Day 1: Paro
On arrival in Paro today you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel, where you can check in and enjoy lunch. After lunch you will visit the Paro Dzong, a historic fortress that today houses the government administration offices and the district Monastic Body. Then spend the evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Paro
Day 2: Paro – Haa – Paro
Today you will be driven to Haa via the Chelela Pass (3900m – approximately 2 hours’ drive). If the weather is clear you will have magnificent views of Mt. Jumolhari (7314 m) and Taktshang Goenpa (the ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery). The Haa valley was only recently opened to visitors and remains one of Bhutan’s most pristine areas; the valley is dotted with fields of millet; barley, potatoes, wheat and farmhouses are adorned with intricately painted cornices and frames. You will be able to see the Haa Dzong and stop for pictures. After a picnic lunch you will explore the Haa valley with a visit to Chundu Lhakhang at Hatey village, which will provide an insight into the history of the valley, before returning to Paro. Overnight in Paro
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. On arrival you will visit the weekend market, which is a permanent set of stalls; vendors from throughout the region arrive on Thursday afternoon and remain selling their goods until Sunday evening. It’s an interesting place to visit, where locals jostle for the best and cheapest vegetables and foodstuff. This is the only time that fresh produce is available, and the shopping is enhanced by the opportunity to catch up with the week’s gossip. Next you will visit the Folk Heritage Museum, where you will learn about rural Bhutanese life. After lunch, sightseeing begins with a visit to the Memorial Choeten, a stupa built in 1974 in honor of the 3rd King, His Late Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The stupa is one of the most elegant masterpieces built in the 20th century, with detailed religious wall paintings and sculptures. Afterwards you will visit the 14th century Changangkha Lhakhang, which is also the focus of daily worship for many Thimphu residents. You will stop at Sangaygang – the viewpoint or “Lover’s Point,” where young couples come to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Thimphu valley. Then visit the Dupthob Lhakhang, a nunnery that has more than 70 practicing nuns. The last stop of the day will be the Handicrafts Emporium, where you will have the chance to shop for some local souvenirs. Overnight in Thimphu
Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha
After breakfast you will be transferred to Punakha – the ancient capital of Bhutan. The drive takes you across Dochula Pass (3100 m), which is marked by a large Bhutanese style Choeten (a sacred structure), 108 small choetens and prayer flags. If the weather is clear you can enjoy spectacular views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas before passing down through magnificent pine and rhododendron forests and into Punakha. On arrival you can check into your hotel and have lunch. This afternoon enjoy a hike to Chimi Lhakhang – a temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenlay. It’s an easy hike (about 30 minutes each way) that takes you through rice paddies and Yuwakha village. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Punakha
Day 5: Punakha (Wangdue Festival)
After breakfast visit the Wangdue Dzong to witness the annual Wangue Tshechu (Festival). Evening toll around Wangue Town. Overnight at hotel in Wangdue.
Day 6: Punakha – Paro
Morning, you can enjoy a guided hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Choeten, built in 1994 by Her Majesty Azhi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck for the well-being of the people and the country. It is a moderate hike through rice paddies and pine forests that takes about 45 minutes one way; the view of the valley from the Choeten is magnificent. You will then visit the Punakha Dzong, one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan. If time permits toll around Khuruthang town and drive towards Paro in the late afternoon. Ovenight at hotel in Paro
Day 7: Paro
Today enjoy a full day excursion to Taktshang Monastery, literally known as “Tiger’s Nest”. This is one of Bhutan’s most sacred places, and an important pilgrimage destination. The hike takes you along a trail that slowly rises above the valley, through fields and past four large prayer wheels turned by a stream. Continuing across an open meadow, you hike up a section of trail to a ridge where prayer flags rustle in the wind next to a massive prayer wheel. Just beyond is the Taktshang Cafeteria at 9,200 feet, where you can stop to enjoy a hot drink and the striking views of the Monastery across the valley. Depending on your energy level, you may relax in the pleasant atmosphere of the cafeteria until lunch or continue on for a mile of steep climbing to another dramatic viewpoint. You will return to the cafeteria for a delicious buffet of typical Bhutanese food. You may want to try Emadatsi (a chili cheese dish), vegetables with cheese sauce and other local dishes. Then return to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Paro
Day 8: Paro Depart
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport. Our local representative will bid you farewell.
Wangduephodrang Tshechu is scheduled for three days. It was introduced by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal after the completion of the Dzong. The Tshechu is known for the Raksha Mangcham or the dance of the Ox. It concludes with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengye Thongdroel where people throng to receive blessings.
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 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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