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BHUTAN - THE LAND OF GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS - 6 n / 7 d THIMPHU (2N) - PUNAKHA 2N - DAY EXCURSION TO GANGTEY - PARO (2N)

Day 01:

Arrive Paro from New Delhi / Kathmandu / Bagdogra & transfer to Thimphu 65 km 1hrs drive
The most spectacular mountain flights you will ever experience in a life time. Flying in from the heat of the plains of India one can witness from the left side of the aircrafts window a series of the world’s highest peaks. Your pilot will announce the names of the peaks if the weather is clear. You will descend into the high mountains and as the plane lowers you will not find any airstrip or any city but instead you will enjoy the view of the approaching valley of Paro, the alpine forests, little monasteries, temples and farm houses. Before the plane touches the runaway you will get a glimpse of the fertile valley of Paro, the Paro Dzong and Paro chu(river). Our representative will be at the airport to assist you, meet and greet and transfer to the capital city Thimphu and rest of the day at leisure. O/n at Thimphu

Day 02 :

Thimphu - capital city
When in Thimphu you got to prepare for surprises where this unique capital has no traffic lights but adopted its own version of the British - Indian colonial times traffic policemen who can startle you and memorize others with his elaborate hand gestures, sometimes he may be signaling stop when it looks like go but don’t worry you can observe the flow and notice his smile as you stare at him. Sightseeing includes visit to the National Memorial Chorten a stupa dedicated to the third king of Bhutan and Buddha statue, Takin Zoo where you will find national animal of Bhutan and drive down hill stop at the junction to take a glimpse of Trashichho Dzong. Proceed towards National Library and Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon take a short walk to Handicraft Bazaar to view the traditional arts. Afternoon at leisure or take a walk to the main city from Clock tower square for shopping.. O/n at Thimphu.

Day 03 :

Thimphu - Punakha via Dochula pass 77 km 2 hrs 45 min hours drive
Morning drive to low lands of Punakha valley touching Dochula pass 10,000 ft and on the stop at Hongtsho village. Stop at the immigration check point to stamp in your permit. Next to the check point you will find small local stalls selling fresh juicy local apples available for sale in plastic bags you could try some. You will be driving through the first mountain pass in the western part of Bhutan. You will find the 108 Druk Wangyal chortens on the top of the pass where the ridges are draped in colorful prayer flags greet you. You could take three rounds and offer prayers, take some best photo shots. If the weather is clear you will be able to see the highest peaks towards the north,Gangar Punsum among others is the highest unclimbed peak (24,000 ft) in the world. Stop at Lamperi and visit the Royal Botanical Park for 30 minutes. If you are lucky you could see red pandas, different species of birds, you can take some photo shot close to the natural lake. Proceed down towards Punakha through Thinleygang village and upon reaching Lobesa turn left and enter Punakha valley. On the way stop and take a short walk through the villages to Chimmi Lhakhang - The divine madman also known, as Drukpa Kinley is a famous teacher with whom the phallic symbol is associated. Tales told by your guide would have excited you to visit Chimmi Lhakhang. Do not miss the master’s deeds painted on the walls. Japanese and several American couples visited this temple and were blessed miraculously with children. Check in the hotel. Afternoon visit majestic Punakha Dzong placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk. Evening at leisure. O/n at Punakha

Day 04 :

Punakha Gangtey valley - day excursion 92 km 3 hrs 20 min drive
Morning drive to beautiful Gangtey valley via Wangdiphodrang Dzong strategically located on a ridge 4,430 ft that overlooks the highway that fork to the east and south of the country. This is an old town with Narrow Street with single storied shops and also the gateway to central and eastern Bhutan. The legend Mahakala, the protective deity of Bhutan appeared to tell Shabdrung of prediction, saying “at top of rocky spur where two rivers meet, at the place where a flock of raven will fly off in four directions, you will build the Dzong”. The Shabdrung built the dzong in 1638 and Punakha/Wangdi valleys are also the winter home for many of the high altitude farmers who migrate with their cattle to the warm climate. The Gangtey valley is one of the most beautiful open valleys in Bhutan and is the winter home to the endangered black necked cranes (Grus Nigricllis) which migrate to this valley around mid November from Tibet. These cranes have for centuries captured the human imagination with their intelligence, poise, sociality, beauty and freedom which have given rise to several myths, legends, folktales and songs. The birds fly back across the Himalayas to their summer home towards Tibet and China. The Gangtey village is small dominated by the yellow roofed Gangtey monastery.Late noon return to Punakha. O/n at Punakha.

