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Bhutan The Last Shangri La 05 nights (5 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS)
Rs 15,600
5 nights & 6 days

Careful preservation of culture and environment has certainly make Kingdom of Bhutan –The Last Shangri La and if you really want a place unique, rich in cultural heritage and natural wildlife Bhutan is the place to visit. Our tour are carefully wooven to keep the local culture, flora and fauna intact. With Bhutan one can also explore the nearby places of Himalayan Kingdom like Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kalimpong, Pelling, Lachen/Lachung etc. If you want to give a break to your fast city life we will suggest you to explore the Bhutan where time stands still meet the people and you will get the most relaxed and rejuvenated without going for any Ayurvedic or spa treatment. 

Day 1: Arrival NJP/ IXB – Pheuntsholing

Meet & Greet on arrival at NJP / IXB & transfer to Pheuntsholing – The Gateway of Bhutan by Road from India, Pheuntsholing (also sometimes spelled Phuntsholing) is the second largest town in Bhutan (population around 40,000) and is located on the Indian border, next to the town of Jaigaon. Bhutan BhuddhaTravel representative will meet you on arrival at Phunsholing gate.  Evening free. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 2: Phuntsholing-Paro

Bhutan Buddha Travellers representative will meet you on arrival at Phunsholing gate. We will transfer you to Thimphu, on the way we will make our first stop to visit Kharbandi Gonpa about 5 km above Phuntsholing. This monastery was built by Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron in 1967. From this point the road climbs steeply up into the hills, to an altitude of approximately 2,000m/6,560ft. We will make stops along the way from time to time, so as not to miss the magnificent view of the Indian plains and the Toorsa River below.  On the way you will also see the first hydro power electric project ever built in Bhutan. Leaving Chukha we will stop at the small town of Chimakothi. Lunch is served en route. After passing through Chapcha the road reaches its highest point of about 2,800m/9,185ft, then descends steeply and runs along the banks of the Wang Chu (river) to Chuzom (meaning confluence), where the Paro Chu runs into the Wang Chu. From here it is only about 30 min drive up the valley to Paro. On arrival in Paro, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

 

Day 3: Paro-Thimphu

You will visit the great edifice (Paro Dzong) which was constructed in the year 1644 for religious institution, government offices & administrative   headquarters. You will also visit the National museum (watch tower for the Dzong). Now it is   a house for the collection of fine arts, paintings, thankas and antiques. We will also take you to Drugyal Dzong (a ruin fortress). Though it is ruined at present but it is of Great historic importance to the country because it was the place where the Bhutanese had finally defeated the Tibetan invaders and drove them back. You will also get to see the Mount Jomolhari (mountain of Goddesses) on a clear day. After noon Transfer to Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 4: Thimphu sightseeing.

Thimphu sightseeing includes the following:

After breakfast you will be transfer to the following places. And lunch will be served. Institute of Zorig chusum (painting school), six years course on the 13 traditional arts and craft. National Library, Changangkha lhakhang which was built in 12th century is one of the oldest temples, Youth center Takin Reserve (home for the national animal) and drive above to Sangaygang hill (Radio tower), watch the clear scenario of Thimphu city and breathe a refreshing air, Folk Heritage, provide fascinating insight into Bhutanese material culture and way of life, Semtokha Dzong, the first Dzong in Bhutan built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal in year 1626. And now it is an Institute for language and culture studies. Free time in the early evening, a stroll around town before dinner. It provides excellent opportunity to mingle with local people. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 5: Thimphu-Phuntsholing

Drive back to Phuntsholing. Bhutan Buddha escort will help you with exit formalities.

 

Day 6: Phuentsholing – NJP/ IXB Airport Drop.

Bhutan Buddha escort will bid you farewell.

Hotel Enviasged as under: or Similar

Phuentsholing: Hotel Peling

Thimphu Hotel Amodhara

Paro: Hotel Base Camp

 

Tour Price:  Rs.15600 per person (Cost based on minimum of 04 persons traveling together)

 

Included in the Package:

·         All accommodation in standard room on twin sharing basis.

·         Hotels based on 3 star category only.

·         Transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary only.

·         All permits and taxes included.

·         Museum fees.

·         All applicable taxes.

 

Not included in the package:

·         Doesn’t include flight fare.

·         Guide for any meal plans.

·         No refreshment at any time (doesn’t include bed tea or evening tea).

·         No personal expenses.

·         Four and five star hotels can be provided at an additional cost.

·         Any additional charges will be directly collected from the clients.

IMPORTANT TRIP ADVISORY:

·         Wear sturdy sport shoes, preferably hiking shoes.  Also wear thick socks. You will have to remove your shoes before entering the monastery and the floor is cold!

·         Bring your hiking poles. If you don’t have one, you can purchase a wooden walking stick at the parking lot for US$1. (Our friend Nadine took hers home as a precious souvenir.)

·         Bring a rain gear. Weather can be unpredictable. (It rained without a hint of dark clouds during our hike, but fortunately we were already in the monastery when it poured.)

·         Do the hike at the end of your trip to give you more time to acclimatize to the altitude.

·         Manage your pace. Walk slow but steady. Avoid walking fast and stopping too much. It will be taxing to your lungs and you will expend too much energy.

·         Make sure not to arrive at the monastery close to 12:00 noon. You will be rushed to get out of there as the monastery closes for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 pm. (We met people who were very disappointed that they didn’t have enough time at the monastery.)

·         Most people start the hike very early in the morning to avoid mid-day heat. We didn’t start ours until mid-day as our flight didn’t arrive Paro from Bumthang until that morning. As we were hiking up, most people were descending. We found out that starting late was a good thing because when we reached the monastery we had it all to ourselves. And since most part of the trail is shaded by foliage, we hardly felt the mid-day heat.

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