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Bhutan Highlights Tour

Bhutan Highlights Tour

Bhutan Highlights Tour covers the important historical, religious and cultural landmarks in Bhutan. The tour visits some of the age-old beautiful monasteries and shrines dating back to as early at the 10th century and you will get to witness Bhutanese culture and tradition and get enthralled by the country’s natural beauty. The flight into Paro itself is spectacular flying over the tallest mountains series of the world and into the green lush valley of Paro. You will explore around the tiny capital of Thimphu which is also renowned in the world as city with no traffic lights, the old capital Punakha- the place to learn more about Buddhism. Hike to the Taktsang Monastery perched in a vertical cliff, which is also popular known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, is the another great feature of the tour. Besides other significant landmarks like Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Chime Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong are visited during the tour. Overall, the tour covers the prime highlights of Bhutan and also gives full insight of the age-old culture and traditions of the Dragon Kingdom.

Trip Highlights

  • Majestic views of the world greatest Himalayas onboard flying in/out from Paro.
  • Explore Paro exploding with colors and tradition.
  • The tiny capital of Thimphu.
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan.
  • Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan.
  • Visit to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang - the oldest & most sacred shrines in Bhutan.
  • Witness Bhutanese culture, tradition and day to day lifestyles of Bhutanese people.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Paro (2,250m) & transfer to Thimphu (2,350m)

Day 02 : Thimphu - Punakha (1,310m)

Day 03 : Punakha – Wangdue (1,240m)

Day 04 : Wangdue – Paro

Day 05 : Paro - Hike to Taktsang Monastery (3,120m)

Day 06 : Paro depart

What is Included

  • Necessary airport, hotel and airport transfers.
  • Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan.
  • Entrance fees and permit.
  • Overland transportation within Bhutan.
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Trekking and Tour arrangement.
  • Drinking water.
  • Visa and TDF fees
  • Government royalty, tax and Fees.
  • Service Charge.

What is Not Included

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

Day 01 : Arrive Paro (2,250m) & transfer to Thimphu (2,350m)

Arrive Paro by Bhutan’s national carrier, and it’s a scenic flight as the plane touch down the lush green Paro Valley flying past the world’s highest mountains. Steeping down from the plane, cool, clean and fresh air welcomes the visitor, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing the customs and visa formalities met by the representatives and transfer to Paro for lunch. Afterwards, visit Rinpung Dzong & Ta Dzong. Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan; the Dzong continues its age-old function as the seat of the district administration, district court and the monastic body. The southern approach to the Dzong has a traditional roofed cantilever bridge called Nemi Zam. Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. It was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. Afterwards, drive to Thimphu which is about 1 & half hours drive. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : Thimphu - Punakha (1,310m)

After breakfast, visit the National Memorial Chorten with it’s golden spines shinning in the sun, its tinkling bells built in honor of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Institute of Traditional Medicine, where old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. Also visit the Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to the Bhutanese rural past with it’s exhibition of items & artifacts used in rural households, the Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles rich in its colour and design. Afterwards, drive to Punakha from Thimphu for about 3 hours. First the road climbs steeply through the pine & cedar forests festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). Often panoramic Himalayan views can be spotted from the pass. After stopping for tea, the road descends along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : Punakha – Wangdue (1,240m)

After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong crossing the bridge. It’s the ancient capital of Bhutan connecting the Mo Chu & Pho Chu Rivers. It is also the winter capital for the monks and the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). Afterwards, drive to Lobeysa for lunch. After lunch hike another 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the “Divine Madman” built in 1499 and today mostly visited by the women who couldn’t bear Children, thus also known as the temple of fertility. Afterwards, drive to Wangdue. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : Wangdue – Paro

After breakfast, visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, the center of attraction of Wangdue. The Dzong is an ancient fort atop hill built in 1638 but serving as monastery nowadays. This fort is at the confluence of two rivers and originally meant to protect the southern invasion. Afterwards, drive back to Paro which is about 4 hours drive. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 : Paro - Hike to Taktsang Monastery (3,120m)

Early in the morning, make an excursion to Taktsang Monastery – this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Set on a vertical cliff face at 2950m above sea level, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. (The hike demands a certain level of fitness and a pony ride to the monastery can be arranged at additional cost). Just on the outskirts of Paro town, visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and have the opportunity to meet the local villages in a local farm house. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06 : Paro depart

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.

