7 Days Bhutan Tour with Haa Valley

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  • Punakha Valley

    Punakha Valley
    Clear Blue Skies complimenting the beauty of Punakha valley

  • Punakha Dzong

    Punakha Dzong
    The ancient capital of Bhutan is also often considered the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. First King of Bhutan was coronate in this Dzong.

  • Tiger's Nest

    Tiger's Nest

  • Dordenma Buddha

    Dordenma Buddha

The tour includes a visit to the Bhutanese capital - Thimphu, the old capital - Punakha, a day at the green valley of Haa, and finally, Paro - home of the international airport. The tour extends to the Haa valley which, until 2002, was closed to the outside world. Less than 10% of visitors to Bhutan make it to this picturesque valley. The strong-boned and resilient people of Haa inhabit the high valleys above 3000m. Typically yak herders and farmers, they cultivate high altitude crops such as wheat, potatoes, barley and millet.

 

The drive from Paro to Haa passes through Chele La, the highest motorable road in Bhutan so be prepared for spectacular views. Schedule your trip during the annual Haa Summer festival to see the weaving and making of yak hair tents from scratch! Get to see a variety of yak products on display, learn about the process of yak shearing and wool making, experience the culinary traditions of Haa as you see how they transform yak dairy into delicious traditional meals. Expect to stumble on beautiful, one-of-a-kind bargains as the people of Haa are known for their skills in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.  

 

Day 1

     Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and lets have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine. After which, you will visit the National Memorial Chorten which is built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Thimphu Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan. Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the Weekend Centenary Farmers’ Market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products. Thereafter, we will drive up to Kuenselphodrang Nature Park where the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha is located. It one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world. You can enjoy the night walking around Thimphu Town after dinner.

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Day 2

     Thimphu

Elevation 1,300 m     Weather in Thimphu

Situated at an altitude of 2400m, Thimphu is the centre of government, religion and commerce. The capital has an interesting combination of tradition and modernity, and includes some of the most advanced and remotest parts of the kingdom. It is home to the Kings and the Royal family members, civil servants, expatriates, politicians, business persons and monks. Enjoy this cultural mix based on livelihood. Of culture we will take you through temples, dzongs, chortens, museums, handicraft stores, nunneries, parks and many more. Allow yourself to meet both traditional and contemporary artist.

We begin our trip with walk to Cheri Gompa (2850m), was first built in 1620 by Zhabdrung and it was here that the central monastic body (Dratsang) was first established. Many of the important priests of Drukpa Kagyu lineage passed periods here, and so it is an important pilgrim site for Bhutanese. Weaving is considered the national art of Bhutan, so at The National Textile Museum, you will learn all about the brightly colored and beautifully designed fabrics that are worn by the Bhutanese people. Thanks in part to our Queen Jetsun Pema, the fabrics of Bhutan are widely considered high fashion around the world. Due to the importance of this living art form, the Royal Government of Bhutan works to preserve and promote these traditional weaving methods.

Drive above Thimphu city, pass Mothitang area and drop by the Takin Reserve century to see our national animal called ‘Drong Gemtse’, an animal supposed to have the body of a cow and head of a goat, believed to have been created by Buddhist Master popularly known as Divine Mad Man. The peace road finishes at Sangay Gang where we have the BBS tower and many prayer flags fluttering. The trail leads up through many hanging prayer flags making the place beautiful and if you look back you will find good view of Thimphu city. At first the trail seems to head up into the mountain towards Phajoding. But after 10 minutes of abrupt climbing you will take the side footpath to right and the trail gets gentler and easier. You will find apple orchard and few farm houses above the trail. From here the trail drops down gently through oak, blue pine and rhododendron until you will reach Wangtse monastery. The view of Tashicho Dzong, Thimphu city, and Buddha statue is stunning from here.

The trail from here switches back towards Sangay Gang following a bicycle trail.

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Day 3

     Thimphu to Punakha

Elevation 1300 m     Weather in Punakha

We will set off early from Thimphu after breakfast, perhaps with a visit to the weekend market first. Then proceed to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan, about 2.5 hours drive from Thimphu across Dochu-la pass. Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley and meander along a gently flowing aquamarine river that leads you to the Punakha Dzong, the second dzong to be built in Bhutan.

