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Bhutan - Tour Itinerary - 09 Days Thimphu Festival Tour

09 Days Thimphu Festival Tour Package

8 Nights and 9 Days Package
Day 1 Sept. Arrive

Fly into Paro Bhutan from Bangkok or Calcutta. On this flight, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide from Shangrila Bhutan Tours & Treks.

15-20 minutes drive from the airport will reach you to Paro town for Lunch. After lunch, Paro Sightseeing. The people of Paro are known for their hard work which they like to show in their big and traditional country houses. If you marry a girl from Paro, be prepared to put metal roofing over the traditional shingle roof in your wife's house and purchase farming machinaries, to show that you are capable and well-to-do husband, so we joke among ourselves.
Paro's sightseeing is full of gems such as the 200 year old Watch Tower which has been renovated and converted into National Museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of national costumes and fabrics, gallery of thangkas, an impressive stamp gallery with three dimensional and CD stamps issued as early as 1960 that are remarkable, and other galleries showcasing armour and silverware with the handsome Royal tea pots. On the top floor there is a four sided temple complex depicting the history of Buddhism and its propagation. Visit Drugyel Dzong, although mostly now in ruins. Built in 1647 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel to commemorate the victory over Tibetan Invaders, which indicates by the name of the Dzong meaning Victorious Bhutanese Fort. Visit Drugyel High School and Kychu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in the valley built in 7th. century. Evening drive to Thimphu. Overnight Thimphu at Wangchuk hotel.

Day 2 Thimphu Festival
Watch Festival whole day. Lunch will be served at the Hotel. O/n Thimphu.
Day 3 Thimphu Festival
Watch festival whole day and sightseeing. Lunch at the hotel. O/n Thimphu.
Day 4 Thimphu Festival
Watch festival whole day and sightseeing. Lunch at the hotel. O/n Thimphu.
Day 5 Thimphu - Wangdi

After breakfast 3 hours drive will take you across Dochula Pass (10,500 feet) to the valley of Wangdi Phodrang and Punakha. Check in at Hotel Dragon Nest. Lunch will be served at the hotel. After lunch drive to Punakha valley for Sightseeing. Overnight Wangdi.

Day 6  Excursion to Gangtey and Phobjikha Valley

After breakfast drive to Gangtey and Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha valley has been declared as the first eco-tourism destination of Bhutan by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). The valley falls under the Black Mountain Natural Park. Phobjikha valley is the winter home to rare and endangered black necked cranes (grus nigricllis) which migrate in large folks to Bhutan from Tibet & Sikang, Yunnan and Tonkin in eastern China. For centuries the cranes have captured the human imagination with their intelligence, poise, sociality, beauty and freedom, which have given rise to several myths, legends, folktales and songs. In 1998 there were about 250 cranes and the numbers are increasing. By mid February, the cranes fly back across the Himalayas to their summer homes in Tibet and China. Besides cranes, there are lot's of other wild animals in the surrounding valleys like wild boar, barking deer, Himalayan black bear, red fox, leopard and many more.

By this time the cranes would start migrating here from their summer roosting area in China. Visit the Nature Education center and talk to the experts there. Visit the cranes roosting area. Visit the carpet factory and the Sacred Gangtey Monastery which dominates the valley. Return to Wangdi for overnight.

Day 7  Wangdi - Paro

After breakfast, 3 hours drive to Thimphu. Lunch will be served at Thimphu. After lunch, walk around Thimphu town for 1 to 2 hours for last minute souvenir shopping. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight at Hotel Druk/Rinchenling, Paro.

Day 8 Excursion to Taktsang monastery.

Day hike to Taktsang Monastery view point. Taktsang, meaning "Tiger's nest," is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhawa) mediated, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 3,000 feet above the valley floor.

For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. Although the main building of the temple was destroyed by fire on 19 April 1998, the hike up to the view point is still worth a visit once in a lifetime. The re-construction works have already started and soon it will be restored in it's original form.

Day 9 Departure

Have early morning breakfast. After breakfast drive to Paro Airport for departure to Bangkok by Druk Air flight. Your guide will assist you to complete the departure formalities and bid TASHI DELEK!.



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