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For the visitor, Thimphu offers the best opportunity to briefly break away from the tour itinerary. In addition to its traditional Buddhist sights and attractions, it offers cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Finding a balance between the esoteric and espresso – the old and the new – is the key to getting the most out of this charming city.

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ItineraryDay 1: Arrive Paro – ThimphuStop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictOnce you land in Paro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed in Bhutanese traditional style by an English/Chinese speaking tour guide. Proceed to visit Paro Dzong, a monument built in 1646 AD. It is a large Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist Monastery and houses the district Monastic Body, and government administrative offices of Paro. Lunch is followed by a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Thimphu, the largest city and the modern Capital of Bhutan. Sightseeing stops include National Memorial Chorten, Traditional Medicine Institute, National Library, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum and School of 13 Arts & Crafts. Visit Trashicho Dzong which houses the main Secretariat of the Government, offices of the King, Ministries of Home Affairs and Finance, and also the Throne of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.  It is an impressive large structure surrounded by well-kept lawns and beautiful gardens. Overnight StayDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Thimphu Hotel ,4 stars or similiarDay 2: Thimphu – ParoStop At: Kyichu Lhakhang, Paro, Paro DistrictToday sightseeing starts with Takin mini zoo, Zilukha Nunnery, General Post Office, and traditional paper factory. After lunch, proceed to Paro which is 1.30 hours away from Thimphu. Visit Kyichu temple which dates back to the 7th century. The Kyichu temple is one of the last three surviving temples built by a Tibetan King. Out of three, two are in Bhutan and one in Tibet, known as the Jokhang. Explore the main street where there is a vintage-looking complex with richly decorated buildings, housing small shops, institutions, and restaurants. In the evening visit the local farm house where you can experience the making of the famous local dish “ema datshi” (Chilli & Cheese) and taste “Ara” – the local wine. Overnight StayDuration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Paro Hotel 4 stars or similiarDay 3: Departure to return Pass By: Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, Paro, Paro DistrictTransfer to airport Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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DAY 01: ARRIVE AT PARO, PARO – THIMPHU (55KM/1 HOUR)The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will receive you and will drive to Thimphu with sightseeing along the way. • Drive towards the capital city, Thimphu. • Stop at Tachoggang and visit the temple and the bridge built by handmade iron chain. • Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu. OR IF EVERYTHING FAVOURS WE CAN WITNESS THIMPHU GRAND, TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL FULL OF COLORFUL MASK DANCEDAY 02: THIMPHU-DOCHULA-PARO(75Km/3 HOURS) • Drive to Kuenselphodrang where world’s tallest Buddha Statue (169 feet) sits overlooking the Thimphu Valley. Enjoy the spectacular view of Thimphu city. • Visit National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (”the father of modern Bhutan “) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. • Drive To Paro via Dochula Pass. Drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the 108 chortens, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. • Visit to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong and now houses the National Museum.(If time permits) • Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.(If time permits) • Overnight at your hotel in Paro DAY 03: PARO TAKTSHANG HIKE (4-6 HOURS) • Hike to Taktshang Monastery, one of the holiest and the most beautiful sites of Bhutan.  Taktshang, the tiger’s lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rimpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress. • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. • Evening free or can visit the Paro town with a street of typical Bhutanese traditional buildings. • Overnight at Hotel in Paro. DAY 04: DEPART • End of your travel to Bhutan. Our team will drive you to the Airport and bid farewell

