Best of Thimpu(Bhutan)

Best of Thimpu(Bhutan)

Day 01: ARRIVE PARO–THIMPHU (Approx. 65 Kms/2 hours)

Arrive at Paro International Airport.

After arrival, proceed to the immigration counter. Complete Immigration formalities and you will be met with your chauffeur/ guide at the outside of the airport terminal.

You will be transferred to Thimphu.

Thimphu – is the capital and the largest city of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Thimphu is the political and economic hub of Bhutan. The city is located on the bank of River Wang Chuu. Thimphu contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and the residence of the King. Thimphu holds a fascinating four-day festival, held every year during autumn (September/ October).

Arrive at Thimphu and check-in to your hotel.

Later proceed for a short sightseeing of Thimphu.

(Sightseeing on this day won’t be possible if the flight arrival time is beyond 2 pm)

Memorial Chorten – On the western side of Thimphu’s Memorial Chorten, a row of wooden platforms sits in the long grass. Each has been polished smooth by the prostrations of faithful worshippers who gather here in sun, rain or snow, to pay their respects to His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), the Third King of Bhutan. The Chorten, with its elaborate golden peak representing the crescent moon and sun, is one of Thimphu’s most striking religious landmarks. Constructed in 1974, the Tibetan-style chorten’s whitewashed exterior boasts richly decorated chapels – one facing each of the cardinal directions.

Kuensel Phodrang – The statue was cast in bronze in China and transported by sea and road to this site once occupied by the palace of Druk Desi, a secular ruler of Bhutan in the eighteenth-century. At its completion, the statue will contain 125,000 gilded Buddha statues and a wealth of other statuary.

Takin Reserve & Mini Zoo – Add to Wish List Hidden in a fold of the forest-draped hills high above Thimphu, a herd of takin make their home in the Mothithang Takin Preserve. Formerly a small zoo, the king decreed that the animals should be freed rather than kept in captivity. However, instead of wandering deeper into the hills, the tame takin took to the streets of Thimphu, where they became a traffic hazard as they foraged for food.

Anim Dratshang (Nunnery) – On a hillside above Thimphu’s Tashichho Dzong, just off Gaden Lam, stands Thangtong Dewachen Dupthop Nunnery. Home to around 60 nuns, the modest structure was built in 1976 by the 16th incarnation of Thangtong Gyelpo, the famed fifteenth-century “Iron

 

Bridge Monk” who forged chain-link bridges that still span several of Bhutan’s fast-flowing rivers. The road to the nunnery offers magnificent views of Tashichho Dzong, while the small complex houses a covered chorten and an unusual pillar topped with two carved deer (symbolic of the Deer Park at Sarnath, where Buddha first taught after his enlightenment) and a wheel of law.

Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Thimphu.

 

Day 02:Thimphu

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, proceed for full day excursion to Dochul La Pass .

After breakfast, proceed towards Punakha, located at an elevation of 1,200 meters above sea level and by the two main rivers of Bhutan, the Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Dochu La (30 KM, 1 hour driving time) – A mountain pass, offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges comes on the way to Punakha. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snow-capped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquillity of the 108 Chortens gracing the mountain pass. Halt here for some time and then proceed to visit Chimi Lakhang – Fertility Temple and Punakha Dzong – the marvellous Fortress, situated on the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Return back to Thimphu.

Dinner at the hotel and overnight stay in Thimphu.

 

Day03:Thimphu–Paro (Approx.70 kms/ 2 hours with en-route stop)

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, proceed for Paro.

Arrive Paro by the afternoon and proceed for a brief sightseeing of Paro.

Paro – The valley extends from the confluence of the Paro Chhu and the Wang Chhu rivers at Chuzom upto Mt. Jomolhari at the Tibetan border to the North. Thispicturesque region is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley.

Drukgyel Dzong – The smoke-smudged walls of Drukgyel Dzong’s four-story utse (central tower) still stand intact among the surrounding ruins. Located at the head of the Paro Valley, the once-magnificent Drukgyel Dzong was built in 1649 and stood along a major route into Tibet for three centuries until it burned to the ground in a 1951 fire. The dzong’s name, which translates as “Bhutan’s Victory,” commemorates a 1644 defeat of Tibetan forces in this region. Today, a narrow path spirals up towards the dzong past the collapsed remains of a walled passage that once secured the dzong’s water supply. Go through the gate to access a flagstoned courtyard once used for festivals. Beyond this lies the main body of the dzong, where wild strawberries and herbs sprout among the rubble.

