8 Days / 7 Nights - Bhutan Biking Tour III
Day 1: Paro Arrival
After you arrive at Bhutan's international airport, paro situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 meters which gives a introduction to our beautiful kingdom. Our guide will meet you and take you to Hotel or start with sightseeing by visiting paro Ringpung Dzong which is one of the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. Then drive up to visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) built in 1951 to use as a watch tower to defend Ringpung dzong and paro valley during the time of war and converted into national museum in 1967 which is recorded under UNESCO world heritage. Unfortunately original museum was destroyed by the earthquake in September 2011 but one can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artifacts like costumes, religious Thangka paintings, arm weapons, and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps. The museum will reopen by the end of 2016. After visiting Ta dzong you can ride on bicycle down to visit Dungtse lhakhang one of the old unique temple built in 15 century by the great iron builder Drobthop Thangthong Gyalpo. And continue cycling farther to the north of paro valley for 35 minutes till the end of peace road with view of villages and beautiful paachu river flow from the right and before you reach to the small market area you will have a charming view of second highest Himalaya of Bhutan mountain Jomolhari (7456 meters mountain of god) in fine weather again continue a ride to Drukgyal village and if there is a time you can visit Drukgyal Dzong(victory fortress)which was built in 1644 to celebrate the victory over Tibetan invaders and destroyed by the fire in 1951.Then ride back to your hotel.
Night stay in Paro
Day 2: Paro to Thimphu
Today after breakfast in the morning we will start our leisurely ride to Thimphu capital city of Bhutan for 2 and half hour with beautiful views of Paachu, Wangchu river and villages after you reach to Thimphu you can visit beautiful Memorial Chortenbuilt in 1974 by her majesty y Azhi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuk. Kunesel Phodrang popularly known as Bhuddha point where you will see 169 feet big seating Buddha which one of the largest Buddha statue in the world as well to see the bird's eye view of Thimphu city. Then will vist Changangkha Temple which was built in 12 century, Inside the temple one can see the original old wall paintings and the unique statue of god of compassion in the form of 11 faces in seating poster and hundreds of religious of scriptures written in gold. Followed by Takin reservation centre to see our Bhutan's unique national animal Takin. To see the art work of zorigchusum(13 traditional arts and crafts) we can visit Painting School
Night stay in Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu halt
Drive to the north of Thimphu for 15 minutes at view point of Kabesa village from where you can start your great ride with the beautiful nature and villages alongside the Wangchu river further to the north for the Tango or Chari hike; one hour leisurely walk to Tango monastery founded by lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa in the 12th century and the present structure was built in 15th century by lama Drukpa Kuenley. Monastery today is use for Buddhist university of Bhutan. And back from the monastery another an hour walk to Chari monastery. The trail starts from a quaint bridge that spans the Thimphu chu, and then climbs to the monastery built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620 which one of the first Buddhist Monastery in Bhutan. A silver chorten inside the monastery holds the ashes of Zhabdrung's father. After lunch will be visiting Textile Weaving Center at changzamtok were one can see traditional weaving style of fabric. An optional visit of Tashichoe dzong or oldest fortress Simtokha Dzong which was built in 1629. Disscus with your guide and tell your interest.
Night stay in Thimphu
Day 4: Thimphu to Phobjekha
Drive to Phobjikha valley. Drive for 40 minutes to reach Dochula pass at 3100 meters ,there you can stop for the paronomic view of eastern Himalayas in fine weather, from the pass you can ride down or drive for another 1 and half hour to reach Thinleygang village from here down to punakha for lunch and if wish you can ride from lunch place to khelaykha for two hours and from here you can drive by car to Lawala pass(3360 mts) for one and half hour. From the pass you can have a great ride to charming Phobjekha valley situated at 2700 meters above the sea level . Is a place where 400 number of Black Necked Crane which is a rare species bird in the world visit in winter every year from Tibet in the month of November to end of March. Before you reach to Phobjekha you can visit one and only beautiful Nyingma monastery in western Bhutan Gangtey Sangacholing Monastery which was built in 1613 by Gyalse Pema Thinley grandson of terton Pema Lingpa. And you can still suitable to have a continue ride to your hotel at the valley.
Night stay in Phubjikha
Day 5: Phobjekha to Punakha
After breakfast will drive back to Lawala pass for 30 minutes and from the pass you can ride till Punakha for 3 hours. After lunch take a pleasant walk through terraced fields Chimelhakhang ( temple of fertility)which was built in 15 century by the first cousin brother of divine madman lama Ngawang Chogyal.hike is for an hour. Then you will have a wonderful ride to the north with the charming view of punatsangchu river and villages to visit Punakha Dzong(palace of great happiness) which one of the beautiful dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1636, it stands beautifully at the confluence of two rivers,mo chu and pho chu. Then if there is a time continue your ride further to the north for around a hour and ride back to your hotel.
Night stay in Punakha
Day 6: Punakha to Paro
Drive back to Dochula pass for 2 hours and from the pass you can ride back to paro for 3 hours. After that you can visit one of the oldest temple in Bhutan Kyichu lhakhang built in 7th century and ride or drive back to Hotel.
Night stay in Paro
Day 7: Hike to Taktshang(Tigers Nest)
Today take a day hike to the sacred Taktsang Goenpa (tiger nest monastery) which was built on the rock face at 900 meters above the valley floor. The history says guru Rinphoche during his second visit to Bhutan in 8th century have flew to the place riding on a tigress to subdue demon Singye Samdrup and meditated here for three months. Later temporary ruler of Bhutan GyalsheTenzin Rabgay has built monastery in 16 century. It one of the most highlighted holy site of the tourist as well it is a place where Bhutanese people believe they must visit once in their life time. After hike from Taktsang you can visit farm house where you can experience a traditional living style of Bhutan and if you wish you can try a traditional hot stone bath and also dinner at Farm House.
Night stay in paro
Day 8: Drive to Paro Airport and departure
Depending on your flight departure time early in the morning your guide will take you to airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you good journey and Tashidelek(goodbye/good luck).