6. Tiger’s Nest Monastery
The main attraction of Paro and even Bhutan is the Paro Taktsang also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Hiking a sheer cliff for several hours takes you there where Guru Padmasambhava is believed to have come on the back of a tigress. Also known as Guru rinpoche, he brought Buddhism into Bhutan. On the same location, there used to be a cave where he meditated. One can also get there on the back of a horse. This monastery also serves as a place to get some amazing views of the city.
7. People and Culture
Culture and tradition of Bhutanese people are exotic and beautiful. Vajrayana Buddhism is the most prevalent religion here arts and crafts inspired by mythologies and stories can be found everywhere including monasteries, Chortens, and dzongs. It is common to see monks dressed in red robes and men and women in Gho and Kira. People of Bhutan are also known for warm hospitality and providing amazing service while you stay there. Staying with these people lets you peek into their livelihood and traditions.