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‘Blissful Bhutan’ has been the most popular tour for the 2013-14 season. Take a customised 7 day trip designed by us here at Terton for an insightful journey through western Bhutan. Starting in Paro, you will drive to Thimphu, the Capital and thereafter onto the medieval-like valley of Punakha. Meander back over Dochhu-la pass and on towards Paro. Follow the pilgrims trail that leads up to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktshang). This is one holiday that will surely leave you spiritually nourished and blissful!These tours are priced for standard accommodation but can be customised at no added cost to suit your travel needs.

Trip at Glance

Day 1 - THIMPHU - 1 Hr Drive time Altitude 2320m

Day 2 - THIMPHU - Altitude 2320m

Day 3 - PUNAKHA - 3 Hr Drive Time Altitude 1300m

Day 4 - PUNAKHA - Altitude 1300m

Day 5 - PARO- 4 Hr Drive Time Altitude 2280m

Day 6 - PARO- Altitude 2280m

Day 7 – DEPART

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Paro. Altitude 2,280m. Drive 1 Hr

Welcome to the Land of the Thunder Dragon-Bhutan! On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be greeted by your guide and head of field operations. Today, to acclimatize you to the altitude we will leisurely drive to Thimphu, check you in to your hotel where you will have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and then a little sight-seeing in Thimphu if you are up for it.

Take a short drive up the mountain to the Takin enclosure to be welcomed by the national animal of Bhutan.

 

Day 2 - Tour of Thimphu

Elevation 2,320m

Viewpoints around Thimphu that may be viewed;

The Textile Museum– Fantastically preserved textiles and traditional weaving at your viewing pleasure.

Paper making factory – on the other side of the valley across the river you can find out all about the art of traditional Bhutanese rice paper making.

The Heritage Museum– Dedicated to connecting people with past Bhutan through an exhibition of artefacts used in rural households and our way of life years ago.

The National Memorial Chorten – a serene monument built in honour of our Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Thimphu Dzong (Tashichho Dzong) – the largest Dzong in Bhutan, is also the seat of the offices of the King of Bhutan and the Monk body.

Simtokha Dzong – Take a 3 mile drive South of Thimphu, to Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.

Centenary Farmers’ Market – Fridays through Sundays most of the Capital's population congregate on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu (river) where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell a wide variety of exotic vegetables and handicrafts.

 

Day 3 - Thimphu to Punakha

Elevation 1,300m / Drive time: two and a half hours

Dochula Pass - The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang and the 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to pay tribute to the selfless service and visionary leadership of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck and to liberate the souls of the soldiers lost in the great victory over foreign militants.

Chhimi Lhakhang- Take a 20 minute stroll across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the 'divine Madman’ Lama Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. It is a revered pilgrim site for women who seek blessings in order to be able to have children.

Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the Punakha Dzong is the winter home of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and the monk body of Thimphu. It is a splendid example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the confluence of the male (Pho) and female (Mho) rivers, portraying a medieval image from a distance. The dzong was partially destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

 

Day 4 - Punakha

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten - a wonderful hour long trek up to a monastery built by the third Queen Mother Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck this Chorten is a slpendid example of Bhutanese architecture and its art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It took nine years to build and its details have been drawn from religious scripture.

Visit Wangduephodrang; Located south of Punakha, Wangdue is the last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving.

Pause to pay homage to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong that was burnt down in a tragic fire on the 24th of June, 2012. Built in 1638, Wangdue Dzong is dramatically perched on a ridge and overlooks the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers.

 

Day 5 - Paro

Elevation 2,280m / Drive time four and a half hours

Paro Valley- The beautiful valley where it all began for you is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu River that flows through the valley. Some of the important places to visit in Paro are as follow;

Paro Dzong- also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century fortress is also the administrative centre of the Dzonkhag (district).

Ta Dzong- Built as a watch tower; it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangkas, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artefacts.

Day 6 - In and around Paro

Elevation 2,280m

Drukgyal Dzong- A morning drive to the north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong that was built in 1647 by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of Bhutan. The Dzong was almost completely destroyed by an accidental fire in the early 1950s and left in ruins as an reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore its ramparts and relive the memories of its glorious past.

Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) – Take a one hour hike to the cafeteria point which is also a vantage viewpoint whereby you can capture a stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is the site where Guru Padmasambhava arrived on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Estimated climbing time is 2 and half hours.

Kyichu Lhakhang- After a scrumptious lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th Century.

 

Day 7 - Depart Paro. Altitude 2,280m

Depending on your flight timings, you will be transferred over to Paro airport where we at Terton will bid you a fond Tashi Delek and safe journey and pray that one day you will come see us again in the Dragon Kingdom! Tashi Delek!

 

Please note that due to government holidays, some venues and sites maybe closed on the date of your visit. Fortunately we can easily make some minor changes to let your visit remain unhampered.

 

1. Accommodations is on twin sharing basis


2. All meals with evening tea


3. Full time services of an English speaking Terton guide

4. All entry fees to Museums and monuments


5. Full time service of an imported SUV/coaster and driver
(s)

6. Complimentary bottled water supplied by Terton


7. Permit services

8. 10% Discount at Terton Gallery on Antiques and Kelly Dorji artworks.

 

1. Room and hotel up gradation (supplement).

2. Tipping of Guide, Driver


3. All alcohol and Bar bills.

4. Laundry bill, phone bills and other bills of a personal nature.

5. Hire of knowledgeable resource person; (differs from person to person).

6. Airfare

 

These rates are for Indian Nationals Only. Guests of other nationalities may mail queries for rates.

 

Visa Formalities:

1. On confirming the trip. We will raise an invoice and ask for scanned passport copy.

2. After transferring the payments, you can mail the scanned passport copy. We will process the visa approval on behalf of the guest and mail it to you.

3. We will also book, purchase and deliver the Druk Air tickets on your behalf.

4. Actual visa is stamped on the visitor's passport on arrival at the port of entry.

Note: (The Government will process the visa only on depositing the full tour payment with them.)

 

Weather and Clothing:

During summer, days are normally warm but the nights can be little chilly especially if it rains. In the spring and autumn, days are pleasant and nights are little cold. In winter, days can be little chilly and the night temperature can be below freezing point. June, July and August is the monsoon season with heavy rains. Having a rain coat handy throughout the year on both trek and cultural tour is recommended.

We would advise layer-able cotton clothing for summer. If the temperature drops due to rain you can add more layers to keep yourself warm. In the spring and autumn, layer-able light woollen cloths are recommended and thick down jackets in the winters and high altitude treks.

 

Features

Nights: 6   Days: 7

2280m

2

Thimpu

Paro

Location

Activité

  • Cultural Tours
  • Village Walk
  • Birdwatch
  • Bonfire
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Nature Photography
  • Nature walk

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Propriétaire Tour

Kelly
Tour code : BH/TER/005
About : In Bhutan Gross National Happiness is valued more than gross Domestic Product. So it’s no wonder that we choose to put service above price for all our guests. In a world travel market where emphasis has been laid on price competition, we pride ourselves in being competitively service based. This means we work that much harder to prove that we spearhead Bhutanese hospitality, which is amongst the best in the world. We are licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.While facilitating group travel is second nature to us, we know that many travelers sometimes enjoy private trips. Whether you are taking a solitary sojourn or holidaying with just your friends or family, we offer you a chance to visit Bhutan.