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  • Package Name :- Grand Bhutan Tour with Mushroom Festival
  • Duration :- 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Difficulty Level :- Easy

Grand Bhutan Tour with Mushroom Festival

Paro l Thimphu l Punakha

Grand Bhutan Tour with Mushroom Festival

Trip Length:  7 Days / 6 Nights

Day

Activities

Overnight

Monday, 14th August 2017

Arrive at Paro. Drive to Thimphu.

Thimphu

Tuesday,15th August 2017

Attend the mushroom festival at Genekha.Then sightseeing in Thimphu.

Thimphu

Wednesday,16th August 2017

Drive to Punakha. Sightseeing in Punakha.

Punakha

Thursday,17th August 2017

Sightseeing in Punakha.

Punakha

Friday, 18th August 2017

Drive to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro.

Paro

Saturday, 19th August 2017

Hike to Taktshang Monastery.

Paro

Sunday, 20th August 2017

Depart from Paro.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1/Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu. Sightseeing in Thimphu.

On your Drukair flight to Bhutan, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowcapped Himalayan Mountains. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by Boonserm representatives who will accompany the group throughout our journey. From Paro airport we drive for an hour to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. . The road leads through the Paro valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at chuzom (confluence). Three different styles of chortens adorn the confluence. A short way beyond, on the left, is Tachogang Lhakhang, the temple of the hill of excellent horse. It is a private temple, built in 15th century, where we will cross a beautiful iron chain bridge build by Thangtong Gyalpo in the 15th century.  After checking into our hotel, we will take some rest. This evening, we will visit the Tashichho Dzong, which houses the royal offices of the king of Bhutan, a number of important ministers of the country, and the highest religious authority of the country. Overnight at hotel, Thimphu

Day 2/Morning drive to Genekha Village and attend the mushroom festival. Later Thimphu Sightseeing.

Morning drive to Genekha village and take part in the mushroom festival. After lunch sightseeing in Thimphu visit the King's Memorial Stupa built in 1974, around which elderly Bhutanese in their colorful traditional clothing circum-ambulate the holy structure, while spinning their prayer wheels. Then drive to Kuenselphodrang to visit the 51mts tall Buddha statue overlooking valley. Then drive to the takin preserve to see the unique national animal of Bhutan the Takin. Evening leisure and free time for shopping.Overnight at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 3/Morning sightseeing in Thimphu and drive to Punakha

Morning after breakfast we will drive north to Kabesa village to visit the Choki Traditional Art School (CTAS), the only charitable art school in the Kingdom, which provides an opportunity for economically disadvantaged students from different parts of Bhutan to obtain training in the preservation of traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. A presentation by the principal will be organized followed by classroom visits where you can interact with the students and watch them painting, drawing, carving and embroidering. At the small shop at the school you have the opportunity to purchase craft items made by the students. After lunch head out of town on a spectacular 3 hour drive over the 10,170 ft./3100 mtr. Dochu La Pass to Punakha. At this pass we have magnificent views of the Himalayas and surrounding valleys, while walking among the 108 beautiful chortens (stupas). Here we stop for a snack and a hot cup of tea at a café atop the pass and time to savor the mountain views. We continue our drive to the Punakha Valley where we spend two nights. Overnight at hotel, Punakha.

Day 4/Full day sightseeing in Punakha.

Morning drive to Nezigang village and hike to Khamsum yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a shrine built by Her Majesty the Queen, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck in 1999. The shrine is perched high on a hill on the opposite bank of the Mo chu river offering superb views of the Punakha valley. The hike is a gradual ascent through cultivated rice fields and little hamlets. After a picnic lunch near by the river, we will continue our sightseeing by visiting the Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers – Pho Chu and Mo Chu(the Male and Female rivers). The Punakha Dzong is an architectural wonder and it has played a prominent role in the civil and religious life of the Kingdom. The Dzong had been destroyed four times by fire, earthquake and flood. The Dzong has been now fully restored to its original splendor. The official name of Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang translates as "the palace of great happiness." If time permits we can also visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Nunnery. Overnight at Hotel, Punakha.

Day 5/Drive to Paro. Sightseeing.

Morning drive to Paro valley via do chu la. Enroute take a half-hour walk through mustard fields  to Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery and fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as “the divine madman” and considered a folk hero in Bhutan for his unconventional ways. As part of this fertility cult, this temple is frequented by couples wanting children, who go there to be blessed by a large wooden phallus. Related to this religious notion, one finds phallic symbols all over Bhutan, where it represents both fertility and protection. After that we will continue our drive to Paro. Later at Paro we will Visit Ta Dzong, built in 17th century as a watch tower for Paro Dzong. This Dzong was later converted into the National Museum in 1967, and is filled with antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and armour. Also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend valley against Tibetan invaders. It is now used as an administrative centre and home of monastic community. Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery of the Kingdom is another place of interest. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6/Hike to Taktshang monastery “Tigers Lair”

Today we will hike to the famous Taktshang Lhakhang “The Tiger's Lair”, the national symbol of Bhutan. Clinging to a black rock face, 900 meters above the valley floor, nestles TaktshangLhakhang, one of the holiest and the most beautiful site of Bhutan.  Taktshang, the tiger's lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress. The hike to the Monastery is a gradual climb through lush meadows, oak and rhododendron forest, past quaint hamlets, fluttering prayer flags and rotating prayer wheels. The hike takes you about 4-5 hours from the car park. Towards the evening, visit a typical farm house to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family in Bhutan its architecture. Also at the farm house you can experience the locally brewed Ara (Rice Wine) and Butter Tea. If interested we can also organize a hot stone bath for relaxation at the farm house. Overnight at Hotel in Paro

Day 7/Depart from Paro airport

Drive to Paro international Airport.  See off by our representatives.

Accomodation Detail

Thimphu : Namgay Heritage Hotel or Tashi Yoedling

Paro : Tashi Namgay Resort or Hotel Gangtay Palace

Punakha : Hotel Meri Phuensum or Drubchu Resort

Note : Please note that the above hotel will be based on availability at the time of confirming your trip. In the event the above hotels are not available, we will provide hotel in similar catagory.

Price Details

High Season(Mar,Apr,May,Sep,Oct & Nov)

  • One Person :  $1740.00
  • Two Person :  $1680.00
  • Three Person :  $1500.00

Lean Season(Dec,Jan,Feb,Jun,Jul & Aug)

  • One Person :  $1440.00
  • Two Person :  $1380.00
  • Three Person :  $1200.00

Cost includes:  

  • Bhutan Government Royalty & Taxes
  • Accommodation in Standard Tourist Hotels
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver with comfortable private vehicle
  • Bhutan visa fees
  • Entrance fees to all museums & monuments
  • Mineral water
  • Evening Tea/Snacks

Cost does not include:  

  • Drinks and Beverages
  • Tips/Gratitude
  • Personal Insurance
  • Flight ticket To/From Bhutan

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