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Bhutan Tour 7 Nights 8 Days

Activity Level

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Group Size
1-10
Trip Code:
NLT- BT8
Destination:
Bhutan

Trip Highlights

Ever planned for Bhutan Tour for 8 Days? If not then let us explain where this short tour will lead you to. Firstly, Bhutan is a sanctuary of magnificent scenery in the heart of the Himalayas. Secondly, the country’s history stretches back to the origins of Buddhism and its spiritually rich people are enterprising, Pragmatic, and delightfully humorous.

 

Further, people live in harmony with nature and have evolved a unique identity’ derived largely from a religious and cultural heritage. Next, the Kingdom of Bhutan lies in the eastern Himalayas, between Tibet to the north and the Indian territories of Assam and West Bengal to the south. Similarly, the Kingdom has a total area of about 47,000 square kilometers.

 

Meanwhile, Monsoon influences and promotes dense forestation in the region and alpine growth at higher altitudes. Likewise, the cultivated central uplands and Himalayan foothills support the majority of the population. However, the Daurs plain in the south drop sharply away from the Himalayas into large tracts of semi-tropical forest savannah grassland and bamboo jungle.

 

What to look for in Bhutan Tour 8 Days?

 

Bhutan uniquely offers a rich and unique cultural heritage that has largely remained intact because of its isolation from the rest of the world until the mid-20th century. Above all, one of the main attractions for tourists is the country’s culture and traditions. In the same vein, Bhutanese tradition is deeply steeped in its Buddhist heritage.

 

Further, you will find Hinduism to be the second most dominant religion in Bhutan. For instance, the southern regions are famous for that. The government is actively participating and making efforts to preserve as well as sustain the current culture and traditions of the country. Most importantly, with its largely unspoiled natural environment and cultural heritage, Bhutan has been termed as The Last Shangri-La.

 

Similarly, the country currently has no UNESCO World Heritage Sites. However, it has eight declared tentative sites for UNESCO inclusion since 2012.

 

The sites include

 

(1) Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong

(2) Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary

(3) Dzongs (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong)

(4) Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP)

(5) Royal Manas National Park (RMNP)

(6) Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants

(7) Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS)

(8) Tamzhing Monastery

 

Bhutan also has numerous tourist sites that are not included in its UNESCO tentative list. The country offers one of the elements, the Mask dance of the drums from Drametse, registered in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Bhutan is also well known for mountain adventure trekking and hiking. Jhomolhari Base Camp Trek, Snowman Trek, and Masagang trek are some of the popular treks in Bhutan.

Itinerary

The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains of the world. If weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m, 29,198ft) and other Himalayan mountain ranges. After checking into the hotel later visit, Your representative from the agency will greet you on arrival and drive you to the capital city, Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu visit, Tamchhog Lhakhang which is located on the opposite side of the river. This is a temple built by Thang Thong Gyalpo of Tibet, who was responsible for building numerous iron bridges throughout Bhutan. Kuenselcholing View Point: A place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang).

It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Memorial Chorten: This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.Tashichho Dzong: The name means – Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Later relax for the day and stroll around the city. Overnight in Thimphu

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,334m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning takes a hike to Cheri Monastery (Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary): Hike about 1hrs (to and fro) led to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, and Ultramarine Flycatcher. Paper factory: The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age-old tradition that originated in the 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes a valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. Traditional paper is recognized and held in high esteem both in the home and outside world.

The weekend market: Held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full color, and gathering to meet and to barter, much like the street markets in London!Bhutan Craft bazaar: The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood-carved national symbols, bags and western wear with a touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hangers of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items, etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an example of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country. Later you can stroll around the city. Overnight in Thimphu.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,334m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning driving towards Gangtey, we come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m, 10362ft) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially on clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.

In the mountains east of Wangdue Phodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km. down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black-necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Overnight in Gangtey.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,200m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning you will hike across Gangtey Nature Trail: (Duration: Half day: two hours at a quicker pace): This is one of the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trail. On this trail you have the opportunity to visit the magnificent Goemba(Monastery), it also leads to a sloping area of green grass, flanked by pine trees on either side. You will even come across some villages, rivers, and cranes roosting ground.

Trongsa Museum: Situated strategically above the Trongsa dzong, the Ta Dzong served as the watch tower for centuries. It was built by Choeje Minjur Tempa in 1652. The museum is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and includes a media room where visitors can watch a documentary program on the history of the monarchy. The Ta Dzong was renovated and converted into a museum at a cost of Nu. 97 million with funds from the Austrian government. The museum is dedicated to the coronation and centenary celebrations. Overnight in Trongsa.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,398m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning drive to Punakha visits Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built-in in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu. Until the time of the second king, it served as a seat of the king. Hike to Chimi Lhakhang(Temple of fertility): This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499.

It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road –Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of houses and also phalluses are painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits. (30 minutes hike to and fro, gentle steep, good footpath across the valleys and villages).Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,242m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning drive to Paro and visit, Rimpung Dzong: The Bhutanese Dzongs are huge architectural structures constructed for a variety of functions throughout the country, from administrative buildings to monasteries and temples, yet they are carefully and thoughtfully designed and are strikingly beautiful. The Rimpung Dzong, known as the “fortress of the heap of jewels” in the picturesque setting of the Paro valley, is of course no exception, built in the time of the dynamic spiritual and political leader Zhabdrung in 1644. Once a year, as part of the Tsechu festival, one of the oldest Thongdol (gigantic scroll paintings) is ceremonially unfurled here.

Kichu Lhakhang(Monastery): It is one of the two most sacred and oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.Drugyel dzong: This ruined dzong is of historical importance. It was built in 1649 by Zhabdrung to commemorate the victory of the Drukpas over the Tibetan invasion in 1644. The Bhutanese still vividly recall and celebrate this victory which was tremendously important to the history of the area. On a clear day (7326m/ 24176ft), you have a fascinating view of the white domed peak of sacred Jhomolhari (Mountain of Goddess).Overnight in Paro.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,200m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest): This is Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimpoche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. (Five hours hike to and fro, some gentle and some steep hikes, some stony footpaths, and some good ones) If you ride a horse upward it will cost an extra US$25 per person.

Visit Farmhouse: Picturesque farmhouses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers. Thrill yourself as the farmers welcome you to their homes with genuine smiles. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farmhouses are handsome, with colorfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built. A visit to a farmhouse gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family. (If you take a hot stone bath on the farmhouse it will cost an extra US$25 per person.)Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. Overnight in Paro.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,200m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the airport. Your escort will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,200m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price & Dates

What's Included

  • Private transportation.
  • All necessary travel permits.
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Accommodation on single/twin room basis.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Meal plan: Full Board Basis.

Optional Addons

  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance.
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.

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