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Jakar itself is a bustling two-street town and well worth a wander, though most of the shopfronts are new, as shops were rebuilt after three fires destroyed much of the town in 2010. As with other towns in Bhutan, Jakar plans to eventually shift location to the new town of Dekyiling, just north of the Sey Lhakhang. The new town roads are complete, but no date has been given for the big move. Bumthang's Bathpalathang airport is on the east bank of the Chamkhar Chhu.

There is a strong up-valley wind from the south every afternoon, which makes Jakar nippy in the evenings.


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Grand Festival tour of Wangdue & Bumthang -11days

ItineraryDay 1: Paro Sights & Thimphu Acclimatization Day!Stop At: Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, Paro, Paro DistrictWelcome to Bhutan “the Land of the Thunder Dragon.” As you touch down, you will be received with “tashi khada” by your guide and driver at the airport and driven to the town for welcome tea and refreshment. (Please note; your itinerary shall be flexible and you can skip few sightseeing if you wish to rest more. Your guide will give you options based on your interest)Paro Sights & Thimphu Acclimatization Day!• After enjoying the view from the old-road airport view-point, get blessings at the oldest temple Kichu lhakhang, built in 629 AD by a Tibetan king. • Rinpung Dzong “fortress of the heap of jewels.” • Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient Watch Tower turned into a museum to get the first cultural glimpses of Bhutan.• In evening drive to Thimphu (drive 1hr). Thimphu is a charming capital city nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. • Free to roam around Thimphu town on your own or with your guide. Overnight THIMPHU (Alt; 2320m). Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star hotelDay 2: Oct 5, Sat : Wangdue Festival & Discovering Punakha 78km/ 2hr) Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Punakha District• En route stop by Dochula pass (3150m) to enjoy spectacular views of the eastern Himalayan mountain range. • Stroll around 108 stupas and enter Drukwangyel (Royal temple).• Attend the Grand Wangdue Festival (Tsechu) held at the courtyard of the monastery.• Hundreds of locals gather in their finest traditional dresses to witness the mask dances, folk & traditional dances, religious drama, Atsara the funny Clown, Ceremonial rituals and blessings. The villagers attend the festival not only to enjoy and meet their old friends but also to collect merit and purify their lives• All festivals in Bhutan have deep religious meaning and your guide will help you understand its significance. Interact with the locals and take photos. • Hike along the Metshina village to Chimi lhakhang, a solitary “fertility temple” where a childless couple who comes to pray is usually blessed with a child. Your relationship will be blessed at this temple to grow with each passing years. Overnight PUNAKHA & WANGDUE (Alt; 1240m) Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star hotelDay 3: Oct 6, Sun : Punakha Fortress & Trongsa Getaway (129km/ 5hr)Stop At: The Tower of Trongsa Museum, Trongsa, Trongsa District• In morning, visit the Punakha Dzong, "Palace of the Great Happiness". This beautiful fortress lies between two rivers, the Pochu and Mochu, male and female river. • Drive to Trongsa, stopping for mountain-view at Pele La pass (3,300m). It’s common to spot yaks along this pass.• As you reach Rukubji valley, the houses are clustered amid extensive fields of mustard, potatoes, barley, and wheat. • En route circumambulate Chendebjichorten, a large white stupa beside a stream. • Enjoy full view of Trongsa Dzong from Tangsibji.• Visit Trongsa Dzong; a white fortress that appears to grow directly up from the narrow green ridge.• The ancient Watch Tower which is now turned into a historical museum.• Walk around the sloppy town of Trongsa. Overnight TRONGSA (Alt; 2180)Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star hotelDay 4: Oct 7, Mon : Bumthang Landscape Tour (68km/ 3hr)Stop At: Bumthang Brewery, Bumthang, Bumthang District• Drive over one of the most scenically beautiful routes via the Yotong La pass (3425m) to Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. It is also called the little Switzerland of Asian by travllers.• En route visit Yathra weaving centre in Chumey valley. The hand-woven woolen cloth produced locally. • Visit Bumthang Bewery. A local beer produce called Red Panda • Wangdichholing Palace; the first palace of the present Wangchuk dynasty and also the first palace that was not designed as a fortress. • Kharchu Draktsang, the biggest Buddhist colleges of the kingdom. If you are interested a meeting will be arranged with one of foremost Buddhist reincarnated saint “Lam Namkha Ningpo” for blessing and interaction. If he is in Bumthang during your visit.