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Journey to the land of Happiness Kingdom

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

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Journey to the land of Happiness Kingdom

Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments. This is a country where the rice is red and where chilies aren't just a seasoning but the main dish. Bhutan offers one of the last pristine pockets in the entire Himalaya, stunning flora and fauna, carbon negative air & one and only the country know as "The Last shangri-la"

DAY 1

Arrive Paro and drive Thimphu - 65Km

Arrive Paro by Drukair, after completing your immigration formalities; you will be received by your tour guide from our company who will be with you during your entire trip in Bhutan. On arrival at Thimphu check into your hotel in Thimphu and after lunch go for Thimphu sightseeing Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. Kuenselphodrang (commonly known as Buddha Point) where the largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock overlooking the Thimphu Valley and enjoy the magnificent few of Thimphu Valley and mountain peaks. You. TashichhoDzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”. In the evening visit National Memorial Chorten (stupa) which was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The term ‘chorten’ literally means ' seat of faith' and Buddhists often call such monuments the 'Mind of Buddha'. You will see elderly people walking round the stupa several times (in circumambulation) in order to accumulate (Bhutanese belief). Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Thimphu. Read more

Thimphu, 2 Nights
DAY 2

Thimphu

After breakfast visits The Folk Heritage Museum, an outdoor museum that gives an insight into rural life in Bhutan. The School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where medicinal herbs are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medical practitioners trained. National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs. After lunch visit Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory. The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. Centenary Farmers’ market (if tour coincides with Thu-Sun) Bhutan Postal Museum (recently launched)-The museum tells the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the evolution of communications and postal system in the country. In the evening you may walk around Thimphu town and have free interaction with local people. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. Read more

Thimphu, 2 Nights
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DAY 3

Thimphu - Punakha / Wangdue

Distance: 71 km, estimated driving time: 2 ½ hours after breakfast, travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass 3140 m). At Dochula, in the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. We will also visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (monastery) which was built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ( the Queen Mother of Bhutan) as a tribute to His Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and armed forces after His Majesty led a successful operation against Indian militants who had occupied certain areas of Bhutan. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. On the way, stop for lunch at Metshina village and then walk through paddy fields for about 20 minutes to visit the Divine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing. On the way back to road, you can visit a farmhouse in Lobesa village which gives you insight into the traditional Bhutanese way of life in Punakha region. Then drive for about 20 minutes to a car parking and walk across traditional Bhutanese cantilever bridge to visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho - Chu (male river) and the Mochu (female river). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. At the dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork. Enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view of Punakha and Wangdue valleys from there. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. Read more

Punakha, 2 Nights
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DAY 4

Punakha / Wangdue to Bumthang via Trongs

Distance: 197 km, estimated travel time: 7 hrs. After breakfast, travel to Bumthang through Trongsa. Th drive will take you through dense forests of oak and blue pine trees and through the subtropical vegetation. On arrival at Trongsa, you will stop for refreshment and also visit Trongsa Dzong, which is the most impressive dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Zhabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece. Then continue your travel to Bumthang passing through Yotong La Pass (3400 m). Just before reaching Bumthang you will come across “Yathra” Weaving Centre at Zugney Village where you will see local weavers weaving Yathra. Then you will be driven further to Bumthang Valley. On arrival at Bumthang, check into your hotel in Bumthang. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Read more

Punakha, 2 Nights
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DAY 5

Bumthang local sightseeing's

After breakfast visit Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message). Then take a gentle and pleasant walk crossing a suspension bridge to Kurjey Lhakhang. Kurjey Lhakhang (Kurjey means, "Body imprint"). The temple to the right is the oldest and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. After visiting Kurjey Lhakhang take another few minutes’ walk to Jambay Lhakhang. Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempa of Tibet After visiting Jambay Lhakhang, drive for about 10 minutes to visit Jakar Dzong, "castle of the white bird". After lunch drive to Dorjibi weaving center which is located in Dorjibi village, half an hour drive from Bumthang town, has 20 women engaged in making Bhutanese weaves using local dyes and improved looms.. Then visit a farmhouse in Bumthang Valley and enjoy authentic traditional dinner of Bumthang valley at the farmhouse overnight at hotel. Read more

Bumthang, 3 Nights
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DAY 6

Bumthang Tang Valley Excursion

After breakfast travel for about an hour to the beautiful lush but remote Tang valley. Tang valley is one of the four valleys in Bumthang district. The people of this valley raise sheep and at a higher elevation yaks are raised too as the soil this valley is not so rich for cultivation. You will visit the century old Ugyencholing Heritage Museum, which once belongs to the Royal Family of Tang valley. Lunch will be served at a farmhouse. In the late afternoon travel back to Bumthang. In the evening stroll around Bumthang town and you may visit local handicraft stores. Dinner at a restaurant in Bumthang Chamkhar town. Overnight stay at the hotel. Read more

Bumthang, 3 Nights
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DAY 7

Bumthang - Wangdue Via Phobjikha valley

After breakfast, drive to Wangdue/ Punakha via Phobjikha valley. Driving through the dense forests of the Phobjikha Valley you arrive at Gangtey village where you see the Gangtey Monastery and visit the monastery. Phobjikha valley is part of the beautiful Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park ( formerly known as Black Mountains National Park), one of Bhutan’s most important nature sanctuaries. Each winter it is home to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-necked cranes. The surrounding hills and mountains are home to nomadic shepherds and yak-herders. This is one of the most remote and untouched regions in Bhutan and is only just opening its doors to the outside world. After lunch at Gangtey and explore Phobjikha valley and also visit the Black Necked Crane Center. Then travel on to Wangdue phodrang. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. Read more

Bumthang, 3 Nights
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DAY 8

Short Hike in Punakha and drive to Paro

Distance: 125 km, estimated travel time: 3 1/2 hours After breakfast, travel through upper Punakha valley and take a hike for about an hours through farmland to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. The leisurely walk up to the temple would take about an hour. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view from there. Then travel to Paro with lunch enroute. On arrival at Paro check into your hotel and after refreshment visit Paro town and also visit local handicraft stores. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. Read more

Paro, 3 Nights
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DAY 9

Paro - Day excrusion to chelela pass

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.. Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel. Read more

Paro, 3 Nights
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DAY 10

A Day Hike to Taktshang - Tiger nest

After breakfast, drive for about 20 minutes to the base of Taktsang monastery and then hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The walk up to the viewpoint will take about 1 – 1 ½ hrs depending on your fitness and from View Point you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. After visiting the monastery, walk downhill back to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further downhill to the road point. Then drive back to hotel. In the evening you can relax in the Traditional Bhutanese Hotstone bath at a farmhouse in Paro valley. A visit to a farmhouse offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer. You will also see around inside of the traditional Bhutanese house where you can have authentic traditional Bhutanese dinner with the family members of the house. Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel. Read more

Paro, 3 Nights
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DAY 11

Farewell and Departure

Hope you have made lots of Unforgettable memories back here in Bhutan. Thank you for selecting us for your service. We hope you have enjoyed your trip of happiness. Drive to Paro airport for departure, with lots of prayers and well wishes you will be departing to your destination. Our Guide and diver will bid you farewell with hope to see you again. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Thimphu
Day 3
Location Punakha
Hotel Hotel Pema karpo
Day 4
Location Bumthang
Day 8
Location Paro
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Thimphu
Day 3
Location Punakha
Hotel Zhingkham Resort
Day 4
Location Bumthang
Hotel Yu garling Resort & Spa
Day 8
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.

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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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