BHUTAN- SONG OF DRAGONS AND MOUNTAINS

10 Nights / 11 Days

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OVERVIEW

Package name BHUTAN- SONG OF DRAGONS AND MOUNTAINS
Duration 10 Nights / 11 Days
Price (Per Person ) Price on request
Package City Routes Phuentsholing- Paro-Thimphu-Punakha,Wangdue - Gangtey Trek.

Itinerary Highlights
Day 1 ARRIVE PHUNTSHOLING & HALT
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • PHUNTSHOLING & HALT
  • Hotel    :
  • Park Hotel


Arrive at Phuentsholing A scenic drive through the tea gardens brings you to a typical Bhutanese Gate that greets visitors at the entrance of Phuentsholing, on the bank of the Torsa River. On crossing the gate one can immediately feel a certain degree of tranquility and the atmosphere of relaxation so typical of the Bhutanese way of life. You will be received by our Representative. Phuentsholing is the gateway to Bhutan by road and is a thriving commercial center. Situated directly under at the Himalayan foothills, Phuentsholing is a fascinating mixture of Bhutanese and Indian, a perfect example of mingling of people and their culture our guide will accompany you if you wish), browse through the shops, or just take in the scenery which you will find appealingly different. Over night at Park Hotel .

Day 2 PHUNTSHOLING TO THIMPHU- BY SURFACE / 179 KM / APPROX 6HRS
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • THIMPHU
  • Hotel    :
  • Riverview Hotel


Today soon after Breakfast drive to the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. The road to Thimphu was only completed as late as 1962. Shortly after leaving town, the road ascends to give you a bird’s eye view of Phuentsholing town sprawling besides the Torsa River. Enroute visit Kharbandi Gompa, a beautiful monastery situated 5 kms away from Phuentsholing town. From here, the road now hairpins upwards and after about 45 minutes of driving you get into thickly forested hillsides. There is very little habitation and the villages are few. What catch the eye along the way are the traditional houses. Every house, be it in a small settlement or in a town, is built in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style. Along the way picturesque waterfalls dot the landscape. The first big settlement that comes your way is at Gedu, which has the Tala Hydroelectric Project and then Chhukha, which is known for its Hydro Power Project. At the Chhukha Check Post, you will be required to make an entry and your luggage will also be checked. The road ascends from here to the highest point on the Phuentsholing - Thimphu road where a signboard proclaims the height to be 8,350 ft. Thereafter you travel along the Wang Chu (river). After 141 km from Phuentsholing you arrive at the confluence of the Wang Chu and the Paro Chu. On the right of the road is a bridge that spans the Wang Chu with a road that bifurcates in two directions: the right road going to Paro (24 km) and the left one going to Ha (79 km). Another 31 km of driving that takes approx an hour gets you to Thimphu. Over night at Riverview Hotel .

Day 3 THIMPHU Sightseeing
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • THIMPHU
  • Hotel    :
  • Riverview Hotel


Today after breakfast you will commence on full day sightseeing which includes visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace), a shrine built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan dedicated for world peace and prosperity followed by the visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) Located at a short drive from National Memorial Chorten , visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. After the visit drive to the School of Arts and Crafts (National Institute of Zorig Chusum) where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine where Bhutan’s famed traditional medicines are compounded and dispensed followed by the Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life. After lunch, visit the Coronation Park, Located on the banks of the river (near the city stadium), this 5.6 acres of parkland offer a pleasant and relaxing environment to stroll or to sit and watch the river flow by and then drive to Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Takin Preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan. This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology. A further drive towards the BBS Tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital. Also visit a small family-run enterprise which manufactures paper and paper products using traditional methods followed by visit to Tashichhodzong or the “fortress of the glorious religion" which is Bhutan’s administrative and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Over night at Riverview Hotel .

