Shangri-La Bhutan (Roundtrip Bangkok - Paro air included) 10 days


Bhutan Grand cultural tour is the best 10 day tour option for Bhutan. Grand Cultural is a step back in time for a glimpse of traditions and customs fast disappearing from the rest of the Himalayan world. The small kingdom of Bhutan is so traditional, so ancient, and so completely- culturally intact that it can seem almost unreal. Here you’ll find an independent people who have not rejected their spiritual heritage for modern ways. INCLUDES BANGKOK-PARO ROUNDTRIP AIR

TRAVEL PERIOD:

Jan 15, 2018 - March 25, 2019

HIGH SEASON: additional $150 per person
March 01- May 31, 2018

September 01 - November 31, 2018

 ​*LAND PACKAGE* 
 

VARIATION PER PERSON* SINGLE SUPPL.
Variation A $3450 $405

*Price per person based on double occupancy

 

Day 01: Arrival in Paro- half day 

Includes air from Bangkok-Paro

Arrive at the airport, meet with your guide and driver outside the terminal. After brief introduction, drive to hotel for check in and relax. Later visit Ta-Dzong (watch tower), followed by Kichu Lhakhang, and visit a local farmhouse meet with the family for a welcome Suja (butter tea) or Oja (milk tea without sugar). Evening leisure walk down the traditional Paro town.

Overnight at hotel in Paro

Day 02: Tiger's nest hike

Taktshang (Tigers nest) monastery is one of the most revered site for all Himalayan Buddhist as their pilgrimage destination. The trail leads up steadily meandering along the ridge and finally finishes at the view point above the monastery and continues with steps all the way down to a water fall and continues further up into the interior of the monastery.  The way back to the bottom is by the same trail. On this hike one can ride horses up till the tea house and not beyond. For those who have the energy and quest to explore more, there are many other sacred monasteries around the main Tiger’s Nest monastery.

It is to be noted that the Tiger Nest Monastery closes down at 1 to 2 Pm every day for lunch break. On your return, your guide will arrange a completely vegetarian lunch at Taktsang cafeteria which is half way to the car parking.

Overnight at Paro

Day 03: Fly to Jakar(BUMTHANG)

Morning drive to the airport for a 35mins flight to Jakar, Bumthang. Check and relax in hotel. Later, sightseeing include 7th century Jambey Lhakang, believed to be one of the 108 temples mysteriously built in a single night. Kurje Lhakhang, discover the cave where Padmasambhava left behind his body imprint after his meditation; 14th century Tamshing Goenba is a monastic school of many young novices; Swiss farmhouse, founded by a Swiss man who later married to a local girl and have settled in Bhutan ever since; Kharchu Dratshang, the largest nyingma monastery in Bumthang. Leisure time around the small town of Jakar.

Overnight at Jakar

Day 04: At Jakar (BUMTHANG)- Ura Valley Excursion

We drive up to Ura and take a leisure stroll in the quaint small village. Ura has a beautiful Buddhist Monastery surrounded by typical Bhutanese farm houses. We will also see yaks grazing in the rich pasture land of the Ura valley. Pack lunch in Ura and return to Bumthang in the evening.

Overnight at Jakar

Day 05: To Trongsa (2-3hrs drive, 68km/45miles)

Morning drive to Trongsa, the ancestral home of the Wangchuck Dynasty. It is said that every crown prince, heir to the ‘golden throne’ must serve as a governor of Trongsa Dzong prior to becoming the next king of Bhutan. En-route visit the Yathra Weaving Centre at Zhungney. It is a joint venture run by family as a source of income other than agriculture. They sell hand-woven carpets, textiles, wooden mask etc. as a finished products but made from Yak hair and sheep wool. On arrival visit, Ta-Dzong, Trongsa Dzong; Evening stroll around the town and interact with the locals are some options kept open after completing the sights of the day.

Overnight at Trongsa

 

Day 06: To Phobjikha (5-6hrs drive, 129km/86miles)

Phobjikha valley and its wet-land that provides natural habitat for the endangered Black-necked Cranes (November – March). These birds fly all the way from the Tibetan plateau looking for winter roosting grounds. Visit 15th century Gantey monastery and Gantey Shedra, Crane information centre. Afterwards, check in and relax.

Overnight at Gantey

 

Day 07: To Punakha (2-3hrs drive, 68km/45miles)

Morning hike (1hrs hike) along Nature trail that begins from Kingathang village where you can visit a temple built by the Queen Mother.   From Kingathang, continue walking for an hour around the wet-lands passing Semchubara village, through forests of blue pine trees covered with lichen (known as old man’s beard) until you reach in front of Gantey Monastery. Next, we drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan but still the winter residence for the central monk body. Rinchengang stone masons village is about 15mins walk is located on a small hill facing Wangdi Phodrang Dzong (under renovation). Meet with the families and children at the village. It is best recommended to buy some candies when you meet with the children will love it. 30mins hike to the most revered temple of fertility, 15th century Chimi LhakhangOvernight at Punakha

 

Day 08: To Thimphu (3-4hrs drive, 75km/50miles)

Morning visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in the country is located in between the Pho (Male) and Mo (female) Chhu (river). Until 1955, Punakha used to be the capital of Bhutan but still it is the winter residence for the central monk body. Later drive to Paro, en-route visit the Royal Botanical Park at Lamperi and the 108 stupas at Dochula pass (Alt. 3140m/10080ft). Continue drive further to the capital city, Thimphu is home to 90,000 residents making it the largest populated districts in Bhutan. Memorial stupa was built in a loving memory of the late third king in early 1970’s. It is a pious landmark to many residents of Thimphu and of the nearby villages.

Overnight at Thimphu

 

Day 09:  Thimphu sightseeing and evening drive to Paro.

Visit Giant Buddha statue at Kuensel phodrang, Takin preserve, the national animal of Bhutan; Drubthob nunnery, consists about 50 nuns mostly of Tibetan orgins. Colourful Weekends market (only open on weekends), the biggest domestic market of the country; Jungshi hand-made paper factory, walk around the Craft Bazaar just in case if you are looking for souvnirs; Changzamtog weaving house. Evening drive to Paro, en-route stop over at the Iron Bridge at Ta-chog Lhakhang. Its located 5mins walk below the Thimphu- Paro highway. Overnight in Paro.

Day 10: Departure

Includes air to Bangkok

  • Bhutan Royalties, Tourist, Visa & TDF Fees
  • Roundtrip Bangkok-Paro flight
  • Accommodation in twin sharing / double bedroom
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • All transfers & sightseeing with entrance Fees
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Bottled water in vehicle
  • Travel/Medical Insurance (recommended)
  • Use of bar and beverages in the hotels
  • Tips & gratuities to the guides and drivers
  • All personal gears
  • Other personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, shopping, etc
LOCATION        VARIATION A
Paro Hotel Drukchen or similar
Thimphu Khang Residency
Punakha Drubchu Hotel or similar
Bumtang Rincholing Lodge or similar
Trongsa Yangkhil Resort or similar
Gangtey  Hotel Dewachen or similar

 

Starting $3,450.00
per person based on double occupancy

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