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Kingdom Of Bhutan Expedition - 07 Days


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Durations : 07 Days
Destinations : Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro

Day 01
International Arrival at Paro:

Paro – Thimphu:
By road 50kms in 1.5hr

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your Bhutanese guide upon exiting the arrival hall and transferred to the capital town of Thimphu.

On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalayas are sensational, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro.

Before reaching Thimphu town … visit the Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang).

Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

There are a good many things to see in the capital, which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 90,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined. 

Reach and check-in to the hotel. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight will be at Thimphu.

Day 02
Thimphu:

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Enjoy the city sightseeing.

Takin Preserve: TAKIN is the National animal of Bhutan. They are like a mix between cows and goats. These oddball mammals are really harmless and just lazily roam around. This is only place in Thimphu where the National Animal of Bhutan, Takin (budorcas taxicolor) is found. Bhutanese call it ‘Drong Gyemtse’.

Tashichho Dzong: Situated on the West bank of River Wang Chhu, it is a whitewashed brilliant building with red and gold triple tiered roofs looks more like a monastery. The outer walls are lined neatly with granite blocks unlike other dzongs, which have rough stones as walls. This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.

Dechen Phodrang: It is the state monastic school and 15 teachers take classes of around 400 pupils over 8 years. Walking around the school feels special as different chants and hymns could be heard drifting out of the windows.

Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. One may come across some interesting facets from rural Bhutan that is slowly being replaced by modern amenities. The water driven grinding mill may captivate your zoom lens.

King's Memorial Chorten: People, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels, continuously circumambulate it. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Handicrafts Emporium: Visit local crafts shops to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and woodcarvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials.

Visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.

National Institute for Zorig Chusum: Commonly known as the Painting School, the Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. It is a hands-on trip for you. Enjoy few moments with the future artists of the country.

National Institute of Traditional Medicine: In Bhutan, equal emphasis is given to both allopathic and traditional medicines. The rich herbal medicines made from medicinal plants abundant in the kingdom are prepared and dispensed here. The Institute is also a training school for traditional medicine practitioners. The complex is closed to visitors due to considerations of hygiene, but one can still walk around and visit the showroom.

Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery: The only nunnery in the Capital it is popularly known as Zilukha Anim Dratshang. It is located above Zilukha Lower Secondary School, overlooking Tashichodzong in Thimphu valley and is a few minutes’ drive from the town. It was built in 1976 by the 16th emanation of Thangtong Gyalpo, Drubthob Rikey Jadrel. You may interact with some 60 nuns or so that has devoted their life to spirituality and Buddhism.

In the evening, explore local markets while walking and interact with locals.

Lunch will be organized at local restaurant and Dinner will be served at hotel.

Overnight will be in Thimphu.

Day 03
Thimpu - Punakha:
By road 86kms in 03hrs

After breakfast, drive to Dochula pass (3,050m). If the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the north east. Following peaks can be seen from this pass, on a clear day; Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m), Zongphugang (7,060 m), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Further drive onwards and arrive at Wangdue Phodrang.

The descent from Dochula into Wangduephodrang valley is quite long as the altitude difference is 1700 meters.
Visit Wangue Phodrang Dzong and have lunch.

Wangdue Phodrang Dzong: Stretched along the hilltop above the confluence of the Punatsangchhu and Dhangchhu rivers, the imposing Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is the town’s most visible feature. During pre-monarchy days, the governor of this dzong played an important role. The annual festival takes place in autumn so be the guest and enjoy the tour of the dzong.
Continue drive to Punakha. Reach and enjoy the sightseeing.

Khamshum Yalley Temple: There is no temple in Bhutan built elaborately as this. The Queen Mother of the 5th King to bring universal peace in this world built this fascinating temple. The best of the spiritual art works are painted on the inner walls. There are also paintings of Buddhist teachers and tutelary deities of the country. This is a great temple to study the symbolic meanings from frescoes and sculptures.

Punakha Dzong: Placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsr Ugyen Wangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been fully restored in the recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. At the dzong enrich your trip with the opportunity to see the highest standards in woodwork. Do not miss the massive Kuenray, the Coronation Hall of all Bhutanese kings, the Dzongchung at the entrance to the dzong and the cantilever bridge over the Mochu that has been recently renovated.

Chhimi Lhakhang: The divine madman also known, as Drukpa Kinley is a famous teacher with whom the phallic symbol is associated. Tales told by your guide would have excited you to visit Chhimi Lhakhang. The Divine Madman sits there though a statue this time. Do not miss the master’s deeds painted on the walls.

Proceed to the hotel and check-in.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the town and evening will be at leisure.

Lunch will be organized at local restaurant and Dinner will be served at hotel.

Overnight will be at Punakha.

Day 04
Punakha - Paro:
By road 125kms in 4.5hrs

Breakfast will be at the resort.

Later drive to Paro.

En route visit Semtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.

Semtokha Dzong: Stroll through the very first dzong, built in 1627 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Institute for Language and Cultural Studies is located here. Enthral yourself with the most noteworthy artistic feature in the form of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard.

