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Highlights of Western and Central Bhutan with Tsechu Festivals


12 days 11 nights

Code BFT54

Category Bhutan Classic Tours

  • Group Size 3-10
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude Youtongla pass (3425m/11234 ft)
  • Trip Starts From Paro
  • Trip Ends At Paro
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Thimphu Phobjikha Jakar (Bumthang) Trongsa Punakha Paro
Dates & Prices

Overview

In this journey of a lifetime, we take you to the land of fresh air, rich religious and cultural traditions, breathtaking mountains, and pristine nature. It is also a land of people who by official proclamation that is unique in the world, measure their lives not by GNP (Gross National Product), but by GNH (Gross National Happiness)! Bhutan, a country of the size of Switzerland, tucked between Tibet and India, is indeed a jewel of the Himalayas – perhaps, some would say, Shangri-La.

This trip covers the main highlights of western and central Bhutan, with a focus on the annual Tsechu festivals at temples and monasteries. We’ll join these Bhutanese festivals that celebrate the significant accomplishments of the Buddhist Saint Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche. The celebrations also mark Bhutan’s energy and bright culture – masked, barefoot dancers leap, whirl, brandish knives, and beat tambourines to subdue evil spirits and to celebrate the teachings of Buddha. Clowns prance, crack vulgar jokes, clang the brass cymbals and ring the bells. Bald monks in maroon robes chant and trumpet the horns, while pink-cheeked children frolic on. Everyone shows off their best national costumes and jewelry.

For the Bhutanese, participation in festivals is an important social event that is also a chance to immerse themselves in the essence of their religion and culture. For us, the celebrations are a chance to be part of grand, colorful events in a beautiful Himalayan setting.

Warning: This trip features some day hiking. Some hikes are five or six hours long in the hilly terrain.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the fortresses, monasteries, and temples of Bhutan.
  • Hike to the Takstang Monastery, Tango Monastery, Khamsum Yuelley Temple, and the Chimi Lhakhang Temple.
  • Attend the colorful weekend market.
  • Explore the lesser visited villages of Rinchengang and Ura.
  • Visit a typical farmhouse to learn the lifestyle of the local farmers.
  • Share a meal with a Bhutanese family.
  • Sip tea with the monks, learn the monastic life and perhaps pick some Bhutanese phrases.
  • Meet the textile weavers, time-honored thangka painters, and the traditional paper makers.
  • Enjoy the customary hot stone bath to heal common ailments.
  • Join the colorful tsechu festival.

Trip Cost (Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec, Jan & Feb)

US$ 3010 per person on double occupancy (Minimum group size 2 persons).

US$ 350 Private room supplement.

US$ 950 Estimated in-tour airfare (Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok).

Trip Cost (Sep, Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr & May)

US$ 3120 per person on double occupancy (Minimum group size 2 persons).

US$ 350 Private room supplement.

US$ 950 Estimated in-tour airfare (Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok)

Note: 

* The trip is guaranteed with a minimum of 2-participants. We can operate a private solo trip for a supplement of $110. If you are a group of three persons or more, ask for a discount of $ 330 per person.
 
*Airfare is not included. Check the availability of a flight to Bhutan before you sign up for the trip.

Trip dates in 2019-20:

  • 06 Jul 2019~Nimalug Tsechu, Bumthang.
  • 19 Aug 2019~Trip times with Masutaki Mushroom Festival, Ura Valley.
  • 07 Oct 2019~Trip times with Thimphu Tsechu Festival.
  • 10 Nov 2019~Trip Times with Jambaylakhang Drup.
  • 8 Dec 2019~Trip times with Ngalakhar Tsechu.
  • 27 Feb 2020~Trip times with Punakha Tsechu
  • 29 Mar 2020~Trip times with Paro Tsechu
  • 2 May 2020~Trip times with Ura Yakchoe Festival
  • 25 Jun 2020~Trip times with Kurjey Tsechu
  • 26 Sep 2020~Trip times with Thimphu Tsechu
  • 28 Oct 2020~Trip times with Jambay Lhakhang Drup
  • 8 Nov 2020~Trip times with Black-necked crane festival
  • 5 Dec 2020~Trip times with Trongsa Tsechu

