7 DAYS MAJESTIC BHUTAN TOUR - EX PARO

Paro, Bhutan, Paro, Bhutan

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Duration

7 Days

Tour Type

Bhutan Tours

Location

Bhutan

Overview

Day 01: Arrival in Paro to Thimphu (1.5 Hrs)

Fly on the wings of the Dragon to Bhutan, on arrival in Paro International Airport, complete the immigration formalities and exit through only one arrival gate where our dedicated team will welcome you with khaddar and proceed to Thimphu which will take about an hour and half. The route will follow Paro River until Chuzom from where we will bend towards Thimphu River taking us to the heart of capital city Thimphu. The entire stretch of drives is very scenic and picturesque as we pass by some of the beautiful villages of Bondey, Shaba, Isina etc until we enter welcome gate in Thimphu. En-route we will stop over Tachogang Lhakhang:En-route to Thimphu, stopover for little leg stretch walk crossing Paro River or enjoy the views from the roadside depending your arrival time. We will explore the city by walk: If time permits, walking through the city gives you immense joys and understanding of modern city. Good option for imported garments and local souvenir, beside unique local handicrafts. Thimphu offers mixed style of personalities taking the street walk in Thimphu- only city in the world without traffic lights. Overnight in Thimphu, altitude 2400m 

Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing

Thimphu- This bustling little city is the main center of commerce, religion and government in the country. Thimphu is the most modern city with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers. However it still retains its cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization, often referred as world only city without traffic lights.Buddha Dordenma: The largest sitting Buddha statue in the world Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park: It is the most visited nature park in Thimphu. The Park is also very significant in spheres of culture and religion, biodiversity, tourism and recreational facilities.Folk Heritage Museum:This museum was established in 2001 and provides visitors with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life, especially the life of Bhutanese in remote parts of Bhutan.National Library: Visit to Zilukha Nunnery: A visit to the site energizes the soul because of its peaceful surroundings, which lures one’s mind to never leave the site.Bhutan Postal Museum: This is a philatelist's paradise. Know the Bhutan’s progress and development through the lens of the evolution of communications and postal system in the country.Visit interesting weekend market: An interesting well-organized permanent set of stalls built for vegetable vendors across the country. Its open from Wednesday to Sundays and closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. One can find wide range of local vegetables and fruits.Witness ongoing live archery matches in Changlimithang: Archery is the national game of Bhutan, it is amazing to see Bhutanese archers hitting target from a distance of 145 meters range. Bhutan has top archers on some categories on Olympic Games. Overnight in Thimphu 

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (3 Hrs)

Start the most scenic drive to Punakha from Thimphu over Dochula pass which takes about two hours. After the break at Dochula, the road descends into Wangdue and Punakha taking us to one of the warmest places of Bhutan. Dochula pass: The pass is at a popular location as it offers a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of the Great Himalayan mountain ranges. The view is especially scenic and very clear on winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 Chorten gracing the mountain pass. Punakha Dzong: Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo religious head of Bhutan. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. This is one of the finest and must see Dzong of Bhutan. The Dzong stands in between meeting point of two rivers, Phochu and Mochu making the most photogenic Dzong of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Suspension Bridge: Punakha suspension bridge is considered one of the longest of its kind in Bhutan. The bridge connects the Dzong with the villages Shengana, Samdingkha and Wangkha on the other bank of the Po Chhu river. In these small villages, locals sell their wares in tiny, traditional shops. Visitors can stop here for a quick and authentic view of true Bhutan.  In order to access the suspension bridge from the Dzong, one must walk past the King’s palace and the cremation ground. Overnight in Punakha, altitude 1350m 

Day 04: Punakha sightseeing 

Punakha is often referred as second capital having best Dzongs of Bhutan. Punakha has the perfect place to awaken the nature lover, take in the splendid views of the Himalayas and listen to the sounds of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu rivers that simply soak up the serene beauty of this gorgeous valley. Hike to Khamsum Yullay Namgyal Chorten: The temple stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. It is a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic talent. The hike to the temple is about 45 minutes one way uphill. It offers amazing views of Punakha valley and Mochu river. Visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery: Sangchen Dorji Lhendrub Choling is located above Wolakha on the way to Drolay Goemba which serves as a Shedra (Buddhist College) and meditation center scatter the grassy site, home to a small and friendly community of nuns. Overnight in Punakha 

Day 05: Punakha to Paro (4 hrs drive)

After our breakfast, retrace the drive back to Paro via Dochula and Thimphu.En route stop at Lamperi Botanical Park, it is a paradise for nature lover. The visitors can view 38 out of Bhutan’s 46 species of rhododendron or spot some of the 220 species of birds. There are 21 animal species known in the park which has deer, tiger, leopard, red panda and also the wildcat.Paro Airport View Point:It is located on the Hill overlooking the airport, this viewpoint offers the best view of the whole airport.Explore the tiny town: Tiny Paro town actually can offer lot more, there are many authentic handicraft shops, readily available Bhutan made products, grocery and imported garment shops beside having many small restaurants around. Overnight in Paro, altitude 2200m 

