Bhutan

Useful information about Bhutan

Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon is one of the most exotic destinations in the world today. This kingdom, often referred to as the last Shangri-la, is a land of exceptional people, amazing scenery and natural wonders and a proud and vibrant culture. A unique and rare that few have had the privilege of visiting.
Nestled among the world's giants, India and the Tibetan region of China, Bhutan is now slowly opening up to the world through a sensible approach to tourism.
Now you can discover the cultural and natural wonders of this last remaining Mahayana Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom. Here is a kingdom that has just launched the veil of mystery, and to open its doors to visitors.
Bhutan has a pristine environment, almost no pollution, and a living culture in festivals and cultural events are a part of everyday life and not creations for tourism. Let us take care of your needs on your tour of this small kingdom known.

BY DRUKAIR

  • The best way to enter Bhutan is by Drukair, the airlines operating only in Bhutan. The following cities are connected with flights to Bhutan Drukair:
  • India: Delhi (DEL), Calcutta (CCU) and Gaya (GAY)
  • Nepal: Kathmandu (KTM)
  • Bangladesh: Dhaka (DAC)
  • Thailand: Bangkok (BKK)
  • As Drukair flights may be delayed due to weather in the monsoon season (July and August), it is advisable to maintain a 24-hour period before onward international connections.
  • Bhutan travelers can arrange their flights Drukair. For reservations Drukair that require your full name as in your passport. Let Drukair purchase tickets and send to you in advance.
ROAD
Both input and output can be done by land through two cities Boder. Phuntsholing, southern border town on the west by the Indian state of West Bengal. You can enter / exit Bhutan overland from the Indian state of West Bengal in Phuntsholing, a border town in southwest Bhutan. Four hours drive from Phuntsholing will take you to Bagdogra in West Bengal (India), which is the nearest airport from Phuntsholing. Phuntsholing serves as a convenient point for travelers wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal along with Bhutan. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimphu takes six hours.

Samdrup Jongkhar, southern border town on the east by the Indian state of Assam. Samdrup Jongkhar is in the southeast, 110 km from Guwahati, India, which is the closest airport to Guwahati. From Guwahati, can fly to other Indian cities like Delhi, Bombay or Calcutta and forward flight connections. This output is more convenient if travelers do not want to travel and the side track at the same stop of flights and does not want to give up Assam trips to Bhutan.

Bhutan Travel Information
You can visit Bhutan at any time of year. Visitors tend to stay away during the monsoon months of June, July and August, when the weather is sometimes a bit wet for sightseeing. The best time for hiking is in spring and autumn. Therefore, the months of March, April, May and September, October, November.

Due to the wide range of temperatures and weather conditions, it is advisable to wear appropriate clothing. In the months of October, November, December, January and February, in the morning and at night will be cold. You have to be thick coats outerwear (not required). While the months of March, April, May, June, July, August and September, the days are warmer. June, July and August will be slightly damp and some rain gear would be necessary.

Bhutan offers hotels generally modest but clean. There are none of the chain hotels in Bhutan although a couple of high-end stations have opened in some districts. Bhutan puts travelers in the best hotels that are rated and approved by the Royal Government. Visitors are advised not to expect luxury and services of a five star hotel. Local hospitality of Bhutan is, however, a vision of a society where tourism may be a new company, but where visitors are greeted with genuine warmth and friendliness.
In general, tourist facilities and services are good in western Bhutan, but the quality of service and facilities decreases the further east you go. This is because tourism is less developed in the farthest east.

Travellers Bhutan organizes comfortable passenger coaster buses for groups of seven or more visitors. He will also travel comfortably across the country in six seater buses Japanese ace high. Smaller groups of one to two passengers to discover the country in 4WD vehicles.

A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, Continental food and more common. No vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and seasonal.

Bachelor Bhutan travel guides will introduce you to the many facets of this interesting country. English-speaking guides regular training and, where necessary, specialized guides will take you on birding, botany or other special tours.

Although the system of "give and take" is always there in the tradition of Bhutan, tipping is not compulsory. But if you want to appreciate the services of our guides, drivers and service staff that you can tip them according to his will .

The people's sexual preferences are considered personal matters and not concerned over Bhutan. The people of Bhutan, however, is not used to open the intimate behavior. Sometimes you meet people from the hands of the same gender exploitation, but not necessarily gay or lesbian.

Ngultrum is the currency of Bhutan. It is equivalent to the Indian rupee, which is widely accepted across Bhutan. You can buy ngultrum at Paro Airport, Bhutan National Bank and the Bank of Bhutan. You can also buy all the hotels, but the exchange rate is slightly higher than banks. We recommend you bring travelers checks or cash dollars are widely accepted.
Available in large cities of Paro Thimphu ATMs. If you have a Visa card with PIN codes, can cash money from ATMs points. Credit cards are accepted in very few hotels and shops. All credit card transactions take time and are difficult to use. For convenience, it is preferable to have travelers checks and cash dollars.

Bhutan uses a 240 V system. The power supply is generally good, but may be less stable in the smaller towns outside the capital, Thimphu. If you are using computers and other sensitive equipment, be prepared for fluctuations and spikes. Many rural areas still have no electricity, although some farms have solar electrification.
Indians used ssockets Bhutan plug pin round. You can find adapters in many hardware stores in the capital, Thimphu.

At present, they are not required to undergo any vaccinations to travel to Bhutan. However, before you go, you can consult your doctor if any of immunization against preventable diseases is necessary. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides up to date travel information about diseases that you may need to immunize yourself against when planning your trip to Bhutan.

Bhutan has good health coverage and all regions with hospitals and Basic Health Units. Major medical stores are concentrated only in Thimphu and if you want to buy any medication, you can do in Thimphu.

There is very little crime rate in Bhutan and is safe for women travelers. No sexual harassment of women in Bhutan generally enjoy a good reputation in society. Since all the tourists have a travel guide, there is little chance to get through the unpleasant incidents. Women are, however, advised them to take universal precautions when in crowded places of entertainment at night, especially when in nightclubs or bars, or walking home late at night. Sometimes stray dogs could pose a problem on the streets at night. Please visit the link U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet for information in depth and updated information on travel to Bhutan.

In our cultural trips that do not reach heights of over 3400 meters and all our tours ranging from 3500-5500 meters. Since we have no case of altitude sickness in Bhutan, although the altitude in Bhutan is higher than many are accustomed. The signs of altitude sickness are headache, nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue. You can log on to the International Society for Mountain Medicine for more information on altitude sickness and prevention.

