Bhutan River Rafting & Cultural Tour (5N/6D)

Day 01: Arrival: Paro – Thimphu

Distance: 65km (1.5hrs)
Elevation: 2,250mts / 7,382ft

Paro: It is a broad and beautiful green bowl valley surrounded by jagged Himalayan Mountains and forested hillsides, crossed by beautiful rivers and dotted with medieval fortresses. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 AD and has been the legislative, executive, judicial and religious centre for the people of Paro. Also the nations home of National Museum and International Airport. The flight to Paro is considered one of the most spectacular flight experiences in the world.  While flying in and out of Bhutan, one can see Mt.Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makula, and other high peaks such as Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey, and Tsrim Gang.

Following a warm greetings from your tour guide and driver, you will be to capital city of Bhutan Thimphu crossing Tamchog monastery connected with iron Bridge en-route.

After reaching check into the hotel for some refreshment and visit the following places

Buddha point

Memorial Chorten

Tashichho Dzong

Evening: Free to explore Thimphu Town and Bhutanese Authentic Local Crafts Bazaar.

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu – Sightseeing

Morning: Hike to Cheri Monastery (15km/30-45min)

School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts

National Textile Museum

Centenary Farmer’s Market (Open: Thursday – Sunday)

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha

Distance: 77km (2.5hrs)

Elevation: 1,200mts / 3,900ft

The journey to Punakha includes the 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten commonly known as Dochula standing at 3150m above the sea level. The Druk Wangyel Chorten was built to celebrate the

Stability and progress brought to Bhutan by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth king of Bhutan. The pass provides spectacular 360 degree panaromic view of Himalayan Mountain Range.

After checking into hotel do River Rafting

Length: Approximately 7km (2 hrs)
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Flow: 2000 -3000 CFS

Drive to Serigang (30 min) & do Rafting down the scenic Mo Chhu River and end near Punakha Dzong. Mo Chu River originating in the mountainous hills of Northern Bhutan and Po Chu River fed by Glaciers in upper Punakha glacial valley offer tremendous rafting opportunity.

Mo Chu River with 10 Km course with 10 rapids of class 2 – 2+ is chosen for our whitewater rafting packages in Bhutan. After the confluence of these two rivers near Punakha Dzong, the main river is known as Puna Tsang Chu which offers even more exciting river run acknowledged mostly for its culturally stimulating and exciting rapids. During this meticulously organized river rafting trip, your journey through the most scenic and secluded miles featuring incredibly blue water, breath-taking alpine scenery, sighting world’s rarest birds and amazing rapids on the backdrop of striking 17th century Punakha Dzong.

One boat fits 6-8 people

Later in the afternoon visit the following places:

Chimmi Lhakhang (45 min hike round trip)

Punakha Dzong

Suspension Bridge

Evening: Free to explore Punakha Town

Overnight in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha – Paro

Distance: 130km (4-5hrs)

Elevation: 1,200mts / 3,900ft

After breakfast drive to Paro. Check into the hotel for some refreshment and visit the following places:

National Museum (Ta Dzong)

Paro Rimpong Dzong

Farm house

Evening: Free to explore Paro Town

Overnight in Paro

Day 05: Paro -“Hike to Tiger’s Nest” (approx. 4-5 hr)

Bhutan’s most important and beautiful landmark, Taktshang the Tiger’s nest clings to the side of a steep cliff 300 meters above the Paro valley. The place was first visited by Guru Rimpoche, founder of the tantric form of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, in the 8th century.  It was said that he meditated there for about three months.  The original temple was built in the 17th century, but tragically, it was consumed by fire in 1998.  Like a phoenix, the temple was rebuilt to its fullest glory in 2003.  Takshang is considered to be the 10th-holiest site in the Buddhist world. The programs afterward are optional to the guest

Later in the afternoon visit Kyichu Lhakhang

Overnight in Paro

Day 06: Departure

Following breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Airport for your onward destination

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