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Bhutan Trip 5N6D

Bhutan is known as Mountaineer’s paradise. Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan maintains its rich cultural diversity leaving all modern technologies. Even the new buildings are built in Bhutanese style. The top attractions here are the National Memorial Chorte, Motithang Takin, and Tashichho Dzong. Phuentsholing is a small town in Bhutan with a beautiful environment. The Amo Chuu, Karbandi monastery, Chukha Hydrothermal, and The Bhutan Gate are the main attractions of Phuentsholing. It is a perfect place for every type of tourist.

The Bumthang Valley is a famous Buddhist site in Bhutan. It is nestled among the famous Buddhist temples. It is more like a religious hub with a number of temples in it. The apple trees on the sides of the Bumthang Valley are a wonderful sight. Wangduephodrang is another town in Bhutan which is situated to the south of Punakha. The greenery seen in this town is the beauty of the cattle fields. Here you can find numerous cattle and yaks grazing on the fields. This land provides grass for cattle around Bhutan and also for nearby towns. There is a celebration that takes place in autumn known as the Wangduephodrang Tsechu.

Highlights

  • The National Memorial Chorten.
  • The auspicious Tashichho Dzong.
  • A panoramic view from Dochula Pass.
  • Visit the Royal Botanical ParkThe Paro Dzong Museum.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrive Paro

Arrive by Druk Air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by ITT members and transfer to Kichu Resort. Afternoon – visit the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks.

Day 2

Paro

Day hike to the Taktsang monastery. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 3/4 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. On the way back visit visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong. Evening free time in the Paro town

Day 3

Paro - Thimphu

Drive 1 and half hours to Thimphu via visiting Simtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in Bhutan. It now serves as a Buddhist university. Upon arrival in Thimphu check into Hotel River View or similar. Afternoon visit - the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further up for a good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and Tashicho Dzong and free time in the market.

Day 4

Thimphu - Punakha - Thimphu

Drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang via Punakha crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Proceed 45 minutes to Wangduephodrang and visit the Dzong and stroll around the market area. Afternoon drive back to Thimphu.

Day 5

Thimphu - Phuntsholing

Early morning hike to Tango monastery. Afternoon drive to Phuntsholing via visiting Kharbandi monastery.

Trip Includes

* 5 Nights hotel accommodation on twin sharing and full board basis as per the itinerary.

* Air-conditioned deluxe car throughout the tour as per the itinerary.

* Monuments Entrance fees as per the itinerary.

* Tour Escort as per the itinerary. 

* We will provide One Bottle of mineral water per day per pax.

* All current applicable taxes of Hotel & Transport as per the itinerary.

 

Trip Excludes

* Any Airfare, Airport Departure Tax, Insurance, etc.

* Any personal nature item like film roll, telephone calls, etc.

* Any other item which is not included in our cost includes a heading.

Bhutan is the second least populous country of South Asia after Maldives. It is also the ‘least corrupt country’ in the region and ranks first in economic freedom, ease of doing business and peace. Bhutan is also the only country in the world to measure its prosperity in terms of its Gross National Happiness. It is also a mesmerizingly beautiful country nestled in the laps of the Eastern Himalayas and comprising of a rich biodiversity and an excellent forest conservation system. Apart from these, there are also some important factors which makes Bhutan one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world

Two of the major airlines that provide international connectivity to Paro Airport in Bhutan are that of Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines.

Some of the places like Haa, Thimphu, Gasa, Paro, and Bumthang receive heavy snowfall during the period from December to February.

While Bhutan is not only the Land of the Thunder Dragon but also the monasteries, there are some of the famous ones that no traveler should miss out on. Paro Taktsang, Punakha Dzong Monastery, and Memorial Chorten in Thimphu, are some of the best monasteries to see in Bhutan that are soaked in the goodness of the old-world charm and its culture.

No, there is no minimum fee that needs to be paid to visit Bhutan except the Visa Clearance Fee. All international tourists except those having the citizenship of India, must pay $250 per person per day if they are visiting from March-May and September-November. For those tourists who are traveling to Bhutan from December-February and June-August, the rate is $200 per person per day. An additional surcharge of $40/30 must be paid by those traveling solo/in a group of 2. These costs cover the costs of visa ($40), accommodation, transport in Bhutan, food, guide and entry fees.

The early history of Bhutan remains unknown to the world due to its protected and hidden location amidst the Eastern Himalayas. In the 7th Century A.D., this place was ruled by the Cooch-Behar King, Sangaldip. The 12th century saw the establishment of the Drukpa Kagyupa School which marked the Drukpa Kagyupa branch of Buddhism as the country’s dominant religion.

The 17th century saw the rise of Ngawanag Namgyal from an ordinary Tibetan lama to a successful emperor who defeated foreign invasions, codified the Tsa Yig (Buddhist code of moral discipline) and created a comprehensive system of law and order. His death created a huge power vacuum in Bhutanese Politics which resulted in a long and drawn out civil war lasting the next 200 years. Finally, Ugyen Wangchuck came to power in 1907 and immediately began building close relations with the British crown which was ruling over the Indian subcontinent at that time. King Ugyen of Bhutan and the British Crown signed the treaty of Punakha in 1910 which solidified the sovereignty of Bhutan. His son Jigme Wangchuk acceded the throne in 1926. In 1947, the neighboring nation of India became independent from the British. The new Indian administration followed a policy similar to that of the British when dealing with Bhutan which led to the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations in 1949. In 1971, Bhutan became a member of the United Nations. Jigme Singye Wangchuck became the King of Bhutan in 1972 and continued the successful development plan of his predecessor.

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