Best of Bhutan (6N)

Code: SOUTHAFRICA11N
12 DAYS - 11 NIGHTS
Category:
  • mattancherry-palace
  • alleppey-beach
  • cochin
  • folklore-museum
  • forest-Safari
  • kumarakom-houseboat
  • mattancherry-palace

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Paro: Tiger’s Nest Hike, Paro Dzong, National Museum of Bhutan, Drukgyel Dzong, Kichu Lhakang
Thimphu: Kuenschholing View Point, Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, Takin Preservatory, Authentic Craft Bazar, Coronation Park.

INCLUSIONS
 Accommodation on double occupancy in the above mentioned properties or similar
 All airport and harbour transfers as per the itinerary
 Meal Plan – BB (breakfast only)
 Transportation in a private non-Accar
 All sightseeing as per the itinerary
 Govt. taxes as on date
Complimentary from Take a Break
– One session of water sport activity at Kuta

EXCLUSIONS
 Airfare
 Lunch and Dinner
 Expenses of personal nature
 Portage and other handling charges
 Tours other than mentioned above
 Entry fee at sights other than mentioned above
 Usage of vehicle for personal nature.
 Travel & Medical Insurance

Note
The Above cost is calculated based on minimum 2 adults travelling together.
Most of our programs are customised and we work in line with the requirements of our clients and hence the final detailed itinerary is prepared 5 days prior to the travel date based on the weather conditions and feasibility of visiting places during sightseeing.

 

DAY 1: NEW JALPAIGURI – PHUENTSHOLING (260 Km / 6 hrs)
This beautiful valley is home to many Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. The country’s only airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari(7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. This is also the home to some of the famous Treks such as Jumolhari and Druk Path trek. It is also a destination for bicycling, motor biking and bird watching.
Day Notes
 Arrive in Bagdogra
 After baggage clearance, our representative will meet you at the arrival hall.
 Start your journey towards Phuentsholing and avail permit to Bhutan
 Retire your day at Phuentsholing.
 Overnight in Phuentsholing

DAY 2: PARO
Day Notes
 After breakfast, chk out and drive towards Paro (4 hrs drive).
 Reach Paro by early noon and chk in to your hotel.
 Proceed for sightseeing of Paro
 Sightseeing of Paro: Kichu Lakhang, Drugyel Dzong, Rimpung Dzong, Royal Heritage Museum
 Return to the hotel by late evening
 Overnight in Paro
Included
B&B
Visit the below sightseeing points

Kichu Lhakhang(Temple)
It is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. It is believed that he took the responsibility to built 108 temples in the different regions of Tibet, Bhutan and in other Himalayan regions to control evil spirits, disease and droughts out of which two of them are in Bhutan.(Kichu Lhakhang in Paro and Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang).

Drugyel dzong
This ruined dzong is of historical importance. It was built in 1649 by Zhabdrung to commemorate the victory of the Drukpas over the Tibetan invasion in 1644. The Bhutanese still vividly recall and celebrate this victory which was tremendously important to the history of the area. On a clear day (7326m/ 24176ft), you have a fascinating view of the white domed peak of sacred Jhomolhari (Mountain of Goddess).

Rimpung Dzong
Means fortress of the heap of jewels. It was built during the time of Zhabdrung (deeply revered to this day as dynamic political and
spiritual leader) in 1644. It houses both administrative and monastic bodies. It is also the venue for the Paro festival (Tsechu), held once in a year during spring season (March/April).

DAY 3: PARO
Day Notes
 After early breakfast, drive to Paro to visit the famous Tiger Monastery hike
 Tiger Monastery hike
 Reach back to the hotel by evening. Rest of the evening at leisure
 Overnight in Paro
Included
B&B

Tiger Monastery hike
Acclimatisation Hike to Tiger’s Nest
This is Bhutan’s most recognisable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimopche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. The hike takes maximum one hour to reach the cafeteria and another around one hour to reach the heart of the monastery and slightly less on the way back. Most of the route is through wonderfully cool and sheltered oak forests. There is a tea house half way for a break. After the tea house the path is slightly steeper and more open with one area of exposed steps. It is a route that anybody of reasonable fitness can make.

DAY 4: PARO – THIMPHU (50 Km / 1 Hr 20 Min)
Thimphu is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects. Bhutan’s only golf course, a nine-hole circuit is also located in Thimphu. Thimphu is the only capital city in the world that has no McDonald, star bucks, bill boards and traffic lights. A must see city that has truly set an example. It is also a place for trekking, bicycling, motor biking and bird watching.

Day Notes
 After early breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Thimphu
 Reach Thimphu before noon and check-in to the hotel
 Post lunch proceed to Bhutan Youth Development Fund for WESAK registration
 After registration proceed for sightseeing of Thimphu – Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Thimphu Dzong, Takin
preservatory, Authentic Craft Bazar, Coronation Park
 Return to the hotel by late evening and relax
 Overnight in Thimphu

Included
B&B
Visit the below sightseeing points

Memorial Chorten
Chorten are memorial structures designed to evoke the same perfect symmetry and elegance of the Buddha himself, and it is traditionally good luck to pass them on the left. This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan and People from all walks of life come and worship for the sentient beings.

Kuenschholing View Point (Largest sitting Buddha)
A 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.

Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong)
The names means – Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 and was reconstructed into present structure in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. You can be part of the ceremonial national flag recess parade, performed every evening at 5 pm by the Royal Bhutan Police guards in its traditional finest grandeur. Sometimes if luck favors you could see the king coming out of his office on his way to his palace.

Takin preservatory
Here you can see just one animal – Bhutan’s national animal – the Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds. The zoo was emptied in accordance with Buddhist principles, but the Takin came back so the keepers decided to look after them, also in accordance with Buddhist principles.

Coronation Park
In 2005, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck stepped down from the throne to make way for his Son Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck to lead the kingdom of Bhutan. The Coronation and Centenary Park was built to honor the new king. It is positioned in the middle of Changlimithang ground and Wangchu River. It is built on an area of 5.6 acre of land running along the banks of river Wangchu. A 45 feet tall statue of a Buddha walking was inaugurated on 13 April 2012 symbolizing the celebration of the 84th Birth Anniversary of Thailand’s King and also the wedding anniversary of His Majesty the King. It is also believed to have been constructed for the people to pursue happiness.

Authentic Craft Bazar
The Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar situated in the centre of Thimpu town is your window of the art and craft of this Himalayan kingdom. It a mile-long row of shops made of bamboo and other eco-friendly material. The shops number almost 100 and almost all shopkeepers are women with the men folk helping them with the more strenuous duties. The beauty of the products lies in their original craftsmanship and in their ingenuousness. The shops were allotted to these womenfolk on the condition that they would only sell products which were produced in Bhutan and not import products from other countries. If you start from one end, it will definitely take you a little more than an hour to window-shop till the end of the road.

DAY 5: THIMPHU
Day Notes
 After breakfast, relax and time free for personal activities.
 Overnight in Thimphu
Included
B&B

DAY 6: THIMPHU
Day Notes
 After breakfast, relax and time free for personal activities
 Overnight in Thimphu
Included
B&B

Day 7: Departure to India
Day Notes
 After breakfast, chk out and proceed to the airport to connect to your flight to India
Included
B&B

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