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Day 1: Arrive in 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 Kolkata, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at Paro airport, you are received by our representative after immigration and custom formalities and transfer to the hotel. Take a stroll around main street in Paro.
Day 2: Paro Tour
After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong (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.
Day 3: Paro to Thimphu (60 km, 2 hours)
After breakfast proceed 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.
Visit Memorial Chhorten and Trashichhodzong, beautiful medieval fortress/monastery in the afternoon. Then, visit Handicrafts Emporium, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum followed by visit local market.
Day 4: Thimphu - Punakha (70 km, 3 hours) monks in training.
Sightseeing tour visits National Library, Painting School and Traditional Medicine Institute in the morning. After lunch, drive to Punakha, the old capital town of Bhutan. Stop enroute at Dochula pass (3,050m) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong, the fortress of 17th century and later visit Khamsm Yulley Namgyal Chhorten in the afternoon.
Day 5: Punakha to Wangduephodrang to 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.
Day 6: Gangtey to Trongsa (120 km, 4/5 hours)
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) high in the afternoon. Visit Trongsa market.
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, the religious heartland of the nation. Evening is at leisure.
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. Visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang, the ancient monastery dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the country. Visit local shops.
Day 9: Bumthang to Wangduephodrang (205 km, 7 hours)
Morning after visiting Bumthang market, drive to Wangdue. Lunch would be served enroute at one of the famous restaurant in Trongsa town. Take a stroll around Wangdue town, visiting shops, local market and mingling with people. Spend overnight at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.
Day 10: Wangduephodrang to Paro (77 km, 3 hours)
Morning excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as ‘ Divine Madman. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning \'field. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang. Drive to Paro in the afternoon.
Day 11: Paro -Excursion to Haa valley
Start the day early for drive to Haa via Chele-la pass. 4 Km away at Bondey village the road to Haa diverts towards the right hand side and the climb up towards the chele-la pass starts. After driving through blue pine & rhododendron forest for 45 km, Ha Valley Bhutan reach Chele-la pass (4200 meters). From this point one can have superb views of Mount Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey. This is a very good place to walk around for few minutes enjoying the view. Drive on to Haa, descending all the way for another 22 km under an hour’s drive, finally reaching Haa. The Haa Dzong is presently occupied by military, but the view from outside is stunning. After picnic lunch visit the famous Monastery Lhakhang Karpo known as White Temple followed by visit Lhakhang Nagpo known as Black Temple. The central shrine in Lhakhang Nagpo is said to have no difference with that of Lhasa Jowo in Tibet. The construction of the Lakhang Karpo is believed to have been assisted by the locality. As a result the place came to be locally known as Hay meaning surprise which later became Haa due to the differences in interpretations and pronunciations of different people over time. The three giant hills looming over the fringes of Haa valley were called Me Rig Puen Sum especially after the incidence of the Lhakhang Kdarpo construction. Today the three hills are popularly known as Rig Sum Goenpa signijfying three deities-Jambayang Chana Dorji and Chenrizig.
Later, other Buddhist saints like Guru Rinpoche and Machi Labdorn came to the Jungney Drag in Haa and blessed the locality. The principal religion followed is Drukpa Kagyud. After the arrival of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the chief guardian deity of Haa became Ap Chundu. Later in the afternoon, we drive to Paro same way back. The drive will be under 3 hours.
Day 12: Paro Airport
Transfer to Paro airport for flight to onward destination. Say goodbye to your guide and Bhutan. Thanks for joining on Bhutan historical tour.
Note: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 high season rate: March to May and Sep to Nov.
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 low season rate: December to February and June to August.
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.