Valley of Earthly Delights

Tour information

  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Speaking tour guide
  • Transportation
$ 1.750,00
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Valley of Earthly Delights

This cultural tour explores the wonderfully diverse environment of Bhutan’s western valleys as well as their cultural heritage. Drive over high mountain passes and through rapidly changing vegetation from pine forests to hills covered in rhododendrons, magnolias and dwarf bamboo – abundant with birds and wildlife. The centrepiece to this tour is time spent exploring the beautiful Phobjikha Valley, winter home to the rare Black-Necked Crane. This tour also visits ancient fortresses, temples, monasteries, markets, farm houses and museums in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Highlights include the Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong, the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple, the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures, Phobjikha Sanctuary and Punakha Dzong.

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Arrival in Paro – Thimphu

Transfer to Thimphu by car/bus. Afternoon, visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday u0026 Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town. Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight: Thimphu

  • Thimphu
  • 1 Hour
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Thimphu - Punakha

Drive through Dochula pass at 3050m. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break continue to sub tropical Punakha. Afternoon visit nunnery and walk down to your hotel. Overnight: Punakha

  • Punakha
  • 2 Hours
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Punakha

After breakfast, we will visit most beautiful Punakha Dzong (fortress). The dzong showcase the finest examples of arts and architecture of Bhutan. Todayu0027s hike to Khamsum Yulay will start from the foot of the Dzong, through old palace of 3rd king of Bhutan. The entire hike will take about 3 hours. Picnic lunch will be served. This is good day for white river rafting in the afternoon or visit to farm house. Overnight: Punakha

  • Punakha
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Punakha – Phobjikha tours

Check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdi town and continue to Phobjikha over the second highest road pass on your trip at 3140m.Visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan.Evening relax in your hotel or take a stroll. Overnight: Phobjikha

  • Phobjikha
  • 3 Hours
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Phonjikha

The valley of Phobjikha is full of hikes. Phobjikha Natural Trail take about 2 hours walk through crane feeding areas and gives wonderful opportunity to see close up cranes for winter visitors. Further walk around the village to meet locals, taking pictures give us perfect knowledge about the Bhutanese rural life. There are many such hiking trains in an around Phobjikha valley. Explore the day. Overnight: Phobjikha

  • Phobjikha
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Phobjikha – Paro

Start early retracing the drive to Paro. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner. Overnight: Paro

  • Paro
  • 8 Hours
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Paro

Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest temple in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tigeru0027s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Evening at leisure. Overnight: Paro

  • Paro
  • Sightseeing
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Departure

Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport

  • Paro

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