Bhutan Odyssey trip covers Thimpu-the capital city of Bhutan, Paro, Punakha-the old capital of Bhutan, Wangdiphrodang, and Phubjika. Phubjika is the winter home of the rare black-necked cranes that fly over from Tibet. Phubjika has one of the only two Ngimgma monasteries of Bhutan.
Buddhism is practiced throughout the country and the majority of the Bhutanese are Buddhist. Hinduism is practiced particularly in Southern Bhutan among the Bhutanese of Nepali origin. As practiced by the Southern Bhutanese, Hindu religion has many common saints and divinities with Vajrayana Buddhism, the school of religion prevalent in Bhutan. The main protective deity of the country, Yeshey Gonpo or Mahakala, is a Tantric Buddhist form of Hindu God Shiva and often appears in the form of a raven. Prior to the advent of Buddhism, various forms of animistic religions including Bon were followed in Bhutan. In some parts of the country, these traditions and rituals are still practiced by minority groups.
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