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$2295 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Bhutan Tour With Bumthang Extension

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.

$4000 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bhutan - West to East

Day 1: Phuentsholing: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport and drive to PhuentsholingDay 2: Paro: Drive to Paro after immigrationDay 3:Tiger’s Nest Monastery : Tiger’s Nest TrekDay 4: Haa Valley: Drive to Haa Valley Day 5: Thimphu: Drive to Thimphu and sightseeingDay 6:  Thimphu Sightseeing: Thimphu sightseeingDay 7: Punakha: Drive to Punakha and sightseeingDay 8: Phobjikha Valley: Drive to Phobjikha via Wangdue Phodrang and sightseeingDay 9: Trongsa: Drive to Trongsa and sightseeingDay 10: Bumthang: Drive to BumthangDay 11: Ura village visit: Drive to Ura via BumthangDay 12: Mongar: Drive to MongarDay 13: Trashigang: Mongar sightseeing and evening drive to TrashigangDay 14: Samdrup Jhongkar: Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar and sightseeingDay 15: Departure: Depart from GuwahatiDay 3, Tiger’s Nest Monastery Trek:Located on a cliff about 900 meters (3000 feet) above the Paro Valley, we need about 2 hours of hiking to arrive at this spectacular monastery, where you will appreciate the extravagant architecture and take in the beauty of the Paro Valley. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 1⁄2 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.Day 6, Tango Monastery: Located 14 kilometres to the North of Thimphu is the Tango Monastery which was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century. The monastery’s excellent architecture has stayed for decades now. It consists of six temples, each with unique architecture. Have lunch at the Traditional arts and crafts museum which serves authentic Bhutanese delicacies. You can also visit the National Library and the Traditional Paper Making Factory if time permits.

$2613 Cultural & Theme Tours

Wonderful Bhutan Tour- 8 Nights 9 Days

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Paro Airport Bird's Eye View PointDay 1: Paro Airport to Thimphu City.After clearing immigration and customs you will be greeted by your World Tour Plan guide and driver and transferred to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, travelling through the spectacular countryside en route. All the houses and buildings in the Kingdom are painted and constructed in traditional Bhutanese style.On arrival into Thimphu check-in to your hotel and take lunch. Enjoy the remainder of the day to explore Thimphu, both by vehicle and on foot. Your options include visits to the National Memorial Stupa; and the Takin Preserve – home to Bhutan’s most unusual national mammal. Overnight Thimphu – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)Day 2: Sightseeing in the Thimphu Valley today.This morning visit the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the newly consecrated Tara Lhaden Zhingkham Lhakhang (temple). Continue on to the awesome Golden Buddha which also offers an excellent 3 km hike option with sensational valley views.Other recommended places to visit are Zorig Chusum – the Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan (sometimes closed for visitors); the Folk Heritage museum; the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts; the hand-made paper making factory & the weekend market (Fri-Sun) where everyone goes to buy an array of fresh fruits & vegetables; home-wares, handicrafts and clothes.Don’t forget to take a wander along Thimphu’s main street, Norzin Lam, which offers good shopping and the Craft Bazaar. For those who have an interest in quality weavings and local art check out the Gagyel Lhundrup weaving centre, where you can interact with the weavers, and the adjacent S. Bishwa art gallery. The city bars are also worth a visit. Your guide will advise you the best options. Please note Tuesday is ‘dry day’ in Bhutan and most bars in the city will remain closed. Overnight Thimphu – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Phobjikha ValleyDay 3: Thimphu to Phobjikha Valley.This morning you will be transferred by road eastwards to the Phobjikha Valley. En-route passing the Semtokha Dzong, built in 1629 & the oldest fortress of its kind that guarded the Thimphu valley, which today it is a monastery. Continue ascending to Dochu La (pass) to view the 108 Stupas, commissioned by a former Queen as a memorial to those who lost their lives during the low intensity conflict in late 2002 when Bhutan evicted Indian rebels camped in the jungle on the Bhutan – Indian border. On a clear day you will witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalaya and depending on the time of the year the vista can vary from alpine snow (November – March) to a profusion of blossoms (March – May) splashed among the soft green of the wild herbs and forest trees.When the ruins of the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong (tragically destroyed by fire in June 2012) come into view, notice the large cacti that cover the hillside below which, were planted long ago to discourage invaders from climbing the steep slope to the Dzong. From the road view Rinchengang, one of Bhutan’s oldest villages, which did not have access to water, electricity or schooling until the early 1990’s.The craftsmen of Rinchengang are sought after for their skills in construction of Dzongs and Lhakhangs (temples).Until recently the Phobjikha valley’s only electricity came from solar or mini hydro plants. In 2011 underground cabled electricity is gradually connecting the valley to the national grid. Potatoes are this region’s primary cash crop and mainly exported to India. Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains and is one of the most beautiful open valleys in Bhutan. It is also one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country and the winter home (late October to early February) of the rare black necked crane, which annually flies in from Tibet. There are also muntjaks (barking deer), wild boar, sambar, Himalayan black bear, leopard and red foxes. Overnight Phobjikha Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Gangtey MonasteryDay 4: Sightseeing in the Phobjikha Valley.While you are in Phobjikha you will visit the Black Crane nature information centre and the sacred Gangtey Monastery plus 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. Overnight Phobjikha Valley – BhutaneseStyle 3* Hotel.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Punakha DzongDay 5: Phobjikha Valley to Punakha Valley.Depart early this morning to the Punakha Valley which holds the title as the winter capital because of its more temperate climate. Arriving into the Punakha valley visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (also known as the Divine Madman or Mad Monk), which is a pleasant, easy 20 minute walk across paddy fields. It is believed that childless women who visit the temple will conceive after receiving a “wang” (blessing) from the resident monk.After lunch enjoy an orientation tour of the valley including the nunnery and, time permitting, consider a visit to the small village of Nobgang, original home to the 4 former Queens (all sisters) of the previous 4th King or to the small village of Talo where you can wander through the serene grounds of the monastery with its beautiful gardens. Overnight Punakha Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal ChortenDay 6: Sightseeing & hiking in Punakha.This morning visit the dramatic Punakha Dzong, which formerly served as the seat of the government and is still the winter residence of the Dratsheng (Central Monk Body). This is Bhutan’s most spectacular Dzong and an excellent example of how a medieval fortress and a centre of both monastic and administrative functions, has adapted and evolved for modern day use. Don’t forget the local market if you are in Punakha on a Saturday morning.This afternoon we recommend a fascinating 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. Overnight Punakha Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Dochula PassDay 7: Punakha Valley to Paro Valley.Depart 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. Overnight Paro Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)Day 8: 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. Overnight Paro Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Paro Airport Bird's Eye View PointDay 9: Departure.In the morning, after breakfast representative from World Tour Plan will see you off at the Paro airport for your onward flight.Duration: 1 hour

