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Nestled in the heart of the great Himalayan range, Druk Yul (The land of thunder dragon)- the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, is one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. It is the country with the happiest people, due to the World’s satisfactory index. Often referred to as the last Shangri-la, this tiny Himalayan kingdom hosts a remarkable variety of climate and ecosystem, with 72% of it under forest cover, high mountain terrain and deep fertile valleys. Out itinerary and gives participants an opportunity to interact with the people of Druk Yul and experience the Bhutanese way of life in its undiminished natural form.
On your request daily departures all year
International Flight Kathmandu-Paro (Bhutan)-Kathmandu
Visas are issued only when you arrive in the country, either at Paro airport or (if entering by road) at Phuentsholing. You must apply in advance through Himalayan Dream Team and receive approval before you travel to Bhutan.
The country of magnification of happiness
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +D
Arrival and pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu to your hotel in Thamel, after some refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing around in Kathmandu valley, o/n in a hotel +B
Early rise for a breakfast in the hotel after which it’s time to visit Pashupatinath, the most venerated Hindu temple of Nepal and Boudanath, the biggest Buddhist stupa of the world. It really impresses all foreign tourists.
Day 03: Sightseeing in the Kings’s cities of Bhaktapur and Patan, o/n in hotel +B
Today the trip continues with sightseeing the famous, former King cities of Bhaktapur and Patan -the principalities of Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur is an ancient town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. Bhaktapur is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. Patan is one of the major cities of Nepal. It is one of the sub-metropolitan cities of Nepal located in the south-western part of Kathmandu valley. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. It is also called as city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue. After this impressive sightseeing we will return to our hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 04: Fly to Paro (by Druk Air) – Transfer to Thimphu, o/n in a hotel +B+L+D
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In the clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. First gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will be brief by our guide and transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take around one hour. Thimphu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening, we will visit the handicrafts Emporium, where all types of Bhutanese handicrafts are made and sold.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Thimphu – Punakha, o/n in a hotel +B+L+D
In the morning visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck; visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used households, Textile Museum,where the art of traditional weaving is still kept alove and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in its color and design. Lunch served at a restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch depart to Punakha, an ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for a tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha and drive to your hotel and check in. Visit Punakha Dzong winter seat of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan) and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu.
Day 06: Drive to Bumthang via Trongsa, o/n in a hotel +B+L+D
Today we start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Bumthang via Trongsa is approximately seven hours crossing over Pele La pass (3,300 m) and yotongla pass (3,400 m). “The Central Road”, across the Black Mountains, was completed 30 years ago, and it brought about great changes to the people in the central Bhuatn. We pass Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we make a short stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong dramtically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climbs steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pelela Pass (3,300 m) with an alpine environments of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East of Bhutan. If the weather is clear the Himalayan ranges can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomulhari (7,314 m) to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon. In Trongsa we visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. In olden days the Dzong commanded the passage between East and West Bhutan. We then drive to Bumthang valley (described as “one of the most beautiful spot in the Himalayas” across the Yotongla pass (3,400 m). dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Sightseeing in Bumthang o/n in a hotel +B+L+D
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Bhuddhism. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders), have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. In the morning we visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century) and visit Kurjey Lhakhang (where Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock), hike to visit the Tamshing monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Tertons Pema Lingpa). After lunch hike to Thangbi valley across the suspension bridge and visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century, on the way back visit Jakar Dzong, (seat of the district administration). Evening stroll in Chamkhar Town.
Day 08: Drive to Gangtey – Wangdue, o/n in a hotel +B+L+D
Today after breakfast we drive back to Wangdue via Gangtey and over the Pelela Pass (3,300m). the drive is approximately six and a half hours, climbing steadily through semi-tropical vegetation with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. Gangtey lies towards the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Black Mountains. There is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century. A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor is the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gently sloping hill sides of Phobjikha is described as “the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas”. This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climates. After the visits to Gangtey Monastery continue your drive to Wangdue.
Day 09: Drive to Thimphu via Paro, o/n in a hotel +B+L+D
After breakfast drive over the Docula pass (3,050 m) to Paro with a lunch stop and some shopping at Thimphu.
Day 10: sightseeing in Paro and hike to Takshang, o/n in hotel +B+L+D
After breakfast drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fortress, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. We then drive to Ramthangkha, the terminating point of the motorable road and then hike up to the taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around two hours of average walking speed and is located above 2,950 meters (9,678 feet) above sea level. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of Tigeress in the 8th century. If you desire then you can hike up to the monastery and visit the monastery which contains thirteen holy places. Takstang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan World. The monastic complex clings to the rock towering 900 meters above the valley (over 2,600 feet). After the visit to the temples walk back to the cafeteria for your lunch. After lunch we then walk back to the road point and then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. In the afternoon visit the National Museum, Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower which is now houses the National Museum and visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. Evening stroll through main town of Paro. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 11: Depart from Paro (Druk Air) to Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +B
In the morning our representative will bring you at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back to Kathmandu, free afternoon/evening in Kathmandu for shopping in lively Thamel.
Day 12: Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu for fly back to home, +B