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Hidden Valley Tour   11 Days.

Trip Facts

Country : Bhutan
Start/End: Paro
Destination : Bumthang
Trip Duration : 11 Days.
Max. Altitude : 3400 Meters.
Group Size : Min 2 / Max 15.
Best Season : Year Round Except July/August
Trip Grade : Easy.

TRIP Highlights

- Sightseeing around Paro and Thimphu - Panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain - Chimi Lhakhang Temple - Shopping in Bumthang village - Visit Trongsa Dzong fortress - Visit the Swiss farm - Taktsang monastery

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Trip Overview

Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, is a place full of mysteries and exciting cultural diversities. The Hidden Valley tours give visitors a chance to witness the perfect insight in Bhutanese tradition that highlights many traditional landmarks and the culture of the people there. Bhutanese arts are vivid and diverse with the skills of the marked artisans reflecting on these hand-made marvels. One can be less than amazed by the beautifully hand-woven textiles and handicrafts that reflects the tradition and culture of the all so humble Bhutanese people.

Bhutan, the land of the Mahayana Buddha is promising in terms of its artistic ingenuity and skill that is a merger of different cultures all over Asia. The people believe in their pride rather than wealth. That is why one may find feweritems to buy as Bhutan’s superlative wood carvings, masks, gold and silverworks, paper and religious paintings are rather made for use by the people themselves than selling them for money.

The first day of the trip is the arrival at the Paro Airport where one can expect to stay overnight at some of the magnificent hotels there. The second day follows a sightseeing around Paro which features the unique sight of the cultural essence that Bhutan yields. On the third day, a drive to Thimpu settles down with a bit more of sightseeing around the town. Then from Thimpu, we head towards Punukha and on the way visitors can witness the wilderness through the Bhutanese pathway. From Punukha visitors are taken to Trongsa where a bit more of sightseeing follows and as usual an overnight stay at the hotel lets the eyes rest awhile for more exciting views for the next day. Then the exciting part, we drive to Bhumthang where visitors are settled for a day or so as this place is where all the wonders excides. Leaving Bhumthang behind we then drive to Phobjikha where one may stroll around the market to gather some exciting souvenir as a mark of the visit. Now on the ninth day we drive back to Paro through an easy route via Wangdiphodrang. Last but not the least, on the tenth day, visitors are guided to an exvursion to Taktsang Monastery where one can feed their eyes with the wonders that the land of Mahayana Buddha holds. On the eleventh day is when all the excitement stops with a final departure to international airport. But there is always provisions available if one wants to stay more.
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Day 01 - Arrival at Paro Airport

Day 02 - Sightseeing around Paro

Day 03 - Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu for sightseeing

Day 04 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha with sightseeing on the way

Day 05 - Drive from Punakha to Trongsa

Day 06 - Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang

Day 07 - Sightseeing around Bumthang

Day 08 –Drive from Bumthang to Phobjikha

Day 09 - Drive from Phobjikha back to Paro

Day 10 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

Day 11 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
Day 01 - Arrival at Paro Airport
After a magnificent flight in Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier, you arrive at Paro Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan. We take some time exploring the markets in Paro.

Day 02 - Sightseeing around Paro
After breakfast we head to Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum and then we visit RimpungDzong in Paro. There is a cantilever bridge that we’ll cross – it was built almost 500 years ago and is located 18 kms from Paro. The fortress at Paro is quite a remarkable monument. We will explore the fortress and on a clear day we can also see Mount Chomolhari from here. We’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore and learn about the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle.

Day 03 - Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu for sightseeing
From Paro we take a one-hour drive to Thimpu, where we spend the day sightseeing. Some of the places we visit include the National Memorial Chorten, National Library and the Takin Reserve. The taste of Bhutan and its culture take you to another world altogether. After a hearty lunch, we drop by the Arts and Crafts School, the Textile Museum, the House of Incense and House of paper. We get to observe the lifestyle of the Bhutanese people as well.

