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Discover Incredible Bhutan

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Discover Incredible Bhutan

$3220

per person

Come to the remarkable Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan, nestled in the Eastern Himalayas! Discover the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, filled with natural wonders, sacred temples and impressive architecture including the Tigers Nest Monastery. This compact kingdom offers a life renewing experience.

7 Days, 6 Nights: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha & Wangdiphodrang

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ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Meet Up at Paro (PBH) – Thimpu | National Memorial Chorten

Day 2: Thimphu | Tashichho Dzong, Folk Heritage and National Textile Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, Arts & Crafts School

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha  | Dochu-la pass, Punakha Dzong

Day 4:   Punakha | Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, Chimi Lhakhang

Day 5:   Punakha – Paro | Wangdue, Simtokha Dzong

Day 6:   Paro | Taktshang Monastery, National Museum (Ta Dzong), Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)

Day 7:   Depart Paro (PBH)

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INCLUSIONS

‣  4-Star Hotel Accommodations

‣  Airport Transfers

‣ Daily Breakfast and All Meals (See tour plan for more details)

‣  English-speaking Local Guide

‣  Entrance Fees to Monuments

‣ Visa Fee

1

Meet Up at Paro (PBH) - Thimpu | National Memorial Chorten

In the morning, you will be met upon arrival at Paro International Airport and transferred to Thimpu.

Thimphu is the Bhutanese capital and the centre of government, religion and commerce.  It is the world’s only capital city that eschews traffic lights.

Later this afternoon we visit the National Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
2

Thimphu | Tashichho Dzong, Folk Heritage and National Textile Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, Arts & Crafts School

Today, enjoy discovering more of the serene and beautiful city of Thimphu. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress which houses most of the Government offices and the King’s throne room.

Then visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museum and a Bhutanese traditional handmade paper factory. Also visit the National Library which houses a wonderful collection of Buddhist text and manuscripts.

After lunch visit the Handicrafts Emporium which offers a wide assortment of beautifully handcrafted products, including the splendid Thangka paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also visit the Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangka paintings. Here you will see students at work producing intricate designs on cloth.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

 
3

Thimphu - Punakha | Dochu-la pass, Punakha Dzong

This morning embark on a short drive to Punakha, the erstwhile winter capital of Bhutan.

Enjoy the scenic drive through Dochu-la pass (3,080 m or 10,000 ft) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Take a photo stop and some light refreshments whilst enjoying breathtaking Himalayan views.

Continue drive to Punakha. Check in at your hotel and freshen up.  Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955.

This afternoon visit Punakha Dzong (‘the palace of great happiness or bliss’) built at the junction of the two rivers in the 17th century. In the evening, enjoy a stroll in the local market.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

4

Punakha | Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, Chimi Lhakhang

After a leisurely breakfast, take a short hike through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along river banks to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten from where you will see beautiful views of Mo-Chu River and the villages below.

Later in the afternoon hike up to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman) situated on a hillock in the center of the valley. It is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kenley who in the late 15th century used his unorthodox ways of humor, songs, outrageous behavior and sexual overtones to dramatize his teachings and hence came to be known as ‘The Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the ‘temple of fertility’ and is popular amongst couples wanting a child. It takes about 30 minutes to walk across the field to reach the temple.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

5

Punakha - Paro | Wangdue, Simtokha Dzong

This morning, embark on your return drive to Paro.

En-route, stop for lunch at the beautiful town of Wangdue (Wangdiphodrang) and briefly visit the local market famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.

After lunch, continue drive to panoramic view Simtokha Dzong along the way. This is one of the oldest fortresses of the Kingdom which now houses a school for religious and cultural studies.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

6

Paro | Taktshang Monastery, National Museum (Ta Dzong), Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong)

Early this morning, hike to Taktshang Monastery popularly known as the Tigers Nest. It clings to a cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Legend has it that Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew to this location on the back of a tiger in the 8th century. Once arrived, he is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three days and three hours in one of the caves that dot the mountain. The Bhutanese people credit Guru Rinpoche with introducing Buddhism to their country and the Taktsang Monastery is one of the principal pilgrimage destinations in Bhutan.

Return trip hike takes approx. 5 hours; alternatively, if you don’t wish to hike, you may ride a pony.

This monastery is one of the most sacred sites of Bhutan, visited by all Buddhists at least once in their lifetime. The climb is steep, so en-route you may stop for refreshments at a local cafeteria located halfway up the trail overlooking ‘Tigers Nest’. Once we reach the Tigers Nest, enjoy the beautiful views and waterfall along with a visit to the monastery.

This afternoon visit the National Museum (Ta Dzong) which houses an interesting assortment of costumes, artifacts, thangka paintings and world-renowned stamps, bringing alive the history of Bhutan. Also visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) the political and religious center of Paro district, built in the 17th century.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast     Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

7

Depart Paro (PBH)

After breakfast the tour ends. Hotel check-out and transfer to Paro International Airport.  Please provide details of your flight home so we can schedule your airport transfer.

Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

Tour Location

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Dates & Pricing 

Private Tour: Daily departure.
2 Persons * 3 Persons ** 4 Persons * 6 Persons *
2018: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov $3,730 $3,455 $3,455 $3,335
2018: Jan, Feb, Jun, Aug, Dec $3,220 $2,965 $2,965 $2,865
  • * Price per person in US dollars, double occupancy.
  • ** Price per person in US dollars, triple occupancy.
  • Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.
  • Prices include all currently applicable taxes.

Booking Your Flight

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Exclusions

  • ‣ Any Travel Insurance (Valid travel insurance required)
  • ‣ Medical Expenses
  • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Taxes
  • ‣ Gratuities
  • ‣ Laundry Service
  • ‣ Telephone Calls
  • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
  • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions

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Hotel Information

Destination Hotel Rating
Thimphu Termalinca ★★★★
Punakha Dhensa Resort ★★★★
Paro Haven Resort ★★★★
Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.