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Bhutan Taktsang Tigers Nest

Blissful Bhutan Tour 11th to 18th November, 2018

Outline Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive at Paro. Drive to Thimphu Day 2: Thimphu - Punakha Day 3: Punakha- Trongsa Day 4: Trongsa Day 5: Trongsa - Gangtey Day 6: Gangtey - Paro Day 7: Taktsang Day 8: Fly Out.

Itinerary
Day 1Arrive at Paro airport and leave for Thimphu (55kms 1.5 hrs)Post lunch visit Buddha point to have a wonderful view of Thimphu valley. 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 in Thimphu.
Day 2Thimphu- PunakhaPost breakfast visit GNH Center (subject to appointment availibility). Later visit 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 located on the spur. The Takin Sanctuary near the lhakhang will give the visitor a chance to glance at the National animal of Bhutan - Takin.

Post lunch 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. Later leave for Punakha (approx 85 kms) via Dochu La (3050 m). 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. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 3Punakha –Trongsa (2200 m - approx 138 kms - 5 hours)Post breakfast depart for Trongsa.

Drive via the Pele La (3300m/ 10800ft) crossing the Black Mountains, the traditional boundary between west and central Bhutan. Crossing the pretty villages of Rukubji and Chendebji to reach the huge 18th century Chendebji Chorten patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at four cardinal points. It was built by Lama Shida from Tibet to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Further drive to Trongsa with the beautiful view of Trongsa Dzong while approaching the village. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight in Trongsa.
Day 4TrongsaPost breakfast, go for bird watching near Trongsa museum. Later visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), dedicated to Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Later visit the Trongsa Dzong. The Dzong is located on a spur overlooking the Mangde River. Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second King of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All five Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built.Free time in the evening. Take a walk in Trongsa town.Overnight in Trongsa.
Day 5Trongsa - Gangtey (125 kms - 08 hours)Post breakfast leave for Gangtey.Gangtey valley attracts bird watchers for spotting the critically endagered Black - necked cranes, that visit here from Tibet during winter. Check in. Overnight in Gangtey.
Day 6Gangtey- Paro (185 kms- 4 hours)Post breakfast, leave for Paro.We will cross Dochula Pass 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 7Taktsang MonasteryPost 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).

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.
Free time on return for souvenir shopping in the small town of Paro. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8Fly out.
Cost Includes
  • Accommodation: 3 star hotels on twin sharing basis.
  • Monument entry charges.
  • Guide charges.
  • Escort service.
  • All meals.
  • Travel by non Ac vehicle.
Cost Excludes
  • Air fare from Mumbai to Paro and back.
  • Personal expenses like mineral water, cold drinks, laundry etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Tips

Contact: 

  • Mumbai- 9819091954
  • Pune- 9405575925

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation 30 days prior to start of the tour — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days prior to  start of the tour — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 20 days prior to  start of the tour — no refund.

 

54,750 + 5% GST per person

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