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Cultural Tour to Bhutan

During cultural tour to Bhutan visitors visit Taktsang Moanstery also known as The Tiger's Nest well-known Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the Cliffside of the upper Paro valley. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country.

Sketch Itineray

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Day 02: Flight Delhi – Bagdogra then drive to Phuntsoling

Day 03: Drive Phuntsoling – Thimpu

Day 04: Thimpu sightseeing

Day 05: Drive Thimpu – Punakha (72 Km/ 3 hr. drive)

Day 06: Drive Punakha – Gangtey - Trongsa

Day 07: Bumthang Sightseeing

Day 08: Bumthang Sightseeing

Day 09: Drive Trongsa - Bumthang – Wangdeuphodrang

Day 10: Drive Wangdiphodrang – Thimpu

Day 11: Drive Thimpu – Paro

Day 12: In Paro

Day 13: Flight Paro – Delhi

Day 14: Sightseeing in Delhi

Day 15: Arrive your Home Country.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi, transfer to nearby hotel for few hours.

Day 02: Flight Delhi – Bagdogra then drive to Phuntsoling

Transfer to Airport to board flight for Bagdogra. Arrive Bagdogra then drive to Phuntsoling. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive Phuntsoling – Thimpu

Post breakfast drive to Thimpu. Enroute visit Kharbandi monastery, founded in 1967 by the King. After the visit continue drive along the Wangchu River as far as Chuzom then continue along the Thimpu River. Arrive Thimpu by afternoon. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Thimpu sightseeing

The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We drive to Simtokha Dzong; the oldest Dzong of Bhutan built by Shabdrung in 1627 and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 05: Drive Thimpu – Punakha (72 Km/ 3 hr. drive)

After breakfast, Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his "Magical Thunder bolt". The Temple is also known as "the Temple of Fertility". Lunch at Punakha. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The construction of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rimpoche, who predicted, "…a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant". There was a smaller building here called Dzong Chu (Small Dzong) that housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Shabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue, while Palep was sleeping; the Shabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong, which in keeping with the tradition, was never committed to paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. Overnight: Hotel in Punakha.

Day 06: Drive Punakha – Gangtey - Trongsa

We start early today. After breakfast drive to Trongsa via. Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang, it includes: visit to Wangdiphodrang Dzong (from outside) built in 1638. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers. Drive further to Gangtey. While in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second re-incarnation, built the temple. The present Abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal is the ninth re-incarnation. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingmapa monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Packed lunch will be served at Gangtey. After Lunch, drive to Trongsa. Visit Trongsa Dzong, the most impressive dzong in Bhutan, built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the official who was sent by Shabdrung to unify eastern Bhutan and enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgay. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family and first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong. Then Visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is said to be dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal. Overnight: Hotel in Trongsa.

Day 07: Bumthang Sightseeing

After breakfast, drive to Bumthang. Lunch at Bumthang. After lunch, visit Jakar Dzong, which literally means "The Castle of White Bird". The current structure was built in 1667 and is said to be the largest Dzong in Bhutan and then visit Lamey Goemba, a large palace and monastery built in 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi. Visit Jambay Lhakhang said to have been built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet in the year 659 on the same day as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang and was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life force. Under the temple is said to be a lake in which Guru Rimpoche hid several Terma. In October one of the most spectacular festival, "Jambay Lhakhang Drup" is staged here. Overnight: in Hotel.

Day 08: Bumthang Sightseeing

After breakfast, Visit Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang, it is the site of the palace of the Indian King, the Sindhu Raja who invited Guru Rimpoche to Bumthang. The Original palace was made of Iron and hence the name Chakhar. The saint Dorji Lingpa built the Current building in 14th century. Its correct name is Dechen Phodrang. We then visit Kurjey Lhakhang that is named after body print of Guru Rimpoche, built in 1652 by Minjur Tempa. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom. After lunch, visit Membartsho (Literally means "Burning Lake"), a short distance up the road leading to Tang valley. The Terton Pema Lingpa discovered several of Guru Rimpoche's hidden Terma / relics here. In the evening, visit Mathra factory & Cheese Factory. Overnight at Hotel in Bumthang.

Day 09: Drive Trongsa - Bumthang – Wangdeuphodrang

Post breakfast, drive to Wangduephodrang, the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. Situated on a ridge overlooking a river junction, the formidable Wangduephodrang Dzong is the town's most visible feature. In the 17th century, Wangdue played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern regions of the country. Evening enjoy hike around colorful market in Wandeuphodrang. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Drive Wangdiphodrang – Thimpu

Post breakfast, short hike to visit small Chime monastery, constructed I 1499 near site of famous Chorten constructed by Drukpa Kunley. Later drive to Thimpu. Arrive at Thimpu. Post Lunch,enjoy hike in the market and explore the monuments in the memory of 3rd King of Bhutan Dore Wangchuk. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Drive Thimpu – Paro

Morning visit the weekend market: Market days are absolutely central to the lives of the Bhutanese, but there are many reasons to visit other than the vicious fresh food on offer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday...
Later take a hike to Cheri Monastery (Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary): Hike about 2hrs leds to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). The trail starts by crossing a lovely covered bridge that spans the Wang Chu, and then climbs to the monastery.

Day 12: Paro

A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery - After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour horse ride till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche's meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort.
After Lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning "Heap of Jewels", built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening drive to Thimphu. Overnight: Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 13: Flight Paro – Delhi

Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi transfer to hotel for day use room. Late evening transfer to airport for homeward flight.

Day 14: Sightseeing in Delhi

Visit Old and New Delhi. Late evening transfer to International Airport for return flight.

Day 15: Arrive your Home Country.

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cultural tour to bhutan

No. of Pax

Cost with A-Category Hotels

  • 02 to 03 Pax

    €2750 per person
  • 04 to 06 Pax

    €2460 per person
  • 07 to 09 Pax

    €2435 per person
  • 10 to 09 Pax

    €2405 per person

 

  • Tour Leader ground cost will be 50% on Paying for 10-12 Pax
  • Included: Standard Hotel with Breakfast
  • Rates are valid till December 2017.
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    Cost Includes in Indian Portion :

    • Neat & Clean Hotel in Central Delhi with Bed & Breakfast.
    • Standard Hotels in Darjeeling, Pelling, Gangtok, Kalimpong with all meals.
    • Entry Permit for Sikkim.
    • All ground transportation in Delhi by air-conditioned car/coach.
    • All ground transportation in Sikkim by non air-conditioned jeep/ bus.
    • English speaking guide.
    • Entry fee to monasteries/ monuments in Indian Portion.

     

    Cost Includes in Bhutan Portion :

    • Neat & Clean Standard Hotels with all meals.
    • English Speaking Bhutanese Guide.
    • All ground transportation in Bhutan by air-conditioned/non-air-conditioned car/coach.
    • Entry fee to monasteries / monuments in Bhutan.
    • Visa & Tourism Development Fund.

     

    Cost Does not Includes :

    • International/ Domestic Flights
    • Lunches & Dinners in Delhi.
    • Sleeping bag and Personal clothing.
    • Insurance and medical evacuation.
    • Tips, hard & soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, anything not specified above and any item of personal nature.
    • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as road block and flight cancellations due to natural calamities etc.
    • Entry fee of monuments in Delhi.
    • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Cost includes”.

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