BHUTAN - LAND OF HAPPINESS

Overview

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley

Dates

  • 06th – 13th November 2022
  • 27th November – 04th December 2022
  • 25th December – 01st January 2023

Itinerary

Day 1:

Bagdogra – Phuentsholing/4 hours

Meet and greet on arrival at Bagdogra Airport (IXB) and drive towards Indo–Bhutanese border (Jaigaon-Phunsholing) through the tea estates. After reaching Phuentsholing, check in to hotel & evening for leisure.

Day 2:

WeLcome to Bhutan and Transfer to Thimphu/5 hours

After breakfast, proceed towards Thimphu via the wonderful mystic town Gedu, which is about 9000 ft above the sea and Chukha Dam. On the way, visit Crocodile Park, Kharbondi Gumpha, Wankha Waterfalls and halt at Chojum to take photographs of confluence of two rivers of Bhutan, Thimphu Chu and Paro Chu. Reach Thimphu by afternoon and check into hotel. In the evening, go for Tashi Chhoe Dzong or the Fortress of the Glorious Region, which is another ‘must visit’ site. Situated on the west bank of Wang Chhu River, Tashi Chhoe Dzong is the formal coronation site of the fifth king. The Dzong also hosts the annual Tsechu Festival. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 03:

Thimphu Sightseeing – After breakfast, start for local Thimphu sightseeing


The National Memorial Chorten or Thimpu Chorten is a site for evening prayer. The chorten or stupa was built in the memory of the third king, continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”), who had wished to erect a monument towards world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the late king and as a monument to peace.

Sakyamuni Buddha – on the top of Kuensel Phodrang Hill sits the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. The 51.5 metre long bronze statue would surely attract you and the uninterrupted view of the valley would leave you spellbound. The site is also known as Buddha View Point.

Changangkha Lhakhang – at Thimphu, you will go across several monasteries and temples. Changangkha Lhakhang is among the most important religious structures in Thimphu. The structure dates back to the 15th century and is one of the oldest in the region. The structure is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, the sign of compassion. You will also enjoy the grand view of Thimphu valley from here.
Takin Zoo – You will find the national animal of Bhutan, ‘takin,’ in this open zoo. Takin is one of the most endangered species of the world and it is available only in Bhutan. The National Library has got a fabulous collection of Buddhist manuscripts which are priceless. It also houses the world’s largest published book which is about 130 pounds and 5×7 feet.

Zorig Chusum – Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
The Royal Textile Museum – Thimphu also introduces visitors with the culture and heritage of Bhutan. The Royal Textile Museum at Norzin Lam is a site where you will get introduced to Bhutanese textiles, some of which date back to the 1600s. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 04:

Thimphu – Punakha/2 hours

After breakfast, start for Punakha. One the way, visit Dochula View Point Stop: The first stop after leaving Thimphu on the journey is Dochu La Pass around 3100 metres high and way above the clouds. Only an hour’s drive from Thimphu, it offers visitors their first glimpse of the Eastern Himalayan Range. From the pass, the road curls its way down into the relative lowlands of the Punakha Valley. Before, Thimphu was made the permanent capital of Bhutan. In Punakha, you also visit –
Punakha Dzong: beautiful Punakha Dzong(known as the “the palace of great happiness”), located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) Rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue Valley. the city’s dzong is one of the most picturesque of all Bhutan’s ancient fortresses. The dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge, and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reigned the kingdom from this valley.
Suspension Bridge – Visit the hidden treasure of Punakha Valley, the longest suspension bridge over River Mo.
Wangdue – After crossing the Fo-Chu-Mo-Chu River, drive along the Wangdue Phradong and visit the newly developed small, beautiful town, Bazo Town in Wangdue.
Overnight stay in Punakha.

Day 05:

Punakha – Paro
Start for Paro sightseeing, visit the picturesque town in Bhutan; en route, visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. Simtokha Dzong is a small dzong, Built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan; the dzong is the first of its kind built in Bhutan. An important historical monument and former Buddhist monastery, today, it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes.

