A cap to shield you from the Himalayan sun and to take home to commemorate your visit to Bhutan
Your own drive and guide with a private car/four wheel drive vehicle or minibus depending on what numbers are travelling together
All touring and sightseeing
The Highest standard traditional Bhutanese hotel accommodation (wherever available) with private bathrooms
Fully equipped tented campsites will replace hotels on treks with addtional support crew, horses and yaks as required
Government Royalties and taxes
Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors. Bhutan is the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world, and the profound teachings of this tradition remain well preserved and exert a strong influence in all aspects of life. Due to its pristine environment and harmonious society, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has been called "The Last Shangrila"
DAY 01: Arrival at Paro - Thimphu
Upon arrival at the Paro International Airport and after completion of your airport formalities, your guide who will take you to the hotel in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city will meet you.
After lunch at the hotel, visit the National Memorial Chorten (Stupa), built in 1974 to honor the memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928 – 1972). Afterwards, take a short drive to the Kuensel Phodrang, also known as Buddha Point where the world’s largest and tallest statue of Buddha is being built as well as providing a beautiful view of the Thimphu valley. You will then visit the Tashichho Dzong or The fortress of the auspicious religion which houses the secretariat, the throne room and offices of the King and the ministries of Home & Cultural Affairs and Finance. Part of this Dzong also serves as the summer residence of the Dratshang (Central Monastic Body).
Overnight stay in Thimphu
DAY 02: Thimphu - Punakha
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. Stopover at Dochula pass which is 3,150 meters above sea level for the spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain ranges (weather permits). After lunch at the Dochula resort, visit the Chimey Lhakhang, built in 1499 in honor of the Divine Madman Lama Drikpa Kuenley. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility.
Overnight stay in Punakha
DAY 03: Punakha – Thimphu
After breakfast at your hotel, take a walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten perched high on a hill on the opposite bank of the river. This chorten is dedicated to the 5th King and serves to protect the country with every form of protective deity imaginable, including a yeti with characteristically pendulous breasts.
Afterwards, visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This impressive dzong is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). The Punakha Dzong was the second of Bhutan’s dzongs and until the mid-1950s, it served as the seat of the government. Afterwards, drive to Thimphu. Lunch at Dochula Resort.
Overnight stay in Thimphu.
DAY 04: Thimphu (Excursion to Cheri Monastery) – Paro
After breakfast, drive to Dodeyna at 2600 m. Walk to Cheri Monastery. The trail starts by crossing a lovely wooden covered bridge that spans the Wangchu and to the monastery where there are tame deer and soaring birds. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 as was established as the first monk body here.
After lunch, travel to Paro and visit Ta Dzong, Bhutan’s National Museum, which was once a watchtower. After that, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred monasteries of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Overnight stay in Paro.
DAY 05: Hiking to Taktshang Monastary (Tiger’s Nest)
After breakfast, drive towards northern part of the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong where the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Then drive to the trail head for a hike through the pine forest and to the famous Taktshang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Taktshang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world. The primary lhakhgang or main temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below.
After lunch, return to Paro with free time to shop or explore the town.
Dinner and overnight stay in Paro.
DAY 06: Paro – Paro International Airport for departure
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Paro International Airport to board flights to your next destination
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Bhutan is a unique destination and as such it has a few unique rules. All tourists must obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan. Visas are issued on receipt of full payment of your holiday by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The money remains with the Tourism Council until your travel in-country is complete before the local tour operate is paid. Bhutan does not restrict tourist numbers any longer and operates an open door policy.
Bhutan's national airline, Druk Air is the only airline that operates in and oiut of Bhutan. It Flies daily and connects the airport in Paro district to several destinations: Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdora, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Dhaka, and Bangkok. In the winter, Druk Air also makes special flights to Bodhgaya in India.
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