All visitors are advised to get their insurance coverage from their own country and insurance of any kind is not included in our tour price.

The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. For this reason the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to a manageable environment through government regulated tourist tariff.
It is mandatory to organized tours through any of the registered operators in Bhutan and other missions or embassies to organize your trip to Bhutan.

Visitors are advised to wear comfortable as Bhutan is generally a formal place. Shorts, skirts and revealing tight clothing should be avoided.

The Bhutanese people carry their traditional evening wear and formal wear for dzongs and temples. Visitors must wear long pants (even jeans), shirts with long sleeves and formal skirts below the knees to these places. Shoes and sandals are not recommended. Sun caps are also not allowed inside Dzongs and temples.

Bhutanese have a different way of greeting people, sometimes with a slight nod of the head or tilt slightly if we are older, older people. Guests are encouraged to respect the local protocol and not to talk too loudly when it meets in Bhutan. A nod also evident when you meet people, especially in towns and cities outside Thimphu. Privacy in public, generally not appreciated.

The export of antiques is prohibited by law. Visitors must buy unique artifacts that have been certified for sale and for export. The government provides an official stamp certifying that artifacts can be drawn from Bhutan.

Bhutan is perhaps one of the most photogenic places in the world. The landscape, nature, architecture and people make it a paradise for photographers. People are happy to pose for photos, but do not ask before if you are focusing on one person. Photography is not allowed inside dzongs, monasteries and temples, as it is considered living institutions. You can use your camcorder for recording your events on tour (except in restricted places mentioned), but there is a set of rules for the commercial shoot. We recommend you bring your own camera equipment and needs. Movies and camera batteries are usually available only in large cities. Slide film is generally not available to bring plenty of rolls of slides if you're shooting slides.

The ancient period of Bhutan, dating from the beginning to the eighth century, was characterized by rural settlements, the domestication of animals, agriculture, the first advent of Buddhism and the later buildings of Buddhist temples.

The visit of Guru Padmasambhava and other Buddhist saints and scholars from India and Tibet Bhutan marked the Middle Ages. The emergence of the dominant clans and development of the arts and architecture were also observed during this period.

Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, a leader of the Drukpa sect, came to Bhutan in the 17th century. He introduced the dual system of government for the first time a degree of stability has been maintained, which was not seen before. But this will not last long. After the death of Ngawang Namgyal, the successors became victims of intrigue and rivalries. Instability continued until the early 20th century.

Country's modern era began with the establishment of the monarchy in Bhutan. The Chief powerful Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned as the first hereditary ruler of Bhutan in 1907. The country's self-imposed isolation policy continued until the reign of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk third. He decided to throw this secular policy and introduced the country to the outside world, bringing the country into the international mainstream.

Although the country is known as Bhutan to the outside world, to Bhutan has been known as "Land of the Thunder Dragon 'Druk Yul. Persons Drukpas call themselves.

His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, is the founder of this philosophy - Gross National Happiness. This leads to the thought is based on the idea that there is something embedded phenomena that may promote the happiness of the people not only through material comforts, but also through shared spiritual values. This is an unquantifiable ultimate goal of every human being. In Bhutan this philosophy is used as the fundamental political thought and purpose in government, while other economic variables and material elements are used as tools to increase or to do. It's about getting the balance between happiness achieved through material benefits and spiritual fulfillment. This balance may be a result of the beliefs of a modern material comfort has not increased proportionally happiness. If progress made by economic prosperity can be used as criteria development, unquantifiable spiritual happiness can also be used as an indicator of development and progress.

The development of Buddhist philosophy can be attributed to the "individual enlightenment", which can be achieved by creating a harmonious psychological environment, social and economic.

Believe on the minimization of egotism and building a happier network of human relationships and transform man into a force of less intrusive and destructive to the natural environment.

In short, Gross National Happiness is a holistic and multidimensional-to progress, in order to maintain a balance between the material and spiritual reconciliation.

In any case, the gross national happiness presupposes that there is something called "happiness" once you have a balance between material and spiritual desires.

Although happiness is a common value of humanity, but rarely find "happiness" target-centered human progressive realization. But the saga of government and administration, often one of the goals is to get.

Many times, people tend to believe that this philosophy has spread to contain the material and cultural invasion from the outside world inside Bhutan. When the very basis of this philosophy is universal, there is no reason why it should be perceived as a shield against external influence in the world.

No benefits denied scientific, technological and economic, but just wondering how these benefits actually increase human happiness. These focus on the material benefits and spiritual fulfillment.

Where does this philosophy standing among Western philosophies? Hegel and Marx believed that the evolution of societies would end when mankind had achieved a form of society that would satisfy their deepest longings and most fundamental. The presumption is that happiness is automatic once the goal is met. However, there will be an end to human wishes and desires? It is doubtful that one has to analyze within the paradigm of objective reality. Therefore, one has to focus on the key element of "spiritual value", which can limit human need and achieve happiness. Of course, even Hegel believed that not a materialist account of history, based on the "struggle for recognition". According to him, there can be happiness after all humans are recognized at par. Is you want to be recognized as a human being with dignity, that took man to the beginning of the story in a bloody battle to the death of prestige.

According to Friedrich Nietzsche, once the man is happy with his happiness, he is unable to feel any sense of shame for failing to raise these needs, the last man ceases to be human. Interestingly, he says that "liberal democracy" will produce ways to satisfy a series of miserable requests through the calculation of long-term interests.

Literally, it seems there is a great similarity between Gross National Happiness and Jeremy Bentham's theory of utilitarianism where the emphasis was on the "sacred truth" that men inevitably pursue pleasure and avoid pain, and "most happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation. "The presumption is that all morality could be derived from" enlightened self-interest. " His idea was that the greatest happiness of the greatest number should govern the trial of all institutions and this brings the action and close to the theory of development from the perspective of Gross National Happiness.

Of course, the difference between these two philosophies being that the former is too logical and mechanical rationalization of the facts, while the latter believes in spiritual values ​​as well.

Some believed that Gross National Happiness is achieved in the "where everybody cares enough and everybody shares enough so that everyone has enough" otherwise is nothing more than a utopian concept that best suits Brainstorming intellectuals ".

Hereditary monarchy dates from December 17, 1907, when Sir Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned as the first hereditary king of Bhutan and ruled from 1907-1926. His Majesty King Jigme Wangchuck ruled from 1926 to 1952 and His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk 1952-1972.

