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  • Discover a hidden Himalayan kingdom, home to wild, rugged landscapes and ancient Buddhist culture.
  • Highlights include a day exploring the Indian capital, Delhi, and visiting some of Bhutan's many monasteries, perched at dizzying heights.
  • Choose from an 8 night or 10 night itinerary, with all meals and comfortable accommodation included.

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The tiny kingdom of Bhutan is revered as one of the last "Shangri-La's" in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries.

This country of rolling hills and towering crags certainly exudes charm. The mountains are magnificent, the forest are dense, the people are delightful, the air is pure, the architecture inspiring, the religion exciting and the art superb.

Visitors can encounter the full glory of this ancient land through its ancient temples and monasteries which dot the precarious mountainous landscape, marked by colourful prayer flags that flutter in the wind.
From your first glimpse of the country as you fly into Paro you will be totally awe-struck, as you get a close up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other famous peaks of the Himalaya range.

In an effort to safeguard its rich natural and cultural environment, the country has consciously adopted a controlled tourism and development policy, making this tour a real "once in a lifetime" opportunity.

Your Itinerary

You may choose from an 8 or 10 night itinerary. All meals are included (no drinks.)

8 Night Itinerary
DAY 01    ARRIVE DELHI   
        
Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you at the EXIT of the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building, holding a placard in your name, who will further assist you to your vehicle & transfer to the hotel. Arrive hotel & check in.

Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.

Rest of the day at leisure / free for independent activities. [Transport services are not included]
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 02    DELHI / PARO         BY FLIGHT
PARO / THIMPHU       BY SURFACE: 55 KMS / 1½ HRS
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Morning in time transfer to the airport to board the flight for Paro which is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas .

Flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the Himalayan foothills, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with enroute stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.

On arrival in Thimphu, check-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.

In the afternoon visit to King's Memorial Chorten 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 has wished to erect monument to 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.

Later drive to Buddha Point (Kuenselphodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around. The area also provides excellent view of the Thimphu valley from the west.

Evening take an exploratory leisure walk around Thimphu main street.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2400m).

DAY 03:     THIMPHU
Morning after breakfast proceed to visit; National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion: (Closed on Weekends & Govt Holidays). Also visit nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum: Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School (closed on Sat, Sun & Government Holidays), the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school.

Textile Museum: This Textile Museum is operated by the National Commission for Cultural Affairs of Bhutan. The Museum was established in the year 2001 and has a good collection of exclusive and antique Bhutanese textile artifacts. The museum was set up with an objective to promote encourage weavers to continue the weaving of traditional Bhutanese textile, Promote Bhutan in the field of textile art and to preserve and promote the history and tradition of Bhutan (closed on Sun).

Simply Bhutan: Simply Bhutan is an exclusive project under the Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), built to offer a unique experience to its visitors. It is a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people. A distinctive feature of Simply Bhutan is that it fully operated by young people and job seekers, who receive here on the job training in basic business & management skills, customer care and other spheres of life. The fund generated through Simply Bhutan is utilized to run many of the youth development programmes for vulnerable and disadvantaged youth under YDF.  Hence as a visitor, while you get to experience and enjoy this special place, you are also helping to ‘make a better today’, ‘a brighter tomorrow’, for the youth of Bhutan (closed on Sun)

After lunch, take a short drive (15 km) to Pangri Zampa, 16th century one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan located just north of Thimphu. Here is a monastic school where Buddhist students learn Lamaism and astrology based on Buddhist philosophy.

Later in the afternoon visit to Trashichhoedzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu (Altitude 2400m).

DAY 04:     THIMPHU / GANGTEY (150 KM, APPROX. 5 HOUR DRIVE)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel & drive Gangtey (Phobjikha) enroute visiting Dochula Pass (Altitude 3080m). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day.

On arrival in Gangtey; Check-into the hotel. The approach to Phobjikha valley is through a forest of oak and rhododendron. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters.

Later explore Phobjikha valley and also visit Gangtey Monastery; the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan.

Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey

DAY 05:     GANGTEY – TRONGSA (120 KMS / 04 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast drive to Trongsa crossing Pele-la pass (3300m/10830 ft). The Pela La (pass) is marked by a large white Chorten prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo.

Stop enroute at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points.

Upon arrival; check into the hotel. After lunch visit Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Also visit Ta Dzong, recently opened fort in Trongsa. The Ta Dzong, a cylindrical stone structure rising five stories, was built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, after more than 350 years, it has been resurrected into a classy museum, that represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity.

Overnight at hotel in Trongsa.

