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Bhutan Cultural Tour 5 Days
Across Himalaya organize The Bhutan Cultural Tour to introduce you to the imposing Dzongs, or temple fortresses, that are intrinsic to Bhutanese Buddhism. You will begin your Bhutan Cultural tour from undoubtedly the most beautiful valley in the country, Paro. Tiger's Nest Monastery, 8th century Kichu Monastery, and the national museum are some conserved masterpiece in Paro.Following north along the Thimphu river, you will arrive Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan which is a potpuri of traditional and modern culture. After a tour in Thimphu, you will drive to Punakha valley across picturesque Dochula Pass (3150m) offering great views of Himalayan ranges on clear days. Then we tour Punakha valley with walk to the famous fertility temple, the Dzong and the 30 minutes hike to the Chorten on the hillock.
The cultural tour to Bhutan will give you insights to the people, the culture, the traditions, religion and ecology of the country. These tours will take you through some of the most picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges to the lush green valleys. One will see the unique architectural splendors of the Dzongs, monasteries and the traditional Bhutanese houses and witness some intriguing religious festivals. You will also get the opportunity to taste the exotic Bhutanese cuisine and meet the friendly people.
Day 01KATHMANDU TO PARO – THIMPHU
Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport you will be accorded a very warm reception by a Representative of Himalayan Kingdom Tours and transfer to restaurant for lunch. After lunch we will visit the National Museum, Rinpung Dzong (built in 1645 A.D) and then drive to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan / Overnight stay at the hotel Meal Summary: Buffet lunch and dinner included
Day 02THIMPHU – WANGDUEPHODRANG / PUNAKHA
Morning sightseeing of Thimphu valley includes, visit to National Library, Traditional Medicine Institute, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional paper factory, Takin mini Zoo and drive to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang. On the way, stop at Do Chula Pass (Alt. 3050m.) for tea/coffee and enjoy our first view of the eastern Himalayan Mountains. Here we can spend some time photographing the Druk Wangyal Chortens. Built in 2004 to “...celebrate the stability and progress that His Majesty has brought to the nation,” this hill of 108 religious buildings in the middle of the pass reflects Bhutan’s spiritual and artistic traditions. Then on to Wangduephodrang where the most prominent feature is the Wangdi Dzong sitting on a mountain spurs commanding an archer’s view of two rivers. Visit Wangduephodrang dzong and town. Then drive on to Punakha (Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan) and check –in our hotel. Meal Summary: Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 03PUNAKHA -PARO
After breakfast drive to north of Punakha for a short excursion to Khamsum,Yuelley Namgyel Chorten. Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. Thragthung Dudjom Lingpa visualized it out of Buddhist treasure teachings. It is sacred religious edifices, which will help to ward off negative forces, promote peace, stability and harmony in a changing world. It is the only one of its kind in the world. This chorten is a fine architectural and traditional manifestation whose details of constructional design are drawn from the scriptures and not from the technical books. The Chorten is also an esoteric embodiment of positive forces prevailing over all negative influences in the three forms of existence. According to Lamas, the Chorten is a quintessence of Buddhism and in various ways it will promote the health, happiness of the king and people thereby subjugating all evils. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, which lies between two rivers known as Phochu and Mochu, Symbolizing the masculine and the feminine co-existence their currents are of different colours and they unite at this spot. Then drive to Paro which takes about 3.5hrs / Overnight stay at the Hotel Meal Summary: Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
You will have an early breakfast and walk about 2 hours to Taktshang Monastery perched giddily on a rocky ledge, with a waterfall cascading as if from the blue. Taktshang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Guru Padmasambhava, known as the Second Buddha, alighted from flying tigress and meditated at this shrine in the second half of the 8th century. As a result, it is the dream destination for Buddhist pilgrims from the world over. If desired, pony ridings would be arranged. Visit to Kyichu temple which dates back to the 7th century. Kyichu temple is one of the last three surviving temples. In the 7th century 108 such temples were built by a Tibetan King. To date only three have survived, two in Bhutan and one in Tibet, known as the Jokhang / Overnight stay at the hotel. Meal Summary: Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to Nepal. Meal Summary: Buffet breakfast is included
- 3 or 4 stars hotel with twin sharing basis in Thimpu on F/B on twin sharing basis
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide
- 3 meals a day All meals during the tour
- Hotel-airport-hotel transfers
- Government royalty
- Entrance fees, visa and permit
- Overland transportation by Jeep within Bhutan
- International Air fare
- Nepal re-entry visa fee
- Drinks at hotels/lodges
- Expense of personal nature such as laundry, insurance, tips etc.
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