Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights
Location: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey Trongsa, Bumthang
Congratulations! Now you have tied the knot. We welcomes all the newlyweds who haven’t gone for their honeymoon yet to Bhutan for their honeymoon holiday. Let us assist you for your perfect honeymoon to relax, have fun and enhance romance in this peaceful country (also known as the ‘Gross National Happiness’ country). Bhutan is a tiny country which prides itself for endless paradises: a trekker’s paradise, an environmentalist’s paradise, a birdwatcher’s or an orthinologist’s paradise, a paradise for flora and fauna with its rich biological diversity and over 72% forest cover. In short, the last Shangri-La in the world, where a journey few travellers ever experience and is today one of the most sought after travel destinations. You will be amazed by many of the great sights of Bhutan: great Himalayas, fabulous places, holy monasteries, sacred temples, unspoilt culture, simple traditional lifestyle, deeply Buddhist religion, the charming, welcoming and friendliness of the people – so you’ve come to the right place to immerse yourself a tranquil honeymoon of your life’s most important holiday. Your visit to Bhutan would be considered incomplete without a trip to the famous Chimmi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple) especially for honeymooners. Our English-speaking guide will unfold a whole humour to you as you get on nearer to the fertility temple!
Day 1: Arrive Paro
On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan for two nights in Paro. We will drive a distance of 65-km for about one hour journey to Thimphu at an altitude of 2,300m. The rest of the day is free to explore this fantastic town and all of the fun attractions, sightseeing and shopping.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Today we explore a fascinating full day tour to see the best of Thimphu city at an altitude of 2,300 m. First stop is at the National Memorial Chorten, built in memory of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Next, visit the 13th century Changgangkha Temple and the Folk Heritage Museum, a showcase of the Bhutanese artefacts used in rural households. Later, drive up to the Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point) offering a panoramic view of the Thimphu valley. After lunch, visit the Mini Zoo for Takin (national animal of Bhutan) and continue to the Centenary Farmer’s Market on the banks of the Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and crafts, etc. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu – Trongsa via Wangdue Phodrang
Today begin the day by travelling a distance of 199-km for about 7- 8 hours to Trongsa at an altitude of 2,200m. En route stop off at Dochu La Pass at an altitude of 3,088m, which is 16-km from Thimphu. The hilltop’s main attraction is the Druk Wangyal Chortens (108 stupas), prayer flags and mild snowfall in winter. On a clear day, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the snow capped eastern Himalayas and also a magnificent distant view of the Gasa Dzong from this spot. Continue into Wangdue Phodrang, where you will see the ruined site of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong by fire in late June 2012, which is perched on a ridge overlooking the Punatshangchhu and Dangchhu Rivers. Head to Chunzom, from where the highway ascents passing through Nobding village and Pele La Pass at an altitude of 3,300 m. This pass is an important dividing range that separates the western from central and eastern Bhutan. En route stop off at Chendebji Chorten (stupa) located just below the road. Spend the night in Trongsa.
Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang
After breakfast, we drive a distance of 68-km for about 2 hours to Bumthang passing through Yotong La Pass at an altitude of 3,300m. You can have early lunch as there are lots of important places to visit: the Jakar Dzong, the Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songsen Gampo of Tibet, the Kurjey Lhakhang, built in 1652 and named after the body imprint of Guru Rinpoche who introduced the Buddhism in Bhutan, the Tamshing Lhakhang, built in 1501 and the most important Nyingma temple in Bhutan. Overnight in Bumthang at an altitude of 2,600m.
Day 5: Bumthang – Gangtey
This morning we will travel a distance of 188-km for about 5-6 hours to Gangtey via Trongsa. Phobjikha valley is one of the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black-necked Cranes, where they come in hundreds after spending their summer in Tibet and then migrates to the Himalayas of Bhutan to spend their winter – they arrive in the months of September and October and fly back to Tibet between February and March. The evening is at leisure to relax and enjoy, we have allowed some time for this and also to explore the delightful surroundings of Gangtey in Phobjikha valley. Overnight in Gangtey.
Day 6: Gangtey – Punakha
After breakfast, visit the picturesque Gangtey Gonpa, the only Nyingma monastery on this side of the Black Mountains. Later, we drive a distance of 65-km for about 3 hours to Wangdue Phodrang first and will photo stops along the highway as there are loads of breathtaking views during the journey. Continue into Punakha for a distance of further 13-km journey at an altitude of 1,800m. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 7: Punakha – Paro
This morning visit the Punakha Dzong, (also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong), which is located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) Rivers. Today the dzong serves as the administrative centre of Punakha Dzongkhag (district) and as well as the winter residence of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body led by His Holiness the Je Khenpo (Chief of Abbot). Punakha, at an altitude of 1,300m, was once the old capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955. No visit to Bhutan would be considered as complete without a trip to the famous Chimi Lhakhang (temple) esp. for honeymooners. The temple is located near Lobesa on a round hillock and is popularly known as the “fertility symbol” built by Lama Drukpa Kinley, the “Divine Madman” who was fond of women and adopted unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism. He is also the saint, who advocated the use of phallus symbols as paintings on walls and as flying carved wooden phalluses on house tops at four corners of the eves. Legend has it that the couples wishing to have a baby from across Bhutan and occasionally from overseas are blessed with a child after visiting the temple – Japanese and several American couples visited this temple and were blessed miraculously with children. Couples who visit the Lhakhang are blessed by a replication of the iron bow and arrows of Drukpa Kinley, his scriptures and the phallus, which is the symbolic representation of fertility. Then drive to Paro, which is one of the beautiful valleys in Bhutan and home to the famous Paro Taktshang (also known as Tiger’s Nest), National Museum and Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airlines). Spend the night in Paro.
Day 8: Hike to Paro Taktshang
This morning you’ll take a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). No visit to Bhutan would be complete without a trip to Taktshang. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900m above the Paro valley and takes about a 2-hour climb on a well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish Moss and fluttering prayer flags. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew to Paro Taktshang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in the 8th century. Afterwards, there may also be time to visit the Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower), which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan and then walk down a hillside trail to visit the Paro Dzong (also known as Rinpung Dzong), built in 1644 that today serves as the civil administrative centre and the local monk body of Paro. Your last overnight in Paro.
Day 9: End of Tour
Your tour ends in Bhutan with a departure transfer to the Paro Airport for your onward journey. Our guide from will see you off. Goodbye and Good Luck!