Note: Festival dates are subject to change, or local authorities may cancel the festival with or without prior notice.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Paro, Bhutan

Flights to Paro (altitude 7,380 feet, or 2,250 meters) arrive from Kathmandu or Bangkok or Delhi. Please allow at least one night in those cities before and after your trip to ensure a safe connection with flights to and from Bhutan. Please arrange your international airfare to the gateway city; Far & High will book the onward flight for you. Your Bhutan visa is part of the tour. We will email it to you in advance, as you’ll need it at check-in for your flight to Bhutan and again upon arrival at the Paro airport, where your passport will get its final visa seal. After completing immigration and customs formalities, your guide and driver will meet you outside the terminal and transfer you to a restaurant in the town for lunch.

After lunch, your guide will lead explorations of Paro. We begin from the National Museum housed at Ta Dzong, which served as a watchtower for the Rinpung Dzong (a dzong is a fortress and a religious and social center). The museum has a beautiful collection of books, murals, Bhutanese textiles, crafts, weapons, olden utensils, stuffed animals, and a rich philatelic collection. From here, we descend to Rinpung Dzong, which is the district headquarters and also the seat of the district's religious body.

Now, we proceed on an hour-long scenic drive to Thimphu with a stop for a short walk at the 13th-century temple of Tamchog Lakhang which was built by the famous Tibetan iron-bridge builder Thangthong Gyalpo – architect, physician, teacher, and a saint! The temple is owned and maintained by his descendants.

In Thimphu, we’ll have time to settle in and take some rest before a walking tour of the tiny city. Thimphu is probably the only capital in the world without any traffic lights! We will leisurely take a stroll and visit the memorial Chorten (shrine) of the 3rd King of Bhutan Jigme Dorje Wangchuk, and whatever else time and our interest allow.

Overnight: Khang Residency
Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 02~Thimphu: Sightseeing and hiking

After breakfast, we are off for sightseeing and hiking. We have a lot to see today! Depending on your interest, pace and available time, we may or may not visit all the sights listed below. We first visit the weekend market of Thimphu, if we are here during the weekend. Farmers from the neighboring villages come to sell their fresh produce. We will also visit the archery field to see the national sports of Bhutan.

Next, we can visit the National Institute Zorig Chusum that offers a six-year course on Bhutan's traditional arts and crafts, including painting, wood carving, embroidery, and statue making. Then we can head to the Folk Heritage Museum, a three-story mud and timber building that replicates a century-old traditional farmhouse that gives us a glimpse of not only the lives of ancient Bhutanese people, but also many rural people even today.

Next, we can visit the Takin Sanctuary. Takin – a kind of sheep by way of antelope — are the National animals of Bhutan and believed to exist only in Bhutan Himalaya. On the way back, stop at the Zilukha Nunnery in Drubthob Goemba, home to 40-60 Buddhist nuns.

We can visit the Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Center, which produces traditional hand-woven textiles and has a selection of cloth and ready-made garments for sale. Here, you can see the local women working their looms. 

Next, visit the Changangkha Temple, one of the oldest in Thimphu, built in the 12th Century. The temple houses Chenrizig (Avolokitesawara), an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation as the central statue. 

In the afternoon, we can visit the World’s Largest Buddha Image — Buddha Dordenma, situated atop a hill overlooking the Thimphu Valley-the latest addition to Thimphu's attractions. This massive 169 feet tall image has a three-story base that houses a large chapel, while the body itself contains 125,000 smaller Buddha statues. 

An option: hiking enthusiasts keen to experience monastic lives away from the crowds of town can take a half-day hike to Tango Goemba monastery. You’ll miss some sights listed above, though; Tango Goema Monastery is Bhutan's highest learning center for Buddhist studies. All Je Khenpo, the religious head of Bhutan, must complete a nine-year program here, including a three-year, three-month, three-day course in mediation at the nearby Cheri Goemba Monastery! With luck, the monks will be in recess, and we can join them for tea. (Note: on a group tour, there must be a unanimous decision to take this hike.)

