Amazing Bhutan 19APR19

Amazing Bhutan 19APR19

Introduction:

After the awesome flight into Paro be amazed by the colour and beauty of Bhutan in spring-time when the rhododendrons are in full bloom near the mountain passes. This small group tour, catering to a maximum of 8 persons, also features the remote beauty of the Phobjikha Valley; the splendour of the magnificent Punakha Dzong and a pilgrimage hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest).

This tour combines the very best the Kingdom of Bhutan has to offer in the west & central regions.

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Your Bhutan Tour Inclusions:

  • Professional guide, driver & private coach.
  • All touring & transfers throughout your journey.
  • Bhutanese style 3* hotels with private bathrooms.
  • All meals & bottled water daily.
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing.
  • Witness the spectacle of the Rhododendron Festival.
  • Bhutan visa fees, Bhutan govt royalties &  taxes.
  • Bank transfer & communications fees.
  • A comprehensive pre-departure planning kit.
  • Prof operated by Bhutan Tourism Corp Ltd – BTCL.

Tour Exclusions:

  • Drukair/Bhutan Airlines flights to/from Paro are additional.
  • Personal items: phone calls, laundry, drinks etc.
  • Tips – please refer to tipping guide in our pre-departure kit.
  • Travel Insurance – which is mandatory to enter Bhutan.

Available On Request:

  • Single Room Supplement – Please add US$405.00.
  • Upgrade to Business Class On Drukair/Bhutan Airlines.
  • Ex-Australia airfares & additional Asian stopovers.

Cancellation Conditions

Deposit date until 60 days prior departureLoss of deposit
From 60 days prior arrival in BhutanNo refund permitted

Friday 19 April:

Paro Airport to Thimphu City (1+ hr drive)

After clearing immigration and customs you will be greeted by your BTCL guide and driver, immediately outside the terminal exit door, and transferred by road to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu travelling through the spectacular countryside en-route. All the houses and buildings in the Kingdom are painted and constructed in traditional Bhutanese style. At this time of year your will witness a burst of colour with the rhododendrons in bloom towards the passes between each valley.

After lunch at Ga-Wa restaurant, visit the celebrated Royal Textiles Academy and the colourful weekend markets.

Overnight Thimphu – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Saturday 20 April:

Thimphu to Punakha Valley (3 hrs 30 min)

This morning you will be transferred by road eastwards to the Punakha Valley. En-route pass the Semtokha Dzong built in 1629, the oldest fortress of its kind that guarded the Thimphu valley, and which today it is a monastery. Continue ascending to Dochu La (pass) to view the 108 Stupas, commissioned by a former Queen as a memorial to those who lost their lives during the low intensity conflict in late 2002 when Bhutan evicted Indian rebels camped in the jungle on the Bhutan – Indian border. On a clear day you will witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalaya. Make a stop this morning at the Lamperi Botanical gardens at Dochu la to witness the spectacle of the Rhododendron festival.

After a picnic lunch at the festival continue on your journey to the Punakha Valley which holds the title as the winter capital because of its more temperate climate. Arriving into the Punakha valley visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (also known as the Divine Madman), which is a pleasant, easy 20 minute walk across paddy fields. It is believed that childless women who visit the temple will conceive after receiving a “wang” (blessing) from the resident monk.

Overnight Punakha Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel.

Sunday 21 April

Sightseeing & hiking in Punakha

This morning visit the dramatic Punakha Dzong, which formally served as the seat of the government and is still the winter residence of the Dratsheng (Central Monk Body). This is Bhutan’s most spectacular Dzong and an excellent example of how a medieval fortress and a centre of both monastic and administrative functions, has adapted and evolved for modern day use. Followed by a visit to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang & Nunnery followed by a scenic excursion to the very traditional village of Talo where the local monastery offers beautiful and serene gardens to wander through.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon or travel to the end of the valley & take a fascinating hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten through fields of vegetables, rice paddies and tiny hamlets. This Chorten holds very special significance being consecrated in 1999 and dedicated to the protection of the former Crown Prince – today’s current King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Overnight Punakha Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Monday 22 April