• Stroll down from the monastery to the river bank and stroll around the peaceful town of Bumthang. Overnight BUMTHANG (Alt; 2580m) Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star hotelDay 5: Oct 8, Tue: Bumthang Festival & Spiritual Sightseeing Stop At: Jakar Dzong, Jakar, Bumthang District• Jakar Dzong (fortress of the White-bird). It is probably one of the biggest Dzongs in Bhutan with the surrounding walls about 1 km in circumference.• After lunch, Hike along a series of ancient and important sites such as, Jambay lhakhang, Kurjey lhakhang & Pema Sambha lhakhang (These temples have many mythical stories linked to its origin and dates back as early as 8th century. Your guide will unfold its mystery as you visit these sites).• Attend the religious and colorful Tamshing Village Festival (tsechu) held at the ancient courtyard of the Tamshing temple. • Many villagers gather in gho & kira to witness the mask dances, nomadic folk & traditional dances, religious drama, Atsara the funny Clown, ceremonial rituals and blessings. • Participate in the unique firs purification process at this festival.• The locals attend the festival not only to enjoy and meet their old friends but also to collect merit and purify their lives. • Late noon, take a short hike to Menbar Tsho (the burning lake). This lake is the holiest lake in the country and is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. • In evening time at your leisure, free to roam around the villages and valley. Overnight BUMTHANGDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star hotelDay 6: Oct 9, Wed : Gangtey Rural Expedition (188km/ 5-6hr)Stop At: Phobjikha Valley, Wangdue Phodrang District• Drive on different vegetation of alpine, subtropical and glacial. Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the north western tip of the Black Mountain. It’s also one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes.• Embark on the Nature trail hike across the refreshing Blue-pine forest to Kwewa village (1.5hr hike). Try homemade tea & local snacks at village home. Interact with the monks at Kewa Monastery. • Visit the Crane Info Centre. • Free to walk around village or drive to your hotel for rest. Overnight PHOBJIKHA (2900m)Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star hotelDay 7: Oct 10, Thu : Phobjikha Valley & Thimphu Happiness Tour (142km/ 4hr)Stop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu, Thimphu District• At dawn, free to walk out into the green valley to enjoy the sunrise. • Stop at Drukwangyel Cafe for lunch and mountain-view and head to Thimphu. Thimphu is a small, charming capital city nestled in the heart of the Himalayas. • After check in your hotel and some rest; drive to Buddha Gang, which offers a spectacular view of Thimphu city. This giant Buddha-statue overlooking Thimphu is one of the biggest in the world. Walk to the Happiness Garden 500 meters along a beautiful nature trail to plant various species of trees like Rhododendron, Maple, Oak, Cheery & Blue Pine. In advance we will keep your pit dug, saplings ready with your name placard. The placard will have your name and address and the photograph of the growth of your ‘Happiness Tree’ will be mailed to you quarterly. (Fees Nu. 300/ $5 per tree/ It is complimentary from our company)• Circumambulate Memorial chorten (huge stupa). This is the favorite spot for the locals of all age to chant mantras, prostrate, pray and practice their devotion.• In evening, time at your leisure. Yoga session, optional if interested.Overnight THIMPHU (Alt; 2320m) Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star hotelDay 8: Oct 11, Fri): Thimphu Cultural SightseeingStop At: Motithang Takin Preserve, Thimphu, Thimphu District• Drive to Sangay-gang where the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin, is found in captivity. This hill is also called the “romantic point” as lovers often come here to enjoy the panoramic view of the Thimphu valley. • Embark on a Choekhortse hike (1 – 2 hr). From the prayer flag decorated area at the start of the trail, you will follow the trail through thick blue pine forest climbing upwards to Choekhortse Goemba. Spend time with each other in nature also enjoying the spectacular view. Carry some tea, juice and snacks. • Zorig Chusum “School for Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts” followed Craft Bazaar for authentic local handicraft and souvenir.• National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. They also have on display the largest Picture Book on Bhutan in the world.• Farmers Weekend Market. Try some organic fruits & nuts. • Witness an Archery Match played by locals with lots of hue & cry at the national stadium.• The Tashichhoe Dzong, the main secretariat building, the office of the King and Throne room and also the house of the State Monastic Body.