Overnight: Khang Residency
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~A long day of drive to Phobjikha Valley

(85 miles, 6 hours).

After an early breakfast, we leave for Phobjhikha Valley.

As we leave Thimphu behind, the road gradually winds up through villages and pine forests to Dochula Pass (3100m/10168 ft.), marked by 108 Buddhist shrines, flickering with sacred prayers flags offered by the Buddhist devotees. On a clear day, the pass provides a superb panorama of the snow-capped mountains and the valleys.

From the pass, the road drops slowly through the changing vegetation to the sub-tropical lowlands of the Punakha and Wangdue Valleys. In about 2 and a half hours, we will arrive in Punakha where we will stop for lunch.

We cross Lawala Pass and continue on the winding road down to the glacial valley of Phobjikha on the slopes of Black Mountains. Phobjikha is also referred to as Gangtey, after the Goemba here.

If time allows, we will visit the monastery, or we will return here the following day.

Overnight: Dewachen Hotel or Gakiling Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Phobjikha: Sightseeing and hiking

Today, we first visit the prominent Gangtey Gompa of the early 17th Century. It is the only Nyingmapa monastery in the region. From here, we jump on the Gangtey Nature Trail for an easy hike through the pine forest and the valley. The walk ends over the meandering Chhu Nap (Black River) near Khewang village. Here we will be picked up by transport.

If we wish for a more extended hiking option, here are some recommended hiking trails: Shasi La Nature Trail (3-4 hours, moderate), Longtey Hike (4 hours, medium) and Gogona Hike (6-7 hours, strenuous). Discuss these options with your guide and choose the option that best interests you. 

Overnight: Dewachen Hotel or Gakiling Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~A long day of drive to Jakar

A stunning day today, covering 188 km or 117.5 miles over 7 hours! We backtrack to the main road and head to the east, gradually climbing the Black Mountain Range and then we crosse Pele-la pass (10,824 feet, or 3,300 meters) where we stop for the panoramic views of Mount Jhomolhari on the border with Tibet. Below is Trongsa, hometown of the present rulers of Bhutan. At the Chendebji chorten, note the large white monument, which is said to have concealed the remnants of an evil spirit that was vanquished here.

We will have our lunch stop in Trongsa and enjoy meal gazing over the striking Trongsa Dzong. From Trongsa, the road climbs to the Youtongla pass (11,234 feet, or 3,425 meters) and then descends to Chume, the first of the four Bumthang valleys. Zugney Village here is home to the Yathra workshops, where they make deep-colored wool textiles in a pattern typical to these parts of the country.

Check into your accommodation and balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Rinchenling Lodge or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06~Sightseeing of Bumthang

Bumthang Valley-referred as the cultural heart of Bhutan is a place of stories. We start with the Jambay Lhakhang Temple, which was built in the 7th Century by the King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. Legend has it that this was one of 108 temples he built miraculously in a single night in Tibet and neighboring countries. The next stop – Kurjey Lakhang Temple – also has a story: Kurjey means “body imprint,” and it's built around a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated and, yes, left his body imprint. 
From here, we take a short walk (30 minutes), crossing a suspension bridge to visit the Tamshing or Tamzhing Monastery, the essential Nyingma monastery of the region, founded by the great Nyingma guru Pemalingpa. Another brief walk will bring us to Kenchosum Lhakhang, probably the region’s most beautiful monastery. The original temple dates back to the 9th Century, but the current one was entirely rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in 2010. 

Then, a cultural shift. We will meet our driver here for a ride to Panda Brewery and the Swiss cheese factory, founded by a Swiss man in 1960s. Prior appointment is necessary. Later, we can take a relaxed stroll in the Chamkhar, a bustling one-street town with a goldsmith, tailors, several butchers, cafes, and handicraft stores.

If time permits and you are interested, you can visit Jakar Dzong that overlooks the town.