Punakha Valley to Phobjikha Valley. (3 hrs 30 mins)

Continue eastward this morning to the Phobjikha Valley. Pass the new town of Bajo and, when the ruins of the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong (tragically destroyed by fire in 2012 and under reconstruction) come into view, notice the large cacti that cover the hillside below. These were planted long ago to discourage invaders from climbing the steep slope to the Dzong. From the road view Rinchengang, one of Bhutan’s oldest villages, which did not have access to water, electricity or schooling until the early 1990’s. The craftsmen of Rinchengang are sought after for their skills in construction of Dzongs and Lhakhangs (temples).

Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains and is one of the most beautiful open valleys in Bhutan. It is also one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country and the winter home (late October to early February) of the rare black necked crane, which annually flies in from Tibet. There are also muntjaks (barking deer), wild boars, sambar, Himalayan black bears, leopards and red foxes. Over the next 2 days in Phobjikha you will visit the Black Crane nature information centre, the sacred Gangtey Goenpa plus enjoy time to wander through Gangtey village and hike the Gangtey Nature Trail.

Overnight Phobjikha Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Tuesday 23 April

Sightseeing in the Phobjikha Valley

Explore the Phobjikha valley today as per the above suggestions & perhaps enjoy one of the many additional hikes available in this beautiful valley.

Overnight Phobjikha Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Wednesday 24 April

Phobjikha Valley to Thimphu (5 hrs 30 mins)

This morning depart back westwards to Thimphu once again traversing Dochu La. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore Thimphu’s main street Norzin Lam and visit the Craft Bazaar.

Overnight Thimphu – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Thursday 25 April

Sightseeing & hiking (optional) in Thimphu valley

This morning visit the awesome Golden Buddha, which offers an excellent 1 hour (3 km) hiking option, with sensational views of Thimphu city and valley. Head north up the Thimphu valley to view the majestic Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and royal offices, followed by a visit to the recently consecrated Tara Lhaden Zhingkham Lhakhang (temple).

After lunch at the Babesa village restaurant visit Zorig Chusum – the Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan, where you can interact with the students, the National Memorial Stupa and the Takin Preserve, home to Bhutan’s most unusual national mammal.

Overnight Thimphu – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Friday 26 April

Thimphu to Paro Valley (1 hr 30 mins)

Enjoy a more leisurely start to the day before a mid morning departure to Paro.

After lunch enjoy an orientation tour of the major features in Paro town including Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge and the National Museum.

Overnight Paro Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Saturday 27 April:

Sightseeing & Hiking (optional) in the Paro Valley

Today take a ‘pilgrimage’ hike to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tigers Nest. All Bhutanese Buddhists desire to make this pilgrimage at least once in their lives and each step they take along the trail counts as merit points towards their future.

Choose between a 1.5 to 2 hour round trip hike to the Monastery viewpoint or a longer 5 hour and more strenuous hike into the Monastery itself. Tigers Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at 800 m above the valley floor and where Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress to subdue the local demons followed by 3 months meditation in a cave still visible in the monastery. In 1998 the monastery was seriously damaged by fire and has since been painstakingly reconstructed to its original condition and consecrated by the 4th King in 2005.

For those only wishing to hike to the viewpoint enjoy a few hours to relax today before undertaking your Tigers Nest viewpoint hike.

This afternoon visit Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest & most beautiful temples, boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit, and take the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight Paro Valley – Bhutanese Style 3* Hotel

Sunday 28 April:

Morning departure from your hotel to Paro Airport for your onward/return flight.

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Tour Details

Price:US$2498.00 pp twin share. Payments by credit card incur a 1.01%-1.55% surcharge.

Single room supplement please add US$405.00.

Dates: 19th Apr, 2019 to 28th Apr, 2019 (9 nights)

Depart: Paro
Return: Paro

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