Bhutan Festival Tour II

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TOUR : FESTIVAL 02
DURATION : 7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS.

ITINERARY

Day 01
Arrive Paro by Druk Air. Paro is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amid terraced paddy fields. Although the site of the nationÆs first airport, Paro still retains tradition by ways of architecture and the simple way of life. On arrival at Paro (at 7000 ft) you will be met by OUR representative and transferred to Kichu Resort about 10 k.m away from the Airport. Overnight at Kichu Resort.

Day 02
AM: Drive to Satsam Chorten (10 min drive) and begin walk up or with horses to Taktsang view point (5 hrs walk up and return). Taktsang Monastery (ruin) perches 800 meters above the Paro valley, is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world. After lunch drive to Thimphu (60 Km, 2 hrs) through the idyllic countryside; through villages and paddy fields, cross rivers and natural forests. Overnight at Hotel River View or similar (subject to availability).

Day 03
Witness Thimphu Tshechu - The Thimphu Tshechu was established by the 4th Temporal Ruler, Tenzing Rabgye (1638-1696) in 1670 on the 8th month of the Bhutanese calendar to commemorate the birth of Guru Rinpoche. In order that Bhutan can rejoice in continued happiness, many knowledgeable lamas established the tradition of the dances. The deities of the tantric teachings are invoked during these dances. Through their power and benediction, all misfortunes may be annihilated, luck increased and all wishes realised.
Overnight at Hotel River View or similar (subject to availability).

Day 04
Witness Thimphu Tshechu - Afternoon s/seeing of Thimphu including Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhists manuscripts, visit the Traditional Medicine Center where old healing arts such as accupuncture & herbal remedies are still practiced, painting school, where young monks learn the art of painting thangkas. O/N AT HOTEL.

Day 05
Drive to Wangdiphodrang (83 kms) by crossing Dochula pass (3050 meters). From here on a very clear day one can have a superb view of some of the highest peaks of Bhutan like Ganger Puensum, Zongaphugang, Jejegang, Masagang, and Gangcheyta. The road is all down hill and you will notice the change in vegetation and weather getting warmer as Wangdi is at a much lower elevation. Afternoon s/seeing of Punakha Dzong and the town. Overnight at Kichu Wangdi Resort.

Day 06
Day excursion to Gangtay village and visit the monastery. Gangtay valley is one of the most beautiful spot in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without trees is extremely rare experience. It is also home to rare black necked cranes who migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape the harsh winter. Return to Wangdiphodrang & Overnight at Kichu Wangdi Resort.

Day 07
After breakfast at Hotel drive 3 hours to Paro. transfer to Kichu resort. Afternoon free for leisure activities of your own. Overnight at hotel

Day 08
Drive to airport for final departure from the country to your destination.

Cost Include :
Twin share accommodation with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). All sightseeing with guide, permits & entrance fees. All ground transfers as above & festival surcharge and royalty to government.

Cost Exclude :
Airport departure taxes in Kathmandu (US$ 15) and in Paro (US$ 12). Kathmandu- Paro- Kathmandu air ticket (US$ 380 per person). All personal expenses, beverages and Visa fee to Bhutan US$ 20 per person (cash). Tourism development fee US$ 10 per person. Extra cost arising due to the reasons beyond our control such as flight cancellation, political actions, natural calamities etc,. Such cost MUST be borne by the clients on the spot. Other personal expenses such as medical, insurance, evacuation, tips to staffs etc.
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