BHUTAN CULTURAL TOUR

Season months (Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov)

(2017) Rate Per Person with Min. No. of pax

Single -  US$2,885.00

2-5 Pax -  US$2,610.00

15 Pax -  US$2,500.00

Single Supplement -  US$380.00

 

Lean Season Months (Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec)

Rate Per Person with Min. No. of pax

Single US$2,635.00

2-5 Pax US$2,500.00

15 Pax US$2,400.00

Single Supplement US$300.00

DAY 1 ARRIVE PARO BY DUNK AIR/BHUTAN AIRLINES DRIVE TO THIMPU  (-/L/D)

Distance: 55km, Time: 90 Min

Flight into Paro with Druk Air, Bhutan National Airline. The flight takes you over the great

Himalayas, offering the most beautiful scenery of the snow-capped mountains and lush valleys.

As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (Fort), the National Museum and the

Paro town. You will be greeted by our local representative at the airport & welcome you to

Bhutan, the land of happiness. After completing the formalities, you will drive through fascinating

valley of Paro to Thimphu. During the journey you will witness a mixture of rice fields, apple

orchards and farm houses. After passing the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers, the road

ascends and the valley turns into a narrow gorge before widening out at Namseling and soon

the quaint shrubs of Thimphu begins to appear. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and has the

largest settlement with over one hundred thousand people. Thimphu has a special charm and

it is fascinating to sit and watch a gathering of local people in the town square, wearing their

traditional dress, and going about their business in a typically unhurried Bhutanese way. Depend

on time you can stroll in the town area, visit local shops, buy souvenir from Bhutan as you

like, and visit weekend market ( Fri, Sat & Sun) where you have immense opportunity to take

pictures of the people and the goods they displayed for sell; both produced locally and

imported from neighboring India. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 2 THIMPU SIGHTSEEING - DRIVE TO PUNAKHA (B/L/D)

(72km, 2 hours)

Following your breakfast, enjoy full day of sightseeing that includes: Memorial Chorten: This

is a most impressive stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King by the order of

Grand Queen mother Ashi Phuntsho Chhoden in 1974. Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest

temple in Thimphu dating back to 15th century. Mini Zoo to see Takin, the national animal

of Bhutan, Sangaygang view point from here the whole of Thimphu valley can be seen. Nunnery

where the Bhddhist nuns are practicing dharma National Library: It holds a vast collection

of ancient Buddhist texts, manuscripts and also modern academic books. Handicrafts Emporiums:

It displays wide range of products such as beautifully woven fabrics for man & women, crafted

products & other decorative items. National Institute for Zorig Chusum (thirteen traditional arts

& crafts). The Royal Government of Bhutan has sponsored and established this national institute

in the year 1971 mainly to preserve and promote culture and to contribute to the country’s

economy through quality products and services. In the course of history Bhutan has developed

a unique artistic tradition, which has played a vital role in modeling its distinct cultural

heritage and this tradition is reflected in thirteen traditional arts & crafts. Traditional medicine

Institute: It was established with the help of Italian government to improve traditional medicine.

The rich herbal medicines abundant in the kingdom are prepared here. Tashichhodzong: The

biggest fort of Bhutan built in 1648. It houses secretariat building, King’s throne room and

other government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot.

In the afternoon, drive to Punakha, the winter residence of chief abbot. The road climbs for

about an hour till you reach a pass at Dochula at an altitude of 3150M. Weather permitting,

this pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. After

hot cup of tea/coffee at the Dochula tourist’s café, continue to descend a long way to

Punakha & Wangdue through temperate forest of rhododendron & magnolia bloom in spring

then a semi-tropical zone where orange trees, banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance.

On arrival, check in to the Hotel.

 

DAY 3 PUNAKHA SIGHTSEEING (B/L/D)

Following breakfast, visit the Punakha Dzong some 7-8 km away from the hotel. Punakha

Dzong is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan situated in the confluence of Phochhu &

Mochhu (male & female rivers). It looks like a giant ship with excellent wood work and detail

of paintings. It was here that the first King was crowned in 1907. It was capital of Bhutan

until 1955 and then it was shifted to Thimphu. This dzong was built by Shabdrung Ngawang

Namgyel in 1637. Punakha dzong is still serves as winter resident of the chief lama of Bhutan

and houses both administrative & religious centre of Punakha district. Drive some 8 km north;

cross the suspension bridge and hike for 45 minutes to a newly built Kham Sum Yuelley

