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 Sightseeing
Day 3: Thimpu to Paro Drive
Day 4: Full day Paro Sightseeing
Day 5 : Depart paro !
On arrival at Paro Airport you are met and driven to Thimpu, the capital for a two night stay. Exquisitely beautiful and brimming with traditional Bhutanese art, architecture, and culture, this tiny capital of Bhutan is nothing less than Shangri-La.
This afternoon we visit the National Library which was established in the late 1960s to conserve the country’s literary treasures, which form a significant part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. Later we take a walk through ‘downtown’ Thimpu – a cultural immersion and a step back in time. Tonight enjoy a traditional Bhutanese meal. Overnight at the hotel .
You start the day with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten with its finely executed wall paintings and delicately fashioned statues giving us a deep insight into the kingdom's Buddhist culture. While in the area we visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as the Painting School, where students spend six years training in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. (During some holidays the painting school is closed and we will visit the folk Heritage and National Textile Museums in its place, a fascinating testimony to Bhutan’s living traditions).
Later you visit the Tashi Chhoe Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion); a distinctively Bhutanese fortress-monastery erected in 1641. Overnight at the hotel .
After breakfast you drive up the Dochu-la pass, where you stop briefly to admire the 108 chorten (spiritual Stupas), mani wall (prayer slate covered stone wall), and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear you will be able to see many of the high peaks which surround the area including Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497 m.
From here you travel to Paro where you visit the Paro Bazaar to witness the day to day life of the locals.
Paro is located in a beautiful valley encapsulating a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, the country’s only airport and the National Museum. Mt.Chomolhari (7,300m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley, its glacial waters plunging through deep gorges to form the Pa Chu (Paro River). Overnight at the hotel .
Following an early breakfast you undertake a walk to the Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, which is perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this place, hence the monastery is also called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site is a place of pilgrimage which Bhutanese try to visit at least once in a lifetime. The excursion up to the viewing area located on a rocky outcrop across a ravine from the monastery, takes about five hours round trip. Lunch is enjoyed at the main viewpoint of the trek. Though the climb is steep, the journey is most worthwhile on account of the superb views. Overnight at the hotel .
Following breakfast you are taken to the airport where your tour comes to an end.
- 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.