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BHUTAN

7 Days/6 Nights

VISITING BHUTAN
Visitors can travel to Bhutan through all inclusive package tours only (Free travel in Bhutan is not permitted) for which the tariffs/ costs are set by the Royal Government.

VISA
Visa is required for travelling to Bhutan and it is processed and arranged by the agent who takes care of the package and air tickets. Actual visa is stamped on arrival at Bhutan while it is cleared in advance and a visa clearance number is issued. Visa clearance number is also required while issuing/boarding the Druk Air tickets. You will get a copy of the Visa Clearance letter here itself along with the Air Tickets and Confirmation Vouchers.

RESERVATIONS
All tours must be booked through Tour Operator and entire land arrangements made by the same agent.

TARIFF
INTERNATIONAL TOURIST TARIFF is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan and is valid for an all-inclusive package only.

INCLUSIONS

The rates are inclusive of the following:

  • Accommodation with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All Airport Transfers & Sightseeing by a Deluxe Vehicle (depending on the group size) & Entrance Fees to Sights
  • Government Royalty & Taxes
  • Services of an English Speaking Guide

EXCLUSIONS

The rates are exclusive of the following:

  • Flight Tickets & Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fee (US$ 40 Per Person) & Tourism Development Fee (US$ 05 Per Person) - Approximately
  • Any personal expenses like Laundry, Telephone Bills, Tips etc.
  • Any supplement for upgrading the hotels etc.

DAY – 01:                             Delhi – Paro – Thimphu

Arrive Paro. The flight into Bhutan takes you through the great Himalayas, offering you the most scintillating scenery of the world's highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the silvery Pa-chu (Paro River) meandering down the valley, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and the Ta Dzong.

Assistance upon arrival at Paro airport and drive to Thimphu. (Around 55 KM/ 01 Hour Drive – Altitude of 2500 M)

Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Rest of the time at leisure to discover the Capital on your own.
Overnight at Thimphu

DAY – 02:                             Thimphu

After breakfast visit the Memorable Chorten dedicated to the 03rd King of Bhutan, The Textile Museum & Folk Heritage Museum that provides a fascinating insight into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Drive to the 15th century Changakha Lhakhang spectacularly located on the spur. The Takin Sanctuary near the lhakhang will give the visitor a chance to glance at the National animal of Bhutan, Takin. Also, visit the school of Arts and Crafts and the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.

During the Evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong; the main secretarial building which houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan and also the head seat of Chief Abbot of Bhutan.
Overnight at Thimphu

DAY – 03:                             Thimphu – Trongsa
Day 03: Thimphu – Trongsa (2200m 199 kms & 6 hours)
After breakfast depart for Trongsa (Around 199 KM/ 06 Hours Drive – Altitude of 2200 M), drive to Dochu La Pass (3050m). If the weather permits you can see a range of high peaks toward the north east. The recently built 108 chortens gives the ridge a very beautiful and charming presence. En route we will visit the impressive Wangdue Dzong built in 1638 by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and enlarged in 1683 by the fourth Temporal Ruler of Bhutan, Desi Tenzin Rabgye. The silver shingled roof, narrow courtyards and tranquil ambience give it a very special feeling.

Continue the drive via the Pele La Pass (3300m 10800ft) cross the Black Mountains, the traditional boundary between west and central Bhutan. Crossing the pretty villages of Rukubji and Chendebji to reach the huge 18th century Chendebji Chorten patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built by Lama Shida from Tibet to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Further drive to Trongsa with the beautiful view of Trongsa Dzong while approaching Trongsa.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Overnight at Trongsa

DAY – 04:                             Trongsa – Punakha

Trongsa – Punakha (Around 146 KM/ 06 Hours Drive – Altitde of 1400 M)

After early breakfast visit the Tongsa Dzong located on a spur overlooking the Mangde River. Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second King of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All five Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. Also visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), dedicated to Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Continue drive to reach Punakha.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Overnight at Punakha

DAY – 05:                             Punakha – Paro

Punakha – Paro (Around 145 KM/ 05 Hours Drive – Altitude of 2300 M)

After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong is built in 1637 by Shabdrung, the spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan prior to the present dynasty. It is an old capital which still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. From the distance this Dzong look like a giant ship on sail.

We will further retrace back towards Dochula Pass and Simtokha to drive towards Paro.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel.

Depart for a City Tour of Paro

Visit the National Museum which houses and impressive collection of fine arts, paintings, bronzes, textiles, jewelery and handicrafts sections as well as galleries of stamps for which the Country is very popular.

Also visit the Rinpung Dzong, the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels, built in 1645 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It is an imposing square fortress, representative of typical Dzong architecture, with a central tower and courtyards housing the administrative (Dzongkhag) and has a community of about 200 monks.

A hike down the moderate slope to the cantilever bridge, one of the finest specimens in Bhutan with its shingle roof and two guard-houses at each end.
Overnight at Paro

DAY – 06:                             Paro (Hike to Taktsang Monastery)

After breakfast drive 20 minutes to the end of the valley to Drukgyel Dzong from where one can see the towering peak of Jomolhari (7,316m, 24,003 ft). This mountain, also referred to as a powerful goddess, forms the border with Tibet and provides magnificent background to the ruined Drukgyel Dzong and village.
Drive to Rumthangka and begin the Taktsang hike (OPTIONAL)
Taktsang Monastery, clinging on the steep rock, is one of the holiest temple in Bhutan.
It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew on the Tigress back and meditated here. The trek to the temple through the pine tree and sweet aroma of the air is indeed a very special and memorable event. The return hike will take about 05-06 hours.
On Our way back, we will visit Kyichu Temple (built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century).
Rest of the time free for souvenir shopping in the small town of Paro.
Overnight at Paro

DAY – 07:                             Paro – Delhi

Transfer to the airport for your flight to onwards destination.