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Central Bhutan Tour (Indian Travelers)

Day 01. Arrive Paro (By Druk Air): Your Guide from Excursion to Himalayas will receive you at the Airport. After Tea, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view ofMt.Jhomolhari (7,314 m). Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 02. Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery – After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour horse ride till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism toBhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.

After Lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses theNationalMuseum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan.

After lunch we drive to Bhudha temple and BBS tower from where you could see the bird eye view of Thimphu town.Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We drive to Simtokha Dzong; the oldest Dzong of Bhutan built by Shabdrung in 1627 and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops ofThimphu. Over night in Hotel.

Day 04. Thimphu – Punakha: (72 Kms, 3 hours drive). After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, “…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant”. There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping, the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him thepalace ofGuru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace ofGreat Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952.

After Lunch, Excursion to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Hotel. 

 

Day 05 – Punakha – Gangtey: After breakfast drive to Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, it includes: visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638 now the ruins. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded theTemple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. After lunch, Explore the valley. Dinner and over night in Guest house.

Day 06. Gangtey – Thimphu: After breakfast, drive toThimphu. After lunch, visitFolkHeritageMuseum and Excursion to Cheri Monastery. In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and over night in Hotel.

Day 07. Departure: Early morning, drive to the airport and farewell.

06 NIGHTS/07 DAYS BHUTAN TOUR (BASED ON HOTELS)

02 PAX RS 23400/PER PERSON
03 TO 06 PAX RS 21500/ PER PERSON
07 TO 09 PAX RS 20500/  PER PERSON
10 TO 15 PAX RS 19400/  PER PERSON
16 TO 20 PAX RS 18800/  PER PERSON
21 TO 25 PAX RS 17400/  PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT RS 7100/ PER PERSON
EXTRA BED RS 700/  PER BED
Children 5-11 YRS IN PARENT’S ROOM RS 6575/  PER CHILD

Cost includes: –

Accommodation in 3 star hotel  on  CP Plan as per the itineraries.

Transportation by AC Cars/Toyota Hiace Bus, with maximum 6 Pax per Vehicle for transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary.

For individuals 2 to 4 Pax separate vehicle will be provided,that would be Hyundai Tucson, Santa Fee and Land cruser Prado.

Entrance fee of Taa Dzong in Paro and ,textile museam in Thimphu.

Guiding for group of 10 Pax and above

Assistance on Arrival/Departure

Rates does not include any air/train fare, meals not specified, table drinks, laundry, tips, camera/video fee, Gondola/Pony, personal expenses of clients or any other expenses incurred beyond our control such as bad weather, flight cancellation, road closure, landslides, etc.

06 NIGHTS/07 DAYS BHUTAN TOUR (BASED ON 5*HOTELS)

02 PAX RS 37800/PER PERSON
03 TO 06 PAX RS 36800/ PER PERSON
07 TO 09 PAX RS 35500/  PER PERSON
10 TO 15 PAX RS 34800/  PER PERSON
16 TO 20 PAX RS 30800/  PER PERSON
21 TO 25 PAX RS 29400/  PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT RS 10500/ PER PERSON
EXTRA BED RS 1000/  PER BED
Children 5-11 YRS IN PARENT’S ROOM RS 8575/  PER CHILD

Cost includes: –

Accommodation in 3 star hotel  on  CP Plan as per the itineraries.

Transportation by AC Cars/Toyota Hiace Bus, with maximum 6 Pax per Vehicle for transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary.

For individuals 2 to 4 Pax separate vehicle will be provided,that would be Hyundai Tucson, Santa Fee and Land cruser Prado.

Entrance fee of Taa Dzong in Paro and ,textile museam in Thimphu.

Guiding for group of 10 Pax and above

Assistance on Arrival/Departure

CHEAP Travel to Bhutan for Indians:

Budget Travellers: Travellers from India can travel to Bhutan on their own Budget. Bhutan have many budget Hotel starting from INR 1550 per night. Indian dishes are available in all the restaurant and almost every Bhutanese can understand Hindi and English so it makes more comfortable for Indian friends to ask of their needs without language barrier.