Arcadia Bhutan Travels | 7 Days Tour
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7 Days Tour

Day 01 Arrive at Paro and proceed to Thimphu.

Elevation 2,300m | Drive time 01 hours
Thimphu being the capital, it is most populace city in Bhutan, the Royal family and all government headquarters are concentrated in Thimphu. On the way we will visit Tamchhog Zam (Iron Bridge), the bridge is made of iron chain and the materials are from 15 century.

Memorial Chorten
It is a monument is built in 1974 as the memory of the Third King of Bhutan and to World Peace.Visitors will find elderly Bhutanese people circumambulating the Chorten throughout the day.Chorten literally means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha’. The chorten is an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture and artwork with its gorgeous paintings and intricate sculptures.The chorten is a large white structure crowned with a golden spire. It is located close to the center of Thimphu city and is one of its most iconic monuments.

Handmade Paper Factory
The Jungshi handmade paper factory uses traditional methods to produce the authentic Bhutanese paper known as Deh-sho. The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne tree and Dhekap tree in the manufacture of traditional paper. Visitors can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional methods that have been practiced for generations. You can even try your hand at this ancient craft and make some paper of your very own as a souvenir. Deh-sho paper was originally used for woodblock and manuscript books and also for writing prayer books. The Jungshi paper factory continues to preserve and promote this age-old Bhutanese tradition. It also produces various other products, such as stationery and greeting cards.

Trashi Chhoe Dzong
‘Fortress of glorious religion” constructed in 1641 and restored in 1960s. It’s the office of His Majesty the King and the secretariat, and houses two ministries and other offices.

The coronation of the present King took place in this fortress in 2008. The Dzong is open for tourist only after 5:00 PM on working days and weekend it is open all day long.

Weekend Market
Starts around noon on Friday and ends on Sunday afternoon and It resembles the farmers market in the west. However since there are no big super markets, Thimphu’s weekend market is the main source of fresh produce. It is an interesting place to visit, where village people jostle with well-heeled Thimphu residents for best and cheapest vegetables and other food products.

Day 02 Thimphu

Elevation 2,300m | Local Sightseeing

Buddha Point
It is one of the largest statues of sitting Buddha (Made of Bronze glided in gold) in the world at the height of 169” (51 meters) approximately; the place gives you a bird’s eye view of Thimphu city.


Walk to Changangkha
It is about 2 hours walk and it is through the nature with blue pine and oak trees and other shrubs, the walk lets enjoy a bird’s eye view of Thimphu valley and the city. And the hike will end at Changangkha, where we will visit Changangkha Lhakhang, Which is home of Buddhist master Lam Nima, son of Phajo Drugom Zhipo. It’s one of the oldest temples in Thimphu where people around Thimphu valley visit to seek help and blessings from the local deity. From the temple we can enjoy the panoramic view of Thimphu city.

Takin Reserve
The Takin Preserve, located in the Motithang district of Thimphu, is a wildlife reserve area for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Native to Bhutan, India, and China, the Takin are docile creatures whose unique appearance attracts special attention. Local legends attribute the creation of these animals in Bhutan by a 15th century saint name Drukpa Kunley, popularly known as the Divine Madman.

While originally a mini-zoo, the area was converted into a 8.4 acre preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest area, even when set free. A popular stop with tourists and locals alike, the preserve also houses a few native deers of Bhutan, including the barking dear and sambar.

Simply Bhutan Museum
Simply Bhutan Project is a living museum and a photo studio. The project is aimed at preservation and promotion of culture being one of the four pillars of Gross National Happiness (GNH) by involving youth as the core group because they are the future leaders of the country. In doing so, the project generates employment opportunities to young job seekers and also provides skills through trainings and workshops. More importantly, the objective of the project is to raise fund to support YDF in conducting the many youth related programs, now and in future. Thus, the project is one of a kind in the country.

Day 03 Thimphu to Punakha

Elevation 2,300m | Drive time 03 hours

Dochula Pass
It is located approximately 3,140m above sea level and it is a mountain pass to go to Punakha. It’s a breath-taking viewpoint where you can see panoramic view of Himalayan ranges that fall in Bhutan. There are also 108 Chortens (Stupas) built beautifully to mark the spot.

Chimi Lhakhang/ Temple of fertility
The temple is founded by, the divine madman; popularly known as Drukpa Kuenly, a teacher, who the phallic symbol is associated, In 15th century.  It’s a pleasing 20 minutes walk to the temple through local field and village. While passing through the village we will have time to interact with the locals… The temple believed to behold the blessings of fertility.

Punakha Dzong
“The palace of great happiness or bliss”, is the administrative centre of District, in Punakha Bhutan. Constructed by Ngawang Namgyal, in 1637. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures. Punakha Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.

It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

Day 04 Punakha

Elevation 1,300m | Local Sightseeing

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
It is a glorious example of the Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions. Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck commissioned building of the stupa, which took about nine years to build. It is located on a ridge at Kabisa Gewong in Punakha overlooking several villages. This temple has been dedicated for the well being of the kingdom, its people and all sentient beings.

It is walk/hike through rice fields before you start climbing a moderately inclined trail surrounded by pine trees. It takes about 1 hour from the car park to hike up to the temple, and from the temple you will enjoy the magnificent view of mo-chhu valley below.

Sangchchen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery
The temple is located on a ridge beside the neighboring Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang amidst pine trees. The temple complex also has a learning and meditation centre for the nuns, and it also provides them other trainings such as embroidery, tailoring, statue making, and the famous thangka painting. There is a majestic bronze statue of a height of 14 foot Avalokiteshwara. The statue is also considered as one of the biggest statues in the country made by the unique handwork of many local Bhutanese artisans. Besides, the other statues present here include of Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Namgyel Namsum, Saint Padmasambhava, and the 21 Taras, Tsela Namsum and the Tsepamay (Buddha of Longevity).

Day 05 Punakha to Paro

Elevation 2,200m | Drive time 04 hours

Drive same way back to Paro via Thimphu

Paro Valley
The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley.

Paro Rimpung Dzong
Also called the Rinpung Dzong, the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels, Paro Dzong was built in 1645 by the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It is an imposing square fortress, representative of typical Dzong architecture, with a central tower and courtyards housing the administrative quarters and the monastic section.

Day 06 Paro Tiger's Nest

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Temple)

Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley.

It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D. Legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.

In order to arrive at the temple visitors must trek for around 2-3 hours through beautiful, shady pine forests. No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable heritage site.

Day 07 Depart Paro

Depending on flight time you we will drive to airport and bit farewell….