Bhutan Charter Special
TOUR ID : NMT-02
Day 1 : Arrive Paro by Air & Transfer to Thimphu
Once you have arrived at Paro Airport, (2200Mts). You will be met by our representative after immigration formalities and baggage collection and later on drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. After your arrival in Thimphu check-into the hotel. An exploratory walk in and around Thimphu Main Street and in the market area in the evening. After an proper dinner, overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2 : THIMPHU
In the morning at Bhutan, you will visit handmade paper mill school of Arts and crafts(closed on Sunday, government holidays) where students can learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Later on drive pass by memorial chorten built in memory of the 3rd King. You can visit Buddha viewpoint, Changangkha Lhankhang, the oldest temple in the valley, with its enclosure where national animal, takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 : THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (75 KM, 3 HRS APPROX)
While a drive pass through Dochula pass (3100mts) making the most beautiful pass in Bhutan, 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens, built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another pass. When the weather permits one can also enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. With that enjoy a photo break, you will continue our drive to warm valley of Punakha. On you arrival check into the hotel, afternoon get ready to visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The arts and crafts of Bhutan, the Dzong which showcase the finest example. Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.1/2 hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 4 : PUNAKHA
After your breakfast hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rich along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten which is approx 2 hours round the trip walk with a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. An afternoon visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang(Temple). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 5 : PUNAKHA – PARO (125 KMS, 4HR DRIVE)
After breakfast you can drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this Dzong now has houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now has of houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 6 : PARO: AFTER BREAKFAST EXCURSION TO TAKTSHANG MONASTERY (APPROX 5 HOURS WALK)
It is one of the most famous Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. In the afternoon 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. On your 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. Have an exploratory evening walk around Main Street and in the market area. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 7 : PARO
On your 7th night after breakfast, take full day excursion to Haa valley. Adjoining the districts of Paro, Chhukha and Samtse, Haa valley is one of the most picturesque places in the Kingdom, spread over an area of 1706 sq. km. During pre-Buddhist era, Haa valley was known for its animist tradition. The exotic Haa valley was opened for the first time to foreign tourists only in 2002. A route to Haa valely, take a short stop at Chelela pass. At an elevation of 3,988 meters, Chelela is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. On arrival in Haa valley, visit the famous monasteries of Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) followed by Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple). The Ha Wangchuklo Dzong built in 1915 after the Dumchog Dzong was razed to the ground by fire is worth exploring, standing in the midst of lush greenery with its beautifully painted walls. Later explore Haa town and its market area and then return to Paro for overnight stay. Overnight at the hotel in Paro which is an altitude of 2,280m.
Day 8 : DEPART FROM PARO
After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your own destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities with that a goodbye farewell.
Incluions & Exclusion
- Accommodation is on twin sharing basis
- Meals : breakfast at all places
- Transfers from one place to another
- Sightseeing in private cars
- Vehicle will be provided based on the itinerary
- All current taxes such as hotel taxes and transportation taxes
- Entrance fees at the monuments/ temples
- Meals not mentioned in inclusions
- Personal Expenses / Purchase of things
- Any kind of insurance
- Any increase in the govt. taxes and state taxes
- Anything not mentioned in the itinerary.
DOS & DON’T WHILE IN BHUTAN
- Taking pictures inside the alters of the dzongs (fortress), temples and monasteries is strictly prohibited.
- Take off your hats in front of the dzongs, temples and national flags.
- Visitors should be properly dressed with long sleeves shirts and pants to visit dzongs, temples, monasteries, schools and any government institutions.
- Always walk clockwise well crossing the dzongs, temples, monasteries, prayer flags or religious artifacts.
- Get permission before you take the pictures of the people and religious items.
- Do not give sweets, money, pencils, pens etc, to the children.
- Although Bhutan is safe, we advise you to keep your valuable items like wallets, cameras, passport etc in safe place.
- Be careful with street dogs and domestic dogs, do not tease or play with them as they are not friendly in Bhutan. Sometime dogs are nuisance at night too.
- Please do not forget to check your arrival/departure dates, time, sector and email one day prior to your arrival in Bhutan.
- Guest are requested to keep an eye on the weather conditions of Bhutan before arrival of tours. So as to bring proper clothings as required for the tour.
- Public displays of affection between men and women, men and men and women and women are not common. Please refrain from doing this in public places.
- Smoking in public places is not allowed in Bhutan.
- Buying of antiques from Bhutan is strictly monitored by the custom at the check points. Please always buy goods with cash memo or original bills/invoices.