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Bhutan - the Land of The Thunder Dragon

The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan - the Land of The Thunder Dragon is another delight in our offerings. Small in size, big on happiness would be a good way to describe this lovely gem of a country. Almost completely Buddhist, the erstwhile monarchy protects its culture emphatically, restricting the number of visitors each year.

 

Unlike most nations, Bhutan is a full service destination, where when you book you get accommodation, transport, tours, meals and guides, all included in your price. There are levels of accommodation available to cater to individual needs and there is really no off-season for the country. The deep valleys, which are home to most of the towns and cities, provide great opportunities for trekking. The beautiful monasteries are mostly open to visitors all day, so you can visit, help, chant and participate in the daily life here. From discourses to debate, prayer to meals, the life in the monasteries is based on the principals of simple living. The highlights of this little kingdom are the colorful festivals that are celebrated across the monasteries and those associated with the Royal Family. Masked dances are common and accompanied by traditional folk music. The food includes staples of rice, meat, cheese and chilies. 

Come to Bhutan for its precariously perched Dzongs and its bountiful rivers, its tiny mountainous trails and of course its immensely happy people! Visit Bhutan with our pasrtners, Sacred Dot Tours, a premium Destination Management Company and ground service provider. Our partners at Sacred Dot offers creative journeys to this verdant Himalayan Kingdom. From trekking tours to cultural immersions, monastery visits and in-depth religious tours, we offer bespoke vacations to suit every need, budget and timeline keeping our ethos of excellence in service delivery.

Day 01 Arrive Paro (by flight) - Paro – Thimpu (By Surface - 2 hrs)

This morning make your own way to the Delhi International airport to board your flight to Paro. As the aircraft enters into the Paro valley, you can get a view of the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (the river) with Ta Dzong (formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum) above it. On arrival in Paro you will be met by a representative of Sacred Dot and driven to Thimphu. On arrival in Thimpu you will check in at hotel.

Thimphu (at 2300m) is Bhutan's capital city and center of government, religion and commerce and is about two hour drive from Paro. Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. It was a wooded farming valley until 1961 when it became Bhutan's official national capital. The massive Tashicho Dzong, about 700 years old, was carefully revamped in the 1960s by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk to house the royal and main government offices. Rest of the day is at leisure. (D)

 

Day 02 - Thimpu

This morning after breakfast you will be taken for a sightseeing tour of Thimpu Valley. 0900 hours: visit the National Library, which houses a priceless collection of Buddhist manuscripts. Also visit the Memorial Chorten – Thimpu’s landmark which, was built in 1974 in the memory of third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk - theFather of Modern Bhutan. It is a four-storey tall white building, containing statues and iconography of deities from complex tantric teachings and serves as an important place of worship for locals. Then visit the Tashichho Dzong, the central monastic body of Bhutan. Also visit the visit the crafts center to see some of Bhutan’s main art and crafts.
(B, L, D)

Day 03 Thimpu – Punakha (By surface 3 hours)

This morning breakfast at the hotel is followed by departure to Punakha with a photography stop en-route at Dochula. Dochula Pass which is the best known pass in Bhutan, is just 19 odd mile drive from Thimpu on the way to central Bhutan. Dochula is around 3150 meter above sea level and mostly cloud covered. On a clear day you can see spectacular views of the mighty Himalayan mountain range. Dochula pass serves as wonderful stop for pictures and a cup of hot coffee. After this stop continue your drive to Punakha.

Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. It is located on the island of Pho-chu and Mo-chu Rivers and is located at an elevation of 1,300 metres. With its temperate climate, this valley is the market garden of the country, where produce grows year round and many Bhutanese reside during the cooler winter months. Punakha has an interesting history, it was the winter capital of Bhutan for a period of 300 years until Thimphu was made the official capital in the 1950’s. It is the site of one of Bhutan’s most historically important dzongs, the magnificent 17th century Punakha Dzong.

