Best Of Bhutan

Destination: THIM 2N + PUNA 2N + BHUMTH 2N + PARO 3N
Duration: 09 Nights & 10 Days
Code: EWHBHT 13

Itinerary of the package :

Day 01 :: Pick-up from Paro airport & transfer to Thimphu hotel. Half day sightseeing Thimphu.

Pick-up from Paro airport & transfer (65 kms–1.15 hrs drive) to Thimphu. After check in at hotel, half day sightseeing Thimphu. Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. Visit King’s Memorial Chorten (Monument), Chang Gangkha Monastery (one of the oldest monastery in the valley), National Zoo (contains national animal takin), National Library (collections of holy scripts) & BBS Tower. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 02 :: Whole day sightseeing Thimphu. 

Visit Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum, School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school), National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Traditional Paper Factory (made from Daphne plant). Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 03 :: Morning transfer from Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdue (via Dochula Pass). Whole day sightseeing 

Morning drive (70kms/2.30 hrs) to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. In Wangdue, stop at Mehsina village & visit Chime Lhakhang – The Temple of Fertility built in 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kinley. (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, “Salvation through sex”). Afternoon drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. Overnight in Punakha. 

Day 04 :: Transfer to Bumthang (via Trongsa).

Morning transfer (150 kms/4.30 hrs) to Trongsa forms the central hub of the nation and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. Both His Majesty King Ugyen Wang chuck, the Pen lop of Trongsa, who was elected the country’s first hereditary monarch and his successor, King Jigme Wang chuck, ruled the country from Trongsa ancient seat. The Crown Prince of Bhutan normally holds the position of the Trongsa Pen lop prior to ascending the throne including the present King who was appointed Pen lop in 1972, shortly before his succession to the throne. The entire landscape around Trongsa is spectacular.Places of Interest in Trongsa : Chendbji Chorten: Approximate four hours drive from Wangduephodrang is Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu.Trongsa Dzong: Like almost all towns in the Kingdom, this Dzong architecture dominates the entire Trongsa horizon dwarfing the surrounding buildings, Ta Dzong: This watch tower which once guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion stands impressively and provides visitors an insight into historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan’s history. By evening reach(70kms/2.30 hrs) Bumthang. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 05 :: Sightseeing Bumthang.

Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Bumthang is also the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Linga to whose descendants the present dynasty traces its origin.Jambey Lhakhang: This monastery was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits n the Himalayan region. Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century.Kurje Lhakhang: Situated before Jambey Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. Second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body and is therefore considered the most holy. The third temple was built in 1990s by Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother. These three temples are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall.Tamshing Lhakhang: Located opposite Kurje Lhakhang on the other side of the river, this temple was founded in 1501 Jakar Dzong: Founded by great grand-father of the first Shabdrung, the Dzong was initially built as a monastery in 1549. It was upgraded after the Shabdrung had firmly established his power in 1646. The Dzong is now used as administrative centre for Bumthang valley, and houses the regional monk body.

Day 06 :: Transfer to Punakha. Overnight stay at Punakha.

Morning drive (220kms/7 hrs) to Punakha. Reach Punakha by late afternoon. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 07 :: Morning transfer to Paro. Half day sightseeing Paro. 

Morning transfer (160kms/4 hrs) to Paro. After lunch drive 12kms north of Paro to hike to Tango (Horse’s Head) monastery. It will take about 45 minutes to hike to the monastery. Tango Monastery is a Buddhist college, and it’s the residence of the Desi Tenzing Rabgye, a young boy who is the reincarnation of the 16th-century monk who built Tango. Overnight in Paro.

Day 08 :: Day excursion to Chelela Pass. Evening back to Paro.

Morning drive to Chelela Pass. Enjoy the scenic vistas from Chelela Pass (3,988 Mts.), among the highest motor able roads in Bhutan. Afternoon sightseeing of Paro & stroll down to the market. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 09 :: Full Day sightseeing Paro. 

Visit the Ta Dzong, a circular fortress that once protected this valley from the Tibetan invasion. It is now the National Museum with an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities. A short drive back to the Paro Rinpung Dzong which was built and consecrated in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This Dzong is also the administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 members. Afternoon will drive up to visit Drugyel Dzong which is located upstream to the end of the paved road.. While coming back from Drugyel Dzong visit ‘Tiger’s Nest’ base camp & Kichu monastery. The evening ends with a walk through the Paro’s main shopping district. The local shops sell a variety of goods-groceries, textiles as well as prayer flags. Overnight in Paro.

Day 10 :: Drop to Paro International airport.Tour end with sweet memories.

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The following points are to be noted for Child Rate:-

Children above 10+ years will be charged 100% as per Adult Rate

Children of 5+ to 10 sharing parent’s room will be charged as per CWB or CNB.

Children below 5 years complimentary.

(Hotels are very strict with the child policy. Please carry the age proof so that it can be produced when asked) 


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