West Bhutan Definitive Cultural Experience
West Bhutan Definitive Cultural Experience trip, you will explore both sides of this untouched world as you visit Bhutan extraordinary dzongs (fortress-like citadels) and trek in a mountain world of snowy peaks, gorgeous trout-filled lakes, and pretty fields of wildflowers. The hikes are gentle as compared to trek and every day hike has an interesting objective taking you too many temples, hermit retreats, old palaces, and villages or simply into lovely scenery. Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a mystical and medieval kingdom situated along the southern slopes of the Himalaya range between India and Tibet. There are also exciting road journeys taking you slowly on twisting mountain roads, over passes and when it gets monotonous, we will make stops to take incursions into the roadside villages and come in contact with the people and nature.
- Trip Highlights of West Bhutan Definitive Cultural Experience
Bhutan; ThimpuNational Memorial Chorten;seat of faith also called mind of Buddha. See the famous painting,TashiChhodang; ministerial building, Simtokha Dzong-1st Dzong of BhutanParo: Rinpung Dzong- locally called Fortess of heap of jewels,Ta Dzong National Museum,Kyichu Lakhang-7th Century Temple, it is called reservoir of peace you can really feel peace here.
- Punakha Dzong-massive woodwork, Coronationation Hall of King of Bhutan
- Wangdue Phodrang Dzong : most visible spot in the Wangdu Phodrang town Used to be the important center during premonarchy in Bhutan.
- Nestled in the lapse of mighty Himalayas, Bhutan and Nepal are small in sizes but are large in terms of geographical variation, natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, rich cultural heritage, religion and all that it has to offer to their valuable visitors.
- Hike to Taktsang Monastery and others will visit local villages, farm houses, monasteries.
- The most important sights include; the national library, Thangkha painting school, traditional medicine hospital, Drubthob nunnery, Memorial stupa, Tashichhodzong, gold and silver smith workshop, handicraft centers.
- There is no trekking, but we explore the towns on foot and also enjoy some gentle village walks.
- Visit Tongsa and then Chendebji Chorten, a large Stupa said to conceal the remnants of an evil spirit vanquished
|Day 01:||Arrive Paro Thimphu (D)|
|Day 02:||Thimphu sightseeing (B/L/D)|
|Day 03:||Drive to Jakar (B/L/D)|
|Day 04:||Jakar s/s (B/L/D)|
|Day 05:||Jakar-Tongsa-Punakha/Wangdi (B/L/D)|
|Day 06:||Drive to Paro (B/L/D)|
|Day 07:||Paro s/s (B/L/D)|
|Day 08:||Departure (B)|
Day 01: Arrive Paro Thimphu (D)
Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight and transfer to Thimphu. (Hotel Riverview). Welcome dinner and briefing on tour.
Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing (B/L/D)
There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small, no traffic lights and the streets are wide and tree lined. The most important sights include; the national library, Thangkha painting school, traditional medicine hospital, Drubthob nunnery, Memorial stupa, Tashichhodzong, gold and silver smith workshop, handicraft centers. Try also a cup of coffee in the Swiss Bakery ! (Hotel River view)
Day 03: Drive to Jakar (B/L/D)
This is a long day drive of 7-8 hours but it is a journey you are not likely to forget. The road winds over high mountain passes and the scenery is certainly stunning. We make occasional stops in the course of the journey to take incursion into the roadside villages, temples, weaving centers and any special events that may be taking place. (Mipham Guest House)
Day 04: Jakar s/s (B/L/D)
Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the Kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings are cremated and the present royal family trace their ancestry back to the famous saint, Pemalingpa. Visits to; Jambay, Kurjey, Tamshing temples, castle of the White Bird. Also worth seeing are the woodcraft workshop, Traditional hospital, and the cheese factory. (Mipham Guest House)
Day 05: Jakar-Tongsa-Punakha/Wangdi (B/L/D)
Leaving Jakar, we return west, stopping to visit Tongsa and then Chendebji Chorten, a large Stupa said to conceal the remnants of an evil spirit vanquished here. Continuing across the spectacular Pelela pass we come to the valleys of Punakha and Wangdi. Explore Punakha, Bhutans old winter capital which lies at the confluence of Pho and Mo rivers. The large fortress with its temples and towers sits between the two rivers and look like a giant ship. (Meri Puensum Resort)
Day 06: Drive to Paro (B/L/D)
More sightseeing in the morning and drive to Paro via Thimphu (en route). Visit Paro museum, dzong, and the local farm house. (Hotel Gangtey Palace/Janka Resort)
Day 07: Paro s/s (B/L/D)
Clients are given an option to hike to Taktsang Monastery and others will visit local villages, farm houses, monasteries. (Gangtey Palace/Janka Resort)
Day 08: Departure (B)
Transfer to airport for departure flight.
Accommodation at 3***hotel and tent camp
Govt. licensed and experienced trekking and culture Guide service
Experienced driver and comfortable transport service
Alcoholic beverages & telephone calls
High risk medical insurance
Purely personal nature expenses
Emergency rescue evacuation if needed