Bhutan Hot Spring Therapy Tour
Bhutan Hot Spring Therapy Tour
: 12 Days
: Exclusive Tours
: Paro > Thimphu > Punakha > Gasa
: Hiking, Visit Farm House, Fortress, Hiking, Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc
Bhutan Hot Spring Therapy Tour will give you an idea how Himalayan Hot springs therapy trip are well known for curative properties. They are found in many places in Bhutan and have been used for centuries to cure the Bhutanese of various ailments ranging from arthritis, body aches, to even sinuses.
It is during winter that Bhutanese visit the well-known hot springs. Gasa Tshachus or Gasa hot spring in western Bhutan is situated close to the banks of the Mo chu river. It is popular amongst Bhutanese. The Gasa hot springs are frequented not just by the people but even wild animals such as the Takin. Getting to Gasa hot spring is about ten hours trek from Punakha district or one can choose to travel half way by vehicle till a village called Damji. From Damji is about six hours trek till Gasa hot spring through beautiful hills of pine and oak forests. The route also takes us through small villages, bamboo forests and small streams. On reaching a pass one can see a beautiful view of Gasa dzong(fortress) seated below snow covered mountain.
On the way one can enjoy nice outdoor picnic with packed lunch. The other well known hot spring is the Chubu tshachu in Punakha. This hot spring is also located by the banks of the Pho chu river and can be reached within a days journey from Punakha town. In central Bhutan in Bumthang, we have the Dur Tshachu. Located in the village of Dur, this tshachu also has medicinal value and are known to cure body aches. Then we have the Duenmang tshachu in Zhemgang. Situated by the banks of Mangde chu, Duenmang tshachu is also being frequented by the Khengpas and the rest of the Bhutanese population. In southern Bhutan, you have the Gelephu tshachu situated yet again next to a stream. The tshachu is mostly frequented by the local residents and in winter by the other Bhutanese people that take trips to get cure themselves of diseases. Besides, there is the Menchu, a tradition of heating up stones and then soaking in the water that is in turn heated by the stones. This is also a curative method and is used throughout the country.
- Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
- Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
- Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
- Attend the local festivals and events.
- Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
- Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
- And much more…
- Receive and Transfer to Airport
- Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
- 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
- Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
- English Speaking Guide
- All Sightseeing
- Museum Fees
- Bhutan Visa
- All Permits
- Bottled Mineral Water
- Walks and Hikes
What’s is Not Include
- Guide and Driver tip
- International Airfare
- Laundry Charges
- Internet, International calls
- Other Beverages
- Donation when photographing
- Travel Insurance
- Baggage Handlers tip
You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- DAY 1: Arrive Paro & Drive to Thimphu
- DAY 2: Sightseeing in Thimphu valley
- DAY 3: Thimphu – Punakha
- DAY 4: Punakha – Phobjikha – Punakha
- DAY 5: Punakha – Gasa
- DAY 6: Gasa – Gasa
- DAY 7: Gasa – Gasa
- DAY 8: Gasa – Punakha
- DAY 9: Punakha – Paro
- DAY 10: Sightseeing in Paro valley
- DAY 11: Paro (Excursion to Tiger’s Lair)
- DAY 12: Depart Paro
Arrive Paro & Drive to ThimphuAs you approach Paro, on clear sunny days you can capture a spectacular view of Himalayan peaks. Just before landing, you will have unusual experience with the aircraft as it prepares to land on one of the most difficult airports in the world. On arrival you will be received by our representative who will then drive you to Thimphu, which is about 1.5 hour drive from Paro. Thimphu is at the elevation of 2500 meters / 8200ft.Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Sightseeing in Thimphu valley
Visit King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Memorial Chorten, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library, the Painting School where traditional art is kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls), and the Institute of Medicine where traditional medicines are prepared according to ancient practices. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit Lungtenzampa to observe the traditional silver smiths plying at their crafts and the Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Drive back to town and visit the handicraft stores and stroll around the tiny capital city.Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
If you are in Thimphu during Friday Saturday and Sunday then the sightseeing will Visit Farmers’ Centenary market in Thimphu, which is in a permanent set of stalls. The market was opened in 2008 to celebrate 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan. Vendors from throughout the region arrive on Friday afternoon and remain selling their goods until Sunday night. It’s an interesting place to visit, where village people jostle with well-heeled Thimphu residents for the best and cheapest vegetables and foodstuffs.
This is the only time that fresh produce is easily available and the shopping is enhanced by the opportunity to catch up on the week’s gossip. At the northern end of the market are stalls called indigenous goods and handicrafts section. Here you will find locally produced goods, including religious objects, handmade metal swords and knives, baskets, fabrics and different hats from various minority groups. Your sightseeing will continue to Zangdopelri temple in Changlimithang where you can witness young Bhutanese practicing their favorite archery game. We will return to hotel for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Memorial Chorten built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Dupthop Lhakhang (Monastery for the nuns) and other places of interest.
