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We will provide Bhutanese traditional dress – gho for men and kira for women We will arrange traditional farmhouse and dinner at farmhouse with family Put up cultural show for the guests We will arrange the traditional sport archery of Bhutan to our clients1-131-10
Day 1 : Arrive - Phuntsholing, Bhutan
Enter beautiful Bhutan, the land of happiness through Phuntsholing gate. Phunstholing is the commercial hub located at the bottom of foothills. Our Bhutanese will be waiting. Take a stroll around the town. Do the permit formalities for vehicle and tourist.
Overnight halt at hotel in Phuntsholing
Day 2 : Phuntsholing - Thimphu 174km 5hours
In the morning, complete immigration formalities. Few minutes after we start our journey to Thimphu, we will stop to visits Rinchending Monastery, villages and towns along the way. As we continue our journey, the road winding through the sub-Himalayan hills offers great views of the plains and terraced farms. The pristine vegetation and magnificent waterfalls that accompany us all along the way will provide us with unique experience.
We start our travel from about 300Mts in Phuntsholing and we will gradually climb up to 2200Mts at Jumja in Gedu, where it will get little cold in winter. As you keep travelling, we will lower again to 1600Mts at Chukha checkpoint, then climb again to 2200Mts at Chimakoti. The highest will be 2900Mts at Chapcha pass, the highest point for today’s drive. After that, it’s all descends to 2200Mts at Chunzom checkpoint and from the confluence; turn right to Thimphu, which is another, half an hour drive.
Once at Thimphu - the capital of Bhutan, if time permit, we will do sightseeing that includes Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972, Takin Zoo, view point of Thimphu valley, Nunnery monastery. In the evening, we visit the TashichhoDzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 3 : Thimphu - Punakha/Wangdue
Highlights: A panoramic view of the snow-capped eastern Himalayas and a multitude of alpine flowers and birds; Bhutan’s ancient capital and Temple of Fertility.
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdue will take us three to four-hour drive. The road passes through a constantly changing kaleidoscope of vegetation, waterfalls, flowers, mountains and meadows. The landmark feature for the journey is the famous Dochula pass (3,100m) where on a clear day we can see the entire eastern Himalayan range, teeming with 6,000m to 7,554m snow-capped mountains. The pass also known for its abundant species of extremely beautiful flowers has 108 Buddhist stupas exquisitely built around a mound, adding to the natural splendor of the place.
After a stopover at Dochula, we descend to the sub-tropical valley of Punakha. Punakha served as the ancient capital of Bhutan and still possesses the country’s main treasures in the form of Buddhist relics. Resembling a gigantic ship on an ocean floor from afar, and girdled by two (Male and Female) rivers, the castle-fortress also represents the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture.
After lunch in a small place nearby village together with a rural farming household, we will walk along a footpath flanked by an endless view of ripening paddy fields to the Temple of Fertility - Chimi Lhakhang. This temple, built in the 15th century to honour the “Divine Madman”, a saint iconoclast who is also associated with phallus worship, attracts barren couples from all over to receive fertility blessings from an anointed phallus. Than drive further to Punakha and stop at the views point the confluence of Male (Pho chu) and female (Mo chu) rivers and visit the Punakha Dzong, later visit the Sangchen Lhendrup Nunnery monastery.
Overnight halt in Punakha
Day 4 : Punakha - Gangtey/ Phobjikha valley
After breakfast, we drive to Gangtey which is 105km and takes about 4hours. We will pass by Wangdue Phodrang Dzong which is being reconstructed after the fire brought it down. The road climbs up gradually up to Lawala pass (1100 feet) passing through Nobding village. All along, the places is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo, spectacular view of the snow-cap mountains, areas mostly cover with rhododendrons flowers, Magnolia, fir and pine forest.
Phobjikha is a beautiful valley situated at 3,000m in the Black Mountains range. It is one of the most exquisite valleys in Bhutan with green forests surrounding it while the valley is a mix of wetland, farming community. It is also declared as RAMSAR site for conservation of wetland. The valley is popular because it is the home to the very rare and endangered Black-necked crane. The birds migrate from Tibet to Bhutan and spend their whole winter until they fly back in March. On the hilltop overlooking the valley is Gangtey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingmapa monasteries that look like a small Dzong. We will have the opportunity to visit the monastery.
Overnight at the Farmhouse or hotel
Day 5 : Gangtey - Paro via wangdi
This morning drive 6hour to Paro and on the way visit stop at Royal Botinical Park at Lamperi. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch drive further to Paro and visit the National, Paro Rimpong Dzong, You can play the traditional sport he archery for an hour on the archer ground. Evening visit local farmhouse and enjoy the local dinner with family.Overnight at hotel
Day 6 : Discovering Paro Valley
Highlights: Hike to the Tiger’s Lair, the most famous Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas, built on a sheer rock face.
After having breakfast, we will drive till the road end, which will take approximately half an hour. From where the road end, we’ll hike up to Taktshang temple. Taktshang or the Tiger’s Nest is a temple that looks almost like a structure glued on the sheer face of a rocky outcrop. It is perched on a hair-raising ravine about 1,000 metres above the valley floor. Built on the spot where in the eight century, the tantric saint, Guru Padmasambhava, subdued the evils, the temple is the popular pilgrimage site both for locals and tourists alike.
The rocky cliff is believed to have been the abode of a fiery wrathful demon which the saint subdued after coming to Taktshang in a fiery wrathful form riding a tigress and meditating for six months. Guru is believed to have left many treasures hidden within the folds of rocks which long after he left, many Buddhist saints are to reveal to revive the waning teachings.
Visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong en route. The fortress known as the “Castle of the Victorious Drukpa”, is a symbol of Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invasions in the 17th and 18th centuries. We can also get a view of the sacred mountain, Jumolhari, along the way. As we return, we will also visit the 7th century Kyichu Temple, one of the 108 temples built overnight to subdue evil forces.
Overnight halt in Paro
Day 7 : Paro - Bangkok/Delhi/Katmandu
After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out.
|No of pax||Age Limit||Price per pax (Rs)|
|Adult||Above 12 years||$ 3140 / Adult|
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