Bhutan is a remote independent kingdom in the eastern Himalaya and
the last bastion of the Tibetan Buddhist culture and religion in its
purest form. It was opened for tourism in the late 70's and managed
to minimize the effect of outside influences. This country is
untouched in terms of the environment, religion, architecture and
lifestyle. Cultural tour of Bhutan will enable us to explore and
experience the rich and ancient traditions in Thimphu, the capital
of Bhutan and Paro, the second largest town.
Day 1: Arrive Paro from New Delhi
Today arrival in
Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative
and transferred to the hotel. This
beautiful valley with its rich terraced farmland, is home to some of
the Bhutan's oldest temples and monastries. In the afternoon we
visit the National Museum. After the visit of the National museum we
go for an excursion to Taktstang monastery. In April 1998 a fire
destroyed the main structure of Taktstang Monastery, perched on the
side of a cliff 900 m above the valley floor. It is also known as
'tiger's den' because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the
site on the back of a tigress in the eighth century. It has been one
of the kingdom's most sacred sites and will be rebuilt in its
original style once an auspicious date has been chosen.
Day 2: Paro
In the morning we will visit the Rinpung Dzong. It was built in 1646
by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler
of Bhutan. Rinpung Dzong means the fortress on a heap of jewels.
This fortress now houses the Paro monastic school and the office of
the civil administration. We also visit the Ta Dzong. Looking down
upon the Rinpung Dzong is the Ta Dzong which was built in 1651 as a
watch tower. This dzong is round more like parts of a European
castle. In the evening we visit the Drugyal Dzong. It means the
victorious fortress which was built in 1647 by Shabdrung to
celebrate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Strategically built
over the only passage into the Paro valley, the dzong helped to
rebel various invasions through the course of Bhutanese history.
Day 3: Paro - Thimphu (about 65 km)
Today after having breakfast we drive to Thimphu.
Thimphu is the modern capital of Bhutan. It lies at an elevation of
2300 m in a valley traversed by the Wang Chu river. This city
maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.
This morning we set out on a sightseeing tour of Thimphu. First of
all we visit the Tashichho Dzong on the bank of the river. It is the
main Secretariat building which houses the throne room of His
Majesty, the King of Bhutan and is also the summer residence of the
central monk body. After visiting the Secretariat building we visit
the national library to see the rare and precious collection of Buddhism.
In the evening we visit the Memorial Chorten. Memorial Chorten is a
stupa and was built in the year 1974 in the memory of the late third
king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The paintings and images inside the
monument provide a rare sight into the Buddhist philosophy.
Day 4: Thimphu
In the morning we visit the 17th century Simtokha Dzong. It is the
oldest Dzong in the country which stands on a lofty ridge at the end
of the valley. It was built in the year 1627 and now houses the
school for Buddhist studies. Today we also visit a painting school.
In this painting school the young children learn the ancient art of
paintings. After visiting the painting school we visit the centre of
traditional medicines. Bhutan has its own brand of Himalayan herbal
Day 5: Thimphu - Punakha (about 75 km)
In the morning we drive to Punakha.
Punakha was built between two rivers in the 17th century by
Shabdrung and served as the winter residence of the central monk
body. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Upon
arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Punakha. In the
evening visit the Punakha town.
Day 6: Punakha - Wangdiphodrang - Punakha
(about 17 km)
In the morning we will drive to Wangdiphodrang. It is the last town
on the central highway before entering central Bhutan.
Wangdiphodrang Dzong was built during the 17th century and it played
a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern
Bhutanese districts. After visiting the Wangdiphodrang Dzong and
having lunch there we return back to Punakha. In the evening we
visit the Punakha Dzong. This dzong houses sacred artifacts and
embalmed body of Shabdrung.
Day 7: Punakha - Paro
In the morning we drive to Paro. Upon arrival, you will be
transferred to the hotel in Paro. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 8: Departure
Morning transfer to Paro International Airport for your next
of Our Services).
Hotel which have been tested in the past by us and are good value of
money (subject to availability).
Inclusions in the given tour cost:
Accommodation in double room on twin sharing basis with bath
and WC as in the above mentioned / similar hotels.
Breakfast in the Hotel during the tour.
Toll Parking , DA
Arrival / Departure Assistance
Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an individual Air
Conditioned vehicle with driver
internal permits, internal taxes
Any Kind of Personal Expenses such as Monument Tips, Laundry,
Telephone Bills and Alcoholic beverages.
Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
Any Flight Charges.
Additional Sightseeing or Extra usage of Vehicle other then
mentioned in the Itinerary
English speaking guide
Anything which is not included in the inclusions
Package cost per person
on twin sharing basis in INR including Room, Breakfast, Transport
Vehicle to be used
Non Air Conditioned Hyundai Tucson / Santa fe SUV
bus / Toyota H1
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