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20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour

Duration: 21 days      (Based On review(s))

20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour is the complete tour of Bhutan experiencing its unique culture and traditions. Bhutan tour package visits the prime locations like the colorful Paro, the capital – Thimphu, the old capital – Punakha. En-route Thimphu to Punakha is Dochula pass which commands majestic Himalayan panorama of the eastern mountains on a clear day. 108 chortens are erected atop a small hill at the pass. Getting closer to Punakha, take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunely. Visit the most impressive dzong in Bhutan ‘Punakha Dzong’ while in Punakha. Tour to Bhutan then further proceeds to the Phobijikha Valley – one of the most beautiful valleys on Bhutan, in Gangtey.

After Gangtey proceed to Trongsa where enormous fortress dzong is located ‘ Trongsa Dzong’. Then comes Bumthang – the cultural heartland of Bhutan with many ancient monasteries and temples. Visit Ura and Tang valleys in Bumthang and the Yathra Weaving Center. Afterward, trace the same route back to Paro. Bhutan tour is incomplete without a hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ located outskirts of Paro town. It’s believed Guru Padmasambhava flew on a back of a flying tigress and meditated here in the 8th century. Visit the oldest temple in Bhutan ‘Kychu Lhakhang’ and the Paro Rinpung Dzong whilst in Paro. 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour is what the best Bhutan has to offer and witnessing spectacular Himalayan panorama.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro.
  • Paro exploding with colors and traditions.
  • Explore the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Visit Dochula pass (3,140m) en-route Thimphu to Punakha with spectacular Himalayan views.
  • Take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley – the divine madman.
  • Punakha Dzong arguably the most impressive monastery in Bhutan.
  • Discover one of the beautiful valleys on Bhutan ‘Phobijikha Valley’ in Gangtey.
  • Visit Bumthang – the cultural heartland of Bhutan home to oldest monasteries & temples.
  • Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang & Tamshing Lhakhang in Bumthang.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest & most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
  • Witness culture, traditions & daily lifestyles of Bhutan.

