8 nights 9 days Happiness in Action Bhutan Tours
Happiness in Action is a unique idea founded by Zoid jin tours, Bhutan. Happiness in Action brings together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone. Happiness in Action includes:
- Festival shows
- Cultural Shows
- A night Bumdra Trek
- Bhutanese local Games
- Home Stay / Farm House
8 Night 9 Days Happiness in Action Bhutan Tours
On arrival at the Paro International Airport, you will be received by your local Bhutanese tour guide from Zoid Jin Tours. Transfer to your hotel in Paro and have a refreshment/lunch. Today your Bhutan tour begin by visiting the following:
· National Museum: On a ridge immediately above Rinpung Dzong is the Ta Dzong (watchtower), built as a watchtower to protect the Dzong from intruders and warring factions. In 1968 Paro’s Ta Dzong was inaugurated as the National Museum, and now holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, together with a small natural history collection.
· Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong): Explore the Rinpung Dzong which the locals call the ‘fortress of a heap of jewels’. Built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the dzong stands on a hill above Paro Township. It is linked by the traditional cantilever bridge (called the Nemi Zam) over the Pa chu (Paro river) where one may pose a photograph. Experience a walk up a paved stone path running alongside the imposing outer walls. Once inside the Dzong, you can visit the temples inside the dzong. Farm houses: Picturesque farm houses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. A visit to a farm house gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family.
· In the evening you can stroll around Paro town and you may visit local Bhutanese handicraft stores.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Paro-Punakha/Wangduephodrang & Punakha Tours / Sightseeings
Distance: 125 km, estimated travel time: 3 ½ hrs
After breakfast, your Zoid jin tour guide and driver will drive you to Punakha & Wangdue. This route will take you through Chunzom (confluence of Pachu- the river flowing through Paro valley & Wangchu –the river flowing through Thimphu valley). On the way, you may stop to visit Tachog Lhakhang (temple) , this 14th century temple located on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu on the Paro-Thimphu highway, is a must visit temple in the Paro valley. Built by the great master architect Thangtong Gyalpo, the temple houses some unique statues. To get to the temple one may actually walk over the iron chains that spans over the Pa chu.
After crossing Chunzom, you will travel along the Wangchu upto Simtokha. Here the road diversion leads you to Punakha/Wangdue through Dochula Pass (3,088m/10,130ft). In the clear sky; enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. And also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple) .The temple was built to honor His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The past and future appear to merge in the details of the lhakhang that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future.
Then travel onto Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907 and the 1st National Assembly was held here. The dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan.
On the way visit the Divine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.
After Lunch visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho - Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been fully restored in the recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. At the dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork. Also visit the massive Kuenray, the Coronation Hall of all Bhutanese kings, the Dzongchung at the entrance to the dzong and the cantilever bridge over the Mochu that has been recently renovated.
Overnight at a hotel in Punakha/Wangdue.
Punakha sighteeing - Thimphu
After breakfast drive through upper Punakha valley passing through farm houses and take a short hike through farmhouses to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. The leisurely walk up to the temple would take about 1 hour. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtaking view from there.
After the hike if interested we will have water rafting. Water rafting is opened to few rivers only due to their safe course and easy access.
After Lunch drive back to Thimphu
Thimphu Tours & Sightseeings
After breakfast, full day sightseeing in Thimphu includes the visit to the following:
National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs.You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.
Folk Heritage Museum which provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life
National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where medicinal herbs are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medical practitioners trained.
School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people and perhaps buy souvenirs.
Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu
Thimphu Sightseeing to Haa Home Stay
After breakfast visit:
Memorial Chorten also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa built in memory of the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk by his mother Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck.
Kuenselphodrang where the Bhutan’s largest Buddha statue is perched on the hillock overlooking the entire Thimphu valley below and the view from there is magnificent. Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts.
Changangkha Lhakhang The temple is one of the oldest in Thimphu, built in the 12th century and is located above the main town of Thimphu overlooking the Thimphu valley.
Nunnery (Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery) The nunnery, popularly known as Zilukha Anim Dratshang is located above Zilukha Lower Secondary School, overlooking Tashichodzong in Thimphu valley. It is a few minutes’ drive from the main Thimphu town.
After lunch visit:
Simtokha Dzong: Simtokha literally means “Atop a Demon” also known as Sanga Zabdhon Phodrang is located around 5km south of Thimphu center. It I the first Dzong built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan.
After Simtokha Dzong we will drive back to Chuzom and to the Haa Valley where you will experience the real Bhutanese style.
