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Travel to Bhutan is a once in a life time experience. And while each experience is individual, the tour is further amplified magnificently with the entire facet of Bhutan by the knowledgeable people at BEST Bhutan who closely know this diverse and rich country, with its wonders, its culture, its people, and its arts and crafts. You may have heard or read about Bhutan as a unique, pristine, remote, magical, surreal or UnAmericanized land saturated with ancient people and culture, so undisturbed by outside influence or with any magical word that best describe Bhutan. With loads of experience and expertise in handling individual travel for visitors to Bhutan, This travel Packages is enthusiastically prepared for the travelers who look into different aspects and different reason of travel and discovery. Through this tour, we wanted the travelers to experience what they have heard or read about Bhutan. The tour is not just sightseeing; it is a real life experience creator by being Bhutanese whiles your stay in Bhutan. Highlights of the Tour Enjoy the tradition and custom of Bhutanese Enjoy wearing National Attire Playing the Traditional way of Archery (Archery is Bhutan’s National Game) Seeking merits in Bhutanese tradition and custom by performing rituals for the travelers Enjoy both farm life and urban life (all the place in Bhutan have the infusion of both urban and city life) Enjoy the ways of welcoming a guest and see off Enjoy cooking and eating Bhutanese meal The Tour and experiencing Bhutan will take place in two of the most popular district in Bhutan known as Paro or Haa. Paro It is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom situated in a flat valley bottom and follows a grid-like pattern covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley. Accentuating the natural beauty by the many elegant, traditional-style houses that dot the valley and surrounding hills has it authentic Bhutanese richness. Paro town has been growing rapidly in recent years and there are plenty of restaurants, bakeries and cafes to choose from. (OR) Haa The Haa valley was opened for the first time to foreign tourists in 2002. It is famous for its cultural richness and animist tradition. Such animist belief however was transformed into peaceful Buddhist tradition in 8th century by Guru Padmasambhava. The valley is also unparalleled in Bhutan in terms of the diversity of the folk culture, legends and shamanistic rituals. The shamanistic traditions is vividly practiced in almost all the communities, most notable of which is the annual ceremony to honor Ap Chundu, the guardian deity of the valley. The valley is also a paradise for nature lovers and travelling there is a very rewarding experience. The drive to Haa valley crosses 3988m Chele-la pass, from where one can have a superb views of Mount Jhomolhari & Jichu Drakey. It is also an ideal place to take short walk, enjoying panoramic vistas.
Day 1 : Arrival at Paro Airport
The Flight to Paro gives you a breathtaking with views of Major Himalaya peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu, and Bhutan’s own snowy peaks, the sacred Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang on a clear day. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight.
Upon arrival into Paro, and completing your visa & customs formalities, a representative of Bhutan Entire Season Traveler will be there to receive you with Tashi Khadar as you exit the Airport. Our team will then escort you to your hotel where our dancer will welcome you with a traditional welcome dance (A dance in an honor to welcome we love and please the deity to take a good care of our guest). You will then have lunch at the hotel.
Our team will escort you to visit Paro Ta Dzong, initially the watch tower of Paro Dzong and Valley. It now houses the national museum of Bhutan. Followed by a visit to Rinpung Dzong built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. Then walk down to Rinpung Bridge (Traditional Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan where our escort team awaits you. (Dinner and overnight at your hotel)
Day 2 : Practice Archery
You will visit Paro Kyichhu Lhakhang, to offer prayers in Bhutanese tradition. You will be dressed Bhutanese national attire and take incense, butter lamps and few change to offer to the Lhakhang. The Lhakhang is one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gyempo. To overcome the giant demon who was preventing the spread of Buddhism in Himalayan region, 108 similar temples were built by the king on all the points of her body.
After that, our team will escort you around Paro town before lunch. You will practice traditional archery along with our team. Our team will teach you all the basic for the tournament. In the evening our team will escort you around the village to get the glimpse of Bhutanese rural life while you will be cooking with our team a Bhutanese meal for the dinner.
Day 3 : Perform Rituals for Merits and Clear the Bad Omen For the Next Day Match
After a tea in the morning,
You will visit nearby Lhakhang, where our team will arrange the ritual ceremony. It’s a tradition and custom practiced from ancient time that every time we are going to something new, a new baby is born or the tournament is going to be held we always visit Lhakhang and monasteries to perform rituals for the smooth going tournament, clear bad omen and to compile merits. You will then return to your hotel for the breakfast.
Practice archery till lunch and after lunch practice continues with the orientation on traditional way of playing archery and its celebration.
Day 4 : Archery Match
The day will be different from any other. It is the actual archery match and will be a traditional experience for our guest. The day filled with uniqueness, richness and authentic performance carried out by the local with the guest is something he would cherish and memory to take back.
The day will be accompanied by
The Local People, who will witness the archery match
The Dancer, who will perform during the matches and at the dinner at the matches
Our guest and his team,
Competitor, who will compete for the win
After the Lunch,
The match continuous and the match winner will be decided by 2 of 3 round win. The evening is a lot more fun. The people from both the parties will be preparing the dinner. Before dinner both the team will dance along with the dancer and while having a locally brewed wine known an “Ara” at the same time. Ara is one of the strongest wine in Bhutan
and popular during any events.
Both the team will have dinner and followed by a Tashi Delek dance. The dance is performed in order to have good ending and welcome a good start filled with luck.
Day 5 : Rest Day
Today is a rest and relaxation day after a tiring one day archery match. However if you wish to
Our team will escort you around the Village the get an authentic rural life in Bhutan. If may be interested you will try our Bhutanese rural life in farm or else take a walk round the farm and Village.
Day 6 : Drive to Thimphu
After Breakfast, Our team will take you to Thimphu and upon reaching you will have a lunch and
Visit Trashi Choe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
Then Buddha Dordenma Statue, this massive statue of Buddha Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley.
Followed by a visit to Thimphu Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of our late 3rd king of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is believed that a wished made from deep within heart is being fulfilled. It holds paintings and statues which provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. (Overnight at 3 stars Hotel in Thimphu).
Day 7 : Thimphu - Punakha
Our team will take you to Punakha, the Ethereal Ancient Capital of Bhutan. Enroute, stop at Dochula Pass (10,100feet). The pass is a popular location among visitors as it offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of Bhutanese Himalayan range. The view is especially scenic on clear day with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens gracing the mountain pass.
Visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery Chimmi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.
Visit Punakha Dzong, the most spectacular Dzong in Bhutan, built at the confluence of the Mo Chhu (Female River) and Pho Chhu (Male River) in 1637. This huge fortress/monastery was the national capital until 1966 and is the place where the country’s kings have been crowned and the site for the 5th King’s Royal Wedding in Oct. 2011.
Our team will then escort you for an evening tea which is then followed by a walk or drive to one of the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.
Punakha Suspension Bridge known for the 2nd longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. The bridge is perfect for those who wish to get their heart pumping with excitement (Overnight at 3 stars hotel in Punakha)
Day 8 : Punakha - Paro
Our team will take you to Thimphu for a lunch. Enroute, stop at Dochula pass in case if you have missed to take photograph or any scene so that you can once again enjoy it to the fullest.
Last minute Shopping for gifts or souvenirs you want to take back home for few hours. Then drive to Paro. Enroute visit Tachog Lhakhang Built in the early 15th century by the great iron bridge builder and Poet-Yogi Thangtong Gyalpo (1385-1464), who also built many iron bridges throughout Bhutan and Tibet. The temple is privately run by the descendants of Thangtong Gyalpo. (Overnight at hotel in Paro)
Day 9 : Departure
Our team will escort you to Paro airport for your departure.
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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