Day 4 THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • PUNAKHA
  • Hotel    :
  • MeriPhuensum Resort


After breakfast, ride to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan via Dochula Pass at an altitude of 10,000ft/3,080m. This pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of Eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m (provided the day is clear). However skies are mostly clear during the month of October till mid February. Also of interest is the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. After some refreshments, continue driving to Punakha through temperate of rhododendron and magnolia (which bloom in mid March and last till May), then a semi-tropical zone where orange, banana trees and cactuses are found in abundance. On arrival at Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong known as the Palace of Happiness. Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river). After lunch, take a pleasant hike to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 1499 by the Divine Madman” (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). It is a 45 minute leisurely walk across a local village and terraced rice. After the visit, you will be driven to your hotel. Over night at MeriPhuensum Resort .

Day 5 PUNAKHA TO GANGTEY
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • GANGTEY
  • Hotel    :
  • Hotel Dewachen


Today you will ride to the beautiful valley of Gangtey and it’ll be a slightly longer drive (about 3 hours), so breakfast suitably. On the plus, however the fatigue of journey will be forgotten as you drive through serene dense forests of Oak and Rhododendron before reaching Gangtey (Phobjikha). Toward evening side, feel free to make a round of the quaint valley and its villages and while you’re doing that also visit Gangtey Gonpa, a highly revered and respected place of worship among the Buddhists in Bhutan, especially those of the Nyingma following. Over night at Hotel Dewachen .

Day 6 Gangtey Gompa – Gogona, Altitude : 3100m, 14 km, 5-6 hours walk
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • Gogona
  • Hotel    :
  • Overnight camp.


The trek leaves the valley at 2830m and leads south, then west through meadows and fields. It then climbs through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, rhododendrons and magnolia. The trail is rough and rocky and weaves through trees where pack animals have created deep muddy furrows. After crossing Tsele La (3440m) the trail crosses several meadows, and then descends through forests to Gangak (3020m). It is then a short climb to the camp at Gogona (3100m), a beautiful hilltop site overlooking a long valley. Nearby is Gogona Lhakhang and dozens of poles with white prayer flags fluttering. A 30-minute walk beyond Gogona is a hamlet where you may find homemade arra to buy. The women here weave blankets and speak a different dialect called Bjop-kha (language of the nomads). Overnight camp. .

Day 7 Gogona – Khotokha, Altitude : 2790m, 15 km, 5 - 6 hours walk
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • Khotokha
  • Hotel    :
  • Overnight camp.


The trail winds gently up above Gogona village, past flocks of sheep and ploughed fields. Climb into a forest of firs, oak, spruce, dwarf rhododendron, miniature azaleas, cypress and juniper. Much of the undergrowth is daphne, the plant that is used for hand-made paper and may be identified by its yellow flowers. Then a long but gradual climbs leads to Shobju La pass (3410m). The trail down from the past is rocky and muddy, weaving through the forest and criss- crossing a small stream. Eventually, at about 3000m, the trail meets a rough trek used by tractors to collect wood from the forest. Follow the road, with a few short cuts through the woods, to a sawmill and woodcutters camp at Dolonaga (2830m). Still heading down, the trail overlooks the broad Khothangkha valley and eventually reaches a clearing, Chorten Karpo, where there are four Chortens dedicated to the four Je Khenpos who came from this area. Three of the Chortens are square, in Bhutanese style, and the fourth is Nepali style. The best camp is in this clearing at 2790m, beside a forest of a large blue pines overlooking the valley and the village of Khothangkha, comprising about 60 rustic houses. Overnight camp. .

Day 8 Khotokha - Tikke Zampa & transfer to Wangdue, Altitude : 1300m, 12km, 5 hours walk
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • PARO
  • Hotel    :
  • Janka Resort


