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$2650 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bhutan: A Living Shangrila

ItineraryDay 1: ThimphuStop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictArrive in Bhutan and acclimatize with light sightseeing in ThimphuDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast: All meals included • Lunch: All Meals Included • Dinner: All Meals includedAccommodation included: Tourist hotels that are classified by the Tourism Council of BhutanDay 2: PunakhaStop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Punakha DistrictDrive from Thimphu to Punakha with stop at Dochula pass and Chimi Lhakhang templeDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Tourist hotels that are classified by the Tourism Council of BhutanDay 3: ThimphuStop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Punakha DistrictPunakha SightseeingDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Tourist hotels that are classified by the Tourism Council of BhutanDay 4: ThimphuStop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictThimphu Sightseeing Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Tourist hotels that are classified by the Tourism Council of BhutanDay 5: PhajodhingStop At: Phajoding Monastery, Thimphu DistrictHike to Phajodhing and camping at night if you wish. Possibility of star gazing at night if the sky is clear and morning view of Himalayas is breathtaking Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Tourist hotels that are classified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan or camping facilityDay 6: ThimphuStop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictReturn to Thimphu from Phajodhing and have a relaxed eveningDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Tourist hotels that are classified by the Tourism Council of BhutanDay 7: ParoStop At: Paro River, Paro, Paro DistrictTravel from Thimphu to Paro and sightseeing at Paro valleyDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Tourist hotels that are classified by the Tourism Council of BhutanDay 8: Tiger's Nest (Paro Taktsang)Stop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Paro, Paro DistrictHike to all time famous Paro Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger's NestDuration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Tourist hotels that are classified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan

$2176 Cultural & Theme Tours

Drukpath trek - 9 days in Bhutan

ItineraryDay 1: ParoStop At: Paro River, Paro, Paro DistrictThe flight to Paro crosses the Himalaya Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. If you arrive via Kathmandu, which offers the most breathtaking view of the range, it's possible to see Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga as well. Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the dzongs (forts) currently. You'll cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the dzong. You can then tour the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thankas, statues, and antiques. Afterward you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening you can stroll through the Paro market and town. Overnight in Paro.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Three meals includedAccommodation included: Accommodation in three star hotelDay 2: Paro to ThimphuStop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictAfter breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. After lunch, drive to Thimphu. In the evening you can explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops. Overnight in Thimphu.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Three meals includedAccommodation included: Three star hotelDay 3: Thimphu sightseeingStop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictAfter 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, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), 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 Late in the afternoon drive to Punakha. Overnight Punakha.Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Three meals includedAccommodation included: Three star hotelDay 4: Thimphu to Punakha excursionStop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Punakha DistrictAfter breakfast you will drive to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. After lunch you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. On the way back from Punakha, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special fertility blessing if you wish. Afternoon drive to Thimphu. Overnight Thimphu.Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Three meals includedAccommodation included: Three star hotelsDay 5: Trek start Thimphu to Phajoding (3 -4 hours walk) Stop At: Phajoding Monastery, Thimphu DistrictMorning driveAltitude of camp : 3750mToday it’s a gradual climb through the pine forests. You will come to a family of monasteries. Overnight in camp.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Lunch and dinnerAccommodation included: CampDay 6: Phajoding to Simkota Stop At: Phajoding Monastery, Thimphu DistrictDistance : 12km. Trek Time : 4-5 Hours. Altitude of camp : 4110m.After a gradual climb In clear weather you will be able to see the spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Phuensum, the highest mountain in the country and her sister mountains. Overnight in Camp beside the Simkota lake.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 7: Simkota –JangchulakhaStop At: Phajoding Monastery, Thimphu DistrictDistance : 13km. Trek Time : 5-6 hours. Altitude of camp : 3770mThe trail will take you through thick alpine forests and rhododendron bushes. You will see yaks and yak herders around the camp today.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Lunch and dinnerAccommodation included: campDay 8: Jangchulakha –Paro. Trek EndsStop At: Phajoding Monastery, Thimphu DistrictToday the trek is easy and mostly downhill. The rest of the day is at your disposal. Evening Hot stone bath and a Bhutanese dinner in a farm house. Overnight Paro.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: lunch and dinnerAccommodation included: campDay 9: Depart ParoPass By: Paro River, Paro, Paro DistrictDepart ParoMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$1840 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8 Nights Bhutan Tour with Bumthang Valley Extension with Private Guide

Day 01: Arrive Paro & transfer to ThimphuArrive in Paro and meet our representative. Take a break for lunch and then carry out sightseeing program at Paro visiting the famous places like Rinpung Dzong and Ta Dzong. Later drive towards Thimphu.Day 02: Thimphu to PunakhaEarly in the morning after breakfast, sightseeing around Thimphu and drive towards the Punakha crossing the famous Dochula Pass (3050m) which provides the spectacular view of majestic mountains. On way also pay visit to Chimmi Lhakhang.Day 03: Punakha to Gangtey Today drive to Gangtey via Wangdue. After Wangdue is a drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau.Day 04: Gangtey - BumthangToday, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. The road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa and there are great views back to the Dzong and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, the trail re-enters the forest 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. Day 06: In Bumthang - SightseeingAfter breakfast visit Jambay Lhakang along with Kurjey Lhakang. Later cross the suspension bridge and visit the Tamshing Lhakang. Afterwards, visit Swiss farm along with homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory and the castle of "White Bird".Day 06: Bumthang – Gangtey After breakfast, re-trace the same route back towards Gangtey and the road journey today is bit longer with 8 hours of drive. Upon arrival at Gangtey, check-in hotel. Day 07: Gangtey - Paro After breakfast, drive back to Paro cross Dochula pass which is about 5 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Day 08: In Paro -  Hike to Taktsang Monastery 'Tiger's Nest'After breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger's Nest which takes about two hours. The Monastery offers the spectacular view of Paro valley. While returning back visit the Kyichu Lhakhang.Day 09: DepartureAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.