Kyichu Lakhang – When it was divined that she was preventing the spread of Buddhism, the great seventh-century Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo pinned her in place with 108 magically constructed temples — allowing Buddhism to flourish above her restrained body. One of Bhutan’s two ancient

 

demoness-pinning temples, Paro’s Kyichu Lhakhang is believed to hold the demoness’s left foot in place. With its tiered roof and luminous white walls, the lhakhang’s age is not immediately apparent. It is only inside the monastery’s ancient heart, the Jowo Lhakhang, that the sanctuary’s long history is palpable. Golden murals shine faintly from smoke-darkened walls, and the floor has been polished smooth by the feet of countless faithful practitioners. The holiest part of the chapel surrounds the revered seventh-century statue of Jowo Sakyamuni, visible through a gilded door.

Ta Dzong – National Musuem of Bhutan

Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Paro .

 

Day 04:Paro

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, proceed to visit one of the famous sites in Paro.

Tiger Nest – From a distance, Bhutan’s most iconic building seems to float, weightless, halfway up a sheer cliff-face, 900 meters (3,000 feet) above the floor of the Paro Valley. As you wind your way breathlessly up the long, steep path towards Taktsang Lhakhang, the monastery periodically reveals itself, rising out of the forest, closer and more solid with each re-appearance.

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Chele La Pass: the highest point on Bhutan’s Dantak roads, crests at 3988 meters (roughly 13,000 feet) above sea level. The bright yellow sign marking its location stands next to a traditional stone fireplace and stove, a Buddhist prayer wheel marked with a quote advocating kindness, and a small hut and seating area.

Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Paro .

 

Day 05 –Paro -Airport

After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

City

Thimpu

Paro

Standard
Zhingkham Cottage
Namsay Resort
Deluxe
Ramada Valley
Tiger’s Nest Resort

Price Per Person in Indian Rupees

#

Hotel

Start Date

End Date

Twin

Triple

Single

Child with bed

Child no bed

1
Standard
01 Mar 2019
30 December 2019
24500
9500
40000
9500
7000
2
Deluxe
01 Mar 2019
30 December 2019
30800
18000
53000
18000
10500

Inclusions:-

2 night Accommodation in Thimpu

2 night Accommodation in Paro

Daily Breakfast and Dinner.

Return Airport transfers Airport-Hotel-Airport on Private Basis

Transport in an A/C car PVT basis with the service of an English-speaking chauffeur Guide

Currently applicable local taxes in Bhutan

Services of guide as per itinerary

All transfers & sightseeing by private vehicle as per suggested itinerary

All Applicable Hotel Taxes

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o    {Note: – Kindly be on time for SIC transfer as coach will not wait for more than the confirmed pick up time and there will be no refund provided for missed transfers}

 

 

Exclusions

o    Airfare & Taxes

o    Visa & Insurances charges

o    Any up gradation in hotel room category

o    Any meals other than specified above

o    Any sightseeing other than mentioned above

o    Any Entrance fees or Fees for video or camera permit

o    Any item of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, etc.

All entrance fees / Jeep cost / Boat cost (should be paid by directly) wherever applicable / AS PER BELOW SUPPLEMENT

o    GST will be applicable on total invoice

  • The given prices are valid for travel till 31st October 2019
  • High season surcharges will be applicable
  • The Rate of Exchange (R.O.E) will be the prevailing rate on the day/date of booking
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  • Rooms/Seats are subject to availability at the time of booking. Kindly note that the drivers are not guides
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  • International hotel check in is 1400hrs and checkout would be 1100hrs
  • Early check in and late checkout subject to availability. Itineraries are subject  to change
  • Cancellation charges applicable as per company policy
  • In case we are not able to provide the same hotels as mentioned, then we shall provide similar alternate properties, change in the cost if any will be advised
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