Check in at hotel and visit a typical local farm house.

The beauty of Paro valley is embellished by cluster of quaint farmhouses. These are very colorful, decorative and traditionally built without the use of single nail. All houses follow the same architectural pattern. A visit to Farm House is very interesting and offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer.

Spend some time with locals over tea / coffee.

Lunch will be organized at local restaurant and Bhutanese Dinner will be served at hotel.

Overnight will be at Paro.

Day 05
Paro:

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for the sightseeing of Paro.

Kyichu Lhakhang: Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The story goes that a giant daemon lay across Tibet and the Himalayas, which was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples in a single day to pin the ogress to the earth forever in 659AD. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans at key points. The temple of Jokhang in LHASA was built over the very heart of the daemon while KICHU was built on the left foot. Dungtse Lhakhang was constructed by the great bridge-builder Thangtong Gyelpo in 1433. It was built on the head of daemon that was causing illness to the inhabitants. The building was restored in 1841 and is a unique repository of Kagyu lineage arts. You may or may not be permitted inside but can walk around this three-storey Chorten-type building.

Visit Ta Dzong (National museum), once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968.

Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.

In the afternoon take an excursion to Kila Gompa: It is the serene home of Buddhist nuns who have dedicated their life for spiritual fulfillment and leading undisturbed life of religious studies, prayer and meditation. The GOMPA is nestled in a craggy patch on mountainside below the Chelela pass and perched precariously along the rock face. From Chelela pass, the lhakhang is about an hour walk amidst magnificent wooded area.

Proceed to the hotel after sightseeing.

Lunch will be organized at local restaurant and Bhutanese Dinner will be served at hotel.

Overnight will be at Paro.

Day 06
Paro (Tiger’s Nest hike):

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Enjoy morning excursion to Taktshang Lakhang (5hrs hike total): Perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor, it is undoubtedly one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries.  Lore has it that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery thus the name ‘Tiger’s Nest’.  This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendor.

Carry packed lunch from hotel or enjoy vegetarian lunch at Tiger Den cafeteria. Your accompanying guide shall coordinate and will have it organized as per your preference.

Return to the hotel and rest of the day will be at leisure.

Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight will be at Paro.

Day 07
Paro - departure:
By air (flight details to be advised):

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

As per your flight timings, we will transfer you to PARO airport to take flight back home with incredible memories of BHUTAN EXPEDITION.

TOUR ENDS

COMPASS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • ACCOMMODATION AT SUGGESTED HOTELS,

  • DAILY BUFFET BREAKFASTS,

  • ALL MEALS (LUNCHES IN LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND DINNERS IN THE HOTELS) IN BHUTAN AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,

  • PRIVATE AC VEHICLE WITH DRIVER AT DISPOSAL FOR THE TOUR,

  • ENGLISH SPEAKING ACCOMPANYING GUIDE FOR FULL TOUR IN BHUTAN,

  • MEET AND ASSIST AT AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,

  • ALL MONUMENT ENTRANCES AS PER ITINERARY,

  • BHUTAN VISA FEE, GOVT. ROYALTY AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT FUND FEE,

  • ALL INLAND TRAVEL PERMITS,

  • ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES AND

  • ALL PARKING, ROAD TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED:

  • VILLAGE VISITS & CULTURAL INTERACTIONS,

  • TRADITIONAL WELCOME WITH A “TASHI KHADDAR” IN BHUTAN,

  • LOCAL MONK HOUSE VISIT WITH CHANTING AT BHUTAN,

  • LOCAL MARKET VISITS IN BHUTAN,

  • EXPLORE WEEKEND (IF APPLICABLE) MARKET VISITS IN BHUTAN,

  • VISIT TO A NUNNERY IN THIMPHU,

  • VISIT TO LOCAL FARM HOUSE IN PARO,

  • VISIT TO TIGER’S NEST IN PARO AND

  • BHUTANESE DINNER IN PARO.

COMPASS SPECIAL PRIVILEGES:

  • UNLIMITED BOTTLED WATER DURING TOURS & DRIVES,

  • COMPASS TOUR PREPARATION KIT WITH PACKING LISTS AND

  • DEDICATED TOUR MANAGER / COORDINATOR FOR TOUR.

PROPOSED HOTELS:

CITY

STANDARD HOTELS

(OPTION I)

DELUXE HOTELS

(OPTION II)

NIGHTS

THIMPHU

NORBULING

LE MERIDIEN

02

PUNAKHA

MERI PUNESUM

DHENSA

01

PARO

OLATHANG

ZHIWA LING

03

DELHI

RED FOX

HOLIDAY INN

DAY USE

NOTE:

Please note that lunches & dinners are not included (if not mentioned in the inclusions) along with movie camera, etc. fees at monuments, tips and personal expenses. All hotels / flights mentioned are guaranteed at the time of quotation. Visa, Paro international airport tax, travel insurance along with international return airfare is not part of the expedition price.


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