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Day 1: Arrive in Paro.

On arrival at the airport, received by our representative and after visit to Ta Dzong, transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan, located at 2 400 m. Evening visit Memorial Chorten, the stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan ‘s third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Later take an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.


Day 2: Thimphu

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, visit the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. Also visit Thimphu’s weekend market (if days allow) It is an interesting place to visit and provides opportunity to mingle with local people. Later visit Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch y our legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.


DAY 3: THIMPU / GANGTEY 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Dochu La and on to the Phobjikha Valley passing through dense forests and oak, rhododendron tress. Stop at Wangduephodrang Dzong to visit the majestic fort sitting on top of the hill at the confluence of Punakha Chhu and Tang Chhu rivers, the Dzong is town’s most visible features. Afternoon take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region.  The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey.


DAY 4: GANGTEY / TRONGSA / BUMTHANG

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast drive across Pele-la pass (3300m/10830 ft) to Bumthang via Trongsa. 

The Pela La (pass) is marked by a large white chorten prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Drive further ahead and visit massive Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral abode of Bhutan’s Royal family. Further 68 km drive across the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft) finally brings you to wide open cultivated Bumthang valley. Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang.


DAY 5: BUMTHANG

Breakfast at the hotel. Then explore the neighbouring palace, Wangdicholing, home to the second King, and see the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Head up the valley and take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments. Traveling back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by a quick visit to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facility and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive spirits. Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang. 


DAY 6: BUMTHANG / PUNAKHA

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with an early departure for the lengthy drive to Punakha. En route visit Ta Dzong, recently opened fort in Trongsa. The Ta Dzong, a cylindrical stone structure rising five stories, was built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa. After more than 350 years, it has been resurrected into a classy museum that represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity. The Ta Dzong is the only structure that has been restored specifically to tribute the Wangchuck dynasty as Bhutan celebrates the centenary of the Monarch.Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.


DAY 7: PUNAKHA

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, home to the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and the winter residence of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks. Later in the afternoon take a short and easy hike to Chimi Lhakhang, Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.


DAY 8: PUNAKHA / PARO

Breakfast at the hotel. Return drive to Paro descending back down from Dochu La. Visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country built in 1627, it now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Arrival at Paro and checking into hotel.

Then, proceed to Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. It now houses the district administration offices and Paro’s monastic community. Also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.The day sightseeing concludes with a visit of 14th Century Dungtse Lakhang, the only ancient monastery built in the shape of a Chorten. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


DAY 9: PARO

Breakfast at the hotel. After a leisurely breakfast take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. On the way back to town visit Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. Also visit nearby traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


DAY 10: PARO / ONWARDS

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to Airport, where you should be 3hrs prior to departure. Assistance to boarding. Immigration / customs. Fly to onward destination.



Day 1: Arrive in Paro.

Day 2: Thimphu

DAY 3: THIMPU / GANGTEY 

DAY 4: GANGTEY / TRONGSA / BUMTHANG

DAY 5: BUMTHANG

DAY 6: BUMTHANG / PUNAKHA

DAY 7: PUNAKHA

DAY 8: PUNAKHA / PARO

DAY 9: PARO

DAY 10: PARO / ONWARDS



THE PRICES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation in Twin room as per hotels chosen from the above combinations 
  • Stay on full board 
  • Meeting& Assistance on arrival/ departure.
  • Arrival/ Departure transfers, sightseeing / excursions and surface travel per program above using Air-conditioned A/C car. 
  • Portage at Airport and Hotels (01 Piece of baggage per person)
  • Visits & Excursions as per the details mentioned in the program 
  • Entrance fees to all Monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Services of a accompanying language speaking Guide from arrival till departure  
  • Welcome with Flower’s Garland on arrival at the airport 
  • All presently applicable Taxes on Hotel/ Transport including service tax

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • International flights and Departure Airport Taxes from India (this is generally included in your ticket) 
  • Visa fees (compulsory : to be obtained from the Indian Consulate of your country of residence ; passport valid 6 months after return date)
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as beverages, Ayurveda massages & Spa, laundry, telephone calls, tips, photography and video fees, etc.
  • Any beverage
  • Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government.