In the course of time, the activities planned development where under taken and the country joined the World Trade Organization, and the Colombo Plan in 1962, the Universal Postal Union in 1969, and the United Nations in 1971 to strengthen and maintain the international relations.

This His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck was born on November 11, 1955, in Dechencholing Palace in Thimphu. He had studied in Darjeeling and later moved to England for higher education. On his return to England, studied at the Ugyen Wangchuck Academy in Paro in Bhutan receive education only.

On June 2, 1974, when he was only 18 years old, His Majesty was officially crowned as the fourth king of Bhutan in Tashichodzong. On the occasion of the coronation, for the first time in history, Bhutan opened its doors to a large gathering of foreign dignitaries and for the first time the international press was allowed to enter the kingdom.
The following are the basic objectives established by His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan Development:

  • Gross National Happiness
  • Social and economic prosperity
  • Popular Participation
  • System Administration-strong and efficient
  • National Self-Reliance
  • Preservation of Culture and Tradition
  • Cultural Environment Preservation
  • Population Growth Planning
  • One nation, one people.
On October 31, 1998, the marriage of Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo that Ashi Tshering Pem, Ashi Tshering and Ashi Sangay Choden Yangdon was solemnized in the sacred Dechog Lhakhang Punakha Dzong. Yab Ugyen Dorji Daughters and Thujee Yum Zam, descendants of the four queens of Bhutan ancient family of distinguished lineage of the fifth Shabdrung Sungtruel Chogley Yeshey Ngedrup father's side and sixth Shabdrung Jigme Dorji Thugtruel mother's side.

The royal wedding was a major national event for the people of Bhutan, as it fulfilled the long cherished dream to ensure the line of succession to the throne.

His Majesty the King and Queens Majesties have five princess and five princesses, including the Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck.

With their selfless dedication and hard work in the service of the people, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck has won not only the great love and loyalty at home but abroad respect. His close contact with ordinary people and their deep concern for the welfare of people do really a 'Monarch of the People'.

Bhutan is a landlocked country located between the Tibet Autonomous Region, China in the north and India in the south along the high mountains of the eastern Himalayas. It lies between 88 ° 92 ° 45'and 'east longitude and between 26 ° 40' 10 and 28 ° 15 'north latitude. It covers 46,500 square kilometers and has a population of 650,000 with seventy-five percent of the population living in the cultivation and livestock breeding.

The country can be divided into three major geographic areas: the southern hills and plains with hot and humid weather, hills and valleys in the center with moderate rainfall and northern highlands, with high mountains covered with snow almost all year round . Bhutan is the land of ravines and valleys complex, high snow peaks, mountains and steep slopes, rain forests and hillsides, lakes and waterfalls, magnificent rivers and fast-flowing streams and the richest biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The people of Bhutan can be divided into three main ethnic groups: Sharchops, living in the east of the country, is believed to be the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan. They are Indo-Mongoloid origin and are closely related to the inhabitants of northeastern India and northern Burma. The Tibetan descent Ngalongs are migrated to Bhutan in the ninth century and settled west of the country. The third group Lhotsampas Nepalese origin who settled in the foothills of southern Bhutan in the mid 19th century. There are other minority groups in Bhutan as Layap, Brokpa sect, Doya, Lhopu, Dhakpa and Lepcha.

The men wear a garment called Knee "Gho", which resembles the kilt. The women wear 'Kira' a long robe that is wrapped around the body that covers from neck to ankles. Women often wear heavy silver and gold necklaces with gemstones, coral, turquoise and others. Rings and earrings adorned with pearls and turquoise are also popular.

The first inhabitants of Bhutan practice 'Bonism', a practice of animal sacrifices and worshiping inanimate objects such as mountains, lakes, rivers, trees and rocks. With the arrival of Buddhism in the seventh century of the country Bonism gradually disappeared.

Official religion is Drukpa Kagye, Tantric Mahayana school of Buddhism, which is similar to Tibetan Buddhism, but has unique beliefs and practices. The country's religious issue is addressed by the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot), which also has a power equal to that of the king. Bhutanese people of Nepali origin in practice south of Hinduism.

The national language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, which is widely spoken in the western region. The eastern region Sharchop speak, where people speak in southern Nepal.

English has been used as a medium of instruction in schools and colleges. Kuensel national circulation of the country is written in English, Dzongkha and Nepali.

The staple food is rice Bhutan and abundant vegetables with chili. Bhutan eat chilli incredible. It is used as such in place of vegetable spices. Most Bhutanese prefer 'Emadatse "a dish full of mixed peppers and cheese.

The meat is widely consumed in Bhutan. The common meat includes pork, beef, chicken, fish and yak meat. The Bhutanese also eat a variety of vegetables, including potatoes, fern, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, beans and mushrooms.

In the center of Bhutan, buckwheat is grown as a major cereal. The rice is not grown due to the high altitude. The Bumthang region is famous for its buckwheat. The Bhutanese like taking "suja" (butter tea) and 'Ara', an alcohol distilled from the brewery locally produced rice, wheat, maize or corn. Drinks are also used as part of the deal, while the performance of ceremonies at different times.

Bhutan's national sport is archery. Bows and arrows are made of special type of bamboo. Bhutan also popularly used branded carbonite Hoyt bows.

Bhutan also practiced western sports like football, basketball and volleyball. Basketball has become popular especially among young people and students. Badminton, golf, table tennis, cricket, tennis and taekondo also reproduced.

Modern entertainments like movies, discos and pool halls have sprung freely in large cities. These places are usually attended by students, businessmen and public officials.

The annual festival called "Tshechu. 'Is one of the most exciting experiences that visitors can take in Bhutan. Held in honor of Guru Padmasambhava who visited Bhutan in the seventh century.

During Tshechu, monks and laymen perform masked dances and religious satire. It is also time for people to socialize and rejoice. Men, women and children dress in their finest silks and brocades, and interweaving of colors and ghos kiras.

In some festivals you can witness the opening of a "thongdrel" (a giant appliqué thangka), which hangs on a wall in the courtyard of the Dzong. Punakha Dzong is the largest thongdrel in Bhutan.

Followed Bhutan marriage of convenience that once. Today love marriages are common. No child marriage in Bhutan.
Bhutan's marriage can be a complicated affair informal ceremonies, depending on the family situation. The wedding ceremony ends in dancing and feasting.

In less affluent families, young people begin to live together and declare themselves married and often is not even verbally announced. No dowry in Bhutan. However, in some remote areas there is a system of giving wine, grain and pigs slaughtered as gifts to the girl's parents. People in the monitoring system south Indian marriage.

