Exotic Druk Yul - A cultural Exploration of western Bhutan
Duration: 6 Nights/7 Days
When you land in Bhutan for the first time, you will get the impression that you have stepped into a land which you believed existed only in stories or imagination. Bhutan is well guarded by nature and law to protect its people, culture and tradition from the influences of the modern world and so we call it the last Shangri La.
You will visit the spectacular dzongs of Paro, Wangdue Phodrang and Punakha and immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture, tradition and history. You will appreciate the mountain views from Dho Chu La and Chele La passes and attend the colorful week-end market of Thimpu.
Some trips are timed with a glorious Tsechu festival of Bhutan. The tsechus are the most colourful of all Bhutanese gatherings and celebrated at every Dzong (fortress). All tsechus are celebrated as religious festivals, commemorating the deeds of Buddha, to honour Guru Rimpoche Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to the country.You will also have opportunities to take short hikes, visit the farm houses and meet the local families, watch their daily activities and understand Bhutan’s rural life.
Day 01: Fly to Paro.
Fly to Paro from , Kathmandu / Delhi, The flight rewards us with spectacular views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other amazing views of Himalayan ranges, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Arrival at Paro International Airport, meetwith our tour coordinator and transferred to hotel.t.We will stroll in the township of Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro..
Day 02: Sightseeing in Paro and then drive to Thimpu:
Morning, we drive 16 km away to see the ruins of historical Drugyal Dzong from where you can also see the peak of Mount Chomolhari on a clear weather day. On the way back, we will visit a typical Bhutanese farm house. After lunch in the hotel, we visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong), located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river, Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong-the Administrative seat of the district of Paro. Aafternoon, we drive to Thimphu (2 hrs), enjoying with gorgeous and scenic views . Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03 Sightseeing in Thipmphu:
In the morning, we visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thankas (sacred Buddhist scrolls) and the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased.
After lunch, we visit Simtokha Dzong- one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan that houses the largest monastic schools and Tashichho Dzong - the main Secretariat Building, containing the Ministries and office of the King and Pangri Zampa Monastery-which was the residence of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 A.D. Enjoy with cultural program at evening.
Day 4: Drive from Thimphu - Punakha/Wangduephodrang (77 km).
After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdue. Stop at Dochu La pass (3140m) and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee with spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Check in hotel in Wangdue and after lunch visit the sights such as Punakha Dzong-the district administration office and the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot, Wangduephodrang Dzong and its small town-perched on a hill between two rivers.
Day 05: Khotokha Excursion.
After breakfast, drive to Khotokha ( 22 km) where you will visit Drajanchu monastery-one of the most sacred and important Lhakhang of Tongdey Phajo's lineage. Khotokha is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and the view of the surrounding mountains and landscape is breathtaking. Picnic lunch at Khotokha and retrace drive to Thimpu..
Evening, we have leisurely time to browse the shops of Norzim Lam. On week-ends, its worth visiting the week-end market.
Day 06 Drive to Paro.
After breakfast, drive back to Paro. Excursion to Taktsang Monastery ( Tiger Nest). The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 900m and overlooks the Paro Valley and river. It is believed during the second half of the 8th century Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. It takes about 4 hours for the round trip.
Or we do excursion to Cheli La (3810m) and enjoy the mountain views and drive further to Ha Valley to explore rural Bhutanese life. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 07: Paro – Departure
Transfer to airport for the flight to Kathmandu/ Delhi.
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Cost Includes :
During the Bhutan tour Twin-sharing accommodation in the best tourist standard hotel on full board basis, land transfer as per itinerary, cultural tour with English speaking tour, entrance fees.
Cost Excludes :
All kind of personal nature expenses such as liquor, laundry charges, telephone calls, tips, travel insurance, airport tax and any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstance due to the pollitical problems such as strike, road blockages by land slide and flight delays or cancel due to the weather condition and techinical problem etc. Bhutan visa charges, Re-entry Nepal visa charges, excess baggage charges.