6D 5N | Women Only

Paro, Thimphu & Punakha

For women on wanderlust, the perfect journey to experience the serenity, culture of Bhutan at your own pace.

Day 1: Arrival at Paro
Day 2: Explore Thimphu
Day 3: Drive to Punakha
Day 4: Explore Punakha & Archery
Day 5: Sights of Paro
Day 6: Depart Paro
Day 1: Arrival at Paro
Your journey into Bhutan starts with your Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines flight into Paro International airport. As the flight approaches Bhutan, enjoy spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges, including the Jhomolhari (7314m) and Jichu Drake (6794m) the loftiest peaks of Bhutan. On arrival, you will be received by your Mezmer Journeys guide who will be with you throughout the rest of your stay in Bhutan.
Sit back and relax as you’re driven in a private coach to reach Thimpu, the smallest capital city in the world (1.5 hours).

Enroute, visit the Tachog Lhakhang Bridge built by Thangtong Gyalpo, a saint from the 15th century who introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains -truly a sight to behold.

You'll also drive past Chuzom, the meeting point of the Paro and Thimpu rivers. Here, you will see shrines built to ward off evil spirits that the Bhutanese believe lurk beneath the water.

The last part of the journey is just a short 15-minute stretch from Simtokha to Thimpu, your home for the next three days.

A welcome dinner with a live folk dance performance is waiting for you at the hotel. Once you have relaxed and eaten your fill of traditional Bhutanese dishes, you willl be ready to hit the sack with images of the drive to Thimpu as the backdrop.

Day 2: Explore Thimphu
After breakfast embark on a 3 hour guided tour of Thimphu. Visit the National Library and The Institute for Zorig Chusum before lunch. Post lunch, continue your tour, stopping first visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, a striking stupa decorated with golden spires, wrathful deities and elaborate mandala paintings, that serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops.

On the way back to the hotel, you wiill drive past the Trashi Chhoe Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), the site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot, where all important government and religious decisions are made.

Day 3: Drive to Punakha
After an early morning breakfast, depart for the 10,130 ft Dochu-la Pass. You'll stop here briefly so you can take in the view - steep mountains dense with rhododendron forests, green valleys, monasteries, 108 chortens (Lamaist monuments), mani wall and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

Next, visit Punakha Dzong, another confluence but with two different rivers Mo Chhu (Mother) and Pho Chhu (Father) via Wangdiphodrang. Afterwards, you will walk to Chimi Lakhang, a fertility temple nestled in the countryside, and said to have been built by a Tibetan saint known as the Divine Madman.

Head to Punakha for the night.

Day 4: Explore Punakha and some archery
After breakfast, prepare yourself for an archery competition! You will spend some time learning the skills and then try hitting some targets for a fun time.

Then, it’s time for a drive to Paro from Punakha.(4 hours)

Overnight in Paro.

Day 5: Sights of Paro
In the morning, drive up the valley to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, which was built in a bid to control the routes to Tibet and to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibet-Mongol forces.

Later on the way back to Paro, you visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom, which houses an original 17th century statue of Jowo Shakyamuni that represents the Indian prince Gautama Siddhartha becoming Buddha after reaching enlightenment. It is considered to be the valley’s greatest treasure.

Dinner will be a homemade meal with a local family, a truly authentic Bhutanese experience.

Stay overnight in Paro.

Day 6: Depart Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro International Airport to depart Bhutan.

MonthValues (Celsius)ParoThimpuPunakhaTrongsaBhumthangMongarTrashigang
JanuaryMax
Min
9.4
-5.8
12.3
-2.6
17.0
4.3
13.0
-0.2
10.8
-5.1
15.5
8.2
20.4
10.5
FebruaryMax
Min
13.0
1.5
14.4
0.6
19.0
7.8
13.9
0.4
10.0
-1.4
15.9
8.3
21.7
11.5
MarchMax
Min
14.5
0.6
16.4
3.9
22.8
10.4
16.7
4.4
16.2
3.5
20.0
11.6
24.8
14.4
AprilMax
Min
17.6
4.6
20.0
7.1
26.2
12.9
20.1
6.6
18.7
3.9
22.8
14.0
28.3
17.0
MayMax
Min
23.5
10.6
22.5
13.1
29.1
17.7
21
11.6
21.3
9.5
25.1
17.4
30
22.6
JuneMax
Min
25.4
14.1
24.4
15.2
29.2
20.1
22.2
13.6
22.5
13.5
26.1
19.5
30.7
22.6
JulyMax
Min
26.8
14.9
25.9
15.6
30.4
20.5
25.3
15.3
24.1
13.6
27.1
19.8
31.5
23.1
AugustMax
Min
25.3
14.7
25.0
15.8
29.1
20
23.8
15
23.0
13.7
25.4
19.6
30.2
22.7
SeptemberMax
Min
23.4
11.7
23.1
15
27.5
19.1
22.6
14.2
21.6
12.1
24.7
19.4
30.0
21.9
OctoberMax
Min
18.7
7.4
21.9
10.4
26.1
14.7
21.8
11.7
19.5
5.9
22.7
15.8
29.1
17.7
NovemberMax
Min
13.9
1.4
17.9
5.0
22.6
9.6
19.8
6.4
16.1
-0.5
19.9
11.2
26.1
13.6
DecemberMax
Min
11.2
-1.7
14.5
-1.1
19.1
6.3
18.2
2.5
12.3
-2.3
17.7
9.5
23.0
11.6
Your guide will be equipped with a basic first aid kit but please do remember to bring the following with you:
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Hat
  • Walking Stick
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