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4 Day Bhutan - Himalayan Wonderland (BT-96)

Private Travel | Tour Code: | 3 Nights

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DESTINATIONS: Thimpu → Paro

TRIP OVERVIEW: Lies in the foothill of the Himalayas, Thimphu reflects the culture, art and architecture of Bhutan, the Land of Dragon. Drive through the National Folk Heritage Museum to witness various forms of exhibitions and folk dances and Bhutanese way of life. Also, marvel the gorgeous traditional dress and textiles and weaving techniques. Thimphu is home to one of the finest and most impressive monastery fortresses, Tashicho Dzong. How about shopping some of the most stunning handmade artefacts? Become a part of the world famous mask dance Tsechu Festival, mainly occurs in autumn. Finally, consider a visit to the National Library. It is home to vast collection of Buddhist literature.

Fly to Paro, you will be greeted by the breathtaking vistas of the great Himalayas. It is rich in ancient buildings and holy sites. It forms a significant part of the Golden Triangle. Prefer a hike or ride to the picturesque Tiger’s Nest, known as Taktsang Monastery. A visit to the Paro Valley includes the most consecrated shrines of Bhutan, the ruins of kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong. Capture the mesmerizing sights of Chuzom, at the convergence Thimphu and Paro rivers. Learn the local lifestyle while enjoying an authentic Bhutan dinner.


Day 1 - Paro / Thimpu

Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan's National Air Carrier. The green walls of the hills known as dooars or gateways, in to Bhutan from the plains of India rise ever higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibeta border. Silvery rivers 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. Farm houses dot the hillsides on either side of the plane.

As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (river) with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it.


You're greeted at the airport by our representative and transfer to Thimphu, the moden capital town of Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.


Day 2 - Thimpu / Paro

After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following: the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where Bhutan's famed traditional herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

After lunch, visit Tashichhodzong, "fortress of the glorious religion". This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch‟s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. Also visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan's third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through example of 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 drive back to Paro for an overnight stay.


Day 3 - Paro

After breakfast in the hotel, 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.

Along the way, see 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.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now 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. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 4 - 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
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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