1.Quick Tours of Bhutan : 3 days
CODE: GATTBT / QTB/2n3d
Trip overview :
Bhutan is a tiny and remote kingdom nestling in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbours, India and China .
Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions.
The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and it only began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s.
Bhutan is a beautiful and peaceful country. The surrounding mountains coupled with the wide array of vegetation and wildlife is a beautiful sight that tells you just how magical it is!
Bhutan is a very unique vacation travel destination. It is not commercialized like most vacation destinations you visit. The country cherishes a “high value low volume” tourism policy for the preservation of the country’s unique heritage and culture in a fast changing world. Relatively few travelers get to visit this tiny magical kingdom, but for those who do, the experience is unforgettable!
Brief Itinerary :
Day 1: Arrival in Paro & drive to Thimpu (54 Kms , 1 hr)
Day 2: Thimpu to Paro and Excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest )
Day 3: Departure !
We fly to Paro by Durk air (Royal Bhutan airlines ) in Bhutan where we are met and driven to Thimpu, the capital. Exquisitely beautiful and brimming with traditional Bhutanese art, architecture, and culture, this tiny capital of Bhutan is nothing less than Shangri-La.
Later we take a walk through ‘downtown’ Thimpu – a cultural immersion and a step back in time. The places we visit are
National Textile mueseum, The folk heritage mueseum,school of traditional paintings,farmers market , Tashichhoe Dzong, Buddha view point and craft bazaar .
After breakfast we drive to Paro (1hr) and drive to Satsam Chorten and from there commence our hike to Taktsang Goempa. The hike to Taktsang Monastery is the highlight of the whole trip for many as it is breathtaking to see. It is believed that during the early 7th century, Guru Padma Sambhavav, known as Guru Rimpoche in Bhutan, flew here on the back of a Tigress and meditated in a cave for over 3 months to subdue the demons and also spread the Buddhist religion in the region. Later they built the Taktsang Monastery over this cave.
After viewing the monastery we enjoy lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria before walking back to our vehicle. (The hike is quite a steep uphill climb and may take up to 2 ½ hrs each way. On return we visit Kitchu Temple one of the 108 temples built by the tibetan king Srongtsen Gampo
We fly back to Kathmandu or onward destination .
All the required airport transfers
Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
Service of english speaking tour guide
Twin share accomodations
Daily breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner in the local restaurant .
Entrance fees at the places of visit
Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
All the government taxes /Government Royalty
- All the required airport transfers
- Airconditioned vehicle for transfers and sightseeing
- Service of english speaking tour guide
- Twin share accomodations
- Daily breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner in the local restaurant .
- Entrance fees at the places of visit
- Sightseeing and excursions as per the program .
- All the government taxes /Government Royalty
- FIT surcharge
- Visa Fee
Welcome and Farewell with KHADA Scarf , Welcome drink , 01 bottle of mineral water every day during sightseeing ).
Services exclude :
- Travel insurance
- Flight cost to and from Bhutan
- International flight cost
- Emergency rescue
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks/barbills , internet, laundry, telephone, postage, tipping.
- Expenses arising from from flight delays, flight cancellations, bad weather , road blockade,landslides, riots,political reasons ,natural calamities, incidents beyond our control.
- Room/hotle upgrading
- Services other than specified in the inclusions.
|Discovery of Cultural, Historical & Natural Legacy’
Day 01: Arrive Paro by Druk Air & transfer to Thimphu
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 1.1/2 hours duration to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan.
Day 02: Thimphu – Paro (55 km, approx 1.1/2 hours drive)
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 Trashichhoedzong, 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. Then, 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. Also visit the Folk & Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions.
Then, drive to Paro. The valley of Paro contains a wealth of attractions. 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. Evening take a stroll around Paro main street.
Day 03: Depart Paro
After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.