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Bhutan Travel Packages - 11 Days ( Drive in Phuntsholing / Fly out Paro )

Drive in to Bhutan for 11 days tour. Visiting Paro – a beautiful valley and one of the most fertile valleys in the kingdom producing a bulk of the famous red rice from its terraced fields home to some of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries. Thimphu – is the capital of Bhutan and you will see both modern developments and ancient traditions together. Wangdi – built during 17th century, played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern Bhutanese districts. Bumathang - traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Linga.

Routing :               Phuntsholing – Thimphu – Wangdi – Bumthang – URA Village – Wangdi – Paro.
Highlights :          Chukha Hydel Project, Memorial Chorten in Thimpu; Excursion of Ura village from Bumthang.

Sightseeing & Excursion :
Thimphu :            Tashichhodzong, Indigenous Hospital, Handicrafts.
Wangdi :               Dochula Pass, Punakha Dzong.
Bumthang :          Tongsa, Gangtey Gompa & Full day City Tour.

ITINERARY
Day 01 - ARRIVE PHUNTSHOLING By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 02 - PHUNTSHOLING/THIMPHU By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 03 - THIMPHU
Day 04 - THIMPHU/WANGDI By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 05 - WANGDI/BUMTHANG By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 06 - BUMTHANG
Day 07 - BUMTHANG – Ura Village By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 08 - BUMTHANG/WANGDI By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 09 - WANGDI/PARO By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 11 - DEPART PARO By Druk Air

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 ARRIVE PHUNTSHOLING
Arrive Phuntsholing.

Phuentsholing (300 m / 985 ft)
Puntsholing, Bhutan TravelThe frontier town, it is a thriving commercial centre, situated directly at the base of Himalayan foothills. It is a fascinating place where different ethnic groups mingle, prominently Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese. Being the border town, Phunetsholing serves as the convenient entry/exit point for Bhutan and also the important link to visit the Indian state of West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 PHUNTSHOLING/THIMPHU
Morning drive to Thimphu (6 hrs. 172 Kms.) En-route visit Chukha Hydel Project.

Thimphu (7,400m / 7,875 ft)
The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.
On arrival Check – in hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 THIMPHU
Morning visit Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong Indigenous Hospital, Handicrafts.

Memorial Chorten
This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan ‘s third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Trashichhodzong
Also know as ‘fortress of the glorious religion’, it was initially built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses, main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. The National Assembly Hall is housed in a modern building on the other side of the river from the Dzong. During the warmer summer months, the monk body headed by His Holiness, the Je Khenpo, makes its home in the Dzong.

National Library
The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the National Library. Besides thousands of manuscripts and ancient texts, the library also has modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags.

Handicrafts Emporium
There are various Handicrafts Emporiums in town displaying a wide assortment of beautifully hand-Woven and crafted products.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 THIMPHU/WANGDI
Morning drive to Wangdiphodrang. En-route visit Dochula Pass.

Wangduephodrang (1,300m / 4,265 ft)
Wangdi, Bhutan ToursWangduephodrang is the last town on the central highway before central Bhutan. The town is not more than an enlarged village with a few well-provided shops. Located in the south of Punakha, the higher reaches of the Wangduephodrang valley provide rich pastureland for cattle. This district is also famous for its fine bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong.

Punakha Dzong
Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. The Dzong is open for visitors during Punakha festival and in summer months when the monk body moves to Thimphu.
Check in hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05 WANGDI/BUMTHANG
Morning drive to Bhumtang. En-route visit Tongsa.

Bumthang (2,600 – 4,500m / 8,530 – 14,765 ft)
Bumthang has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprising of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Bumthang is also the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Linga to whose descendants the present dynasty traces its origin.
On arrival check-in hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06 BUMTHANG
Full day city tour of Bumthang.

Jambey Lhakhang
This monastery was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of the 108 monasteries built by him to subdue evil spirits n the Himalayan region. Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century.

Kurje Lhakhang
Situated before Jambey Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang consists of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rack face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. Second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru’s body and is therefore considered the most holy. The third temple was built in 1990s by Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother. These three Temples are surrounded by a 108 chorten wall.

Tamshing Lhakhang
Located opposite Kurje Lhakhang on the other side of the river, this temple was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Padsambhava. The monastery has very ancient religious paintings like 1,000 Buddhas and 21 Taras (female form of Buddhistava). The temple was restored at the end of the 19th century.

Jakar Dzong
Built in 1549 by the great grandfather of the first Shabdrung, the Dzong was initially built as monastery. It was upgraded in 1646, after the Shabdrung had firmly established his power. Jakar Dzong is now used as the administrative centre for Bumthang valley and also houses the regional monk body.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07 BUMTHANG – Ura Village
Today excursion to Ura village. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08 BUMTHANG/WANGDI
Morning drives Wangdi. En-route visit Gangtey Gompa. Check – in at Hotel afternoon free.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09 WANGDI/PARO
Morning drive for Paro. En-route visit Thimphu.

Paro (2,280 m / 7,218 ft)
The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport. Mount. Jhomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro river). Paro is also one of the most fertile valley in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.
On arrival check –in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11 DEPART PARO
Transfer to the airport to board Druk – Air flight to Delhi/Calcutta.

** End of Bhutan Tour **

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