$3280 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Scenic Bhutan Guided Multi-Day Tour with Airport Pickup

Besides all the cultural richness of the western valleys the tour will take you to pass over high mountain passes and through rapidly changing vegetation from pine forests to hills covered in rhododendrons, magnolias and dwarf bamboo (abundant with birds and wildlife).Day 1: Paro Airport to Thimphu City (1 hr. 30mins). After clearing immigration and customs you will be greeted by your guide and driver and transferred to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, traveling through the spectacular countryside en route.Day 2: Sightseeing in the Thimphu Valley.Day 3: Thimphu to Phobjikha Valley (5 hrs).Day 4: Sightseeing in the Phobjikha Valley.Day 5: Phobjikha Valley to Punakha Valley (3 hrs).Day 6: Sightseeing and hiking in Punakha.Day 7: Punakha Valley to Paro Valley (4hrs approximately).Day 8: Sightseeing in Paro Valley.Day 9: Half-day trip to Chele La or full-day trip to Haa Valley.Day 10: Paro Taktshang Hike – Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.Day 11: In the morning, after breakfast, you will be accompanied to the Paro airport for your onward flight.

$1570 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 7-Day Tour of Bhutan

Day 1: Paro Arrival Upon arrival in Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses guide. After lunch, visit Paro's Ta Dzong and Rinpung Dzong. Afterwards, drive to Thimphu for dinner. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu. Day 2: Paro – Thimphu After breakfast, start with a visit to Tashichho Dzong. After that, our driver will transfer you to Chagri Dorjeden Monastery. Then drive back to Thimphu. After lunch, we will visit Thimphu Institute of Zorig Chusum, Folk Heritage Museum Kawajangsa and Royal Textile Academy. Then, we visit Motithang Takin Preserve to see takins, the national animal of Bhutan. In the late afternoon, we take visit to Buddha Dordenma statue and the incredible Textile Museum. Evening is free at leisure. ***Note: If your Bhutan tour coincides with Thursday - Sunday, we head to Thimphu weekend market. Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha Today, we will take a visit to National Memorial Chorten and Simtokha Dzong. Drive to Punakha over Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3150m dotted with colorful prayer flags and 108 stupas. After lunch, we will go to visit Chimi Lhakhang. Upon arrival Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong which is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country. Overnight in Punakha hotel. Day 4: Punakha – Gangtey – Phobjikha Valley After breakfast, we will drive to Gangtey (Phobjikha) valley. Upon arrival valley, take a visit to Gangtey Goemba, an important monastery of Nyingma school of Buddhism.  After that, we will hike through the beautiful nature trail which goes through lush forest of blue pine, oaks and rhododendron. In the late afternoon, we pay a visit to the Black Neck Crane Information Centre. Overnight hotel in Phobjikha valley. Day 05: Phobjikha Valley - Thimphu - Paro Spend time to visit the rural villages surrounding your hotel then immerse into their daily lives and activities. After that, drive via the Pele La then Dochu La Passes to Thimphu. After lunch we may visit Nado, Bhutan’s famous traditional incense maker and the colorful Gagyel Lhendup weaving center. Upon arrival Paro, check in your hotel in Paro. Day 6: Hiking to Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest) After an early breakfast we drive up to the starting point and prepare for our Bhutan trekking to the legendary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) ***Note: Horse ride to the cafeteria is available and can be arranged at additional cost. On the way back, stop then have lunch at the cafeteria. After that, we drive to the ruins of the 17th-century Drukgyel Dzong. Following the Drukgyel Dzong visit, it is worth stopping at the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang. Day 7: Paro Departure Today, our guide and driver transfer you to Paro airport to catch your departure flight.

$2634.15 Classic

Bhutan Adventure

Imagine a country where a land’s worth is measured differently — think Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. Now stop dreaming because you are in the unexplored mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Beauty and wisdom are revealed at each dzong, every gompa, and most incredibly, in the eyes of every smiling Buddhist monk you meet. On treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers, and culture junkies will uncover a purity of culture, traditions, and kindness.

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