Feel of Bhutan.
It’s an ideal and quick way to experience the glory and the myth of Bhutan.
Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
The climate in Bhutan varies with elevation, from subtropical in the south to temperate in the highlands and polar–type climate, with year-round snow in the north. Bhutan experiences five distinct seasons: summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. Western Bhutan has the heavier monsoon rains; southern Bhutan has hot humid summers and cool winters; central and eastern Bhutan is temperate and drier than the west with warm summers and cool winters.
Bhutan is the happiest country in Asia, and the eighth in the world, despite widespread poverty and illiteracy. A survey pointed to the landlocked Himalayan kingdom’s beautiful mountain scenery, isolated culture and strong sense of national identity as reasons for the contentment of its citizens.
One of the largest annual festivals takes place on National Day, 17 December, which commemorates the establishment of the monarchy. At this event, the king participates by serving foods and joining the attendees in games and dances.
Day 1- ARRIVE/PARO/THIMPHU
Meals: (Lunch/ Dinner included)
Day 2- THIMPHU/PUNAKHA
Visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the father of modern Bhutan”), and a monument to peace.
Visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, which offer a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, opened in 2001. Late afternoon drive to Punakha, the road from Thimphu to Punakha goes northeast and one of the highlights of the journey is at Dochu La Pass, the highest point between Thimphu and Punakha at 10,000 feet. It provides a spectacular view of the Himalayas to the north when the sky is clear. On top of the pass are 108 chortens (Tibetan and Bhutanese name for Stupa), honoring those who were recently killed by insurgents. Chortens are Buddhist reliquaries, memorials to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes actual relics of the Buddha or revered monks are inserted into the dome of the stupa, but whether or not there are relics inside, the stupas mark the landscape with reminders of the Buddha’s teachings. Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Day 3- PUNAKHA/PARO
Day 4 -HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
In the afternoon drive up the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century. Also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom. Meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)
Day 5 -DEPARTURE
Fixed Departure Dates 2017:
- 13th May
- 20th May
- 27th May
- 3rd June
- 10th June
- 24th June
|INCLUDED||Accommodation on twin sharing basis.||All meals|
|Bhutanese Guide||Activity point transfers|
|Airport Transfers||LAFL Service Charges|
|Permits and Road taxes||Transportation in non-ac vehicles|
|Sanctuary and Park Entrance Fees|
|NOT INCLUDED||All beverages (including bottled mineral water)||Flight ticket costs|
|Camera fees||Personal medical requirements|
|All insurance||All tips|
|Phone and internet usage||Personal expenses|
|All not mentioned in the ‘Includes’ section|
Please note that cancellation charges are calculated of the total amount payable and not of advance amount. If 100% of the amount is not paid while registering, the cancellation policy stands void.