Overnight: Rinchenling Lodge or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07~Bumthang: Excursion to the remote Ura Valley

Today, our guide and driver take us on a scenic drive to Ura Valley, with charming villages and a spectacular landscape. The valley of Ura is believed to be the home of the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan. 

Ura Valley sees very few foreign tourists. We enjoy views of snow-capped mountains along the way. After about two hours, we can stop in the high mountain pass of Serthangla and begin our hiking, which is mostly downhill through the alpine vegetation. Amidst lush vegetation and beautiful wildflowers along the way, you might see horses and cattle grazing. The trail opens into a broad, serene valley with picturesque houses. It takes about one hour from the pass to get to the main village. We can leisurely take a stroll and visit the Ura Temple that dominates the landscape. We’ll look for the monks inside the temple in prayer, and also the community kitchen where the villagers take turns cooking for the monks and pilgrims visiting the temple. 

We can meander on the narrow cobbled street around the medieval village. It has a cluster of 50 whitewashed houses that are typical in the countryside. We hope to visit one of them. As the villagers are dependent on livestock breeding and farming, the houses are designed to accommodate them. In the middle of the village is a small flour mill where the villagers grind the wheat, rice, or millet that they harvest. If time allows, we can also visit the village school. We will eventually take our van ride back to Jakar, which takes about three hours with occasional stops on the way for photography.

Overnight: Rinchenling Lodge or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08~Trongsa-ancestral hometown of Bhutan's royalty

After breakfast, we leave for a three-hour drive to Trongsa, the ancestral home town of Bhutan's monarchy. We’ll stop in a roadside town of Zugney to see the yathra workshop. Yathra is the name of locally produced hand-woven woolen cloth. Distinctive patterns and bright, earthy colors enliven the fabric, which is used for a wide variety of purposes and sought after throughout Bhutan. We will also see the vegetable dye techniques on wool.

We will then head for a breathtaking highway and cross Yutong La Pass (11, 234 feet) before we descend into Trongsa. We stop here to visit the majestic fortress of Trongsa, the ancestral home of the royal family. It is an architectural wonder built by Chogyel Minjur Tempa, the Third Desi, in 1648. It is presently the administrative seat of the district and home of the monastic school. Built at split-levels on a narrow spur, the Dzong is an architectural wonder. Views from here are extensive, creating the strategic location of this Dzong. 

After lunch in a local restaurant, we hike the historic route that adds to the experience of travelers to Trongsa. The trail goes through the steep and dense forest with a variety of fauna and flora. A short stop at the traditional cantilever bridge for photographs would be a memorable experience. 

The hike lasts about ninety minutes or two hours and finishes nearby our hotel. You can do this hike in reverse direction as well. We do not recommend this hike after mid-afternoon.

Overnight: Yangkhil Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Punakha-the former winter capital

This morning we take a scenic, four-hour drive to Punakha, the former winter capital of Bhutan. We cross the Lowa La Pass and rejoin the main highway, leading to Punakha.

Settled into your room and re-energized after lunch, visit the stunning Punakha Dzong, probably the most impressive of all the Dzong (fortress) architectures of Bhutan. It has served as the winter capital of Bhutan, and even today the chief abbot moves there from his base at Trasichoe Dzong in Thimphu. Next, we proceed for a pleasant hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten – about 45-60 minutes up, but only 30 minutes down. The temple sits atop a beautiful hillock overlooking the valley. Built by the Queen Mother, it is an example of Bhutan's beautiful traditional architecture.

If you wish, you can experience a rafting trip down Mochu River (Grade III) and enjoy the Himalayan white waters, nature and aquatic birdlife. ($ 150 for a group of six persons). 

Later, we can take a leisurely stroll in the town.

Overnight: Drubchu Resort or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Back to Paro

A short and easy hike that you don't want to miss is Chime Lhakhang. It's less than 15 minutes from the main road, and the trail goes through paddy fields and villages. The houses here show phallic arts on the walls and doors! You might even see the door handles or knobs carved out in the shape of a phallus! Ask your guide why. The temple is nick-named as 'Fertility Temple,' and it's associated with the Lama Drukpa Kuenley who is famous as the Divine Madman!

