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5 Days

Let us introduce you to our new destination Bhutan. Explore the must-see sights of Western Bhutan with our 5 day trip

£950.00

Includes

  • Pickups and drops from airports and hotels 
  • Comfortable transport within Bhutan
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Best accommodation in 3-star hotels certified by the government based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double bed (single supplements apply)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours 
  • Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
  • All entrance fees to museums and other attractions 
  • All applicable internal taxes and service fees 
  • Mineral water
  • Visa fees

Itinerary

Day 1 (Monday, 23 September 2019): Arrive Paro

On arrival in Paro you will be picked up from Paro International Airport after clearing the immigration and customs formalities and transferred to your hotel in Thimphu for check-in. Flying into Paro is not just to connect Bhutan but also get to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Gangkar Puensum. En route stop off at the 13th century temple of Tachog Lhakhang on the base of a mountain across the Pachhu River along the Paro – Thimphu highway, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s great architect and saint Dupthop Thangtong Gyalpo (builder of iron chain bridges). Travel to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan for an hour journey. Bhutan’s capital is not a concrete jungle that you see in other parts of the world. Thimphu is set in a lovely rural valley with beautiful natural scenery on all sides and buildings built in the traditional Bhutanese style without traffic lights. You’ll still find the police directing traffic with an intricate ballet of hand signals at the main intersections. Tonight enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with BGT. Overnight in Thimphu. 

Hotel Standard: 3-star Hotel Riverview

 

Day 2 (Tuesday, 24 September 2019): Thimphu – Punakha

We explore the best of Thimphu city at an altitude of 2,300m (the capital of Bhutan), home to approximately 138,736 inhabitants. First stop the Institute of Zorig Chusum (Painting School) to discover a glimpse of novices learning the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan followe by Motithang Takin Preserve to see the national animal of Bhutan. Another must see place to tick off on your list, Kuenselphodrang (the largest Buddha Dordenma statue in the world at 51.5m) on a hill offering a panoramic view of the Thimphu valley. After lunch, travel to Punakha (77-km) for about 3 hours. Punakha, at an altitude of 1,300m, was once the old capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955. En route stop off at the Druk Wangyal 108 Chortens constructed on the crest of Dochula pass at 3,100m (45minutes from Thimphu). On a clear day, you will enjoy an amazing 360-degree panoramic view of the snow capped mountain peaks of eastern Himalayas including Mt. Masanggang at 7,570m, the highest peak of Bhutan (locally known as Mt. Gangkar Puensum). Continue your journey descending into the sub-tropical valleys of Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang. The evening is at leisure to relax – so why not take a walk to the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan built over the Phochhu River? Overnight in Punakha.

 Hotel Standard: 3-star Zhingkham Resort 

 

Day 3 (Wednesday, 25 September 2019): Punakha – Paro   

This morning visit the Punakha Dzong (also known as the Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong) built in 1637, which is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) Rivers. Next, Later, discover the Chimi Lhakhang  (temple) built by the legendary Lama Drukpa Kinley (known as the Divine Madman). The temple is known to the English-speaking world as ‘The Fertility Temple’, in the Punakha district of Bhutan, idyllically located on a round hill. Hike to the temple for about one hour (round trip), which is also revered as a sanctum of fertility. Legend has it that the childless couples wishing to have a baby from across Bhutan and occasionally from overseas are blessed with a child after visiting the temple – several Japanese and American couples visited this temple were believed to have blessed miraculously with children. Then we return to Paro, home to the famous Paro Taktshang (also known as Tiger’s Nest), National Museum, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. The evening is at leisure to explore the festive Paro town or perhaps hunt for souvenirs in Handicraft Shops or visit a local farmhouse to drink tea with the farmer and his family, allowing you to experience the traditional Bhutanese village life. Overnight in Paro.

 Hotel Standard: 3-star Hotel Olathang 

 

 Day 4 (Thursday, 26 September 2019): Hike to Tiger’s Nest

This morning you’ll take a short hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), located 10 miles north of Paro (20 minutes drive). No visit to Bhutan would be complete without a trip to Taktshang. It is stunning in its beauty and location. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche (Padma Sambhava) flew to Paro Taktshang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on the back of a flaming tigress from Tibet to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in the 8th century. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, 900m above the Paro floor valley, and it takes between 4 to 5 hours to do the round trip hike plus an hour to tour the monastery. The trail is a wide, uphill the entire way but not overly steep, on the well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish Moss and fluttering prayer flags. The hike starts at the base of the mountain by the car park. Here the locals sell souvenirs, hiking poles and also a horse/pony hiring is available from this start point. Gentle horse/pony rides are available for transport half-way up the trail, where you will be treated to a stunning viewpoint of the monastery clinging to the cliff wall. There is a small cafeteria located along the trail and stop for a rest, drink or lunch. If time permits, visit Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower), which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan, and continue to the Paro Dzong (also known as the Rinpung Dzong), built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Overnight in Paro.

 Hotel Standard: 3-star Hotel Olathang

 

Day 5 (Friday, 27 September 2019): End of Tour Your tour ends today. 

Transfer to Paro Airport for your onward journey accompanied by your guide from Bhutan Green Travel. Goodbye and Good luck! Tashi Delek!

 Meals: Breakfast

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Price per person
2 persons 833£
3-10 734£
11-15 693£
16 and more 666£

 

Excludes:

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  • Travel insurance
  • Discretionary tips to guides and drivers
  • Other personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Upgrades to 4-star or 5-star luxury accommodation
  • $50 per night for single room supplement
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