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9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour

Duration: 10 Days      (Based On review(s))

9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour is to explore the cultural, historical and religious places in Bhutan. The tour visits tourist places in Bhutan like the colorful – Paro, the capital – Thimphu, the old capital – Punakha. En-route Thimphu to Punakha cross over the Dochula pass which offers a spectacular Himalayan panorama of the eastern mountain series on a clear day. 108 chortens are erected at Dochula atop a small hill. Getting closer to Punakha you will go for a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley. Bhutan tour package then further proceeds to Bumthang passing along a small town of Trongsa en-route. Trongsa dzong at Trongsa town is a huge and beautiful dzong fortress. Bumthang is the cultural heartland of Bhutan with several age-old temples and monasteries. Sightseeing in Bumthang includes visits to covers Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong. Ura and Tang valleys are great places to visit in Bumthang. After Bumthang trace the same route back to Paro passing along Gangtey. Visit the Phobijikha Valley in Gangtey considered one of the beautiful valleys in Bhutan. Driving back to Paro you will again pass along Dochula pass. It’s another great opportunity to watch the majestic Himalayan panorama from Dochula. Paro sightseeing tour covers Paro Ringpung Dzong and Kychu Lhakhang – the oldest temple in Bhutan. Bhutan tour is incomplete without the hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3,120m) Taktsang is 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. 9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour is all about exploring the cultural, traditional, historical and natural aspects of Bhutan with witnessing some great 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 9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour starts with the flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In the clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green of Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan is the cool, clean fresh air as we step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will be brief by our guide and transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take around one hour. Thimphu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening, we will visit the Handicrafts Emporium, where all types of Bhutanese handicrafts are made and sold, overnight at Hotel.
Continuing the9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour, in the morning, we will visit the folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, Texile Museum, where the art of tradition weaving is still kept alive and preserved though exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its colors and design. Also visit to Bhutanese Handmade Paper factory. After lunch, depart for Punakha, where the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for a tea and view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan, where we make a short stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. From here a gradual climb takes you into the valley of Gangtey (Phobjikha). Gangtey lies towards the East of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Black Mountain. These is and old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor are the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gentle sloping hillsides of Phobjikha are described as “the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas”. This is winter home of black necked cranes that migrates from arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate, overnight at hotel.
Relishing the 9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour, today we start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Bumthang via Trongsa is about six hours crossing over Pelela Pass (3,300 m) and Yotongla Pass (3,400 m). The Central road, across the Black Mountains was completed 30 years ago, and it bough about great changes to the people in central Bhutan. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pelela Pass(3,300m) with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between west and east Bhutan. If the weather is clear, the Himalayan range can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomulhari (7314 m) to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon. After lunch, we go out to view the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. In olden days the Dzong commanded the passage between east and West Bhutan. We then drive to Bumthang valley (described as “one of the most beautiful spot in the Himalayas” across the Yotongla Pass (3,400 m), overnight at hotel.
9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour offers one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism, Bumthang. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders), have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. In the morning we visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century) and visit Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). Hike to visit the Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa), After lunch, hike to Thangbi valley across the suspensions bridge and visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century, on the way back visit Jakar Dzong, (seat of the district administration).Evening stroll in Chamkhar Town. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Relishing 9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour, after breakfast, we drive to Ura valley. At a distance of 42 kilometers from Bumthang, the road reaches the Ura Shelthangla, where there is a magnificent view in clear view of Bhutan’s highest peak, Gangkhar Puensum (7,500 m). The road then descends into Ura valley by long loops across fields and pastures. Ura’s main occupation is raising sheeps, yaks and the introduction of potato farming has brought a certain degree of prosperity of people. We visit Ura Lhakhang and picnic lunch will be served at one of many inviting spots. Later in the afternoon drive back to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
The drive to Punakha via wangdue takes about seven hours over the Pelela Pass and Yotongla pass. Lunch served at Chendebji Chorten. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
On the seventh day of 9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour, after breakfast, we visit Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. The Dzong is open to visitors only in summer when Je Khenpo and the monk body are in Thimphu. After visiting Punakha Dzong drive to Thimphu over Dochula pass. Check in at hotel in Thimphu. After lunch visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of our late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuc; Visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see national animal Takin;visit the Zilukha Nunnery; visit the National Library stocked with ancient manuscripts and collection of books and pay a visit to BBS tower to view Thimphu city. Evening drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Drive to the Drukgyal Dzong, (a ruined fortress – 16 km away from Paro town). The dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name means the victorious Bhutanese. This spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari “Mountain of Goddess” (7,329 m). Visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse on the way back. A short distance south of the road is Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century. This temple is said to have been built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. It holds down the left foot of an ogress whose body is so large that it covers Bhutan and most of eastern Tibet. Also visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first temporal ruler of Bhutan, it is now houses of the Paro monastic body and the office of the Dzongda (governor) and Thrimpon (Judge) of Paro district. It is the venue of the Paro Tshechu (festival) held once every year. Then visit Ta Dzong an ancient watch tower. This Dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Evening stroll through the main town of Paro. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
In the second last day of 9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour, early in the morning drive till Satsam Chorten to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point where your car will pick you up and then drive to your hotel. Evening, do some last minute shopping. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
An early breakfast served at your hotel and then drive a short distance to the Paro airport where your Bhutanese escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport as your 9 Nights 10 Days Bhutan Tour terminates today. Good-bye and 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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