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Bhutan Gross national Happiness tour

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

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Bhutan Gross national Happiness tour

This tour is based on exploring happiness in the land of thunder Dragon. You will be visiting Buddhist shrines, GNH information centre and local villages. Most of the time you will be spending your time with monks, local people and students where you can interact and share your happiness. GNH- is a developing philosophy as well as an "index" which is used to measure the collective happiness in any specific nation.

DAY 1

Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu - 55Km

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. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area.. 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
DAY 3

Thimphu to Punakha - approx 76 Km

After breakfast, drive to Punakha across Dochu La. Located at a height of 3,088m/ 10,130 ft, Dochula is a scenic location with chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate this highest point on the road. If skies are clear, it may be possible to see the following peaks from this pass in the order left to right: Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong or (Palace of Great Happiness), built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic to us, though long established here. Later in the day excursion to Chimi Lhakhang. The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha / Wangduephodrang. (Altitude 1,300m) Read more

Punakha - 2 Nights
DAY 4

Day Excursion to Gangtey valley

After breakfast, embark on a fascinating excursion to Gangtey. The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, an extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valley’s are tightly enclosed. Visit here the Gangtey Gompa : Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain’s and also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery. Then explore the fascainting Phobjikha Valley. This place is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Phobjikha, at an altitude of 2900 m, falls under the district of Wangduephodrang and lies on the periphery of the Black Mountain National Park. Also visit Black Neck Crane Information Centre. Situated on the edge of the forest and wetland along the main road of Phobjikha valley, the black-necked crane information Centre has an observation room equipped with high power telescope and spotting scopes for catching the best view of the cranes. The centre also offers display information that outline the natural and cultural history of the area. There is a small gift shop, which sells handicrafts produced by the local people. Later in the afternoon drive back to Punakha. overnight stay at the hotel in Punakha (Altitude 1,300m) Read more

Punakha - 2 Nights
DAY 5

Punakha to Paro - Approx 125 Km (4 hrs)

After breakfast drive back to Paro descending back down from Dochu La, follow 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 visit Simtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortress of the country and known as the place of profound tantric teaching. This dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language. 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 6

Paro Local sightseeing's

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. 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
DAY 7

Departure

With the hope that you have made lots of friends and beautiful memories here in Bhutan, you have also left lots of memories on those holy places which will bless you for a wonderful future. We hope you have enjoyed your trip of happiness to Bhutan understanding GNH. Drive to Paro airport for flight back to your destination, with lots of prayers and good wishes will bid you farewell. Read more

Tour Ends

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Thimphu
Day 3
Location Punakha
Hotel Hotel Pema karpo
Day 5
Location Paro
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Thimphu
Day 3
Location Punakha
Hotel Zhingkham Resort
Day 5
Location Thimphu

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 tariff for tourists travelling to Bhutan in a group of 3 persons or more for economy package 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.

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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

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"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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