Bhutan Odyssey Trip
Bhutan Odyssey trip covers Thimpu which is the capital city of Bhutan, as well as Paro, Punakha, which was Bhutan’s former capital, Wangdiphrodang, and Phubjika. Rare black-necked cranes spend the winter in Phubjika, which is why they migrate there from Tibet in the first place. There are just two Ngimgma monasteries in all Bhutan; one of them is located in Phubjika.
The majority of people in Bhutan follow to the Buddhist faith and the religion is practiced widely throughout the country. Particularly prevalent in Southern Bhutan among Bhutanese people of Nepali ancestry is the religious practice of Hinduism. The Vajrayana school of Buddhism is the predominant form of spirituality in Bhutan. It shares numerous saints and divinities with the Hindu faith as practiced in the southern region of the country. Yeshey Gonpo also knows as Mahakala, is a form of the Hindu god Shiva that seems in the Tantric Buddhist religion. This deity frequently takes the appearance of a raven. In the time before the arrival of Buddhism in Bhutan, people practiced a number of different animistic religions, including Bon. These customs and rites carry out still by members of underrepresented communities in certain regions of the country.
Note: B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner
Meet our representative at the airport and drive to Thimpu
Morning visit to: colorful vegetable market; the Memorial Chorten and the National Library. After lunch visit the Handmade Paper Factory & the School of Thangka Painting; stroll about town.
Early morning scenic drive on the mountain route towards the former capital of Bhutan passing through the Dochula pass (alt. 10,000 feet); stunning scenery of Himalayan ranges. Descend to Punakha & tour the town. After picnic lunch by the Wangdi River continue to Wangdiphodrang Dzong, the most picturesque in Bhutan.
Excursion to serene Gangtey valley, home of the rare black-necked cranes that fly over Tibet in the winter; visit the Gangtey monastery
Retrace the way via the Simtokha Dzong the oldest one in Bhutan, after lunch visit hospital for Traditional Medicine; National Library. Continue to Paro. O/n in hotel.
In the morning visit the fortified tower Ta Dzong, now a natural history museum- one of finest in Asia, the impressive Drukgyel Dzong ruins (monastery fortress) and Kyichu Temple of 7th century, o/n in a hotel.
Today you will hike up o Takstang monastery situated in a cliff overlooking the valley. This is the highlight of your trip