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Bhutan Culture Tour

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Location: Thimphu

Period of time:more than 24h

Price: from 221€ per person (Scale price)  

Category: Geschichte und Archäologie

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Organisational Details

Scale price: from 1 person 276,25€ per person
from 5 person 248,63€ per person
from 10 person 221€ per person

Participants: 1-10 person (Open tour)

Languages:German, English, French, Japanese, Chinese

Booking option:Booking on fixed rate

Description of Tour

PEAK SEASON RATE:

–(March, April, May, September, October and November)

–Cultural Tour /Festivel Tour/ Trekking Tour - US$ 225/- per person per night halt

 

LEAN SEASON RATE:

–(January, February, June, July, August and December)

–Cultural Tour /Festivel Tour/ Trekking Tour- US$ 200/- per person per night halt

 

 FOREIGN INDIVIDUAL TRAVELLERS’ SURCHARGES:

  1. Single individual - US$ 40/- per night halt.
  2. Group of 2 pax - US$ 30/- each per person per night halt.
  3. Group of 3 pax and above: NO SURCHARGE APPLICABLE
  4. Tourism Development Fee US $ 10 per person

7 DAYS TREVEL PLAN


Day 1 - Arrival in Paro, Bhutan
Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and let’s have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sightseeing in Thimphu if possible.
Viewpoints around Thimphu

Takin enclosure - On the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin; a strange looking beast some say looks like a bee stung moose.

Day 2 - Tour of Thimphu
Heritage Museum - Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artifacts used in rural households.

Textile Museum - Witnesses the art of traditional weaving.

Thimphu Dzong - The largest Dzong is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.

National Memorial Chorten - Which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk?

Papermaking Factory - Witnesses the art of papermaking.

Simtokha Dzong - Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.

Centenary Farmers’ Market - Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products.

Day 3 - Thimphu to Punakha
Dochula Pass - The 108 Chorten was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Indian militants and to liberate the souls of the soldiers lost.

Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the Dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The Dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten - Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk this Chorten is a splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years and its details have been drawn from religious scripture.

Day 4 - Punakha to Gangtey
Chimi Lhakhang- A 20 minutes walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the ’divine Madman’ Drukpa Kunley built a small Chorten there. It is a pilgrim site for barren women.

Passing Wangdue (left), one of the major towns and district capital of Western Bhutan. Located south of Punakha, Wangdue is the last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving.
We will pause to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Built in 1638, Wangdue Dzong is dramatically perched on the spur of a hill and overlooks the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers.

Phobjikha Valley - The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black-necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goempa. This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century.

Day 5 - Gangtey to Paro
Paro Valley - The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro.

Paro Dzong- Also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag.

Ta Dzong - Built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Day 6 - Paro
Taktsang Monastery - A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century.

Drukgyal Dzong - A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

Kyichu Lhakhang- After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Day 7 - Depart Paro
Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to your Home. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!

Services

Inclusive

Entitlements:

THE ABOVE RATES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:

  1. Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the tourist standard hotels.
  2. All meals and evening tea.
  3. Full time services of a professional tour guide.
  4. All land transport within Bhutan with dedicated (exclusive) vehicle.
  5. All entry fees/permits to museum, monuments and parks.
  6. Royal Government Royalty of USD 65 per person per night halt.

 

OTHER EXTRA COST:

  1. Hire of knowledgeable resource person; (rate differs from person to person). 
  2. Room and hotel upgrade


Exclusive

THE ABOVE RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  1. Bhutan Visa fee; Currently USD $ 40/- to be billed along with the tour invoice).
  2. Room single; (USD $ 40 for standard room and USD $ 70 for deluxe room).
  3. Air Fare; both Druk Air and International flight.
  4. Laundry bill, phone bill and other bills of personal nature.
  5. Bar bill.
  6. Tipping.
  7. Travel Insurance.

Requirements

VISA FORMALITIES:

  1. On confirming the trip we will raise an invoice and ask for your scanned passport copy.
  2. After transferring the required payments, you can mail the scanned passport copy to us. We will process the visa approval on your behalf and mail it to you.
  3. We will also book, purchase and deliver the Druk Air tickets on your behalf.
  4. The actual visa is stamped on the visitor's passport on arrival at the port of entry.

Note: (The Government will process the visa only on depositing the full tour payment with them.)

Photos der Tour

Himalayan Mountains Located near the city of Paro in the Kingdom of Bhutan gall1 gall7 gall22