A short, steep climb along a well-known path takes you to Tashi La (2800m). This is the upper terminus of the cable car” that transports wood down to Chhuzomsa, 1300m below. The walk down is through a beautiful forest, with the undergrowth changing from rhododendrons and magnolia to ferns and dwarf bamboo. This stretch of trail is one of the finest bird-watching areas in Bhutan. Among the species found here are laughing thrush, shrike, magpie and woodpecker. The trail then plunges down past steep terraced wheat fields to a cluster of houses at Whachay. The trail eventually meets the road near Tikke Zampa at 1500m. End of trek and then visit Wangduephodrang Dzong, founded by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgayl in 1638. It is located on top of a high ridge overlooking a river junction. The Dzong stands majestically on a spur and commands an impressive view over both north-south and east-west roads. After the visit and Lunch ride to Paro back over Dochu La Pass, enroute take the photograph of the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest in Bhutan, now a traditional school specializing in Dzongkha and religious studies. Along this route you will come across many farmers selling farm produces like, apples, peach, plum, pears, asparagus, cucumber, wild mushrooms at numerous spots. We will stop to capture Tachogang Monastery (15th Century) just before reaching Paro. Over night at Janka Resort .

Day 9 PARO-Local Sightseeing.
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • PARO
  • Hotel    :
  • Jankha Resort


Consider this sort-of ‘the best that was saved for last.’ You will be taken on an excursion to Taktsang Monastery a most spectacular site that is perched high and precariously on a steep 800m rock face. Prepare for a two hour walk uphill after you have been reached at the foot of the Taktsang cliff by the company vehicle. There is also the option to take riding-ponies which can be arranged by the company prior to your arrival, as it is a four hour trip in total back-and-forth. Taktsang or ‘Tiger’s Nest’ is a most holy pilgrimage site blessed by Guru Padmasambhava who is believed to have flown to this spot on the back of a tigress in his wrathful form called Guru Dorji Drolo and it is believed that his consort Yeshey Tshogyal had transformed into the tigress which he rode. Guru Padmasambhava had meditated at the site for three months giving the temple a highly sacred status and thereby making it a popular pilgrimage destination for Buddhists not just in the country but everywhere around the world. In 1684, the Fourth Desi (temporal ruler) of Bhutan, Gyalsey Tenzin Rabgye, built a monastery on the site and named it Taktshang drawing from the origins in the Padmasambhava legends. Later, you can have lunch at the Taktsang Cafeteria. In evening witness especially arranged archery game with traditional bow and arrow followed by lessons in archery by locals followed by dinner in a farm house on typical Bhutanese cuisine. Over night at Jankha Resort .

Day 10 PARO-PHUENTSHOLING
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • PHUENTSHOLING
  • Hotel    :
  • Hotel Park Hotel.


Ride to Phuntsholing. After breakfast the trip will take us 6 hrs, one will enjoy the vista along the drive, till we reach chozom(river meet) Police check point. Where Police will keep track of numbers of car’s getting in and out. The road ascends from here to the highest point on Phuntsholing- Thimphu high way, where a signboard proclaims the highest point to be 8,350ft. From here, the road now hairpins downwards and after about 45 minutes of driving you get into thickly forested hillsides. There is very little habitation and the villages are few. What catch the eye along the way are the traditional houses. Every house, be it in a small settlement or in a town, is built in the traditional Bhutanese architectural style. Along the way picturesque waterfalls dot the landscape. The first big settlement that comes your way is Chhuka, which is known for its Hydro Power Project. At the Chhukha Check Post, you will be required to make an entry and your luggage will also be checked. Thereafter you travel along the Wang Chu (river). After reaching Phuentsholing one can stroll around the City followed by Shopping. Overnight at Hotel Park Hotel. .

Day 11 DEPARTURE
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  • Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • City    :
  • PHUENTSHOLING
  • Hotel    :
  • Hotel Park Hotel.


Today after breakfast you can proceed to your onwards destination .

INCLUSION

  • Transfers
  • MAP Meal Plan – Breakfasts & Lunch/Dinner

EXCLUSION

  • Meals Other Than Specified.
  • Air fare / Train fare.
  • Any Adventure activities.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Expenses – Laundry, Shopping, Tip Etc.

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* Airline/Train/Bus cancellation is as per concerned airline/irctc/bus company policy.
* Minimum cancellation amount is INR 2500 per adult once package is booked.
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