BHUTAN - TOUR CLASSIC 7 NIGHTS

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CLASSIC BHUTAN
Duration: 7 Nights, 8 days
Route: Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Gangtey-Paro
Trip Style: Cultural Tour
Maximum Elevation: 3150m                                                                   
Minimum Elevation: 1242m            

ITINERARY
Day 01: Paro to Thimphu

Driving Distance: 55 km
Minimum Altitude: 2195 m,
Maximum Altitude: 2334m

Flying into the country’s only international airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression.
On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representatives. On completion of airport formalities, drive towards Thimphu.

- Visit the Tashichho Dzong/Fortress of the Auspicious Religion and office of the Golden throne of the Dragon King of Bhutan.
- The beautiful Memorial Chorten/stupa in town is another favorite with a regular sight for congregation of devout Buddhists circumambulating the Chorten from dawn till dusk. The main statue of the Buddha inside the Chorten is said to grant wishes for the earnest and honest hearted!
- Visit Kuensel Phodrang and Soak in the panoramic view of the Thimphu valley from the site of the gigantic Lord Buddha, a 51-meter bronze Buddha statue gilded in gold.

Overnight in Thimphu

DAY 2: THIMPHU
Altitude: 2334m

Thimphu with a population of about 130,000 people is one of the last few capital cities without traffic lights and the traffic still managed by traffic policemen. While strictly maintaining the aesthetic beauty and traditional style of architecture in the modern buildings, there are also very old temples and numerous monasteries in and around the city, a few discotheques, Karaoke joints and pubs.

- After breakfast visit oldest place of worship in the capital, Changangkha Lhakhang is located on a small hill. The shrine houses a brilliant statue of Chenrizig, the Buddha of Compassion.
- Visit the National Library of Bhutan established back in 1967 and is one of the largest collection of literature on Tibetan Buddhism anywhere in the world. It has as many as 6100 books and manuscripts in Tibetan and Bhutanese, and holds over 9000 printing blocks used to create religious texts.
- Visit Folk Heritage Museum;
- The Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan
- Then visit Postal Musuem. The postal museum narrates the story of the evolution of communication, transportation and postal services in Bhutan's history. Its five galleries trace the development of the Bhutanese postal system, from the earliest mail runners to Bhutan's idiosyncratic and highly collectable modern stamps

Overnight in Thimphu

DAY 3: THIMPHU-PUNAKHA
Driving Distance: 77 km
Maximum Altitude: 3150m,
Minimum Altitude: 1242m

After breakfast drive to Punakha. En-route stop over at the Dochula Pass (3150 meters) and on a clear day enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains. The 108 small stupas built over a small hill is also a beautiful sight. The road from the Pass winds down to the warm and fertile valleys of Punakha.

In Punakha enjoy a fascinating hike through fields and small hamlets to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten.This beautiful structure was built by the 5th King’s mother for the benefit of all sentient beings.

In the evening visit the impressive Punakha Dzong / Fortress of Great Bliss built in 1673 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (the first spiritual & political leader of Bhutan) to commemorate the final victory against numerous Tibetan invasions. Located on a piece of land between two rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (literally meaning male and female rivers), the Dzong is massive, huge and magnificent in all its architectural grandeur. The Royal Wedding ceremony on 13th October 2011 of the Fifth King was conducted in here.

From the Dzong enjoy a short walk through a beautiful pathway of giant flowering trees and flowers and on to the longest iron suspension bridge.

Overnight in Punakha

DAY 4: PUNAKHA-GANGTEY: at 3,000 m (9,840 feet)
Driving Distance: 74 km
Maximum Altitude: 3250m,
Minimum Altitude: 1242m

After breakfast drive to Gangtey valley. On the way visit Chimi Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley {popularly known as “The Devine Madman”} in the 15th Century. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. The divine madman is a famous teacher with whom the phallic symbol is associated. Japanese and several American couples visited this temple and were blessed miraculously with children. A photo album of the couples with their children can be seen in the temple.

The Gangteng Monastery-generally known as Gangtey Gonpa  is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. The Monastery’s history traces to the early 17th century and back to the prophecies made by the well-known Terton (treasure finder) Pema Lingpa in the late 15th century.

Overnight in Gangtey

DAY 5: Gangtey Valley.
Altitude: 2800m

Gangtey Valley offers plenty of opportunity to hike, with marshlands, lots of flat open terrain and, being away from the more heavily touristic areas, ultimate peace and serenity. The most popular hikes are Longtey Hike and the Gangtey Nature Trail Hike and it can be done in  combination.  After a day exploring the area at your leisure, you can check back into your hotel for a gourmet dinner.

Overnight in Phobjikha

DAY 6: Gangtey Valley-PARO
Driving Distance: 175 km
Maximum Altitude: 3250m,
Minimum Altitude: 1224m

After breakfast drive back to Paro. On the way to Paro- visit Tachog Lhakhang. Tachogang means ‘temple of the hill of the excellent horse’. It is said that while Thangtong Gyalpo, The Iron Bridge Builder Saint, was meditating here, he had a vision of the spiritual horse Balaha-an emanation of Buddha of Compassion. He decided there upon to build a temple at this spot, in addition to one of his famous iron bridges. The descendants of the Saint privately run the temple to this day.

Later in Paro visit:
- Kyichu Lhakhang
- Rinpung Dzong
- National Museum of Bhutan.

Overnight in Paro

DAY 7: PARO | HIKE TO THE TAKTSANG (“TIGER’S NEST”) MONASTERY
Minimum Altitude: 2195 m,
Maximum Altitude: 3120m

No journey to Bhutan is complete without a visit to Taktsang monastery. After breakfast drive through Paro valley-one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan, graceful willow trees and rushing glacial river beneath snow covered peaks to take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, (one of the most sacred places in Bhutan due to its association with the Patron Saint Guru Rinpoche). It is believed that Guru Rinpoche reputedly flew to Paro Taktsang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming dakini-tigress in the 747 A.D., where he meditated and subdued evil spirits.

On the way back from Taksang take a drive to Drukgyel Dzong

(Fortress) where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago, once a ruined fortress now being reconstructed. The snowy dome of sacred Jhomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong.  In the evening stroll around Paro town to explore at your own.

 Overnight in Paro

Day 8: Depart Bhutan
Drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will then bid you farewell.
 

Price per person in double room: euro 1985 (HIGH SEASON)
Price per person in double room: euro 1640 (LOW SEASON)
Single supplement: euro 100


The price includes:
- Accommodation in a double room for 07 nights in a 3/4 star hotel
- Meals as from program 
- English speaking guide (Italian on request with extra charge) for the whole tour
- car / minivan available for the whole tour
- support
- entry fee
- local taxes
- visa

The fee does not include
- Flights (REQUEST THE BEST QUOTE AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT)
- drinks, meals not mentioned
- tips (around USD 10 per day)
- currency adjustment
- everything not expressly specified in "the price includes"