Hot Spring Tour 8 Days

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
DAY 02: THIMPHU
DAY 03: THIMPHU – THIMPHU
DAY 04: THIMPHU – GASA
DAY 05: GSA – PUNAKHA
DAY 06: PUNAKHA – PARO
DAY 07: PARO
DAY 08: DEPART PARO

The hot springs at Gasa in Western Bhutan are situated close to the banks of the Mo Chu River. This is one of the most popular springs in the country which is visited by local people as well as the tourist. There are three bath houses at the Gasa Tshachu. One of the bath houses contains a large bathing pool and the remaining two each have two smaller pools. The water temperature varies in each of the pool so visitors can choose the one that they like best. Bathing facilities have also been provided to ensure that the Hot Springs remain clean and hygienic.
There is also an outdoor pool close to the facilities that are frequently used by both domestic and wild animals such as Takins.

DETAILED ITINEARY

Day 1: Paro arrival to Thimphu

Arrive Paro. You will be welcomed by our Guide who will be waiting for your arrival. After airport formalities are finished will visit one of the hotel for refreshment.Your adventure starts just when you borad druk air as you can have a view of the Himalayan ranges and you can even see the view of the highest peak Mount Everest. If you reach early and if we have time on the same day you reached will visit;

Paro Ta Dzong which is the National Museum of Bhutan.
Paro Dzong used for administrative purpose and monastic bodies.
In the evening will drive to Thimphu capital city of Bhutan. Dinner and night halt at Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast will visit;

Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) the third king of Bhutan.
Folk and Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions.

National Library
Indigenous hospital
The Painting School, where young monks learn the art of painting Buddhist thangkha.
Handicraft emporium.
Changangkha Lhakhang (Temple)

In the afternoon drive to Sangaygang from where we can see the view of whole Thimphu town. And on the way we can visit mini zoo where you can see takin the national animal of Bhutan. And then will visit Trashichho dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Dinner at night halt at Thimphu in Hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha

After breakfast will drive to Punakha which is about 4 hours drive from Thimphu. On the way you will stop at Dochula (3150m) and there you can see 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten. If you wish we can stop for tea and snacks as there is a cafe. You will then drive down further through temperate forests into semitropical range of orange and cactuses. On the way will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”. When we reach to Punakha we will visit Punakha dzong built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). Today it is the winter residence of the Je-khenpho the chief abbot and also serves as the administration center of the Punakha district. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha to Gasa(Gasa Hot Spring)

After breakfast will drive to Gasa which is 2.5 hours from Puanakha. From Punakha the road is unpaved but you will pass through the beautifu forest. Once we reach there will enjoy the hot spring bath. Night halt at Gasa.

Day 5: Gasa to Punakha

Today after breakfast will visit Gasa Dzong and other sightseeing at Gasa. After lunch will drive back to Punakha. Dinner and night halt at Punakha.

Day 6: Punakha to Paro

After breakfast will drive to Paro. Will have lunch at Thimphu and after lunch will visit Simtokha Dzong which is the oldest dzong in Bhutan. After that will continue to Paro and dinner and overnight at Paro.

Day 7: Paro Halt, hike to Taktshang Monastery

After early breakfast will hike to Paro Taktsang which is one of the most popular monastery visited by the tourist. It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated.

In the afternoon will visit
Drugyel Dzong; fortress which was built to commemorate a victory over Tibetan.
Kyichu Lhakhang; one of the oldest temple in Bhutan.
In the evening will drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Dinner and overnight at Thimphu.

Day 8: Paro Airport

After early breakfast will drive to Paro International airport for your flight to next destination.