The Hidden Gems of Bhutan: A Village Exploration Tour
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Product Code : AGORA142
Embark on an adventure to uncover the hidden gems of Bhutan, as you explore the remote villages nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes. On this tour, you will witness the unspoiled beauty of Punakha and Wangdue, visit the Haa Valley, and explore the quaint streets of Paro and Thimphu. Experience the true essence of Bhutanese culture and tradition, as you interact with the locals and learn about their way of life. Come, discover the unexplored treasures of Bhutan on this village exploration tour.
Day 1: Arrive Paro
On arrival at Paro airport assistance and transfer to hotel. Afternoon begin the tour familiarizing with visit to local village, which gives the first glimpse of Bhutanese rural life. We also visit historical Rinphung Dzong, and also stroll around Paro. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Paro – Punakha/Wangdue
Breakfast at hotel drive to Punakha/Wangdue. On the way to Punakha, you will get the first sight of Thimphu, which is an hour drive from Paro.
From Thimphu, continue drive uphill to Dochula pass (3,100m), which provides spectacular panoramic views of the Bhutanese Peak. We spend some time exploring the area, its park and may be even walk for a bit. In the afternoon, visit Ewakha village and take a short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang. Later in the evening, visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of Pho & Mo Chu rivers. Punakha and Wangdue are located at about 1400m in warm sub-tropical valley, alongside Punatsangchu river. Overnight at hotel or stay in a family run Guest House
Day 3: Punakha & Wangdue
Breakfast at hotel. Drive up the hilly road to explore Talo village and Nobgang village, the home of the Queen mothers of Bhutan. We will have an opportunity to visit one or two homes, enjoy a tea with them, see their vegetable and flower garden and learn about their daily living. Then return to the valley and visit Richengang village near Wangdue. Overnight at hotel or stay in a family run Guest House.
Day 4: Punakha – Thimphu
After early breakfast, drive back across Dochula pass, to Thimphu. Rest of the afternoon is for touring the capital, where we visit among others, Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, the great Tashicho Dzong, Colorful Farmer’s Market and Changlimithang ground for opportunity to see an Archery in progress. Overnight at hotel or stay in a family run Guest House.
Day 5: Thimphu – Haa Valley
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, after briefly touring Thimphu, drive through one of the least traffic road, and beautiful landscapes to Haa Valley. Along the way, we will make stops in several villages.
After our arrival in Haa, we will visit Chebri village and drive up the dirt road to Tachu Goempa village. Your accommodation in Hatoey village is in a traditional Farm house converted to a modern lodge.
Tonight, you will be provided traditional hot stone bath, and you try Ara, a local Bhutanese Liquor as a part of this Bhutanese experience. Overnight in lodge.
Day 6: Haa Valley
After breakfast full day in Haa Valley, to explore local villages by walk, visit their homes and meet the families. Today, you will also try some Haap dishes. Overnight in lodge.
Day 7: Haa – Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro. On the way stop at Chele la pass, the highest motor-able road in Bhutan. Just below the pass, visit secluded Kila gompa nunnery, a cluster of cliff-hanging homes for nuns. Upon arrival in Paro, the rest of the afternoon is for visiting local villages in Paro. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Paro – Hike to Takstang
Breakfast at hotel. Our Bhutan Village tour culminates with the hike to famous Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery. Options are available for hiring riding pony/mules till the view-point. Upon return, freshen up at the hotel and visit the town area, for a final stroll and a farewell dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 9: Departure
Breakfast at hotel. As per your flight schedule transfer to airport for your departure flight.
- All airport transfers
- Accommodation in 3-star or 4-star hotels or resorts on twin sharing basis
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Private transportation throughout the tour
- English-speaking guide
- Bhutan visa fees and all necessary permits
- Entrance fees to museums, monuments and other attractions
- Bottled water during the tour
- International flights to/from Bhutan
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, shopping, etc.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips for guide and driver (tipping is not mandatory, but is usually given if the service is satisfactory)