DAY 06:     TRONGSA – PUNAKHA (145 KMS / 05 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel & drive to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. Enroute visit Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.1/2 hour walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’.

Upon arrival; check into the hotel. Later visit 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.

Overnight at Hotel in Punakha

DAY 07:     PUNAKHA – PARO (125 KMS / 04 HRs DRIVE)
After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this Dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.

Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 08:     PARO
After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (5hrs hike):  It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

On the way back to town stop at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Evening an exploratory walk around main street and market area.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

10 Night Itinerary
DAYS 01-05 AS ABOVE

DAY 06:     TRONGSA – BUMTHANG (68 KMS / 03 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Morning visit Trongsa Dzong, situated at the alt. of 2,200m and built in 1647 by the Shabdrung, it is the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan and then visit the Ta Dzong, standing on the side of the mountain and built to guard Trongsa.

After lunch proceed to Bumthang.

On arrival in Bumthang; Check-into the hotel. Bumthang is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. 29 kms ahead of Trongsa cross Yutongla pass (3,400m) and from here again the landscape looks different and dense forests of conifers stretches. The arrival of Bumthang begins with wide, open cultivated Chumey valley.

Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang

DAY 07:     BUMTHANG
After breakfast proceed for the tour of Bumthang valley: Visit Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padma Sambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock, the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant.

Afternoon take a short hike to Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery: Located above the main town, about 3 km from Chamkhar town, the monastery was founded by Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche in 1984 who was recognized at a very young age by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and H.H. 16th Karmapa as the reincarnation of a Tibetan lama. The monastery has become part of an extensive effort to preserve and revitalize Tibetan culture. The monk’s regular curriculum includes reading, memorizing the daily prayers, learning dharma dances, drawing mandalas, learning the melodies of sacred rituals, learning the use of ceremonial instruments and the art of making sacrificial objects, grammer, poerty, karika along with the basics of contemplation and instruction on the different stages of tantra.

Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang

DAY 08:     BUMTHANG – PUNAKHA (205 KMS / 07 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Punakha, the old capital town of Bhutan.

On arrival in Punakha; Check-into the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

DAY 09:     PUNAKHA – PARO (125 KMS / 04 HRs DRIVE)
After breakfast, proceed to visit 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. Continue drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this Dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.

Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 10:     PARO
After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (5hrs hike):  It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

On the way back to town stop at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.

Evening an exploratory walk around main street and market area.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 11:     PARO / DELHI    BY FLIGHT
DEPART DELHI    BY FLIGHT
After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be transferred to hotel for wash & change and dinner.
In time you will be met by our representative and transfer to Delhi International airport in time to board flight for onward destination.

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Your Hotels

You will be staying in the below hotels or similar, in a Standard Room throughout.

All rooms sleep up to

Adults Adults
2 Adults
DELHI (01 Night): HOLIDAY INN 
THIMPHU (02 Nights): HOTEL KISA
GANGTEY (01 Night): HOTEL DEWACHEN  
TRONGSA (01 Night): YANKHIL RESORT
BUMTHANG (02 Nights): THE VILLAGE LODGE
WANGDUE PHODRANG (01 Night): DRAGON’S NEST HOTEL
PARO (02 Nights):  TASHI PHUNTSHOK

If the above hotels are not available you will be accommodated in one of a similar standard.

Your Journey

Flights: You may choose from economy or business class flights (to /from Delhi only)
The flights included are with either a scheduled or no frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Included as per itinerary

Bhutan Visa

A Bhutan visa fee is included in our price.

In order to process Bhutan visa we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan.

Remaining validity of passport should be minimum 6 months from the date of entry into Bhutan (excluding the travelling month).

Guests are required to have multiple entry visa for India if they are travelling to Bhutan from India and again re-entering into India from Bhutan. Please also check if your Indian visa has ‘2 months re-entry restriction’. If restriction has been stamped in your Indian visa, then you will have to get it endorsed from the Indian embassy in Thimphu for a nominal charge. For this however,  you will need to be in Thimphu on working days, Mon – Fri during office hours excluding Govt holidays . You will be asked to provide your travelling documents like passports, Air tickets etc ) .

Jan
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Feb
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Mar
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May
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Jun
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Jul
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Aug
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Sep
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Oct
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Nov
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Dec
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What's Included?

  • Accommodation in specified hotels or ones of a similar standard
  • All meals
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • English speaking accompanying guide
  • Governmental royalty and taxes
  • Any applicable entrance fees
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Roundtrip Delhi to Paro domestic flights

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  • Expenses of personal nature (tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees etc)
  • Airfares and Airport Taxes

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