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Kingdom in the Sky
Overview Embark on a captivating journey to the mystical "Kingdom in the Sky" - Bhutan, a small yet enchanting country nestled in the eastern Himalayas. Your adventure begins in Paro, the gateway to Bhutan, where you'll be awestruck by the sight of the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliffside. This sacred site also sets the tone for the spiritual journey that lies ahead. As you traverse the rugged landscapes, you'll also encounter Bhutan's warm and welcoming people, deeply rooted in their rich cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the age-old traditions by witnessing colorful religious festivals and exploring…
Embark on a captivating journey to the mystical “Kingdom in the Sky” – Bhutan, a small yet enchanting country nestled in the eastern Himalayas.
Your adventure begins in Paro, the gateway to Bhutan, where you’ll be awestruck by the sight of the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliffside. This sacred site also sets the tone for the spiritual journey that lies ahead.
As you traverse the rugged landscapes, you’ll also encounter Bhutan’s warm and welcoming people, deeply rooted in their rich cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the age-old traditions by witnessing colorful religious festivals and exploring ancient monasteries, each with its own fascinating history.
The capital city, Thimphu, offers a blend of modernity and tradition, with no traffic lights but a deep sense of happiness through its unique Gross National Happiness philosophy. Visit the majestic Tashichho Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and an architectural marvel.
Enchanting Bhutan: Exploring Nature, Culture, and Adventure
Venture into the lush Punakha Valley, where the serene Punakha Dzong also stands proudly at the confluence of two rivers. Enjoy a scenic hike to the Chimi Lhakhang, the Temple of the Divine Madman, with its intriguing phallic symbols believed to ward off evil spirits.
Nature lovers will be enchanted by the pristine landscapes of Gangtey and Phobjikha Valleys, home to the endangered black-necked cranes. Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of these rare birds during their winter migration.
Bhutan’s traditional cuisine is also a delight to the taste buds, with dishes like Ema Datshi (chili and cheese stew) and momos (dumplings) that offer a unique blend of flavors.
A visit to Bhutan would be incomplete without experiencing its adventurous side. Trek through the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas, such as the famous Druk Path Trek or the challenging Snowman Trek, where you’ll encounter stunning vistas and remote villages.
Throughout your journey, you’ll be mesmerized by the country’s commitment to preserving its natural environment and unique culture. Bhutan has maintained its identity by limiting tourism and adopting a sustainable approach to development.
Conclusion and Summary
In conclusion, a trip to Bhutan promises an unforgettable experience of spiritual discovery, cultural immersion, and breathtaking natural beauty. The Kingdom in the Sky will leave you with cherished memories and a profound appreciation for the values that define Bhutan’s way of life.
- Spend a night camping in the pristine Paro Wilderness high in the Himalaya.
- Trek less trodden mountain paths, where few foreigners have ever set foo.
- Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
- Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
- Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
- Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
- Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
- Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.
From the airport, there will be a drive of about 2 hours’ duration to Thimpu, the modern capital town of Bhutan.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel
Thimpu, the beautiful capital city of Bhutan is home to the royal family, the civil service and various foreign missions.In the morning we visit to Tashichhodzong, the secretariat building which houses the throne room of the king and which is also his summer residence.Then we take a stroll to the National Library, which houses a huge collection of Buddhist literature with works dating back to several hundred years and the Institute for Zorig Chusum where a six years course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.After lunch, we visit the National Memorial Chorten a monument of world peace and prosperity. Then take a walk to the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums.
Evening: Drive over Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) to Punakha.
Dinner and overnight in hotel
Punakha used to be the capital city in the olden days. The historic buildings and sacred artifacts renovated now are sights to visit there.Later, we drive to Wangdeuephodrang, the last town on the highway before entering central Bhuta. Situated on a ridge overlooking a river junction, the formidable Wangduephodrang Dzong is the town’s most visible feature.After lunch, we drive to Paro, visiting Simtokha Dzong en route. The dzong (monastery), built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan.
Arrive in Paro and check into the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.
- Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
- All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
- Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
- Experienced driver.
- Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.
- All meals in Bhutan.
- All entrance fees and permits.
“Kingdom in the Sky” provides an insight into Bhutan’s Buddhist culture at a deep and comprehensive level. This trip combines spectacular drives to three historically important valleys: the bustling capital of Thimphu; the tropical Punakha valley; and the open valley of Paro. We take a fabulous day camping trek to Bumdra monastery which includes a night in a wilderness campsite high in the Himalaya and a visit to the Taktsang Goemba or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Our circuit uses less trodden mountain paths, where few foreigners have ever set foot, to eventually approach the monastery from our campsite above the clouds. The overnight adventure includes two picnic lunches, a camp dinner and breakfast, all tentage, sleeping mattresses, a ﬁrst-aid kit and the services of experienced BTB guides and cooks.
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