Over night at Haa Home stay
Haa Sightseeing – Chelela Pass – Paro
After breakfast Visit:
· White and black temple of Haa which is near to our home and then drive to Paro Via Chelela Pass.
Chelela Pass separates Haa and Paro Valley and at 3810 m. It is one of the highest motor able pass in Bhutan. The drive till here either from Paro or Haa is through dense spruce and larch forests according to the seasons. On a clear day, there are spectacular views of Mt. Jumolhari, Jichu Drake and adjoining peaks to the nort west as well as the view of Haa and Paro Valley.
After Lunch visit:
· Drugyel Dzong: Drukgyal Dzong ruins is located 14kms north of Paro town, near the end of the paved road. Druk gyalDzong (victories fortress) was built around 1644-49 to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan-Mongol forces. It was later burnt in fire accident in 1951. The reconstruction of the Dzong is still going on to the same structure.
Then travel back to your hotel, on the way visiting
· Kyichu temple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Kyichu Temple is one of the 108 temples.
Overnight at Paro
Paro – One Night Trek toward Bumdra ( 3800 meters high)
This is the shortest trek in Bhutan and also as the trek starts and ends in Paro itself so this trek requires the shortest duration for the entire trip.
The adventure begins with an early morning drive up to the Sang Choekor Choekor Buddhist College in the Paro valley (2,800 m) to meet our ponies; while they are being loaded we may pay our respects at the college. The initial one to two-hour ascent of a shady, forested ridge brings us to a clearing with prayer flags and views down into both the Paro and Do Chhu Valleys.
Above and ahead the Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple) nestles on the mountainside a further one to two hour’s walk away. The trail undulates before the last steep section up to the pretty temple which offers commanding views south over Paro and northwards to the snowcapped Himalayas.
Bumdra - Paro Takshang ( Tiger nest Temple )
After a hearty breakfast in the jaw dropping landscape, it is time to either head straight back into the valley or linger awhile soaking up the view and perhaps hang some prayer flags of our own. Eventually we have to drop back into the ancient pine and rhododendron forest on the monks’ zig zagging trail. After 1-2 hours of descent we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below and soon come upon the first of many on our way back from the wilds. The path snakes across the mountainside between the monasteries and temples before reaching the gardens of Zangdopelri (Heaven on Earth) from which you can bravely peer over edge and straight down onto the ornate roofs Taktsang in the cliff far below. An hour later and we are at the gates of Taktsang looking across the gorge a steep descent to a waterfall then ascent on steps and you are passing into the Tiger’s Nest itself. Retracing our steps we begin the final descent of about 45 minutes to reach our vehicle and drive back to Hotel,not forgetting to stop on the other side of the valley and look back at what you have achieved.
In the evening you may relax in the traditional hot stone bath also have a cultural Programs. The Cultural programs will be of one hour show educating the people about the four directions of Bhutanese life.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Zoid Jin Tours & Treks (your local Bhutan travel agent) will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations.
*** Remember the Itineraries can be change depending upon the interest of our tourist visiting Bhutan through Zoid Jin Tours.
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For the Month of March, April, May, September, October and November
|Tour Cost for 1 person||$2,520 ( USD two thousand five hundred and twenty only)||Includes single person surcharge of $40 per night|
|Tour Cost for 2 people||$2,190 (USD two thousand one hundred and ninety only)||Includes two people surcharges of $30 per night|
|Tour Cost for 3 people & above||$1,930 (USD one thousand nine hundred and thirty only )||No surcharges is applicable for 3 people and above.|
For the Month of June, July, August, December, January and February
|Tour Cost for 1 person||$2,120 ( USD two thousand one hundred and twenty only)||Includes single person surcharge of $40 per night|
|Tour Cost for 2 people||$1,830 (USD one thousand eight hundred and thirty only)||Includes two people surcharges of $30 per night|
|Tour Cost for 3 people & above||$1,570 (USD one thousand five hundred and seventy only )||No surcharges is applicable for 3 people and above.|
The above Bhutan tour cost includes:
- Bhutan Government Royalty of US$65 per night per person
- Twin sharing hotel Rooms at 3 star hotels
- All Meals at 3 star hotels
- English speaking tour guides
- All transportation's within Bhutan
- All entrance fees to museums and monuments
- All internal taxes and charges
- Fresh drinking Mineral water
- Extra Guide's while Hiking
The above Bhutan tour cost doesn’t includes:
- Visa fee US $40 each
- Airfares (optional)
- Travel insurance (recommended but not available in Bhutan)
- Other personal expenses, calls overseas and other more
- Guide and driver tipping's