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JOURNEY TO LAST SANGRI-LA

Journey to Last Sangri-La

11 Days / 10 Nights of Bhutan Cultural Tour.

Bhutan is known as the last remaining Shangri-La in the world. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia, a permanently happy land isolated from the outside world.

Bhutan also has been recognized worldwide for its concept of GNH, introduced by the fourth monarch of Bhutan, King Jigme Singye Wangchuk. Come to Bhutan and find the secret to happiness. This tiny Himalayan nation will redefine the concept of happiness as you know it. Visit the Magnificent Dzongs of Bhutan, climb the higher Himalayas and spot some of the rare species of flora and fauna endemic only to Bhutan such as the Black necked cranes, Takin , Golden Langur and Rhododendron and many more.

  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • DETAILED ITINERARY
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HIGHLIGHTS

Day From To Distance Time Altitude Accommodation
1 Arrival in Paro  Airport 2200m Hotel in Paro
2 Paro Thimphu 54km 1 hr 2400m Hotel in Thimphu
3 Thimphu Punakha 72km 3 hrs 1350m Hotel in Punakha
4 Punakha   Phobjikha 88km 4hrs 2900m Hotel in Phobjikha
5 Phobjikha Bumthang 188km 6.5hrs 2800m Hotel in Bumthang
6 Bumthang sightseeing 2800m Hotel in Bumthang
7 Bumthang Thimphu       Hotel in Thimphu
8 Thimphu Paro 54 km 1 hr 2400m Hotel in Paro
9 Paro(round trip) Haa     2400m Hotel in Paro
10 Paro sightseeing Hotel in Paro
11 Departures from Paro

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1:  Arrive Paro/Paro sightseeing

  • Our representative from Bhutanitis Travels will be there to greet you at the airport and transfer you till the hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong (National Museum) – watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country.
  • Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) – built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Food and accommodation will be arranged as per your reservations.

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Nunnery.
  • Village walk.
  • Mountain biking around Paro valley.

Day 2:  Paro to Thimphu.

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) – one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900 meters above the Paro valley floor.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu.

  • On the way, visit to Tamchog Lhakhang – dedicated to the 13th century Thangthong Gyalpo, the bridge builder.

Dinner and overnight halt in hotel in Thimphu.


Day 3 :  Thimphu to  Punakha

After breakfast, drive towards Punakha.

  • On the way to Punakha, halt in Dochu-La – You can see the higher Himalayas, if the weather permits. Visit Royal Botanical Park at Lam Pelri. After reaching Lobesa we halt for Lunch.
  • Visit to Chimi Lhakhang – dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as “Divine Madman”.
After lunch,
  • visit Punakha Dzong – Built in 1637, by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region.

Dinner and overnight in hotel in Punakha.

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Drive to Talo Goenpa
  • Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang
  • White water rafting in Mo Chhu/ Pho Chhu
  • Camping in Jomlingthang.

Day 4 :  Punakha  to Phobjikha

After breakfast drive to Phobjikha.

  • On the way to Phobjikha visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong razed by fire in 2012, built in 1638(under construction now).
  • Upon arrival in Phobjikha lunch will be served
  • After lunch Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter. Visit Gangtey Gompa located in Gangtey Village.
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Phobjikha.

 Optional activities you can choose:

  • Gangtey Natural Trail (Gangtey)

Day 5 :  Phobjikha to Bumthang  via Trongsa:

After breakfast, drive to Trongsa and visit to:

  • Trongsa Dzong- built in its present form in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa.
  • Ta Dzong – an ancient watch tower.
  • After lunch, drive to Bumthang.
  • Dinner and overnight halt in Bumthang.

Day 6:  Bumthang Sightseeing.

After breakfast, drive to Bumthang and visit to:

  • Jakar Dzong – Founded by great grand-father of the first Zhabdrung, the Dzong was initially built as a monastery in 1549.
  • Jambay Lhakhang – built in the 7th century by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Kujee Lhakhang – Kujee Lhakhang consists of three temples. These three temples are surrounded by a 108 Chorten wall.
  • Tamzhing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message) – founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Padsambhava.
  • Membarstho (Literally means “The Burning Lake”) – in Tang valley is a wide spot on the Tang Chhu (chhu – water / river) considered to be one of the greatest pilgrimage sites of Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight halt

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Tharpaling Monastery: This excursion begins with 30 minute drive to Lamigompa. The hike will take about 5hours.
  • Pasaling Gompa: This hike will take about 3hours.
  • Kunzang Drak: It is two hours walk above Drangchel, Tang Valley.
  • Ngang Lhakhang: It is three hours walk from Thangbi Goenpa.
  • Walk to Bathpalathang and visit Red Panda Beer factory, Swiss cheese factory.

Day 7: Bumthang to Thimphu

After breakfast, drive towards Thimphu.

  • Halt in Pele-La pass for Photography. Catch an excellent view of the eastern Himalayas.

Dinner and overnight halt in a hotel in Thimphu.


Day 8: Thimphu  to Paro

  • After breakfast, visit KuenselPhodrang, where the largest statue of sitting Buddha is located. visit the Takin Preservation Center in Motithang
  • After lunch , visit Dechenphu Lhakhang and take a short hike to Tango Chari Monastery. In the evening drive to Paro.
  • Dinner and overnight halt in a hotel in Paro.

Day 9: Paro (round trip) to Haa               

After breakfast,

  • Take a drive towards Haa valley. On the way to Haa , you will halt in Chele-La pass , the highest pass in Bhutan . You can take excellent photographs here.
  • Take a short tour of the Haa valley, visit Haa monastery.
  • In the afternoon, drive towards Paro.

Dinner and overnight halt in hotel in Paro.


Day 10: Paro sightseeing

Today is a leisure day for you to relax and prepare for your journey tomorrow.

After breakfast,

  • visit Drukgyel Dzong – built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal(now under reconstruction) to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders.
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakhang in Bumthang).

After lunch take a stroll around the Paro valley.Dinner and overnight halt in a hotel in Paro.


Day 11: Departures from Paro

After breakfast, drive to the Airport and Farewell.

PACKAGE INFO

Package Includes

  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. English speaking Local guide.
  7. Sightseeing.

Package Does Not Include

  1. Druk Air fares.
  2. Insurance Premiums.
  3. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  4. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  5. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  6. Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
  7. Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
  8. Visa Fees

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