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Day 1: Arrive in Paro and drive to Punakha.
On clear days, during this fight, you will experience breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains including Mt. Everest, and Jichu Drak and Chomolhari in Bhutan. At Paro Airport you will be received by our local representative and welcomed with traditional reception. Drive to Punakha passing the Dochula pass enjoy view of distant Mountain and if sky is clear, we spent time at Cafeteria, if not we drive straight to the old capital of Bhutan.
Punakha is the administrative centre of one of the 20 districts of Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. Punakha valley is famous in Bhutan for rice farming. Both red and white rice are grown along the river valley of Pho and Mo Chu, two of the most prominent rivers in Bhutan. Ritsha (meaning at the base of a hill) is a typical village in Punakha. Overnight at hotel in Punakha
Day 2: Punakha to Trongsa.
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong. This Dzong is built in the 17th century at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Damaged by fires, floods and earthquake over the centuries, the Dzong has recently been fully restored to its original glory. After that we will drive down to Trongsa in central Bhutan over the Black Mountains and Pele La pass (3300 m).
Trongsa is a town and capital of Trongsa District in central Bhutan. The name means “new village” in Dzongkha. Tour highlight is Trongsa Dzong, the 1st temple built in 1543 by the Drukpa Kagyu Lama, Ngagi Wangchuk, who was the great grandfather of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the person who unified Bhutan. Built on a spur overlooking the gorge of the Mangde River, Trongsa Dzong is a masterpiece of architecture, containing a maze of courtyards, passageways, corridors and additional 23 temples. The Dzong and the small town surrounding it are situated on a spur, a wild rocky area, above the ravines of the Mangde River valley with the scenic backdrop of the Black Mountains on its southwest. The Dzong is located above the fast flowing Mandge Chu in a unique setting that has been described as the most spectacularly sited dzong in Bhutan with a sheer drop to the south that often disappears into cloud and mist. Overnight at hotel in Trongsa
Day 3: Trongsa to Bumthang.
Drive to Bumthang early in the morning across Yotong-La Pass at an altitude of 3404m and then to Bumthang. Enroute visit the Chume valley, where local women weave the famous Bumthang Yathra, pure woolen cloth woven in the traditional method with beautiful colored patterns. Bumthang is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Here the great teachers meditated and left in their walk many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons, treasure finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. Visit the famous Kurjey, Jamby and Tamshing Lkhakhngs. Also the Jakar Dzong, seat of the dist. administration.
Day 4: Bumthang Excursion.
Begin a day by visiting Jakar Dzong, which was built as monastery and later converted to a dzong. This “dzong of the White Bird” was so named by the Ngagi Wangchuk. Continue our visiting to Jambay Lhakhang, this temple is dedicated to Maitreya or Jampa and the central shrine holds a large statue of this Buddha of the Future. The walls are painted with the Thousands Buddhas (1004 Buddhas). Next we drive up the valley to reach the exquisite Kurjey Lhakhang complex. This is the country’s most historical holy place and it surrounded by 108 chortens & 3 temples within. It is here that Guru Pabmasambhava meditated when he first visited the country, leaving an imprint of his body on the rock enshrined here. After lunch, we take a short drive to the Tang valley where you can visit the site of Terton Pema Lingpa’s greatest finds – Membartso or “Flaming Lake” which is one of the great pilgrim sites of Bhutan. Here you can find many colorful miniature stupas (Tsa-Tsa) and each of them is an ancient prayer for the well being of beloved human. Last but not least, we bring you to visit the local shop in Batpalathang town. You have chance to buy some local cheese, apple wine, brandy, whisky & beer.
Day 5: Bumthang to Phobjikha valley.
After breakfast, drive to Gangtey Valley via Trongsa. Gangtey is situated in Phubjikha valley, which the winter home of endangered Black-Necked Cranes that migrate to this valley from Central Asia in winter. Gangtey is situated in Phobjikha valley (3,000 MTs). It is a wide, all most flat, beautiful alpine valley. It is also called Gangtey after the famous monastery. 2/3 hours scenic drive through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. As you enter you will notice that Gangtey Goenpa, a 17th century monastery rises on a small spur located at the valley’s center. It is one of the oldest and largest Nyingma Buddhist centre in Bhutan. Gantey Tulku Rimpoche is widely revered Buddhist teacher in west. The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March.
Day 6: Phobjikha valley to Wangdue –Thimpu
After breakfast, proceed to Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan. Thimphu (2,280m) is a small, bustling city in the heart of the Himalayas. Thimphu charm comes not only from its wealth of museums or places of historic interest, but also from the strong national character of its architectural style. A stroll through this lively town and into its shops reveals an interesting combination of tradition and modernity. Upon arrival, visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is a both a memorial to the late king (‘the father of modern Bhutan’), and a monument to world peace. The painting and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu
Day 7: Thimpu Tour
After breakfast, continue tour to Thimphu. Visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly Known as the Painting School) where student undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan: National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs, mineral, and animals organs available in abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed by traditional pharmacist and medical practitioners. This indigenous healing method is popular amongst all Bhutanese people, and runs in parallel to modern medicine in all district head quarter. Here you will have exclusive privilege of talking to a renowned traditional healer. Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insight into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.
Day 8: Thimpu to Paro.
After breakfast, have some free time walking around Thimphu town for some leisure shopping. After lunch, drive to Paro.
Paro is a town and seat of Paro District in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. Paro (2300m) valley is more than beautiful district of Bhutan. Paro is also fertile and fairly flat valley stretching along one side for more than 20 km. Farmers here are considered economically better than their counter part in most other regions in Bhutan. Upon arrival, check in hotel. You will be transfer out to have some free time strolling around Paro town before dinner being served in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Day 9: Paro –Taktsang Excursion.
After breakfast drive to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past. Drive back to Ramthongkha and then hike to viewpoint of Taktshang, the Tiger Nest, it takes one and a half hours.
The main deity of Taktsang is Dorje Drolo, the wrathful form of Guru Rinpoche, the precious Teacher, also known as Padmasambhava. The great tantric mystic is said to have flown here on the back of a tiger, a manifestation of his consort, Yeshi Tsogyal, when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th century. The image of Dorje Drolo inside the temple is shown standing on a tiger. There are 13 sacred sites at Taktsang, and several meditation caves in the cliffs above. Many saints have meditated here, not only Guru Rinpoche but also Milarepa and the female yogin Machig Labdronma. Here you can meditate awhile before beginning the descent. Nearby there is a teahouse, where you can stop for lunch or a snack. Take road down and evening farm house visit in Paro.
Day 10: Paro airport.
Rise early and check-out of hotel. Due to the early morning flight departure – breakfast will depend on the hotel whether they can provide it. Transfer to the airport for flight back to onward destination.
Bhutan visa fees.
Flight Cost like Kath/Paro/Kath
Expenses of personal nature like shopping souvenir, drinks, telephone, and internet
Tips for guide and driver.
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.