Pegasus Travel Management

7D6N Explore Thimphu

The Bhutan Kingdom’s capital city is home to approximately 100,000 inhabitants including the Royal family. This bustling little city is the main centre of commerce, religion and government in the country. The juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity make Thimphu the ideal location for visitors to break away from their tour itinerary to immerse themselves in the contemporary Bhutanese lifestyle.

Day 1: Singapore to Paro to Thimphu

Upon arrival in Paro Airport, our local representative will receive you with arrival signage under your name.  Drive towards the capital city Thimphu and check into the hotel refreshment and lunch.  Visit the weekend market and meet the local village people selling their wares. After that, drive to the Zoo to see the national Animal Takin. Drive past the dzong and see the dzong light up beautifully in the evening.

In the evening you can stroll around the newly opened craft market to see authentic crafts from all of Bhutan just beside Taj Tashi Hotel.

Overnight stay at Taj Tashi

Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing

After breakfast your guide will take you for a sightseeing tour of Thimphu. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan, and also the name of the valley and Dzongkhag or district.

Today’s sightseeing will cover: 

  • Memorial Chorten: The memorial chorten is one of the most visible landmarks of Thimphu, built in 1974 to honour the memory of third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk
  • Zilukha Nunnery: Drubthob Goemba monastery also called Zilukha nunnery is located on the slopes, looking down at Golf course and Tashicho Dzong with around 70 or so resident nuns.
  • Form here drive to Folk Heritage museum. Also your lunch will be served at the folk heritage restaurant to taste authentic Bhutanese cuisine. After lunch agenda will be as below.
  • Takin Sanctuary: Short distance off the road to the telecom tower, a trail leads into a large fenced area that was originally established as a mini-zoo.
  • Paper Factory: Traditional papers were made from the daphne plant, using simple methods. Like rice papers, these papers are said to last longer. Overnight at Thimphu Taj Tashi.

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha 

After Breakfast, start driving for 3hrs / 77 km, through a forest of pine and hemlock, festooned with hanging lichens high up Dochula pass. At an altitude of 10142ft,  this pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan  mountain ranges, as we descend along a series of  curve road to the fertile valley of Punakha at an altitude of 4430ft.

Before proceeding further to Punakha town, we will take a short 45 minutes walk to Chimi Lakhang Temple on a small hill top. This temple is dedicated to the great yogi in 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenly or popularly known as “Divine Madman”

Overnight stay at Punakha Uma

Day 4:  Punakha

Visit Punakha Dzong, or the “Palace of Great Happiness”, situated between the Pho Chu and Mo Chu (male & female) rivers.

After dzong, make a scenic hike to the regal khamsum yulley namgel chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. The chorten dominates the upper Punakha valley with commanding views across the Mo Chu and up towards the mountainous peaks of gasa and beyond .

Overnight at Punakha Uma

*Optional – if you are not upto the hike than your guide will take you to wangdu to stroll around the newly built town

Day 5:  Punakha to Paro 

Morning visit to the Punakha Dzong built in the 1600s, between two rivers mo chu (female  river) and Pho Chu (male river). After dzong visit, drive towards Paro and stop for lunch at douchula, and enjoy the majestic view of the mountain. Check into the hotel at Paro. Visit dzong and paro museum.

Overnight stay at Paro Uma.

Day 6: Day Excursion to Taksang (Tiger’s Nest)

Get ready for a hike up the mountains to visit “Tiger’s Nest”, an iconic temple considered to be the most sacred. Enjoy a thrilling 1 hour mountain path by pony and another hour of hiking to reach the most famous and beautiful monastery in Bhutan. Taksang means “Tiger Nest” , and it is named as such because Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to the site on the back of a flying tiger late in the 7th century. Between blue pines and a blue sky, the monastery perches miraculously on a cliff nearly 2,700feet above Paro’s valley floor at an altitude of 2280m.

 Overnight at Paro Uma.

Day 7: Paro to Singapore

Hotel pick up to the airport for your flight back to Singapore. We hope you’ll carry this gentle kingdom in your heart: May it brings peace to you and others. Have a safe journey home.

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