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Essence of Bhutan
Thimphu- Bhutan
( 12 )
7 Days
10 Persons
English
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Brief

In the 7 days culture tour starts with a short drive to Bhutan’s bustling capital, Thimphu, with its many interesting museums and temples. You will have a full day to explore the sights of the capital. Then you head east over the Dochu La pass where you should get some stunning views of the Himalayan range. The drive to Punakha, you can visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong and take a short walk to a fascinating temple of fertility.

Tour Detail

DAY 1 Paro- Thimphu

Arrive at Paro International Airport from Delhi, Kathmandu or Bangkok.  Paro is situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 metres and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom.  Your guide will meet you and take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 metres.  You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. Take a late afternoon walk around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress.

Overnight in Thimphu

DAY 3: Thimphu city sigthseeing

Thimphu sightseeing. We will visit the weekly market, the revered Memorial Chorten, the National Library and the School of Traditional Arts. You could visit Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the town.  Devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels.  The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold.  In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with the option of a trip to Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, dating from 1629 AD). If you prefer to stay closer to town you could drive up to the Radio Tower (offering splendid views of the city from a hilltop festooned with prayer flags), visit the Takin Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin, browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum.  If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely home made articles with no imports.  Tell your guide what takes your interest.

Overnight in Thimphu

  DAY 3:Thimphu- Punakha

Thimphu to Punakha. In the morning drive approximately 3 hours to the old capital, Punakha, via Dochu La pass at 3050 metres, where we will stop for a hot drink and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges.  You will notice the change of climate and vegetation as we approach low-lying Punakha at 1250 metres.  In the afternoon visit the imposing Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”.  Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu.  Then take a pleasant walk for an hour or so across terraced fields to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley).

Overnight in Punakha

 

DAY 4:Punakha- Paro

Today we return to Paro.  In the afternoon there will be time to visit some handicraft shops to purchase some souvenirs of your trip.  Or you may like to drive up to Chele La pass at 3800m to catch a tremendous view of Mount Jomolhari to the north as well as down to the Haa valley.

Overnight in Paro

DAY 5: Paro valley

This morning you can visit the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. You can also visit the National Museum.  This was previously housed in the Ta Dzong (watch tower) built on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Rinpung Dzong and the Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell.  Unfortunately, an earthquake in September 2011 damaged the Ta Dzong and the contents of the museum were moved to a neighbouring building.  You can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artefacts – costumes, religious paintings, arms, textiles and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps.  The National Museum is due to reopen in the Ta Dzong in 2015.  In the afternoon you can visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victory), constructed to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 and destroyed by a butter lamp fire in 1951.  Nearby you can also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple of historical significance and one of the most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro

DAY 6 Paro Takshang (Tiger Nest)

Take a day walk to the ‘Tiger's Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress.  He subsequently meditated here for three months.  It is one of Bhutan’s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighbouring Buddhist countries.  You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. On the way back you may be interested to visit a manor house turned museum in a local village.  The house dates from the 17th Century and the museum is designed to showcase the culture of medieval rural Bhutan.  Afterwards you may also have time to visit Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder.

Overnight in Paro

DAY 7: Depart From Paro

Early in the morning your guide will accompany you to the airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck

Price Detail
Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Reviews

BeejPune

2016-11-07 16:27:10

"Enchanting Bhutan through Bhutan Rovers!" We were 2 female travellers all excited to plan our first holiday to Bhutan. We happened to contact Bhutan Rovers and Rigzin was promptly answering all our queries no matter which hour it was. Even...

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prasadk27

2015-12-01 01:26:11

"Amazing Private Tour" I began my interactions with Rigzin of Bhutan Outlander Tours more than 2 months prior to my tour date. Each interaction was promptly attended to and I had succinct and exhaustive feedback from him...

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Turneeuk1965

2015-10-10 09:47:21

"Great organised trip with ,Bhutan Outlander" We had a fantastic trip to Bhutan. We used Bhutan Outander for our tour arrangements. Everything was perfectly done from our visa arrangements to our flights to our hotels. We were taken care of...

