|Max. Altitude:||3,116m/10,223ft (Dochula Pass)|
|Group Size:||2 -12|
The Glimpse of Bhutan tour visits the main valleys of western Bhutan, travelling over mountain passes that offer breathtaking views. We explore the towns on foot and also enjoy some gentle village walks. The towns of Bhutan are dominated by enormous monastery-fortresses, or dzongs, that still stand after earthquake and war and are in use today. The architecture is unlike anything else found in the Himalaya – houses are painted with magic symbols to keep out evil spirits, national dress is commonly worn and the “Dragon” sect of Buddhism thrives. Bhutan is also renowned for producing the highest quality fabrics in the Himalaya. We explore all aspects of Bhutanese culture on this captivating tour.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Paro and transfer to Thimpu. Sightseeing tour of the Memorial Chorten (temple), Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley and the sanctuary for national animal, Takins. In the evening, visit the fortress, Tashichho Dzong.|
|Day 2:||Visit the School of Arts and Crafts, Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library. After lunch drive to Punakha over Dochula pass, at 3150m. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the highest mountains of Bhutan before continuing the drive to the warm val|
|Day 3:||Morning drive to visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), a fine example of Bhutanese arts and architecture, and the Souvenir Making Center for girls supported by Youth Development Fund. The afternoon is free to relax or to hike to the temple of Khamsum Yuley Lakh|
|Day 4:||Enjoy a picturesque drive to the isolated valley of Phobjikha where endangered Black Necked Cranes migrate every winter. On arrival, visit Gangtey Monastery, the largest in western Bhutan. Phobjikha valley is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers.|
|Day 5:||Drive back to Paro. After lunch, visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Continue further to stroll around old Paro town and visit some local handicrafts stores for souvenirs.|
|Day 6:||Hike to the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest) built in the 16th century. After lunch, hike back down to Kyichu Temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.|
|Day 7:||Transfer to airport for journey back home.|
If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.