The Bhutan Rafting Tour will take you to Punakha, the center for rafting in Bhutan. The river used for rafting is class III or IV degree rapid, meaning comfortable for rafting. It is short though of about 10-12 Km in a beautiful Pho Chu (Male) or Mo Chu (Female) river both in Punakha. You get to see beautiful fortress of Punakha just above the confluence of these two rivers. The altitude there is at 1200 m and it is a warm place and very good for rafting. We do not do rafting in high summer months such as June-August.
- Government Royalty: USD 65 per Person per Night.
- 2% Government Tax per Person per Night.
- All Meals.
- Daily Mineral Water.
- English Language Speaking Guide.
- Comfortable and Luxurious Imported Cars for Internal Transportation with Skilled Driver.
- Entrance fees for Museums.
- The Government set package rate is valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
- Airfare international & Domestic.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal shopping.
- Tips for Guide & Driver.
Cost: US$1250 per person in a group of three or more.
Day 01: Paro – Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha
Day 03: Punakha – Rafting & Sightseeing
Day 04: Drive to Paro Sightseeing
Day 05: Paro Takshang Hike
Day 06: Paro- Departure to Next Destination
DAY 1- ARRIVAL IN PARO, BHUTAN
Today, you fly to Paro International Airport, in Paro Bhutan. On board to Paro you get sensational panoramic view of Himalayas including Everest. Once you enter Bhutan and you get to hear the amusing Bhutanese music you begin to see beautiful Paro valley with a river running through it. As you descend see beautiful structure of Watch Tower turned to be national museum of Bhutan and Rimpong Dzong (fortress) on your left if you are landing from north side to south.
Upon your arrival here, you will be greeted and received by your guide at the exit gate at airport. Then you will be transferred to Thimphu and rest at hotel.
Today after breakfast in the morning, drive to Punakha our destination place for rafting activities. The journey of some 70 km and takes about 3 hours, crossing over the Dochu la passes. Dochula Pass is at 3,050 meters, offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of Himalayas Mountain range on the other side of the horizon. The round top hill has 108 Chortens that was built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck in memory of war victory.
From Dochula descend down through forest and arriving at villages reaching to Mitsina. About 15 minutes drive will reach at Punakha.
In the afternoon go for rafting on Mochu (Female) River. It is a Class III & IV degree speed river. It takes about 2 hours. For tonight stay at the hotel in Punakha.
Today after breakfast in the morning, go for rafting on Pho Chu River a Class II & III degree speed river. It takes about 3 hours. For tonight stay at the hotel in Punakha.
Later go for visit to Punakha Dzong (fort) located at the junction of the Pho Chu (Male) and Mo Chu (Female) rivers. The Dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the western region. This is where the fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk married Jetsun Pema on 13th October, 2011. For tonight stay at the hotel in Punakha.
Today after breakfast, drive to Paro, it’s a journey of some 135 km takes approximately 5 hours, passing the scenic Simtokha Dzong on the left in Thimphu.
In the afternoon visit Drugyel Dzong situated some 15 km, North of Paro beyond the side valley where the Tigers Nest monastery is located. The Dzong was built in 1649 to protect the country against threatening Tibetans. One feature of the fort is a false entry to lure invaders into an enclosed courtyard, which, along with other tactics helped the Bhutanese protect their country successfully through the 17th century. The Dzong is under renovation from 2017 and expecting to be finished soon.
Just below the Dzong, the village of Drugyel is home to a farming community and you may be able to visit one to see how the Bhutanese retain many of their traditional practices.
Also visit the National Museum is housed in Ta Dzong (watch tower), a circular building from the same period as the fort, and was originally a fort overseeing Paro valley.
The building was renovated in 1967 to house the country’s national museum, which comprises a host of religious and cultural artifacts, thangka, carvings, weapons and other equipment captured from invading Tibetan armies. For tonight stay at the hotel in Paro.
Today, take early breakfast take and hike to Tiger’s Nest aka Taktsang Monastery. Take few hours to do meditation there and return.
Taktsang Monastery called as Tiger’s Nest is perched on the cliffs on a big rock on the mountain. It is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex located on the cliff side of Paro Valley. Legend says that Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress to this location from Tibet for meditation in one of the caves. Guru Rinpoche performed meditation, and the place became holy, thus gaining the name Tiger’s Nest.
DAY 6- paro departure to next destination