Day 04 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha with sightseeing on the way
After driving for 3 hours on steeply climbing roads through pine forests, we get to Dochula Pass which has stunning views of the mountains in the Himalayas. There are several species of trees along with flora and fauna. These include rare species of birds and animals. Next we head to Lobsea and hike to ChimiLhakhang Temple, which is believed to bless women with fertility. We then go to PunakhaDzong in the north. Built in 1637, the Dzong is located strategically between Rivers Pochu and Mochu. We ride back to Thimpu in the evening.

Day 05 - Drive from Punakha to Trongsa

We ride to Tongsa via Pele La Pass, which has a chorten festooned in prayer flags. The change in terrain is very marked as we gain higher altitude. As we approach Trongsa, we can view the stunning TrongsaDzong farther afield.We then pay a visit to ChendebjiChorten, which has eyes painted at four points.The structure was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet. We stop here for lunch. In the late afternoon, we reach Trongsa.

Day 06 - Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang
Located about 70 kms from Trongsa, Bhumthang is a three-hour drive. The roads are wider here and then it passes through coniferous forest into Chumey valley. Bhumthang is known for its vibrant fabric which is created through traditional processes and techniques. We ride to the center of the valley, i.e. Bhumthang.

Day 07 - Sightseeing around Bumthang
Made up of four valleys, namely Tang, Chumey, Choekhor and Ura, Bhumtang houses many a holy Buddhist temples and monasteries. We’ll visit JakarDzong (built in the 17th century), JambayLhakhang (built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king SongsenGampo), Tamshing (16th century) and other popular monasteries. We’ll stop by traditional farms for rest and refreshments. There is also a Swiss farm which produces Swiss cheese along with other products like honey and juice. We’ll take smaller excursions to markets and other points of interest.

Day 08 –Drive from Bumthang to Phobjikha
Phobjikha is a glacial valley located about 7-hour drive away from Bhumthang. The renowned monastery of Gangtey is situated on the slopes of the valley. The main village of Phobjikha is situated on the valley bottom, a few kilometers from the monastery. The black necked cranes can be seen here during the season, because the village is their winter home and they migrate from the plains of Tibet in the north. The migration is celebrated in the valley as the black necked crane festival every November.

Day 09 - Drive from Phobjikha back to Paro
Today is a very relaxed and scenic drive from Phobjikha to Paro.

Day 10 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
Today we hike to Taktsang Monastery, which is arguably the most notable structure in Bhutan. We climb through a gorgeous pine and rhododendron forest along the trails to the Tiger’s Nest. We take a few stops for rest along the way, which give us amazing views of the surrounding as well. The monastery, built in the 17th century, is perched on a cliff wall with a 900m drop to the valley below. This monastery holds a special significance for Buddhists in Bhutan.

Day 11 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

After having breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro International Airport for your flight to onward destination.

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Price Includes

  • All transport services as per itinerary
  • Country Briefing on Day 1 evening with welcome drink
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation for the duration of tour
  • Government licensed local Bhutanese Tour/ Trekking guide during the whole trip
  • All sightseeing tours, Monument /Museum entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner with Tea and Coffee) during your stay in Bhutan
  • Mineral water supply during your stay in Bhutan
  • Cultural afternoon/evening consisting of traditional mask dances & folk dances with beverages for the group tours
  • Government Royalty this goes to the country’s health & education projects of the country
  • Private transport & professional driver during your stay
  • Toyota 4 X 4 luggage vans & light trucks for group travel
  • Tourist service charge, vat, Bhutan Visa fees and Visa Processing assistance
  • All our government taxes and official expanse
  • Tented accommodation and equipments during the camping trek
  • All trekking arrangements and required number of staffs
  • All trekking permits logistics & fees
  • Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations
  • Route Permits & monument access permits

Price Excludes

  • Your travel insurance which is compulsory
  • Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service and al- a- cart meals
  • International airfares and airport departure tax
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone bills, drinks etc
  • Personal clothing and equipments
  • Photography charges ss(when applicable)
  • Tips for the staffs working with you
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
  • Druk Air flights to and from Bhutan

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