Home stay in Bhutan is our special tour package to connect with the rural folks. Our home stays are special because we get to understand Bhutanese rural life better. This program brings us closer to the basic things in life from sharing a simple meal with a family to the early morning offering at the family alter. Life is so simple in the villages that we are living with the nature and depend on it for our livelihood.
Home stays is one way of sharing the benefits of tourism to the village level where the most poor live. This supplementary income has helped few farmers we have dealt with to improve their living condition. We hope in the near future more people will be benefited through this program.
You should understand that this is not a luxury package and it involves staying in a local home in the village. Most local homes in the village have basic facilities so you should be prepared to live and dine with the family members.
The flight into Bhutan takes you to the great Himalayas, offering the most scintillating scenery of the world's nighest glacial peaks. On arrival, received by the representative and transfer to the hotel where arrangements have been made for the night. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Morning visit castle shaped Ta Dzong. Once a watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Ta Dzong now houses the nation's heritage, Bhutan's National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Afternoon drive to ruins of Drugyel Dzong, 18km from Paro town. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several Tibetan armies during 17th century. Also visit the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast you will travel through farmlands and scattered hamlets and gradually climbing to the Chele La Pass, 3822 m high, with spectacular glimpses of the Bhutan Himalayan mountain peaks all the way. Descending down into the Haa Valley you will be rewarded by stunning scenery as you wind along the side of the mountain into the town of Haa. You stop for picnic lunch at Haa before making your way to Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). Haa is overlooked by three mountains called ‘Rig Sum Gonpa’ which signify three Buddha deities; Jambayang, Chana Dorji and Chenrizig. Haa was not opened up to tourists until 2002 so remains relatively unspoilt by the 21st Century.
In the evening explore the beautiful Haa Valley and visit a farmhouse (rural family home). You will have dinner and overnight stay at a farmhouse in Haa Valley.
After breakfast travel to Thimphu through stretch of villages of Jabana, Susuna and Dogakha stopping along the way to visit one of the farmhouses to taste locally brewed liquor called Ara and also taste traditional tea and snacks. Continuing your travel to Thimphu you will reach at the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers and finally to Thimphu valley.
On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and after lunch explore Thimphu. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass (3140 m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. . Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and wellbeing of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.
Then travel onto Punakha. On the way, stop for lunch at Metsina village and then visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery – Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing. After that visit Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho – Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region.
In the evening visit Rinchengang and Lobesa villages where you will take a short walk through the village and have free interaction with the villagers. Dinner and overnight at a farmhouse in Lobesa Village.
After breakfast travel to Thimphu. On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel and sightseeing tour around Thimphu.
Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people.
Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal – the Takin, that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.
Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.
National Memorial Chorten: Meet the elderly local in circumambulation at the Chorten.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast, drive to Paro which takes about 1 hr and then hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. After visiting the monastery, walk downhill back to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further downhill to the road point. Then drive back to hotel.
On the way visit Kyichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. In the evening you can relax in the Traditional Bhutanese Hotstone bath. Dinner & overnight at a hotel/ farmhouse in Paro.
In the morning after breakfast your tour guide will escort you to the Paro airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
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