Now, we retrace our drive across Dhochula Pass to Paro. Shortly before the pass, we can stop at Lamperi Botanical Garden that preserves the rich fauna including Rhododendron flowers. After a lunch stop in the Dhochula pass, we will continue to Paro.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Khangkhu Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Paro: Hike the Taktsang Monastery

Today is a big day! Takstang Monastery – the Tiger's Nest, Bhutan’s most famous pilgrimage. Perched dramatically on the edge of a 2,000-foot cliff above the valley, Tiger's Nest is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan and a forever-memorable destination for anyone who makes the trip. The round trip is about four hours. It is possible to ride a pony up to the two-thirds of the trail, but not on the upper path, or on the way down.

On the way back to Paro, we will detour to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a 16th Century monastery built to mark the Bhutanese victory over Tibetan invaders, and also the ancient Kyichu Lhakhang Temple – another of the 108 temples that King Songsten Gampo of Tibet built in a single night in the 7th century!

Optional Hot Stone Bath:
With advance notice, you can experience a traditional Hot Stone Bath in a farmhouse. Hot stone bath is a conventional Bhutanese method of curing skin ailments, joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders, arthritis, and many other diseases. Even if you don’t have any of these issues, it’s a wonderfully relaxing experience, especially after a strenuous hike. It costs approximately $25 per person.

Overnight: Khanghu Resort or Raven's Nest Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Depart Paro

After breakfast, we are transferred in time for flight to your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • All transfers and sightseeing, as listed on the itinerary, by private vehicle.
  • Three meals a day.
  • English speaking local tour guide.
  • Sightseeing admission fees.
  • Bhutan visa fee.
  • Service of internal airfare reservation (Airfares are not included).

Trip Does Not Include

  • Airfare to and from Bhutan and airport taxes (Estimated internal airfare is $980 for Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok and one domestic fare).
  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone and other personal expenses. 
  • Extra expenses or loss due to acts of nature, and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, delay, accident, illness, etc.
  • Travel Insurance.

Trip Difficulty Level, Road, and Transport

This trip is a motor vehicle-based cultural sightseeing with some day hikes and anyone in general good health can participate in it. The itinerary’s highest altitude is Chele La (12,497 feet, or 3,810 meters) for a brief stop. Our accommodations are in lower elevations where altitude sickness is not a concern. Some of the hiking excursions are steep, but they are optional; if you don't wish to hike, you stay behind with the driver. Road trips can be three to six hours of driving, sometimes on rough or damaged roads. If you are traveling during monsoon season, there can be temporary washouts and in winter, passes covered with snows.

Far & High Travel provides Korean- or Japanese-made SUVs or minivans, or Japanese coaster buses, depending on the group size. Drivers are skilled and know Bhutan’s roadways. Drivers, unlike guides, may speak little or no English. Flat tires and mechanical breakdowns are possible in these conditions, but our drivers are capable of taking the situations under control. We will appreciate your cooperation and flexibility when something unexpected happens during the tour. 

Accommodations

Majority of Bhutanese hotels are small properties with 25 or 30 rooms; some are even smaller. They are built in local architectural styles and have traditional Bhutanese decor. These are  “three-star” properties by local standard, but in fact, have limited choices even if you want to upgrade. You will have a private bathroom with running hot and cold water. There may be the disparity in the rooms; so travelers of the same group may get different types of accommodations. Toiletry supplies may be limited. Hotels in the towns may have internet and long distance calling available.

Meals

Our tour features three meals each day, most of them at our hotel. In Bhutan hotels, they serve meals usually in buffet style or set menu that includes rice dishes, curried or stir-fried, vegetables, noodles, and bread and one or two meat dishes. Warning: A local style of meat dish contains bones. Many past travelers commented that meat was chewy or tough and that makes sense as they import meat from India and other neighboring countries. They don't slaughter animals in Bhutan. Our guides can arrange some dinners at local restaurants at your request. One note: traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies, and the most popular dish, "ema datshi," is made with large, hot, green chilies in a cheese sauce.

