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Bhutan Monastery Tour 8N / 9D


Package Duration 9 Days / 8 Nights
Pacakge Validity From 2017-02-03 To 2017-06-01
Destination Covered Paro - Thimphu - Trongsa - Bumthang - Punakha
Package Cost On Request

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  • Bhutan


Tour Itinerary :

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive Paro by Druk AirThe flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world's highest glacial peaks. As you Thimphu Bhutan Tour Packageenter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities you will be transferred to Bhutan's capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Meals : As per your Meal Plan

Day 2: Thimphu

Sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes : National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.Institute for ZorigChusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Textile and Folk Heritage Museum : These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. National Memorial Chorten : The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme DorjiWangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King ("the Father of modern Bhutan") and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Trashichhoedzong : This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.Handicrafts Emporium : This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Meals : As per your Meal Plan

Day 3: Thimphu / Trongsa (200 Km, 6 Hours )

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,080m) 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 Gangkarpuensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Then continue onwards, reaching Wangduephodrang town in time for lunch. From Dochu-la pass, it is a long, winding descent into the Wangduephodrang valley, which is about 1,700m below the pass. Take lunch at Wangduephodrang town, then continue on to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large white chorten prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stop en route at ChendbjiChorten, patterned on Kathmandu's Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check into the lodge for the night.

Meals : As per your Meal Plan

Day 4: Trongsa / Bumthang (68 Km, 3 Hours )

After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All five Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop ('governer') prior to ascending the throne. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built. Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumeyvalley. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Meals : As per your Meal Plan

Day 5: Bumthang

Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys - Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visit Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock, the Jambay Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and JakarDzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Meals : As per your Meal Plan

Day 6: Bumthang / Punakha (205 Km, 7 Hours )

After breakfast, explore further the fascinating valley of Bumthang. Then proceed to Punakha, stopping along the way at Trongsa for lunch, which would be served in local restaurant, famous for its cuisine. Visit WangduephodrangDzong. Stretched along the hilltop above the confluence of Punakha Chu and Tang Chu rivers, the imposing WangduephodrangDzong is the town's most visible features. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Meals : As per your Meal Plan

Day 7: Punakha / Paro (125 Km, 4 Hours )

Morning visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan's capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan's first King, UgyenWangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damages to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue.
Then drive to Paro en route visit SimtokhaDzong. This dzong, built in 1627 by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal, stands on a low ridge 8 km down the valley from Thimphu. The Institute for Language and Cultural Studies is located here. The most noteworthy artistic feature of this dzong is the series of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheel in courtyard. Afternoon 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 RinpungDzong, 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.Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Meals : As per your Meal Plan

Day 8: Paro

After breakfast, excursion to Taktsang Monastery. This most famous of Bhutan's monasteries is spectacularly perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. Taktsang is a place of pilgrimage which Bhutanese try to visit at least once in a lifetime. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months, hence its name, "Tiger's Nest". The site, which has long been recognized as a most sacred place, was visited by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1646. The principal lhakhang of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking renovation work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory. After lunch, we drive up the valley to DrukgyelDzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644. though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, the towering outer walls and central keep remains an imposing sight. On a clear day, there is a splendid view of mt.Chomolhari from the approach road to DrukgyelDzong. Evening, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the country, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, SongtsenGampo. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Meals : As per your Meal Plan

Day 9: Depart from Paro

After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Meals : As per your Meal Plan


Tour Detail :

Includes :

  • Upto 5 Star Hotel
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Transport
  • Airport Pickup-Drop

Excludes :

  • Entry / Camera Fees To Park And Monuments,
  • Additional Tour Or Car Usage Beyond The Suggested Itinerary,
  • Rope way Ride,
  • Boating,
  • Yak Ride,
  • Rafting,
  • Toy Train Ride,
  • Helicopter Ride,
  • Airport Tax Or Porter Charge,
  • Guide Or Escort Charge,
  • Insurance Coverage,
  • Mineral Water Or Beverage,
  • Meal Out Side Hotel,
  • Refreshment Cost On Arrival,
  • Laundry Charge,
  • Telephone Cost or anything of personal nature and not mentioned in the package.

Terms & Conditions :

Important Notes about Car and Hotels:

  • Since your tour covers different districts and states one single vehicle for the entire trip cannot be used. Local sight seeing tours in the above places are arranged in separate car (Maruti Van or Sumo Jeep as per availability and local taxi syndicate rule). These cars are used exclusively for you and take you to all the points mentioned in the package.
  • There is a restriction of vehicular movement in Gangtok Town after 8AM. If your hotel is in the town we request you to move from the hotel before 8AM for your Tsongo Lake excursion or transfer to next destination, or else the car has to leave the hotel and have to wait at the Taxi Stand.
  • The car service for the specific package is on time limit contract basis as per given schedule and not for full day. The full day availability of car can also be arranged on request with an additional cost.
  • Due to high traffic restrictions in the hill stations (mainly in Darjeeling and Gangtok) the drivers remain under pressure. They can not stop on the road while driving through the city or can not go to certain places even if desired by the tourists. In the hill towns the car parking places are very limited. In some hotels cars are not allowed to go. We have selected such hotels where the car has a direct access, but the same can be changed following sudden traffic rule imposition in some specific time. In such cases our driver will take you to the nearest taxi stand and help you to reach hotel. We request you to kindly understand these issues and cooperate with the drivers and maintain the timings.
  • We suggest you visit the market areas in the afternoon by foot and avoid car unless the hotels are outside the city. Where the hotels are far from the city we can arrange extra car for visiting market. The cost for this service is extra.
  • The hotels in Darjeeling or Sikkim are not air conditioned as this is not required here because of climatic condition. Also there is very few hotels having elevator and you may have to climb 3 to 4 story in some hotels. Rooms on higher floor have better view of the surroundings. However, we can arrange your room in the lower floor if you so desire.
  • In case of any specific requirement of bed arrangement (Twin Bed or Couple Bed) we should be intimated in advance in order to book the rooms as per choice.