VACCINATION :
No vaccinations are presently required However, the following vaccinations are recommended:
 
• Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver. The disease is distinctly unpleasant, with profound nausea, loss of appetite, and weakness.
 
• Tetanus: Tetanus bacteria can infect small wounds and cause a fatal infection. 
 
• Typhoid Fever: Typhoid fever is caused by infection with Salmonella typhi bacteria, passed in human feces and acquired by eating contaminated food or water.
 
WEATHER:
Bhutan lies in South Asia between China and India in the Himalayas, weather in Bhutan depends upon the altitude. In the northern parts of the country where mountains rise up to 7,000m, weather conditions are similar to arctic. Southwards, closer to India, the weather is hot and humid in the summer and cool in winter. The monsoon rains are usually heavy. Winters can be a good time to visit the lower parts, but then the highest areas are freezing. 
 
The best times to visit Bhutan are spring (March-May) and autumn (late September – November) when the weather is warm, dry and sunny but always throw in a couple of warm clothes into your travelling gear when you travel to Bhutan regardless of the season.
 
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING:
• Layering Clothing
Bring your clothes according to the season and region of your travel. Based on your activity and the weather, you can make quick adjustments, by putting on more clothing if it is cold or taking off layers as it warms up. In the summer time, days can be quite warm, especially in the lowlands of Punakha and Phuentsholing, light cotton clothing is recommended for day time. But in most of the tourist and trekking areas, light woolen clothes for evenings and heavy woollens / down jackets for winter are necessary. A waterproof windbreaker is important for trekking and outdoor activities.
 
• Comfortable and Sturdy shoes.
You have a lot of opportunity to walk around in Bhutan, you will be glad you wore sturdy shoes that keep your feet comfortable. Good shoes will let you explore the rural and allow you to have a long day walk. Bring sandals or slip ons to take off easily when entering temples.
 
• Long pants / skirts
Wear particularly conservative clothing in the towns, women should wear long pants or long skirts, men should wear long pants and shorts are not appropriate for anyone. In the dzongs and temples, the legs and arms must be covered, and even threequarter-length capri pants are not acceptable for women.
 
• Rain gear
Be prepared for occasional shower. A folding umbrella is a good idea to bring with.
 
• Hat, Sunglass, Sunscreen & lip protection.
The sun can be scorching in Bhutan. Be sure to apply sunscreen in the morning and throughout your day.
 
• A quality sleeping bag.
• Waterproof gators.
• A headlamp torch and a normal torch. (Including spare batteries.)
• Binoculars and Camera.
• Small day pack.
• Water bottle
• Towel
• Small medical kit that includes aspirin, motion sickness tablets, diamox.
(The guide carries a larger Medical kit but please bring own travel medications)
• Antiseptic hand gel for disinfecting hands without water.
• Mini-flashlight
 
DIFFERENT CURRENCY ACCEPTED BY BHUTAN BANK:
Credit cards are accepted only in major international hotels and high-end shops in Bhutan.

Important Note

This tour can be undertaken round the year for any independent travelers according to their chosen traveling dates as a private departures. Should you wish the tour can be easily customized as per your interest. Contact us with your requirements. 

Trip Facts

Destination: Bhutan

Duration: 06 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Easy

Activities: Sightseeing/Hiking

Best Season: All the year round

Transportation: Private vehicle

Accommodations: Government approved 3 stars and Above

Meals: All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Trip Type: Sightseeing tour

Starts/Ends: Paro

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