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Himalayan Heartland - 9 Days

Himalayan Heartland

Day Day to Day trip Schedule
01 Arrive Paro Hotel
02 Paro Hotel
03 Paro – Thimphu Hotel
04 Thimphu – Punakha Hotel
05 Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Gangtey(Phobjikha) Lodge
06 Gangtey – Tongsa Hotel
07 Tongsa – Bumthang Lodge
08 Bumthang – Thimphu Hotel
09 Thimphu – Paro

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive Paro

On a clear day, the flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, the journey offers you wonderful views of the Himalayas and an exciting descent into the kingdom.

Our’s representative will greet you at Paro airport. After completion of arrival formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon free or program may be arranged, according to choice. In the evening, take a stroll along the town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 2
Day 02: Paro

In the morning, take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 and at present restoration work is in progress. But tourists are still able to visit the lookout point.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum. The museum collection includes ancient Bhutanese art and artifacts, weapons, coins, stamps and a small natural history collection. Then walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) situated at a commanding height overlooking Paro valley. Built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, this dzong now houses Paro`s monk body and the offices of the civil administration and is symbolic as the religious and secular center of all affairs of the valley.

In the evening, visit a traditional farm house to get an idea of the lifestyle of local people. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3
Day 03: Paro - Thimphu

After breakfast, set off for Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Stop en route at Chuzom (Confluence) at the entrance to the Paro valley, where the Paro and Thimphu rivers meet. Three chortens on the riverbank at this place, each in a different style, mark the confluence of the two rivers. Visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the kingdom, shortly before reaching Thimphu.

Afternoon sightseeing in Thimphu, visiting the National Memorial Chorten, majestic Tashichhodzong, the Handicrafts Emporium and the main shopping area.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu .

Day 4
Day 04: Thimphu - Punakha

Morning sightseeing in Thimphu includes visits to the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan), the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), and the National Textile Museum, as time permits.

After lunch drive to Bhutan`s former capital Punakha, stopping en route at Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) for refreshments. On a clear day you will enjoy breathtaking mountain views from this spot.

On arrival at Punakha, check into the hotel. In the evening visit Punakha Dzong, a 17th century fortress. Afterwards take a stroll around the market area.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5
Day 05: Punakha - Wangduephodrang - Gangtey (Phobjikha)

After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang, where we will stop to visit the remarkable Wangduephodrang Dzong, stretched along a spur at the confluence of two rivers. We will also visit a local village house, to gain insight into the lifestyle of the people.

Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley.

In the evening take a stroll around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in the kingdom. Overnight at guest house, or camp under the stars.

Day 6
Day 06: Gangtey - Tongsa

In the morning, explore Phobjikha valley, chosen winter home of black necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan Plateau.

After lunch drive to Tongsa, crossing Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830ft). Evening visit to Tongsa market. Overnight at the lodge in Tongsa.

Day 7
Day 07: Tongsa - Bumthang

Morning visit to Tongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1647, it is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan. Also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this dzong.

After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. After reaching Bumthang we will visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in Bhutan as Guru Rinpoche meditated here, and on return we will also visit Jambey Lhakhang which was erected in the 7th century, when Buddhism was first introduced into Bhutan.

Later will visit Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa, which contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. After that we will visit Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”, the administrative center of the region.

Day 8
Day 08: Bumthang - Thimphu

After an early morning visit to Bumthang`s market, we will set off on the 7 hour drive back to Thimphu , taking lunch en route at a famous restaurant in Tongsa town. We will then drive on through the mountains and down to Wangduephodrang, where we will take a short break for tea/coffee before proceeding on the final stage of our journey to Thimphu.

On arrival at Thimphu, check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 9
Day 09 : Thimphu - Paro

Early breakfast in the hotel, then drive back to the airport for flight to onward destination.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
  • Food and lodging in 3star category hotels and resorts in twin room sharing basis (4 & 5 star requires additional cost)
  • Tourist standard transport vehicles will be provided depending upon the number of Guest travelling.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All internal taxes will be included
  • One time special cultural show program will be organized by Exotic vacations Bhutan for group above 10 pax and if number of pax is exceeding 16 pax .Troop leaders (1pax) will be give complimentary trip to Bhutan
  • Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
  • All entrance fees and permits.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Air tickets cost any sector you choose
  • Single room supplementary of USD 40 per night
  • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
  • Guide and Driver Tipping's
  • Pottery pony hire charge of USD 30 per head for visiting Tigers nest for those who cannot walk up to tigers nest
  • Surcharge of USD 40 per person per nights and USD 30 and above 3 pax .no surcharge will be charged
  • Medical / Travel Insurance.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • Bhutan
  • Paro
  • All meals including evening tea with snacks and also bottled water in the vehicles
  • 4 star hotels mostly, but good 3 star hotel in Punakha

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