Ta Dzong – Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968.
Rinpung Dzong – built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.
National Museum of Bhutan: situated right above Rinpung Dzong in Paro, the National Museum of Bhutan is a house that showcases Bhutan’s culture. Built in 1968, the museum stands inside the ancient Ta-dzong building. The museum houses the collection of finest specimens of Bhutanese culture and art and its highlights are paintings and some bronze statues, which are simply masterpieces. The items are demonstrated in large galleries and you can get to know a lot about Bhutan’s art and culture from these objects.
Nya Mey Zam Bridge – “The Bridge with No Fish ” is the bridge that connects Paro Town to Dzong. It is one of finest specimens in Bhutan and locals believe that if one sees a fish in the river , it is an ill omen. The earlier bridge which could be folded during war was washed away by flood in 1969.
Paro Airport View Point – this is finest valley view point to look after Paro Valley and Paro Airport. This view point is overlooking the Paro River, along with all the dzongs and monasteries. Overnight in Paro.

Day 06:

Day 6
Taktsang Monastery

Taktsang Monastery – if you can brave the risky cliffs on a high mountain, Paro will astonish you in the form of Taktsang Monastery. After covering 1200 metres on a fierce cliff, you will reach this sacred site, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Take a deep breath after reaching the spot and then comfort your eyes and soul with the stunning view of the scenic surroundings and the valley lying underneath. The Taktsang Monastery was established by Sain Guru Rinpoche, who came to Bhutan in 747 CE. Construction of the complex was completed in 1694. Discovering the Tiger’s Nest after 3 hours of trekking is real adventure, but you may also opt for a horse ride from the parking lot.
Kyichu Lhakhang – Kyichu Lhakhang, (also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu) is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lamgong Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo. Overnight in Paro.

Day 07:

Paro to Phuentsholing
Early morning breakfast, Transfer from Paro to Phuentsholing – A drive of nearly 160 kilometers, a drive of approximately 6 hours . On the way take a short stop at Chukha, the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers with three different style of stupas adorn this confluence – Drive further through Chapcha and later take glimpse of famous Chukha Dam and the magnificent Vince waterfall before Gedu town. Overnight @ Phuentsholing.

Day 08:

Transfer to Bagdogra Airport
Early morning we have our last breakfast in the land of happiness & start for Bagdogra Airport with a sweet Bhutanese holiday memory and cherish your memories forever…

IMPORTANT

General Terms & conditions:

  • Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.
  • Organizers reserve full rights to claim any additional expenses due to  delay/breakdown of buses / Rail / Strike /war / Riot / Natural Calamities.
  • In case of damage whatsoever done by the participants, cost of the same will be borne by Him/Her.
  • The organizers will not be responsible for any loss or damage.
  • Please carry a valid ID proof along with you.
  • No refunds on purchased ticket are possible, even in case of any rescheduling.
  • Security procedures, including frisking remain the right of the management.
  • No dangerous or potentially hazardous objects including but not limited to weapons, knives, guns, fireworks, helmets, lazer devices, bottles, musical instruments will be allowed in the venue and may be ejected with or without the owner from the venue.
  • The sponsors/performers/organizers are not responsible for any injury or damage occurring due to the event. Any claims regarding the same would be settled in courts in Mumbai.
  • People in an inebriated state may not be allowed entry.
  • Venue rules apply.

 

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

  1. If cancellation done prior to 30 days of outing 50% of the total tour amount will be refunded.
  2. If done prior to 15 days of outing 25% of the total tour amount will be refunded
  3. After that no refund will be provided.

 

Disclaimers:

  • Any customization in arrival and departures may lead to additional cost.
  • All sightseeing is subject to weather conditions, political conditions in the destination.
  • Customization would not be adjusted with any inclusions such as missed sightseeing, stay, meals etc.
  • Due to delay by participants if any destination gets missed same will not be covered.
  • If any of the points remains closed without prior intimation, we will try to cover it up with another destination if feasible.

Highlights

  • Experience to Cross International Border by Foot.
  • Memorial Chorten & Buddha point.
  • Punakha Valley & Dzong.
  • Paro – Home to Many Sacred Sites.
  • Tigers Nest – A splendid Monastery.
  • Chele La Pass – Heighest Motorable road in Bhutan. 

Inclusions/Exclusions

COST INCLUDES:

  • Pvt vehicle as per trip itinerary, inclusive of pick up from Bagdogra airport and drop.

  • Breakfast & Dinner during the trip.

  • Accommodation on Sharing basis in 3 Star Hotels.

  • All interline permits.

  • English Speaking Local Guide.

  • T3WR Expertise.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • To and fro Air or Rail fare till Bagdogra & return.

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, bed tea, any joy ride, sightseeing which are not in the itinerary.

  • Lunch on all days.
  • Monument Entry Fee to visit from inside.
  • SDF 1200/- NU per person.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusion.   

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