AMAZING BHUTAN

CULTURAL TOUR - 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

TOUR SUMMARY
TOUR NAME
Amazing Bhutan
TOUR CATEGORY
CULTURAL
PUBLIC
Individual
DURATION
5D/ 4N
MAIN STEPS
Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Wangdiphodrang-Paro
TOUR DATES
 
In clear weather, Druk Air’s flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or Delhi, it is a breathtaking journey. Culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom.
On arrival at Paro airport and after completing your Bhutan visa formalities, representatives from 4B TRAVEL tour operator will meet you. Then travel to Thimphu , the capital town of Bhutan.
On arrival at Thimphu, check into your hotel and after refreshments or lunch visit the following :
National Memorial Chorten
Here you will find the elderly Bhutanese people circumambulating the Chorten throughout the day. Chorten literally means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha’. The Chorten is an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture and artwork with its gorgeous paintings and sculptures. It is a large white sculpture crowned with a golden spire.
Simtokha Dzong
The literary meaning of Simtokha is ‘Atop of Demon’ and the Dzong was built by the Gyal Gyad Tshel Institute of Ralung (Tibet). The Dzong looks quite distinctive as its central tower has 12 sides. It houses a large statue of Yeshay Gonpo, the main protective deity of Bhutan. It contains the bed chambers of both Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Jigme Namgyal, two most important figures in Bhutanese history.
Buddha Dordenma Statue
Located at a height of 51.5 meters, Buddha Dordenma Statue is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made up of bronze and is glided in gold. 1 lakh 25 thousand smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 1 lakh 8 inch tall statues and 25 thousand 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas has also been cast in bronze and gold. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.
Distance: 71 km, estimated travel time: 2 1/2 hrs
Druk Wangyal Lhakhang- After breakfast, travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass (3,088m/10,130ft). In the clear spring sky; enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on a hillock by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. You may visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang .The Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple) was built to honor His Majesty the fourth DrukGyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The past and future appear to merge in the details of the lhakhang (temple) that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future.
Chhimi Lhakhang- Take a light refreshment at Dochula Resort and then drive onto Wangdue and on the way visit the Divine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.
Punakha Dzong- After lunch visit  the Punakha Dzong , located on the island of the Pho Chu (male river) and the Mo chu  (female river). 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 Wangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been fully restored in the recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.  At the dzong you can see the highest standards in woodwork. Also visit the massive Kuenray, the Coronation Hall of all Bhutanese kings, the Dzongchung at the entrance to the dzong and the cantilever bridge over the Mochu that has been recently renovated.
In the evening visit local markets in Punakha .Overnight at hotel in Wangdue/Punakha.
Distance: 125 km, estimated travel time: 3 1/2 hrs
After breakfast travel to Paro via Dochula pass and southern part of Thimphu.
Several visits in Paro’s valley
After breakfast, hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½  hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former beauty. After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to hotel. On the way visit Kichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with precise plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demon.
In the evening relax or shopping and overnight at hotel in Paro.
After breakfast drive to the airport for flight towards destination.

FARE RULES

MARCH – APRIL – MAI / SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

1200 $ : Single traveller

1160 $ : 2 Pax

1040 $ : 3 Pax & Above

Consult us : Group > 6 Pax

JUNE – JULY – AUGUST / DECEMBER – JANUARY – FEBRUARY

1000 $ : Single traveller

960 $ : 2 Pax

840 $ : 3 Pax & Above

Consult us : Group > 6 Pax

The itinerary is subject to change in case of extreme weather conditions or in anticipation of assumed risks, see unpredictable can put visitors at risk (roads, crowd movements, political instability. In an emergency it is left exclusively to assessing your Accompanist who knows the terrain otherwise we will refer to suggest the best option. We reserve the right to modify if necessary the choice of hotel or local hosting a replacement in its very category or, alternatively, higher.
It is compulsory to be in possession of a visa to enter Bhutanese territory.
Attention depending on the selected day of departure and the route chosen some sites may be closed, festivals or events may be out of step with the progress of the circuit. Thank you properly tell us if you have requirements wishes before departure.
As part of a tailor-made program, it is possible to modify the duration of the trip to us upon request.

FIXED DAILY RATES

The daily tariff for tourists is US$250per person and per day in the high season and the rate drop to US$200 per day in low season.

SURCHAGES

Individual travel will pay an additional surcharge of US$40

Two pax : 30US$ per pax

DISCOUNTS

Children up to 5 years old travel free

Children aged from 6 to 12 using parents room are exempted from US$65 government royalties and pay approximatively 50% of daily tariff resting (US$90)

Full-time students aged under 25, with valid identity cards get a 25% discount

Long stay : 50% discount on royalties from the 9th night / 100% discount on royalties after the 15th night

Royalty-free night at the borders points : please consult us

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • ACCOMODATION : Twin beddded room 3 stars YES
  • PRIVATE TRANSPORT by bus or car YES
  • ALL MEALS in standard restaurants or picnics YES
  • TOUR ACTIVITIES including all entrances fees YES
  • ALL TAXES & GOVERNMENT ROYALTIES YES
  • TOUR GUIDE : english speaking* and licensed YES
  • VISA FEE : 40US$ / Pax YES
  • FIT SURCHAGES for 2 pax only YES
  • TREKKING & CAMPING EQUIPMENTS YES
  • MINERAL WATER : illimited YES
  • TRANSFERTS : in land Bhutan from/to airports or border YES
  • AIR TICKETS : international and domestic NO
  • MANDATORY TRAVEL INSURANCES : Full services included NO
  • PERSONNAL ITEMS : laudry, drinks, telephone NO
  • Tips to guide & driver at your appreciation NO
  • TRANSIT VISA FEE : for india or Nepal NO
  • Wire Banking fees NO
  • EXTRAS : Single Room and/or 4 or 5 stars hotel OPTIONAL

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