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Dragon Bhutan is 8 inspiring days coinciding with the auspicious number of the 4th King of Bhutan. This tour is Terton Travel Bhutan's endeavour to take you on a comprehensive journey through western Bhutan which will begin with a drive to Thimphu after you arrive in Paro. From the capital you are transported to Punakha, the winter seat of the monastic body. Make a trip into the Phobjikha valley and then return to Paro where you can visit some erstwhile sites including the world famous Tiger’s Nest!

Day 1 – Arrival in Bhutan, Paro International Airport

Elevation 2,280m / Drive time to Thimphu 50 Mins

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.

Here begins your Holiday of 8 days, the auspicious number of the 4TH King of Bhutan.

Thimphu;

Take a short drive up the mountain to the Takin enclosure to be welcomed by the national animal of Bhutan or a leisurely drive up to Kuenselphodrang (the Buddha statue).

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.

 

Day 2 – Tour of Thimphu

Elevation 2,320m

Places that may be visited in Thimphu;

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

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

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

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 ware.

 

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 to Gangtey

Elevation 3,000m / Drive time two and a half hours

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 of the Bhutanese architecture and 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.

Passing Wangduephodrang, you will drive through one of the major towns and capitals of Western Bhutan. 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.

Phobjikha Valley- The valley of Phobjikha or Gangtey Goempa is well known as the winter abode of the endangered black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to a dwindling number of around six hundred black necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. These shy, elegant birds can be seen from early November until the end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goempa. This is an old Nyingmapa monastery that dates back to 17th century.

 

Day 5 – In and around Gangtey Goempa

Elevation 3,000m

Phobjikha Valley-

Black-Necked Crane Information Centre – the centre has informative displays about the cranes and the valley environment. Here you can use powerful spotting scopes to see what the pamphlet on ‘Field Guide to Crane Behaviour’ tells you. The weather is sometimes misty in which case you could always browse the library and handicraft shop, and watch videos at 10am and 3pm. There is also a centre for the valley’s fledgling ecotourism initiative and mountain-bikes or lectures on the local ecosystem can be arranged (additional costs apply).

Today we will do some short hikes around the valley of Phobjikha.

 

Day 6 – Gangtey to Paro

Elevation 2,280m / Drive time about seven hours

ParoValley-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 center of the Dzonkhag (district).

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

 

Day 7 – In and around Paro

Elevation 2,280m

Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) – A one hour hike to the cafeteria 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.

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.

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 8 – Depart Paro

Elevation 2,280m

 

 

 

1. Accommodations is on twin sharing basis


2. All meals with evening tea


3. Full time services of an English speaking 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

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 for Standard rooms on twin sharing & 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: 7   Days: 8

3000m

Moderate

2

Thimpu

Paro

Location

Activité

  • Village Walk
  • Birdwatch
  • Mountain Biking
  • Bonfire
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Nature Photography
  • Nature walk

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Propriétaire Tour

Kelly
Tour code : BH/TER/002
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.