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Travel to Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, which is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. Bhutan has established itself as a distinct island in the Himalaya region where the society, the culture, the economy, polity and the environment are truly maintaining a most harmonious relationship. Bhutan is the only country where the progress is not measured by the popular idea of Gross Domestic Product but only through Gross National Happiness. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations.
Day 1 : Reach Paro Airport and reach Thimpu
After completion of immigration formalities at the Paro Airport exit door, you will be met by your Bhutanese Guide and get transferred to Capital City of Bhutan, Thimphu. Enroute stop at Chuzom, confluence of Thimphu (Wang Chhu) and Paro (Pa Chhu) rivers. Here you will see three Stupas, built in Bhutanese, Tibetan and Nepalese style. On arrival in Thimphu, check in at the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2 : Thimpu
After breakfast you would be taken for tour of Thimphu City. You would be visiting Kuensel Phodrang, the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue located atop a hill offering magnificent view of Thimphu Town; National Memorial Chorten, a Stupa built in 1974 to honour the third King,Jigme Dorji Wangchuck circumambulated by people offering prayers; Folk Heritage Museum,traditional house giving an insight to the Bhutanese lifestyle and artefacts from the rural households; Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Thimphu and Motithang Takin Reserve, a wildlife reserve centre for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. In the evening visit Tashichho Dzong, Fortress of the Glorious Religion. This impressive fortress houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 : Punakha
After breakfast, you will be driven to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, stop at Immigration Check Point in Hongtsho Village to get the permit stamped which is to be returned in your return journey. Later halt at Dochula Pass, situated at an altitude of 3,100 mts.From here on a clear sunny day, you get a magnificent view of the Himalayas. The landmarks around the pass includes 108 Druk Wangyal Stupas built under the patronage of Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. Continue your drive to Punakha / Wangdue. On arrival in Punakha visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful dzongs of Bhutan located at the confluence of Mo Chhu and Po Chhu Rivers built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Chimi Lhakhang also known as “The Temple of Fertility” built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, "Devine Mad Man". It is a short hike of around 30 - 45 minutes. Later check in at the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangdue.
Day 4 : Punakha
After breakfast, you would be taken for a full day excursion trip to Gangtey (9,840 ft.). Gangtey is the home of Black Necked Crane which migrates from the arid plains of Tibet in the north in winters. It is a beautiful glacial valley of Bhutan. Here you can also visit Gangtey Goemba, an important and one of the largest monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition and Black Necked Crane Information Centre, a place for recreation with crane watching equipment (binoculars, spotting scopes) and reference books. In the evening return back to Punakha/Wangdue. Alternatively, you can also spend the day in Punakha Valley itself. After breakfast visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten, a monastery standing on a ridge in Punakha Valley offering magnificent view of the valley. It takes an hour's hike to reach to the top of the hill. It was built by Queen Mother and dedicated to the King and for the well being of Bhutanese; Punakha Suspension Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan built above the Po Chhu River and Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, a temple plus nunnery perched on a ridge overlooking Toebesa, Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys. Punakha is also one of the few places in Bhutan which offers white rafting facility, which can be done on direct payment basis. (Please let the guide know a day in advance in case you want to do rafting the next day).Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangdue.
* As the road condition beyond Punakha is not good due to widening of road, it is recommended that the guests choses to spend the day in Punakha itself.
Day 5 : Paro
After breakfast, you would be driven to Paro. On the way, stop at Immigration Check Point in Hongtsho Village to return the permit which was stamped earlier. Enroute stop at Tamchog Lhakhang, situated between Thimphu and Paro built in the 13th century by Thangthong Gyalpo also known as the Iron bridge builder. Continue your drive to Paro. On arrival at Paro visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower overlooking Rimpung Dzong built in 1951 now converted into national museum; Nemi Zam Bridge, also know as Nya Mey Zam Bridge is a traditional covered cantilever bridge connecting the Paro town to the Dzong and Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples of Bhutan. Later check in at the hotel. Evening free for leisure.Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 6 : Paro
After breakfast visit Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), home of gods and monks located at an altitude of 3100m in the Upper Paro Valley, Bhutan. As per legend, Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. The hike to the Monastery takes about 5 - 6 hours to complete. As the hike to Taktsang Monastery is steep coupled with stiff stairs, it is not recommended to take the hike with small children and elderly people. On the way drive past Drukgel Dzong, a Buddhist monastery built by Tenzin Drukdra in 17th century to commemorate the victory of the Bhutanese over the invaders from Tibet it is now in ruins. At present renovation of the Dzong is under progress. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 7 : Paro
After breakfast you would be dropped at the Paro Airport for your return journey. Tashi Delek!
|No of pax||Age Limit||Price per pax (Rs)|
|Adult||Above 12 years||INR 41999 / Adult ( With Tax )|
* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.
|City||Hotel Name||Star Rating|
|Thimpu||Hotel Dorji Elements / Hotel Migmar / Hotel Pedling / Similar||
|Punakha||Puna Cottages / Hotel Sonamgang / Punakha Residency / Hotel Zangto Pelri / Similar||
|Paro||Hotel Drukchen / Bhutan Mandala Resort / Hotel Janka / Dewachen Resort & Spa / Similar||
Payment Terms & Methods :
Within 45 to 30 days prior to the departure of the tour - 75% of total tour cost or Non Refundable component whichever is higher
Within 30 days prior to the departure of the tour -100% of total tour cost
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
Days before departure: Cancellation Charge:
10 days 100%
10 to 15 days 75% + Non Refundable Component
15 to 30 days 30% + Non Refundable Component
Hotel / Air 100% in case of non-refundable ticket / Hotel Room
Cruise / Visa On Actuals
Other Terms & Conditions :
Adults must carry original & valid Passport or original Voter ID card. Children must carry original & valid Passport
or original birth certificate & school photo ID card.
Remember to carry sufficient woolens including hand gloves.
Please check with your mobile service provider for charges related to Bhutan.
Do not carry Indian Rs. 500/- or Rs. 1000/- currency notes. It is illegal.
Tobacco & Tobacco products are banned in Bhutan.
Do not bring any plant or agricultural product out of Bhutan. It is illegal.
Credit cards are accepted in selected establishments in Bhutan.
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