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Day 1: Arrive to Paro by Druk Air
Druk Airways flight to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Glare Mt. Everest view from flight to Bhutan. On arrival at Paro airport in Bhutan, clear the immigration and custom formalities and then you are received by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Evening take a stroll around the main street of town. Overnight spend at the hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Paro Tour
Paro Tour - have breakfast, visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum and then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history. Afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress from where Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. Then visit a traditional farm house which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people. In the evening, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Spend overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Paro - Thimphu (60 km, 2 hours)
After breakfast drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Enroute stop at Chuzom confluence where Paro River joins Thimphu River. Nearby Thimphu, visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. We visit King Memorial Chorten and Trashichhodzong, beautiful medieval fortress/monastery in the afternoon. Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum followed by visit local market. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu - Punakha (75 km, 2/3 hours)
Morning, Thimphu sightseeing tour, we visit National Library, Painting School and Traditional Medicine Institute. After lunch, drive to Punakha, the old capital town of Bhutan. Stop at Dochula pass (3,050m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. We visit Punakha Dzong, the fortress of 17th century and later visit Khamsm Yulley Namgyal Chhorten in the evening. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha - Wangduephodrang - Gangtey (70 km, 3 hours)
After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Visit majestic Wangdue Dzong and interesting local market. Further ahead pass through dense forests and oak, rhododendron tress, reaching at Gangtey (Phobjikha). Take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region in the evening. Spend overnight at Camp / Guest House.
Day 6: Gangtey - Trongsa (120 km, 4/5 hours)
Morning explore Phobjikha valley which is famous for Black Necked Cranes. The cranes migrate here from Central Asiatic plateau to escape its harsh winters. After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing Pele la pass (3,300m). Visit Trongsa market in the evening. Spend overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.
Day 7: Trongsa - Bumthang (68 km, 3 hours)
Visit Trongsa Dzong, the master piece of Bhutanese architecture and see Ta Dzong, the watch tower, built to defend this Dzong and surrounding region. After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, mantra wheel the religious heartland of the nation. Evening is at leisure. Spend overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 8: Explore Bumthang
Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit, Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley. We visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places. Later we visit Jambay Lhakhang, the ancient monastery dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the country. Visit local shops in the evening. Spend overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 9: Bumthang - Thimphu (268 km, 8 hours)
Morning after visiting Bumthang market, drive to Thimphu. Lunch would be served en route at one of the famous restaurant in Trongsa town. Enroute at Wangduephodrang take a short break for tea / coffee and then proceed to Thimphu.
Day 10: Thimphu - Paro
After breakfast drive to Paro. Later take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery. Legends say that Guru Padsambhava came here flying on the back of tigress and meditated at the place where the monastery stands now. Taktsang or Tiger Nest was severely damaged by fire which took place in April 1998 and now it has been restored in its original splendor.
Day 11: Paro Airport
After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination. Say good bye to Paro and Bhutan. Hope you enjoy the Bhutan tour very much and thanks for joining us on Bhutan Adventure Holidays.
Bhutan Tour Cost:
The daily tarrif per night for both the high season and the low season is set by the government of Bhutan. In addition; there is a government surcharge per night for individual travelers and for groups of two. For group of three or more there is no government surcharge.
Tourist low season rate: December to February and June to August.
1 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 250 per night per person, no surcharge.
Tourist high season rate: March to May and Sep to Nov.
1 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 200 per night per person, no surcharge.