On arrival in Punakha, check in to your hotel. After check in and lunch, enjoy a walk to the Punakha Dzong. The walk which starts from the hotel continues over the countryside along the river upto Punakha Dzong. Straddling the confluence of the Mother (Mo) and Father (Pho) Rivers, like an ancient ship stranded by the tide, the Dzong’s first courtyard functions as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha district. Twenty-one temples are contained within the area of the Dzong. After the visit to the dzong, walk back to the hotel for lunch. The entire trip takes about three hours and covers a distance of three and a half miles. This evening you are at leisure. (B, L, D).

Day 04   Punakaha - Paro (By Surface – 1- 2 hours)

0900 hours: After an early breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and be driven to Paro. En route, also visit the Simtokha Dzong which is the oldest Fortress in Bhutan and now houses the School for Buddhist Studies. On arrival in Paro, check in to your hotel. 1330 hours: This afternoon visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum that was originally built as watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons, household items and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down to Rinpung Dzong, is a fortress monastery and has a long history. The name means (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), as it was built of stone and not clay, but the original Dzong and all its treasures were destroyed in a fire in 1907. In the monastery you can see wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard adorned with fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. This evening enjoy a walk through the market before returning to your hotel for dinner. Paro is Bhutan’s most fertile valley and houses the only airport in Bhutan. It is also one of the largest cities in the country and has amazing architecture. (B, L, D)

Day 05 Paro

0900 hrs: After breakfast, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. En route take a short stop at Satsam Chorten for a view of the famous Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest monastery (5 hours round trip). Thereafter trek upto the monastery and return back. Later along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

 

Day 06   Depart Paro (By Flight)

This morning after breakfast you will be met and assisted and transferred to the airport to board your International flight back home. (B)

END OF OUR SERVICES

Hotels Envisaged:

CITY SUPERIOR HOTELS DELUXE HOTELS # OF NIGHTS
Thimpu Ariya or Osel or Namgay Heritage
or
Khang Residency or Similar / Standard Room
Taj Tashi / Deluxe Room 02
Punakha

Zhinghham Resort /

Drubchhu Resort or similar / Standard Room

Dhensa Boutique Resort /

Suite Room

01
Paro Tashi Namgay Resort Or Tiger Nest Or Gangtey Palace Or Drukchen Or Similar / Standard Room

Le Meridien Riverfront /

Classic Room

02

 

Cost includes:

• Base category room accommodation in respective hotels for 5 nights – 2 nights each in Thimpu and Paro respectively and 01 night in Punakha.
• Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner in the respective hotel's restaurant.
• Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfers and Intercity transfers.
• Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary with a guide cum escort and entrance charges.
• Pony ride charges up-to the cafeteria (one way) while visiting Tigers Nest.
• Transportation by private Non A/c private vehicle.
• RGoB Royalties and Taxes.
• Mineral Water during the drives.
• Presently applicable hotel taxes and service charges.
• Visa fee of USD 40 per person.

Cost excludes:

• Any Airfare.
• Meals other than those specified.
• Any Christmas and New Year Surcharge.
• Festival period surcharge during Thimpu festival, Punakha festival and Paro festival.
• Expenses of personal nature viz. Tips, Porterage, Laundry, Beverage etc
• Anything not specifically mentioned in the clause, “The cost shall include”.
• Any deviation in the tax component.

Special Notes:

1) Bhutan is a Tobacco Free country and hence Tobacco is not legally available. One can carry up to 250 cigarettes for personal use by declaring at customs upon arrival and paying appropriate duty @ 200%.
2) Most of the hotels have both smoking as well non-smoking rooms however hoteliers prefer no smoking in the rooms because most of the hotels are made of wood.
3) Most of the hotels in Bhutan have twin rooms instead of double rooms (majority) though a limited number of double bedded rooms are also available. Rooms booked for our guests are double bedded.
4) One bottle of liquor per person is allowed to be imported Duty Free into Bhutan.

  

  Price:- From $1,600 per person sharing. Superior Accommodation. Please contact us for seasonal rates and availability 

  Price:- From $4,266 per person sharing. DeLuxe Accommodation. Please contact us for seasonal rates and availability 

 

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