Bhutan's traditional arts and architecture are unique. They are very decorative and ornamental. The traditional architecture of Bhutan has no nails or iron bars

The Bhutanese architectural grandeur is exhibited in the form of dzongs, monasteries, temples, chortens and traditional Bhutanese houses. Dzong architecture is one of the most elegant and harmonious world. The genius of art is best expressed in Bhutan frescoes and paintings. Bhutanese thangkas and mandalas represent an artistic skill and a rare exquisite finesse. The mandala or mystic circle represents the Buddhist concept of cosmogony of the universe. The statues are made of wood, stone, bronze, coral, pearl and other costly materials, which represents fine craftsmanship of Bhutanese artists.

Bhutan has about 72% of its area covered by forest. More than 5000 species of plants grow in Bhutan. These include 300 species of medicinal plants, over 50 species of rhododendron and 600 species of orchids.

The wide variety of wildlife including elephants, tigers, buffalo, a one horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), leopards (panthara pardus), gaur, red pandas, monkeys, langurs, wild boar, deer, black bears white collar, yaks (BOS gruniens) thar (Hemitragus jemlahicus) and Goral (Naemorhedus goral). The brown trout and native fish found in the rivers and lakes of the north, while in the south of the rivers are full of masheer.










Tour Code

Itineray Name

Destinations Covered

Nights

WEI-001

Bhutan Ura Festival

Pro-Thimphu-Wangduephodrang-Trongsa-Bumthang-Wangduephodrang-Paro

12 Nights

WEI-002

Bhutan Cultural Tour

Pro-Thimphu-Wangduephodrang-Trongsa-Bumthang-Thimphu-Wangduephodrang-Paro

12 Nights

WEI-003

Bhutan Natural Wonder

Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Trongsa-Bumthang-Phobjikha-Thimpu-Paro

11 Nights

WEI-004

Jakar Festival and Bumthang culture trek

Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Trongsa-Bumthang-Trongsa-Phobjikha-Thimphu-Paro

11 Nights

WEI-005

Paro Festival Tour

Paro-Thimphu-Wangdue-Bumthang-Wangdue-Paro

10Nights

WEI-006

Bhutan Punakha Festival

Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Paro

07 Nights

WEI-007

Bhutan Tour daring Thangbi and Thimpu Festival

Delhi-Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Trongsa-Bumthang-Wanngdi-Paro-Delhi

12 Nights








Bhutan Ura Festivel

Code – Itinerary - Nights

  WEI/001/BH - Bhutan Ura Festival– 12 

Destinations

Paro 01,  Thimphu 03, Wangduephodrang 01, Trongsa 01, Bhumthang 04, Wangduephodrang 01, Paro 01



Day 1 Arrive at Paro

On arrival you will be greeted by Bhutan Gateway Travel and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon drive to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress - 16kms from Paro town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Mount Jumolhari ("Mountain of Goddess") can be seen on a clear day. In the evening you can explore Paro town.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 2 Paro - Thimphu

After breakfast you can visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the dzongs (forts) currently. You will visit the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thankas, statues, and antiques. You can then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the afternoon you will drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The drive to Thimphu is along a winding road following the Paro and Thimphu rivers.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 3 Thimphu

After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the Takin reserve, which contains the national animal of Bhutan. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong, and Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom).
Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 4 Thimpu

After breakfast you will drive 12km north of Thimphu to hike to Tango and Cheri monasteries. It will take about 45 minutes to hike to the monastery. Tango Monastery is a Buddhist college, and it's the residence of the Desi Tenzin Rabgye, a young boy who is the reincarnation of the 16th-century monk who built Tango. Afterward, if you wish, you can wander through Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 5 Thimphu - Wangduephodrang
(By Surface)

After breakfast you will drive to Wangduephodrang, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. After lunch you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. On the way back from Punakha, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 6 Wangduephodrang - Trongsa

After breakfast you will begin the day by driving to Gantey. You'll pass through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gantey village, where you'll visit Gantey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From Gantey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjika Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. From there you'll head to Trongsa, the ancestral home of the royal family. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La, and at certain times of year it's possible to see yaks. You can browse through the Trongsa shops and town in the afternoon.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 7 Trongsa - Bumthang

After breakfast you will visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and you'll also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this dzong. After lunch, you'll proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation, with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way you will stop at a yethra (textile weaving) factory, where the yethras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 8 Bumthang

After breakfast you will visit the following places:
Jakar Dzong (fortress)
Jambey Lhakhang (one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan)
Kurjey Lhakhang (temple of Guru Rinpoche's body print)
Tamshing Lhakhang (see old Buddhist paintings)
Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake)
Short hike to Thangbi Monastery in the afternoon
You can spend the evening exploring Bumthang town.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 9 Bumthang

After the breakfast you will hike to Petsheling Monastery, It is located about three hours' hiking distance above the Swiss Guesthouse on a steep incline. It offers fine panoramic views of the central Bumthang valley. You can also hike beyond the monastery across the ridge and feel the spirit of the mountains and monastery. In the evening you can relax in the town. Overnight in Bumthang.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 10 Bumthang Ura Festival

Breakfast at hotel. Today you will attend the Ura Festival. At the festival you will get to see Bhutanese from around the area gathered in all their finest clothing. There will be mask dances, music, feasting, and religious blessings. It is an exciting tradition to witness. Overnight in Hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 April 20 Bumthang – Wangdue

After breakfast you will begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangduephodrang, where you can stroll through the town and visit the shops. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings and bamboo work.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 12 Wangduephodrang – Thimphu

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning you will drive back to Thimphu and you will have free time in the afternoon.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 13 Thimphu to Paro

After breakfast you will drive to Paro and in the afternoon you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion.
In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a typical Bhutanese dinner and a hot stone bath at a farm house.
Overnight in Hotel.

Depart Paro

After breakfast rest of the day is at leisure till you are driven to the airport to board the flight to onward destination.



Bhutan Cultural Tour

Code – Itinerary - Nights

 WEI/002/BH - Bhutan Cultural Tour– 12

Destinations

Paro 01, Thimphu 03, Wangduephodrang 01, Trongsa 01, Bumthang 04,Wangduephodrang 01, Paro 01



Day01 Arrive Paro

You will be greeted by Bhutan Gateway Travel at the Paro airport. In the afternoon you will drive to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress - 16kms from Paro town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Mount Jumolhari ("Mountain of Goddess") can be seen on a clear day. In the evening you can explore Paro town.
Overnight in Paro.

