Overview

With a relatively small population of 600,000, people in Bhutan enjoy a sustainable lifestyle, which they inherited from their forefathers. Buddhism, prevalent in the country since the 7th century, respects all forms of life and considers them sacred. The natural elements of the earth: wind, water, rocks, trees, lakes and mountains are seen as the abode of gods and goddesses and spirits and demons. They are believed to punish, with death and disease, those who disturb and pollute their domain.
You travel through some of the most beautiful valleys in western Bhutan, where the trekker comes in contact with several remote villages and monasteries. As in the Journey to Drukyul, this tour is concentrated in the western region of the country with the addition of a visit to the beautiful Gangtey valley, one of the main winter homes to the rare blacked necked crane. The birds fly south to the area from Mongolia during winter months to escape the harsh climatic conditions there. The birds arrive in early November and leave for the north by March.

Highlights

You travel through some of the most beautiful valleys in western Bhutan, where the trekker comes in contact with several remote villages and monasteries. As in the Journey to Drukyul, this tour is concentrated in the western region of the country with the addition of a visit to the beautiful Gangtey valley, one of the main winter homes to the rare blacked necked crane. The birds fly south to the area from Mongolia during winter months to escape the harsh climatic conditions there. The birds arrive in early November and leave for the north by March.

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers in Bhutan
  • Twin sharing accommodation on full board (all meals)
  • solo traveler would be single room throughout the trip
  • All transfers and guided sightseeing tour with English speaking tour guide
  • Royalty and taxes to government
  • Fees to temples & monuments
  • Bhutan Visa and entrance fees
  • Full board Bhutan package , Permit and Visa fee

Price

COST- Private Trip
Net per person in US dollar
2 person: US$1984 per person
3 to 5 persons: US$1675 per person
Single Supplement: US$245
 
Departure: Anytime upon request

*Government fees and airfares are subject to change 
 
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Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Paro. In Paro (Full Board)
Arrive by Druk air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful mountain and landscape. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representative. Afternoon / evening time at leisure. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: In Paro (Full Board)
Full day sightseeing tour: visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong (fort). Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong which now housed National museum. The seven floors museum highlights carry various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor, household objects, and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong known to local as “Fortress of the heap of jewels”. This fort serves as the administrative center and school for monks. The inner courtyard has fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore, such as the legend of the four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount Sumeru and other cosmic mandalas.

Day 3: Travel to Thimpu (2286m). In Thimpu (Full Board)
Drive to Thimphu. The drive takes about 2 hours on the smooth road. Upon arrival check into the hotel. After that visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market.

Day 4: In Wangdue Phodrang (Full Board)
AM visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. PM drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt. Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the market area. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 5: Gangtey Valley(Full Board)
Day excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters. The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located here. This beautiful valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) is taking every measures to ensure the safety of the Cranes. While the cranes reside in the winter valley for 4/5 months the village folks are not allowed to make load noises or fish in the river that runs through the valley. Explore the fascinating glacier valley and return to the Hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Drive to Punakha. In Punakha (Full Board)
After breakfast drive to Punakha. The drive is about 45 minutes. Visit Punakha Dzong which was capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is located in between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the ‘Punakha Serdda’ takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans.

Day 7: Day hike to Taktsang Monastery(Full Board)
Day hike to the view point of Taktsang monastery. Horses can be arranged with an extra payment. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2/3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Resort. Evening at leisure.

Day 8: Transfer to airport for on ward destination
Transfer to airport. Fly home.

Note: The itinerary and schedule are guideline only. It may change due to weather and unforseen which is beyond our control.

  • All tours and treks in Bhutan require prior arrangement at least 45 days before departure.
  • Exclusive private deluxe tour can be made using Aman Kora Hotel chain in Thimpu and Punakha. Long advance booking is required, specially during festival time. The hotel is exclusive and expensive but worth it. Check for detail and price.
  • After confirmation of the tour your visa clearance number is forwarded to concerned overseas airline office/stations. Without clearance number passengers are not allowed to board the flight. This visa clearance number is also required while issuing air tickets.

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