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Historic Central Bhutan TourTrek type : Hotel
Trek Grade : Moderate (because of altitudes visited)
Duration : 4 days - ex-Kathmandu
Activities : Culture Tour
Best Time to go : April to November
Departure dates : By Arrangement

Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival and transfer to Hotel Royal Singi.

Day 02 :  City tour in Kathmandu o/n Hotel Royal Singi.

Day 03 : Arrive Paro by Druk air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by tour guide. Afternoon / evening time at leisure. Overnight Kichu Resort.

Day 04 : Paro Sightseeing - visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong(National museum). The seven floors museum
highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Evening drive 2 hours to Thimphu(65ksm). Overnight at Hotel River view or similar.

Day 05 :  Thimphu sightseeing - visit the Indigenous hospital where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. Also visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century
Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market. Overnight same.

Day 06 : Drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang via Punakha crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Proceed 45 minutes to Wangduephodrang and view the Dzong from outside and stroll around the market area. Check into Wangdi Kichu Resort.

Day 07 : Today will be a long drive almost 6 / 7 hours crossing 3 passes over 3000 meters. The route offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and beautiful landscape through scattered hamlets and forest of rhododendrons and pine. Picnic lunch will be served at the 18 century Chendebji chorten. After one and half hour arrive at a small town known as Trongsa meaning new village. The town mainly consists of fresh Tibetan refugees but the most impressive of all is the Trongsa Dzong. The whole of eastern Bhutan was con trolled from this fortress during the mid 17th century. Visitors are not allowed inside the building. Proceed another 2 hours to Bumthang visiting the Chume weaving center. Overnight at Karma Tobden Guest House.

Day 08 : Bumthang altitude 2600m, has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious lgend. Here tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his re-incarnation known as Tertons still linger in most nooks and corners. It is also known for its woolen material (yathra) which can be seen hung outside of houses for sale. Sightseeing - Visit the Jakar Dzong, 7th century Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey monastery, Tamshing and Kunchosum monastery. This sightseeing is a round trip so it is more interesting done on foot. Overnight same.

Day 09 :  Observe Festival. O/N same.

Day 10 : Excursion 2 hours to Ura village and visit the new Ura monastery. On the way visit the Mebartso meaning burning lake. Stroll around the village and return back to Guest house. Evening walk to the swiss farm where apple juice, cider, cheese etc... are made

Day 11 : Back to Wangduephodrang. Overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort.

Day 12 : Drive 3/4 hours to Paro via Lobesa and a short walk through farm houses and fields to Chimme Lhakhang. This monastery was built in the 15 century and dedicated to the famous Lam Drukpa Kunley or divine mad man. He is one of the most famous saints in Bhutan and his temple is visited mostly by childless couples. Lunch at Thimphu and drive to Paro visiting the visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as
a Buddhist university. Overnight Kichu Resort.

Day 13 :  Transfer to airport for departure. Arrival in kathmandu then transfer to hotel. PM city tour Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath o/n Hotel Royal singi.

Day 14 : City tour to Patan, PM sightseeing to Bhaktapur o/n Hotel Royal Singi.

Day 15 : Transfer to Airport for onward destination.

 

Cost ???

Cost  Includes Nepal Side : 4 night on Royal Singi hotel on MAP ( Dinner +Breakfast + room ) plan. City tour in Kathmandu as per itinerary above. All ground transportation.

Cost  Includes Bhutan Side : 10nts package on fullboard ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on double room sharing basis as per itinerary above, airport transfers in Bhutan, all other transfer & s/seeing with an English speaking guide as per the program, TDF, entrance fees, Flight round fare KTM/PARO/KTM, Visa fee for Bhutan.

Cost not Includes Both Side : Drinks, airport tax, beverages, tips & expenses of personal nature. Photographic charge, Rescue charge if applicable. Festival entrance charge. Re-entry visa fee to Nepal and which is not mentioned above.

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