3 Cities | Paro, Thimphu & Punakha | 5 Star Accommodation | Minimum 2 persons
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Arrive at Paro International Airport and travel to Thimphu.If you are arriving on a bright sunny day, your holiday begins with the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges from the windows of your aircraft, where you’ll be greeted by Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga, and our very own Mt. Jomolhari. Upon arrival you’ll be received by our friendly professional representatives who will help you settle into your comfortable luxury transport and will drive you to Thimphu. While on the way to the capital city, you will visit Tachogang Lhakhang and Chunzom bridge. Tachog or Tachogang Lhakhang is located along Paro-Thimphu highway, just after Isuna village and before Chuzom, on the base of a mountain across the Pa Chu River. Chuzom means river confluence. The confluence here forms with Paro River and Thimphu River. The bridge on this confluence connects four districts of Paro, Haa, Chhukha and Thimphu. You will also be able to see three Stupas, built in Bhutanese and Tibetan style at Chuzom. From this bridge, it is 31 km to Thimphu, 24 km to Paro and 141 km to Phuntsholing, a border town of Bhutan with India. We will transfer you to our partner hotel upon arrival and after refreshments or rest for a while you can explore the city in the evening/night. Stay overnight in in your hotel in Thimphu.
Full day sightseeing in picturesque Thimphu.Your second day in Bhutan now comes with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (stupa) right after breakfast. National Memorial Chorten is a large white structure crowned with a golden spire. It is located close to the center of Thimphu city and is one of its most iconic monuments. After a short visit to this Chhorten, you will visit the Buddha Dordenma. It’s a massive statue of Shakyamuni which measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, one hundred thousand 8 inch tall and twenty five thousand 12 inch tall statues respectively. After your visit to Buddha Dordenma, you will visit the National Folk Heritage Museum and National Institute of Zorig Chusum(school of 13 traditional arts and crafts). National Folk Heritage Museum – also known as the Phelchey Toenkhyim, the museum is a complete living example of the Bhutanese rural life. Back to the city, stop at one of our select, top-rated restaurants for lunch and after lunch visit the Motithang Takin Preserve, Tashichhodzong and Craft Bazar. Takin is the National Animal of Bhutan. Motithang Takin Preserve is located at a short distance up the road towards BBS tower. It is a trail leading to a large fenced enclosure that was originally established as a zoo. After a visit to Takin Preserve, you will descend towards a beautiful valley where you will see a beautifully built big structure located along the Thimphu river and it’s a Tashichho Dzong. Tashichho Dzong - meaning the fortress of the glorious religion houses the office and throne of the present king along with the Central monastic Body and Administrative offices. After spending around an hour in the Dzong, drive towards the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazar. The Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar, also known as the handicraft market of Thimphu, is a perfect place to get a glimpse inside the art and craft of Bhutan. Stay overnight in your hotel in Thimphu.
Travel to Punakha and explore some of its attractions.After early breakfast, start your journey towards Punakha. On the way, you will come across Dochula Pass where you will stop for a while and enjoy its beauty. Dochula Pass is located on the way to Punakha. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snow-capped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 Chortens(stupas) gracing the mountain pass. Known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens- the construction of these 108 Stupas was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The pass is also popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists because an important temple is located on the crest of Dochula Pass. Before reaching proper Punakha and after crossing Lobesa, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, well known by all the travelers as the temple of fertility. Chimi Lhakhang is located on a hillock below the Metshina–Punakha road, it was built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley in his honour after the lama subdued the Demoness of the nearby Dochula with his ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’. Upon reaching Punakha, you will make a visit to the most amazingly built ancient fortress of Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong. Punakha is located in the western part of Bhutan and is the winter home of the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Punakha is also well known for its beautiful valley, pleasant climate with warm winters and hot summers. Owing to the favorable climatic conditions, rice grows very well in this region and is the main cash crop cultivated here. It is also a paradise for River rafting and Kayaking. Every tourist during their stay in Punakha would always enjoy this adventure. Punakha Dzong which is amazingly built at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, two major rivers in Bhutan. It has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures in the country.
Full day sightseeing in Punakha.After breakfast, hike for an hour to the unique Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Located on the hill above the Punakha valley, this Chorten is a classic example of traditional architecture of Bhutan. Unlike most other chortens, it is not designed for community worship or for monastic retreat or education but was built by the Queen Mother for heading off the negative forces bringing peace and harmony for all the living beings in the kingdom. After this, walk Punakha’s suspension bridge, famous and popular among travel bloggers for its spectacular views. While the iron bed and steel cable look is new, the towers are very old. The first iron suspension bridges in Bhutan were built over 500 years ago, around circa 1440 and 5 of these are known to be still in use. Follow this up with lunch in town and right after visit the Sangchen Dorji Lhendrub Choling Nunnery, located above Wolakha on the way to Drolay Goemba. It was financed by the fourth king’s father-in-law to serve as a Buddhist college for 120 resident Anim (nuns). The attached ridge top Nepali-style chorten is visible from as far away as the Dochu La to Metshina road. Since you will be allowed to meditate in this Nunnery, we will spend around an hour and meditate with the help of a leading nun, if available at that time.
Drive to Paro from Punakha. Visit Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s nest).After your leisurely breakfast at your hotel, you will travel to Paro and upon reaching there, you will first visit Paro Ta Dzong, the national museum of Bhutan. After a visit to Ta Dzong, go to Paro town and have lunch at one of the best restaurants in Paro. After the lunch, visit the one of the most revered sites of Bhutan, the Paro Taktsang Monastery. It is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This intriguing temple clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley. No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable heritage site. You may stay to meditate at the monastery before making your way back. Have your dinner back in the town and enjoy walking around and interacting with the local people.
Depart from Paro International Airport.After breakfast at your hotel, proceed to the Paro International Airport for your onward journey.
All prices quoted are for one person on a twin sharing basis.
- 5 Star Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Local Transport
- Tour Guide (Multi-lingual)
- Government Fees : Government Royalty Fees + Visa Fees + Sightseeing Fees
- Tipping to guides and drivers
- Tshechu surcharge
- Compulsory surcharge for Christmas and New Year’s eve.
- Any Insurance and rescue of any form.
- Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control.
- Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost.
- Any international air fare/airport taxes not mentioned above.
- Hotel surcharges during festival period.
- Any change in tax structure resulting from the hike in published tariff.
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- Any video/still camera fee to the monuments and places of visit.
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- Any airfare for domestic flights other than the quoted details.
- Any cost of the meals other than the one indicated in room meal plan.
- Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified.
All prices quoted are for one person on a twin sharing basis.
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ENTRY / VISA REQUIREMENTS
- As is the case for all international travel, the visitor to Bhutan is required to be in possession of a valid passport and visa. Travelers from all countries need a visa. Visa for Bhutan will be arranged on receipt of the full payment for the tour. At the time of travel the passport on basis of which the Bhutan visa has been issued has to present at the time of boarding check in and at the emigration/immigration checkpoints. Boarding or immigration can be denied if there is a mismatch of passport details mentioned on the visa letter and the passport presented at these checks.
- The passport has to be valid for a minimum of 6 months AFTER the departure date from Bhutan and at least 2 (two) clear pages available in the passport for immigration stamping.