Gasa Hotspring Tour

The hot springs at Gasa are situated close to the banks of the Mo Chhu River. This is one of the most popular springs in the country and are frequently visited not only with tourists but with local people as well.
Road Connectivity has made easier for visitors to get to the Gasa Hot Spring and also with guesthouses which can be booked in advance by contacting Tshachu Manager.
There are five bath houses at the Gasa Tshachu for general public and reserved one for Royals. Out of five general bath houses, one of the bath house is "pay and use" where visitors can book in advance. The water temperature varies in each of the pool with different medicinal value, so visitors can choose the one according to their choices. Bathing facilities have also been provided to ensure that the Hot Springs remain clean and hygienic. There is also an outdoor pool.



TOUR OUTLINE
Day 1 - Arrival in Paro – Thimphu
Day 2 - Thimphu
Day 3 - Thimphu – Punakha
Day 4 - Punakha -Gasa
Day 5 - Gasa
Day 6 - Gasa Hot Spring
Day 7 - Gasa - Punakha
Day 8 - Punakha - Phobjikha
Day 9 - Phobjikha - Paro
Day 10 - Paro (Chelela Pass)
Day 11 - Paro (Tiger's Nest)
Day 12 - Departure

Day 1 - Arrival in Paro – Thimphu

Every flight to Bhutan has panoramic view of the high mountains of the world. As airstrip is in the valley, landing at Paro Airport is breathtaking. Arrive in time for your flight to Bhutan. Please note that Druk Air flight timing may change! The best way to reconfirm is to call their local office when you are in departing place. Please arrive in time for departure flight to Paro, Bhutan (PBH).
Please note that you have to produce VISA copy upon arrival. There are no fees and photos needed for VISA. Upon arrival in Bhutan, clear Immigration, customs and you will meet our representatives and be transferred to Thimphu, the capital city where we will spend two nights. After lunch in Thimphu, visit Tashichoe Dzong and Folk Heritage Museum.

Overnight in Thimphu

Road from Paro to Thimphu: The distance of about 65kms from Paro town takes one and half hours. Drive south following Pachu River to the confluence at Chuzom, which is also the hub of road network going to Paro, Haa, Thimphu and Phuntsholing. From Chuzom, the drive takes about an hour, staying close to Wangchu River in the valley floor, as we pass through villages and suburbs to the capital, Thimphu. En-route we can stop to view Tachogang temple and the nunnery at Wangsisina.

Thimphu: (El. 2300m) is Bhutan’s capital city and center of government, religion and commercial activities. About one and half hour drive east from Paro is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development with ancient traditions. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. It was a wooded farming valley until 1960s, when it became Bhutan’s official national capital. The massive Tashichoe Dzong, about 700 yrs old, was carefully revamped in the 1960s by the Late King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck to house the Royal and main government offices. Even today, it still only has a few street and no traffic lights with estimated population of 90,000 people. Thimphu has many places and sights to visit, in addition to several days excursion possibilities. It has relatively more choice in terms of the accommodation.

Tashichoe Dzong: This fortress serves as the office of the King, Ministers and various government organizations. It also is the headquarters for Central Monastic Body of Bhutan. Bhutan’s spiritual leader, Jekhenpo and the monks of both Thimphu and Punakha recite here during summer. It is also the venue for Thimphu festival in the fall season.

Folk Heritage Museum: A century old building is converted as museum to show the folks that how our forefathers used to live in the mid 19th century with all household belongings. The house is built with ramped mud wall and shingled roof.


Day 2 - Thimphu

After breakfast drive north to a wooden cantilever bridge, the starting point of hike to Chagri Goempa. After lunch in the town, visit the National Memorial Chorten, Takin Reserve, Zhilukha Nunnery and drive west to the Buddha point. Then transfer to the hotel and stroll around the Thimphu city in the evening.

Overnight in Thimphu

Chagri Goempa: End of road, north from the Thimphu valley is Dodina, end of Jomolhari Trek 1. A cantilever bridge covered with colorful prayer flags leads to the Chagri Monastery, taking about an hour and half through oak and rhododendron forest. Chagri was built in 1619 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, forming the first monastic body in Bhutan. The place is renowned for meditation place around the monastery.

National Memorial Chorten: was built by Royal Queen Mother, Ashi Phuntsho Choden in 1794 in memory of her son, the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The stupa now stands as a symbol of peace, where people of all age come to pray and circumambulate for merit.

