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Glimpse of Bhutan in 5 Days

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AD Tours & Travels is a well registered entity with the Tourism Council of Bhutan since 2015

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Glimpse of Bhutan in 5 Days

Bhutan – Happiness is a Place! Bhutan often revered as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" or 'Druk Yul', is still regarded as one of the last "Shangri-La's" in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. Tour Mostly preferred by those who comes for a limited time to get a glimpse of Bhutan. It can be more enjoyable to do with friends & Family.

DAY 1

Arrive Paro by Druk Air

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel, after little relaxation, Evening time can be spent strolling through the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m) Read more

Thimphu, 2 Nights
DAY 2

Thimphu Local Sightseeing

After breakfast, drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). 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. Then, visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Afterwards visit to Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese living traditions. Post lunch, visit the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Then, drive to Takin Preserve. The Takin is national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and goat. Later in the afternoon visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. Evening time can be spent strolling through the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, interesting items made from local materials. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2,320m) Read more

Thimphu, 2 Nights
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DAY 3

Thimphu to Paro and day excursion

After breakfast drive back to Paro following the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley. En route to visit Tachogang lhakhang which is located along Paro-Thimphu highway, just after Isuna village and before Chhuzom, on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu river. It was built in the early 15th century by the great iron bridge builder and Poet - Yogi Thangtong Gyalpo(1385-1464), who also built Dungtse Lhakhang in Paro and many iron bridges throughout Bhutan and Tibet. The temple is privately run by the descendents of Thangtong Gyalpo. Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m) Read more

Paro, 2 Nights
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DAY 4

Paro local sightseeings

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx 5 hours round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. OR After breakfast, driving excursion to Chelela pass. Chele la (pass), at an elevation 3,988 meters is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour's drive along a thickly-forested road, is this Pass-a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Here, visitors can see cascades of wild roses, purple and yellow primulas, and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor. The top of the pass bloom with rhododendrons in a variety of colours-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet. Later en route excursion to Dzongdrakha Goempa. Often called as mini Takstang, Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of the Paro Valley. Four shrines make up the complex, dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya. Local oral tradition states that when Guru Rinpoche first came to Bhutan, he came from Nepal, first landing at Drakarpo, and then Dzongdrakha before arriving at Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) farther north up the valley. Located approx 20 minute drive from Paro, these temples are built on a cliff above Bondey village but the walk is not as strenuous as Taktshang. From the road, it take only about 30 minutes walk to reach here, through forests of rhododendron and oak trees with white monkeys on it. Dzongdrakha also hosts an annual Tshechu (festival) that takes place the day before and the day after the larger Paro Tshechu held at Rinpung Dzong near the main town. During the festival at Dzongdrakha, one of the main blessings takes place when the chorten (stupa) of the past Buddha is opened so that attendees are blessed by the relic held within. The Dzongdrakha village has numerous temples and is known for most of their men being either fully ordained monks or gomchens (lay monks who don’t take vows of celibacy). Ironically it is the women who work in the fields and are the bread earners unlike in any other part of the country. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening an exploratory walk around main street and market area.. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. (Altitude 2,280m) Read more

Paro, 2 Nights
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DAY 5

Departure

After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with the exit formalities and then bid you farewell.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
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Location Thimphu
Day 3
Location Paro
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Thimphu
Day 3
Location Paro

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night
  • FIT surcharges of US$40/person/night for a single traveler and US$30/person/night for a pair
  • All entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • All Meal at 3 star hotels/tourist standard restaurants
  • All transportation and excursions by private vehicles
  • Internal taxes and fees
  • All Accommodation in economy and comfort Properties - Optional
  • All Sightseeing as per Itinerary
  • All Immigration Formalities
  • Mineral Water through-out your tour
  • Experienced Guide
  • Tourist Sim-Card

Package excludes

  • Airfares (optional)
  • Travel insurance ( We do not provide any travel insurance to the travelers, the traveler have to do themselves)
  • 5 star/luxury accommodations and meals (on request only)
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, drinks, laundry, etc
  • NOTE: The package is exclusive of flight tickets, but we can make all the arrangement according to the requirements of the travelers.

More information

  • There are flights to destination (Paro) from Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati & Singapore, so the travelers needs to to be at the above mentioned airport a day before your flight to Paro Bhutan.
  • The actual minimum daily package for tourists travelling to Bhutan in a group of 3 persons or more as per the tariff fixed by the tourism councils of Bhutan is as follows:
  • USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.
  • USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
  • NOTE: The package quote provided to you are net after providing all the consideration and is kept flat for all the season.

REVIEWS

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Manju Gupta , India

There are so many good points to talk about;a picnic lunch in a scenic paddy field, the trek to Tiger nest and the hot stone bath afterwards, the rafting and thevisits to the monasteries. It would be wrong if I said that I wasn't a bit hesitant to handover my money to someone I had never met. I am wary of tour agents who promise the world because they never deliver. But this was a very different experience. They delivered all that they promised and more. Our guide Mr MukeshBiswa catered to all our demands ( some very unreasonable) From the time he picked us up at the airport with a placard saying ' Saptrishi' to the time he took a detour for some last minute shopping , he made it all possible. We called him a genie...a name he truly deserved. I strongly recommend Ad Tours and Travels for their professionalism and passion. We were a group of seven middle aged women meeting for a reunion so you can understand how difficult a task they had at hand. But they achieved the impossible.. Read more

Patricia, Hiltonand & Friends, Germany

"We tell everyone that it was one of our best trips ever and that AD Tours and Travels made it so. No Stress. It was a perfect experience. Much more like a vacation than a trip because you took care of all the logistics"

Robert , Canada

Everyone at AD Tours and Travels was very responsive, knowledgeable and friendly. Our trip was fabulous and exactly as I had hoped and pictured. AD Tours and Travels provided the right mix of a planned tour without being on a tour! Our accommodations were fabulous, restaurant recommendations were good, and the itinerary info was perfect. Thanks so much Read more

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