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Bhutan Experience Tour

Day 4: Tshokam- Simkota (4040 M)The trek that we are following will be a gradual descend till we reach Pangrithang which will take us a little more than an hour  where we will reach by the river then there is some steep climbing through bushes for two hours, after sometime a  good view will open up and we will reach Janetsho ( Lake)( 3956 M).  It is usually occupied by yak herders. Again we climb a gentle slope for an hour and after another two hours of trek we will reach our camp site.  Camp at Simkota.Walking Time: 6-7 hrsDay 5: Simkota to Thimphu (2,340 M) The trail is good but there are few minor climb to small passes before you finally look down to Phajoding monastery and Thimphu. After almost 2 -3 hours trek we will reach the highest pass which stands at an altitude of 4420m. There is good view over the last part of the trek: a steep descent to Phajoding monastery. From here the trails starts with the steep descending slowly through thick forest for another 2-3 hours until we reach the motor road .From here, drive down to Thimphu, passing the Thimphu Zoo, where some Takins (National Animal of Bhutan) can be seen. Then say good bye to trekking team and then drive to hotel.Night stay at  ThimphuDay 6 ThimphuAfter breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong, and Semtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom). Return to Paro at eveningNight stay at ParoDay 7: Paro (Taktsang Hiking) Taking a steep, 1½-hour hike to a teahouse, where you can enjoy a great view of Taktsang Monastery (its name means "tiger's nest"), perched on a cliff 2,700 feet above the floor of the Paro Valley. The hike follows a steep switchback trail through the forest, and after a break with tea and cookies, you can continue to Taktsang Monastery which was destroyed by a fire in April 1998, but it is now completely rebuilt.In the afternoon, you will drive to Paro and to Drugyel Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a hot-stone bath and a typical Bhutanese dinner. Later in evening you can try a herbal stone bath, it could beOvernight at, Paro .Day 08: Departure from Paro International Airport Our team will drop you till Airport and bid you fare well

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Bhutan Family Vacation With Cultural Tour

Day 2: • ThimphuAfter breakfast we will visit Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrangling), visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from here; National Memorial Chorten- This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. Chang Gangkha Monastery, the oldest temple in the valley; Takin Zoo, Preserve center of Takin - National Animal of Bhutan.  Afternoon we can proceed local crafts shops. Overnight in Thimphu.Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / 3 Star Hotel - Thimphu, BhutanDay 3: • Thimphu – PunakhaThis morning's tour will include a visit to the School of Arts and Crafts (or "Painting School"), where Bhutanese children follow a six-year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpture. You'll also visit the Textile Museum, National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Folk Heritage Museum.Afternoon drive across the Dochu La ("la" means "pass") at 10,000 feet, where you might view the snow covered Peaks of the eastern Himalaya (weather permitting).Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Damchen Resort Hotel - Punakha, BhutanDay 4: • PunakhaIn the morning, you will visit the ancient Punakha Dzong (a Dzong is a fortress-monastery) which dates back to the 17th century, spectacularly situated at the confluence of the Mo and Pho Rivers. You will also have an optional short walk across the rice paddies to visit nearby Chimi Lhakhang, a lovely temple built by Lama Drukpa Kunley.Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / 3 Star Hotel - Punakha, BhutanDay 5: • ParoMorning, drive to Paro. In the afternoon, you'll visit the National Museum, housed in an old watchtower above the Paro Dzong. The museum's collections include displays of spectacular thangkas (religious scroll paintings), bronze statues, Bhutan's beautiful stamps, and the Tshogshing Lhakhang ("Temple of the Tree of Wisdom").Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / 3 Star Hotel - Paro, BhutanDay 6: • Hike to Taktsang Monastery Today you have the option of taking a steep, 1½-hour hike to a teahouse, where you can enjoy a great view of Taktsang Monastery (its name means "tiger's nest"), perched on a cliff 2,700 feet above the floor of the Paro Valley.If you don't wish to hike up to Taktsang Monastery, we will drive above the town of Bondey to a trailhead where you can walk about 40 minutes to Dzongdrakha, a small monastery and retreat center overlooking the Paro Valley.Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / 3 Star Hotel - Paro, BhutanDay 7: • Departure Today we'll have a very early morning transfer to the Paro airport for departure on your Druk Air.