On your way to Punakha, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. If in good weather, take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya. You can also do a Dochula Natural trail hike(1.5 hours). Upon arrival in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, the beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, serving as the religious and administrative center of Bhutan until the mid 1950s.

Head for a suspension bridge and start hiking up toKhamsum Yuelley Chorten, passing by nice rice terraces and pine forests en route. When reaching the stupa atop, take in the superb views. Later drive to Lobyesa and continue another 20 minutes' hiking to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and now a sacred place where women pray for children.

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Day 4

     Punakha to Paro

Elevation 2,250 m     Weather in Paro

The beautiful valley of Paro is home to many of Bhutan's old monasteries and temples. The country's only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley.

Paro Valley - The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro. Paro Dzong also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag. A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate.Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

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Day 5

     Paro to Haa to Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Drive to Haa through Chele La (3,988 m). From the pass, you can see Paro valley on one side and then Haa valley on the other. You can also have a picnic at Chele La if you like to. In Haa, some sightseeing and then going to katsho village and visiting the Katso Lhakhang. The valley of Haa was only opened to Tourist in 2002 and Haa is the least visited valley in Bhutan due to the lack of Tourist infrastructure. This has helped in keeping Haa the way it has always been, with Bhutanese families living their traditional and simple life. There are no tourist standard hotels in Haa valley, so we return to Paro for the night.

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Day 6

     Paro

Elevation 2,250 m     Weather in Paro

Are you ready? We will be making the hike up to one of the key highlights in Bhutan today! Tiger's Nest aka Taktsang Monastery. A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of Taktsang MonasteryPrayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

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Day 7

     Depart from Paro

Elevation 2,280 m     Weather in Paro

Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to Singapore. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!

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Suitable Months
  • Whole year round
  • High Season: March-May and September-November
  • Low Season: December-February and June-August
Prices
  • For Travel during the months of: Dec-Feb and Jun-Aug
  • USD 1,480 for 1 person traveler
  • USD 1,420 per person for 2 person travelers
  • USD 1,240 per person for group with 3 or more


  • For Travel during the months of: Mar-May and Sep-Nov
  • USD 1,780 for 1 person traveler
  • USD 1,720 per person for 2 person travelers
  • USD 1,540 per person for group of 3 and above
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Marge
Philippines, Apr 2017

I must say my friends and I definitely enjoyed your country especially with your very entertaining and energetic tour guide Kuenzang and very able driver Tandin who also turned out to be a great photographer. Being with Kuen & Tan more than doubled tripled or even quadrupled the fun we had. Thimphu was not too exciting for us except for that we got to see and speak with your current King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck when he was visiting the stupa built in honor of his grandfather. He actually asked us where we are from, welcomed us to Bhutan then briefly engaged us in a short conversation. Wow, he is so nice & very eloquent!

Punakha had very beautiful sights and the view from our hotel was stupendous. The drives up to Dochula Pass & Chelela Pass had such great views and so was the

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Jacklyn
Singapore, Feb 2017

Thanks so much for all the arrangement in this trip.
Nim, a knowledgeable tour guide did his job very well during the trip. He did a very well history-telling and we did really enjoy and understand more about the places, culture, monastery, etc. Karma, a very skillful driver who drives steady all along the trip. He is a funny and helpful guy. Because of them, our journey became more meaningful and full of joy. I am not a good hiker and most of the time when I did my trekking/hiking, I was slow and easily to get tired. But Nim and Karma encouraged me do not give up, advised me to walk slowly and steady, and always stay behind me to protect me (in case I am not stable) and in front of me to guide me how to move on. The second day I was in Bhutan, we did a simple trekking to Cheri Monastery

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Janet Poh
Singapore, Dec 2016

Kuzuzangpola!
Thank you for your email. I had a great time in Bhutan and brought back with me wonderful memories! :)

I've enjoyed the itinerary although a few places were unfortunately closed due to the holidays.
Just a tiny feedback on food, I would have love a little more Bhutanese cuisine than fusion food but I know my tour guide tried his best. Maybe for your future consideration. Nonetheless I had my fair share of Bhutanese cuisine like Ema datse, phangkha pha (pork with stewed radish), momo, even butter tea. Yummy and spicy..! :)

A pleasant surprise was when the tour guides from 4 different groups actually brought all of us together to lunch on New Year's Day. It was a really nice move :)

I look forth travelling with Druk Asia again and would definitely recommend to my family and

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