Explore Bhutan & Photography Tour 7 Days
The Village visit brings an opportunity to learn and experience the true culture, the living style of Bhutanese people in a Bhutanese way, why & how the Bhutanese people are ‘happy’. Known for its un-touched ancient culture and tradition, Bhutan still has its past in its present, where almost all the countries in the world have lost. You will have a greater experience in your lifetime and you will rightly say that Bhutan is the right place to see the past lives of this world.
Pinda Bhutan Travels can organize a personalized stay with a Bhutanese family in a traditional Bhutanese Farm houses to have truly authentic experiences in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
The following are some of the main activities that we can experience during our visit to farmhouses in each region.
In Haa: Hoentoe (Buckwheat Dumplings) it is a special dish and associated with celebration and good fortune. It is made only by Haaps. So we can try with family how to make this and also taste its real delicacies.
- We will try to cook the Bhutanese food in the Bhutanese Kitchen. Prepare the world’s most spicy dish ‘ema datshi’, here in Bhutan. We will also try to cook other Bhutanese dishes like ‘Pasha pa’ (pork slice meat) and so on.
- We can also work in the field with the Bhutanese framers.
- Hot -stone bath- hot stone bath (Dhotsho) is a traditional bath of Bhutan. We Bhutanese believe that this bath has so much of medicinal benefits.
- We will see how our Bhutanese alcohol (Ara) is made.
- We can see the milking of the cows. We can try to milk also.
- We can also see how the butter and cheese are made in the village in Bhutanese way.
- In the entire village, the Bhutanese alcohol is served.
Happiness Hike in Bhutan
Tango and Cheri monastery
Distance: 1 hour approximately for each.
Altitudes: 2800 meters
Elevation Gain: 400 meters
Difficulty Level: Medium
First Buddhist Monastic School built in 1627 by Zhabdrung in Cheri, which to these days has become Meditation Centre and for higher-level Buddhist studies. The Monastery buildings are old and still contains many sacred relics from the past. Definitely, visit this place is more purifying and refreshing. From the road head at Dodayna it will take about 1 to 1/2 minutes hike to reach Cheri Monastery. The trail leaves Dodayna bride and gently goes up through woods of blue pine, Oak trees and with lots of Rhododendron undergrowth.
After coming back to Dodayna Bridge from Cheri yet you still have Tango hike which is even more satisfying and spiritual. The hike to Tango can take about another 1 hour and goes gently uphill through alpine woods.
Tango is the highest level of Buddhist studies in Bhutan. The qualification after you finish Tango is equivalent to Masters Degree in Academy studies. Tango is also the seat of our renowned Buddhist Master known as Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. The young reincarnation of the master still resides at Tango. We also have many other young reincarnated masters studying there.
The road head at Dodayna is about 30 minutes drive from Thimphu city and overnight in Thimphu
Distance: 2 hours approximately for each.
Altitudes: 3600 meters
Elevation Gain: 550 meters
Difficulty Level: Medium
This is one of the most rejuvenating and picturesque hikes in the Thimphu region. It can be done as a loop starting from Dochula and finishing at Hongtsho village with Lungchotse gomba and Tashigang Goemba visit. At Lungchotse one can enjoy a 360° view of the Himalayan mountain range. You will start your hike from the large chorten in the middle of Dochula, the pass between Thimphu and Punakha at 3140 meters (10300 feet) above sea level. From here the trail slowly climbs a ridge through a forest of hemlock, birch, and rhododendrons until reaching an open meadow. Again, you will enter into the forest of moss-covered rhododendrons, gigantic hemlocks, junipers, and bamboo undergrowth. A small trail leads you the last 50 meters past a row of fluttering prayer flags up to Lungchotse temple.