Namgyel Chorten built by one of the 4 queen mothers for the protection of the country and

to bring peace in the world. The view from this temple below is superb. Descend and then

drive back to Hotel for Lunch. After lunch, visit Chime Lhakhang. This temple is dedicated 

to famous Drukpa Kagyud Lama “Drukpa Kuenley”. The temple is situated on a hillock above

Yoakha village. It is about 20 minutes walk from the road through rice terraces and village

houses of Yoakha. This temple was built in 1499 by his descendent Ngawang Chogyel. This

temple is popularly known as “temple of fertility” and is the pilgrim site for couple who are

unable to bear children. Walk back to the road and continue drive to Wangdue to enjoy the

scenic and lush valley and Wangdue Dzong perched on a hill. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 4 DRIVE TO PARO via THIMPHU (B/L/D)

(135km, 3-4 hours)

Following breakfast, drive back to Thimphu/Paro via the same road crossing over Dochula

pass at an elevation of 3150m. Weather permitting you can enjoy the panoramic views of

the eastern Himalayas. Lunch will e served in Thimphu. After lunch do your last souvenir

shopping and then drive to Paro. On arrival, check in to Metta Resort & Spa Or similar.

 

DAY 5 EXCURSION TO TIGER'S NEST MONASTERY, VISIT TO HISTORICAL PLACES (B/L/D)

Following breakfast, drive 10km north through the beautiful valley of Paro and hike to Taktsang

(tiger’s Den) monastery hanging on a cliff 800m above the valley. In the 8th century Guru

Rimpoche flew here on the back of a tigress in one of his eight forms called Guru Dorje

Drolo and meditated for 3 months in a cave and converted Paro valley into Buddhism. Later

in the 17th century, the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan Tenzin Rabgye built this present temple

and named it Taktsang meaning; tiger’s lair in the same spot where Guru meditated. This

temple is one of the most sacred and also a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from all over

the world. It was completely burnt down in 1998 and re-built with help from Bhutan government,

individual donors and financial supports from other nations.

It takes 2 hours ascend till the closest view point and 1 hour descend to the valley. Stop

at tourism café situated half way for refreshment. On your way back, you again stop at the

café for lunch. After lunch, continue to walk down to the bottom of the valley where your

vehicle is waiting. Drive further north and visit the Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victorious

Drukpas). It was burnt in 1951 by the tilting of butter lamp in the middle of the night so in

present days it remains as ruins preserved as monument. It was built in 1647 after Bhutan

stand victorious against Tibetan invasion. On your way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest

and the most sacred temple in Bhutan built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gompo.

The legend says that he built 108 temples throughout the Himalayan regions in a single day

to subdue the demoness who was terrorizing the whole of Himalayan region. Drive to visit

Ta-dzong (national museum) an ancient tower, which served as watch tower to the Paro

Rimpong Dzong until 1968 when it was converted into museum. The museum collection includes

displays of spectacular thankas (religious scroll painting), ancient artifacts dating from 7th

century onwards, beautiful Bhutanese stamps, temple with tree of wisdom depicting the history

of Buddhism, collection of animals, birds & butterflies and the good collection of ancient

armors such as canons, guns, shield, bows & arrows, spears etc. After the museum, drive

back to Hotel. Dinner and over night at Metta Resort & Spa.

 

DAY 6 DAY EXCURSION TO HAA VALLEY (B/L/D)

(120 round journey, 4 hours)

(Following breakfast, drive to the lush and beautiful valley of HAA crossing over the highest

motorable road at Chilela pass ( 3988m). Weather permitting, you can have a clear view of

snow clad Mt. Jomolhari ( goddess mountain) and the lush valley of Paro and on the other

side of the pass, you again enjoy the view of HAA valley. Visit small town, some of the

oldest temples and farm houses. Evening, return to Paro via the same road. Overnight at Metta

Resort & Spa/Similar

 

DAY 7 FLY BACK TO KTM / BKK / SIN / DEL 

Following breakfast, drive to airport for your onward flight. Your guide will assist with your

baggage, bid you farewell and wish you safe journey back home.

 Airfare ( BKK-PBH-BKK in economy class)

 Hotel accommodation in twin sharing basis

 Meals (B/fast, lunch & dinner

 Land transport as per itinerary within Bhutan

 Service of certified English speaking guide (mandarin speaking

guide with additional cost)

 Visa fee

 Daily government royalty & taxes

 2 bottled water per person each day on complimentary basis

 One time tea & snacks each day

 Entry fees

o Bar and Laundry

o Excess baggage

o Comprehensive travel insurance

o Hotel/Room up-gradation

o Internet and call charges (most hotels provide internet services free

in public areas)

o Other expenses of personal nature such as tipping, shopping etc.

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