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Experience the glorious country of Bhutan, with its legendary landscape set in the alpine, fascinating mountains filled with the echoes of ancient warriors-fierce but religious, delightful fresh air, and enigmatic culture never seen before. We’ve created a wonderful trip—with a fantastic array of options—that takes you through the best of this enchanting realm. Set in the eastern Himalayas, the landscapes of Bhutan are unsheltered, remote, and absolutely breathtaking. This otherworldly landscape has mountaintops wreathed in clouds, plunging valleys, dusky villages ringed with farmlands and emerald meadows closing in on the distant hills. Every portion of Bhutan is a soothing sight to see and to click and to be explored.
With your private guide, you can explore the cities of Paro and Thimphu with their charming fortresses and temples, explore villages that seem lost in time and move on the top of a hill for a view of the mountains of the valley below. There are profoundly glorious sights to see and explorations to be made in Bhutan. But Bhutan is not just about explorations, it is about realization and reflection. Bhutan teaches the relationship between simplicity and happiness and explains the bonds between culture and serenity. That is perhaps its greatest victory in the modern world.
Dress Code -
Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.International Telephone Calls
Basic Trekking Equipments
All Ground Transportation
Day 1 : Arrival Paro
The flight to Bhutan takes you over Himalayas, offering glimpses of the highest glacial peaks. Upon your arrival at Paro we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel through the valley of Paro. After a short orientation to the tour we will have lunch and explore Paro town.
Day 2 : Paro Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit to Rinpung Dzong (the fortress of the heap of Jewels built in the 17th century), photography is allowed in the expansive courtyards and outside of the Dzong but not actually within the sacred shrines. After lunch visit the Drukgyel Dzong ruins, its surrounding villages and rice fields. Next we will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century and one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. We will spend the afternoon and dusk wandering around Paro town.
Day 3 : Paro - Thimphu
After breakfast drive to Thimphu about hour and half. Thimphu is the modern capital of Bhutan. We will visit the Grand Memorial Chorten and the Big Buddha sitting above the city. Visit to temple (Wangditsi or Zangho Pelri near market place - photography allowed in shrine room) We overnight in hotel.
Day 4 : Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning Thimphu sightseeing includes - visit to Folk and Heritage Museum; Late King's Memorial Stupa; Textile museum; Takin (National animals); weaving center; and Traditional Hand made Paper Factory. Afternoon, visit Painting School, which preserves our traditional paintings, sculpting and wood carving; National Handicraft Emporium. (some photographers may choose to omit these visits to allow more time for leisurely photography) Evening at leisure in Thimphu City.
Day 5 : Thimphu - Punakha
Depart to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,100m). On a clear day, the pass offers spectacular views over the greater eastern Himalayas including the highest peak of Bhutan. Dochula pass is about one hour from Thimphu, and we will stop here for one hour beside the spectacular 108 Chortens at the top of the pass. On the way to Punakha we will stop for a short hike of about an hour to the temple of the Divine Madman, also well known as the "temple of fertility". The villages in this area are surrounded by rice fields. In the afternoon we visit Punakha Dzong built in 1638, Punakha was the capital city of Bhutan till 1955 and still the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot, resides there during the winter season. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6 : Punakha - Bumthang
Drive to Trongsa about 5 to 6 hours. Short stop at Wangdi town. Continue our journey crossing Pele la Pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. Stop for lunch at Chendebji near a large Nepalese style stupa, then continue for about 3 hours to Bumthang.
Day 7 : Bumthang Sightseeing
Bumthang is a very lush green valley and often described by Swiss visitors as reminding them of home, it also has the highest concentration of the most sacred temples in Bhutan. Morning: - visit Kurjey Lhakhang, Guru Rinpoche meditated here in 8th century; Jambey Lhakhang built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo. Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 15th century by Pema Lingpa, the treasure revealer. Kencho Sum Lhakhang. We will visit a combination of state and private temples (that allow photographs inside the temple) Later see the Jakar Dzong. Evening take a stroll through Bumthang market area.
Day 8 : Bumthang Sightseeing
Extra day in Bumthang - photography time around town, or optional short hike.
Day 9 : Bumthang - Trongsa
Morning in Bumthang, then back to Pelela Pass (alt. 3,300 m) to Trongsa. Visit Trongsa Dzong. Then visit Ta Dzong (watchtower museum) (option for photographers to choose more photographic time instead of museum visit).
Day 10 : Trongsa Gangtey / Phobjikha
Early morning departure to Phobjikha - one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked crane, which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. The valley is wide and open and quite a contrast to the usually steep valleys that characterise Bhutan. Explore Phobjikha and also visit Gangtey Monastery, the largest Nyingmapa Monastery in Bhutan. This monastery features incredibly ornate architectural highlights.
Day 11 : Phobjika - Thimphu
Morning drive north of Punakha valley, hike 45minutes to Khamsum Namgyel Chorten. Depart Punakha for lunch in Thimphu and stroll streets of Thimphu in the evening.
Day 12 : Thimphu - Paro
Morning in Thimphu at leisure. Optional visit to the fresh produce market. Vendors from all over Bhutan bring a range of colorful fruits and spices to this market in central Thimphu. Lunch Thimphu. Depart to Paro.
Day 13 : Paro
Morning hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest) in the Paro Valley - the most popular tourism site in Bhutan. The hike to Taktsang takes about an hour uphill to the viewpoint and another hour to the monastery. Guru Rinpoche meditated here in the 8th century. The Desi Tenzin Rabgye extended the temple in the 17th century to present structure, however it has undergone significant rebuilds due to fires. Lunch at Cafeteria, then amble down to pick up point. Afternoon in Paro at leisure.
Day 14 : Departure
After early breakfast in the hotel drive to the airport for flight to onward
Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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