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8 Day Bhutan - Himalayan Splendour (BT-100)

Private Travel | Tour Code: | 7 Nights

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DESTINATIONS: Thimpu → Trongsa → Bumthang → Punakha → Paro

TRIP OVERVIEW: Those who want to enjoy the Bhutanese culture and religious places, popular sightseeing, historic sites and wonderful artifacts, the Himalayan Splendor tour to Bhutan is the right one. This tour includes some of the world’s best sites such as Himalayan peaks, Mount Everest, Mount Jichu Drake and Kanchenjunga. We assure you to explore magnificent natural vistas, spectacular colors of festivals, cultural discovery and many more. Hike through the valley of Bumthang to witness the typical tradition of Bhutan. Ura, Choekhor, Tang and Chumey (four mountain valleys) comprise the entire Bumthang valley. At Trongsa, you could have a glimpse of the highest peak of Gangkar Puensum (7,497 m). Stop at the National Memorial Chorten in the capital city, Thimphu. To know something about the medieval lifestyle of the locals, visit the Folk Heritage Museum. Visit the Textile Meseum to collect ancient Bhutanese textiles. If you are in Paro, visit the oldest temple in Bhuta, Kyichu Lhakhag. Punakha valley offers mass hiking and biking.


Day 1 - Paro / Thimpu

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world's highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight.


Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities you will be transferred to Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.


Day 2 - Thimpu

Today's full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes, visit to 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; Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; Textile and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King ("the Father of modern Bhutan") and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Trashichhodzong: 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.

Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.


Day 3 - Thimpu / Trongsa

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road.

If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (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.

Then continue onwards, reaching Wangduephodrang town in time for lunch. From Dochu-la pass, it is a long, winding descent into the Wangduephodrang valley, which is about 1,700m below the pass. Take lunch at Wangduephodrang town, then continue on to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large white chorten prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo.

Stop en-route at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu‟s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.


Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check in to the lodge for the night.


Day 4 - Trongsa / Bumthang

After breakfast, walk by Trongsa Dzong (built by Shabdrung in 1647) and climb up a steep pat to visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), dedicated to epic hero, King Gesar of Ling.

Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley.


On arrival in Bumthang, check in at your lodge. After lunch, visit to Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock, the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant.

Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.


Day 5 - Bumthang / Punakha

After breakfast, explore further the fascinating valley of Bumthang. Then proceed to Punakha, stopping along the way at Trongsa for lunch, which would be served in local restaurant, famous for its cuisine.


Visit Wangduephodrang town en route to Punakha, which we will reach late afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.


Day 6 - Punakha / Paro

Morning visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan's capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan's first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damages to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue. Also visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the newly built stupa.


After lunch, drive to Paro en-route visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 7 - Paro

Today's full day of sightseeing in Paro valley includes, visit to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) and now houses the National Museum, and Paro Dzong (rinpung Dzong), built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

After lunch, we drive up the valley Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644. En route, we also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 8 - Paro

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

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HOTELS:

City
Hotel Names
Thimpu
Kisa hotel | Jumolhari | Khang Residency | Ro-Chog Pel
Trongsa
Yangkhil Resort | Puenzhi Lodge | Ninjay Guest House
Bumthang
Rinchen Ling Resort | Peling Hotel | Wangdichholing Resort
Punakha
Meri Puensum | Damchen Resort | Zangtho Pelri
Paro
Olathang | Gangtey Palace | Galling Resort | Rema Resort

Note: Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 12 noon for almost all the hotels in India.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

Accommodation in Single / Twin Sharing basis as per the itinerary
All meals at hotels (some lunches en route/ city restaurant)
Private transfers and sightseeing as per the given itinerary
Services of an accompanying English speaking guide as per the itinerary
Monument / monastery Entrance fees (for single visit only)
Govt royalty and taxes
Bhutan Visa fee

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

Airfares and Airport Taxes
Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls
Any alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages
Any camera/video camera fee at monuments
Any medical expenses, any insurance etc.
Any service outside Bhutan

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