Bhutan Odyssey Tour
Set between Tibet to the north and India to the south, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has unlocked its doors to travellers to provide a unique glimpse at life in the mountains where Buddhism, happiness and harmony with nature form the bedrock of a nation's cultural enlightenment.
From precariously placed mountain monasteries to agricultural landscapes stretching for as far as the eye can see this Himalayan cultural tour encapsulates the essence of Bhutan and Nepal with a short flight from Kathmandu making short shrift of distances between highlights.
Guided sightseeing tours, daily drives and a two hour uphill trek to Taktsang Monastery (well worth the leg work) allow this cultural tour to gently progress as you find your feet in the Himalayan kingdom and get to experience life amongst Asia’s lesser-seen temples and palatial properties.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Check into Hotel
Day 02: Explore Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu/Bangkok/Calcutta to Paro.
Upon arrival at Paro airport, meet with our tour coordinator ands transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit to Ta- Dzong, built in 17th century as a watchtower for Paro Dzong. This Dzong was later converted into the National Museum in 1967, and is filled with antiques like thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and armor. Also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century, which now houses Paro monastic school and an office for civil administration. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Early morning visit Taktsang temple. The walk uphill will be not more than two hours. The trail is broad. At the view point there is a cafeteria. Have a cup a tea or some juice here and then take a walk little higher to the closer view point of Taktsang. Then walk back for lunch in Paro town. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, 10 miles drive from Paro town built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery of the Kingdom. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Day 05: After breakfast drive from Paro to Thimpu.
Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. Enroute stop at Chuzom (confluence) where Paro River joins Thimphu River. Nearby Thimpu, visit to Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom. Afternoon, in Thimpu, visit to Memorial Chorten built in the memory of His Majesty the third King, Tashichho dzong, interesting Handicrafts Emporium and market. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimpu.
Day 06: After breakfast drive from Thimpu to Punakha.
After breakfast sightseeing on Thimpu includes visiting National Library, Painting School, Traditional Medicine Institute. After lunch drive to Punakha, the old capital town of Bhutan. Stop for tea / coffee at Dochula pass (3050m) and enjoy mountain scenery. On arrival, check into the hotel. Evening visit Punakha Dzong, the fortress of 17th century. And later take a stroll around market area. Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.
Day 07: After breakfast drive from Punakha to Wangdiphodrang-Gangtey (Phobjikha)
Drive to Gangtey via Wangdiphodrang. Visit remarkable Wangdi Dzong and a local village house offering good insight into lifestyle of people. Further ahead pass through dense forests of Oak and Rhododendron trees, reaching at Gangtey (Phobjikha) Evening take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the Kingdom. Overnight stay at Camp / Guest House.
Day 08: After lunch drive from Gangtey to Trongsa.
After breakfast, explore Phobjikha valley, which is famous for Black Necked Cranes. These cranes migrate from Tibetan Plateau to escape its harsh winters. After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing 3300 m high Pele la pass. Evening visit to Trongsa market. Overnight stay at lodge in Trongsa
Day 09: After lunch drive from Trongsa to Bumthang.
After breakfasts visit to Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture and see Taa Dzong, the watch tower built to defend this dzong. After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. Overnight stay at lodge in Bumthang.
Day 10: Explore BUMTHANG.
Bumthang is the general name given to complex of four valleys - Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2600m to 4000m. It is a home of many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit to Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley. Afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places of the country. Later visit Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries dating from introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening walk to the downtown. Overnight stay at lodge in Bumthang.
Day 11: Drive from Bumthang to Thimpu.
After breakfast, visit Bumthang market, then drive to Thimpu for about 7 hours. Lunch would be served at one of the famous restaurant in Tongsa town. Enroute at Wangdiphodrang take a short break for tea / coffee and then proceed to Thimpu. Arrive Thimpu and check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Thimpu.
Day 12: Drive from Thimpu to Paro.
Morning free time in Thimpu for individual activities and leisure. After lunch drive to Paro. Overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Day 13: Departs from hotel to Paro airport for the flight to onward destination.
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- · Twin-sharing accommodation in the best tourist standard hotel/Lodge as per itinerary.
- · Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Diner).
- · Monuments entrance fees.
- · Private land transport as per itinerary.
- · English speaking tour guide.
- · Culture Show.
All kind of personal nature expenses such as liquors, tips, telephone calls, laundry charges, airport taxes, insurance, excess baggage charges,$ 50 Bhutan visa fees and Internal flight ticket. Any loss arising and expenses due to unforeseen circumstances etc.
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- Trip Duration : 13 days
- Trip Grade : Pleasure