Bhutan Homestay Tour (7 days)
Who doesn’t want to take a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of the urban life? And which place could be better than Bhutan? And what better than homestay? Imagine living in a farmhouse surrounded by farmland, cattle, and raw nature! And imagine partaking in plantation, cooking the traditional Bhutanese meals, milking, tending livestock, and soaking in the sizzling hot stone bath! This is but a small part of what a homestay tour in Bhutan will give you.
- Arrival – Paro to Thimphu
As you alight from the plane in Paro, you will feel Bhutan in the air. After completing visa formalities, you will be met by BCD-Bhutan Tours & Travels’ representatives. The team will take you on one and a half hour drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The drive along the double-lane road with gentle twists and turns will take you across paddy fields, villages, and rugged terrain, at once breathtaking and intimidating.
In Thimphu, we will have our first visit to the National Painting School where our youth showcase their skills in mask making, wood carving, slate carving, embroidery, and scroll painting, among others.
- Thimphu to Punakha or Wangdiphodrang
The second-day trip will be towards the warmer valley of Punakha or Wangdiphodrang. The drive will take us over the Dochula Pass in the morning. If the weather is fair, we can see the Himalayan range (about 200 miles) along Bhutan’s northern border stretch before us. And you will surely want to have a cool stroll around the summit of Dochula beautified and sanctified by 108 choetens. You might want to hear the story behind the choetens.
Then we will move down through sub-alpine and sub-tropical vegetation to Punakha valley. As we enter the valley, we will come across the fertile paddy terraces spreading across the valley. We will start exploring the place with a visit to historic Punakha Dzong, located between two rivers, Pho Chu and Mo Chu. The dzong serves as the winter residence for the Central Monastic Body. Next, we will visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
- Punakha or Wangdiphodrang
- Plough fields with local people
- Play archery/dart game with local people
- Learn the way of life of local people
Towards the afternoon, we will take a hike to Chime Lhakhang, the temple built on the spot where Lam Drukpa Kunley, the Divine Madman, subdued the demoness of Dochula. The temple is today known as the Temple of Fertility.
- Punakha or Wangdiphodrang
- Learn the way of cooking Bhutanese food
- Hot stone bath
- Act like the Bhutanese
- Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal
- Punakha or Wangdiphodrang to Paro
Today we drive to Paro via Thimphu. On the way, we will stop briefly for tea at Dochula Café. After lunch in Thimphu, we will visit the handmade paper factory in Thimphu and do our last shopping and drive to Paro
- Hike to Tiger’s Nest
The most famous landmark in Paro is Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) which stands about 800 m above the valley. Guru Rinpoche, a famous Buddhist saint, flew to Paro on a tigress and meditated there. The monastery is today a national treasure. The hike to Taktshang will take around two and a half hours. To reach a cafeteria, a point from where one can enjoy a great view of the monastery, it will take more than an hour. Those who are interested and can walk can continue the hike for 45 minutes uphill to get a closer view of the monastery and return to the cafeteria for lunch. The return journey will take less than one and a half hour.
After breakfast, drive to the airport and bid farewell.