Paro to Phuentsholing Tour

9 - 12 Days

Paro to Phuentsholing Tour

TYPOLOGIES

Cultural

+ 2
DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

3 Years

Trip Introduction

Paro to Phuentsholing Tour offers you an opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and beautiful landscapes of Bhutan. In this short journey of 7 days, you would be treated with some amazing sightseeing that starts with the Paro Valley. We take you to visit some special heritage sites, including temples like Kichu Lhakhang and Rinpung Dzong; Tiger’s Nest monastery and some wonderful landmarks like King’s Memorial Chorten. We would visit some beautiful villages of Bhutan going through the Dochu La Pass and eventually ending our tour at Phuentsholing.

Trip Highlights

Trip Overview
  • The main attractions of the trip from Paro to Phuentsholing are the amazing forests, landforms, valleys, and monasteries.
  • The short trip of 7 days is packed with an amazing experience of the
    culture, traditions, history, and heritage sites in Bhutan.
  • Visit special heritage sites, including temples like Kichu Lhakhang
    and Rinpung Dzong; Tiger’s Nest monastery and some wonderful landmarks
    like King’s Memorial Chorten.

TOUR MAP

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival at Paro followed by Sightseeing

On your arrival at the airport, our representatives would be ready to greet you and arrange for the transfer to the hotel. After taking a brief rest at the hotel and refreshing yourself, we would take you for the Palo sightseeing. A short trip to Paro would include Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, and Drugyal Dzong. Rinpung Dzong is the administrative office of Paro Dzongkhag while Kichu Lhakhang is the oldest temple of Bhutan. We would spend the night at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 2 -An adventurous hike followed by drive from Paro to Thimphu

On the next day, we would leave early for an adventurous hike to the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. It would be an exhausting but enjoyable experience. In about 4- hours, you would find yourself at the monastery located at the altitude of 3180 m. It would not be a continuous hike as we would take a break to have lunch in the middle of the hike. It would be a unique lunch. After spending a couple of hours at the monastery, we would return to the valley floor by the evening. After returning to the hotel and taking a bit of rest, we would drive to the next destination of the tour, Thimphu. We would rest at Thimphu for the night.

DAY 3 - Sightseeing in Thimphu

The next day awaits you for a memorable day where we would go sightseeing in Thimphu. Our first destination would be the Memorial Chorten dedicated to the third king of Bhutan (1952-1972). We would then visit the nunnery temple followed by a mini zoo. The special attraction of the zoo is Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. The other highlights of the trip to Thimphu include the folk heritage museum, the amazing Tashichho Dzong, and the traditional paper factory. If you are lucky to be here at the weekend, shopping at the weekend market would be a memorable experience. We would be resting overnight at the hotel in Thimphu..

DAY 4A drive from Thimphu to Punakha

After a refreshing night at the hotel, we would leave the hotel early for a drive to Punakha. The distance from Thimphu to Punaka measures just about 75 km and it would be 3-4 hours of the ride. However, it would easily be one of the most special rides of your life as we would travel through Dochu La Pass at the altitude of 3100 m. We would stop at the top for a cup of tea and more importantly have a stunning view of the mountains and valleys from the top. We would travel further but downwards going through the lush green forests full of hemlock, fir, and rhododendron. We would take lunch at the end of our drive and then explore the second largest dzong in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong. It was built around 1637-38 and stands intact for visitors to explore. We would spend the night at the Punakha.

DAY 5 A drive from Punaka to Gangtey and then back to Punaka

A long drive awaits you on the next morning where we would travel to Gangtey. A drive of more than 5 hours would take you to the beautiful village of Punaka. The 165 hours of the drive starts with the small but very special village of Wangduephodrang. It is popular for its stone carvings and slate art. We travel further through the middle of tall and dense forests full of rhododendrons and oaks. The Gangtey is unique because of its special location in the middle of the beautiful mountains. There is a lot to explore around the town with lovely Black mountains and the amazing Phobjikha valley. We would be visiting the Gangtey Monastery and spend some time in Phobjikha before driving back to Punaka.

DAY 6 - Punakha to Phuentsholing

On the next day, we would travel to Phuentsholing covering a long way of about 234 km. The long drive of more than 7 hours goes through the waterfalls, valleys and waterfalls.

DAY 7 - Departure to the airport

After resting at the hotel, we drive back to the hotel in Paro. We would arrange for the transfer to airport according to the schedule of your flight to the next destination.