Highlights of Bhutan
Thimphu (02 Nts) – Wangdi (02 Nts) – Paro (03 Nts)
07 Nights 08 Days
Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is a land of monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic topography ranging from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are a destination for serious trekkers. Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, a sacred site, clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
Validity – 31 December 17
Day 01 Arrival at Paro – Thimphu
On arrival at Paro Airport and after completing your Visa / Permit formalities you will be received by our Bhutan representative who will assist you in boarding your vehicle for transfer to Thimphu (2320Mts / 7656Fts, 65 Kms / 01½ to 02 Hrs).
Thimphu is the capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. On arrival in Thimphu, Check in to the hotel.
Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 Thimphu
After breakfast we take you for a morning sightseeing of Thimpu – visit the Indigenous hospital where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, Art & Craft School, National library, Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, 15 century.
Afternoon – visit the Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point), Tashichho Dzong and Handicraft centers.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 Thimphu – Wangdi (70 KMS / 03 HRS, 1350Mts / 4430Fts)
After breakfast drive for 3 HRS to Wangduephodrang via Punakha crossing the Dochu la pass 3100 meters.
On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa.
Visit Punakha Dzong built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans.
Further proceed 20 minutes to Wangduephodrang (17 KMS / 20 Mins, 1350Mts/4430Fts) and view the Dzong from outside and stroll around the market area.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 04 Wangdi – Gangtey – Wangdi (70 Kms, 2 ½ Hrs One Way)
After breakfast go for Full day Gangtey excursion.
Gangtey Gompa in the Phobjikha Valley is a 16th century monastery. It is the only monastery in Bhutan, which follows the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. The Phobjikha valley is home to rare Black Necked Crane, an endangered species, which migrate from the Tibetan plateau in winters. About 250-300 of these reside in this beautiful valley. Return to Wangdiphodrang in the evening.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 Wangdi – Paro (135 Kms / 05 Hrs, 2134mts / 7000fts)
After breakfast go for drive (135 KMS / 05 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts) to Paro via Lobesa and a short walk through farm houses and fields to Chimme Lhakhang. This monastery was built in the 15 century and dedicated to the famous Lam Drukpa Kunley or divine mad man. He is one of the most famous saints in Bhutan and his temple is visited mostly by childless couples.
Lunch at Thimphu (optional) and drive to Paro visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06 Paro
After breakfast go for Paro Sightseeing – visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the Dzong.
Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) Opening Hours – whole week – 0900HRS TO 1600HRS & Closed On National Holidays, which was built in 1651 as a watchtower. Since 1951 the Dzong has been re-established as the National museum and holds fascinating collections of art and religious Thankha paintings. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative centre and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town.
Overnight at Hotel.
Note: Kindly note that after September 2011 Earth quake, Ta Dzong (Paro Museum) had been closed and shifted to exhibition hall just above the museum. Now the present exhibition hall will be open throughout the week except for government holidays. All tourists visiting Dzongs and temples must be dressed appropriately. No half pant, sleeve less shirts, floaters, etc are allowed.
Day 07 Paro
Today day free for shopping at Paro Market.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 Paro – Departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board your flight to Kolkata.
Per person on twin Sharing Rs. 37,500.00
Tour price includes
- Return airport transfers from airport to hotel and vice versa on by private van.
- All surface transportation as per itinerary by private van with the service of English speaking guide.
- 02 nights’ accommodation at hotel Tara Phyendeling in Thimpu or similar
- 02 nights’ accommodation at Dragon Nest in Wangdi or similar.
- 03 nights’ accommodation at Kichu Resort in Paro or similar
- Services of an Escort cum Guide will be as per the itinerary for Bhutan Portion only.
- Daily breakfast.
- All applicable taxes.
Tour Price does not Include
- Visa Fee
- Lunch & Dinner unless specified.
- Portrage, Laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, tips
- Anything not mentioned in what tour price includes
- Government Service Tax as applicable.
- Tour cost is based on the best available prices at the time of costing and are subject to available at the time of booking.
- High Season Surcharge will be applied during June, September, October & November