Traveller’s note: Did you know that the word Dzong means fortress in Bhutanese. Today you’ll be able to visit 2 famous Dzongs in Paro. The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is located at a height of 3,120m/10,236ft? Build in the 16th century by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye in honour of the Guru Rinpoche, the Paro Taktsang Monastery is one of the highest landmarks of Bhutan!
Traveller’s note: Did you know that the drive from Paro to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu only takes about two hours? During the drive you can see amazing views of Mt Chomolhari (7,326m/24,035ft). Also pronounced as Mt Jomolhari, meaning “the bride of Kanchenjunga”!
Traveller’s note: Did you know that during our drive to Punakha we pass the Dochula Mountain Pass (3,150m/10,335ft). From here you can see the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mt Gangkhar Puensum (7,570 m/24,840ft)! The Punakha Dzong is considered to be the most beautiful of all Bhutan’s fortresses? It was built somewhere in the 16th century and houses a temple with complex and beautiful architecture. Also known to be the second largest fortress and the second oldest.
Traveller’s note: Did you know that the Pele La has a height of 3,420m/11,221ft and the Youtong La has a height of 3,425m/11,237ft! After descending the last pass we stop briefly at Zugney village, in Chume, one of the four valleys of Bhumthang. Here you can witness how they make authentic Yathra, woollen textiles.
Traveller’s note: Did you know that the Jambav Lhakang Monastery is one out of three monasteries build to supress an evil demoness? Did you know that the Tamshing Lhakang Temple houses over 95 Buddhist monks and is recently listed on the World Heritage Sites tentative list! The Jakar Dzong is one of Bhutan’s largest Dzongs, and was built on the grounds of an ancient temple.
Traveller’s note: Did you know that the Dzong at Trongsa is one of Bhutan’s most impressive Dzongs as ancient kings ruled over the country from here! Temple at the Ta Dzong watchtower is made in honour of the first king of Bhutan’s father, Jigme Namgyel! Trongsa is known to be the village of where the royal family of Bhutan started to rule the country. The ancient capital!
Traveller’s note: Did you know that Paro’s old town is great for some last souvenir shopping? You can explore around the evening markets and see the nightlife of Paro and Bhutan for a last time!
If you want to extend your tour further to Nepal, than Trekking Planner can connect your flight from Bhutan to Nepal and organize sightseeing in Nepal. For more info please check out our multi country packages via the website’s top menu bar, or use the quick inquiry.
If you love those Himalayan temples and monasteries, want to see some of the most beautiful natural sights and discover an authentic culture than the Explore Bhutan tour is definitely worth it! Trekking Planner has carefully planned out the best itinerary to explore Bhutan from west to east in just 10 days. For first time visitors and even previous visitors the Explore Bhutan tour gives a more authentic and unique experience as you’ll see more of the country and its landmarks!
We do recommend to give some amount of tips to your driver and guide, as they work hard to provide you one of the best and most informed services. 10USD a day for your guide and about 5 to 6USD per day for your driver is considered as a normal amount for tipping. Please do hold in mind that tipping is not obligated in Bhutan but considered more as a formality and material way of thanking your team for their services.
The most famous landmarks in Bhutan are:
All of these famous landmarks and more are included in Trekking Planner’s Explore Bhutan tour of 10 days!
You’ll need an agent to book any type of trips, treks or vacation in Bhutan. Trekking Planner has been organizing tours, trips, treks and vacations in Bhutan for over 10 years and has many different vacation packages ready made for you to visit Bhutan. Check out our website for more info and options.
While with 7 days you can visit the most famous places in Bhutan, with 10 days you can see much more authentic and traditional places, villages and sights. Depending on your travel budget you’ll have to choose yourself, but we do recommend spending at least 5 to 7 days in Bhutan to make your trip really worth it!
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