Day02 Paro - Thimphu

After breakfast you can visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the dzongs (forts) currently. You can then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the afternoon you will drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The drive to Thimphu is along a winding road following the Paro and Thimphu rivers. In the evening you can explore Thimphu town and visit local shops and handicraft stores.
Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 03 Thimphu

After breakfast you will visit the following places: -- King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan) -- Chang Gangkha Monastery -- Radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley) -- Drak-Tsho Vocational Training Center for Disabilities -- Takin Reserve (which contains the national animal of Bhutan) -- Nunnery Temple and National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) -- School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school) -- Folk Heritage Museum and the Textile Museum -- Tashicho Dzong (summer residence for monks and chief abbot).
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 04 Thimphu

After breakfast you will drive 12km north of Thimphu to hike to Tango and Cheri monasteries. It will take about 45 minutes to hike to each monastery. Tango Monastery is a Buddhist college, and it's the residence of the Desi Tenzin Rabgye, a young boy who is the reincarnation of the 16th-century monk who built Tango. Afterward, if you wish, you can wander through Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 05 Thimphu - Wangduephodrang

After breakfast you will drive to Wangduephodrang. The drive takes you across the Dochula Pass (10,230 ft), which is marked by a large Bhutanese chorten (Buddhist monument) and prayer flags. You will stop on the pass for tea, and if the weather is clear, you will take in beautiful views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. The road to Wangdue winds down from the pass, meandering through magnificent pine and rhododendron forests, giving you a glimpse of some of the most picturesque countryside in Bhutan. After lunch you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. On the way back from Punakha, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special fertility blessing if you wish.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 06 Wangduephodrang - Trongsa

After breakfast you will begin the day by driving to Gantey. You'll pass through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gantey village, where you'll visit Gantey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From Gantey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjika Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. From there you'll head to Trongsa, the ancestral home of the royal family. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La. You can browse through the Trongsa shops and town in the evening.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 07 Trongsa - Bumthang

After breakfast at hotel you will visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and you'll also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this dzong. After lunch, you'll proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation, with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way you will stop at a yethra (textile weaving) factory, where the yethras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town.
Overnight in Hotel

Day 08 Bumthang valley

After breakfast you will visit the following places:
-- Jakar Dzong (fortress)
-- Jambey Lhakhang (one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan)
-- Kurjey Lhakhang (temple of Guru Rinpoche's body print)
-- Tamshing Lhakhang (see old Buddhist paintings)
-- Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake)
-- Short hike to Thangbi Monastery in the afternoon
You can spend the evening exploring Bumthang town.
Overnight in Hotel

Day 09 Bumthang – Wangduephodrang

After breakfast You will begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangduephodrang, where you can stroll through the town and visit the shops. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings and bamboo work.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 10 Wangduephodrang – Paro

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning you will drive back to Paro. On the way to Paro you can visit the Simtokha dzong, which is the oldest dzong in Bhutan. From Simtokha you will continue to drive to Paro. In the evening you can explore Paro town.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 11 Paro

After breakfast you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. Later you will visit the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thankas, statues, and antiques.
In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a typical Bhutanese dinner and a hot stone bath at a farm house.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 12 Depart Paro

After breakfast rest of day is at leisure till you are driven to the airport to board the flight to the onward destination.



Bhutan Natural Wonders

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/003/BH - Bhutan Natural Wonders – 09 

Destinations

Paro 01, Thimphu 03, Punakha 02, Phobjikha 01, Thimphu 01, Paro 01



Day 01 Arrive Paro

During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by Bhutan Gateway Travels and transferred to your hotel. After lunch you will visit the Paro Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions. You will also visit Kyichu Temple, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening you can explore the Paro town.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 Paro - Thimphu

After breakfast you will visit the National Museum in Paro, formerly the watchtower for the dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thankas, statues, and antiques. In the afternoon, you will drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 Thimphu

After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school).

After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong, and Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom).
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 Thimphu

After breakfast you will drive 12km north of Thimphu to hike to Tango and Cheri monasteries. It will take about 45 minutes to hike to the monastery. Tango Monastery is a Buddhist college, and it's the residence of the Desi Tenzin Rabgye, a young boy who is the reincarnation of the 16th-century monk who built Tango. You will then hike to Cheri monastery, which is also about a 45-minute hike. Afterward, if you wish, you can wander through Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 Thimphu – Punakha

After breakfast you will drive to Punakha. The drive takes you across the Dochula Pass (10,230 ft) which is marked by a large Bhutanese chorten (Buddhist monument) and prayer flags. You will stop on the pass if the weather is clear, you will take in beautiful views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. The road to Punakha winds down from the pass, meandering through magnificent pine and rhododendron forests, giving you a glimpse of some of the most picturesque countryside in Bhutan. In the afternoon you will visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. You will then visit Khamsum Yulephelma Chorten in Punakha. You will visit Wangduephodrang Dzong and you can explore the small town of Wangdue.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06 Punakha - Trongsa

Breakfast at hotel. You will begin the day by driving to Trongsa, the ancestral home of the royal family. You'll pass through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La, and at certain times of year it's possible to see yaks. In the afternoon you can browse through the Trongsa shops.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07 Trongsa - Bumthang

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning you'll visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and you'll also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this dzong. You can spend the afternoon exploring the town. In the afternoon, you'll drive to Bumthang. Along the way you will stop at a yethra (textile weaving) factory, where the yethras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. You can spend the evening exploring through Bumthang town on your own.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08 Bumthang

After breakfast you will proceed for a sightseeing of the city, including Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; the Udee woodcarving factory in Jakar; Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating and Tamshing Lakhang where you will see oldest paintings in Bhutan. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09 Bumthang - Phobjikha

After breakfast you will drive to Phobjikha valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. The drive is through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. You arrive at Gantey Goempa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. In the afternoon you will visit Gantey Rinpoche's monastery and you can explore Phobjikha valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 Phobjikha - Thimphu

Breakfast at hotel. Later you will drive to from Phobjikha valley to Thimphu. In the afternoon you can explore Thimphu town and do last minute shopping.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 Thimphu - Paro

After breakfast you will drive to Paro. In the afternoon you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. You can also visit some interesting handicraft shops. In the evening you can stroll through the Paro town.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12 Paro - Delhi

After breakfast, rest of the day is at leisure till you are driven to the airport to board the flight to the onward destination. Upon arrival at Delhi connect flight to onward destination.



