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5 Day Bhutan - The Land of Dragon (BT-97)

Private Travel | Tour Code: | 4 Nights

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DESTINATIONS: Thimpu → Punakha → Paro

TRIP OVERVIEW: A trip to Punakha revitalizes heart, body and mind as you walk, hike, bike and climb through various mountain valleys and plateaus. Enjoy Punakha’s harvest festival by making an excursion to Talo, a great place for picnic. Visit Nalanda Buddhist College, the only place to chat up with the monks in English. Look at the stunning spiritual art works on the walls of Khamsum Yuley Temple and study various symbolic meanings from sculptures. Touring in summer, travelers can enjoy the corn harvest festival, which is very famous in the entire region of Punakha. Drukpa Kinley needs your attention and a visit to Chhimi Lhakhang. At Punakha Dzong, you can enrich the tour with the Bhutanese Kings’ Coronation Hall, enormous Kuenrav, the cantilever bridge and the Dzongchung. Relish the trip by touring to Punakha Domche. Arriving in Paro, go out to witness Rinpung Dzong. See the traditional Buddhist monuments in Thimpu to end up the long Bhutan tours.


Day 1 - Paro / Thimpu

In clear weather, Druk Air's flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, it is a fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative.


On completion of airport formalities, there will be an interesting drive of about 2 hours duration to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.


Day 2 - Thimpu / Punakha

Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. This bustling town is home to Bhutan's royal family, the civil servants, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

Morning visit to National Library which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years. Visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), where a six year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Also visit (outside only), the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed.

After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by 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. Visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, which offer a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also visit the folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, opened in 2001.


In the early evening, drive Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) to Punakha.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.


Day 3 - Punakha / Paro

Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955, when the seat of government moved to Thimphu. Originally situated on the riverbank and dominated by the towering walls of Punakha Dzong, the township was relocated to a safer site a few kilometers down the valley, consequent upon extensive flooding in the early 1990s. At the same time, extensive renovation work was undertaken on Punakha Dzong itself, which is now a breathtaking and glorious site as you first glimpse it from the road. Although four catastrophic fires and an earthquake in past times destroyed many historic documents, Punakha Dzong still houses many sacred and historic artifacts and also the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Also visit in Punakha, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the newly built stupa.

Later drive to Wangduephodrang, the last town on the highway before entering Central Bhutan. Situated on a ridge overlooking a river junction, the formidable Wangduephodrang Dzong is the town‟s most visible feature. In the 17th century, Wangdue played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern regions of the country. Also visit the local market. Unfortunately the Dzong succumbed to a devastating fire on 24th June, 2012


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

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 4 - Paro

The valley of Paro contains a wealth of attractions. In the morning, 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. Aftwerwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history.

After lunch, drive up the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, 18 km from Paro town on the northern side of the valley. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.

In the evening, visit a traditional Bhutanese Farm House for an opportunity to interact with local family and learn something of their lifestyle. Later on, take an evening stroll along the main street, and perhaps visit a few handicrafts shops, or take refreshments at a local café' or bar.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 5 - 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
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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