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Gangtey Trekking Tour

(10 Days / 9 Nights)
(New Delhi-Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Gangtey-Gogona-Khotokha-Chazam-Wangdiphodrang-Thimphu-Paro-New Delhi)

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Gangtey is one of the most beautiful places and the Gangtey Gompa is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the black mountains. In this Gangtey trekking tour you will visit the villages of Gogana and Khotokha. In this trekking you will pass through meadows, fields and forests of Juniper, Magnolia and rhododendrons. Considered as one of the finest low level treks, the best season for trekking is from the months of March to November.


Day 01: New Delhi

Around midnight arrival in New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02: New Delhi - Paro (by air)
In the morning we drive to the airport for the flight to Paro. This beautiful valley with its rich terraced farmland, is home to some of the Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Paro. In the afternoon 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. Then 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.

Day 03: Paro - Thimphu (about 65 km)
After breakfast 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. It is a home to civil servants, expatriates and the central monk body. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Thimphu. In the afternoon set out on 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 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 04: Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey
In the morning we drive to Gangtey. Enroute we stop at Punakha for lunch. Punakha was built between two rivers in the 17th century by Shabdrung and served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It was also the winter residence of the central monk body. Punakha's climate and warmer temperatures make its valley one of the most fertile in Bhutan. In Punakha we visit the Punakha Dzong. This dzong was built during the 17th century by Shabdrung. After visiting the Dzong drive to Gangtey. In the evening arrive in Gangtey.

Day 05: Gangtey - Gogona (about 15 km)
In the morning after having the breakfast visit Gangtey Gompa. This monastery follows the Pelling Nyingmapa sect of school and was built in the 16th century. After visiting the monastery we start our trekking tour from Gangtey. From Gangtey we will trek towards Gogona. It will be a trek for about 5 to 6 hours. Gogona is situated at an altitude of 2700 m. Arrive in Gogona by the evening. We have an overnight stay in Gogona.

Day 06: Gogona - Khotokha (about 16 km)
In the morning after having the breakfast we start our trekking tour from Gogona. From Gogona we will trek towards Khotokha. It will be a trek for about 7 to 8 hours. While trekking we climb over Shobju la pass situated at an altitude of 3600 m. Khotokha is situated at an altitude of 2800 m. Arrive in Khotokha by the evening. We have an overnight stay in Khotokha.

Day 07: Khotokha - Chazam - Wangdiphodrang
In the morning after having the breakfast we start our trekking tour from Khotokha. From Khotokha we will trek towards Chazam. It will be a trek for about 5 to 6 hours. While trekking we climb over Mulaila Pass situated at an altitude of 3000 m. The trekking will end up at Chazam. We reach Chazam by the afternoon. After having lunch at Chazam we drive to Wangdiphodrang. Arrive in Wangdiphodrang by the evening. We have an overnight stay in Wangdiphodrang.

Day 08: Wangdiphodrang - Thimphu - Paro
Wangdiphodrang is the last town on the central highway before entering central Bhutan. The Wangdiphodrang Dzong is the town's most visible feature and was built during the 17th century. It played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern Bhutanese districts. After visiting the Dzong we drive to Thimphu. After having lunch at Thimphu we drive back to Paro.

Day 09: Paro - New Delhi (by air)
In the morning we drive to the airport for the flight to New Delhi. In the afternon arrive in New Delhi. Rooms are available to get refresh before departing for the airport. The rest of the day at leisure. After dinner we leave the hotel for the airport.

Day 10: New Delhi
Around midnight flight to home destination.

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Our Services Include:
      Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC in the
         chosen category.
     
Rooms on the departure day.
     
American/continental Breakfast.
     
Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice)
         at every place of sightseeing.
     
All Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo Vacations
         representative.
    
  All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned Car with
         driver. For groups an individual air-conditioned bus (Except Standard Hotels) will be
        
provided.   

Exclusions:
      Any Kind of Personal Expenses such as Tips, Laundry, Telephone Bills and Alcoholic
         beverages.
     
Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
     
Any Flight Charges.
     
Monument Entrances.
     
Unspecified Meals etc.

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