Guides

Our guides are college-educated local people, proficient in English and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly, they are friendly and committed to delivering the best services.

International and internal airfares

The tour starts and finishes in Paro, Bhutan. There are no direct flight connections from the USA or Europe to Bhutan. You need to first fly to Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata or Kathmandu, spend a night there and next day to Bhutan. Bangkok is the most popular gateway for travel to Bhutan, as there are daily two flights from Bangkok and the US citizens and most European passport holders don't need a visa for Thailand.

From Kathmandu and Delhi also there are five or six flights a week depending on the season. Please do not buy your international airfare until Bhutan flight schedule is available.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last day of your trip and there must be one or two blank pages on your passport for the visa sticker, and entry and exit seals. Far & High will apply Bhutan visa for you in advance, and we will email you an eVisa copy about three weeks before your trip date. Your passport gets an actual visa seal upon arrival at the Paro airport. If you are traveling via Indian cities, you need to obtain an Indian visa before your travel begins. If you are flying via Kathmandu, Nepal, you can obtain Nepal visa upon arrival.

Note on Itinerary

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Booking Deposit & Payment Schedule

A deposit of US$ 300 is requested along with a completed trip registration form to hold your place on the trip. We also need a color scan of the passport. You can charge the deposit on any major credit cards.

When it’s time to purchase the Bhutan flight tickets, we will request from you the second payment for the flights.

Final and balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Final payment by credit card also attracts an additional 3.5% fee. You will save this fee by paying personal check or cashier's check. We reserve the right to refuse some form of payment. Payment within 90 days before departure must be made by cashier's check or wire transfer.

Cancellation and Refund

If you need to cancel, please email or fax your cancellation notice to us soon you decide. The general cancellation fee structure will be below:

  • Ninety days before departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee).
  • 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Thirty days to 44 days before US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Travel Protection Plan

While we spare no effort to make your tour smooth and enjoyable, there might be unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed connection, or loss of baggage, any of which can cause interruption, delay or total cancellation of your trip, thus putting your hard-earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you might need medical assistance, emergency evacuation, or medical transportation when you become ill or are involved in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. The trip cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses, and so we strongly recommend that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.

Accomodation

Khang Residency Thimphu
Khang Residency Thimphu
Khangkhu Resort Paro
Khangkhu Resort Paro
Drubchu Resort Punakha
Drubchu Resort Punakha
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Dewachen Hotel Phobjikha
Yangkhil Resort, Trongsa
Yangkhil Resort, Trongsa
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Rinchenling Resort, Bumthang

 

Note: The hotels listed are our preferred properites but they are subject to change.

Add Ons

Traditional Hot stone Bath

US$ 30

hotstone bathOn your trip to Bhutan, you can experience a traditional hot stone bath in a farmhouse or at your hotel.

The hot stone bath is a traditional method to cure skin ailments, joint pain, arthritis, muscle ache etc. and provides relaxation to your body and mind after a busy day's activities. The tub is usually carved out of a tree trunk. 

They first heat the natural spring rocks to red hot and immerse in the tub. The water is usually fresh water from the spring. They continue adding stone until the water reaches to the right temperature. They also add some herbal leaves.

After the water reaches to right temperature, you enter the tub and relax for about an hour. Your host also will serve you homemade liquor.

 

Rafting in Mo Chu River Punakha

US$ 150

Mo Chu rives originates in the mountainous hills of Northern Bhutan and offers excellent rafting opportunity to the beginners and those who just want to experience white water adventures. No skills or previous experience is required.The trip can be done any time of the year.

rafting mo chu river

The put-in point is just below the suspension bridge at the trail head leading to the Khamsum Yuelley temple.There are 10 rapids of class 2 - 2+ in the stretch of 6 miles.As you raft down the river, you will experience the incredibly blue water, breath-taking alpine scenery, sighting world’s rarest birds and amazing rapids on the backdrop of striking 17th century Punakha Dzong (Fortress). The trip will be led by one or two experience rafting guides and also accompanied by a kayak. Total rafting duration: 30 minutes.

Rafting gears, including safety jacket and helmet are included.

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