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Essentiality of Bhutan
Paro- Bhutan
8 Days
15 Persons
English
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Brief

• Sightsee in Paro and visit the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tigers nest) • Get yourself Immersed in Bhutanese culture at the National Museum • Visit the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu • Ancient dzongs (fort-monasteries) and monasteries in Thimphu • The Gangtey Valley, winter home to the Black Necked Cranes

Tour Detail

 Day 1-Arrive at Paro

Fly in to Paro with Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines, Bhutan's national airlines, and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be received by the representatives of Yarphel Tours & Treks at the exit. There will be a pre-trip briefing on arrival at the hotel, followed by an afternoon/evening at leisure in Paro Town, to allow some acclimatization; The valley of Paro is 2280m above sea level.  Overnight at Paro.

Day 2 -Paro Valley

After breakfast, you will spend the day sightseeing in and around Paro. Visit the ruined fortress of Drukyel Dzong (“dzong” means fortress-monastery), which still attracts visitors due to its imposing location. The fort defended the Paro Valley from invasion by Tibet in the early 17th century. On a clear day, Mt .Jhomolhari (7320m) can be seen towering over the dzong. Further along the beautiful Paro Valley you come to the watch tower known locally as Ta-Dzong, which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. The seven-storey museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century; there are excellent displays of all facets of the country's rich cultural history including traditional costumes and battle dress, priceless jewellery and specimens of the kingdom's unique flora and fauna. After the museum take a short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative centre and school for monks, before walking a little further and crossing the traditional cantilever bridge into Paro Town. In September 2011 a large earthquake occurred in the area and caused damage to the National Museum. The Museum is currently closed to the public for safety reasons until the restoration work is completed.  Overnight at Paro.

Day 3- Transfer to Thimphu (approx. 1-2hrs)

Thimphu is Bhutan's small capital (population about 700,000). It is the only city without traffic lights in the world. Visit the Indigenous hospital, where traditional healing arts are still practiced, the Art & Craft School, the National Library, the Royal goldsmith workshop and the Handicraft Emporium with its famous weaving, woodcarvings and paintings. In the afternoon visit the memorial chorten (a “chorten” is a stone Buddhist monument, often containing relics) dedicated to the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the founder of modern-day Bhutan. It was built in 1972 by his mother in his memory.Visit the 15th century Changangkha monastery and Motithang mini Takin zoo, where you will see the rare "takin" (the national animal of Bhutan), before driving out of town for a view of the Thimphu Valley.Also visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and browse the local market. Overnight Thimphu.

Day 4 –Thimphu- Punakha

After breakfast, from Thimphu, drive for about three hours to Punakha, where climatic zones change from mountainous to tropical. On the way, cross over Dochu La, a 3150-metre-high pass marked by prayer flags and see the remarkable 108 chorten and, if the weather is fine, enjoy a view of the eastern Himalayas including the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mt Gangar Punsum (7520m). Drive through forests of rhododrendron and magnolia, before the road descends into the warmer lowlands around Punakha. Visit the Punakha Dzong, which once served as the old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built in 1637 between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire.In the month of February every year there is a procession known as the Punakha Serda to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans.  Overnight at Punakha.

Day 5 –Punakha to Gangtey Gompa (drive approx. 4hrs return)

After Breakfast, take a Day excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley, at an altitude of 2800 metres. Gangtey Gompa is a Nyingmapa Buddhist complex which includes monks' quarters, a meditation centre, schools and a small hotel – It gives a beautiful view of the Phobjikha Valley, a designated conservation area which borders Black Mountain National Park. This is one of the most isolated gompas in Bhutan.This beautiful valley is home to the rare Black Necked Cranes which migrate from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. About 200 to 300 cranes live in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every measure to ensure their protection; during the 4-5 months that the cranes are in residence over winter, and at that time of the year the villagers are not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs into the valley. Then explore this fascinating glacier-carved valley before returning to Punakha for the night.

Day 6 –Punakha to Paro (drive approx. 5/6hrs)

After the breakfast, drive back to Paro via  the spectacular Dochu La and arrive into Paro in the afternoon. There will be leisure time for the remainder of the day wandering the peaceful streets of Paro or relaxing in the hotel.  Overnight at Paro.

Day 7- Paro.

Early breakfast and drive to the Base of the Taktsang Monastery  which takes around 20-30 minutes from the hotel- the famous Tigers Nest Monastery is said to be one of the divine resting places of the Guru Ringpoche who visited Bhutan in the 8th century from India. After his visit to this cave many great Tibetan Yogis and Lamas visited and did meditation there. The Monsstery was once destroyed by fire but it is now restored and it is still worthwhile to ascend the walking trail to appreciate the monasteries breathtaking location on a cliff edge about 900 metres above the Paro valley. After Lunch on the way back visit the Kyichu Temple built in 7th century by the Tibetan Buddhist King Tsongtsen Gampo. Evening leisure time is given to do shopping for your families and friends.

Overnight at Paro.

Day 8 -Paro

After breakfast transfer to the airport for onwards destination.