Day 05 :

Punakha - Paro 145 km 4 hours drive
Morning drive to Paro same road via Semtokha entering the Babesa express highway. Upon reaching Chuzom check post, stop for awhile at the bridge, stretch your legs and walk through the bridge. Proceed towards Paro and check in the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. O/n at Paro.

Day 06 :

Paro sightseeing
Morning visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum housed in a round fortress called as the Ta Dzong considered to be one of the best natural history museums in Asia where it has a fine collection of natural and historic artifacts, Paro Penlop Heritage Farm house, Kyichu Lhakhang the monastery dates back to 7th century and is one of the oldest and most sacred. Afternoon visit ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and drive till the base of Tigers Nest. Evening at leisure. O/n at Paro.at leisure and evening visit the town for shopping. O/n at Paro.

Day 07 :

Departure
Morning transfer to Paro International Airport for your next destination.

FOR INDIAN NATIONALS VALID FROM 1ST APRIL 2015 TO 31ST MARCH 2016

NAME OF TOUR : BHUTAN - THE LAND OF GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS -6 nights / 7 days
PLACES TO VISIT : THIMPHU (2N) - PUNAKHA 2N - DAY EXCURSION TO GANGTEY - PARO (2N)
TOURS HIGHLIGHTS : CULTURE - MONASTERIES- WAY OF LIFE - VALLEYS - VILLAGES

Per Pax in Twin Sharing

Premium

Deluxe

Standard

Meal plan

CPAI

MAPAI

APAI

CPAI

MAPAI

APAI

CPAI

MAPAI

MAPAI

2 Pax

31,250

34,350

37,250

23,850

27,050

30,700

19,650

24,950

25,450

4 Pax

30,400

33,550

33,000

23,050

26,200

29,850

18,850

24,100

24,600

6 Pax

29,850

33,000

32,500

22,500

25,650

29,350

18,300

23,550

24,100

8 Pax

29,350

32,500

32,000

22,000

28,800

19,000

17,800

23,050

23,550

Extra Bed

12,300

17,550

20,200

10,250

12,350

12,850

6,050

11,250

11,800

Child without Extra Bed

5,500

7,600

12,550

2,850

6,550

9,950

2,050

5,500

9,400

Cost includes: Accommodation in twin sharing, daily breakfast, all evenings complementary hot tea/coffee at the hotel, all transfers, sightseeing & transportation within Bhutan, all internal permits, internal taxes, 1 dinner complementary on the last night stay at the hotel in Phuentsholing.

Cost excludes: Air fare, personal travel insurance, English speaking guide, lunch & dinners, entry fee to museums, laundry, tipping, personal shopping, telephone calls, anything not specified in the “cost includes”.

Hotels & Resorts

Thimphu

Premium: Namgay Heritage or similar
Deluxe: Hotel Kisa http://www.hotelkisa.com or similar
Standard: Peaceful Resort www.bhutanpeacefulresort.com or Wangchuk Hotel www.wangchukhotel.com (inside the city)

Punakha
Luxury:
Not Available (guests will be accommodated in best properties (3 star) available in Punakha / Wangdi.
Deluxe: Hotel Pemak Karpo or similar
Standard:
Meri Puensum Resort or similar

Paro
Premium: Tashi Namgay Resort & Spa or similar
Deluxe: Mandala Resort or similar
Standard: Hotel Sonam Trophel or similar

Transportation (Non AC vehicles)

1 - 2 pax Hyundai Tucson / Santa Fe
3 - 8 pax Toyota Hi-ace bus 9 seater
9 - 18 pax Toyota Coaster bus 21 seater

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Note :

  • Weekends and Supplement charges are not included.
  • In a room only one extra bed is provided.
  • Person above 6 years and below 12 years is considered as child.
  • Rates are not valid from 20th dec -2015 - 10th jan-2016.
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