Memorable Bhutan Trip
TOUR ID : NMT-01
Day 1 : Arrival in Paro | Paro to Thimphu
While you are flying into Himalayas with Druk Air, with Bhutan's National Air Carrier. The green walls of the hills which is known as the Dooars or gateways, is into the Bhutan from the plains of India which rise even higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibetan border. Its Silvery river rush along the valleys, waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens. You can also visit the farm houses with the hillsides on either side of the plane. When you can see the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (river) with the Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it. Our representatives will be receiving you from the airport and will transfer you to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Meals included – Dinner)
Day 2 : Sightseeing in Thimphu
After breakfast, you can go around for sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to some of the following places: the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students can undergo a 6-years of training course in Bhutan’s with 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later on you can visit the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, which has its fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After your lunch is done, you can visit the King's Memorial Chorten which is continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. The construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty was Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who was the (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who had his wish to erect the monument to its world peace and prosperity. It was completed in the year 1974 after his untimely death, which serves both as its memorial for their Late King and as a monument to peace. Later on, do visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and the local crafts shops, to browse it through an example of the Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials. Evening visit to Trashichhoedzong, which means“fortress of the glorious religion”. This is also the center of government and the religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. It was built in the year 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, where it was reconstructed in the year 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without the use of nails or architectural plans. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 : Thimphu/ Punakha ( 75 Km, 3 hours drive)
After having your early breakfast, you can drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) where you can stop to take the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorates the highest point on the road. If the skies are clear, than you can also see the following peak which pass from (left to right): 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. Later on you can visit to Punakha Dzong, which built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. After that drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and the local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha
Day 4 : Punakha / Paro (125 km, approx 4 hours drive)
After breakfast drive to Paro en route visit the Simtokha Dzong. This Dzong, built in 1627 as it is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. Afternoon in Paro, visit Ta Dzong, 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. It was also 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. An Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 5 : Paro
After breakfast you can drive up to the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. While you are taking an excursion at the Taktsang Monastery, the most famous is the Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip. While return to Paro town visit en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro
Day 6 : Departure from Paro
After your early breakfast at the hotel, drive back to the airport for flight to your destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you with a 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.