Bhutan Exclusive Tour – 14 Days

Highlights:
✓ Taktsang Monastery
✓ Phobjikha Valley
✓ Gangtey Goempa
✓ 
Ura Valley
✓ Trashigang

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Description

Bhutan Exclusive Tour

Bhutan Exclusive Tour is package of 14 days that explores the cultural, historical and religious aspects of the Kingdom of Thunder Dragon. The tour goes towards the colorful Paro, tiny capital Thimphu, fertile valley Punakha, beautiful Gangtey, and cultural heartland Bumthang. Bumthang, a wide and scenic valley, consists of four major valleys Ura, Chumey, Tang & Choekhor. The tour further proceeds to Ura, Mongar, and Trashigang. Ura is the highest valley in Bhutan and believed to be the home of the earliest Bhutanese inhabitants. Mongar is the fastest-developing dzongkhag, an administrative and judicial district of Bhutan, in eastern Bhutan. Trashigang is the jewel of east and the country’s largest district with altitude ranging from 6,00m to 4,000m.

Trip Facts:

Trip Name: Bhutan Exclusive Tour
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Max. Altitude: 3,773m
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour

Highlights:

• Board amazing flight to the Paro located 1.5 miles above sea level, surrounded world’s tallest mountains.
• Enjoy guided Sightseeing tour to various historical, natural, cultural & heritage sites
• Visit to different dzongs, monasteries, temples, stupas.
• Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ perched in a hillside.
• Visit Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan.
• Explore Bumthang- the religious heartland home to oldest monasteries & temples.
• Visit Jakar Dzong – “the castle of the white bird” & Ura Lhakhang.
• Explore Ura Valley – the highest valley in Bhutan.
• Discover Trashigang – the jewel of the eastern Bhutan.
• Shop various Bhutanese Arts and Textiles.
• Experience the lifestyle and traditions of the Bhutanese people.

What to Expect?

Bhutan Exclusive Tour covers maximum parts of the Dragon Kingdom. The 14 days tour visits the top attractions such as Paro, Punakha, Gnagtey, Bumthang, Ura, Mongar, and Trashigang. The tour explores the historic and religious sites including Gangtey Gompa, Punakha Dzong, Taktasang Monastery, Chimmi Lhakhang, Kyuichu Lhakhang, Gom kora, Mongar Dzong, Jambey Lhakhang, Kurje Monastery and many more.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Paro (2250m) – Thimphu (2350m)

Your Bhutan Exclusive Tour starts with the flight into Paro with a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. The flight offers the magnificent views of the world’s highest peak on the clear weather. The cool and green environment greets you as you land on the airport. After clearing customs and visa control our representative provides you the brief description on your tour and transfers you to Paro for lunch. Afterwards, carry out your sightseeing program visiting the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. Later depart to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. Thimphu is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Check in at hotel. In the evening visit Handicrafts Emporium, this has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (1310m)

After breakfast, drive for about 3 hours to Punakha. Climb up the mountain road to Dochula La at 3140m. On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, descend through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as “the Divine Madman”. The temple is on a hillside in the middle of rice fields and has become a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Enjoy some tea and snacks at the end of hike while overlooking the fields. Afterwards, visit Punakha Dzong. Located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river), the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Punakha – Gangtey (2320m)

On the third day of Bhutan Exclusive Tour drive to Wangduephodrang Dzong, which is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. The position of the Dzong is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view both up and down the valley. Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Gangtey – Bumthang (2800m)

Today, we drive 5 hours to Bumthang valley. The road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins out of Trongsa and there are great views back to the Dzong and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, the trail re-enters the forest and reach the Yotong La (3400m). Descending to a low point of 2650m at a village called Chumey; the scenery is once again totally different as the route enters the wide-open Bumthang valleys. It takes about an hour to get to the roadside at Chumey, the first of the four valleys in Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: In Bumthang- Sightseeing

On the fifth day of Bhutan Exclusive Tour in the morning visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Bhutan’s “patron saint”, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here. From Kurje monastery, a tarmac road heads south along the right bank of the river to Jambey Lhakhang. This temple, erected by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, is one of the two oldest in Bhutan (the other being Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro). After lunch, hike to Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Later, visit Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”, and then take a stroll through Bumthang’s market area before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Bumthang – Ura – Bumthang (2800m)

Enjoying the Bhutan Exclusive Tour, after breakfast, drive towards the Ura valley which is 42 kilometers from Bumthang. The road reaches the Ura Shelthangla from where a magnificent view of Bhutan’s highest peak, Gangkhar Puensum (7,500 m) can be spotted. The road then descends into Ura valley by long loops across fields and pastures. Ura’s main occupation is raising sheeps, yaks and the introduction of potato farming has brought a certain degree of prosperity of people. In Ura, visit Ura Lhakhang and picnic lunch will be served at one of many inviting spots. Afternoon: drive back to Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Bumthang – Mongar (1700m)

Today is the longest day so wake up earlier than usual as a 7-8 hours drive to Mongar from Bumthang. During this 184 kms trip on hilly roads, witness varieties of floras and faunas passing through Ura valley, one of the most beautiful valley’s of Bhutan. All kinds of vegetations awaits en-route. You will reach in Mongar before dusk. Evening: Go round Mongar town. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Mongar – Trashigang (3773m)

Morning: visit Mongar Dzong. The Dzong was built with a tradition touch in 1930s, and is the newest Dzong in the Dragon County. The Dzong was reconstructed following an order from the royals in the recent past. The Dzong is unique and traditional at the same time. The Dzong is a perfect example of modernization of Bhutanese architecture. After this visit drive back to Trashigang by crossing over Korila Pass reaching Trashigang by mid afternoon. In Trashigang, visit Trashigang Dzong. The Dzong was built in 1659 to defend the country from Tibetan invasions. Likewise, the Dzong is said to be have political stronghold of Eastern Bhutan for over 300 years. It is one of the strategically placed Dzongs in Bhutan. The current Dzong is made bigger in 1936. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Trashigang – Mongar (1600m)

Enjoying the Bhutan Exclusive Tour, in the morning, proceed towards Gom Kora. It is one of the temples where Guru Rinpoche, the great tantric meditated. After spending around a full day in this divine place drive back to Mongar for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Mongar – Bumthang (2800m)

This day is all about being on the roadways where occasional stops will be made in gorgeous places for photography. The journey will start from Mongar towards Bumthang. It requires around 7-8 hours reaching the destination. In the evening, explore around Bumthang. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Bumthang – Gangtey (2320m)

After breakfast, re-trace the same route back towards Gangtey and the road journey today is bit longer with 8 hours of drive. Upon arrival at Gangtey, check-in hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Gangtey – Paro (2250m)

After breakfast, drive back to Paro cross Dochula pass which is about 5 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3120m)

Bhutan Exclusive Tour also includes the hike towards the Taktsang Monastery so after breakfast drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. It’s about two hours hike up the cafeteria. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in 8th century. Then visit the Taktsang Monastery and hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Also visit 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. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14: Paro depart

Your Bhutan Exclusive Tour terminates today, 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.

Cost Includes:

• Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

Cost Excludes:

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

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