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Grand Cultural Tour

Bhutan, Bumthang, Gangtey, Phobjikha, Paro, Phuentsholing, Punakha / Wangdue, Thimphu, Trongsa
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Trip Overview

Highlights: Travel to Central Bhutan offers an opportunity to visit pristine valleys and the different cultures of the western and central Bhutan. Route: Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey, Paro. (Bhutan)

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From the subtropical plain of Duar, the nature’s canvas changes dramatically with lonely monasteries at the ridges, with exuberant Prayer flags fluttering as you pass by and further this tour explores the regions that are blessed with unspoiled valleys, awe inspiring peaks, incredible Dzongs andat the lap of nature at its natural best. Traversing through Thimphu, Paro you will see the integration of modernity yet each elements of rich cultural and traditional heritage remaining intact. A sense of quaint tranquility hardly fail to rise when the odyssey take you through Punakha and Bumthang.

    Day 1: Arrival in Phuentsholing.
    Approachable only by road, the city is connected to major Indian Railways node, NJP (New Jalpaiguri). From the northern towns of West Bengal.Upon arrival in Phuntsholing meet our representative check into the hotel.Evening you can stroll in and around Phuntsholing town.
    Overnight in Hotel.
        
    Day 2: Phuentsholing – Thimphu
    After breakfast complete the immigration formalities and begin your exhilarating drive uphill to Thimphu. En- route visit Rinchending Monastery enjoy scenic beauty of landscape and beautiful waterfalls on the journey . On arrival take a short tour to view some sights and get acquainted with Thimphu Valley.
    Overnight in Hotel.    

    Day 3: Thimphu Sightseeing
    After breakfast full day tour in Thimphu, visit Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, visit Takin sanctuary, National Library, National Institute of Traditional Medicine. After lunch visit Textile Museum, Handicraft Emporium, traditional paper factory and Tashichho Dzong. Evening you can stroll in Thimphu town.
    Overnight in Hotel.

    Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha.
    After breakfast enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha via Dochu La pass where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. On the way stop at Metshina Village and walk through the rice fields to visit Chimi Lakhang. After lunch visit the Punakha Dzong.Evening at leisure.
    Overnight in hotel.

    Day 5: Punakha – Bumthang
    After an early breakfast we drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. We stop in Trongsa for lunch with visit to Trongsa Dzong. Then proceed to Bumthang along the way we stop at Chummy to observe a textile weaving known as Yatha .
    Overnight in Hotel.

    Day 6: Bumthang Sightseeing
    Bumthang is considered the cultural heartland of Bhutan. Begin your tour with short drives and easy short walks to temples and monasteries visiting Jambay Lahakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshling Monastery. After lunch visit Jakar Dzong and if time permits visit MebarTsho (Burning Lake).
    Overnight in hotel.

    Day 7: Bumthang – Gangtey.
    After an early breakfast retrace your journey back to Gangtey.In Phobjikha valley visit ancient Gangtey Gompa monastery, located atop a hillock. From there, you can choose to take a walk following a nature trail down till your hotel. Stroll in Phobjikha valley meet local people. Visit recreation centre for Black neck crane and Museum.
    Overnight in Hotel.

    Day 8: Gangtey – Paro
    This morning we retrace our drive via Dochula pass to Paro . Stop in Thimphu for lunch. In Paro visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) visit Rinpung Dzong, visit Drugyal Dzong. Evening at leisure.
    Overnight in hotel.

    Day 9: Paro Sightseeing
    After an early breakfast gear up hike to visit the spectacular Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) and late afternoon visit  Kyichu monastery one of the oldest temple built in 7th century.
    Optional:If you wish to skip the hike you can drive to Chele la Pass enjoy Picnic lunch and visit rest of the sights in Paro.
    Overnight in Hotel.

    Day 10: Paro – Phuentsholing
    After breakfast check out from hotel and trace your drive back to Phuentsholing. In the evening stroll around the Phuentsholing town.
    Overnight in Hotel.

    Private tour with you own dates cost varies with hotel of your choice.
    Included:
    • Route permit processing, etc.
    • Accommodations in best available standard tourists’ hotels.
    • Meals Breakfast.
    • All private transfers and sightseeing with high quality vehicle.
    • Entrance fees to all sights listed with bottled mineral water on drive only.
    • English Speaking Local Tour Guide throughout the tour.
    • All Hotel tax and services charges.

    Not Included:
    • Airfare to and from Bhutan.
    • Deluxe & luxury hotels.
    • Visa for any other country that you visit before Bhutan.
    • Travel/ Medical Insurance.
    • Use of bar and beverages in the hotels.
    • Tips and gratuities (optional) to the local staffs.
    • All Personal gears, personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, shopping etc.

    Hotel Druk (Phuntsholing)

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    Hotel Druk(Thimphu)

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    Meri Phuntsum(Punakha)

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    Mountain Lodge(Bumthang)

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    Yeo Loki(Gangtey)

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    Gangtey Palace(Paro)

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