Bhutan , officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked state in South Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by the Republic of India. Further west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim, while further south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Bhutan’s capital and largest city is Thimphu. Bhutan existed as a patchwork of minor warring fiefdoms until the early 17th century, when the lama and military leader Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, fleeing religious persecution in Tibet, unified the area and cultivated a distinct Bhutanese identity. Later, in the early 20th century, Bhutan came into contact with the British Empire and retained strong bilateral relations with India upon its independence. In 2006, based on a global survey, Business Week rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world. Bhutan’s landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north, where some peaks exceed 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). Its total area was reported as approximately 46,500 km2 (18,000 sq mi) in 1997 and 38,394 square kilometres (14,824 sq mi) in 2002. Bhutan’s state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism and the population, now (as of 2012/2013) estimated to be nearly three-quarters of a million, is predominantly Buddhist. Hinduism is the second-largest religion. In 2008, Bhutan made the transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy and held its first general election. As well as being a member of the United Nations, Bhutan is a member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and hosted SAARC’s sixteenth summit in April 2010.
|Largest cities or towns of Bhutan|
|4||Samdrup Jongkhar||Samdrup Jongkhar||13,800|
|8||Wangdue Phodrang||Wangdue Phodrang||3,300|
2N Thimpu-1N Wangdi/Punakha -2N Bumtang-1N Wangdi/Punakha- 2N Paro
Arrive Paro-Thimpu (Approx 65 kms; 2 hrs drive by road) Arrive in Paro. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representative and transfer to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. The rest of the day is at leisure where visitors can enjoy a relaxing walk in the valley in the evening. Overnight in Thimpu.
Thimpu-Sightseeing Today proceed for sightseeing in Thimpu -Visit the Indigenous hospital where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, Art & Craft school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. Afternoon visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market. Overnight in Thimpu.(B)
Thimpu-Wangdi/Punakha (Approx 70 kms; 3 hrs drive by road) Today drive to Wangdiphodrang, the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. The drive over Dochu La pass is very scenic with fascinating view of mountains of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong (The Punakha Dzong is closed in winter months when the monk body is in Punakha. All visit to Dzong and Monasteries limited till courtyard only) built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955. The Dzong houses sacred artifacts and the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Further drive to Wangdiphodrang the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. Overnight in Wangdi/Punakha.(B) Note : Please were shirts with collars, preferably with long sleeves. Please take off hats while entering a dzong, temple or monastery.Shorts / half pants are not permitted while entering a dzong, temple or monastery
Wangdi-Bumtang (Approx 197 kms ; 08 hrs by road one way) Today drive almost 197 kms crossing 3 passes over 3000 meters. The route offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and beautiful landscape through scattered hamlets and forest of rhododendrons and pine. After 1 ½ hrs from Chendebji Chorten arrive ata small town known as Trongsa meaning new village. The town mainly consists of fresh Tibetan refugees but the most impressive of all is the Trongsa Dzong. The whole of eastern Bhutan was con trolled from this fortress during the mid 17th century. Visitors are not allowed inside the building. Proceed another 2 hrs to Bumthang visiting the Chume weaving center. Overnight in Bumtang.(B)
Bumtang Proceed for sightseeing of Bumthang which has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Here tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his re-incarnation known as Tertons still linger in most nooks and corners. It is also known for its woolen material (yathra) which can be seen hung outside of houses for sale. Sightseeing – Visit the Jakar Dzong, 7th century Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey monastery, Tamshing and Kunchosum monastery. This sightseeing is a round trip so it is more interesting done on foot. Overnight in Bumtang.(B)
Wangdi-Thimpu-Paro (Approx 135 kms ; 05 hrs drive) Today drive to Paro via Lobesa and a short walk through farm houses and fields to Chimme Lhakhang. This monastery was built in the 15 century and dedicated to the famous Lam Drukpa Kunley or divine mad man. He is one of the most famous saints in Bhutan and his temple is visited mostly by childless couples. Lunch at Thimphu (optional/on your own) and drive to Paro visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight in Paro.(B)
Paro-Local Sightseeing Today proceed for Paro sightseeing – Visit Drukyel Dzong, the historical fortress built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders. Also visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) Opening Hours – Tuesday to Saturday- 0900HRS TO 1600HRS & Closed On Sunday,Monday & National Holidays , which was built in 1651 as a watchtower. Since 1951 the Dzong has been re-established as the National Museum and holds fascinating collections of art and religious Thankha paintings. Visitors can enjoy relaxing walk in the valley at evening. Overnight in Paro.(B) Note : Please were shirts with collars, preferably with long sleeves. Please take off hats while entering a dzong, temple or monastery.Shorts / half pants are not permitted while entering a dzong, temple or monastery
Price / Inclusion
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME STANDARD THIMPU||RIVER VIEW OR SIMILAR PARO||KICHU HOTEL OR SIMILAR WANGDI/PUNAKHA||KICHU HOTEL OR SIMILAR BUMTHANG||LHENDUPCHOLING OR SIMILAR|
- Accommodation in Standard rooms at suggested or similar hotels
- Meals: Breakfast as per the itinerary above
- Transportation for arrival / departure transfers, sightseeing as per the itinerary : For 2 pax-Toyota Car,3-6pax-Haice Van & for 6pax & above-Toyota Coaster Bus.(Vehicle not at disposal)
- Services of an Escort cum Guide as per the itinerary for Bhutan portion only
- Any Train Fares , Air Fares or Insurance Charges
- All meals other than those mentioned in the inclusions above
- Expenses of personal nature like Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, camera fee and items of personal nature.
- Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the programme, any extra running will be charges extra.
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay /Political disturbances/Strikes or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses. Any other item not mentioned in the cost includes section.
- GST 3.09% on total land cost
- Vehicle is not at disposal.
- Additional charges to be paid for extra sightseeing Itinerary is subject to change.
- The above given prices are subject to change without prior notice
- All Indian tourists are required to carry 04 Recent Colour Photographs, Original Passport/Election ID card
- Children accompanying the parents are required to carry date of birth certificate/Valid Passports.Non submission of the above documents will result in denial of entry into Bhutan
- High season surcharges applicable.If the above hotels are not available similar category hotels are used.The hotel rooms are subject to availability
- The quotation is based on Standard room, however if unavailable then the upgrading cost to be borne by the guest.Hotel check in is 1400hrs. and checkout would be 1000hrs. Early check-in and late check-out subject to availability
Itinerary : BHUTAN 9 Days