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Essence of Bhutan
Thimphu, Bhutan
( 12 )
7 Days
10 Persons
English
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Brief

In the 7 days culture tour starts with a short drive to Bhutan’s bustling capital, Thimphu, with its many interesting museums and temples. You will have a full day to explore the sights of the capital. Then you head east over the Dochu La pass where you should get some stunning views of the Himalayan range. The drive to Punakha, you can visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong and take a short walk to a fascinating temple of fertility.

Tour Detail

DAY 1 Paro- Thimphu

Arrive at Paro International Airport from Delhi, Kathmandu or Bangkok.  Paro is situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 metres and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom.  Your guide will meet you and take you on a short one-hour drive along the Paro and Thimphu river valleys to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, at 2320 metres.  You can stop on the way to take in the magnificent Tamchhog Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s iron bridge builder. Take a late afternoon walk around town and soak in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress.

Overnight in Thimphu

DAY 3: Thimphu city sigthseeing

Thimphu sightseeing. We will visit the weekly market, the revered Memorial Chorten, the National Library and the School of Traditional Arts. You could visit Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the town.  Devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels.  The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold.  In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with the option of a trip to Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, dating from 1629 AD). If you prefer to stay closer to town you could drive up to the Radio Tower (offering splendid views of the city from a hilltop festooned with prayer flags), visit the Takin Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin, browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum.  If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely home made articles with no imports.  Tell your guide what takes your interest.

Overnight in Thimphu

  DAY 3:Thimphu- Punakha

Thimphu to Punakha. In the morning drive approximately 3 hours to the old capital, Punakha, via Dochu La pass at 3050 metres, where we will stop for a hot drink and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges.  You will notice the change of climate and vegetation as we approach low-lying Punakha at 1250 metres.  In the afternoon visit the imposing Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”.  Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu.  Then take a pleasant walk for an hour or so across terraced fields to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley).

Overnight in Punakha

 

DAY 4:Punakha- Paro

Today we return to Paro.  In the afternoon there will be time to visit some handicraft shops to purchase some souvenirs of your trip.  Or you may like to drive up to Chele La pass at 3800m to catch a tremendous view of Mount Jomolhari to the north as well as down to the Haa valley.

Overnight in Paro

DAY 5: Paro valley

This morning you can visit the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. You can also visit the National Museum.  This was previously housed in the Ta Dzong (watch tower) built on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Rinpung Dzong and the Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell.  Unfortunately, an earthquake in September 2011 damaged the Ta Dzong and the contents of the museum were moved to a neighbouring building.  You can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artefacts – costumes, religious paintings, arms, textiles and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps.  The National Museum is due to reopen in the Ta Dzong in 2015.  In the afternoon you can visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victory), constructed to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 and destroyed by a butter lamp fire in 1951.  Nearby you can also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple of historical significance and one of the most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Overnight in Paro

DAY 6 Paro Takshang (Tiger Nest)

Take a day walk to the ‘Tiger's Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress.  He subsequently meditated here for three months.  It is one of Bhutan’s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighbouring Buddhist countries.  You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. On the way back you may be interested to visit a manor house turned museum in a local village.  The house dates from the 17th Century and the museum is designed to showcase the culture of medieval rural Bhutan.  Afterwards you may also have time to visit Dumtse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder.

Overnight in Paro

DAY 7: Depart From Paro

Early in the morning your guide will accompany you to the airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck

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Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Reviews

BeejPune

2016-11-07 16:27:10

"Enchanting Bhutan through Bhutan Rovers!" We were 2 female travellers all excited to plan our first holiday to Bhutan. We happened to contact Bhutan Rovers and Rigzin was promptly answering all our queries no matter which hour it was. Even...

+More

prasadk27

2015-12-01 01:26:11

"Amazing Private Tour" I began my interactions with Rigzin of Bhutan Outlander Tours more than 2 months prior to my tour date. Each interaction was promptly attended to and I had succinct and exhaustive feedback from him...

+More

Turneeuk1965

2015-10-10 09:47:21

"Great organised trip with ,Bhutan Outlander" We had a fantastic trip to Bhutan. We used Bhutan Outander for our tour arrangements. Everything was perfectly done from our visa arrangements to our flights to our hotels. We were taken care of...

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