Takin Reserve:

Takin (Budorcas Taxicolor) has been chosen as the national animal of Bhutan because it is based both on its uniqueness and association with country’s history and mythology. It is said that Divine Madman, a popular Tibetan saint is said to have created the beast with his magical power at a large congregation of devotees. It resembles a calf from back, a goat from the front and continues to befuddle Taxonomists, who can not quite relate to other animal. It looks like Canadian Moose.

Zhilukha Nunnery: is housed in Drubthob Goemba (monastery). There are about 50 nuns who live and pray every day in the monastery. There are good views of the Tashichoe Dzong, Golf course and upper Thimphu.

Buddha Point: The newly built large statue of Buddha is one of the top visual priorities in Thimphu.


Day 3 - Thimphu - Punakha

Drive east to Punakha takes about 3hrs. En-route, we stop to take the panoramic view of the Himalayan range from Dochula Pass (El. 3,050 m). We can take a short hike to Lunchutse Lhakhang for an hour in the forest exploring the nature. Descending from the Dochu-la Pas, visiting the Botanical Park Centre at Lamperi lets us know about the vegetation and habitats of the Park. Just before arriving in Punakha, we will take a short and easy walk for an hour. The hike to visit Chimi Lhakhang (No-dog temple), dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as ‘the Divine Madman’ and considered as folk hero in Bhutan for his unconventional ways.

Camping in Punakha along the Mo-chu river

Road from Thimphu to Punakha: The drive from Thimphu to Punakha or Wangdue Phodrang (75kms) takes about 3 hrs. The road climbs from Thimphu to Dochula Pass (3,050m), descends through ever changing forest into the semi-tropical valley of Punakha and Wangdue at about 1250m. Dochula Pass en-route, provides spectacular snow-capped mountains views of Eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan’s one of the highest mountains (Gangkar Phuensum – 7570m), on clear days. The pass is marked by 108 stupas which were built in 2004 commemorating victory of Bhutanese Army over Indian group of militants; ULFAs, Bodos and KLOs.

Lungchutse Lhakhang: The hike of an hour to Lunchutse Lhakhang (El. 3600m) through the rhododendron and orchids in oak forest is a great time to explore and enjoy the nature. The temple was built two and half centuries ago, served as the seat of the Treasure Revealer, Drukda Dorji. He had prophesized the birth of great fourth monarch of Bhutan, His Majesty the king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Her Majesty the queen Ashi Dorje Wangmo Wangckuck restored the temple along with 108 stupas at Dochu-la Pass in 2004.

Chimi Lhakhang: A fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popular as ‘the Divine Madman’ and considered a folk hero in Bhutan for his unconventional ways. Drukpa Kuenley originally built a black stupa at the site; the temple was later built in the 15th century by his half brother, Ngawang Chogyal. The temple, flanked by nearly 100 tall prayer flags, sits atop a picturesque hill. It has long been a pilgrimage site for childless couples. This easy walk takes about less than 1 hr.


Day 4 - Punakha - Gasa

Drive north the valley of Punakha, passing the Punakha Dzong to Gasa. The drive takes about 4 hours on the unpaved road. You may visit the Gasa Dzong upon availability of time.

Overnight in tent

Gasa: lies at between 1500m and 4500m in extreme northwestern part of Bhutan bordering Tibet in the north and Punakha in the south. The province is a part of Jigme Dorji National Park, which makes the region one of the least developed parts of the country. Gasa is well known for Hot Spring or Tsachu which was damaged by flood in 2008 on Mo-chu River and reopened in 2011.


Day 5 Gasa - Hotspring(Tsachu)

As Gasa is known for Tsachu or Hot Spring, you may soak yourself and rest at the place. Apart from soaking, you may explore yourself around the hot spring and enjoy the nature.


Day 6 - Gasa - Hotspring

Rest at the hotspring

Overnight in tent

Day 7 - Gasa - Punakha

Drive back to Punakha following the same road. Before reaching Punakha, take diversion to a bridge and go for hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, located on hilltop. The view from the temple is outstandingly beautiful down the valley.

Overnight at Punakha

Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten: drive to the idyllic countryside north of Punakha to the village of Nyizergang, starting point for an hour gradual hiking ascent through cultivated fields and little hamlets to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a shrine recently built by the Royal family. The shrine is an amazingly elaborate structure with a rainbow of Guru Rinpochhe’s images of his thoughts and superb views of the Punakha valley. The hike uphill takes about 1 hour and return through different route following ancient river side trail through white-washed farmhouses and Aman Resort to Punakha Dzong.


