Bhutan Sightseeing Tour

  • Bhutan Sightseeing Tour
  • Bhutan Sightseeing Tour
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Trip Facts

  • Best Season October to December
  • Trek Difficulty No
  • Walking Days No

Attraction

  • Paro Taktsang, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site located in the cliffside of upper Paro valley .
  •  Incredible Panoramic view of Bhutanese Himalayas.
  • Handicrafts Emporium where excellent variety of well woven Bhutanese textiles is found.
  • Chimi Lhakhang , a holy place of Lama Drukpa Kuenley known as Divine Mad man.

About Bhutan

Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge.  Bhutan is bordered to the north by China and additionally to the south by India. It is completely landlocked. Thimphu is its capital and largest city and Phuntsholing is its financial centre.

It is known for its monasteries, fortresses & dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and has the region’s second lowest population. Bhutan is known for its buckwheat and apple production. It also features sturdy stone houses and many interesting monasteries. It is the ideal place for walking due to its broad valleys and sloping mountains.

The Tour

We will visit the Trongsa Dzong one of the most picturesque examples of Bhutanese architecture and will also explore Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan. This is home to the some of the kingdom’s most precious and ancient Buddhist sites. The trip coincides with the famous Ura Yakchoe Festival in Ura Village.

History

Bhutan is also notable for pioneering the concept of gross national happiness.

During the rise of Chinese communism Bhutan became engaged in a strategic partnership with India.  For centuries it has maintained its independant status.

Bhutan was a monarchy until 2008 when it became a constitutional monarchy.

Situated as it is on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, the Bhutanese state has created a distinctive national identity based on Buddhism.

There was a civil war in the 19th century following which the House of Wangchuck reunited the country and also established relations with the British Empire.

The country’s landscape ranges from verdant subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan Mountains in the north, where there are in addition peaks in excess of 7,000 metres (23,000 ft).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from Apoorva tours. You will be meeting your guide on the same day.

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Kathmandu Sightseeing Religious Pashupatinath, Bouddha, Swayambhunath

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Kathmandu – Paro. This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bhutan. Upon arrival at Bhutan/Paro airport you will be met by our local representative and transfered to your hotel. Check in to the hotel and freshen up. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the Paro Rinpung Dzong “the Fort of the heap of Jewels” which houses the Paro Monastic body, Paro District Civil Administration and the Paro District Court. A smaller Dzong was first built sometime in the 15th century and rebuilt by the Shabdrung in 1645. It caught fire in 1905 but was immediately rebuilt to its original splendor by the Paro Penlop Dawa Penjor. On way back to the hotel visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 638 AD under the order of the Tibetan King Songtsengampo, it is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

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Paro – Thimphu. After an early breakfast, drive for approx 1.5 hours to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. Thimphu is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, located in a narrower valley than Paro and more crowded. It is a modern city but still preserves traditional architecture and traditions.

This afternoon visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of Late His Majesty, the 3rd King of Bhutan. Also visit a handmade paper unit. Bhutan boasts of some of the best handmade papers in the world. The Handicrafts Emporium is yet another interesting place to visit, where you will fine an excellent variety of well woven Bhutanese textiles. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the Thimphu market.

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Thimphu – Punakha. After breakfast walk around Thimphu city and then drive on to Punakha. Stop for lunch at Docho la, where if the weather permits you’ll be treated to an incredible panoramic view of the Bhutanese Himalayas. Punakha is a 2.5 hour drive from Thimphu. After crossing Docho la the vegetation changes from predominantly Blue Pine forest to a greater variety of plants and trees. In spring, it is colorful with all the Rhododendrons and Magnolias in bloom. Upon arrival in Punakha check into hotel, refresh and then drive up the valley to visit the Dzong in all its splendor.

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Punakha – Chimi Lhakhang – Paro. After an early breakfast visit Wangde Dzong en route to Chimi Lhakhang. A beautiful temple standing all alone on a small hill overlooking the Puna Tshangchu river belt, Chimi Lhakhang is the Holy place of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as Divine Mad man. The temple is very sacred for the Bhutanese and thousands of people who visit Chimi Lhakhang do so to pray for children – either people with no children seeking fertility or those who have children, seek protection for them. Return to your hotel for lunch before driving back to Paro.

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After breakfast, tour Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built between 1656-1667 and now houses the National Museum. The Museum is considered one of the best of its kind in Asia. It boasts an exhaustive collection of Bhutanese Textiles, Armoury, Earth & Stone Wares, Buddhist Scriptures and Manuscripts. After lunch visit a local farm house and Paro market. Enjoy evening tea with a Bhutanese family in the farm house.

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We will fly back to Kathmandu from Paro and you will have yoyr free time to go for shopping , walking around Thamel streets.

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Date & Price

The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Apoorva Tours & Treks also organizes trips on small groups, so we recommend you to reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away. Hurry! The adventure awaits you.

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