Bhutan – an enchanting realm

Bhutan – an enchanting realm

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Bhutan – an enchanting realm

Bhutan – an enchanting realm

 Package Details:

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Destination Covered:Taj Tashi, Uma Punakha/Amankora Punakha, Aman Bumthang & Gangtey, Uma Paro /Zhiwaling/Haven Resort

 

Day 1
Arrive Paro, transfer to Taj Tashi hotel in Thimphu (1 hr drive)

In clear weather, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of the Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Katmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, it is a breathtaking journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom. After completion of airport formalities, you will be met by your guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The drive from Paro to Thimphu is about 1 hr. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Taj Tashi Thimphu.

Day 2
Thimphu Sightseeing

Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil service, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

Your tour of Thimphu includes the following sights:

 Institute for Zorig Chusum - where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of

Bhutan

 The Folk Heritage Museum - a restored mid 19th century house which gives one insight

into the average household & lifestyle in the region during that era

 The Textile Museum - showcasing some of the ancient fabrics of Bhutan & the history of

Bhutanese textiles

 National Memorial Chorten - a monument built in the heart of Thimphu as a memorial to

the Third King and is also dedicated to world peace

 Special Highlights:

Visit to a private weaving center where you will be able to actually see the traditional

weaving process and interact with the weavers

Attend a Cultural Performance showcasing traditional, regional and modern Bhutanese dances and songs

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Taj Tashi Thimphu.

Day 3
Thimphu - Punakha (2 hr drive)

After breakfast drive to Punakha, the old capital and the rice bowl of Bhutan. The drive from Thimphu to Punakha takes about 2 hours over the Dochu La pass situated at 10,000 feet. If the weather permits, you can see the Bhutanese Himalayas.

Your tour of Punakha includes the following sights:

 Punakha Dzong/fortress - is strategically located on an isle between the Pho Chhu (male)

and Mo Chu (female) rivers and was originally built in the 17th century. The fortress is also

famous for its architectural details and finesse. The fortress now serves as the

administrative center of Punakha and the winter residence for the Monk body

 Chimmi Lhakhang - you will walk through a village and paddy fields to Chimmi Lhakhang

the temple of Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman of Bhutan

 Special Highlights:

Visit a traditional farmhouse in Lobesa village on your way to the Chimmi Lhakhang. You

will get a better insight into the lives of the Bhutanese villagers

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Uma Punakha or Amankora Punakha

Day 4
Punakha – Bumthang (7 hr drive)

After breakfast depart for Bumthang via Trongsa. The drive takes you across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830ft) which is traditionally considered the boundary between western and central Bhutan. Further down the road, stop to visit Chendebji Chorten erected in the 18th century by a Tibetan lama to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. It is built in the Nepalese style, with painted eyes at the four cardinal points.

The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular and its impressive dzong, stretched along a ridge above a ravine, first comes into view about an hour before the winding road suddenly leads you into the town.

After lunch proceed to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the holy heartland of Buddhism. The 68 km. journey from Trongsa takes about 3 hours. The road winds steeply up to Yutong-la pass (3,400m/11,155ft), then runs down through dense coniferous forest to enter a wide, open, cultivated valley, known as Chumey valley. From here it is about an hour to Bumthang, a most pleasant run in the soft, late afternoon light. Overnight at Amankora Bumthang.

Day 5
Bumthang Sightseeing

Bumthang is the general name given to a group of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura, with altitudes varying from 2,600 to 4,000m/8,530 to 13,125ft.

Your tour of Bumthang includes the following sights:

 Kurje Lhakhang - one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Bhutan’s “patron saint”,

Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here.

 Jambey Lhakhang - from Kurje monastery, a tarmac road heads south along the right bank

of the river to Jambey Lhakhang. This temple, erected by the Tibetan king Songtsen

Gampo in the 7th century, is one of the two oldest in Bhutan (the other being Kyichu

Lhakhang in Paro).

 Special Highlights:

A special prayer by the care taker/monk (kyoener) can be done for you at one of the

temples in Bumthang

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Amankora Bumthang.

Day 6
Bumthang – Gangtey (6 hr drive)

After breakfast depart for Gangtey via Trongsa stopping enroute for tea and lunch break.

 Special Highlights:

Stop at Pele la pass to hang prayer flags (lung dhar) to ward off negative energy and evil

spirits

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Amankora Gangtey.

Day 7
Gangtey – Paro (4 hr drive)

Phobjikha valley is surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau.

After breakfast walk around and explore Phobjikha valley. Depart for Paro via Punakha where you will stop for lunch. After lunch proceed to Paro.

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Uma Paro or Zhiwaling or Haven Resort.

Day 8
Paro Sightseeing

Your tour of Paro includes the following sights:

 The National Museum aka as Ta Dzong is housed in an ancient watchtower. The museum

contains a wonderful gallery of Thangkas (scrolls) to ancient armory to natural history

 Visit the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, a fortress used to repel Tibetan invasions in the 17th

century

 Visit Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest and most scared shrines of Bhutan which dates

back to the 7th century

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Uma Paro or Zhiwaling or Haven Resort.

Day 9
Exit Bhutan for Onward Destination

Please note that some of the sights/itinerary may change due to season, weather, national holidays, and special events. We maintain the rights to alter the itinerary since tours are made in advance and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall travel experience in Bhutan.

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