Day 1: Arrive Phuentsholing
Our representative will meet you on arrival at Phuentsholing, the gateway to Bhutan, which lies directly at the base of the Himalayan foothills. This small town is Bhutan’s commercial center holding most of commercial organizations. If time permits, visit Zangdopelri temple, located at the heart of the town.
Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing
Day 2: Phuentsholing – Thimphu (180 km, 6 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed to Thimphu, making our first stop about 5 km. up the road to visit Kharbandi Gompa. This beautiful monastery situated in a garden of tropical plants and flowers, was built by Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron in 1967. There is a splendid view of Phuentsholing and the Indian plains from the monastery garden.
From this point the road climbs steeply up into the hills, winding in innumerable bends, to an altitude of approximately 2,000m/6,560ft. After a two hours drive through light mountain jungle, we pass over the first ridge and begin a long and gradual descent to the river. We cross the river, and rise up the mountainside even further into hills, leaving Chukha and the small town of Chimakothi behind us. Lunch is served en-route. After passing through Chapcha, the road reaches its highest point of about 2800m, then descends steeply and runs along the bank of the Wang Chu (river) to Chuzom (meaning confluence). From here continue your drive up the valley of Thimphu. Enroute visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the kingdom, built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1627. If time permit, visit Memorial Chorten, the beautiful stupa build in the memory of Bhutan’s third King. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
On arrival in Thimphu, check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu
Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visit to: National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature with some works dating back several hundred years: Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School): Traditional Medicine Institute, the rich herbal medicines abundant in Kingdom is prepared here: Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, the fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions: Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room, the: Handicrafts Emporium, which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu- Punakha (75 km, 21/2 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,080) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten mani wall, and prayer flages which decorate the highest point on the road.
Afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong , the fortress of 17th century and followed by visit to Chimi Lhakhang. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha- Wangduephodrang- Paro (145km, 5 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market. In the afternoon, drive to Paro. It will take about 5 hours drive to reach there. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 6: Paro (Excursion to Chelela Pass)
Morning drive to Chelela Pass. Enjoy the scenic vistas from Chelala Pass (3,988 mts.), among the highest motor able roads in Bhutan.
Then drive to Paro Valley. If time permit, visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum. The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons and country’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong situated at commanding height, overlooking Paro valley. This Dzong is symbolic as the religious and secular centre of all affairs of the valley. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 7: Paro
In the morning, take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery. Legend says that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. While returning to hotel visit en route, Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. In the evening visit local market and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 8: Paro- Phuentsholing (175 km, 6 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Phuentsholing. After reaching Phuentsholing, our representative will bid you a farewell.
Total cost includes:
- Standard Hotel (3 star hotel) twin sharing accommodations
- Full Board – All meals at local restaurants/ standard hotels – Buffet System
- All internal Transport/ Transfers in luxury vehicle
- Airport Transfers
- Services of Licensed English Speaking Guide
- Entrances fees to museums, monuments and cultural sites
- Evening tea/ coffee with snacks
- Mineral water in car while traveling as complementary
- All internal taxes and charges
- Government royalty (US$65 per night per person)
- FIT Surcharge of US$ 40 per night per person for single person and US$ 30 per night per person for 2 pax
- Bhutan Visa fee: US$ 40 per person (one time only)
- Tourism Development Fee: US$ 10 per person (one time only)
- Bank Transfer Charge
But Total cost does not include:
- Travel Insurance
- Laundry bill, phone bill, bar bill and other bills of personal nature
- Air Fare for both Drukair/Bhutan Airline and International flight [Please note that the cost of any domestic airfare for the guide must be paid by the clients/agents]
- Single room supplement (If number of pax in odd number): For, peak season = US$ 30/ per single room per night and for, other season = US$25/ per single room per night
- Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
- Specialized guides (Foreign Language, Photography, Bird Watching, Buddhism, Flora and Fauna) available at an additional cost
- Extra expenses due to the unavoidable circumstance beyond our control.
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