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Shangrila Highlight Tour

Shangrila Highlight Tour

This 7 nights/8 days trip gives you an extraordinary experience of life in Bhutan from the cities and towns to rural life, nature and stunning landscape and, of course, the monastic life of this Buddhist Kingdom where Gross National Happiness is a higher priority than Gross National Product. The trip starts in Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, where we visit the Tashichbo Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and the Preserve Center where we can see Bhutan’s national animal: the takin. Two full days will be spent in picturesque Paro, visiting Paro Dzong and the National Museum. We hike up to Taktshang Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery and one of its most venerated religious sites. It clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 metres into the valley below. We drive to Punakha to visit the most beautiful Dzong of the country, built in 1637 and situated between two rivers. And we visit Phobjikha valley, famous for the rare and endangered black-necked cranes during winter.

Tour Package Overview


This 7 nights/8 days trip gives you an extraordinary experience of life in Bhutan from the cities and towns to rural life, nature and stunning landscape and, of course, the monastic life of this Buddhist Kingdom where Gross National Happiness is a higher priority than Gross National Product. The trip starts in Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, where we visit the Tashichbo Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and the Preserve Center where we can see Bhutan’s national animal: the takin. Two full days will be spent in picturesque Paro, visiting Paro Dzong and the National Museum. We hike up to Taktshang Monastery, Bhutan’s most famous monastery and one of its most venerated religious sites. It clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 metres into the valley below. We drive to Punakha to visit the most beautiful Dzong of the country, built in 1637 and situated between two rivers. And we visit Phobjikha valley, famous for the rare and endangered black-necked cranes during winter.

Trip Duration : 8 days Max. Altitude : 3130m. Activity : Cultural tour Group Size : Any size starting from 1 person Accommodation : Hotels Trek Seasons : September - May

Kathmandu to Paro travel to Thimpu

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Thimphu sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our 3rd King, late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (The Father of Modern Bhutan), Tallest Statue of Buddha, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Preserve center, Sangaygang view point, and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. After lunch, visit the Jungshi Paper Factory. The Jungshi paper factory continues to preserve and promote this age-old Bhutanese tradition. Witness the archery match at Changlimithang ground. Visit to weekend market. Located below the main town, near the Wangchhu River, Thimphu’s weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. Farmers come from all over the country to sell their farm products in the market. With its wide assortment of fresh, organic produce, the Farmer’s Market has become a favourite spot for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life. In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Pedling. (2) Meet with FGGS alumni


Thimphu - Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hrs drive):

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After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. We stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. Drive further to Punakha. On the way, visit Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Popularly known as “The Divine Madman”, in the year 1499. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt” and built the temple on top of a hillock. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. - Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455 – 1529) was one of the Bhutan’s Favourite Saints who was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung Monastery and was a contemporary and a disciple of Pema Lingpa. He Travelled throughout Bhutan and Tibet as a “Neljorpa” (Yogi) using songs, humour and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings of Salvation through sex. Walk the Punakha Suspension bridge. One of the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan, spanning 148 m and perched high above the very swift river of Po Chhu. Draped with prayer flags, the bridge connects the town of Punakha and the Punakha Dzong, mainly used by locals from the other side of the town as a shortcut to Punakha Dzong. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. In the evening, hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Standing regally on the hill above the Punakha valley, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is a classic example of gorgeous traditions and architecture of Asian country. This chorten, however, is unique. It is not designed for community worship or for monastic retreat or education like other Buddhist Institute and Colleges. It is designed as a magical tool. It was built by the Queen Mother for heading off the negative forces and transportation peace and harmony for all the living beings. The thing that sets this Chorten apart is that it was designed on the principals delineate within the Holy Scriptures instead of trendy engineering manuals. The golden spire and labyrinthine wall patterns square measure fine example of art and traditions of Asian country. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Lobesa. (3)


Punakha – Limukha

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After passing the spectacular Punakha Dzong you cross the footbridge over the Pho Chhu and walk up to Shengana. The bridge to cross is the longest bridge in Bhutan. Climbing gradually through the forest you reach Limukha. Make sure you are carrying enough water as you won’t find any on the way to Limukha. Dinner and overnight in Farm house. (Distance 12km, four hours, 880m ascent, altitude 1,980m)


Chhungsakha – Samtengang (Trek day 3):

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You walk downhill till you cross Pe Chhu. Climbing again you will pass the village of Sha on your way to Samtengang. Near the school in Samtengang you will see a small lake. (Distance 13km, five hours, 650m ascent, 270m descent, altitude 1,830m) Travel to Paro after finishing trek.


Paro sightseeing (Altitude 2280 meters) Excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest

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After early breakfast, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay; this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort.



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Shangrila Highlight Tour
Trip Duration : 8 days Max. Altitude : 3130m. Activity : Cultural tour Group Size : Any size starting from 1 person Accommodation : Hotels Trek Seasons : September - May
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