• Dinner in gho & kira (national dress) if interested alongside bonfire. You can learn or try some traditional dance with the dancers.Overnight THIMPHUDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star hotelDay 9: Oct 12, Sat : Escape to Kila Gomba & Paro Sojourn (92km/ 2-3hr)Stop At: Dzongdrakha Temple, Paro, Paro District• Drive to Chelela pass (3,810m) & enjoy the bird’s eye view of the Mt. Chomolhari (7134m).• Easy walk on the ancient trail amidst tall Alpine trees to the solitary Kila Gomba. Kila is the oldest nunnery of the kingdom and there are nuns who have spent their entire lives seeking spiritual liberation at this monastery. The hike to this oldest nunnery takes about 1.5hrs round trip/ Drive up to monastery, Optional• After picnic lunch, detour to Paro valley. • Visit the remote monasteries below mountain peaks like like Dzongdakha monastery if you are interested or perhaps spend your afternoon at your own leisurely pace. You can take a leisurely walk alongside rivershore, spend time in spa to rejuvenate or simply spend some quite moment in nature and heal yourself. Overnight PARO (Alt; 2280m) Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star hotelDay 10: Oct 13, Sun : Excursion to Mystical TaktsangStop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Paro, Paro District• After a wholesome breakfast, spend the day hiking up the forested path to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan’s most famous, spiritual and scenic icon. Tiger’s Nest clings to sheer cliffs of 900m above Paro valley. The climb is steep and takes about 4-5hrs round trip. (Ponies & horses optional)• Before proceeding to the holy monastery, offer butter lamps at the Cliffside for the wellbeing of all sentient beings. • Sit together inside the speech room just above the cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in 8th century. Open your heart and allow yourself to embrace the divine energy circulating at Taktsang and carry the fond experience with you when you fly back home. A sunkey (holy string) and khada will be given to you by a lama before you leave the speech room and Tiger’s Nest. • Lunch at the hillside cafe with close Tiger’s Nest view.• In evening, authentic Bhutanese farewell dinner at a typical village home with local liquor called “Ara.” • If interested (small cooking class at the farmer’s house on preparing local delicacy like Ema datsi & Jasha Maru) • Hot stone bath, optional. River rocks are heated and dunked into a large wooden tub with herbs. This type of bath is considered to have medicinal properties of healing. Overnight PARO Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3.5 star

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8 Nights Bhutan Tour with Bumthang

Day 01: Arrival in Paro (2250m) – Thimphu (2350m) Arrive in Paro and meet our representative. After lunch drive to Thimphu and visit Buddha Terrance, Takin Preserve,Tashichoe Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, Centenary Farmers Market, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, and Folk Heritage Museum. At the evening drive towards Hotel. Overnight at Hotel. Day 02: Thimphu to Punakha (1310m) After breakfast drive towards Punakha for about 1 and half hour passing across Dochula Pass (3,050m). Overnight at Hotel. Day 03: Punakha – Gangtey (2320m) Today drive to Gangtey crossing over Wangduephodrang Dzong, and then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel. Day 04: Gangtey – Bumthang (2800m) Today, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. On the way visit Trongsa Dzong. And then again drive  and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as the route enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel. Day 05: Bumthang Valley – sightseeing and walks in Jakar After breakfast visit Jambay Lhakhang and continue to Kurjey Lhakang. After Kurjey, pay visit to Tamshing Lhakang. Later drive to  Jakar. Overnight at hotel. Day 06: Bumthang – Gangtey (2320m) Early in the morning after breakfast drive for about 8 hours via same route towards Gangtey and check-in at hotel in Gangtey. Overnight at Hotel. Day 07: Gangtey – Paro After breakfast, drive back to Paro passing Dochula Pass for about 5 hours. Upon arrival at Paro check-in at Hotel. Later in the afternoon stroll around the streets of Paro. Day 08: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery (3210m) After breakfast commence the hike towards the Taktsang Monastery for about 2-3 hours. Later while returning back pay visit to Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at Hotel. Day 09: Departure

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Bhutan-The Kingdom in the Sky ( 12 Nights 13 Days )