Day 8 - Punakha - Phobjikha

Following the east-west highway, takes about 4hrs drive to the Phobjikha valley. First stop at the town of Wandue Phodrang and ruined Wangdue dzong which was burnt down couple of years back. The dzong is under construction. Visit Gantey Goemba on a hill top and start walking across the hamlet and into the pine forest. The trail leads us to the view point of the Black Necked Cranes and through the valley.

Overnight in Phobjikha

Gangtey Goemba: Site atop a hillock that overlooks the Phobjikha valley. It is headed by the ninth Gangtey Trulku (reincarnation) and is the largest Nyingma monastery in western Bhutan. It was founded in 1613 AD by Gyelse Pema Thinley, a grandson and reincarnation of influential treasure discoverer, Pema Lingpa. An incarnate line of Pema Thinley, representing the body aspects of Pema Lingpa, contrasted with mind and speech emanations. The monastery has been recently renovated and surrounding the monastery are village homes and hermitages.

Phobjikha Valley: (El. 3000m) is a wide and beautiful valley, designated as conservation zone within the Black Mountains National Park, a natural habitat for wildlife, including nesting black-necked cranes from Central Asia (mid autumn till early spring). Because of the conservation measures, there is no electricity in the valley. The lodges use solar power cells to light which is turned off after the dinner. Hot water is provided in the bucket and rooms are heated with wooden stoves.


Day 9 Phobjikha - Paro

Drive same way back about 140km to Paro. We have a much covered on this way. Lunch would be served at Dochu-la hotel.
Descend to visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong (fortress) in Bhutan and then to Paro via Chuzom.

Overnight in Paro

Semtokha Dzong: The first dzong built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in Thimphu houses the Institute of Language and Cultural Studies. The fortress has been renovated with funding from the Indian Government.


Day 10 Paro (Chelela Pass)

After breakfast, drive south passing the airport and the road continues to Chelela Pass (El. 3980m), a highest motor road in Bhutan with spectacular view of Himalayan range in the north during clear days.
Upon your interest, you may walk down to Kila Goemba, nunnery which would take about 2 hrs.

Overnight in Paro

Taktsang Goemba: Taktsang (Tiger’s lair) – or Taktsang Pelphug is one of the most venerated and famous monasteries of Bhutan. It is located on the face of a sheer 1000m cliff above the Paro valley. It is an impressive sight but accessible only by trek or pony. The walk to the Tea-house is a steep one hour uphill (about 350m ascent). From the Tea-house (El. 2795m), one can get a close-up view of Taktsang and most actually return back from here. After tea, snacks and rest, we will trek further uphill to a high observation point (3140m), where there is a Chorten (stupa). Continue down the flight of cliff-hanging steps on the narrow trail to a beautiful waterfall that plunges down the chasm and alongside is a retreat hermitage. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the great Buddhist tantric master, who spread Buddhism across the entire Himalayas is said to have flown here in 8th century on the back of a Tigress. During his visit, he meditated in the cave here for three months. In 1692, Gyesey Tenzin Rabgye, Paro Governor built a two storey temple here, which over a period of time was expanded and refurbished. In April 1998, tragically, two of the three temples were completely burnt down by fire. It has now been restored to its original splendor.

Kyichu Lhakhang: is one of the most important Buddhist temples similar to Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang, before the advent of Buddhism in Bhutan. Tibetan King, Songtsen Gempo built the temple in 7th century, in order to pin down an ogress, obstructing him in flourishing Buddhism in the Himalayas.


Day 12 - Departure

Departure


TOUR PRICE

Trek Price - USD 2750
Note:

  1. Surcharges of USD 40 and USD 30 per night per person will be levied to the single and couple travelers respectively by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
  2. One time visa fee is set at USD 40 per person
    Inclusive of:
  1. Royalty and taxes
  2. Visa fee
  3. Internal Transport
  4. All Meals
  5. Accommodations in minimum 3 star hotels
  6. Professional English speaking tour guide
  7. Entry fees in museums and monuments
    Exclusive of:
  1. Airfare
  2. Travel Insurance
  3. Beverages
  4. Laundry
  5. Telephone