Raven Bhutan Tour

Tour Itinerary

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    Arrival at Paro International Airport

    After arriving at Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed by your dedicated certified guide, and after immigration & baggage collection you will proceed to your hotel in Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. After refreshment you will start your trip according to below itinerary with certified guide and dedicated vehicle.

    Tashichho Dzhong
    It is a Buddhist monastery and fortress in the city of Thimphu Bhutan, on the western bank of the Wang Chu River. This was built in 1641 Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal acquired it but finding it too small, he built another one, known as the lower Dzong. Tashichho Dzong has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance.

    National Memorial Chorten
    Memorial chorten has been designed to present it as “One of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu”. The Memorial Chorten, in the heart of the city, is designed is a Tibetan style chorten, also called as the Jangchup Chorten, patterned on the design of a classical stupa. The feature that is distinct here is the outward flaring of the rounded part to give the shape of a Vase, unlike a dome shape. National Memorial chorten is an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture and artwork with its gorgeous paintings and intricate sculptures. You will find elderly Bhutanese people circumambulating this throughout the day.

    Kuensel phodrang (Buddha Point) Buddha Dordenma is massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas has also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.

    The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. The statue fulfills an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. Overnight stay in hotel. 

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    Thimphu Sightseeing

    Takin preserve National Park
    Motithang Takin (National animal) Preserve National park is located in the Motithang in Thimphu, a wildlife reserve area for Takin. This was started as a mini zoo, later the King of Bhutan felt that it was improper for a Buddhist country to confine animals for religious and environmental reasons. He therefore ordered the release of the animals and the closure of the mini-zoo on converted into a preserve. The reason for declaring takin as a National Animal of Bhutan on 25 November 2005 (Budorcas taxicolor) is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama. The preserve also holds a few sambar and barking deer.
    Folk Heritage Museum 
    Folk Heritage Museum was established in 2001 and provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. The Folk Heritage Museum is set inside a three storied, 19th century traditional house. The museum gives you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, in addition to artifacts from rural households.

    National handicrafts emporium 
    The National Handcrafts Emporium is a state run Handicrafts showroom in 4 different cities of bhutan. The emporium is run by the National Woman’s Association of Bhutan as a Non-Government Organization that is run under the royal supervision of Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Choden Wangchuk. The Handicrafts Emporium showcases the finest handicrafts Of the country and supports one of Bhutan’s most important income generating activities. The products on sale at the emporium include; locally manufactured hand woven fabrics, wooden masks, cane and bamboo products, traditional wooden utensils such as cups and bowls, handmade paper, statuettes, prayer wheels etc.

    National institute of Zorig Chusum
    The Institute Zorig Chusum falls under the national technical training authority which was created in 1990 to improve the quality of vocational training. The art taught today, in Bhutan was introduced in the fifteenth century, by Terton Pema Lingpa. These traditional crafts represent hundreds of year’s knowledge and ability that has passed down the generations. Here you can see the amazing skills for art and craft.

    National library of Bhutan
    The National Library of Bhutan (NLB) was established in 1967 under the patronage of HM Queen Ashi Phuntso Choden (1911–2003), with a small collection of precious texts, for the purpose of "Preservation & Promotion of the rich cultural & religious heritage" of Bhutan. This is located in the Kawajangsta area of Thimphu, just above the Royal Thimphu Golf Course, nearby Bhutan Folk Heritage Museum. Overnight Hotel in Thimphu

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    Thimphu to Gangtey

    Dochula Pass
    Dochula Pass known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens- the construction of these 108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The pass is also popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists because an important (Druk Wangyal Lhakhang) temple is located on the crest of Dochula pass. It offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass. Bhutanese families enjoy visiting the pass during holidays and weekends to picnic and simply enjoy the scenery. For tourists this is ideal location to capture beautiful pictures of Himalayan mountain range during clear, warm days.

    Gangtey Monastery
    The Gangtey Monastery generally known as Gangtey Gonpa, is an important monastery. It is located in the Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan, is perched a top a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery.The entrance to the monastery displays a large painting of Hayagriva. The monks’ ‘dwellings are all around the courtyards while the central tower houses five temples. The porch of the central tower contains paintings of cosmic Mandalas, a Wheel of life, Zangtopelri – The Heaven of Guru Rinpoche, as well as a rare (In Bhutan) picture of the mythical land of Shambala shown inside its circle of snow-capped mountains.

    The Phobjikha valley
    The Phobjikha Valley is a vast U-shaped glacial valley, also known as Gangteng Valley,where the black-necked cranes – visit central Bhutan to roost, circling the monastery three times on arrival and repeating this circling when returning to Tibet. Black-necked cranes in Bhutan are winter visitors during late October to mid-February to the Phobjikha Valley as well as Ladakh, India, and Arunachal Pradesh, India. They arrive from the Tibetan Plateau, where they breed in the summer.The phobhijikha valley is popular for its scenic splendor and cultural uniqueness. The valley is rich in faunal biodiversity and has, apart from the globally threatened black-necked cranes Grus nigricollis, 13 other globally threatened species the valley is enclosed by the mountain ranges, which experience snowfall. Overnight Hotel in Gangtey.

