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GLIMPSE OF BHUTAN TOUR

4 nights / 5 days

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Overview

This tour is designed for shorter visits to Bhutan. It is perfect for travelers with limited time and a limited budget. This cultural tour through the mystical Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese hospitality, admire the ever-changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich buddhist culture. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpong Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and after crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.

Activities Tour
Trip Length 5 Days
Meal Plan Full board
Difficulty Easy
Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
Transportation KTM-PBH-KTM/Private vehicle
Group Size 2+
Season Feb-Jun & Sep-Dec

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Paro.
Your flight to Paro can be from any of these entry points Calcutta/Bangkok/Kathmandu/Dhaka/Delhi or depending on one's international flight connection. Via road from India and enter the southern part of Bhutan. When you are about to land at Paro you will be introduced to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, views of Chomolhari (Mountain Goddess), and other magnificent Himalayan snow peaks, before you see the beautiful Paro valley as you land.

The representative from Bhutan Footprints, Travel will escort you to the hotel. After lunch, visit the National Museum (watch Tower). This museum has a very interesting assortment of costumes, treasures and world-renowned stamps, and will bring alive the history of Bhutan since the 6th century. Visit Paro Dzong (Fort), Headquarter of Paro District. Altitude: 2250 meters.

Day 02 : Hike to Tiger Nest and drive to Thimphu. (Alternative for old person),
Built on the seemingly impossible cliff at a height of 400 meters above the lush valley floor of Paro is one of the most sacred places in Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha, flew here on a flaming Tigress for the second visit to Bhutan and meditated here in the 8th century. Here he propagated Vajrayana- Mahayana Buddhism (Bigger Wheel) that was prophesied by the Buddha at the time of attaining Nirvana.

In April 1998, a fire destroyed the main structure of the buildings and the religious contents. A complete restoration was done and resulted in a carbon copy of the original. This place beholds the history of The Hidden Land. The return walking time is approximately five hours (if you have a permit to the site). Otherwise, around 3- 4 hours is enough to make round trip to the viewpoint.

In the evening drive to Thimphu, 2 hours through winding roads following the Pa-Chu (Paro River) down stream to its confluence with the Wang-Chu (Thimphu River). There are good views of the forests, Rocky Mountains & scattered village on our route. As we enter the Thimphu valley we will pass through Semtokha Dzong built in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (The man who unified Bhutan). Now Semtokha houses the language and cultural school where scholars of all the ages study Dzongkha (National Language).

Thimphu altitude 2350 m, Driving time: 2 hours.

Day 03 : Full day sightseeing (lots of hike depends on one's interest).
In morning visit to Changangkha monastery (Temple), which was built in 12th century, the viewpoint where we can get a birds eye view of the capital Thimphu. Visit the animal sanctuary home of the Takin our National animal, and then visit the Nunnery, which is NGO in the Kingdom.

After lunch, some highlight visits will be the Textile Museum, Folk heritage museum and Bhutanese traditional handmade paper factory. Visit Dechen Phordrang monastic School; visit General Post Office, where you will see the finest stamps of Bhutan and the capital building of Bhutan (Tashi Chhodzong) except after 5 p.m. & holidays.

Day 04 : Morning sightseeing and drive back to Paro.
After breakfast, drive to the memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in the memory of His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. He is regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. Visit the National Library, which holds ancient Buddhist texts, historical books, and some very famous manuscripts written with gold ink.

A three-minute drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute will show you where medicines are prepared from plants, flowers and animals bones according to ancient practices. Acupuncture is its main discipline. Visit the Art & Painting School, where the students learn the 13 different kinds of Bhutanese Arts.

Afternoon free for the last day shopping at Thimphu and evening drive back to Paro for tomorrow departure.

Day 05 : Departure.
In the morning your representative will bid you farewell at Paro airport.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Price: Please contact us.

PRICE INCLUSIONS:
Twin sharing room in the best available
Accommodation mode (hotel or tourist cottage)
All meals
Overland transportation with in Bhutan (Japanese vehicles)
Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide
Necessary airport/hotel/airport transfers Cultural shows

PRICE EXCLUSIONS:
Air fare
Airport taxes
Bhutanese visa fee (US $20.00 payable at airport upon arrival)
Nepal re-entry visa fee
Drinks at hotels/lodges
Expense of personal nature such as laundry, insurance, tips etc.

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