Jakar Festival and Bumthang culture trek

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/004/BH – Jakar Festival Bumthang Cultral Trek– 11

Destinations

Paro 01, Thimphu 01, Punakha 01, Trongsa 01, Bumthang 02, Trongsa 01, Phobjikha 01, Thimphu 01, Paro 02



Day 01 Arriva in Paro and drive to Thimpu THIMPHU ALTITUDE 7,730 feet

Arrival in Paro, Meet the guide and drive one and half hour to Thimpu. Overnight.

Day 02 THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING

A visit to the Memorial Chorten built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library and the painting school where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Visit the traditional Medicine institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and return to the town for your lunch break. After lunch you will visit Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal traditional silver smiths and Bhutanese traditional paper factory.Return back to hotel for overnight.

Day 03 THIMPHU-PUNAKHA 4,162 feet: 44.38 miles, TIME ; 2.5 hours driving

Leaving Thimphu, the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, as we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha (1,350 meters/ 4,430 feet). Before proceeding further to Punakha town we will take a short 30 minutes walk to the Chimi Lhakhang temple on a small hilltop. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” to the westerners. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. After lunch we will proceed to Punakha town to view the majestic Dzong (fortress), situated between the two rivers Pho Chu and Mochu (male and Female River). This fortress is now used as the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (the Spiritual head of Bhutan). In the past this Dzong had served as the capital seat of the Kingdom for about 300 years. After strolling through the town of Punakha, we retire back to a hotel.

DAY 04 PUNAKHA – TRONGSA 7,259 feet / 89.38 miles, TIME : 6 hours driving

Today, the drive to Trongsa is a long journey of about 6 hours. We start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan through the breathtaking beauties and serenity of Bhutan’s rich flora and fauna. As we cross the fertile valley of Punakha and enter into the valley of Wangdue Phodrang (1350m/4430ft), we take an opportunity to photograph the majestic fortress of Wangdue, which stands on a spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pele La Pass (3,300 m/ 10,989 ft) which is overwhelmed by an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. The Pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. During the clear weather we can view the high snow capped peaks specially the Mount Chomolhari (7,314 m/ 24,355 ft.). As we descend from the pass through the dwarf bamboo where Yaks are often seen grazing, we reach at Chendebji Chorten. A Lama known as Shida, built this Chorten in the 18th century in order to subdue a demon that had been terrorizing the inhabitants of this valley and the Ada valley just over the ridge. We will have our packed lunch here. We will continue our journey towards Trongsa (alt. 2200m / 7220 ft). 19 Kms. / 12miles before arriving Trongsa you will begin seeing the view of the majestic Trongsa Dzong, which sits narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes south and west. The view kind of teases you, making you wonder when you will arrive there. The night will be held at a fine hotel in Trongsa which provides the most excellent view of the valley.

DAY 05 TRONGSA – BUMTHANG & FESTIVAL : ALTITUDE : 8,591feet :45 miles Time ; 2.5 hours driving

It takes less than two hours to cover the 44 miles for a direct drive. We start with our packed picnic lunch through the densely forested winding road that rises rapidly through a series of hairpin bends until you arrive at Yotong La Pass (3400 meters / 11200 foot). From here the drive is downhill until you arrive at Chumey Valley (average alt. 2700m / 8800 foot). Our first stop at Chumey will be to visit Domkhar Dzong. This small fortress overlooking the valley was once a summer Palace of the second King Jigme Wangchuk. As we continue our drive to Tsugney village, you will see the traditional weaving of woolen fabrics. And then we drive towards Choekhor crossing the Kiki La Pass (2900 meters / 9500foot). We arrive at Choekhor Valley (Valley of Dharma Wheel) and check into a hotel. Witness festival.

DAY 06 BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING & FESTIVAL

Bumthang is the general name given to a complex of four valleys-Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura. Choekhor and Chumey are agricultural valleys while Tang and Ura depend mostly on the animal husbandry. Your first day in Bumthang includes the sightseeing in the of Choekhor valley.

Day 07 – Trek to Gamling (2505m) – Bumthang – Trongsa (103 Km, 3 Hrs 45 min drive)

About 3 hours journey, 10 km. Starting gradual up and all the way down walk till you reach Gamling or ot Mesithang. From there vehicle will meet you and drive to visit Mebar Tsho (Flaming Lake). Then continue drive to Trongsa. O/n Hotel, Trongsa.

DAY 08 BUMTHANG TO PHOBJIKHA/WANGDI

After breakfast we will drive to Phobjikha and sightseeing tour of Phojikha valley. Overnight at Phobjikha or Wangdi valley.

DAY 09 PHOBJIKHA THIMPU

After Breakfast resume your journey to Thimpu which will take about 4 hours.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 THIMPU -PARO

After breakfast drive you to Paro, which takes about two hours. In Paro you will visit Drukgyal Dzong built in 1674 by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal, the Dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. On a clear day you can get a magnificent view of the Mount Chomolhari, alt. 7314 m / 23,990 ft. Drive south to Satsam Chorten, built in memory of the late Dilgo Khentse Rinpochey, and continue on to Kyichu Lhakhang, built in seventh century by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gonpo. After lunch visit the National Museum of Bhutan, (Ta Dzong) which contains works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armor and rare stamps. Take a leisurely hike down to Rimpung Dzong. You will walk through a traditional covered bridge across the river to your waiting car at the valley floor and take you to the Hotel. If you feel like walking back to the hotel then we can do so. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: Paro – Tiger’s Nest

After breakfast your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike (if not tired) for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria. Overnight at Hotel. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

DAY 12: PARO

Onward flight to Delhi



Paro Festivel Tour

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/005/BH – Paro Festivel Tour– 10

Destinations

Paro 01, Thimphu 01, Wangdue 01, Bumthang 02, Wangdue 01, Paro 04



Arrival Paro - Thimpu

Arrival at Paro international airport. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and will be transferred to the hotel. The drive to Thimphu is along a winding road following the Paro and Thimphu rivers. On the way to Thimphu you can visit Simtokha Dzong (the oldest fortress in the kingdom). You can spend the afternoon exploring Thimphu town. In the evening you can visit the majestic Tashichodzong.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02 Thimphu

After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the Takin reserve, which contains the national animal of Bhutan. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the Folk Heritage museum, and the Textile museum.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03 Thimphu - Wangdue

You will spend the morning at the Thimphu weekend, you can stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. It's fun to wander the aisles, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. After lunch you will drive to Wangduephodrang. The drive takes you across the Dochula Pass (10,230 ft), which is marked by a large Bhutanese chorten (Buddhist monument) and prayer flags. You will stop on the pass for tea, and if the weather is clear, you will take in beautiful views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. The road to Wangdue winds down from the pass, meandering through magnificent pine and rhododendron forests, giving you a glimpse of some of the most picturesque countryside in Bhutan.
Overnight in Hotel

Day 04 Wangdue - Bumthang

After breakfast you will be driven to Bumthang via Trongsa. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La, and at certain times of year it's possible to see yaks. In Trongsa you can visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and you'll also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this dzong.

