This Druk Yul is a short trip starts with a splendid view of the pristine beauty of the ancient kingdom of Bhutan. Your journey takes you to traditional villages, through stunning woodlands, past imposing fortresses, serene monasteries and bustling markets into the heartland of the Drukpa people in this beautiful and exclusive traveler’s paradise in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. During your journey you'll have best opportunity to the spectacular mountain scenery, remote and dramatic monasteries and pristine Himalayan culture are included all of the opportunity to visit this area as well as best opportunity to visit some highlights of world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley.
Trip Name: Journey to Druk - Yul
Trip Duration: 9 days
Trip Route: 5 day Bhutan, Thimpu, Paro, Wangdiphodrang tour with sightseeing and 4 night\'s accommodation in kathmandu with city sightseeing
Trip Grade: 3
Transportation: Private vehicle & flight
Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Per Day Walk: Approx. 4 - 6
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trip preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft)
Day 04: Explore the Paro valley and drive to Thimpu (2300m/7,544ft)
Day 05: Thimpu to Wangdiphodrang (1300m/4,264ft)
Day 06: Wangdiphodrang to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft)
Day 07: Paro to Kathmandu
Day 08: free day in kathmandu relax and shopping.
Day 09: Trip ends /Transfer to Airport for departure.
There are weather, local politics, transport or many other factors that are beyond our control and those can our control can make our itinerary changed so, we will provide you best alternative on those situation and if you will have to return from the tour cause of high altitude sickness or any other reasons. You have to pay for all extra expenses like transport, group visa splitting charge, accommodation charge and medical expenses that occur while returning from the tour and there will not any refund or adjustment from us!
It is possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari. The itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday.
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Tour briefing & O/N at hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in kathmandu & welcome Nepali dinner O/N at hotel
sightseeing tour in the historic kathmandu Durbar Square, Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which are listed as the World Heritage Sites. Tour preparation.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Paro
you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft) that offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range of Nepal including the Mt. Everest. On arrival, our Druk Yul representative will pick you up and transfer to the hotel for a short rest and lunch. Later the day, you will explore around the Paro valley, visit one of the strategic but ruined fortress of Drugyul Dzong. From here, on a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. You will continue through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong which is now the National Museum of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 04 : Paro to Thimphu
After breakfast you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Druk Yul most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. Then drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 05: Thimphu to Wangduephodrang
you will explore the major sites of Thimphu on a relaxed guided tour. Highlights include the memorial Chorten built in memory of the late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, commanding 15th century Changangkha Temple, the traditional indigenous hospital, the National Library with its treasure troves of manuscripts and ancient texts and the traditional painting school where education is free for students to learn the ancient skills of traditional painting. Later on, you will drive through beautiful countryside to Wangduephodrang across the Dochula Pass, where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Check into the hotel on arrival. Overnight at hotel in Wangduephodrang.
Day 06 : Wangduephodrang to Paro
After breakfast, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. On the way back, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lamaâ€™s wooden phallus! Continue drive to Paro via Dochu La Pass. Here, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Stop in Thimphu for lunch. Later in the evening, you can drive to Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 07: Paro to Kathmandu
you will be back to Kathmandu from Druk Yul. This morning we will transfer you to the Paro airport to catch your short but very scenic flight to reach Kathmandu that goes again above the massive Himalayan range such as Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim Gang and Jichu Drake. On arrival at Kathmandu, we will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. Remaining time you can just rest and relax at the hotel or can explore surrounding areas in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 08 : Leisure at Kathmandu
After a wonderful visit to Druk Yul, today is a free day at Kathmandu to relax at the hotel and watch and observe Nepalese lifestyle or if interested you may extend your trip as additional sightseeing or one hour Himalayan flight on request. Today, you can do your last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)
Day 09 : Departure from Kathmandu or extend your trip
If departing, you will be transferred to the international airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination or if you have other trips to extend, you can simply go ahead with your program.