JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP TOUR

FESTIVAL TOUR - 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

TOUR SUMMARY
TOUR NAME
Jambay Lhakhang Drup Tour
TOUR CATEGORY
FESTIVAL
PUBLIC
Group & Individual
DURATION
13D/12N
MAIN STEPS
Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Trongsa-Bumthang-Gangtey
TOUR DATES
10-22 NOVEMBER 2016
Our Guide from 4B Tours & Trek will receive you at the airport and drive you the short distance to the hotel. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan). If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. In the evening leisure time in town . Over night in Hotel.
After breakfast drive to visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and Buddha Statue. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls) . Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Punakha and we will pause at Dochula pass(3100m) with beautiful 108 stupas and at the same time if the sky is clear than view of the Himalayas is exceptional. Visit Temple of Fertility dedicated to Drukpa Kunley popularly known as Divine Madman, where you can receive blessing if you wish. When people wish to have offspring they make a pilgrimage here and of they are granted they give the name of their child as Kunley. Visit Punakha Dzong
probably one of the greatest strengths of the country was built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung. It is an old capital of Bhutan and a winter capital for the monastic body. overnight in hotel.
After breakfast drive to Trongsa. The route crosses the Black Mountains via Pele la (3240 m) before entering the broad, heavily cultivated Mangde Chhu Valley. From Pele la the road drops through more dwarf Bamboo and patches of fir trees emerging into the abundant evergreen forest of the Longte Valley. The road follows the Nikka Chhu (River) to the village of Chendebji which is on the opposite side of Nikka Chhu. Two kilometers beyond Chendebji village is Chendebji
Chorten, a large white structure beside a stream.Stop for awhile at Chendebji. Continue drive to Trongsa. Overnight in hotel in Trongsa.
Morning: Visit the Trongsa Dzong and the Watch Tower. The Trongsa Dzong was the ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. It is also the district administration office of the Trongsa district. It was built in 1648 A.D. Visit the Ta-Dzong, an ancient Watch Tower of the Trongsa Dzong is located on top of a steep hill about 1 km beyond the Trongsa Dzong. The watchtower displays many interesting armors used by the Bhutanese soldiers during the olden days.
After lunch drive to Bumthang. The Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys:
Choskhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume. The Dzongs and the most important temples are in the large

Choskhor valley, commonly referred to as Bumthang valley. Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.

After breakfast, visit Jakar Dzong, which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The current structure was built in 1667. Visit Kurjey Lhakhang. The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang and was renovated by Sindhu Raja after Guru Rimpoche restored his life force. Under the temple is said to be a lake in which Guru Rimpoche hid several Terma.

After lunch, Visit Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message), established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and is the most important Nyingmapa temple in the kingdom. In the evening, visit Membartsho, which literally means, “The Burning Lake”. It was here that the Terton Pema Lingpa discovered the treasures hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 14th century.

After breakfast drive to Phobjikha. Follow the same route back to Trongsa & Wangdue and after you cross Pele La the road diverts to Gangtey Valley which is just 5 km. The gravel road to Gangtey descends through fields of bamboo, emptying into a lowland valley of grass that falls within the borders of the Black Mountain Natural Park. To the Bhutanese, going to Gangtey is like going back in time, an interesting perspective given that they themselves live in a country
right out of the pages of King Arthur’s Court. Overnight in hotel in phobjikha.
Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the western slopes of the black mountains. The valley is a designated conservation area and borders the Black Mountains National Park. After breakfast visit Gangtey Goemba overlooks the large green expanse of the Phobjikha Valley. The extensive complex consists of the goemba and several other buildings, which include monk, quarters,
meditation centers and school. In the front of the yellow roofed goemba is a Tibetan style chorten with a wooden roof. Drive to Thimphu (optional) for lunch or continue drive to Paro.
overnight in hotel in Paro.
Taktsang is the most famous of all Bhutanese monasteries. It is perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of the Paro valley, where the only sounds are the murmurs of the wind, and water and the chanting of the monks. The name Taktsang means ‘Tigers Nest’; the Guru is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to the site of the monastery where he meditated in a cave for
three months.

The monastery itself is closed to tourists except by special permit. However the one-hour walk to the viewpoint, where there is a small wooden teahouse provides a close-up view of the monastery. It’s also a good warm-up hike if you are going trekking.In the evening visit a farmhouse for “traditional hot stone bath” and local hospitality. Overnight in hotel in Paro.

Early morning, drive to Airport.

FARE RULES

MARCH – APRIL – MAI / SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

3400 $ : Single traveller

3280 $ : 2 Pax

2920 $ : 3 Pax & Above

Consult us : Group > 6 Pax

JUNE – JULY – AUGUST / DECEMBER – JANUARY – FEBRUARY

2800 $ : Single traveller

2680 $ : 2 Pax

2320 $ : 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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