In the afternoon, you'll continue your drive to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation, with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way you will stop at a yethra (textile weaving) factory, where the yethras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms.
Overnight in Wangdicholling Lodge.

Day 05 Bumthang

After breakfast you will visit Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley, Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan and Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places. In the afternoon you will hike to Shukdrag monastery. The hike is about 1 hour one way. You will hike up the Thangbi valley to Shukdrag Gompa, a meditation monastery built around a sacred cave in which Guru Rinpoche, founder of Tantric Buddhism, meditated in the 8th century. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town.
Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 06 Bumthang - Wangdue

Breakfast at hotel. You will begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then drive to Wangduephodrang, where you can stroll through the town and visit the shops. The nearby villages are known for their slate and stone carvings and bamboo work.
Overnight in Wangduephodrang.

Day 07 Wangdue - Paro

After breakfast you will visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. You will then visit Khamsum Yulephelma Chorten in Punakha, and later you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-30 minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple. In the afternoon you will drive to Paro.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 08 Paro festival

After breakfast you will attend the Paro festival, which is performed by local people and monks. A festival is also performed for Bhutanese to recount the history of Bhutan and Guru Rinpoche. Watching a tsechu is an act of building karma in your life. Many families get together and come out with their best dress to witness the festival. The festival will last until 3-4 in the afternoon. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09 Paro festival

Attend a last full day of the Paro festival. If you get up at 2:30 a.m. and head to Paro Dzong, you will be able to see the unfurling of the Thongdrol (giant thankas painting of Guru Rinpoche) with the procession by monks and lamas. After the festival you can visit the Kyichu Lhakhang (one of the oldest monastery), and ruined Drugyal Dzong. In the evening you can explore Paro town.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 10 Paro

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery? It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. In the afternoon you will visit the National Museum (former watchtower). In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and see a side of the Bhutanese culture. If you wish, enjoy a typical Bhutanese dinner.
Overnight in Paro.

Day 11 Depart Paro

Breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure till you are driven to the airport to board the flight to the onward destination.



BHUTAN –PUNAKHA FESTIAVL

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/006/AS – Culture & Wildife Tour – 07 

Destinations

Paro 01, Thimphu 01, Punakha 02, Paro 03 



Day 01 : 18 FEB ( Thu) KATHMANDU – PARO - THIMPU
FLIGHT

In time transfer from hotel to Airport to connect Flight to Paro.

Flight : KB 401
Dep Kathmandu : 0945 Hrs
Arr Paro : 1100 Hrs

The flight into Bhutan takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the scintillating scenery of the world's highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower).

On arrival, received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu ( 55 km, 1.1/2 hours ) , the modern capital town of Bhutan.
On arrival in Thimphu, check-into the hotel.

Afternoon visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

Then visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.

Evening, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02 : 19 Feb (Fri) : THIMPU

After breakfast excursion to Tango Gompa. This monastery was founded by Lama gyalwa Lhanangpa in the 12th century and the present building was built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’, Lama Drukpa Kunley. In 1616 Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal visited Tango and meditated in a cave near the monastery. His meditation helped ensure the defeat of an invading Tibetan army. The head Lama, a descendent of Lama Drukpa Kunley presented the goemba to Shabdrung, who carved a sandalwood statue of Chenrezig which he installed in the monastery. The picturesque three-storey tower and several surrounding buildings were built in the 18th century by the eighth Desi, Druk Rabgye and Shabdrung Jigme Chhogyel added the golden roof in the 19th century.

Afternoon sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following : the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03 : 20 Feb (Sat) THIMPU – PUNAKHA (75 Kms/3 Hrs Drive)

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Arrive Punakha and check-into the hotel.
Afternoon witness Punakha Dromche (festival). Dromche (festival) generally include dances and this festival is dedicated to Yeshe Gompo (Mahakala) or Palden Lhamo, the two main protective deities of Drukpas (Drukpas = means people of Druk land or Bhutanese). Punakha Dromche take place in the first month of the lunar year and ends with ‘Serda’, a magnificent procession which re-enacts an episode of the war against the Tibetan in the 17th century. The religious dances performed during festival are called ‘Cham’ and there are a large number of them. Dancers wear spectacular costumes made of yellow silk or rich brocade, often decorated with ornaments of carved bone. For certain dances, they wear masks which may represent animals, fearsome deities, skulls or just simple human beings. These dances can be grouped in three categories; (I) Instructive or Didactic Dances, (II) Dances that purify and protect a place from demonic spirits, (III) Dances that proclaim the victory of Buddhism.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 04 : 21 Feb ( Sun) PUNAKHA

After breakfast witness Punakha Dromchen (festival).
Afternoon visit to Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King.

After that drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 05 : 22 Feb (Mon) PUNAKHA –PARO ( 125 KMS/4 HRS )

After breakfast witness Punakha festival.
Later excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang.

After lunch, drive to Paro en route visiting Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country built in 1627, it now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 06 : 23 Feb (Tue ) PARO

After breakfast take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) , the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip.

Afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.

Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 07 : 24 Feb ( Wed ) PARO

After breakfast, visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum . The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Afternoon excursion to Chele la (pass), at an elevation 3,988 meters, it is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.
Chele la is marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 08 : 25 Feb ( Thu ) PARO - KATHMANDU
FLIGHT

Flight : KB 400 Departure Paro : 0820 Hrs Arr Kathmandu : 0905 Hrs

Early morning witness ‘Thongdroel” (part of Paro festival). The Thongdroel is unveiled at dawn to bring enlightenment to all who view it. Festival goers believe that by simply viewing this Thongdroel, they can be delivered from the cycle of birth and rebirth, which is the ultimate aim of Buddhism.

