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Bhutan Vistas Tour- 6 Days

1. Bhutan Vistas Tour- 6 Days

Detailed Itinerary: Day 01 - Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) then transfer to Thimphu The flight into Paro on Bhutan's national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will drive you to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Overnight at a hotel. Day 02 - Sightseeing in and around Thimphu In the morning we first stop at Bhutan’s National Bank to exchange currency as well as visit the post office to view and purchase elaborate and exquisite Bhutanese collector item stamps. We then will visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king. Also, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Takin Reserve which protects the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Textile Museum and the Arts and Crafts School. A visit to the House of Incense and House of Paper are always favorites as well. Overnight at a hotel. Day 03 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing and return to Thimphu Leaving Thimphu we drive about 3 hours, with the road climbing steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We drive onto Lobesa to take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Driving North to the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. After our day of sightseeing we head back to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel. Day 04 - Leaving Thimphu we drive towards Paro with sightseeing along the way An early morning drive towards Paro we stop to visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, along the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kilometers from the Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel. Day 05 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest) The trail to the Tiger's Nest climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. Overnight at a hotel. Day 06 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.

Kathmandu: 4-Day Bhutan Experience

2. Kathmandu: 4-Day Bhutan Experience

Day 1: Bhutan arrival and sightseeing tour of Paro Enjoy an amazing vista of the Himalayas as you approach Bhutan. The Alpine Club of Himalaya representative will receive you at the airport and drive you to your accommodation. After checking into the hotel, head out on a guided tour of Paro. Visit various sites around the city including Dungste Lhakang, a 15th-century temple, Rinpung Dzong a fortress monastery, the National Museum of Bhutan, and Kichu Lhakhang, Bhutan’s oldest temple. Stay overnight in Paro. Day 2: Paro to Thimphu and hike Tiger's Nest Head towards Paro Taktsang also known as The Tiger’s Nest built on a sheer cliff in the late 17th century, this monastery is where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours in the 8th century. The hike to the monastery takes around four to five hours. Lunch will be served at the restaurant located halfway up the mountain. Enjoy enchanting views of the Paro Valley before retracing your way down and heading towards Thimphu on a short drive towards Bhutan’s capital city. Stay overnight in Thimphu. Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing tour After breakfast head out to explore the city. Some of the landmarks are the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutan’s traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, and a paper-making factory. Later head out towards the Zilukha Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. Afterward, in the evening drive towards Trashichhoe Dzong also known as the “fortress of the glorious religion” which is the center of government and religion. Explore the monastic fortress and witness the monarch’s throne room and the throne of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Later head towards Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, which was reconstructed in the 1960s in a traditional another iconic site of Bhutan. Overnight at Thimphu. Day 4: Thimphu departure Today you’ll be leaving Bhutan. The Alpine Club of Himalaya representative will drop you at the airport approximately 1-hour before your flight. If you have any inquiries or require assistance and further information about this trip or any other trips, please feel free to contact Alpine Club of Himalaya – Walk of the Himalaya.

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