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12 Days Bhutan Journey, Cultural Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Bhutan  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3240 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 15450 US Dollar (USD)

Drive from one valley town to another through dense forests of pine, rhododendron and oak, rice fields, past traditional farmhouses, Buddhist stupas and fluttering prayer flags, green meadows, beautiful wildflowers, gushing waterfalls and steep cliffs. Visit temples, monasteries, dzongs, isolated villages, and the people. Enjoy Paro, Punakha, Wangdi Phodrang, Thimphu, Trongsa, Bumthang, Phobjikha and Haa valley.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Fly to Paro-Drive to Thimphu (altitude: 7,700 feet).
Fly by the magnificent views of the snow-capped Himalayas on the way to Paro valley. Drive 1.5 hours to Thimphu. Explore the capital’s Highlights. BBS Tower viewpoint for a stunning view of the valley before visiting the Takin Preserve to see Bhutan’s national animal along with the view of the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, the seat of the government. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 2: Thimphu.
Circumvent the Memorial Chorten before mesmerizing at the gigantic statue of Buddha (169ft). And visit 12th-century Changangkha Lhakhang, see the cultural aspect of blessing and naming the newly born child from the oldest temple of Wang valley. Catch the bustling Centenary Farmers Market, the best opportunity to see the colorful vegetables, dairy products and to mix with the locals along with the Bhutanese archery game (the national sport) at Changlingmithang National Stadium. Later visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Folk Heritage Museum. Take a walk along the streets of Thimphu and enjoy some free shopping. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 3: Thimphu / Punakha (altitude: 4,500 feet).
Drive about 3 hours to Punakha. Climb up the mountain road to Dochu-La (3140m). On a clear day, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. Descend through the varied forest and finally emerging into the cultivated valley of Punakha. Hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang (no dog temple) before visiting Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu, arguably the most impressive Dzong in the country. Later visit a stunning hill-top nunnery- Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Chholing dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included).

Day 4: Punakha / Trongsa (altitude: 7,200 feet).
Drive about 5.5 hours to Trongsa, a stunning scenic drive brings you to Trongsa. This is the road where the Bhutanese box office movie “Travelers and Magicians” was filmed. The road winds its way up and across high Pele-La pass (3390m). Visit Trongsa Dzong – the ancestral home of the royal family. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included).

Day 5: Trongsa / Bumthang (altitude: 8,500 feet).
Drive 3 hours to Bumthang. An adventurous drive to Bumthang winds its way up across Yotong-La pass (3425m). En-route, visit Sanga Thechok Lhakhang “the temple of prophecy”, newly built as per prophecy of the oracle of Damchen Dorji Lekpa, protector of the Nyingmapa teaching. Stopover Chumey village, famous for Yathra weaving, colorful hand-woven woolen textiles. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included)

Day 6: Bumthang.
Begin your hike clockwise from sacred 7th century Jamba Lhakhang to the impressive 8th century Kurjey Lhakhang on the western side of Chamkhar Chu then to well preserved Tamshing Monastery. 36 oldest untouched paintings line the vestibule where pilgrims can atone their sins by wearing a 25-kilo iron coat of chains around the sanctuary. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included).

Day 7: Detour Tang valley.
Day excursion to Tang valley (valley of abundant buckwheat) for an immersion into Bhutan’s rural village lifestyle. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included).

Day 8: Bumthang to Phobjikha valley (altitude: 9,800 feet).
Drive about 6 hours to Phobjikha valley. A long drive brings you to Phobjikha valley, the last winter grounds of the black-necked cranes that migrate from the Tibetan plateau during mid-October to March. Enjoy a beautiful 3 hours hike from Longtey Village to Gangtey Gonpa, hidden in the stunning Phobjikha valley. The trails offer wonderfully colored rhododendron forests with yaks grazing on both sides of the valley. A steep uphill climb reaches you to impressive views of the idyllic Gangtey Gonpa and the overwhelming valley. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included).

Day 9: Phobjikha to Paro (altitude: 7,400 feet).
Drive about 8 hours to Paro. Take an hour nature trail hike from the valley floor through the conifers up to the monastery. Drive back to Paro valley.(Breakfast, lunch & dinner included).

Day 10: Paro / Haa/ Paro.
Drive about 2.5 hours to Haa valley. Drive to Chele-La pass (3988m) the highest pass offering a spectacular view over second highest peak Mt Jhomolhari (7314m). After a bracing walk along the prayer flag-bedecked ridge it is down into the remote Haa valley – Discover the nomadic lifestyle and culture of Haaps. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included).

Day 11: Hike to Taktshang Gonpa.
Clings to the edge of the sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below, the Taktshang Monastery defies all engineering logic. Hike up for a dramatic view or choose to take a pony ride that can be arranged at an additional cost. Upon descent, enjoy a spectacular drive to the remote ruins of Drugyel Dzong before the oldest Kichu Lhakhang built by first Buddhist King of Tibet. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 12: Departure.
Transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. (Breakfast included)

Tour Guide Credentials:
We have hiked all the trails and visited each and every remote corner of the country and has wide knowledge of our history, culture, and religion. Keeping in mind, just organizing a tour is half of our promises. Providing quality service, flexibility and treating as you deserve is the other half of the deal.

We also specialize in creating private trips for groups of friends, colleagues, and family. You will see the true value in the personal service we provide and the knowledge we apply to design private custom trips.

To exceed the expectations of our individual guests is an ultimate goal.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All hotel and guesthouses accommodation
- All meals and sightseeing
- Specialist designed itineraries
- Services of knowledgeable, English-speaking local guides
- Excellent camping equipment, highly experienced trekking guides, support staff, and porters for trekking trips
- All ground transportation (excluding internal flights)
- All entrance fees
- Pre-departure information and extras listed on trip itineraries

Price Excludes:
- International, Domestic airfare, and en-route stopovers.
- Travel Insurance
- Luxury hotel accommodation option
- Excess baggage charges
- Personal items like laundry or toiletries
- Beverages (Alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)
- Optional gratuities to guide and driver

About This Supplier
Location: Bhutan
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2016

M21637 is officially recognized and licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan. We have been started to create unique trips that will give a much closer looks of our country at the best possible value to promote sustainable tourism in Bhutan. We focus on reducing the environmental impact of travel, preserve the local...

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