Thimphu – PunakhaLeaving Thimphu the road ascends steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Your car will drop you at the mule track, from where you will hike through the Rhododendron, Magnolia, juniper and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. Your picnic lunch will be served at a cosy spot. You will then be driven through the long winding road to Lobesa where you will make another hike to Chimi Lhakhang, a Temple on small hill. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi known as Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as “Divine madman” to the westerners. Bhutanese believe that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. You will continue your drive north to visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). It is the most magnificent dzong of Bhutan and was the capital in the 17th and 18th century. Presently, the Dzong is the district administration and judiciary office as well as the winter seat for Bhutan’s spiritual leader Je Khenpo and the 600 monks of Thimphu and Punakha.Overnight at hotel.
Punakha – Phobjikha – PunakhaAfter breakfast, you will take a short drive to Wangdue at an elevation of 1,350 meters (4,430 feet). Wangdue is one of the major towns and district headquarters in western Bhutan. We will visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong strategically located on the ridge at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We will continue our journey for another two hours and enter Phobjikha (3000 m/ 9840 feet), the valley of black necked cranes. We will drive through Oak and rhododendron forests and often witness gigantic Yaks grazing. Phobjikha is also the chosen home of the rare black-necked cranes which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape harsh winters. The other side of the pass that overlooks the valley is a realm of high altitude dwarf bamboo, the main forage for Yaks in winter. We will visit the Gangtey Monastery, perched atop a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The monastery is surrounded by a village inhabited mainly by the families of 140 gomchens (monks) of the monastery. It is the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan and the largest in the country. The monastery is headed by the spiritual master known as ninth Gangtey Tulku. We will resume our drive for few more kilometers beyond the monastery to the village of Phobjikha. We will drive back to Punakha, about four hours from Phobjikha.Overnight at Hotel. Picnic lunch will be served.
Punakha – GasaGasa Tshachus or Gasa hot spring in western Bhutan is situated close to the banks of the Mo chu river. It is popular amongst Bhutanese. The Gasa hot springs are frequented not just by the people but even wild animals such as the Takin. Getting to Gasa hot spring is about ten hours trek from Punakha district or one can choose to travel half way by vehicle till a village called Damji. From Damji is about six hours trek till Gasa hot spring through beautiful hills of pine and oak forests. The route also takes us through small villages, bamboo forests and small streams. On reaching a pass one can see a beautiful view of Gasa dzong(fortress) seated below snow covered mountain. On the way one can enjoy nice outdoor picnic with packed lunch. The other well known hot spring is the Chubu tshachu in Punakha. This hot spring is also located by the banks of the Pho chu river and can be reached within a days journey from Punakha town.Overnight Camping.
Gasa – GasaThis is also a very good place for the nature lover that you can do birding and explore the semi tropical wilderness. You can soak yourself and stay till you get satisfaction.Overnight Camping.
Gasa – GasaToday you can visit gasa dzong in the morning which will take about an hour up hill.Evening at leasure.Overnight Camping.
Gasa – PunakhaToday after your breakfast you can trek back to punakha and enjoy the beauty of the nature. and it time permits you can also visit a farm house at damji to see the living style of Bhutanese in the remote Bhutan.Overnight at Hotel.
Punakha – ParoAfter Breakfast, we will drive to Paro and stop at Dochula Pass to take photographs and explore the recently built stupas. On clear sunny days, you can view the Bhutan’s 200 mile snow-capped peaks in the north. From Dochula, you will drive down and stop at the oldest Simtokha Dzong, built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It now houses the institute of traditional studies for lay men and women. We will continue our drive and eat lunch in a local restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch, you will have about an hour to do the last minute shopping before you resume journey to Paro. On your way to Paro you will stop at the Tachogang Temple, built in the 15th century by Thangtong Gyalpo, who also built several iron bridges in Bhutan. We will resume our drive to Paro and check in to Hotel.Overnight at Hotel.
Sightseeing in Paro valleyAfter breakfast, you will visit Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong was built to commemorate the victory against the invading Tibetan army in 17th century. The Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of Mount Jhomolhari (7314 m / 23,990 ft). From Drugyal Dzong, we will drive south to Satsam Chorten, built in memory of the late Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, and continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan, which has collection of works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armor and rare stamps. We will take a short hike down to Rimpung Dzong. The short hike will take you through a traditional cantilever bridge and to your waiting car at the valley floor. Depending on time, we will hike up to the nearby hill to get a panoramic view of the Paro Valley.Overnight at hotel.
Paro (Excursion to Tiger’s Lair)After breakfast, your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The steep trail to the monastery will take you through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will love to stop at the cafeteria for refreshment after a steep climb. If not tired, you will hike further until you get a clear view of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria.Overnight at Hotel.
Depart ParoOur tour leader will drive you to the Paro International Airport for departure to your onward destination.
- Trip to Bhutan or Trip to Asia
- Farmer in bhutan ploughing the fied
- Monk learning to play flute I
- Travel to Bhutan (Dochula Pass 3100mts in Bhutan)
- Tour Bhutan (Festival in Bhutan)
- Bumthang Festival
What is the best time to visit Bhutan?
In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.
Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?
All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.
What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?
You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.