About 65 kms from Wangdue Phodrang is the beautiful valley of Phobjikha. The valley of Phobjikha is one of the most stunning valleys in the country, and many call it the Shangri La of Bhutan, just as how Bhutan is well known for being “one of the world’s happiest nations,” and “the last Shangri La on Earth.” It is extremely a rare experience to find wide open ground without any trees in Bhutan. This place is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Owing to its high elevation (2900 m) rice is not cultivated but people grow abundant potato, which is the main cash crop of the valley. There are moderate trek route towards Gogona and Khotokha from Gangtey and Phobjikha, the trails of which pass through meadows and fields, then forests of junipers, magnolia and rhododendron, which will be in full blossom in April.
Paro International Airport, Bhutan
2 hours after arrival at the airport
Wangdue Phodrang, one of the central districts is located towards south of Punakha. Bajothang is where the town is located and peoples from various villages under the district come for major shopping in Bajo town. The valley is beautifully drained by Puna Tsangchhu where tourists can do boating. Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, (now under reconstruction) is one of the major cultural showcase in Wangdue
★ Arrival at Paro Airport, our guide& driver will welcome you
★ Drive to Paro town for lunch
★ After lunch, drive to Thimphu
★ Visit National Memorial Chortenand Kuensel Phodrang (BuddhaPoint – one of the largest stupa inthe world), where you can catch abird’s eye view of Thimphu.
★ Visit National Zoo to see thenational animal of Bhutan, Takin
★ Visit Zilukha Nunnery + 45 minsMeditation with the nuns, to bless our trip. We willdonate some robes & gifts for theyoung monks
★ Overnight in Peaceful Resort,Thimphu.
★ Early morning drive to Gangtey
★ Charity – may be done here or on Day 8 at National Memorial Chorten
★ Visit potato farmer’s house, have tea and help with farming (weeding,planting, harvesting or packing)
★ Gangtey Valley is home to migrating Black Neck Cranes in winter, starting from end October.
★ Early Morning Drive to Paro town for lunch
★ Visit National Museum and Rinpung Dzong
★ In the evening, watch Cultural Show specially performed for your group (10 pax)
★ Overnight in Paro
★ After breakfast hike to the famous Taktshang Monastery (3,120m).
★ Hike uphill all the way to Tiger’s Nest Temple (1,000m ascent)
★ Overnight in Paro.
★ Your guide and driver will send you to the airport and bid you farewell.
★ Tashi Delek