GLIMPSE OF BHUTAN- The Last Shangri-La

Thimpu lets you see the national animal in its natural habitat at the Takin Preserve. The BBS Tower allows you to enjoy the scenic views of all of Thimpu from atop. Witness the world largest sitting Buddha in all its splendor and also visit other important places like the handicrafts museum

Bhutan is a traveler’s paradise, especially for those who are looking to take a break in the lap of nature. Covered in lush green forests, home to gushing waterfalls and rivers and the perfect spot to just sit by and view the majestic Himalayan Ranges, Bhutan is gorgeous in every sense of the word. With Adventure Gorkhaland we give you a chance to explore gorgeous destination Kathmandu and Bhutan in 9 days. See more.

Thimpu lets you see the national animal in its natural habitat at the Takin Preserve. The BBS Tower allows you to enjoy the scenic views of all of Thimpu from atop. Witness the world largest sitting Buddha in all its splendor and also visit other important places like the handicrafts museum. Go for a day-long excursion to Chele La pass and feel mesmerized on the highest motorable road in Bhutan.

Our experts bring you a short vacation where we take care of all your travel needs that will ensure you will go back again to this splendid destination.

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Trip Fact:

 

  • Group Size: 1-12 People
  • Max-Altitude: 1
  • Destination: Kathamndu- Bhutan -Kathmandu
  • Fitness level: Easy
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Departure From: Kathmandu
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation: Twin sharing in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city 

 

Trip Highlights

  • World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
  • Scenic flight to Bhutan
  • The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum
  • Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions
  • King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels.
  • Government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts.
  • Fortress of the glorious religion
  • The chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road
  • Dzong and local market, the district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
  • Bhutan’s National Museum
  • Excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries

Trip Map

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

Day 3: Flight to Bhutan (Arrival in Paro - Thimpu)

Day 4: Thimphu

Day 5: Thimphu/ Punakha (75 Km, 3 hours drive)

Day 6: Punakha / Paro (125 km, approx 4 hours drive)

Day 7: Paro

Day 8: Flight Paro to Kathmandu

Day 9: Final Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the tour, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3 –Flight to Bhutan (Arrival in Paro - Thimpu)
Fly into Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan's National Air Carrier. The green walls of the hills are gateways, into Bhutan from the plains of India rise ever higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibetan border. Silvery rivers rush along the valleys, waterfalls plunge down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens. Farm houses dot the hillsides on either side of the plane.
Included meals: Breakfast Dinner

Day 4 - Thimphu
After breakfast, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following: the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; 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. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
After lunch, 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.
Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, 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.
Later visit Trashichhoedzong “fortress of the glorious religion”, 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.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 - Thimphu/ Punakha (75 Km, 3 hours drive)
After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (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.
Later visit to Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King.
After drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market, the district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 - Punakha / Paro (125 km, approx 4 hours drive)
After breakfast drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.
Afternoon in Paro, visit Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968.
Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 - Paro
After breakfast drive up the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century.
Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip.
While return to Paro town visit en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 - Flight Paro to Kathmandu
After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Final Departure

Cost Includes

  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
  • All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
  • Experienced driver.
  • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.
  • All meals in Bhutan.
  • All entrance fees and permits.




Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

Fixed Departure Dates

 

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