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Bhutan - Explore Bhutan (13 Days)

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north and west whereas India surrounds the nation in the south and east direction. Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the region's second least populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center.

The country currently has no UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but it has eight declared tentative sites for UNESCO inclusion since 2012. These sites include Ancient Ruin of DrukgyelDzong, Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary, Dzongs: the center of temporal and religious authorities (PunakhaDzong, WangduePhodrangDzong, ParoDzong, TrongsaDzong and DaganaDzong), JigmeDorji National Park, Royal Manas National Park (RMNP), Sacred Sites associated with PhajoDrugomZhigpo and his descendants, Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS), and Tamzhing Monastery. Bhutan also has numerous tourist sites that are not included in its UNESCO tentative list. Bhutan has one element, the Mask dance of the drums from Drametse, registered in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

This itinerary is a guideline only and we will follow the itinerary as far as possible but due to weather conditions, health conditions, natural disasters and other unfavorable phenomenon your guide might decide to amend or cancel the itinerary for your own safety. Your guide will help you at any time with providing information regarding conditions and safety during the treks.

Arrival in Paro international airport by flight. You will be received by our office representative and you will be transferred to Thimphu by a private vehicle. From Paro, you can have the spectacular view of the Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks, along with the awesome view of sacred Chomolhari and JichuDrakey of Bhutan. One can also wander on own to stroll Thimphu streets or relax in your hotel.

Accommodation: Overnight in Thimpu.

After breakfast, visit the market opened for 4 days in a week (on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch will be in town. Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) built-in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit ChangangkhaLhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, an enclosure where the national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery.

Accommodation: Overnight in Thimpu.

After breakfast, drive through Dochula pass at 3050m. When the weather is clear one can enjoy the spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break, we continue to sub-tropical Punakha. In the afternoon, visit the nunnery and walk down to your hotel.

Accommodation: Overnight in Punakha.

After breakfast, you will visit the most beautiful PunakhaDzong (fortress). The dzong highlights the finest examples of the arts and architecture of Bhutan. Today, hike to KhamsumYulay will start from the foot of the Dzong, through the old palace of the late 3rd king of Bhutan. The entire hike will take about 3 hours. Picnic lunch will be served on the way. This is a good day for white water rafting in the afternoon or visits the farmhouse.

Accommodation: Overnight in Punakha.

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and hike to Rinchengang village which is one of the most clustered houses built in Bhutan. You can meet the locals, kids and see their farmhouses. In the evening, you will do 2 hours hike from Trongsa viewpoint to the Dzong before concluding our day. If you still have some time remaining, you will visit TrongsaDzong, after completing your sight seen get back to your hotel and have rest.

Accommodation: Overnight in Trongsa.

After breakfast, visit TrongsaDzong and Trongsa Museum before proceeding to Tang, Bumthang. On the way, you will stop at the weaving center, which is famous in the region. Today, you will visit Tang, Tang is quite remote and festivals celebrated here are very interesting. One of the most important festivals is Tang NamkhaLhakhangRabney, which is a three-day annual festival. It is celebrated every December memorizing the founding of the NamkhaLhakhang by Lama NamkhaSamdrup. It is also performed for the peace and prosperity of the community. Today, you will spend a night in a simple guest house in Jakar which is also a museum of the region.
 
Accommodation: Overnight in Jakar.

After breakfast, you will visit JampayLakhang, the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is also the home of annually performed naked dance which is still in Practice. You will also visit Kurjey temple, where Bhutan's Royals are cremated. You can either walk to cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. Conclude your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. In the Evening, leisure walks in Jakar town and experience some local pancakes and noodles.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jakar.

After breakfast, be ready for an excursion drive to the village of Ura. The drive goes through the highest road pass on your trip toShertang La at 3573m. Bhutan's highest mountain GangkarPuensum (7540 m) can be seen dominating the northern valley on a clear day. Visit the Ura village and return back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Overnight in Jakar.

Have your breakfast in the morning and get ready to head towards Phobjikha Retrace and enjoy the drive back to the valley of the Black-necked Crane. Black-necked crane is one of the rare species of birds in the world, which migrates from Tibetan plateau to Bhutan in winters. On arrival at Gangtey visit GangteyGompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan.

Accommodation: Overnight in Phobjikha.

After breakfast, visit Phobjikha. The valley of Phobjikha is full of hikes. Phobjikha Natural Trail takes about 2 hours to walk through crane feeding areas and gives a wonderful opportunity to observe cranes in the very close distance for winter visitors. Walk around the village to meet locals and taking pictures of the moment give us perfect knowledge about the Bhutanese rural life. There are many such hiking trails in and around Phobjikha valley.

Accommodation: Overnight in Phobjikha.

After breakfast, commence the drive back to Paro. In Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17th century's ParoDzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest but still in use wooden bridge. In the Evening, you can have a leisure walk to old Paro town and can visit some local handicraft stores. One can also try the local restaurants for dinner.

Accommodation: Overnight in Paro.

After having breakfast, Visit KichuLhakhang, one among the 2 oldest temples in the country, historic DrukgyalDzong (Fortress) and hike to Tiger's Nest, the most important temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Later in the evening, you can stroll around the local street of Paro.

Accommodation: Overnight in Paro.

Today, you will have your breakfast in the hotel and you will be transferred to the International airport to catch the flight to your onward destination, regarding your flight schedule. We hope you enjoyed your time in Nepal and have a safe journey onwards. 

Includes

All land transportation by private vehicle with driver.
International flight ticket from Ktm-Paro & Paro-Ktm.
2 nights accommodation in Thimpu on Full Board basis.
2 nights accommodation in Punakha on Full Board basis.
1-night accommodation in Trongsa on Full Board basis.
3 nights accommodation in Jakar on Full Board basis.
2 nights accommodation in Phobjikha on Full Board basis.
2 nights accommodation in Paro in Full Board basis.
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
One local tour guide in every city and his wages and salaries.
Medical kit (carried by your guide).


Excludes

Drinks / Beverages bills.
Travel Insurance.
International flight.
Extras cost for up-grading rooms at hotels if/when applicable.
Donations.
Emergency Rescue evacuation Insurance of any kind.
Personal Hiking gears.
Tipping for guides & porters.

To enhance your experience in Nepal, we give you the possibility to add one or more extra activities to this travel package. The step of adding these is available in the "Book now" process.

Do not hesitate to check each extra activity. They can be booked also separately.

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