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Bhutan 9 nights 10 days tour

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Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Paro

On arrival at Paro airport, on a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalayas are sensational including the Everest but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steeps turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro International Airport. Upon arrival and completing your visa formalities, you will be receive by your country travels representative then drive to Thimphu the Capital City of Bhutan. The drive to Thimphu follows the Pa Chu River and down to its confluence with the Wang Chu River, continues your drive up valley to Thimphu. Arrival at Thimphu visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa) built in memory of the late king, Largest Buddha statue and later in the evening visit the Tashichhoe Dzong, “The fortress of the glorious religion” houses the throne room of His Majesty the King. Evening, free time in town. Overnight: Thimphu

Day 2

Thimphu-Punakha

After breakfast, drive to Punakha, the road climbs a series of zigzags over the Dochula Pass (3050 meters) with its (weather permitting) spectacular views of the snow capped drive to Punakha Eastern Himalayas, on the way you can see Semtokha Dzong (first Dzong in Bhutan) from road side, continue drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. From there gradually descend through varied forest finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Visit Chimi Lhakhang (Temple) dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known to the west as the divine mad man. You will have to walk through the paddy fields and few local farmhouses for about 20 mins to get to the temple. Visit the Punakha Dzong; this is one of the most impressive Dzong in the Country located at the confluence of the two rivers, Pho-chu and Mo-chu. Literally meaning male and Female River. Punakha was also the former Capital of Bhutan Overnight: Punakha

Day 3

Punakha - Phobjikha

After Breakfast drive to Phobjikha Valley (Gantey) about 3 hours, “the winter home of Black Neck Cranes”. Upon arrival visit the Gantey Monastery founded in the year 1613 and afternoon you can do a one hour Nature Hike and explore the beautiful valley of Phojikha.
Overnight: Gangtey

Day 4

Phobjikha - Bumthang

After breakfast, the drive up-hill over the Pelela Pass (3100 meters) Visit Trongsa Dzong, which is the longest Dzong in Bhutan and the Tag Dzong (watch tower, which is now converted into a museum), continue drive across Yotongla Pass (3200 meters) eventually into the Chumey Valley, the heart of the famous Bumthang Yathra weaving region. You will see some young girls weaving, spinning and dyeing. Continue drive for an 30 minutes and you are now in a valley, which surrounds innumerable legends of Guru Rinpoche (the founder of Buddhism in Bhutan). Overnight at Bumthang

Day 5

Bumthang halt

After breakfast visit Jambay Lhakhang,the oldest temple founded in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtshen Gongpo, visit Kurjey Lhakhang founded in 8th century by Guru Rinpochoe, the scent who brought Buddhism to Bhutan. Take a short hike to Tamshing temple across the suspension bridge, which will take around 45 minutes. Later in the afternoon, visit the Jakar Dzong. Evening, you can walk around the streets of Bumthang.
Overnight: Bumthang.

Day 6

Bumthang-Punakha

After breakfast drive to Punakha, over the Yotola Pass and Pelela Pass once again. The drive might take about 7-8 hours. Overnight Punakha

Day 7

Punakha-Paro

After breakfast drive to Paro. On arrival check-in at the hotel, Afternoon, visit National Museum and Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the Dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery ground. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan). If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action. Visit Kyichu, the oldest temple founded in 7th century by Tibetan king Songsang Gangpo. Overnight: Paro

Day 8

Paro-Haa-Paro

Drive to Haa valley by Chelela pass (3988m), break at Chelela for tea and coffee arranged by guide and driver. After break drive down to Haa valley and visit Lhakhang Karpo. There would be picnic lunch at river side arranged by guide and driver. After lunch drive back to Paro.
Overnight: Paro.

Day 9

Paro halt

Take the trail to Taktsang Monastery, one of the most sacred places for the Bhutanese in the Country. Your 3-4 hour walk through the oaken and the pine forest is rewarding with an unforgettable view of the 1000 meters below and a chance to see the unusual temple clinging to the side of the cliff. People from all over Bhutan and neighboring countries try to visit this monastery once in their live time as it is believed that one gains merit after visiting. A less strenuous pony ride to the temple is also available on extra payment. Overnight: Paro

Day 10

Paro Departure

Morning, leave for airport for your departure flight.

  • English speaking guide
  • Meals
  • Shared 3 Star Accommodation 
  • All guided sightseeing tour
  • Entry fees in heritage site
  • Car/bus transfer as per group size en-route
  • Beverages 
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Extra entry fees beside planned itineraries
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare
  • Tipping
  • One Time Visa Fee US $ 40
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