Permit:

  • People visiting Tsongo Lake and/or Nathula Pass and/or North Sikkim (Lachen-Lachung) are required to send photocopy of their valid Photo ID Proof of all (Passport or Voter Card or Driving Lenience or Pan Card for adult and school / birth certificate for children below 18 years) with 4 copies of Passport size Photographs to our office in advance in order to arrange the necessary permits. The original copies may be required to be shown on spot and should be carried during the tour.   Please use this as an important note with Tsongo Lake visit.
  • People visiting to Tsongo Lake – please note there are two Baba Mandirs beyond Tsongo Lake. We will arrange your visit to New Baba Mandir which is 8kms away from the lake. Please check if this is already included in your package. If not then you can pay an additional Rs. 500 per car to include this in the itinerary and we will arrange extra permit for you. However, there is another Old Baba Mandir on the way to Jelepla Pass. Please do not get confused with the Old Baba Mandir and the New Baba Mandir. We do not arrange this in our package, as permit is not given for this sector. Sometimes, drivers take tourists on their personal capacity to Old Baba Mandir and Jelepla Pass. If you are willing to go there please negotiate the rate with the driver directly. The company is however not responsible for this extended-tour.

Climate:

  • Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalayas experience a climate that varies right from Tropical to Tundra. This change can be felt in a matter of 5 to 6 hours journey. The temperature in the lower foothills varies from 4 D C in winter up to 35 D C in summer. Regions above 1500M up to 2500 M have an average temperature of Minimum 2 D C and Maximum 12 D C in winter and Minimum 12 D C and Maximum 25 D C in summer. The region above 6000m in Northern, Eastern and Western Sikkim remains under permanent snow throughout the year. Winter period in the hills Mid October to March and summer period is from May to July. Monsoon starts from July and continues till Mid September. Occasional rainfalls occur in early May and June. It is also one of the rainiest regions with an average rainfall of 350cm per annum. Best time to visit this region from September to December and March to June.

Clothing:

  • Heavy to very heavy woolen garments form Oct to March and light woolen garments during the rest of the year. Carrying rain proof jackets or umbrella at any time of the year will be beneficial.

Cancellation-Rules:

  • Advance Money (10% of the total package cost) is Non Refundable
  • 20% cancellation charge of the total package cost if cancelled between 15 to 7 days before arrival
  • 40% cancellation charge of the total package cost if cancelled between 7 to 1 days before arrival
  • No refund is possible in case of cancellation after the tour starts.
  • No refund is possible if the tour is cancelled due to bad weather, civil/political disturbance, or anything beyond human control. But there will be full cooperation from the entire team to make an alternate arrangement in such cases.

Altering the confirmed plan before tour starts:

  • We can make changes in the tour plan based on your requirement before the final tour confirmation without any extra cost. However, to change a confirmed tour plan between the confirmation and arrival date a processing charge of INR 250 to INR 900.00 will be applied on the new tour cost (the final processing charge will depend on the type of alteration). The charge is not applicable for extension of tour and related services.

Altering the confirmed plan during the tour:

  • We can extend or alter the itinerary during an ongoing tour as per guest’s specific requirement. The cost for the changed program is payable separately and adjustment of cost with the original service is not possible.

Declaration:

  • The general geographical information provided above is collected from various sources and from field experiences. We do not guarantee 100% accuracy on it but try to be as close as possible.  We are in a constant process to give you the actual information and welcome any suggestion and correction on that. We are committed to provide you all promised service as detailed in the tour plan.
  • The detailing of the itinerary aims to give you a basic idea of what you can do during the trip. We are not strict to rules and will treat your preference as a priority. In case you need any change this should be discussed in advance with us and there will be full cooperation from us to arrange an ideal trip you are looking for. There will not be any extra cost for the alteration/addition unless it is really required. However, it will be tour operator’s discretion to determine the cost for alteration / addition according to service requirement. This will be informed to you and our official will collect it from you in cash.
  • Any alteration or addition in the program is subject to the availability and feasibility of the specific service requirement.
  • We will try its best to maintain the schedule but circumstances beyond human control may change the same.
  • Any legal dispute is subject to the jurisdiction of Sub Judicial Magistrate Court Siliguri.
  • We hope you have read the entire program thoroughly along with the terms and facts and you have understood and accepted the same.