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    Gangtey – Punakha

    Chimi Lhakhang Temple
    Chime Lhakhang is a Buddhist monastery in Punakha, stands on a round hillock. The monastery is the repository of the original wooden symbol of phallus that Kunley brought from Tibet. This wooden phallus is decorated with a silver handle and is used to bless people, who visit the monastery on pilgrimage, particularly women seeking blessings to be get children. The Chime Lhakhang square in shape with a golden spire. It is a golden yellow roofed building. It has a row of prayer wheels and its exterior walls are embedded with slates carved with images of saints. Near the entrance to the Lakhang, there is this small chorten which marks the location where the demoness was subdued by Lama Kunley. The prayer hall inside the monastery has tantric paraphernalia, thangkas, bells, drums, horns, dorjis and a kangd. The statue of Kunley, in a monk's robe, is centrally located at the altar here, in a reclining position with a ceramic statue of his dog Sachi. Women who come to the monastery seeking blessings of children get hit on the head by the presiding Lama with a ivory, wood and bone phallus. Overnight Hotel in Punakha

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    Punakha – Paro

    Punakha Dzong
    It is also the country's most beautiful Dzong. It is the winter residence of Bhutan's Central Monastic Body led by HH the Je Khenpo. Punakha Dzong was the administrative Centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. Punakha Dzong is built at the confluence of Pho Chhu & Mo Chhu Rivers and is an especially beautiful sight on sunny days with sunlight reflecting off the water onto its white-washed walls. Punakha Dzong is notable for containing the preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan as well as a sacred relic known as the Ranjung Karsapani. The wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his fiancé, Jetsun Pema, was held at the Punakha Dzong, on 13 October 2011.

    Ta Dzong (National Museum)
    Ta-Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. It is located about five and a half kilometers away from the main town of Paro and 500 feet from the Rinpung Dzong located below the museum. Cameras are not allowed inside the museum, but you can photograph the ta dzong and surrounding grounds.

    Rinpung Dzhong (Paro Dzong)
    The construction of the Rinpung Dzhong (Paro Dzong) began in 1644 on the order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of modern-day Bhutan. Unlike most of the other dzongs in Bhutan, it survived the massive 1897 earthquake though it was damaged by fire in 1906. Paro Dzong’s full name is Rinpung Dzong, which means ‘the fortress of the heap of jewels’. Overnight Hotel in Paro

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    Paro Hike

     Tiger Nest Monastery (Hike for Meditation)
    Tighter Nest Monastery (Taktsang Lhakhang) is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom . It is believed that Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress from Khenpajong. This place was consecrated to tame the Tiger demon, was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in a cave, in the 7th century A.D. for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.

    In order to arrive at the temple you must trek for around 2-3 hours through beautiful, shady pine forests that is colorfully festooned with moss and prayer flags. On many days, clouds shroud the monastery and give an eerie feeling of remoteness. Here you will do meditation for half day; you also can hire a monk to tips or guidelines, as per direct pay. No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable heritage site.

    Kyichu Lhakhang
    Tighter Nest Monastery (Taktsang Lhakhang) is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom . It is believed that Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a tigress from Khenpajong. This place was consecrated to tame the Tiger demon, was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in a cave, in the 7th century A.D. for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it.

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    Paro (Day Excursion)

    Haa Valley 
    Haa valley is located about 3 hours west of Paro. The Drive from Paro to Haa valley takes you up to the Chele-La pass which is located at a height of about 3800 meters. Make sure you ask you drive to stop the car here so you can enjoy a beautiful view of Bhutan’s 2 highest and best known peaks the Jichu Drake and Mount Jumolhari, some times of a clear day you might be able to catch a glimpse of Mount Kunchenjunga the 3rd highest mountain in the world from this view point. From there we will descend down into the Haa Valley down to the town of Haa. The Haa valley is one of the most isolated and least populous districts of the country. The Haa valley is also home to a Indian army base that helps protect the border of Bhutan from Chinese incursions. There are many small temples and monasteries in the district with the most important being the Lhakhang Karpo( White Temple) and the Lhakhang Nagpo ( Black Temple). The Lhakhang Nagpo’s central shine is said to be identical to the central shrine of the Jowo Temple in Lhasa, Tibet. Legend has it that the Karpo temple was constructed along with the assistance of the Local deities, as a result of this divine intervention it was known as the Hay (Surprises in Dzongkha) and later on Haa. After spending the day in the valley we will return back to Paro for the night.

    Local Market
    In this evening you have a time to explore local market in Paro, here you have a chance to intract with local Bhutanese and understand their way of living, trade, & Tradition. Also, you can shop for colorful masks, hand-woven bamboo items, Wood carvings, stamps (great collections), silver, silk & bronzes. Handmade paper products, Buddhist painting & religious thangkas are also popular item. Overnight hotel in Paro.

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    Today your trip is over and after breakfast your guide will take you to Paro International Airport to board your departure flight, and you return back with lots of good memories.

Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 03 star hotels stay
    • 03 meal a day ( breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
    • Tea & snack one time in a day
    • English speaking guide throughout the tour
    • Standard Transportation throughout the tour.
    • Mineral Water (per day 1000 ML)per person



    • Drinks & Beverage
    • Laundry
    • Taktsang  Horse riding
    • Tipping for Hotels, Guide & driver
    • 4wd drive/ Luxury vehicle
    • 4 star & 5 star hotel stay & meal
    • Airfare base on sector cost    
    • Bank Charge USD 35
    • VISA and TDF fee USD 43

Additional Services

  • We can arrange the following additional services at a supplement costs:


    • A private traditional Cultural Show for 1 Hour. (10 pax above)
    • A traditional hot stone bath in a village house.(20pax above)
    • Archery experience and National Dress experience.(7 pax above)



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