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictDay 01: Arrive Paro.Paro - Thimphu (54 km, 1 hr drive)Arrive Paro by Drukair (Royal Bhutan Airlines) or Bhutan Airlines (Private Airlines).You will be received at the Paro International Airport by the representative of World Tour Plan, who will be your guide throughout your tour.You directly travel to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan. The road runs down through the Paro valley, to Chuzom (Confluence) at the entrance to the valley, where the Paro and Thimphu rivers meet. The road passes along a narrow valley with high, rocky cliffs on the left, and then the valley opens out into farmland on the approach to Thimphu. On arrival at Thimphu, check into your hotel and after a refreshment or lunch, visit the following places:• Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Thursday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people.• Archery Match (National Game of Bhutan) at Changlimithang National Stadium.• Kuenselphodrang (commonly known as Buddha Point) where the largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock overlooking the Thimphu Valley. You may take a nature hike through Kuenselphodran Nature Park for about 20-30 minutes.• Tashichhoe Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.• The National Memorial Chorten (stupa) which was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The term ‘chorten’ literally means ' seat of faith' and Buddhists often call such monuments the 'Mind of Buddha'. Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation, especially in the evenings, at the National Memorial Chorten. • Craft Bazaar – A one stop place to witness Bhutanese culture and to buy Bhutan made art and craft product. The Bazaar in its 80 stalls covers all aspects of the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You will get to see craftsmen and artisans from across the country displaying and selling their handicrafts. You can also visit other handicraft stores in town.Dinner and overnight in Thimphu.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Thimphu’s Weekend Market, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictDay 02: Thimphu Sightseeing.After breakfast visit the following places:• School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.• Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory. The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world. Jungshi Paper Factory was established in November 1990 as an undertaking of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The unit now boasts as a major and sole dealer in handmade paper and its products. • Bhutan Post Office Headquarters to get personalized Bhutanese postage stamps with your photo on them. You can bring along your favorite photo to put on the stamps and put these stamps on your postcard to send to your family and friends.After lunch visit the following:• Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds. • Changangkha Lhakhang (temple): Changangkha Lhakhang is an old fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. The central statue is Chenresig in an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation (God of compassion). There are enormous prayer wheels to spin and even the prayer books in the temple are larger in size than usual Tibetan texts.• Dechenphodrang (Palace of great bliss) Monastery located at north of Thimphu valley. It is a monastic school for about 500 young monks enrolled for 8 years courses. You will visit the monastery and have free interaction with young monks who are mostly from poor family ground and some even orphan. The ‘Palace of Great Bliss’ serves as a home and learning center for these young monks. You will spend some time interacting with young monks.In the evening stroll through Thimphu downtown. Dinner and overnight in Thimphu.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Tango Buddhist Institute, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictDay 03: Thimphu Short Hike to Tango and Cheri MonasteriesAfter breakfast, travel to the base camp of Tango Monastery which lies north of Thimphu city with packed picnic lunch. From the base camp which is the end of motor road you hike up to the Monastery is through the forest filled with oak and pine trees as well as Rhododendron flower trees which will be in full bloom during spring season. The Tango Monastery site has had religious significance since the 12th century when it was the home of the highly revered Buddhist monks who brought the Drukpa Kagyupa school of Buddhism to Bhutan. The Tango Monastery was built in 1689 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgyal. The three-storied monastery was built with the help of the locals and was completed within two months. At present Tango Monastery is the center for higher studies for monks. The view from Tango Monastery is breathtakingly beautiful. You will experience complete peace and serenity in this area. After visiting the monastery, walk back to the road and drive to the base of Cheri Monastery where you will eat your packed picnic lunch by the side of the river.After lunch hike to Cheri Monastery through the forest filled with oak and Rhododendron flower trees. This is the place where monks undergo meditation/retreat with a duration ranging from 4 months to 3 years. Therefore, this place is so peaceful and you will experience complete serenity at this place. The hike up will take approximately 50 minutes. The view from Cheri Monastery is breathtakingly beautiful. You can sit in one of the temples of this monastery complex and meditate for some time if you would like to do so. Then walk back to the base where your car will wait for you and then travel back to Thimphu. In the evening relax. Dinner and overnight in Thimphu.