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cultural tour with Haa Valley

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The exploration of western Bhutan with extension to Haa Valley, visiting many of the most beautiful and interesting natural and cultural sites. This trip will also take you to Talo and Nongang Villages for a glimpse of village life and to meet locals.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro

Day 2: Paro to Haa

Day 3: Haa to Thimphu

Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha

Day 5: Punakha and Wangdue

Day 6: Punakha-Paro

Day 7: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Day 8: Depart Paro

Day 1: Arrive Paro

The flight to Bhutan provides during a clear weather the most fascinating view of Himalayan scenery. On arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and escorted you to hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Rinpung Dzong, the 15th century massive fortress which now serves as administrative center of the valley. From the Dzong, you can walk down to the road head crossing a traditional wooden bridge. From here, you will be taken to Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country. In the evening, you can stroll in Paro town.

Day 2: Paro to Haa

Today, drive to Haa Valley across Chelela Pass (3810m) dotted with colorful Buddhist prayer flags and offering stunning views of Mount Jumolhari and other mountains, plus incredible vistas into the valleys below the pass. Drive downhill from pass is through the forests of blue pine, fir and oak. In the afternoon, explore local villages, visit their homes and meet the families.

Day 3: Haa to Thimphu

Drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan through beautiful villages and pine forests. It is a pleasurable ride, with many optional stops along the road. After passing Dobji Dzong, road descends and joins the main road at Chhuzom. You will stop here and see local farmers sit by the side of the road selling vegetables, apples and dried cheese. Check into hotel on arrival. Evening, you can take walk in Thimphu city.

Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha

Enjoy scenic drive to Punakha. Stop at Dochula pass (3150 meters) where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. When you arrive at Metshina Village, you can take 20-minute walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, the Divine Madman’s temple popularly considered to be a temple of fertility. Take lunch in one of the restaurants and continue drive to Punakha. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy for being one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan.

Day 5: Punakha and Wangdue

Drive up the hilly road to explore Talo village and Nobgang village, the home of the Queen mothers. The villages, which are scattered along the hill slopes, are known for its cleanliness and hygiene among Punakha villages. Locals will be happy to have you sneaked into their homes for cup of tea and to learn how they live in villages. Then return to the valley and then drive to Wangdue to visit the unique clustered houses of Rinchengang Village. Overnight in hotel or (option to stay family run Eco Lodge).

Day 6: Punakha-Paro

Drive back to Paro, crossing the Dochula Pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas. Stop in Thimphu for lunch and then continue drive to Paro. In Paro, visit local archery ground and watch locals playing archery.

Day 7: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Embark on a vigorous hike up to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, the most famous pilgrim site, which clings to the rock at 3180m. According to the legend, it is believed that Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century Spiritual Master, flew to this location on the back of a tigress to meditate. Lunch will be served at Cafeteria Restaurant halfway up on the mountain. Explore the monastery and hike back to Paro.

Day 8: Depart Paro

In the morning, you will drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.

 Inclusions 

All meals, tea and snacks, complementary bottled water in car, hotels, transport, guide, government levy, visa fee, entrance fees, permits and sightseeing. 

Exclusions

 Flight tickets, insurance, tips, drinks and beverages, laundry, internet, phone and other bills of personal nature.  

Accommodation 

Bhutanese type 3 star hotels (possibility of upgradation). Insurance Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

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