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$3000 Cultural & Theme Tours

11 Nights 12 days Western-Central Bhutan Cultural Tour

Day 1- Arrive ParoYou will be received at the airport • Visit Taa Dzong (Museum) • Paro Rinpung Dzong and • Drugyal Dzong- • Kicchu Lhakhang  Day 2-Paro to Thimphu • Visit Thimphu Memorial Chorten                                         • Visit Tashi Chhoe Dzong.  • Visit Bhutanese Craft Bazaar • Visit Buddha Dordenma Statue • Visit Bhutan Post Office • Visit Museum • Visit Royal Textile Academy Day 3 Thimphu to Punakha • Visit Dochula Pass • Visit Punakha Dzong • Visit Chimi Lhakhang-   Day 4 Punakha to Trongsa • After breakfast, drive to Trongsa which is 5 to 6 hours’ drive (142 km) from Punakha. Day 5 Trongsa to Bumthang • Visit Trongsa Dzong • Visit Trongsa Taa Museum • Drive to Bumthang    Day 6 Bumthang • Explore beautiful Bumthang Valley and also visit the following sites • Jambay Lhakhang • Kurjey Lhakhang • Tamshing Lhakhang • Jakar Dzong also known as ‘Castle of the white bird’   Day 7 Bumthang to Ura Valley • Hike to Ura valley Day 8 Ura to Gangtey • Drive to Gangtey  Day-9 Gangtey to Wangdue • Sightseeing at Gangtey • Visit Gangtey Goenpa • Phobjika valley  The best time to visit this place is during winter as you can see Black necked cranes all over this magnificent valley. You can also see Yaks grazing on the mountains before entering the valley. They have migrated from higher attitude to spend winter here because of the extreme cold weather in the northern Bhutan. Day-10 Wangdue to Paro • Drive back to Paro, sightseeing and shopping in the evening.  Day-11 Paro Hike to Paro Taktshang (Tiger nest)Hike to Paro Taktshang is one of the most popular Hike in Bhutan and will take at least 2-4 hours for trekkers to reach the spot.Paro Taktshang is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of the country and your trip would be tedious without visiting this most important Buddhist temple  Day-12 Depart ParoAfter the breakfast, we will drop you to the airport. Kadhenchey la!

$2745 Cultural & Theme Tours

11 Nights 12 Days Bumthang Ura Tshechu

ITINERARYDAY 01 - ARRIVE PARO AIRPORTYou will be received at the Paro airport-You will be engaged in sightseeing around Paro after lunch wherein you will get to visit  • Taa Dzong  • Paro Rinpung Dzong. • Drugyal Dzong and Kicchu Lhakhang.  DAY 02- DRIVE TO THIMPHUOn the next day, we will have a smooth drive towards Thimphu which would approximately take 1 hour from Paro. You will visit the following places  •  Tashi Chhoe Dzong. • Bhutanese Craft Bazaar • Watch Archery game • Centenary market in the evening   DAY 03-THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA-Travel to Punakha (2 hours’ drive) • Visit Dochula Pass • Visit Punakha Dzong • Visit Chimi Lhakhang DAY 04 -PUNAKHA TO TRONGSA • After breakfast, drive to Trongsa which is 5 to 6 hours’ drive (142 km) from Punakha.  DAY 05- TRONGSA TO BUMTHANG • Visit Trongsa Dzong • Trongsa Taa Museum   DAY 06 -BUMTHANG • Explore beautiful Bumthang Valley • Jambay Lhakhang • Kurjey Lhakhang • Tamshing Lhakhang • Jakar Dzong also known as ‘the Castle of the white bird’  DAY 07-BUMTHANG TO URA VALLEY • Early morning after the breakfast, we will drive towards URA valley which is 48 km away will take approximately 1.5 hours to attend the ‘URA Festival’. During the festival, a famous dance known as ‘Ura Yakchoe’ is performed.   DAY 08- URA TO GANGTEY • Drive back, following the same route towards Pobjika and you will be expected to reach there by evening.  DAY 09- GANGTEY TO WANGDUE • Explore Phobjika valley • The Phobjika valley is one of the most beautiful U-shaped valley in Bhutan.Phobkijka valley is home to Black necked cranes Mountain. DAY 10- WANGDUE TO THIMPHU TO PAROAfter breakfast, drive back to Thimphu in the morning.You will visit the following places in Thimphu • Buddha Dordenma Statue • Bhutan Post Office • Museum • Royal Textile Academy  Day 11-HIKE TO PARO TAKTSHANG • After the breakfast, there will be a hike to Taktshang Monastery.  • In the evening, we will accompany you to a farm house in Paro for a hot stone bath.   Day 12 -PARO-After the breakfast, we will drop you to the Paro International Airport from where you will fly back home