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Punakha DistrictDay 04: Thimphu -Punakha.(Distance: 71 km Estimated driving time: 2 1/2 hrs.)After breakfast, travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass 3140 m). In the clear sky enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and wellbeing of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.Also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple) .The temple was built to honor His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The past and future appear to merge in the details of the Lhakhang that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future.Then continue your journey towards Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907 and the 1st National Assembly was held there. On the way, stop at Metsina village and take a 20 minute walk through the paddy fields to visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.After lunch visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho - Chu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River). The Dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (the person who unified Bhutan) to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored in the recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. At the Dzong, you can see the highest standards of woodwork.In the evening, visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendup Lhakhang Nunnery and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view of Punakha and Wangdue valleys from there. Dinner and overnight in Punakha.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha, Punakha DistrictDay 5: Sightseeing & hiking in Punakha.After Breakfast drive to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten through fields of vegetables, rice paddies and tiny hamlets. This Chorten holds very special significance being consecrated in 1999 and dedicated to the protection of the former Crown Prince – today’s current King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. The leisurely walk up to the temple would take about an hour. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view from there.After lunch, you will visit Rinchengang village in Wangduephodrang where you will take a short walk through the village and have free interaction with the villagers. Round trip hike will take about 1 hr. At the same time you can view the ruins of Wang due Dzong (the Dzong was razed to the ground by fire in 2012). Dinner and overnight in Punakha.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Phobjikha Valley, Wangdue Phodrang DistrictDay 06. Punakha – PhobjikhaAfter breakfast drive to the beautiful valley of Phobjikha. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau.On arrival in Phobjikha after lunch visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery, from outside. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Dinner and overnight in Phobjikha.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Gangtey Monastery, Gangtey, Wangdue Phodrang DistrictDay 7: Sightseeing in the Phobjikha Valley.While you are in Phobjikha you will visit the Black Crane nature information Centre and enjoy time to wander through Gangtey village and hike the Gangtey Nature Trail. There are many additional hikes available in this beautiful valley and your guide will advise you the best options. Dinner and overnight in Phobjikha.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Gangtey Monastery, Gangtey, Wangdue Phodrang DistrictDay 8: Hike to Meditation Huts.Scattered in a rock face in the mountain behind the Shedra are seven houses used as meditation facilities for hermits. This hike takes you to a location overlooking the huts and with extraordinary views of Gangtey Valley. From the starting point just below the Lawola Pass, you will walk upwards through bamboo and forest until reaching a lower mountain top. From here, you can choose which ever yak trail you wish to follow through the bush bamboo until reaching the mountain top from where you will spot the huts. At this point, you may feel like you are on top of the world surrounded by magical fairytale landscape in all directions. As you wander back down the mountain ridges through bamboo and flower meadows towards the Shedra, take time to enjoy the presence and the beauty of the surroundings.Time : 20 minutes drive to the pass, 1 -2 hour walk up, 1 – 2 hours walk down depending on the ending point. Difficulty level Moderate. Dinner and overnight in Phobjikha.