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6 Day Bhutan - Journey to Druk Yul (BT-98)

Private Travel | Tour Code: | 5 Nights

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DESTINATIONS: Thimpu → Punakha → Paro

TRIP OVERVIEW: If you have been longing for a trip to the Land of Thunder Dragon, time has come to do that. Journey to Druk Yul will change your life and will give a new direction. We assure you that a journey to Druk Yul will help in understanding Bhutan and its cultural diversity broadly. You can start the trip with the magnificent sight of the ancient kingdom and goes through many traditional villages, imposing fortresses, bustling markets, stunning woodlands and tranquil monasteries. Capture the breathtaking pictures of panoramic mountain, dramatic landscape and hillside monasteries of Paro valley. Travelers love to enjoy the Paro festival before heading over to the mountains. Have a chat with the locals while going through the bustling capital of Thimphu, which is the home to the royal family. Dochula Pass, a wonderful view on the Himalayas might fascinate you. Probably, a cup of tea in the local market of Panakha will be preferred on the way to Punakha Dzong.


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

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.

Later in the evening visit Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot (This opens after 4 pm on weekdays).

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.


Day 3 - Thimpu / Punakha

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.

Later visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played important role in building up of modern Bhutan followed by visit to local market. Then visit, Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built stupa.

After that drive to Wangduephodrang visiting local market. Unfortunately the Dzong succumbed to a devastating fire on 24th June, 2012.

Wangduephodrang can be replaced with Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery: Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang(Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig chagtong chentong). Other statues include those of Guru Padmasambawa, Gautama Buddha, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Tsela Namsum, the 21 Taras and Tsepamay (Buddha of longevity). The Avalokiteshvara statue, one of the biggest in the country, was the handiwork of entirely local Bhutanese artisans.

The temple complex also houses a permanent higher learning and meditation centre for nuns where, apart from religious trainings, it provides life skill training such as tailoring, embroidery, statue making and thangka painting.


Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.


Day 4 - Punakha / Paro

After breakfast, 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.


Afternoon in Paro, 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. Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 5 - Paro

After breakfast, 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. Nearby visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people.

Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery view point, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger‟s Nest”. The excursion to monastery‟s view point takes about 5 hours for round trip. While return to Paro town visit en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 6 - 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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