 

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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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Essentiality of Bhutan
Paro, Bhutan
8 Days
15 Persons
English
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Brief

• Sightsee in Paro and visit the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tigers nest) • Get yourself Immersed in Bhutanese culture at the National Museum • Visit the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu • Ancient dzongs (fort-monasteries) and monasteries in Thimphu • The Gangtey Valley, winter home to the Black Necked Cranes

Tour Detail

 Day 1-Arrive at Paro

Fly in to Paro with Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines, Bhutan's national airlines, and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be received by the representatives of Yarphel Tours & Treks at the exit. There will be a pre-trip briefing on arrival at the hotel, followed by an afternoon/evening at leisure in Paro Town, to allow some acclimatization; The valley of Paro is 2280m above sea level.  Overnight at Paro.

Day 2 -Paro Valley

After breakfast, you will spend the day sightseeing in and around Paro. Visit the ruined fortress of Drukyel Dzong (“dzong” means fortress-monastery), which still attracts visitors due to its imposing location. The fort defended the Paro Valley from invasion by Tibet in the early 17th century. On a clear day, Mt .Jhomolhari (7320m) can be seen towering over the dzong. Further along the beautiful Paro Valley you come to the watch tower known locally as Ta-Dzong, which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. The seven-storey museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century; there are excellent displays of all facets of the country's rich cultural history including traditional costumes and battle dress, priceless jewellery and specimens of the kingdom's unique flora and fauna. After the museum take a short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative centre and school for monks, before walking a little further and crossing the traditional cantilever bridge into Paro Town. In September 2011 a large earthquake occurred in the area and caused damage to the National Museum. The Museum is currently closed to the public for safety reasons until the restoration work is completed.  Overnight at Paro.

Day 3- Transfer to Thimphu (approx. 1-2hrs)

Thimphu is Bhutan's small capital (population about 700,000). It is the only city without traffic lights in the world. Visit the Indigenous hospital, where traditional healing arts are still practiced, the Art & Craft School, the National Library, the Royal goldsmith workshop and the Handicraft Emporium with its famous weaving, woodcarvings and paintings. In the afternoon visit the memorial chorten (a “chorten” is a stone Buddhist monument, often containing relics) dedicated to the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the founder of modern-day Bhutan. It was built in 1972 by his mother in his memory.Visit the 15th century Changangkha monastery and Motithang mini Takin zoo, where you will see the rare "takin" (the national animal of Bhutan), before driving out of town for a view of the Thimphu Valley.Also visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and browse the local market. Overnight Thimphu.

Day 4 –Thimphu- Punakha

After breakfast, from Thimphu, drive for about three hours to Punakha, where climatic zones change from mountainous to tropical. On the way, cross over Dochu La, a 3150-metre-high pass marked by prayer flags and see the remarkable 108 chorten and, if the weather is fine, enjoy a view of the eastern Himalayas including the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mt Gangar Punsum (7520m). Drive through forests of rhododrendron and magnolia, before the road descends into the warmer lowlands around Punakha. Visit the Punakha Dzong, which once served as the old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built in 1637 between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire.In the month of February every year there is a procession known as the Punakha Serda to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans.  Overnight at Punakha.

Day 5 –Punakha to Gangtey Gompa (drive approx. 4hrs return)

After Breakfast, take a Day excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley, at an altitude of 2800 metres. Gangtey Gompa is a Nyingmapa Buddhist complex which includes monks' quarters, a meditation centre, schools and a small hotel – It gives a beautiful view of the Phobjikha Valley, a designated conservation area which borders Black Mountain National Park. This is one of the most isolated gompas in Bhutan.This beautiful valley is home to the rare Black Necked Cranes which migrate from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. About 200 to 300 cranes live in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every measure to ensure their protection; during the 4-5 months that the cranes are in residence over winter, and at that time of the year the villagers are not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs into the valley. Then explore this fascinating glacier-carved valley before returning to Punakha for the night.

Day 6 –Punakha to Paro (drive approx. 5/6hrs)

After the breakfast, drive back to Paro via  the spectacular Dochu La and arrive into Paro in the afternoon. There will be leisure time for the remainder of the day wandering the peaceful streets of Paro or relaxing in the hotel.  Overnight at Paro.

Day 7- Paro.

Early breakfast and drive to the Base of the Taktsang Monastery  which takes around 20-30 minutes from the hotel- the famous Tigers Nest Monastery is said to be one of the divine resting places of the Guru Ringpoche who visited Bhutan in the 8th century from India. After his visit to this cave many great Tibetan Yogis and Lamas visited and did meditation there. The Monsstery was once destroyed by fire but it is now restored and it is still worthwhile to ascend the walking trail to appreciate the monasteries breathtaking location on a cliff edge about 900 metres above the Paro valley. After Lunch on the way back visit the Kyichu Temple built in 7th century by the Tibetan Buddhist King Tsongtsen Gampo. Evening leisure time is given to do shopping for your families and friends.

Overnight at Paro.

Day 8 -Paro

After breakfast transfer to the airport for onwards destination.

 

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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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