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Amazing Bhutan Tour

Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
Activities: Photography of Nature
Regions: 0
Destinations Covered: Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro
Best Time: January, February, March, October, November, December
Price 2017 : USD 2588

Overview

The Land of the Thunder Dragon-Bhutan, or Drukyul, as Bhutanese call it, is indeed a paradise on earth. It is often referred to as the last Shangri-La, situated on the final frontier, east of the Greater Himalayas, bordered to the south by India and China to the north. It is a country shrouded in magic and mystery, where happiness reigns at the center of government policy. It is a country deeply steeped in Buddhist culture and tradition, which until the early 1970s was closed to the rest of the world. This independent and proud Buddhist Kingdom is fiercely environment conscious, and its ancient Buddhist culture and breathtaking scenery make it a unique and exotic tourist destination.

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Day 01: Arrive Paro

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Bhutan’s first gift to you as you dis-embark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to hotel for Check in.

The charming town of Paro lies on the banks of the Paro (or Pa) Chhu, just a short distance northwest of the imposing Paro Dzong. The main street, only built in 1985, is lined with colourfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants, though these appear under threat as the town grows and multistorey concrete buildings continue to propagate. For now Paro remains one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore on foot and is worth an hour or two's stroll at the end of a day of sightseeing.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 02: Paro - Thimpu

After breakfast, proceed to Thimpu for the guided tour of city’s main attractions that includes:

Textile Museum: is worth a visit to get to know the living national art of weaving. Exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men.

National Library: The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the Na-tional Library. Besides thousands of manuscripts and ancient texts, the library also has modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags.

Institute for Zorig Chusum: Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school.

Simply Bhutan Museum: The newly commissioned museum depicts the ancient Bhutanese architecture which is being lost to modernization. The uniqueness of the structure is in its composition of the materials used. The structure is built reusing old timber, window and door frames and other items from traditional and old demolished houses. The best part is the portrayal of the age-old life styles of the Bhutanese people.

Lunch followed by city tour that includes:

Memorial Chorten: The stupa built 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.

Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

Conclude the tour of the day with a visit of Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Ab-bot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was re-constructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu - Punakha (Approx. 80 Kms/ 3 ½ hrs drive)

Morning drive to Punakha and enjoy the festival of Punakha Drubchen (This festival is from 23 – 27 Feb’15)

Punakha Drubchen - In 17th century Bhutan was invaded several times by the Tibetan force to seize a very precious relic, the Ranjung Kharsapani during which Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal defeated the Tibetan army and to commemorate the victory he introduced the Punakha Drubchen.

Punakha Drubchen only play an important role in preserving Bhutan’s rich cultural and tradition but it also is also an event where devout Buddhists has a place and time for prayer and pilgrimage. These festivals also reflect the richness of everything that is Bhutanese and are very special in the eyes and hearts of tourists who visit Bhutan.

Overnight in Punakha

Day 04: Punakha

After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body.

Later in the day walking excursion to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten : A beautiful hike takes one to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with com-manding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond.

Later in evening if time permit excursion to Chimi Lakhang.

The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, 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. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers.

Overnight in Punakha

Day 05: Punakha- Paro ( Approx. 125 Kms/ 4 hrs drive)

After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dra-matic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley.

En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.The Dzong is built on a projecting ridge with deep gullies separating if from the main hill. Its strategic position over looks and commands the entire Thimphu valley. It is approx-imately five kilometers south of Thimphu Town, on the road to the Paro-Phuntsholing highway.

Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was one of the greatest builders of Dzongs in Bhutan. To consolidate his newly acquired domain in western Bhutan and to defend himself from both the internal foes and external enemies he started constructing Dzongs, beginning with the Simtokha Dzong has a great historical signifi-cance. The present place where the Dzong stands is at the boundary common to three prominent western regions: Sha (Wangduephodrang), Wang (Thimphu) and Pa (Paro). The intersection was marked by three stones which belonged to the people of Punakha, Thimphu and Paro. Surrounded by these three stones was a piece of land known as Sem-tokha or Sem dokha with a temple built on it. This temple was later gifted to Zhabdrung by Lam Pangka Shong.

Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The Museum is located on the hill behind the Paro Dzong. Open from 9 am to 4pm everyday except Mondays and some national holidays, a visit takes a good hour. On Sundays, it opens only at 11 am. Housed in a 17th century watch tower, it has a unique character and beautiful panoramic views over Paro Valley. Opened in 1968, its collection of fine arts, paintings and bronzes are famous. There are also textiles, jewellery, and handicrafts sections as well as galleries of stuffed animals and butterflies from Bhutan. The stamps’ hall is very popular and displays, among others, 3-D stamps, record stamps, silken stamps, embossed stamps and the famous triangular stamp depicting the yeti. The top floor of the Museum is a chapel containing a “tree” depicting the main figures of the four religious schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

The fortress houses the office of the district administration and the court including the monk body. The courtyard inside the fortress is used for Paro Tsechu, a festival conducted in the first day of spring. It is one of the most important festivals in Bhutan.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 06: Paro

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest monastery (5hrs hike): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of buildin g but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

On the way back to town stop at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Ti-betan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Evening an exploratory walk around main street and market area.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 7: Depart Paro

Breakfast at the hotel. Later in time transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.

Thimpu: Textile Museum,National Library,Memorial Chorten and Trashichhoedzong
Punakha: Punakha Drubchen, Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lakhang
Paro: Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Taktshang Monastery

Prices Include :

  • Accommodation for (06) nights on twin/ Double as per the itinerary.
  • All meals at hotels (some lunches en route).
  • Private transfers and sightseeing as per the given itinerary.
  • Non AC Vehicle ( Normally AC is not needed in Bhutan).
  • Services of an local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees – for single visit only.
  • Govt royalty and taxes.
  • Bhutan Visa fee.

* Type of vehicle used for tourists in Bhutan. Hyundai Tucson/ Santa Fe: 1-2 guests

Prices DO NOT Include:

  • International , visa fees, airport tax or any kind of insurance cover.
  • Airfares and Airport Taxes.
  • Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc.
  • Car at disposal or any sightseeing on leisure days unless specified above.
  • Early check in or a late checkout room (s) at any hotel (s) unless specified above.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc
  • Expenses of personal nature like personal gratuities, telephone charges, laundry, spa activities, drinks etc.
  • Tips to driver, guide, hotel staff & representative.
  • Any airfare – international or domestic.
  • Any porterage at hotel (for baggage on arrival and departure from the hotel).
  • Camera/video camera fee at monuments.
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above as 'INCLUDED'.
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