GLIMPSE OF BHUTAN

Special Tour 11 day
Bhutan Bhutan

Hotels
Kathmandu: Royal Penguin Boutique Hotel / Aria Boutique Hotel or similar
While trekking: Lodges and Teahouses

Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments.

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2 – 3 pax

US $ 2380 (per person)

4 – 8 pax

US $ 2300 (per person)

9+ pax

US $ 2150 (per person)

Single Supplement

US $ 440 (per person)

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport

You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel. After refreshment in hotel, short briefing about the programs.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE: Durbar Square, one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, is a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues, and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies. Overnight at Royal Penguin Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1315m)

Today we explore the Kathmandu valley.
SWOYAMBHUNATH: Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple) with its commanding views of Kathmandu, its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism.
PASHUPATINATH: It’s a sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and yellow sit serenely meditating.
BOUDHANATH: The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the stupa.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Paro – Thimpu:

Arrive by Druk air KB 400, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received and transfer Thimphu (65 kms) which is the capital of Bhutan. Evening free time or walk around the market. Overnight stay at the Hotel (AP)

Day 04: Thimpu Sightseeing:

After Breakfast drive to Thimphu visit memorial Chorten built in the memory of Lt. His Majesty the King by Royal Queen Mother, visit Cahngkha Lhakhang, Motithang mini Zoo to see the National animal The Takin. Drive down to viewpoint from where you have magnificent view of Thimphu valley; visit National Library to see the large collection of traditional books, Folk Heritage museum where you can see the typical Bhutanese house and their way lifestyle and school of arts & craft (Painting School). Overnight stay at the hotel (AP).

Day 05: Drive Thimpu – Gangtey Valley:

After breakfast leave for Gangtey. The road winds through the forest to Dochula (La means pass), where in good weather 200 miles of Himalayan summits are in view. After driving for 3 more hours you will reach Wangdi. Stop for lunch at Wangdi. After a further 3 hours drive you will reach Gangtey. Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Explore the valley and return to the hotel.

Day 06: Trip to Punakha and Wangdi:

Early morning drive back to Punakha. Visit Punakha town and visit the Punakha Dzong, which is the summer residence of Central Monastic body. Later visit chimi Lhakhang. O/N Hotel (AP).

Day 07: Drive to Paro and Sightseeing:

After breakfast drive to Paro, on the visit Dochula pass Chorten and again drive to onward to Paro. After lunch do the sightseeing of Dungtse Lhakhang and the drive to Ta Dzong, the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has a fine collection of ancient Thangka painting, textiles, weapons and artifacts. walk around the Ugyen Pelri Palace and the traditional wooden bridge. Later visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. O/N Hotel (AP).

Day 08: Day Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest):

After Breakfast drive to base of Taktsang then start hike to the Taktsang Monastery. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. After noon if time permitted visit Kyichu Lhakang then return back to Thimpu.

Day 09: Thimpu – Paro – Kathmandu:

Morning transfer to Airport for flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.

Day 10: Sightseeing in Kathamndu:

Early in the morning, you could enjoy optional mountain flight tours to Mount Everest. In the afternoon, we will tour to Bhaktapur Durbar Square & some other places in Kathmandu.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This Square is an open museum holding exciting palace, courtyards, royal bath, sculptures, pagodas, Shikhara style temples and Buddhist monastery along with exclusive architecture. In other words, this is the most beautiful Durbar you visit in your Nepal tours. Though 1934 earthquake brought bad luck to its structure, still the remaining monuments are the finest examples of the medieval excellence. Just near the square, you will visit the traditional painting School, the dying art of Nepal which is the best souvenir from Nepal.  Besides palace complex, five storied temple with most appreciated architecture, the Pottery Square, Dattatraya Square and Peacock window are some other things to see in Bhaktapur. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Departure:

After breakfast we’ll head towards airport for final departure or continue your onwards trips. Tour ends with THANK YOU!!

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