Traditional homestay tour

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Traditional homestay tour - 7 Days | 6 Night

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US$ 1390 / per person

Traditional homestay tour

Highlights

  • This tour will allow you to discover the real life of the Bhutanese farmers living in the villages.
  • As you walk through the villages, you will visit their homes and interact with their families.
  • Experience traditional village home stay.
  • Discover some of the most sacred monasteries, medieval fortresses and temples.
  • Enjoy a walk around Paro, Punakha and Haa.
  • Your trip will end in Paro where you will climb magnificent height to the cliff-side to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Home stay is the perfect way to experience of typical village life in Bhutan. It is a greatopportunity to mingle with the Bhutanese families where they can dine, work along with the farmers and get your self fully engage in the life of a normal Bhutanese people . You will enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

Detailed Itinerary

 Day 1 : Paro

During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by your guide and transfer you farm house in Paro. On arrival to farm house you will greeted by the family of the farm house. Visiting a farm house offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer. Later in the afternoon you will visit Paro Dzong. It was built in 17th century and now houses government offices and religious institutions. Then you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 8th century. In the evening you can stroll in the paro town. Overnight at farm house in Paro.

Day 2 : Paro-Haa

Today, drive to Haa valley across Chellela pass(3900m) dotted with the colorful prayer flags and offering amazing views of Mount Jomolhari and other mountains too. Drive downhill from pass is through the forest of blue pine, fire and oak. In the afternoon, you will visit Lhakhang Karpo(white temple) and lhakhang Nagpo(Black temple), explore the Haa valley and farm house. Overnight stay in Farm house.

Day 3 : Haa-Thimphu

After breakfast drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan through many small villages and pine forest.  On the way you can stop and visit some of the farm house. Locals will be happy to have you in to their homes for a cup of tea and to learn how they live in villages, continue your drive to Thimphu. Later in the afternoon visit Buddha statue, and is presumed to be the largest Bronze statue in the world. The three storied high throne of the statue will consists of temples on each floor, visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan);visit Post office were you can personalize your stamp, visit Painting school, and the majestic Tashichhodzong. Overnight at farm house in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive Punakha  after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way to Punakha, you will stop at Metsina village and take a 20 minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple. After Lunch you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated inbetween the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight at farm house in Lobesa.

 Day 5: Punakha-Paro

After breakfast you will be driving to Khamsum Yuelley Namgayl chorten. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten stands out on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha valley. It was built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. It took 9 years to build and Holy Scriptures rather than engineering manuals were consulted to construct this 4-storey temple. It is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions. This temple has been dedicated for the well being of the kingdom, its people and all sentient beings. From the parking it is another 45 minutes uphill walk through the rice fields and the return portion downhill takes around 30 minutes. Best view of the Punakha Valley is seen from the top of the temple.   After lunch you will drive back to Paro. On arrival check in to Hotel. Overnight hotel in Paro.

 Day 6: Paro-Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

In the morning you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The Moanstery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at the Cafeteria. Explore the monastery and hike back to the valley in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 7: Departure

Drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell

At a Glance

Tour duration: 7 Days | 6 Nights

Tour type: Traditional Homestay tour

Festival:

  • The February departure may attend the Punakha festival
  • The march departure may attend the Paro and Talo festival
  • The July departure may attend the Haa summer festival
  • The September departure may attend the Thimphu festival
  • The  October departure may attend the Jambay lahkhang festival


Best time:
All season

Activity type: Cultural tour, Historical sites, Village tour, Religious sites and Day hike

Places covered: Thimphu, Haa ,Punakha and Paro

Maximum elevation: 3900m

Inclusions

  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee and snacks
  • Complementary bottled water in car
  • Hotels
  • Transport
  • Guide
  • Government levy
  • Visa fee
  • Entrance fees
  • Permits
  • Sightseeing

Exclusions

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages other than tea and coffee
  • Sleeping bag on trek
  • Laundry
  • Internet bill
  • Phone bill
  • Other bills of personal nature

Accommodation

  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels (upgrade with supplement)
  • Homestay accommodation certified by Tourism Council Bhutan
  • Camping (optional)

Insurance

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.