Day 06: Paro Sightseeing 

This picturesque region in the kingdom is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley. Paro has more of historical sites, high-end tourist resort and many souvenir shops for shopping including world famous Takstang. Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest Temple): is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious Buddhist site in the world. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. The temple is one of the holiest sites in Bhutan which clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley. Although good trekkers can make it to the top in two hours, most of the guests take whole day to complete the hike. Overnight in Paro. 

Day 07: PARO DEPARTURE 

Like all good things, your Bhutan tours will come to an end. We will be happy to see you back.

Note:

  1. Price Valid from October to December 2022
  2. Price above is for Indian Nationals only

TRANSPORTATION  
Persons Vehicle Vehicle Details
2-3 Persons SUVs Santa Fee, Tucson, Creta
4-7 Persons Mini Van/Innova H1 Bus, Hiace Bus, Innova
8-20 Persons Coaster Bus Toyota Coaster Bus

 

IMPORTANT NOTES: The capacity of the vehicle is including a guide and driver.

 

HOTELS
Destination 3* Hotel
Thimphu Hotel Amodhara/Similar
Paro Rema Resort/Similar
Punakha Hotel Pema Karpo/Similar

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Hotel star rating in Bhutan is not up to the international standard. 
  • Rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking confirmation. 
  • If in case these hotels are not available, We will provide similar hotels under the same category or twist the itinerary. 

DOs:

  • Follow proper dress code while visiting offices and religious sites. Entering religious monuments and offices with singlet and miniskirts are not our norm.
  • Remove your hat while entering religious sites and kindly takes off your footwear while entering temple altar rooms.
  • Maintain silence in heritage and religious sites and monuments.
  • Always walk clockwise while passing heritage and religious monuments
  • Proper permit is required to export religious artifacts or antiques
  • Always carry valid travel documents and produce the same if required
  • Ask and be informed at the cancelation policy of the tour operators or the hotels as every tour operator and hotels have their own cancelation and refund policy.
  • Be fully insured again unforeseen medical emergencies.
  • In case of loss of travel document, report to the nearest immigration, police or TCB office
  • Use proper toilet facilities where available. Be as discreet as possible if open air toilet is to be practiced.
  • Be responsible for your own waste and dispose them in designated areas.
  • Follow traffic rules and use designated zebra crossing for your safety.
  • Report to TCB on misbehaviour of guides, drivers and tour operators.

DON'Ts:

  • Refrain from touching any murals, religious painting and objects in the temples as it is disrespectful as per local culture.
  • Smoking in the public areas is strictly prohibited and liable to be fined, so please refrain from smoking in public areas.
  • Carrying and use of drone is strictly prohibited.
  • Spitting on the wall and other places is discouraged.
  • Taking photographs and filming is restricted in some areas. So please refrain from filming and taking photograph in those areas. Please seek your guide advise.
  • Refrain from feeding animals on highways, parks and in other places
  • Washing, swimming or throwing objects into lakes and other water bodies are prohibited as it is considered sacred
  • Do not sit straddle or legs stretched in front in the altar as it is culturally offensive, we expect you to cross your legs or kneel when sitting in religious places. 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Full vaccination certificate (II doses & plus) with Test & Go, COVID protocols may change anytime.
  • PPE & health declaration.
  • Travel insurance covering COVID expenses if incase positive.

Included/Excluded

Accommodation on twin sharing as per the hotels and rooms mentioned
Breakfast & dinner in hotel
Paro Airport pickup & drop
Transportation & sightseeing as per the itinerary
English speaking guide for the sightseeing
Sustainable Development Fees for the stay in Bhutan
E-Permit process and arrangement for the stay in Bhutan
Complimentary a bottle of water per head
Flight Fare of any kind
Lunch, tea, snacks, etc.
Single room supplement and room upgrade charges
Entrance/Monument visiting fees – click here to check the rates
Bank charges for payment transfers
Any alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages
Other personal expenses/shopping
Travel Insurance must cover COVID expenses
Unforeseen COVID expenses & Personal PPE
Gratuities to guide and driver
Outdoor activities (Cycling, River Rafting, Motor Biking, Horse Riding, Cultural Program etc)
Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusion is not included in the cost

Travel Styles

Cultural and people
Nature & Adventure
Activities

Facilities

Dedicated Vehicle
Hotel Accommodation
Adventure Activities
Travel Guide

Tour Location

Paro, Bhutan, Paro, Bhutan

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