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Bhutan Sightseeing Holiday Tour - 3 Days

So why spend your money travel to Bhutan? Firstly, there is the amazing Himalayan landscape, where snow-capped peaks rise above shadowy gorges cloaked in primeval forests. Taking up prime positions in this picture-book landscape are the majestic fortress-like dzongs and monasteries. This unique architecture sets the stage for spectacular tsechu (dance festivals) attended by an almost medieval-looking audience. Then there are the textiles and handicrafts, outrageous archery competitions, high-altitude trekking trails, and stunning flora and fauna. If it’s not ‘Shangri La’, it’s as close as it gets. The Bhutanese pride themselves on a sustainable approach to tourism in line with the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Foreign visitors famously pay a minimum tariff of US$250 per day, making it seem one of the world’s more expensive destinations. ItineraryDay 1 - Arrived in Paro & sightseeing in ThimphuYou will arrive at Paro our representative or your tour guide will meet you at the airport. From there we will travel to Thimphu, the Capital city of Bhutan. We will spend the day sightseeing in Thimphu.We will visit the National Library where there are priceless collection of Buddhist manuscripts and few English version books then Folk and Heritage Museum, which displays day to day livelihood of typical Bhutanese farmers in medieval period and their accessories. We will also be visiting The Late King’s Memorial Stupa, built for the world peace and Traditional Handmade Paper Factory; Painting School, which preserves our traditional paintings, sculpturing and wood carving; Majestic Tashichhodzong, which houses office for the king and the ministers and National Handicraft Emporium, the best place to look for souvenir from Bhutan. We will drive back to Paro and spend the night at a Hotel there.Day 2 - Trek to Taktsang (3180m) & Sightseeing in ParoAfter breakfast we will start our hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang Monastery. It is the most famous tourist attraction in Bhutan. Arrangements for houses and ponies can also be made but you will have to hike for around 5 hours.Legends say Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) had flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave that is where the Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. We will hike down the hill then rest for sometime then go for sightseeing in Paro. We will spend the night at a hotel in Paro.Day 3 - Final departureThis is where our small yet exciting and educational tour to Bhutan ends. From the Paro airport you will be departing towards your home. You will be dropped to the airport by our tour guide.

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Bhutan Cultural Tour with Day Hikes

Day 1: Arrive ParoAfter arrival visit:  • Ta Dzong (National Museum)  • Rinpung Dzong  • Kyichu Lhakhang  • Evening is free to stroll in Paro Town. Walking through the market and meeting with the people will be an enjoyable experience. Day 2: Paro-Haa Valley | Hike to Chele La PassToday, drive to Haa Valley across Chelela Pass (3810m). Few miles before Chele La Pass, you will take a side road that takes you to Kila Goenpa Nunnery, which is nestled in a craggy patch on the mountain site. From here, you will hike to Chele La Pass. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the pass and continue drive to Haa. Day 3: Haa-Thimphu (115 Km/4 hours)Following breakfast, drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. En route, stop at Chuzom to see local farmers sit by the side of the road selling vegetables. Check into your hotel on arrival. Afternoon, you can stroll freely in Thimphu city.Day 4: Morning Tango Monastery hike | afternoon sightseeingIn the morning, hike to Tango Monastery. In the afternoon, visit King's Memorial Chorten, Takin Reserve, Folk Heritage Museum, the giant Buddha Statue and Tashichhodzong.Day 5: Thimphu-Punakha | hike to Lungchutse GoempaAfter breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at the Dochu La pass (10,170 feet), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, you will hike to Lungchuzekha Monastery through rhododendron forests. Hike offers us stunning views of Himalayas. Hike back to Dochula pass, enjoy your lunch and then drive downhill to Punakha. On arrival, visit the Punakha Dzong. Day 6: Punakha-Gangtey/Phobjikha Valley | hike through Nature TrailMorning drive to Gangtey through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. On arrival in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From here, you will hike to Phobjikha Valley through Gangtey Nature Trail. Today you will stay in local farmhouse to get first hand experience of Bhutanese farmers’ life.Day 7: Gangtey-ParoMorning, drive back to Paro. En route, stop at Metshina Village and take 20-minute walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, the Divine Madman’s temple. After this, continue drive to Paro with stop in Thimphu for lunch.Day 8: Hike to Tiger’s Nest MonasteryToday hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Overnight in hotel.Day 9: Depart ParoAfter breakfast, you will drive to airport for departure.  Our representative will bid you farewell.