Orchid Tour
Orchid Tour
Central Bhutan,Southern Bhutan,Western Bhutan
18 Days
Nature Tours

 

  1. Day 1 Paro: Fly into the Kingdom amid a breathtaking vista of Himalayan Ranges. Once here, visit historic places such as Ta Dzong, Paro Rinpung Dzong, and Ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong. On the way back to Paro, you will visit a carpet weaving factory. Afterward, you will be taken to your designated hotel.
  2. Day 2 Paro to Haa: After breakfast drive to Haa valley through forests of blue pine, fir, oak, and rhododendrons till the Chelela Pass. At the pass, explore the area around the pass for orchids and alpine flowers. After picnic lunch at the pass, walk down towards Haa Valley through the ancient trail looking for orchids. You can choose to stay overnight in Haa and the next morning, you can choose to freewheel on a bicycle to Paro.
  3. Day 3 Haa to Thimphu & Thimphu to Paro: Onwards the capital city, visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo built in the 7th century. We will also visit Wangchulo Dzong built in 1895. We will stop for lunch at the Wangsisna Heritage Home, a traditional Bhutanese house. We will also visit the nunnery at Wangsisna. After lunch, we will drive to the capital city, Thimphu. In the evening you can either relax at the hotel or take a stroll in the city’s busiest street, Norzin Lam
  4. Day 4 Sightseeing in Thimphu: On our itinerary for today is Memorial Stupa built in the memory of the Third King of Bhutan, the 12th-century Changangkha monastery which blesses every Bhutanese child born in Thimphu valley, and the 17th-century Tashichhodzong housing seat of the central government and also the office of the King. Onwards, we will visit Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Academy, School of Arts and Crafts. Later in the evening, we will visit the site of the world’s largest Buddha statue.
  5. Day 5 Thimphu to Punakha: On our way to Punakha, we stop at a pass: Do Chu at 3100 meters. It is one of the iconic tourist attraction blessed by 108 stupas on a pedestal rising from the ground. From the pass, we can also see the stunning view of ten mountain peaks if the weather allows. Further, into the route, we pass serene environment as we drive and we greet orchids such as Cypripedium tibeticum,cypripedium guttatum, C.himalaicum and Paphiopedilum fairrieanum. After a lunch at Punakha, we hunt for more orchids at Tashithnag.
  6. Day 6 Punakha to Tashithang: After breakfast, we will drive to Tashithang. The complete day, you will spend exploring the forests around Tashithang and Rimchu for orchids. Picnic lunch will be served in the forests. We camp at Rimchu on a luxury campsite.
  7. Day 7 Tashithang to Kamichu: After breakfast, we will visit Punakha Dzong, a huge 17th-century fortress, and ancient capital. We will also take a short hike to the Temple of Fertility in Lobesa which is renowned for blessing infertile couples with children. Our campsite will be in Kamichu amid the wide variety of orchids, our camp
  8. Day 8: Kamichu to Phobjikha: After an early breakfast, drive to Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha valley is also one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes migrating every year in winter. We will have lunch at Kyichu Resort in Wangdue by the riverside. The resort has a beautiful collection of plants including wild Dendrobium orchids cultivated. After lunch, drive further till Nobding, to find more species of wild orchids. In the late afternoon, we will embark on a one-hour walk starting from Gangtey Goenpa hill to Phobjikha valley.
  9. Day 9 Phobjikha to Trongsa: Today, we will drive to Trongsa. As we gently ascend through sub-tropical forests to the temperate and alpine belts, we reach our highest point pass- Pelela at 3140 meters from where we see the Black Mountain range. From there, the gradual descent takes us to Chendebji Stupa where we will stop for lunch.
  10. Day 11 Trongsa to Zhemgang: This 90km drive to Zhemgang will take through subtropical areas with thick jungles. This route has one of the richest forests and has many varieties of tree orchids and other botanical plants. While at Zhemgang, you will explore the Tingtibi forests for orchids, golden langur and other rich fauna and flora.
  11. Day 12: Zhemgang to Bumthang: Today we will cover about the 160- kilometer drive to Bumthang in about eight to nine hours. We climb to Yotongla at 3551 meters and then drive downhill into the extensive Bumthang valley greeted by Chumey valley. In Chumey Valley we will visit the Yathra weaving factory.
  12. Day 13 Sightseeing in Bumthang: Bumthang valley has countless mythology surrounding the district. Our first trip will be to Kurje Lhakhang where Guru Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. Then we see Jamphel Lhakhang in 7th century built by Songtsen Gampo, the Tibetan Buddhist King, and the 17th-century Jakar Dzong (the Castle of the White Bird). Other places to see include Tamshing Lhakhang built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, a religious treasure discoverer, and Kenchosum Lhakhang. We also take a short trek to Mebartsho – the Burning Lake. Along the way, we will explore for high altitude orchids such as lady slipper and many more.
  13. Day 14 Bumthang to Wangdue: We will stay overnight today at Kyichu Resort in Wangdue by the riverside. The resort has a beautiful collection of plants growing in its campus. You can also find some wild Dendrobium orchids being cultivated.
  14. Day 15 Wangdue-Thimphu-Paro: Today, we will drive back to Thimphu after breakfast. On the way, we will visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the country and built in 1629. Today, the Dzong houses the monastic school. We will stop for lunch in Thimphu before driving back to Paro.
  15. Day 16 Paro: Today, we hike up to the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, a literal translation of Taktshang. It is 1000 meters above the valley floor hanging precariously over a granite cliff. Legends has it that it was built with the help of celestial nymphs in the 17th century. This temple complex houses many caves, one among which is the site where the great Tantric saint – worshipped in the Himalayan Buddhist world as the “Second Buddha” – came riding on a tigress in the 8th century to destroy evil spirits and anoint the grounds to spread the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. 
  16. Day17 Departure- Paro: We bid farewell yet to see again in this Happy Kingdom.

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