BHUTAN (GROUP TOUR)

BHUTAN (GROUP TOUR)

  • PHUNTSHOLING-THIMPHU-PUNAKHA-PARO-TIGERS NEST

Daywise Itinerary

On arrival at Bhutan’s frontier town, Phuentsholing, received by our representative and check into the hotel.

 

The town of Phuentsholing is the gateway for travelers entering Bhutan by road. A thriving commercial centre on the northern edge (West Bengal) of the Indian plains, Phuenthsoling is situated directly at the Himalayan foothills. This town is fascinating mixture of Indian and Bhutanese, a perfect example of mingling of people and their culture.

 

Evening explore Phuentsholing town and market.

Overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing. (Altitude 300m)

After breakfast complete Visit National Memorial Chorten which was built in memory of Third Druk Gyalpo and is dedicated to World peace. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, this temple is located above central Thimphu, Afterwards visit to Buddha Point ( Kuensel Phodrang ) . It holds one of the largest Buddha’s statue in the country of 169 feet (51.5m) , made of bronze and glided in gold . Drive to Motithang in Thimphu to visit Takin Preserve . The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Visit Tashichho Dzong , It was first constructed in 1216 A.D. by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa where Dechen Phodrang now stands above Thimphu. Overnight stay Thimphu. 

 

After breakfast, drive to visit Memorial Chorten. Also known as Thimphu Chorten, this stupa is located at the heart of the Thimphu city and was built in 1974 to honour the third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (1928-1972) popularly known as Father of modern Bhutan.

 

Afterwards visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). It holds one of the largest Buddha’s statue in the country of 169 feet (51.5m), made of bronze and gilded in gold. Visitors can also get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from this point.

 

bhutan then visit Changangkha Lhakhang. This temple is located above central Thimphu, built in 12th century by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo on a ridge overlooking the town. Local parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessing from the protector deity ‘Tamdrin’.

Later drive to upper Motithang in Thimphu to visit Takin Preserve. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drukpa Kuenley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animal to fit established categories.

Post lunch, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including Conclude the day’s sightseeing with visit of Trashichhoedzong, or ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. This is one of the most impressive buildings situated along the right flank of the Thimphu river built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan and was later reconstructed in 1962 by the third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.

 

Evening at leisure in Thimphu city centre. Also explore the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m)

After breakfast,  drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

 

Punakha was former capital of Bhutan and seat of the Government until 1955 when the capital was moved to Thimphu.

Overnight paro

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5 hours round trip walk):  It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half day excursion.

 

Evening explore paro market.

 

Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m)

 

 

 

After breakfast, embark your journey toy, drive to Haa Valley across Chelela Pass (3810m) dotted with colorful Buddhist prayer flags and offering stunning views of Mount Jumolhari and other mountains, plus incredible vistas into the valleys below the pass. This is a fantastic place to walk around for a few minutes enjoying the mesmerizing view. Drive on to Haa, descending all the way for another 22 km (under an hour's drive), lastly is reaching Haa. The Haa Dzong is currently occupied by the military, but the scenic view from outside is stunning. Again, visiting the famous Monastery Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) followed by visit Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple). The central shrine in Lhakhang Nagpo is said to have no difference with that of Lhasa JOWO in Tibet. The construction of the Lakhang Karpo is believed to have been assisted by the locality.

After breakfast, continue onwards journey either to Bagdogra Airport.


Inclusions & Exclusions

Tour Package Includes

1. Accommodation on twin share basis on CP plan. (Complimentary Breakfast).

2. Transfers and sightseeing using private car 01 AC Dzire.

Tour Package Excludes

1. Monument and other entry fees.

2. Any personal expenditure.

3. Anything not mentioned in the itinerary.

4. GST/Taxes

5. Any kind of insurance

6. Meals not mentioned in inclusions.


Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reason/s we must be informed in writing.

Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in writing and cancellation charges would be as follows:

30 days & prior to arrival – 10% of the tour/service cost.

20 days to 18 days prior to arrival – 20% of the tour/service cost.

14 days to 16 days prior to arrival – 25% of the tour/service cost.

10 days to 08 days prior to arrival – 50% of the tour/service cost.

Less than 07 days & less, prior to arrival or no show – NO REFUND.

Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.

Refund Policy

In regard to refund of unused / unutilized services (which are paid for and cancelled in advance) the refund amount would be worked out on the basis of cancellation policy as described above and the money would be accordingly refunded to the person who has made the payment to us. Please note that the refund process may take 2 – 4 weeks due to banking procedures. If the refund is made to the credit card account OR to Bank account, the bank charges would be debited from the refund amount.