Glimpse of Bhutan -5 N / 6 D

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Sketch Itinerary:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu : 2320 m

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha: Altitude 1310 m

Day 04. Punakha-Wangdiphodrang -Paro: Altitude 2280 m

Day 05. Paro Sightseeing: Altitude 2280 m

Day 06. Departure

 Detail Itinerary:

Day 01. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive)

After landing at the Airport, drive to Thimphu. On the way you can visit Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century.

After lunch visit Pangri Zampa Lhakhang and evening time visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the National Government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo, who is the Chief Religious Abbot of Bhutan. Stay overnight in Hotel at Thimphu.

Tashichho Dzong

Day 02. Thimphu Sightseeing:  The day begins with visit to the tallest Buddha Statue at kuensel Phodrang. Then visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our 3rd King, late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (The Father of Modern Bhutan). Visit Changangkha Lhakhang and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

National Postal Museum, where you can make personalized Bhutanese stamps.

After lunch, excursion to Cheri Monastery (18 km). Chagri Dorjeden Monastery, also called Cheri Monastery, is a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan established in 1620 by Ngawang Namgyal. The monastery, which is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, is located at the northern end of the Thimphu Valley.

Cheri Monastery

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Overnight in Hotel in Thimphu.

 Day 03. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hrs drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass with its 108 stupas and the beautifully arranged Himalayan mountain ranges. Drive further down and visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi.

  • The Royal Botanical park, a nature reserve rich in flora and fauna and beautiful in itself. The recorded species are the monal pheasants, blood pheasants, musk deer, tiger, leopard, red panda and the leopard cat. A Rhododendron garden with 46 species of the plant is the theme of the botanical garden. Drive further to Punakha.

On the way, view Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (Popularly known as The Divine Madman) in the year 1499. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt” and built the temple on top of a hillock. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.

  • Lama Drukpa Kuenley (1455 – 1529) was one of the Bhutan’s Favourite Saints who was born in Tibet, trained at Ralung Monastery and was a contemporary and a disciple of Pema Lingpa.

After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. Punakha is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo, where King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the First National Assembly here in 1952. Evening time, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling monastery, built by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill near river bank, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa tradition.

Punakha Dzong

 Day 04. Punakha –Wangdiphodrang – Paro: (Altitude 2280 m, Distance 132 km – 4 hrs)

 After early breakfast, drive to Paro via Wangdiphodrang. Visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong which was initially built in 1638 (razed by fire in 2012), now in ruins & under construction, nearing completion. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers.

 After lunch at Paro, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watch tower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the Dzong and across a traditional cantilever bridge.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

 Day 05. Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m).

After breakfast, drive to the base of the monastery and hike to Taktsang Monastery: a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten and from there a 2 hours walk till the viewpoint of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.

The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the then Paro Penlop Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. The incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.

After lunch, visit to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. The Dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins but now under renovation and near completion. If the weather is clear, you will experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m) from there. On the way back, visit to Kyichu Lhakhang built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.Kyichu Lhakhang

Day 06. Departure: After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.

Tour Charges – (5 Ns & 6 Ds)

No. of persons. Charges per person for whole tour duration (USD)          Visa Fee 

(one time payment)

Total  USD
1 – 3 1105 40 1145
4 – 6 1060 40 1100
7 – 11 1010 40 1050
12 – 16 960 40 1000
17 & more 900 40 940

Note: 100% discount on daily charges shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.

The Tour Cost Includes:

  • All Meals (Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner)
  • Accommodation (Twin Sharing) – additional charges for single occupancy.
  • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  • Royalty & Govt. Taxes @ USD 65 per person per day.
  • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  • Visa Fee.
  • English speaking Local guide.

The Tour Cost Does Not Include:    

– International Air fares.

– Insurance Premiums

– Payments for service provided on a personal basis

– Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.

– Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges. Incidentals, Portage

– Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”

Additional Services

  • Traditional cultural show if interested
  • Visit to a farm house
  • Village walk (schedule changes)
  • Bottled mineral water during travel

 


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