On clear days, the view from the temple is fantastic! You will have a 360° view of the Himalayas including views of Jomolhari (7314 m / 24000 f), Masang Gang in the region of Laya (7158 m / 23500 f), Zongophu Gang – a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana (7060 m / 23160 f) and Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan and the highest unclimbed peak in the world (7497 m / 24600 f). You can also see Gasa Dzong, as a tiny white speck in a sea of green almost 50 kilometers to the north. A trail to the left just 150 meters below Lungchotse, leads to Tashigang village and temple. It slowly descends through spruce, rhododendron, hemlock and juniper forest. The village’s many dogs will warn the villagers about your arrival as you walk through the settlement down to the temple. It is nice to have lunch around the chorten in the temple’s courtyard while watching the monks in their daily endeavors. The trail leading down from the front of the temple zigzags quite steeply down the side of the mountain until reaching a farm road, which takes you up to the main road. Unless you have had enough hiking for one day, you might also want to visit Hongtsho village temple on the hillside to the right on the opposite side of the road. This involves a 30 – 60-minute short hike up through the little village and back down again the same way.
Tashigang Goemba was built in 1786 by the 12th Je Khenpo. It is an important mediation Centre and houses statues of several Je Khenpo who meditated here.
Hongtsho Goemba was built in 1525 by the older brother of Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman. It is a two-story traditional Bhutanese building where the main altar room has an enormous statue of Guru Tshokey Dorji in a standing posture together with a statue of Guru Dorji Drool, Lama Ngawang Chhogyal, and Lama Drukpa Kuenley and return to Thimphu for overnight
Dinner and overnight stay at Farm House in Punakha
Depart Punakha early morning for your transfer westwards to the Paro Valley, once again traversing Dochula, and arriving in Paro town in time for a late lunch. This afternoon enjoys an orientation tour of the major features in Paro town including Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge; Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit; and the old ruined fortress of the Drugyel Dzong (14 km from Paro). This is the historical site of the Fort of Drukpa Victory, from which the Bhutanese used to repel the Tibetan invaders again and again. On a clear day, views of the 7314-meter snow domed peak of sacred Mt Jomolhari can be seen. Over-night: Farmhouse in Paro
Taktsang Monastery (known as Tigers Nest) is one of the most sacred and revered monasteries in the Kingdom and all Bhutanese Buddhists desire to make a pilgrimage visit to Taktsang at least once in their lives. Each step taken towards the monastery gains merit points towards their future.
Choose between a 1.5 to 2hour round trip hike to the monastery viewpoint or a longer 5-hour and more strenuous hike into the Monastery itself. Tiger’s Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at over 1000 meters above the valley floor and where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress to subdue the local demons followed by 3 months meditation in a cave still visible in the monastery. In 1998 the monastery was seriously damaged by fire and has since been painstakingly reconstructed to its original condition and consecrated by the 4th King in 2005. This afternoon checks out the National Museum in Paro to view the fine collection of ancient Thangka paintings, textiles, weapons, other artifacts and we recommend a wander along the main street which offers good shopping for jewelry and handicrafts.
Overnight hotel in Paro
After our breakfast, we will drive to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. Our guide and driver will bid you farewell here at the airport. We wish you a very safe and pleasant flight for your onward destinations
- Sustainable Development Fees
- Bhutan Visa fee
- Accommodations in 3/4/5 star hotel/Resorts on Double Occupancy basics.
- Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea and Snacks(Dinner & Lunch will be served at Tourism board certified restaurent only)
- All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees to the sights visited.
- Local English Speaking Tour Leader/Guide.
- Full time luxury SUV or luxury Coaster Bus.
- All necessary permits and their fees.
- Plenty of drinking mineral water.
- All necessary trekking arrangements (1 tent for 2 guest for trekkers).
- Individual’s special gifts hamper.
- Free Bhutan tourist maps and other information pamphlets.
- Wearing of Bhutanese dress during your stay in Bhutan only if you are interested.
- Visit traditional Bhutanese house and dinner with Bhutanese locals.
- International & Domestic Airfare
- Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended)
- Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
- Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
- Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
- Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
- Travel / Medical Insurance
One of the most unique features of our tours is that all the itineraries are fully customizable. At Pinda Bhutan Travels we don’t do standard tours, you have the power to customize your trips from A to Z, for example, accommodation, transportations, trip length, activities, places of interest, the pace of travel and more.