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BHUTAN : IN THE RIDGE OF HIMALAYAS

5 days
Land Arrangement only

$1395

About your trip

Explore the majestic ancient land of Kingdom of Bhutan. Gaze on a stunning architectural and natural environment that describes its unique setting. Immerse with the local residents and see the culture and traditional lifestyle that are still intact.

Tour Highlights

Explore Thimphu, Visit Trashichhodzong, National Library, Proceed to Painting School, Visit Traditional Medicine Institute,Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, Visit Handicrafts Emporium, Drive to Memorial Chorten, Drive to Punakha across Dochula pass, Proceed to Punakha Dzong, Visit to local market, Khamsum Yu; Namgyal Chorten, Drive to Wangdiphodrang, See Paro, Dochula, Visit Simtokha Dzon, Visit Ta Dzong, Proceed to Rinpung Dzong, Drive to Drukgyel Dozng, Visit Bhutanese Farm House, Visit enroute Kyichu Lhakhang

Inclusions

1 night accommodation at hotel in Thimpu
1 night accomodation at hotel in Punakha
2 nights accomodation at hotel in Paro
All transfers, sightseeings and excursions
All meals as specified in the itinerary
All currently applicable entrance fees
All currently applicable government taxes
Bhutan visa fee
Services of an English speaking local tour guide

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL PARO – THIMPHU

Upon arrival at Paro, meet and greet then transfer to Thimphu. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon, visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Afterwards drive to Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang) where visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). 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.Then visit Trashichhoedzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. In the evening, have an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and market area. Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar,and browse through the examples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 2: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (BREAKFAST, LUNCH)

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to a sightseeing of Thimphu valley including visits to the following: the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for ZorigChusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Then visit the Textile Museum, which provides insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form and the Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people. After lunch, drive to Punakha across Dochula pass, stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang, Tsendagang, Terigang, Jejegangphugang, Kangphugang, Zongphugang, a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. In the evening, take a short excursion to ChimiLhakhang and walk through the village near the temple to take a glimpse into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

DAY 3: PUNAKHA – PARO (BREAKFAST)

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to visit the PunakhaDzong or ‘Palace of Great Happiness,’ that served as both the religious and the administrative centre of Bhutan in the past. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic to us, though long established here. Then drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, and follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and ParoChhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Upon arrival at Paro, check in at hotel then proceed to visit Ta Dzong which now houses the National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Then walk down the trail to visit RinpungDzong. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 4: PARO (BREAKFAST)

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to an excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5hours round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. This site has been recognized 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. Afterwards, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. In the evening, visit the 7th century KyichuLhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, SongtsenGampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Then take a walk around Main Street and market area. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05: DEPARTURE PARO (BREAKFAST)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for your return flight

Transportation

This package excludes roundtrip international airfare, and includes all transfers.

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