A Window to Bhutan
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. Bhutan borders China to the north and India to the south, east and west. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim; farther south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Bhutan capital and largest city is Thimpu. Plan Holidays offers A Window to Bhutan which is a new approach to sightseeing and understand Bhutan. This 5 days tour includes visiting highlights of Bhutan The Land of the Thunder Dragon, then breathtaking visit to central Bhutan , Paro Valley:The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutans old monasteries and temples, then to eastern places like Bumthang Valley: This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism in Bhutan,Punakha: the old winter capital, Tashigang , Tashiyangtse , Trongsa & Mongar. Towering cliffs, Pristine forest, great variations in latitude & altitude & climate conditions are the eastern character. There is animistic Bonpo tradition in this area which is a practice earlier than Buddhism came into existence. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit Gangtey Monastery, the most important Nyingma Gomba in the country.
Enjoy Dangmechu river which is the largest river that flows in the eastern district. Trashigang town was a trading point with Tibet in the past. Visit Trashigang Dzong (1659) ,also termed as Sky Dzong overlooking Dangmechu river. Trashiyangtse has Chorten Kora ,a Boudhanath Stupa of Nepal Modeled Chorten. Mongar Town is a settlement on top of the hill , main business place in eastern Bhutan, visit Mongar Dzong , newly built Dzong , Zhongar Dzong , Dramitse Lhakhang , AjaNey ,sacred site of a Rock. Visit some of the other villages in the area including Jambay, Kurjey and Thangbi Lhakhangs and the castle of the â€˜White Bird. In Trongsa visit Ta Dzong which is now a temple dedicated to the legendary Ling Gesar and stroll around the small town.An experienced English Speaking guide accompanies the trip from Arrival till Departure. Most famous landmark of Bhutan, Tigernest, the Takstang Monastery visit on foot is in the plan.
Experience the breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchanjunga and other Himalayan peaks including sacred Chomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan while flying into Paro valley. Visit the Dzongs, monasteries, handicraft centers, Thanka painting schools and Local Township that all gives an insight to the Dragon kingdoms religion, culture, history and many more.
|Day 01:||Arrival-Paro Drive toThimphu (BLD)|
|Day 02:||Thimphu – Wangdue Phodrang (BLD)|
|Day 03:||WangduePhodrang -Punakha -Paro (BLD)|
|Day 04:||Paro (BLD)|
|Day 05:||Paro (B)|
Day 01: Arrival – Paro Drive to Thimphu (BLD) After breakfast, proceed to airport for flight to Bhutan Paro. During the journey offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest. Arrival Paro, enjoy the Bhutan local lunch. After lunch, visit one of the oldest landmarks in Bhutan. The 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang was one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo.
It is revered as one of the most holy shrines in Bhutan and embodies the arrival of Buddhism here. Visit to Rimpung Dzong or the ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ which is the seat of the district administration and the residence of the monastic school. The dzong is famous for its wall murals depicting Buddhist parables, symbols and the lives of prominent saints. After finish, drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The road meanders alongside the Paro Chu (river) and terraced fields until the confluence of two rivers at Chuzom. Here, one can see three stupas, representing the different styles of the different sects. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel in Thimphu. (Overnight in the hotels).
Day 02: Thimphu – Wangdue Phodrang (BLD) After breakfast, visit Tashicho Dzong, the center of government and the monastic order. After that, continue to visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see the National animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. Visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa conceptualised by the Third King to ward off negative influences. It was later built in his memory by the present King and the Queen Mother. After that, visit the National Post Office, where you can spend only USD 3, to have your own photo for a set of stamps.
Day 03: WangduePhodrang -Punakha -Paro (BLD) Visit to the National School of Traditional Arts, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist thangkha painting; the workshops for mask making and fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper. Visit another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Drive to Wangdue Phodrang. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel in Wangdue Phodrang. (Over night in the hotels in Punakha).
After breakfast, visit the Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned here in 1907 and thenDrive to Wangdue, visit Chimi lhakhang, a temple built by Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman and renowned for blessing barren women with fertility. Back to Paro, with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,050m) where if the weather is good, enjoy spectacular view of mountains. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel in Paro. (Over Night in the hotel of Paro)
Day 04: Paro (BLD)After breakfast, drive to the foot of the Taktshang Monastery or Tigers Nest cliff before walking uphill for 2 hours to reach this monastery, giddily perched on a sheer 800m rock face. Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’ as legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this spot on the back of a tigress in the eight century.
He meditated here making this temple a sacred pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. The trip to and fro takes 4 hours for which riding ponies can be arranged (USD 15/per pax). After dinner, if you have special needs, we can arrange for you to experience the Bhutanese Traditional Hot Stone Bath (USD25 /per pax), booking must be made 6hours in advance), to eased past few days journey fatigue. Transfer back to hotel in Paro. (Over night in the hotel of Paro).
Day 05 Paro (B) After breakfast, proceed to the airport for flight to onward destinations.
- Bangkok-Paro Flight ticket
- All accommodations in 3-4 Star Hotels in bed & breakfast except full board in Bhutan & Chitwan
- English speaking local guide
- All transportations by a airconditioned car
- All entrance fees of the monuments
- Kathmandu – Lhasa Flight
- Tibet Visa fee
- Bhutan Visa fee
- Inland/International flight charges.
- Things of personal nature like laundry, telephone etc.
- Any meals except specified in above inclusions.
- Camera fee,
- All other than those listed in above inclusions.