$2265 Cultural & Theme Tours

9 Nights 10 Days Jambay Lhakhang Drup

ITINERARYDAY 01- ARRIVE PARO AND PARO TO THIMPHUYou will be received at the Paro airport, and then have a smooth drive towards Thimphu which would approximately take 1 hour from Paro. After lunch you will visit the following places • Visit Tashi Chhoe Dzong. • Bhutanese Craft Bazaar • Watch Archery game • Centenary market in the evening   DAY 02-THIMPHUAfter breakfast, drive back to Thimphu in the morning.You will visit the following places in Thimphu • Visit Buddha Dordenma Statue • Bhutan Post Office  • Museum • Royal Textile Academy  DAY 03-THIMPHU TO PUNAKHATravel to Punakha (2 hours’ drive) • Visit Dochula Pass • Punakha Dzong • Chimi Lhakhang  DAY 04-PUNAKHA TO BUMTHANGEarly in the morning drive towards Trongsa which will take 5 hours maximum and stay for few minutes in Trongsa to see the beautiful and magnificent Trongsa Dzong.  DAY 05-BUMTHANG • Explore beautiful Bumthang Valley • Jambay Lhakhang • Kurjey Lhakhang • Tamshing Lhakhang • Jakar Dzong also known as ‘the Castle of the white bird’  In the afternoon, you will also visit Dorjibi weaving center  DAY 06-BUMTHANGWitness and enjoy the full day Jambay Lhakhang Drupchen which  will begin at 10:00 am in the morning.Various ‘cham’ dances like Ter cham (the Naked Dance), Mewang, Macham, Ging Tsholing, Dramtse Ngacham, Zhana Cham etc, are performed DAY 07-BUMTHANG TO POBJIKA/GANGTEYDrive back, following the same route towards Pobjika and you will be expected to reach there by evening. In the evening, visit one of farm house for dinner together with the family members.  DAY 08- POBJIKA/GANGTEY TO PARODrive to Paro in the morning and you will be engaged in sightseeing around Paro after lunch wherein you will get to visit Taa Dzong (Museum)-Paro Rinpung Dzong and Drugyal Dzong-Kicchu LhakhangTaa Dzong  Next visit will be to Paro Rinpung Dzong.,Drugyal Dzong and Kicchu Lhakhang.  DAY 09-PARO After the breakfast, there will be a hike to Taktsang Monastery. Paro Taktshang is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of the country and your trip would be tedious without visiting this most important Buddhist temple. T In the evening, we will accompany you to a farm house in Paro for a hot stone bath. DAY 10- DEPARTURE FROM PARO AIRPORTAfter the breakfast, we will drop you to the Paro International Airport.

$2499 Cultural & Theme Tours

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

$2599 Cultural & Theme Tours

Essential Bhutan by Terma Linca Journeys

Day 01 Bangkok - Paro (elevation 7500ft) • Visit Kyichu Temple • Visit Ta-Dzong • Paro Rimpung Dzong • Walk through quaint Paro Town Day 02 Paro - Bumthang (elevation: 8650ft) • domestic flight • Fly to Bumthang (25 mins) • Classic Bumthang Temple Walk - Visit Jampa, Kurjey and Tamshing Temple Day 03 Bumthang/ Jakar • Bike/ Drive to Tang Valley • Visit the Membartsho "Burning Lake" • Bike from Tang valley floor to Ogyencholing Manor House • Bike/ drive back to main valley of Bumthang/ Jakar Day 04 Bumthang - Gangtey/ Phobjikha (Elevation: 9000ft) • Drive (4-5 hours) to Phobjikha • Stop at Chumey Weaving Centers • Stop in Trongsa; see the Ta-Dzong Museum & Trongsa Dzong Day 05 Gangtey/ Phobjikha • Gangtey Nature Trail Hike (birding can be also done alongside) • Visit a farming family • Bike through the valley or have a downtime Day 06 Gangtey - Punakha (4400ft) • Drive (2 hours) to Punakha • Visit Punakha Dzong - the ancient Capitol building • Walk/ bike over the longest suspension bridge near the Punakha Dzong Day 07 Punakha - Thimphu (Elevation: 7500ft) • Hike to Chimi Lhakhang or the temple of the "Divine Mad-monk” • Drive over Dochula Pass to Thimphu - the present day capital • Visit Textile Museum Day 08 Thimphu - Paro • Visit the Big Buddha • Visit the Takin Enclosure • Visit the Painting School • Explore Thimphu town • Drive to Paro Day 09 Paro - Taktsang Excursion (reach up-to 10230ft starting at 8280ft • Early hike to Taktsang or "Tiger’s Nest” • Optional Shopping in Paro Town after hike Day 10 Paro – fly out • Fly back - check in 2 hours before departure

$1880 Cultural & Theme Tours

10Days Bhutan Travel Plan

Day 1: Arrival in Paro - Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m) (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr).(Lunch/Dinner) Arrive in Paro. Upon arrival , our guide will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu. On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, the Iron Bridge builder) in the 15th century. DAY 02 Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m      (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, and then visit the Tallest Statue of Buddha, Takin Preserve center, Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan and Changangkha Lhakhang. Next, visit Cheri monastery. DAY 03:  Thimphu - Punakha (Altitude 1310 m) (72 Km, 3 hrs drive) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)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. Drive further down and visit the Royal Botanical Garden at Lamperi. Visit venous places in Punakha. Dinner and overnight at hotel.Day 04. Punakha - Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) - Wangdiphodrang: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) Drive to the beautiful valley of Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang includes: visit to WangdiphodrangDzong built in 1638. Day 5: Gangtey – Trongsa - Bumthang: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) Drive to Trongsa. Visit TrongsaDzong, the most impressive dzong of Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal MinjurTempa, the official who was sent by Shabdrung to unify eastern Bhutan and enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay. Day 6:  Bumthang Sightseeing: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) After breakfast, visit Jakar Dzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667. Visit Jambay Lhakhang, built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as KichuLhakhang in Paro.  Day 7: Bumthang - Thimphu Sightseeing:(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) (Altitude 2320 m). After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight in hotel.Day 8: Thimphu – Paro:   (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)   Early morning, drive to the Dzong for Throngdroel ceremony. (The ceremony will be over at 11:00 am) After lunch excursion to Cheri Monastery. Later take a hike to Cheri Monastery.Day 9: Paro  Hike to Taktsang Monastery: (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)DAY 10: Departure: (Altitude 2280 m) Early morning breakfast & drive to the airport and farewell.