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Bhutan Culture Tour -Pilgrimage Tour
Duration :7 days, 6 nights
PRICE: On Request
Arrival in Paro -Thimphu (1.5 Hr)
Fly on the wings of Dragon to the international airport in Paro, Bhutan. On a clear day, the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest (if you are flying from Delhi and Kathmandu), but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro.
On arrival in Paro you will be received by Ar-ring Tours and Treks team and drive to Thimphu by private vehicle.
Depending on arrival time, we can proceed for city sightseeing or relax in the hotel. In the evening we will explore the city by foot or visit Tashichho Dzong, which houses throne room of His Majesty the King. Overnight in Thimphu,altitude 2400m
In the morning, we will visit a handmade paper mill, School of Arts and crafts (closed on Sundays,government holidays) where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan and national library.
After lunch, we will visit memorial chorten built in memory of the 3rd King, Buddha viewpoint, Changangkha Lhakhang(the oldest temple in the valley), Zoo(National animal,Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery). Overnight in Thimphu
After breakfast, we will prepare to drive to warm valley of Punakha over the most beautiful pass in the country called Dochula pass at 3150m,108 Druk Wangyel Chortens built over the pass by Queen Mother in 2003 marks the pass more important and beautiful thus the pass is one of the must-visit passes in Bhutan.
If the weather permits, we can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a photo break, we will continue our drive downhill from the pass. En-route we will take an awesome walk through the rice field of Mesina to Chimi Lhakhang, Temple of fertility.
Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan. Overnight in Punakha, altitude 1350m
We will enjoy the freshness of the morning breeze from the Punatsangchhu river. After breakfast, we will escape to valley of black-necked cranes and rhododendron called
Phobjikha, often called Gantey as well. We will stopover at Wangdue to see ruins of Wangdue fortress which is under construction. Our scenic drive through the belt of Wangdue to Phobjikha is under the project of highway widening.
We need to cross the beautiful Pelela pass range to enter into the valley. Visiting between May to Jun is greeted with beautiful rhododendrons and visit between Nov to Feb gives the chance to see the world rare bird black-necked cranes.
On arrival, we will visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Later in the evening, we will take a beautiful Gangtey trail which will take about 2 hours one way, a walk not recommended for rainy days. Overnight in Phobjikha, altitude 2900m
After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and retrace the drive to Paro. On arrival in Paro we will visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings.
Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use.
Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicraft stores or we will provide the options to enjoy other activities while in Paro. Overnight in Paro, altitude 2200m
After breakfast, we will drive to Ramthangka from where we will hike to Taktsang Monastery or often called Tiger Nest Temple which is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated.
The eighth-century old monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 900m above the valley floor.
The hike is almost 2 hours walk, uphill at 30 to 40 degrees inclined for an average hiker however we might take full day depending on your pace.
First, of half of the hike which we pull-up, up to the cafeteria feels never ending however from the half due to magical structure right inform us, we are all energized to push further and you actually feel very near.
Finally, you are done and filled with joys of happiness to be at Taktshang. For the return journey, we actually feel like walking down very fast.
After the lovely hike, you need to have a relaxing massage at the hotel/enjoy dipping yourself into the hot stone bath (both available on extra cost). Overnight in Paro
We usually respond in less than 24 hours. It's worth the wait!
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Call: +91 7384718607
1. Accommodation on twin sharing basis 3 star hotels 2. Transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary (AC not used on hills) 3. Comfortable vehicles to be used based on group size 4. Phuentsholing/Paro pickup and drop 5. Daily breakfast/Dinner in hotel
6. Tour escort / English speaking guide for the sightseeing only 7. Museum visiting frees and all taxes 9. Internal permits for visiting temples and municipal areas
1. Flight fare/Train fare 2. Nature of personal expenses 3. Travel Insurance 4. Meals as specified under inclusion only (Lunch & Dinner on your own) 5. Single room supplement will be applicable 6.Triple sharing reduction will be given
1. The cost is based on minimum four persons traveling together as a family/friends 2. Transport and guide provided are on private basis from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 3. Outdoor activities are available on supplement cost 4. Higher grade hotels are available on supplement cost 5. Farm house stay/visit available on supplement cost 6. Any services you required while in Bhutan can be avail from A-ring Tours and Treks 7. Pick up and drop from anywhere near rail stations or airports on supplement cost 8. We can be flexible on sightseeing 9. Any dates available for departures 10. Flight tickets are subject to availability.
Cancellation and re-fund
If you want to cancel your trip; your payment made will be refunded after deducting the bank charges and other service charges. But the visitors have to let us know immediately as and when they decide to cancel their tour. Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows: 1. within 30 days of the start of the tour programme: Free 2. within 21 days: 10% of the rate 3. within 14 days: 15% of the rate 4. within 7 days: 30% of the rate 5. Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice: 100% of the rate
There shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitor due to weather conditions, Druk Air problems or roadblocks. They will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food, transport and any other services required. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.