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Day 01: Arrive in Paro, you will be met and transferred to Thimpu. Day 02: Scenic drive to Punaka, sightseeing tour. Day 03: Drive to Trongsa, sightseeing tour Day 04: Drive to Bumthang and sightseeing Day 05: Visit the festival. Day 06: Visit festival. Drive to Phojbika or Wangdi Day 07: Phojbikha/Wangdi –Thimpu. Day 08: Tour Memorial Corten, National Library, Painting School & Simtokha Dzong Day 09: Thimpu – Paro sightseeing tour. Day 10: Excursion to Thaksang Moanstery. Day 11: Departure. International & Domestic Flights tickets Personal Expenses (Porter, Laundry and Telephone Fee) Single Room supplement Luxury Hotels (Can be arranged at an additional cost depending upon your choice 4 or 5 Stars Hotels) Travel & Medical Insurance Any other expenses that are not specified above.
Day 1 : Arrive in Paro
You will be met and transferred to Thimphu.
Day 2 : THIMPHU - PUNAKHA
Altitude: 4,162 feet, Distance: 44.38 miles, Time: 2.5 hours driving
Leaving Thimphu, the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, as we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha (1,350 meters/ 4,430 feet). Before proceeding further to Punakha town we will take a short 30 minutes walk to the Chimi Lhakhang temple on a small hilltop. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as "Divine madman" to the westerners. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. After lunch we will proceed to Punakha town to view the majestic Dzong (fortress), situated between the two rivers Pho Chu and Mochu (male and Female River). This fortress is now used as the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (the Spiritual head of Bhutan). In the past this Dzong had served as the capital seat of the Kingdom for about 300 years. After strolling through the town of Punakha, we retire back to a hotel.
Day 3 : PUNAKHA - TRONGSA
Altitude: 7,259 feet, Distance: 89.38 miles, Time: 6 hours driving
Today, the drive to Trongsa is a long journey of about 6 hours. We start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan through the breathtaking beauties and serenity of Bhutan's rich flora and fauna. As we cross the fertile valley of Punakha and enter into the valley of Wangdue Phodrang (1350m/4430ft), we take an opportunity to photograph the majestic fortress of Wangdue, which stands on a spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pele La Pass (3,300 m/ 10,989 ft) which is overwhelmed by an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. The Pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. During the clear weather we can view the high snow capped peaks specially the Mount Chomolhari (7,314 m/ 24,355 ft.). As we descend from the pass through the dwarf bamboo where Yaks are often seen grazing, we reach at Chendebji Chorten. A Lama known as Shida, built this Chorten in the 18th century in order to subdue a demon that had been terrorizing the inhabitants of this valley and the Ada valley just over the ridge. We will have our packed lunch here. We will continue our journey towards Trongsa (alt. 2200m / 7220 ft). 19 Kms. / 12miles before arriving Trongsa you will begin seeing the view of the majestic Trongsa Dzong, which sits narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes south and west. The view kind of teases you, making you wonder when you will arrive there. The night will be held at a fine hotel in Trongsa which provides the most excellent view of the valley.
Day 4 : TRONGSA - BUMTHANG & FESTIVAL
Altitude: 8,591feet, Distance: 45 miles, Time: 2.5 hours driving
It takes less than two hours to cover the 44 miles for a direct drive. We start with our packed picnic lunch through the densely forested winding road that rises rapidly through a series of hairpin bends until you arrive at Yotong La Pass (3400 meters / 11200 foot). From here the drive is downhill until you arrive at Chumey Valley (average alt. 2700m / 8800 foot). Our first stop at Chumey will be to visit Domkhar Dzong and see the festival next day. This small fortress overlooking the valley was once a summer Palace of the second King Jigme Wangchuk. As we continue our drive to Tsugney village, you will see the traditional weaving of woolen fabrics. And then we drive towards Choekhor crossing the Kiki La Pass (2900 meters / 9500foot). We arrive at Choekhor Valley (Valley of Dharma Wheel) and check into a hotel.
Day 5 : BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING & FESTIVAL
Bumthang is the general name given to a complex of four valleys-Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura. Choekhor and Chumey are agricultural valleys while Tang and Ura depend mostly on the animal husbandry. Your first day in Bumthang includes the sightseeing in the of Choekhor valley.
Day 6 : BUMTHANG TO PHOBJIKHA WANGDI
After breakfast we will drive to Phobjikha and sightseeing tour of Phobjikha valley, the home of the black neck cranes. Continue to Wangdi. Overnight at Phobjikha or Wangdi valley.
Day 7 : PHOBJIKHA or WANGDU TO THIMPU
After Breakfast resume your journey to Paro which will take about 4 hours from Wangdue. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8 : THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
A visit to the Memorial Chorten built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library and the painting school where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Visit the traditional Medicine institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and return to the town for your lunch break. After lunch you will visit Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal traditional silver smiths and Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Drive south and visit Simtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal. It is now used as the Institute for study of traditional teachings for the lay students. Return back to hotel for overnight.
Day 9 : THIMPU - PARO
After breakfast drive you to Paro, which takes about two hours. In Paro you will visit Drukgyal Dzong built in 1674 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal, the Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of the Mount Chomolhari, alt. 7314 m / 23,990 ft. Drive south to Satsam Chorten, built in memory of the late Dilgo Khentse Rinpochey, and continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo. After lunch visit the National Museum of Bhutan, (Ta Dzong) which contains works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armor and rare stamps. Take a leisurely hike down to Rimpung Dzong. You will walk through a traditional covered bridge across the river to your waiting car at the valley floor and take you to the Hotel. If you feel like walking back to the hotel then we can do so. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : PARO - TIGER'S NEST
After breakfast your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger's lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike (if not tired) for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains 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. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn't seem so impossible after all. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria. Overnight at Hotel. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Day 11 : PARO - Onward flight .
Transfer to airport for onward flight. Meet and transfer to hotel.
Note: This is a sample intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, tour conditions, the physical ability of the participant etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant safety,flight connections, comfort and general well being. RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
|No of pax||Age Limit||Price per pax (Rs)|
|Adult||Above 12 years||$ 2290 / Adult|
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