Later after breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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INDIA – BHUTAN TOUR

Thimphu & Thangbi Festival and Legendary tour

Code – Itinerary - Nights

WEI/007/BH – Thimphu & Thangbi Festival and Legendary tour – 11

Destinations

Delhi 01, Paro 01, Thimphu 02, Punakha 01, Trongsa 01, Bumthang 02, Wangdi 01, Paro 01, Delhi 01 



Day 01 ARRIVAL DELHI

Upon arrival transfer to Hotel.
Check in at Hotel.
Hotel accommodation in Delhi till you get departure transfer to International Airport to connect flight Paro.

Day 02 DELHI PARO Flight : KB 205 Departure Delhi : 1050 Hrs Arrival Paro : 1350 Hrs

In Time check out from hotel and transfer to International Airport to connect Flight to Paro.
Arrival in Paro, Meet the guide and drive one and half hour to Thimpu.
Check in at Hotel.
Lunch at Hotel.
After Lunch late Stroll around main town and Memorial Chorten built in memory of the Late King Jigme Dorjee Wangchuck.
THIMPHU ALTITUDE 7,730 feet
Dinner Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast at Hotel.
After Breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Thimpu.

Dupthop Lhakhang ( Monastery for the nuns), National Library and the painting school where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkhas ( sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Visit the traditional Medicine institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and return to the town for your lunch break.
Lunch at Hotel or Local restaurant

After lunch you will visit Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal traditional silver smiths and Bhutanese traditional paper factory. Return back to hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 25Sep THIMPHU Festival and other visits of Interest.

Breakfast at Hotel.
After Breakfast transfer to Fair ground. The guest will see the Festival.
Return to hotel or local restaurant for Lunch.
After Lunch again visit the Festival.
Lunch at Hotel or Local restaurant.
Evening return to Hotel.
Check in at Hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 26 Sep THIMPHU-PUNAKHA 4,162 feet: 44.38 miles, TIME ; 2.5 hours driving

Breakfast at Hotel.
After Breakfast transfer to Thimpu.
Leaving Thimphu, the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges, as we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha (1,350 meters/ 4,430 feet). Before proceeding further to Punakha town we will take a short 30 minutes walk to the Chimi Lhakhang temple on a small hilltop. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” to the westerners. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility.

Lunch enroute.
After lunch we will proceed to Punakha town to view the majestic Dzong (fortress), situated between the two rivers Pho Chu and Mochu (male and Female River). This fortress is now used as the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (the Spiritual head of Bhutan). In the past this Dzong had served as the capital seat of the Kingdom for about 300 years. After strolling through the town of Punakha, we retire back to a hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 06 27 Sep PUNAKHA – TRONGSA 7,259 feet / 89.38 miles, TIME : 6 hours driving

Breakfast at Hotel.
After Breakfast proceed to Trongsa.

Today, the drive to Trongsa is a long journey of about 6 hours. We start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan through the breathtaking beauties and serenity of Bhutan’s rich flora and fauna. As we cross the fertile valley of Punakha and enter into the valley of Wangdue Phodrang (1350m/4430ft), we take an opportunity to photograph the majestic fortress of Wangdue, which stands on a spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers.

Lunch enroute.
We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pele La Pass (3,300 m/ 10,989 ft) which is overwhelmed by an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. The Pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. During the clear weather we can view the high snow capped peaks specially the Mount Chomolhari (7,314 m/ 24,355 ft.). As we descend from the pass through the dwarf bamboo where Yaks are often seen grazing, we reach at Chendebji Chorten. A Lama known as Shida, built this Chorten in the 18th century in order to subdue a demon that had been terrorizing the inhabitants of this valley and the Ada valley just over the ridge. We will have our packed lunch here. We will continue our journey towards Trongsa (alt. 2200m / 7220 ft). 19 Kms. / 12miles before arriving Trongsa you will begin seeing the view of the majestic Trongsa Dzong, which sits narrowly on a spur that sticks out into the gorge of the Mangde River and overlooks the routes south and west. The view kind of teases you, making you wonder when you will arrive there. The night will be held at a fine hotel in Trongsa which provides the most excellent view of the valley.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 07 28 Sep TRONGSA – BUMTHANG ALTITUDE : 8,591feet :45 miles Time ; 2.5 hours driving

It takes less than two hours to cover the 44 miles for a direct drive. We start with our packed picnic lunch through the densely forested winding road that rises rapidly through a series of hairpin bends until you arrive at Yotong La Pass (3400 meters / 11200 foot). From here the drive is downhill until you arrive at Chumey Valley (average alt. 2700m / 8800 foot). Our first stop at Chumey will be to visit Domkhar Dzong. This small fortress overlooking the valley was once a summer Palace of the second King Jigme Wangchuk. As we continue our drive to Tsugney village, you will see the traditional weaving of woolen fabrics. And then we drive towards Choekhor crossing the Kiki La Pass (2900 meters / 9500foot). We arrive at Choekhor Valley (Valley of Dharma Wheel) and check into a hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 08 29 Sep BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING & FESTIVAL

Breakfast at Hotel.
Bumthang is the general name given to a complex of four valleys-Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura. Choekhor and Chumey are agricultural valleys while Tang and Ura depend mostly on the animal husbandry. Your first day in Bumthang includes the sightseeing in the of Choekhor valley and drive towards Thangbi Festival.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 09 30 Sep BUMTHANG TO PHOBJIKHA/WANGDI

After breakfast we will drive to Phobjikha and sightseeing tour of Phojikha valley and continue to Wangdue.
Overnight at Phobjikha or Wangdi valley.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 10 WANGDI - PARO

After Breakfast resume your journey to Paro which will take about 4 hours from Wangdi. Overnight at Hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 11 PARO

After breakfast visit the National Museum of Bhutan, (Ta Dzong) which contains works of art, handicrafts, costumes, armor and rare stamps.
Take a leisurely hike down to Rimpung Dzong. You will walk through a traditional covered bridge across the river to your waiting car at the valley floor and take you to your car will drop you at the starting point of the excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s lair). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop at the cafeteria for a rest and refreshments and continue the hike (if not tired) for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the remains of Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The history states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger. Looking at the monastery flying tigers doesn’t seem so impossible after all. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria. Overnight at Hotel. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 12: 03 Oct PARO – ONWARD FLIGHT TO DELHI

Transfer to airport for onward flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi transfer to Hotel.
Check in at Hotel.

DAY 13: DELHI - ITALY

In time check out from Hotel and transfer to International airport. for onward journey to Italy.