Fresh water trout fishing & cultural tour (7nights/ 8 days)
Bhutan is renowned as one of the very finest river trout fishing countries in the world. Although trout was brought all the way from Kashmir, India, in the mid 1900s, the fish has thrived in Bhutanese waters and can be found in close to 30 trout rivers, streams and lakes including famous Bhutanese rivers like the Paro Chhu and Thimphu Chhu.
Today, with brown and snow trout in abundance, Bhutan has catapulted into a prime trout fishing holiday destination. The Himalayan scenery with majestic mountain ranges in the backdrop coupled with luxurious accommodations and well managed fishing venues, we – at Druk Executive Travel ensure that your surroundings are as breathtaking as the rivers that meander down steeply sloped forested valleys.
And, when you’re not fishing, we have woven your itinerary in such a manner that you will not miss out on the rich culture Bhutan has to offer as you wander through monasteries, fortresses and passes of a land steeped in history. This Druk Executive Travel package is truly a joy for holiday makers of all ages as you set off to explore Bhutan’s top three destinations of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.
Day 01: Arrive in Paro.
Paro valley, at an altitude of 2280m, will surely touch your senses and leave you wanting for more. Dotted with imposing monasteries fortresses, farmhouses and resorts, the region is rich in history and if you listen closely you might even hear the victory chants of the Bhutanese over the marauding Tibetan armies from a bygone era.
After lunch, and after checking into a hotel of your preference, our guide will take you for a leisurely walk in the countryside to acclimatize you with the altitude.
Below is the list of hotels you can pick from in Paro:
- Aman Kora Resort (5 Star) amankora.com
- Uma Paro Resort (5 Star) comohotels.com/umaparo
- Hotel Zhiwa Ling (5 Star) zhiwaling.com
- Nak Sel Boutique (4 Star) naksel.com
Day 02: Paro
Spend the day fishing along the upper Paro Chhu.
Day 03: Paro
Spend yet another day fishing in the Paro Chhu. Your fishing spot will be such that you can’t help but be astonished by the overwhelming views and the array of wildlife that calls this amazing area home.
Day 04: Paro – Thimphu
No trip to Paro, or even Bhutan for that matter, is complete without a visit to the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery or Taktsang. So, after breakfast, our guide will enlighten and update you about Bhutanese history, culture and traditions as you hike up to the Monastery.
The Tiger’s Nest is undoubtedly the most visited and the most photographed of all the monuments in Bhutan. Standing on the edge of a 3,120m-tall cliff, above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons overlooking the Paro valley, the monastery is of tremendous religious significance to the Bhutanese. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to this site on the back of a tigress to subdue a local demon. The monastery was built in 1692 to honor and worship the Guru. The hike up to the Tiger’s Nest is give-or-take a two-hour ascent and, the view from the top, is well worth the climb.
After the hike, you will lunch in Paro town and in the evening head towards the capital Thimphu. The drive will take approximately an hour. And, because we know you will be tired from the climb, you can enjoy the complimentary spa in your hotel – courtesy of Druk Executive Travel.
Below is the list of hotels you can pick from in Thimphu:
- Le Meridien (5 Star) lemeridienthimphu.com
- Taj Tashi (5 Star) tajhotels.com
- Aman Kora Resort (5 Star) www.amankora.com
- Namgay Heritage (4 star) nhh.bt
- Hotel Druk (4 star) drukhotels.com
Day 05: Thimphu
As Thimphu has a variety of attractions like the Memorial Chorten, the National Textile Museum, the Changlimithang Stadium & the Archery Range, the Changangkha Lhakhang, the National Institute of Zorig Chusum, The Takin Preserve et al, your morning will be immersed in seeing the sights. Your afternoon, however, will be spent fishing for snow and brown trout along the Thimphu Chhu.
Day 06: Thimphu – Punakha
Punakha is at a lower altitude (1310m) than Paro and Thimphu. And the three-hour drive will take you across a high mountain pass (Dochula) with breathtaking stupas standing tall across the magnificent Himalayan ranges.
In Punakha, you will visit the Chimi Lhakhang and the famous Punakha dzong. Chimi Lhakhang is the repository of the original wooden phallus that maverick saint Drukpa Kunley or The Divine Madman brought from Tibet. It is used to bless people who visit the temple on pilgrimage, particularly women seeking blessing to beget children. The Punakha dzong, on the other hand, is the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the monastic body of Bhutan. Constructed in 1637-38, it is the second oldest dzong in the Kingdom and the wedding of the King and Queen of Bhutan was held there.
Below is the list of hotels you can pick from in Punakha:
- Aman Kora(5 star) amankora.com
- Uma Punakha (5 star) comohotels.com/umapunakha
- Dhensa Resort (4 star Deluxe) dhensa.com
- Kuenzang Zhing Resort (4 star) kunzangzhingresortbhutan.com
Day 07: Punkaha – Thimphu
After a hearty breakfast, you will drive back to Thimphu.
After lunch, witness an archery match full of barbs, jibes, wits and, of course, divine interventions. Bhutanese archery is perhaps the only sport in the world where drinking goes hand-in-hand with the game and where the local deities’ help are sought. In the evening, walk around Thimphu town and shop for all things Bhutanese.
Day 08: Thimphu – Paro
Drive to Paro International airport.