TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Seasons
16th to 18th September 2021

Trip Type
Cultural and Thimphu Festival Tour

Trip Length
12Days/11Nights

Trip Cost
US$ 2540 pp

Places Covered
Paro,Thimphu,Punakha,Wangdi,Gangtey,Trongsa and Bumthang

Group Size
Available as small group/join-in or Independent.

Day Trip Outline Accommodation
Day 01-24th September Arrival Paro  Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 02-25th September Paro  Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 03-26th September Paro to Thimphu  Norpheling
Day 04-27th Sept Thimphu Festival Norpheling
Day 05-28th September Thimphu to Punakha (77km, 3hrs)  Hotel Four Boutique
Day 06-29th September Punakha – Bumthang  Hotel Chummi Resort
Day 07-30th September Bumthang (Jakar) sightseeing  Hotel Chummi Resort
Day 08-1st October Drive to Tang, Walk to burning lake – Ura – Evening drive back to Jakar  Hotel Chummi Resort
Day 09-2nd October Bumthang Jakar – Phobjikha  Hotel Dewachen
Day 10-3rd October Phobjikha – Paro (180km, 7hrs)  Hotel Tashi Namgay
Day 11-04th October Paro – Hike to Taktsang (tiger nest), above 3000m from sea level  Hotel Tashi Namgay
Day 12-05th October Final Departure

Day 01: Arrival Paro

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, after arrival & visa formalities and collection of baggage, who will be your tours guide during your entire trips in Bhutan.

Day 02: Paro Sightseeing

After an early breakfast visit farm house and local market if it falls on weekends. Dinner and over night at Hotel.

Day 03:Paro to Thimphu: 

Thimphu Festival Tour is the popular festival of Bhutan.The festival takes place in the capital Thimphu. In thimphu you can visit the National Memorial was built by Bhutan’s third kind, H.M.JigmeWangchuck who is also known as the ‘’Father of Modern Bhutan’’. The National Memorial Chorten is located in the centre of the capital city, Thimphu and is designed like a Tibetan style Chorten.

The chorten is patterned of the classical Stupa design with a pyramidal pillar crowned by a crescent moon and sun. One of the most distinct features of the Chorten is its outwards flaring rounded part that makes the Chorten look more like a vase rather than the classical dome. The interior of the Chorten has a large number of paintings of Tantric deities, in explicit sexual poses that sometime can be a little disconcerting to visitors.

Overnight hotel in Thimphu

Day 4: Thimphu Festival Tour.

Attend whole day Thimphu Festival which takes place in courtyard of Trashichhodzong.

After Thimphu festival tour you can visit Kuensel Phodrang: The KuenselPhodrang or the Buddha point is the World’s largest sitting Buddha statue, the statue is 167 feet high. The statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking the city of Thimphu.

A journalist once described them as ‘’seeing an oasis of light in the desert of darkness’ ‘as the City light of Thimphu shin very bright in an otherwise dark Thimphu valley.

Day 05: Thimphu to Punakha   (77km, 3hrs).

Early breakfast and visit Simtokha Dzong. This is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. Drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass at 3150mts. The drive would take about 3hours. On arrival, drive to Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” Built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’, Punakha Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers). It is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned. Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 6:Punakha – Bumthang

Early breakfast and then you can drive into the beautiful valley of Bumthang. Bumthang is the valley which is the religious heart land of Bhutan. It is also the first valley to receive the Buddhism in Bhutan. Many important and religious figures in Buddhism have visited this valley and blessed by them.First visit to Jakar Dzong built in 17th century, it had defended lots of enemies from outside and from within the country. The name Jakar originated from this place. It was said that the lama Nagi Wangchuk, great grandfather of Shabdrung came to this place and was looking for a place to build his hermitage. He saw a white bird flying from the place where the Dzong stands today. So he took it as a good omen and named the place Jakar means white bird. Houses the district headquarter and about 60 monks of Bumthang. Wangdichholing Dzong, Built in 1900 by the father of first king and was used as the summer residence of the first two kings.  Beautiful wood work and colorful paintings, currently houses about 30 monks. Last visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, Pema Lingpa was the only religious treasure discoverer born in Bhutan in 15th century. He was a great artist and architect. The temple was built by him. The paintings date back to same time and were painted by him. There is also an iron chain used by Pema Lingpa during the construction of temple. Nowadays people carry this chain around the temple three times to cleanse their sins. Night at hotel in Jakar.

Day 7: Bumthang (Jakar) sightseeing. 

Jakar is located in the second valley. It is the commercial hub of Bumthang. Visit in Bumthang includes Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in the Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, where Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. Last visit is to the beer brewery to witness and taste the local wine, night halt in Bumthang.

