ABOUT BHUTAN TOUR
Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
A country resting peacefully in the lap of eastern Himalayas is one of those very few places that can probably take you back in time. The unadulterated nature, around 73% of the land drenched in wild greenery, the flag with dragon engraved on it, the rice that is born red, the place which is believed to be haunted by multiple demons and protected by multiple gods, the innocence of the locals that still believe that snowman exists and dragons spitfire, the land that has preserved the rarest of the nomadic tribes and fauna on the list of ‘red-alert’ is what Bhutan is made up of. Not very well known amongst the tourist crowd, Bhutan indeed offers some mystical, magical places to visit for the intrepid traveler.
TOUR ITINERARY OF BHUTAN TOUR
PICKUP DROP HASIMARA
6 N & 7D ( THIMPHU- 2N, PARO-2N ,JALDAPARA-2N ,)
DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT HSA. – TRANSFER TO JALDAPARA.
On arrival at HSA Railway station, you will be greeted by our official and transferred to Phuentsholing (298 Mts/977 Fits), a small town at the Indo-Bhutan border. Will be transferred to Jaldapara, after your lunch south khairbari sightseen. Evening at your own leisure. Overnight stay at Jaldapara.
DAY 02: JALDAPARA sightseen.
Early morning ride to jaldapara jeep safari, after breakfast visit buxa Jayanti, rajabhatkhawa, overnight stay at jaldapara.
DAY 03: TRANSFER TO THIMPHU.
After Breakfast, drive to P/ling for the permit process. Immigration Process will be done.
& Transfer to Thimphu. (178KMS/09Hrs) which lies at an elevation of 2300m. Thimphu lies in a beautiful valley, sprawling up a hillside on the west bank of the Thimphu CHHU River and has a total area of about 1809 sq. km. Evening at your own leisure. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing walk in the valley at the evening. Be sure to sink your teeth into momo kopi, steam dumplings filled with finely chopped cabbage, onions, cheese, and butter. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 04: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEN
After Breakfast, check out from Hotel. (178KMS/09Hrs) which lies at an elevation of 2300m. Thimphu lies in a beautiful valley, sprawling up a hillside on the west bank of the Thimphu CHHU River and has a total area of about 1809 sq. kms.- visit Buddha Dordenma, BBS Tower, the Indigenous hospital where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, Art & craft School, National Library, royal goldsmith workshop, and handicraft centers. Have a sumptuous lunch.In the afternoon visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late king Jigme Dorji Wang chuck, 15th century
Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with a good view of the Thimphu Valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple. Evening at your own leisure. Overnight stay in Thimphu.
DAY 05: TRANSFER TO PARO
After Breakfast, check out from Hotel & Transfer to Paro. Paro is Destination of Scenic beauty, the only International airport of Bhutan in Paro. It has a population of 39,800 (which is approx 1 and a half hours/65 KM from Thimphu). – visit the historic ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, built-in 1647. Paro’s Main street features shops on both sides, all crammed with brasswares, silk and cotton scarves, incense sticks, silver filigree jewellery, go (Bhutanese National Dress for Men) which can be matched with elaborately embroidered boots, Kira (wrap-around sarong worn for Bhutanese Women) and prayer flags that one could string across any open space to seek blessings for loved ones and friends. Evening at your own leisure. Overnight in Paro.
DAY 06: PARO CITY TOUR
Visit -1) View of Taktshang Monastery, 2) Kichulanka Monastery, 3) Ta Dzong, 4) Paro Rinpung Dzong (Museum), 5) Nya-Mey Zam, 6) Dungtse Lhankhang, 7) Kila Gompa, 8) Druk Choeding. In Evening: Stroll Through the Market of Paro . Overnight Stay in Paro.
DAY 07: TRANSFER TO HSA VIA P/LING.
After check out from Hotel and proceeds to HSA for your forward journey. and your tour ends with sweet memories,
SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN BHUTAN TOUR
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and the largest town in Bhutan. It lies at an altitude of 2400 meters. All government headquarters and center for trade are located here
v Trashichho Dzong: Meaning “fortress of the glorious religion “was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. It is one of the largest Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong houses the throne room and office of his majesty and is the seat of government and religious affairs in the kingdom. The northern portion of the Dzong has the summer residence of the central monastic body and his holiness the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). It is open to visitors only during the Thimphu Tsechu (held in autumn) and during winter when the monk body moves to Punakha.
v National Memorial Chorten: this monument was built in 1974 in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It was originally the idea of Bhutan’s third King, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck to erect a monument for world peace and prosperity, but could not be done due to his untimely death. So after his death, it was built to in his memory and to serve as a monument for world peace.
v Simtokha Dzong: built-in 1627, it is the oldest Dzong in the country. The most noteworthy artistic feature of this Dzong is the series of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard which are centuries old the paintings inside this Dzong are believed to be some of the oldest and the most beautiful in the country.
v National library: The National Library was established in the late 1960s and it houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature mostly in block-printed format and some works are several hundred years old. There is also a small collection of books in English on the ground floor mainly on Buddhism, Bhutan, the Himalayan region and neighboring countries.
v Institute for Zorig chusum: commonly known as the Painting School is an institute established primarily to preserve and promote Bhutan’s unique artistic tradition which played a vital role in molding its distinct heritage. The Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 tradition arts and crafts of Bhutan and on a visit one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school.