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Wangdue Dzong, Wangdue, Wangdue Phodrang DistrictDay 9 : Punakha – Sightseeing.After early breakfast travel to Punakha. Check in Hotel in Punakha and later explore around Punakha valley and look for semi-nomadic tribal people known in Bhutan as “Layaps” (Interaction with Layap people is possible only from Dec –end of March). They can be seen in and around Punakha valley during the winter months when they migrate southward from Laya to escape the extreme cold. After a picnic lunch nearby the Pho Chu River, we will drive back to Lobesa and to visit a farm house. Here we will see a Traditional Bhutanese cooking and farming demonstration. Afterwards, participate in some unique Bhutanese recreational activities including Khuru, a Bhutanese dart game, Archery, The National Game of Bhutan and Degor, a throwing competition. Dinner and overnight in Punakha.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictDay 10: Punakha Valley to Paro ValleyDepart Punakha early morning for your transfer westwards to the Paro Valley, once again traversing Dochu La, and arriving in Paro town in time for a late lunch at one of the local restaurants.This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the major features in Paro town including Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge; Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit followed by a visit to the old ruined fortress of the Drugyel Dzong (14km from Paro). This is the historical site of the Fort of Drukpa Victory, from which the Bhutanese used to repel the Tibetan invaders again and again. On a clear day views of the 7314 m snow domed peaks of sacred Mt Chomolhari can be seen. Dinner and overnight in Paro.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: National Museum, Paro, Paro DistrictDay 11: Sightseeing Paro Valley.This morning check out the National Museum in Paro to view the fine collection of ancient Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and other artifacts and we recommend a wander along the main street which offers good shopping for jewelry and handicrafts. Dinner and overnight in Paro.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Paro, Paro DistrictDay 12: Paro Taktshang Hike – Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.After breakfast, hike up to Taktshang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former beauty. After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to hotel. On the way visit Kichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demon. In the evening relax. Dinner and overnight in Paro.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, Paro, Paro DistrictDay 13- DepartureIn the morning, after breakfast representative from World Tour Plan will see you off at the Paro airport for your onward flight.Duration: 1 hour

$2031 Cultural & Theme Tours

8 Nights Bhutan Tour

Day 01: Arrival in Paro (2250m) – Thimphu (2350m) Arrive in Paro and meet our representative. After lunch drive to Thimphu and visit Buddha Terrance, Takin Preserve,Tashichoe Dzong, National Memorial Chorten, Centenary Farmers Market, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, and Folk Heritage Museum. At the evening drive towards Hotel. Overnight at Hotel. Day 02: Thimphu to Punakha (1310m) After breakfast drive towards Punakha for about 1 and half hour passing across Dochula Pass (3,050m). Overnight at Hotel. Day 03: Punakha – Gangtey (2320m) Today drive to Gangtey crossing over Wangduephodrang Dzong, and then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel. Day 04: Gangtey – Bumthang (2800m) Today, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. On the way visit Trongsa Dzong. And then again drive and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as the route enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel. Day 05: Bumthang Valley – sightseeing and walks in Jakar After breakfast visit Jambay Lhakhang and continue to Kurjey Lhakang. After Kurjey, pay visit to Tamshing Lhakang. Later drive to Jakar. Overnight at hotel. Day 06: Bumthang – Gangtey (2320m) Early in the morning after breakfast drive for about 8 hours via same route towards Gangtey and check-in at hotel in Gangtey. Overnight at Hotel. Day 07: Gangtey – Paro After breakfast, drive back to Paro passing Dochula Pass for about 5 hours. Upon arrival at Paro check-in at Hotel. Later in the afternoon stroll around the streets of Paro. Day 08: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery (3210m) After breakfast commence the hike towards the Taktsang Monastery for about 2-3 hours. Later while returning back pay visit to Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight at Hotel. Day 09: Departure