Day 8:Drive to Tang, Walk to burning lake – URA – Evening drive back to Jakar. (65km, 1 and half hour)

In the late 15th century, terton incarnation disciple of Padmasambhava – Pema Lingpa had vision that there was hidden treasure to be found at the foot of tang valley. This treasure had been indelicate by Guru Rinpochhe many centuries before. Pema Lingpa found treasure-a sacred text which he translated and which indicated he should return to the place. Since the local governor was skeptical about it, he held a butter lamp in his hand, told the crowd that he would only return with the treasure if he was right, with the butter lamp still burning, and then he jumped in the water. He remained underwater for longtime, but when he resurfaced he was holding another sacred scroll, another treasure but also a still burning butter lamp. Hence the name burning lake. After lunch drive to URA valley, this valley is believed to be the earliest inhabited place in Bhutan. The road to Ura climbs to an amazingly open countryside. Sightseeing in ura valley, evening drive back to Jakar.

Day 9:Bumthang Jakar – Phobjikha (68km, 2hrs).

Drive to Phobjikha Valley, Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the periphery of the north western tip of the Black Mountain National Park at the altitude of 9,840 feet. We drive toward Phobjikha, the valley is a wide, beautiful alpine wetland valley and is a conservation area and lies on the northern boundary of the Jowo Durshing range. The hill side vegetation is mostly pine forest, interspersed with Rhododendron trees. Phobjikha valley is also one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes that migrate each year in winter from its northern habitats in Tibet and Siberia. These elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of the March. RSPN a

Lunch at Trongsa. Sightseeing in Trongsa includes, visit to Trongsa Dzong, Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan.  Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. Visit Ta-Dzong or the watch tower, which was converted to museum in 2008. The museum houses about 244 items used over the years by Wangchuck dynasty. Night halt at Phobjikha.

Day 10: Phobjikha – Paro (180km, 7hrs)

After breakfast drive back to Paro. On a clear day, there is a breath-taking view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas from this spot. In the evening hot stone bath at a traditional Bhutanese house will be arranged for you. This hot stone bath is the traditionally way of taking bath for the Bhutanese, some they like to put the natural medicinal plants which are grown wild in the forest believing that cure any kinds of skin diseases. Also the believe is that, the mineral from the stones also help to cure the joint pains and other related body ache. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11:Paro- Hike to Taktsang (tiger nest), Above 3000mfrom sea level.

Early breakfast, Today, we hike up to the famous cliff-hermitage called Taktsang, the “Tiger’s Nest.” This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about two hours to reach the cafeteria, which gives a breathtaking view of the Tiger’s Nest. From Cafeteria it takes 1 hour to reach the main temple. This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! This monastic retreat is built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro valley. Legend has it that the Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and landed here, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.

After Lunch, visit drive to Drukgyel Dzong which is built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, the towering outer walls and central keep remain an imposing sight. On clear day you can see the splendid view of Mt. Jhomolhari (Alt.7321).

Day 12: -Final Departure.

Early morning breakfast, for departure to onward destination.

FAQ

1.How can i get Bhutan Visa?

Ans: Visa to Bhutan is very easy to get. All visa to Bhutan will be processed by tour operator that you book the tour with.

2.What is the payment Procedure to pay for the Trip to Bhutan?

Ans: Once you confirm the tour you need to transfer the 100 percent tour payment. Only than your Bhutan visa will be processed and your payment is very safe as tour operator will not get this payment till your tour gets over in Bhutan. Here is the payment process you can check. CLICK HERE

3. What is the Tour cancellation Policy?

Ans: For this please check our page at Bhutan Tour Cancellation Policy.

Please keep in mind that before you take this trip. Few things to remember are your visa acceptance letter, your air tickets, Passport validity should be 6 months and more. If you have any health condition please make sure your health insurance covers all.

Emergency contacts

Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers:
Thimphu Head Office: (00975)-331423
Mobile number: (00975)-17140505(Available 24/7)
Note: office working time is 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Mr. Sagar Pradhan (Sales Manager) 00975 17343496 (Available for 24 hours a day)

Etiquette and Taboos

Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Bhutan and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.

Appropriate attire: Most Bhutanese are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women). Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries and Dzongs.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to sudden change in time and the local circumstances and climate.

Keeping in touch with your beloved at home

If your family members or colleagues or friends want to talk to you during your Bhutan Tour or Trek, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or you can directly give the company phone number. We will make the arrangement to reach you with guide.

Meals

Meals are usually provided in buffet system and most of tourist food are blend and if you need to change the foods varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with guide. We have Indian, Chinese and authentic Bhutanese restaurant where you can have very spicy food.

Destination Guide

Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.

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