Tergo Travels, Bhutan

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This entails travel with children above 8 years old.

Tergo Travels also organises reunion, wedding or just vacation for families. Please see our sample family tour itinerary which encompasses cultural, wildlife, adventure and scenic tours. The entire trip is for 9 days and we recommend children above 8 years for this trip since this entails trekking for 3 days. For younger children, we can organise something easier according to the age group and interests.

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Duration – 9 days

Day 1   |   Arrival at the Paro International Airport

Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport, received by our representative and then transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan.

Picnic lunch at Paro

Drive to Thimphu (1 hour drive)

Thimphu became a town in 1961 and is the capital of Bhutan. Today the city sprawls across the western slopes of the Wang Chuu river valley, with several government offices located around Trashichho dzong.

Visit Trashichho Dzong

Trashichho Dzong is the centre of government and religion, site of King’s throne room and the seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1961 in traditional Bhutanese manner, without any nails or architectural plans.

Night halt in Thimphu

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Day 2   |   Visit Dechenphug Monastery

The Dechenphug monastery is one of the most sacred monasteries in Thimphu valley. The monastery is dedicated to Gyenyen Jagpa Milen who is one of the most important spiritual guardians of the Bhutanese people. Devotees come to this monastery to offer prayers, butter lamps and incense and to seek blessings. Archers seek his assistance to win tournaments. Children pray to him to get through exams. The sick pray to him for recovery. Officials go to him for a successful seminar. Farmers ask him for rain. If Bhutan went to war, the soldiers would pray to him for victory.

Visit Sangaygang and the Takin Zoo

Sangaygang offers you a panoramic view of the Thimphu city. The Takin Zoo is a mini zoo where the national animal of Bhutan, Takin, is kept in captivity.

Visit the Textile Museum and the Folk Heritage Museum

The Textile and Folk Heritage Museums gives a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

Stroll in Thimphu town

Night halt in Thimphu

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Day 3   |   Travel to Phobjikha

Phobjikha is a glacial valley. This place is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country due to the Black Necked Cranes which migrate from Tibet to this place in the winter.

Enroute 15 minutes break at the Dochula pass (altitude 3,100 m) for a view of the mountain and visit the 108 stupas

“La” means pass in Bhutanese.  The mountain pass of Dochula offers you a view of the chain of Himalayan Mountains ranges on a clear sunny day. The 108 chortens were built under the initiative of Her Majesty the Queen Mother to honor His Majesty the 4th King’s and his people for their victory in the war fought in the southern Bhutan in 2003 and for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Tea at the Dochula café

Enroute visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

The Wangdue Dzong sits atop a high ridge between 2 rivers, the Punatsang Chhu and the Dangchhu. Legend says while people were searching for a site for the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying in four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign representing the spread of religion in four directions.

Lunch in Wangdue

Walk through the beautiful valley of Phobjikha to see the black necked cranes up-close and visit the cranes’ study centre

Dinner at the hotel

Night halt at Phobjikha

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Trek from Phobjikha to Wangdue Phodrang (3 days)

Day 01  |  Gangtey Gompa – Gogona 15km (6-7 hours)

The trail winds gradually upwards through meadows and fields, ascending to Tsele-la pass (3,400m) where we stop for lunch. The trail then descends gradually for some time through forests of junipers, bamboo, magnolias and rhododendrons. After a last short climb, we reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha (language of nomads).

Overnight camp.

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Day 02  |  Gogona – Khotokha, 16 km  6- 7 hours)

The trail winds up gently above Gogona village, climbing into a forest of firs, oak, spruce, rhododendron, cypress and junipers. A long and gradual climb takes us up to Shobju-la pass (3,400m). The path leads down to the wide valley of Khotokha, where the people of Sha (a region of Wangdue Phodrang district) come in summer to graze their animals.

Overnight camp.

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Day 03   |   Khotokha – Chazam/Wangduephodrang 12km, 5 hours

A short ascent takes us to a pass, from which the path descends steeply through ever- changing vegetation till finally reaching the bridge at Wangdue Phodrang. The trek ends here. Drive to Punakha

Night halt in Punakha

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Day 7  |  Rafting on the Mochu

Picnic lunch next to the river

Visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. Built over a period of 9 years, it is a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world. Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, this temple is dedicated for the well being of the kingdom and the benefit of all sentient beings.

Night halt in Punakha

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Day 8   |  Travel to Paro (4 hours drive)

Lunch in one of the local restaurant in town

Visit the Ta Dzong (Mueum)

The Dzong, originally built as Watch Tower, it now houses National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Dinner at the Hotel Zhiwaling

Night halt at Paro

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Day 9  |  Trek to Taktsang (the tiger’s nest)

Constructed in 1692, Taktsang is one of Bhutan’s most famous monasteries.  It is perched on the mountainside at an elevation of 3,120 metres (10,200 feet).  Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest” was named after the legend where Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tigress before finally landing at the very spot that Taktsang was built.

Picnic lunch on the way

Rest and recuperate

Visit the small town of Paro

Dinner at the hotel

Night halt in Paro

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Day 10   |    Departure