v National Institute of Traditional medicine: The Institute was established in 1967 as a center for indigenous medicines and practice. In olden times. People primarily relied on indigenous medicines to cure their illness. The Institute also serves as a training school for traditional medicine practitioners. The complex is closed to visitors due to considerations of hygiene, but one can still walk around and view it from outside.
v Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang): Located at a short drive from Thimphu city center, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You
can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.
v Botanical Gardens, Serbithang: Located on lush hillside about 10km from the city, the gardens offer a peaceful and relaxing environment to spend a few hours. Botanists will find the wide selection of indigenous trees and plants of interest.
v Coronation Park: Located on the banks of the river (near the city stadium), these 5.6 acres of parkland offer a pleasant and relaxing environment to stroll or to sit and watch the river flow by.
v The Folk Heritage Museum (Phelchey Toenkhyim): It is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of rural life. The principal exhibit in the museum is a restored three-story traditional rammed mud and timber house, which dates back to the mid 19th century. The design and form of the house are that of an average household in the Wang area during that era. The age of the structure demonstrates the durability and performance of the building materials. From ground to the top floor, household objects, typical domestic tools, and equipment that would have been used by a family during that period are put on display. The museum is also developing some of the native trees and plants that were used for various domestic purposes in rural households.
Paro (alt. 2200m/7218ft) - The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries, the National Museum and the country's only airport. Mount. Chomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunges through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro River). Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.
Places of interest in and around Paro:-
v Rinpung Dzong: Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring.
v Ta Dzong: One-time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country. It holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. The museum circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors.
v Drukgyel Dzong: This Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Historically and strategically this Dzong withstood all its glory and was featured in 1914 vide National Geographic magazine. The glory of Drukgyel Dzong remained even when it was destroyed by fire in 1951. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mount. Chomolhari from the village, below the Dzong.
v Kyichu Lhakhang: It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to the 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakhang in Bumthang). The Lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in the original pattern.
v Dungtse Lhakhang: To the west of the road is Dungtse Lhakhang, a chorten-like temple. This unusual building was built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo. It has three floors representing hell, earth and heaven and the paintings inside are said to be some of the best in Bhutan.
Beyond Dungtse Lhakhang, to the east of the road, the tiny Pana Lhakhang is quite old and is believed to have been built in the seventh century.
Punakha (alt. 1300m/4265ft) - Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until and still, it is the winter seat of Je Khenpo (the chief abbot). Blessed with a temperate climate and owing to its natural drainage from Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) rivers, the Punakha valley produces abundant crops and fruits. There are splendid views of the distant Himalayas at Dochula pas (alt. 3,050m) on Thimphu – Punakha road.
Places of interest in and around Punakha
v Punakha Dzong: Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. The Dzong is open for visitors during the Punakha festival and in summer months when the monk body moves to Thimphu.
v Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: A beautiful hike takes one to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability, and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond.
v HOTEL CATEGORY ( Standard Property) BHUTAN TOUR
|THIMPHU||WELCOME HOME / SIMILAR||STD||APAI|
|PARO||HOTEL PARO / SIMILAR||STD||APAI|
|JALDAPARA||JALDAPARA INN / SIMILAR||STD||APAI|
APAI: Room with all the meal
1. Transfer all on private basis in Non Ac COASTER BUS ( 22 SEATER ) + 3 NOS BOLERO.
2. Sight Seen as per itinerary.
3. Immigration Charges.
4. Driver cum Guide.
5. Per day - ten DBL Room
6. Pick up: HSA and drop HSA
- Extras of personal nature such as personal tips, laundry charges, additional tour charges.3. Insurance, Medical & Emergency rescue4. Does not include Hard drinks or liquor or mineral water or soft drinks/juices.5. Does not include Entrance Fees at Monasteries / Monuments /Museums etc.
6. Does not include specialized Guide
- Airfare / Train fare
- Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances(strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
- Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to an increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
- Room Heater Charges.
- Anything which is not included in the inclusion.
- Child Below 5 yrs complimentary
- Child 5 -10 yrs without an extra bed as mention in cost
- Above 10 years / Extra adult with an extra bed sharing room are same & charged as per (EPSR)
Important: We need following to process your booking
- Guest Name & Contact Number
- Naming List with gender & age
- Arrival / Departure details
DO’S IN BHUTAN
v Although Bhutan welcomes foreigners these days especially for those on their last-minute all-inclusive holidays, the country is extremely conscious regarding its culture.
v The greeting in the Bhutanese language Dzongkha for hello is Kuzu Zangpola and says Tashi Delek for goodbye or good luck.
v All the citizens, except India and Bangladesh, need VISA to enter into Bhutan.
v VISA should be applied a minimum 30 days before you plan to visit Bhutan
v One need is route permits to travel in Bhutan and this is provided by the Immigration Office at Thimphu
v TOBACCO IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED IN Bhutan. The tourists might use it, but extra care should be taken. Selling or giving tobacco to the locals is also a crime.v Make sure you take off your footwear before you enter into any religious place.v You are advised to dress discreetly and modestly in Bhutan. If you’re visiting any Bhutanese temple (Tsechu), they’d admire you if you wear their national dress gho & kira. Also, make some donations to Tsechu.v Foreign nationals are not permitted to carry Indian rupees across the border to and from India.v Buying and selling of antiques are strictly forbidden in Bhutan. Don’t jump to give toys or treats to children in. are careful not to breed an of tourist, as happens-but adults likely will not object out loud out of politeness.
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