The Tour introduces you to the famous cultural heritage of this tiny Himalayan kingdom also known as the last Shangri-La. The tour begins with sightseeing in the country’s capital, Thimphu, where we visit the Memorial Chorten, mini- zoo, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk heritage museum and the majestic Tashichho Dzong (fortress). Then after we travel to Punakha via Dochu La pass (3,100m) and visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple on the way. We also visit the Punakha Dzong and explore the amazing Gangtey village before heading to Paro. In the beautiful Paro valley, we visit Rinpung Dzong and Kichu Lhakhang temple. Our cultural journey ends with a hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery which is a perfect way to end one’s journey in the last Shangri-La.
|All land transportation by private vehicle with driver|
|2 nights accommodation in Thimpu in Full Board basis.|
|2 nights accommodation in Punakha in Full Board basis.|
|1 night accommodation in Trongsa in Full Board basis.|
|3 nights accommodation in Jakar in Full Board basis.|
|2 nights accommodation in Phobjikha in Full Board basis.|
|2 nights accommodation in Paro in Full Board basis.|
|Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.|
|One local tour guide in every city and his wages and salaries.|
|Medical kit (carried by your guide)|
|Food and drinks/ Beverage bills|
|Extars cost for upgrading rooms and services at hotels|
|donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc .|
|Personal Hiking gear, personal kits|
|Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind|
Day 1: Arrival in Paro Thimphu (2300m)
Drive duration: 2.5 hours
Arrival in Paro international airport by flight. You will be received by our office representative and you will be transfer to Thimphu by a private vehicle. From Paro you can have the spectacular view of the Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks, along with the awesome view of sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drakey of Bhutan. One can also wander on own to stroll Thimphu streets or relax in your hotel. Overnight in Thimpu.
Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing
After breakfast, visit the market opened for 4 days in a week (on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch will be in town. Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery. Overnight in Thimpu.
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha (1350m)
Driving duration: 2.5 hours
After breakfast, drive through Dochula pass at 3050m. When the weather is clear one can enjoy the spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break continue to sub tropical Punakha. In the afternoon, visit nunnery and walk down to your hotel. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 4: Explore Punakha
After breakfast, you will visit most beautiful Punakha Dzong (fortress). The dzong highlights the finest examples of arts and architecture of Bhutan. Today, hike to Khamsum Yulay will start from the foot of the Dzong, through old palace of the late 3rd king of Bhutan. The entire hike will take about 3 hours. Picnic lunch will be served on the way. This is good day for white water rafting in the afternoon or visit to farm house. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha to Trongsa (2200m)
Drive duration: 5 hours
After breakfast, check-out from hotel and hike to Rinchengang village which is one of the most clustered houses built in Bhutan. You can meet the locals, kids and see their farm houses. In the evening, you will do 2 hours hike from Trongsa viewpoint to the Dzong before concluding our day. If you still have some time remaining, you will visit Trongsa Dzong, after completing your sight seen get back to your hotel and have rest. Overnight in Trongsa.
Day 6: Trongsa to Jakar (2800m)
Drive duration: 2.5 hours
After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong and Trongsa Museum before proceeding to Tang, Bumthang. On the way, you will stop at weaving center, which is famous in the region. Today, you will visit Tang, Tang is quite remote and festivals celebrated here are very interesting. One of the most important festivals is Tang Namkha Lhakhang Rabney, which is a three-day annual festival. It is celebrated in every December memorizing the founding of the Namkha Lhakhang by Lama Namkha Samdrup. It is also performed for the peace and prosperity of the community. Today, you will spend a night in a simple guest house in Jakar which is also a museum of the region. Overnight in Jakar.
Day 7: Jakar sightseeing
After breakfast, you will visit Jampay Lakhang, the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is also the home of annually performed naked dance which is still in Practice. You will also visit Kurjey temple, where Bhutan's Royals are cremated. You can either walk to cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. Conclude your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. In the Evening, leisure walk in Jakar town and expericence some local pancakes and noodles. Overnight in Jakar.
Day 8: Jakar sightseeing
After breakfast, be ready for an excursion drive to the village of Ura. The drive goes through the highest road pass on your trip at Shertang La at 3573m. Bhutan's highest mountain Gangkar Puensum (7540m) can be seen dominating the northern valley on a clear day. Visit the Ura village and return back to the hotel. Overnight in Jakar.
Day 9: Jakar to Phobjikha (2900m)
Drive duration: 5.5 hours
Have your breakfast in the morning and get ready to head towards Phobjikha Retrace and enjoy the drive back to the valley of Black-necked crane. Black-necked crane is one of the rare species of bird in the world, which migrates from Tibetan plateau to Bhutan in winters. On arrival at Gangtey visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Overnight in Phobjikha.
Day 10: Explore Phobjikha (2200m)
After breakfast, visit Phobjikha. The valley of Phobjikha is full of hikes. Phobjikha Natural Trail take about 2 hours walk through crane feeding areas and gives wonderful opportunity to observe cranes in very close distance for winter visitors. Walk around the village to meet locals and taking pictures of the moment give us perfect knowledge about the Bhutanese rural life. There are many such hiking trails in and around Phobjikha valley. Overnight in Phobjikha.
Day 11: Phobjikha to Paro (2200)
Drive duration: 5.5 hours
After breakfast, commence the drive back to Paro. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17th century's Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest but still in use wooden bridge. In the Evening, you can have leisure walk to old Paro town and can visit to some local handicrafts stores. One can also try the local restaurants for dinner. Overnight in Paro.
Day 12: Paro Sightseeing
After having breakfast, Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one among the 2 oldest temples in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger's Nest, the most important temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Later in the evening you can stroll around the local street of Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 13: Departure
Have your breakfast in the morning and later on our office representative will come to the hotel and you will be transfererd to the airport for your departure regarding your flight time. Have a safe journey onwards.
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