$944 Cultural & Theme Tours

4 Nights Bhutan Highlights Tour

Day 01: Arrival in Paro (2250m) and transfer to Thimphu (2350m)After arrival in Paro meet our representative and then have your lunch at Paro. After lunch carry out your sightseeing program visiting the Rinpung Dzong which is currently used as an administration centre and school for monks. Later depart to Thimphu,which is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Check in at hotel. Within the evening visit Handicrafts Emporium, this has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Overnight at Hotel.Day 02: Thimphu to Punakha (1310m)Early in the morning after breakfast drive towards Punakha crossing over Dochula Pass (3140m) for about 1 & half hours. Dochula offers the spectacular view of eastern Himalayas in the clear weather. On the way take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenly, also known as “the Divine Madman”. Later in the afternoon visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the Pho-chu and Mo-chu river. In the evening drive to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Day 03: Punakha to Paro (2250m)After early breakfast, drive from Punakha to Paro re-crossing Dochula Pass. Stop at Thimphu for lunch. Then drive further for Paro and visit the Rinpung Dzong which continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. Later drive for the hotel at Paro. Overnight at Hotel.Day 04: Paro – Hike to Taktsang MonasteryOn fourth day visit the spectacular Taktsang Monastery, early in the morning after breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang and then commence the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. Pay visit to Taktsang Monastery which provides the mesmerizing view of Paro Valley. Afterwards, hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan.  Also visit Rinpung Dzong which continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. Later drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Day 05: DepartureYour 4 Nights Bhutan Highlights Tour terminates today, so after breakfast, drive towards the international terminal, board the flight and bid farewell to remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom.

$1286 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 Nights Bhutan Overland Tour

Day 01: Arrive Phuentsholing (250m)Arrive Phuentsholing, meet our representatives and after concluding the formalities. Check-in hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Day 02: Phuentsholing to Thimphu (2350m)Early morning drive from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu following Pa Chhu downstream which takes 6-7 hours. In Thimphu, visit Buddha Point, Takin Preserve, Tashichoe Dzong, National Memorial Chorten and Centenary Farmers Market.Overnight at Hotel.Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (1310m)After breakfast, drive for about 1 & half hour to Punakha. Climb up the mountain road to Dochu La at 3140m and then descend through varied forest all the way to Punakha. Take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang. Overnight at Hotel.Day 04: Punakha to Paro (2250m)Drive to Paro re-crossing Dochula. In Paro, visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Overnight at Hotel.Day 05: In Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tigers’ Nest’ (3120m)After breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. Then visit the Taktsang Monastery and hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Afterwards, back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Day 06: Paro to Phuentsholing (250m)Your 5 Nights Bhutan Overland Tour terminates today, early morning, depart to Phuentsholing from Paro which is a 6 hours drive and cross the border back to India.

$1616 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 Nights Enchanting Bhutan Tour

Day 01: Arrival in Paro (2250m) and transfer to Thimphu (2350m)Arrive in Paro meet our representative and Bhutanese guide and transfer to Paro for Lunch. After lunch pay visit to the beautiful Rinpung Dzong and drive towards Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.Day 02: Thimphu to Punakha (1310m)After breakfast visit National Memorial Chorten Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk heritage Museum Textile Museum. Later drive towards Punakha for about 1 and half hour passing across Dochula Pass (3,050m). Overnight at Hotel.Day 03: Punakha-Gangtey (2320m)After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangdue. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, over a high pass down into the Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Visit Gangtey Monastery. Later, drive for an hour through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel.Day 04: Gangtey-Trongsa(2200m)Drive to the Pele la Pass and enter the traditional eastern region. Then the road gradually drops passing through Kgebji village, Sephu village, Chendebji village followed by large Chendebji Chorten. Now the road passes through farms, villages and reaches the Trongsa Dzong. Visit Trongsa Dzong which is the largest and most impressive Dzong in Bhutan built in 1644 by the Shabdrung. Overnight at Hotel.Day 05: Trongsa-Wangdue (1310m)Early in the morning after breakfast, drive for about 6 hours re-tracing the same route back to Trongsa. Overnight at Hotel.Day 06: Wangdue – Haa Valley(3050m) – Paro (2250m)After breakfast, drive over Chele La Pass (3899m) and then continue the drive towards Haa. Visit Wangchuckli Dzong, Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple), and Lhakhang Karpo in Haa. Afterwards, drive back to Paro. Overnight at Hotel.Day 07: Paro – Hike to Taktsang MonasteryEarly in the morning after breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang and then commence the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. Afterwards, hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Also visit Rinpung Dzong. Later drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Day 08: DepartureYour 7 Nights Enchanting Bhutan Tour terminates today, after breakfast, drive towards the international terminal, board the flight and bid farewell to remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom.

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