Journey to the Dragon Kingdom

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 Journey to the Dragon Kingdom
This cultural tour focuses on exploring the wonderfully diverse environment of Bhutan’s western valleys as well as their cultural heritage. Experience rapidly changing vegetation from pine forests to hills covered in rhododendrons, magnolias and dwarf bamboo – abundant with birds and wildlife.
飩 Traverse beautiful landscapes of lush valleys, dense forests and rushing streams. 
飩 Explore the stunning Phobjikha Valley, winter home to the Black-Necked Crane. 
飩 Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya. 
飩 Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions. 
飩 Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums. 
飩 Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor. 
飩 Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples. 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro – Thimphu
Take the flight from above sectors of Druk-Air and Bhutan Airline and transfer to Paro, International Airport in Bhutan and during on air enjoy the view of snow capped mountain and valleys of Himalayas. On arrival the representative of Lhomen Tours & Trekking will receive you and transfer to Thimphu the capital of Bhutan.
After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centers, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours) following the Pachu River. Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu
Enjoy the morning of sightseeing, including a visit to 12th century Changangkha Temple, and the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization, and as a monument to world peace. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972.
Also visit the largest Buddha statue from where you can have the view of whole Thimphu valley. Visit Zorig Chusum (Arts and craft institute), Textile museums, Farmer’s weekend market, have a glimpse of archery match. And in the evening visit Tashicho Dzong (fortress) the secretariat building of Bhutan. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha
In the morning drive for about 30 minutes to Doedina. From there you hike to Tango Cheri Monastery which is about 1 hour hike. Have lunch in the town or you can do picnic lunch (Inform your guide what you would like to do on the night before your hike). After your lunch you will drive to Punakha (77km) about 3 hours drive via Dochu la pass (3116m). Stop at Dochula pass since one can enjoy beautiful panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range especially on clear winter days. The beauty of the pass is enhanced by 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens built by eldest Queen Mother Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk to commemorate the expulsion of Assamese guerrillas in 2003.
Then drive to Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as a most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907. The Dzong is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan. Overnight in hotel in Punakha.

Day 04: Punakha Sightseeing
After breakfast drive through upper Punakha valley and take a hike through farmhouses to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the peace and stability in this ever changing world. This temple on the hill top overlooking the valley below. The hike is 1 hour up, start the hike crossing the suspension bridge and walk through the paddy fields and slowly ascending through the pine forest to the monastery. You will enjoy the beautiful temple wall fresco and in the temple you can see the finest of spiritual artwork painted on the inner walls and paintings of Buddhist teachers and tutelary deities of the country. The view of Punakha valley from the top is simply spectacular.
Then visit Punakha Dzong, located on the island of Pho chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river). The Dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. At the Dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork. Experience a walk over the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. Visit Khuru temple and stroll around Khuru town. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Punakha.

Day 05: Day Excursion to Phobjikha
After your breakfast you will drive to Phobjikha valley of Wangdue province which is about 2 ½ hours drive (64km). you will drive through dense coniferious forest.Upon reaching Phobjikha, visit Gangtey Monastery of 16th century and walk on the nature trail for an hour in the wide valley where the crane roosts during their visit to the valley.
Phobjikha valley is part of the beautiful Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park (formally known as Black Mountains National Park), one of the 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.
The black necked cranes start migration to this area in November each year. You will have refreshment and lunch at resort/ restaurants in this valley. Afternoon you can visit the Black Necked crane center and enjoy the documentary of the valley and crane and other wild animals in this beautiful scenic valley.
In the late afternoon drive back to Punakha and overnight at hotel in Punakha

Day 06: Punakha – Paro
Today you will drive to Paro but before that enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing. After your visit drive to Paro (3-4 hours drive). once you reach Paro visit places of interest if time permits. Overnight in your hotel in Paro.

Day 07: Paro – Taksang Gonpa Hike
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to the viewing point). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments.
In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.
Alternatively, day 7 could be spent on a day trip to the Haa Valley, one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. Reached via the beautiful Chelila Pass, Haa Valley is characterised by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Day 08: Thimphu to Paro (Depart )
Our guide and driver will drop you to the airport and bid you good bye for your flight departure out of Bhutan.

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.
  • Extensive sightseeing as indicated in itinerary and entrance fees as applicable 

Excludes: 

  • Airfare
  • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
  • Medical / Travel Insurance.

 

Journey to the Dragon Kingdom Package rate :

1 person = US $ 1895/-
2 people = US $ 3650/-  (Each person $1825/-)
3 people = US $ 4845 /- (Each person $ 1615/-)
More than 3 people = Each person have to pay US $ 1615/-

 

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