Bhutan, The Land of Thunder Dragon is the last Buddhist kingdom in the world. Located in the heart of mighty Himalayas, it is surrounded by the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet in the North and the Indian state of West Bengal and Assam in South, and Arunachal Pradesh in the East.
Bhutan is about the unspoiled natural beauty, picturesque landscape, colourful folklore and intact Buddhist culture. Bhutan houses 7000 species of plants, 50 species of Rhododendrons, 675 species of birds and 178 species of mammals. Bhutan has been identified as one of the 10 bio-diversity hot spots in the world.
Highlights of Bhutan explores weaving tradition, cultural lifestyle and amazing Himalayan Landscape of Bhutan. The drive through pristine environment, a visit to a farm house and many more interaction with locals.
You will notice the imposing architectures of ancient temples and Dzongs, simple lifestyle of farmers and aura of happiness. Known as the kingdom of living happiness, the strong spiritual ambiance can be sensed everywhere in Bhutan.
This Trip will surely make an impression in your memory and will be a lifetime experience.
The trip is designed for using Tourist standard hotels. All the hotels have attached toilet with western style pots and shower/bath tub. The tourist standard hotels can be categorized as 3 star if graded in star.
Today all tour members will board Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier. Druk Air. There is no seat reservation. If you want a seat of your preference, you have to reach the airport early. Ask for window seat on your left, while coming to Bhutan. If the weather is clear you can see the famous Mount Chomolhari, Bhutan's sacred mountain. Your guide will meet you outside the terminal. You will be taken for tea/coffee and your guide will give a brief on the programme of the day. After the break, we will start the sightseeing. Our first visit will be the impressive Ta Dzong - the ancient watchtower above the Paro Dzong which now houses the National Museum. (Museum is closed on Government holidays and on Mondays). The museum houses some of the ancient Buddhist status besides housing finest thanka, scrolls. It also houses Bhutan animals, birds and other interesting Bhutan way of life. After the museum, we will visit Paro Dzong, known as Rinpung Dzong, which means “heap of jewels”. We will then drive to Thimphu, the capital city for the night halt. Overnight at Hotel.
Today we will visit the various sightseeing places in Thimphu. You will visit the National Memorial Stupa built in 1974 in memory of the late 3rd King. The 15th century Changangkha temple on a hill top overlooking the valley. Institute of Traditional Medicines Dungtshos (Traditional Doctors) are trained and people are also treated. School of Arts and Crafts, where the 13 traditional arts are taught, prominently thangka painting, wood curving. Visit the folk heritage museum and we will have traditional lunch at the museum. After lunch, visit the National library, zilukha nunnery, Takin (National Animal) sanctuary and viewpoint of Thimphu. Drive to National Textile museum and take a special tour with a museum staff and visit the craft Baazar. In the evening explore the market on your own. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Punakha, 77 Kms away. On the way at Dochula pass, on a clear day, you can see the whole range of eastern Himalayas. The pass itself is beautiful decorated with 108 Druk Wangyal Namgyal Khangzang stupa and colourful prayers flags. The rest of drive descends down to Punakha valley with amazing landscape and vegetation. Have lunch in Lobesa village and take a walk to the 15th century temple Chimme Lhakhang. This temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley who is popularly known as the divine madman. Visit the 17th Century Punakha Dzong. Punakha is still the monatic capital of Bhutan and His Holiness the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and central monk body migrates to Punakha for the winters. Check in the hotel in Punakha and explore the Khuru temple on foot. Overnight at Hotel.
The drive today will take about 7 hours. The drive will pass through Wandgue, the scenic Sephu village (where the movie Travellers and Magician is shot) to Chendibji for lunch. The stupa is built in Nepali style in the 18th century to subdue the negative force in the area. About an hour, you will be in Trongsa, the ancestral home of the Royal Family. In Trongsa, visit the Historical Dzong and the Centennial Museum. Drive straight to Bumthang with stop at the Yatha (Sheep Wool) weaving centre. Here will see how they prepare, dye and weave yatha. In Today’s drive, you will drive pass 2 passes; Pelela pass at 3300 mts and Yotungla pass at 3400 mts. Overnight at Hotel.
Today, you will explore the sacred places of Bumthang. The places include, Jakar Dzong, 7th century Jampay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, 16th Century Tamshing Lhakhang, Kharsumpey, the seat of His Holiness Namkhai Nyngpo. If the weather is favourable, we will visit Tang Ugyencholing Palace which is now converted into a private museum. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, we will drive back to Phobjikha, the valley of Black Necked cranes. In Gangtey, visit the 17th century monastery. Overnight at Hotel.
Drive to Dochula for lunch. After lunch, drive back to Paro the night. In Paro, if time permits, visit the Paro Ringpung Dzong and explore the town. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Ramthangka and begin the hike to Taktsang Monastery, which is one of the holiest Pilgrim sites in Bhutan. Legends say that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche flew here riding on the back of a tigress. The round trip hike would take about 4 hours. Lunch will be served in Taktsang cafeteria. This is the best way to end the trip to Bhutan with the spectacular sight of taktsang Monastery. Drive to Drugyel Dzong to see the ruins of the Dzong ad Visit the kychu temple. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast we'll transfer you to the airport for our departure from the Land of the Thunder Dragon to your home country.
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Should you wish to cancel your booking please inform us immediately in writing by e¬mail or letter. The following charges will apply, as a percentage of the trip:
1) More than 42 days before departure – 25% of total cost
2) 42 to 29 days – 50% of total cost
3) 28 days to 15 days – 75% of total cost and
4) 14 days or less – 100% of total cost.
These cancellation charges go to paying, amongst other things, outside Guides that have been contracted in, hotel or airline deposits, staff wages, setting up costs etc.
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