ITENERARY

Your 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour begins with a flight to Paro. During the journey to Paro, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by representatives. Evening stroll down the Paro main town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Today on the second day of 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour, we drive for Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu (Capital) through the winding road along the Paro and Thimphu river takes about 90 minutes. The distance is 65kms. On the way, 6kms before reaching Thimphu, visit the Simtokha Dzong ( Dzong means Fortress ). Simtokha Dzong is one of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel the founder of Bhutan, and was the first Dzong to be built by him. It houses one of the largest monastic schools in the country. Check in at the hotel. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon: Visit the Memorial Chorten ( a huge Stupa ) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and various other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit Tashichho Dzong the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the Government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room and the office and the living quarters of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Visit the National Library where a vast collection of ancient manuscripts are preserved.Visit the Painting and wood craft school where children are taught the traditional art of wood craft and painting. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon: Drive up to Dechencholing ( 6kms from Thimphu town ) to view the Palace of the Queen Mother. You may also visit a small, beautiful monastery on top of a hill there. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Continuing the 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour, after breakfast, we will drive about a thirty minute from Thimphu down town followed by a one hour hike to Tango Monastery, this is one of Bhutan’s historical monasteries in the Kagyu tradition. It was founded by the grandson of the Divine Madman, Drukpa Kinley, and houses some of his relics. The monastery offers spectaular viwes over the Thimphu Valley. PM hike to Chari Monastery.Located a short ride from Tango, this was the first Drukpa Kagyu Monastery in Bhutan and marks the site where Shabdrong Rinpoche gained enlightenment. It is a steep forty minute climb to the monastery. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
On the fifth day of 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour, after an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang. On the way, halt at Dochula Pass (26kms) for a hot cup of tea/coffee and to enjoy the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. (possible on a clear day). Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu which means ” Male river and Female river “. It is one of the most important Dzongs in Bhutan and now houses the District Administration office of the Punakha district and the winter residence of the Monk Body and its Chief Abbot. It was built in 1637 A.D. Wandiphodrang lies 13kms from Punakha. The Wangdiphodrang Dzong and its small town is perched on a hill between two rivers. This Dzong also houses the District Administration office of the Wangdi district and the office and the living quarters of the district monk body. The Dzong was built in 1638 A.D. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Full day Punakha sightseeing. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After an early breakfast, drive to Trongsa (142kms). The journey takes about 6 hrs with lunch stop on the way. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
On the eighth day of 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour, visit the Trongsa Dzong and the Watch Tower.The Trongsa Dzong was the ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. It is also the district administration office of the Trongsa district. It was built in 1648 A.D. The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular, and for miles on end the Dzong seems to tease you so that you wonder if you will ever reach it.Backing on to the mountain and built on several levels, the Dzong fits narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes south and west. The view from the Dzong extends for many kilometers and in former times nothing could escape the vigilance of its watchmen. Furthermore, the Dzong is built in such a way that in the old days, no matter what direction a traveler came from, he was obliged to pass by the Dzong. This helped to augment its importance as it thus had complete control over all east-west traffic. The Ta-Dzong, an ancient Watch Tower of the Trongsa Dzong is located on top of a steep hill about 1 km beyond the Trongsa Dzong. The watch tower displays many interesting armors used by the Bhutanese soldiers during the olden days. Lunch at the hotel and leave for Bumthang. The Journey takes about 3 hrs (68kms.) and is over one of the most scenically beautiful routes in Bhutan. Check in at the Guest house. (Bumthang has only guest houses but they are very comfortable with good facilities.) Yoga for 90 minutes at the isolated and big room..Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.
Visit Yatha Weaving Center, a cooperative of the National Women Association of Bhutan where the women of the region sell their textiles and Yatha specialty. Yoga for 90 minutes at the isolated and big room.. Yoga for 90 minutes at the isolated and big room. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.
Visit the Dairy Farm, Swiss Cheese Factory and Apple Juice Factory. Walk around Bumthang valley . Yoga for 90 minutes at the isolated and big room..Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.
Visit the historical Jakar Dzong built by Minjur Tenpa, the third Druk Desi (Temporal ruler) in 1646 A.D. It was later repaired and expanded by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the fourth Desi of Bhutan in 1683 A.D. It is probably one of the biggest Dzongs in Bhutan with the surrounding walls about 1 km in circumference.Visit several ancient and important monasteries such as, Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Kencho Sum Lhakhang, Tamshing and Pema Samba Lhakhangs. Yoga for 90 minutes at the isolated and big room..Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.
Enjoying the 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour, A full day excursion to Ura Valley (65kms from Bumthang). Visitors can drive up to Ura and take a leisure stroll in the clustered village of Ura. Ura has a beautiful Buddhist Monastery surrounded by typical Bhutanese farm houses which is worth seeing. You will also see yaks grazing in the rich pasture land of the Ura valley. Pack lunch in Ura and return to Bumthang in the evening. Yoga for 90 minutes at the isolated and big room..Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.
The trail ascends gradually towards the Phephe la pass, walking through the forests of junipers, until you arrive at the pass at an altitude of 3,340 m. After the path descend to Tang valley, finally arriving at Ugyenchholing village. Camp by the side of the river at the altitude of 2,850 m. Walking time 7-8 hours.
Morning walk up to the Ugyenchholing Dzong. Visit the Dzong and surrounding village, then drive to Jakar (Bumthang) following the Tang Chu river until arriving at main road. On th way visit the Membertsho lake where Terton Pemalingpa, is suppose to have discovered religious treasures in the 12th century. This lake is very sacred and visited by many Bhutanese people on auspicious days to offer butter lamps.Yoga for 90 minutes at the isolated and big room. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Since it is our last day in Bumthang we have arranged puja at Kuje Monastery as requested. We will attend the puja full day.Yoga for 90 minutes at the isolated and big room..Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.
Relishing the 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour, after an early breakfast, drive to Gangtey. 174kms from Bumthang. Overnight in Gangtey.Gangtey is a beautiful place situated at an altitude of 3000m. From Gangtey, one can closely view the picturesque black mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley which is one of the biggest and the most beautiful valleys in the country. During winters, we can also see the famous Black Necked Cranes there. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast drive to Paro (190kms.)Lunch on the way at Thimphu. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Continuing the 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour, drive to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress – 16kms from Paro town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Mount Chomolhari “Mountain of Goddess ” can be seen on a clear day. On the way back, visit a typical Bhutanese farm house. Lunch at the hotel.Afternoon: Visit the National museum (“Ta-Dzong”). This was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. It is located on the top of a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking Paro valley and the river. Visit Rinchen Pong Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful wooden bridge roofed with shingles and abutted by two guard houses. Today, the Dzong is the Administrative seat of the district of Paro and it also contains a state monastic community of about 200 monks. The central tower (“Utse”) of the Dzong is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After an early breakfast, drive up to Satsam Chorten (10kms) for a short trek to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest.” The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Today is the last day in Bhutan so we will have leisure time in the main town and do the last minute shopping. Dinner and overnight at hotel
Your 20 Nights 21 Days Bhutan Tour terminates today so after breakfast your representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell and wish you happy journey back home.

WHAT'S INCLUDED ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing.
  • Route Permit.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide.
  • All land transportation by private vehicle.
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable.
  • Drinking water.
  • All internal taxes and charges.
  • A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED ?

  • Airfare & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

COST AND DATES

NOTE

  • The above quotation is for private tour.
  • On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

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