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Blissful Bhutan Batch 1: 5th to 12th November, 2017- Batch 2: 1st to 8th April, 2018

Day 01: Paro- Thimphu ( 2320 mtrs- 55kms -1.5 hrs). Arrive at Paro airport and leave for Thimphu Overnight in Thimphu. Sightseeing as per arrival time. Day 02: Thimphu Post breakfast visit the memorable Chorten dedicated to the 3rd King of Bhutan, The Textile Museum & Folk Heritage Museum that provides a fascinating insight into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Drive to the 15th century Changakha Lhakhang spectacularly localted on the spur. The Takin Sanctuary near the lhakhang will give the visitor a chance to glance at the National animal of Bhutan - Takin. Visit Buddha point to have a wonderful view of Thimphu valley. Visit the school of Arts and Crafts and the National Library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion. Evening visit the Tashichho Dzong; the main secretarial building which houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan and also the head seat of Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel. Day 03: Thimphu – Gangtey (3000 mtrs - 128 kms - 5 hours) Post breakfast depart for Gangtey via Dochu La (3050m). If the weather permits, you can see a range of high peaks toward the north east. The recently built 108 chortens gives the ridge a very beautiful and charming presence. Continue our drive after a small halt. Reach Gangtey - The land of migratory Black-necked cranes. Enjoy the mesmerizing valley, visit the black-necked crane centre and the Gangtey monastery that has some fantastic hand paintings. Overnight at the hotel. Day 04: Gangtey-Punakha (1400 mtrs - 74 kms - 3.5 hrs) Post breakfast, leave for Punakha. Punakha Dzong is one of the best dzongs in Bhutan. The Dzong was built in 1637 by Shabdrung, the spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan prior to the present dynasty. It is an old capital which still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. From the distance this Dzong looks like a giant ship on sail. Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel. Day 05: Punakha – Paro (2300 mtrs 145 kms-05 hours) Post breakfast, leave for Paro.We will cross Dochu la and Simtokha to drive towards Paro. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Visit the National Museum which houses an impressive collection of fine arts, paintings, textiles, jewellery and handicrafts sections as well as galleries of stamps for which the country is very popular. Later visit the Rinpung Dzong, the Fortress of the Heap of Jewels, built in 1645 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It is an imposing square fortress, representing typical Dzong architecture, with a central tower and courtyards housing the administrative (Dzongkhag) and has a community of about 200 monks. Later hike down the moderate slope to the cantilever bridge, one of the finest specimens in Bhutan with its shingle roof and two guard-houses at each end. Overnight at the hotel. Day 6: Daylong excursion to Haa (2600 mtrs - 63kms - 3 hrs) Post breakfast we will drive through Pine and Rhododendron forest to Haa valley, via Chele la (3988m - highest motorable road in Bhutan). We will have our lunch at a restaurant in Haa. After lunch, we will stroll through the lonely town of Haa and meet local people from the beautiful valley. Later drive back to Paro. Overnight at the hotel. Day 07: Paro (Hike to Taktsang Monastery) Post breakfast drive 20 minutes to the end of the valley to Drukgyel Dzong from where one can see the towering peak of Jomolhari (7,316m/ 24,003 ft). This mountain, also revered as a powerful goddess, forms the border with Tibet and provides magnificent background to the ruined Drukgyel Dzong and village. Drive to Rumthangka and begin the Taktsang hike (OPTIONAL). Taktsang Monastery, clinging on the steep rock, is one of the holiest temples in Bhutan. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew on the Tigress back and meditated here. The trek to the temple through the pine tree and sweet aroma of the air is indeed a very special and memorable event. The return hike will take about 05-06 hours. On Our way back, we will visit Kyichu Temple (built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century). Free time on return for souvenir shopping in the small town of Paro. Overnight at the hotel. Day 08: Paro – Onward destination Transfer to the airport for your flight to onward destination.

Itinerary
Day 1Arrive Paro. Transfer to Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 2Thimphu sightseeing. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3Thimphu-Gangtey. Overnight in Gangtey.
Day 4Gangtey-Punakha. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 5Punakha-Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 6Paro-Haa Valley-Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 7 Paro_Taktsang Monastery-Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 8Fly out.
Cost Includes
  • Non AC road travel.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing in 3 star resorts.
  • All meals.
  • Sight seeing.
  • Monument entry charges.
  • Guide charges. Service tax (3.09%)
Cost Excludes
  • Air fare from Mumbai to Paro and back.
  • Personal expenses like mineral water, cold drinks , laundry etc.
  • Tips.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
Cost: Rs 52,500/- per person

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