Bhutan: The land of thunder dragon

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Visit one of the 'happiest' countries in the world, the little kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan is blessed with immense natural beauty. The country also abounds with harmony, displayed in its Buddhist culture and the pleasant disposition of its people. Sightseeing in Thimphu and Paro include a visit to the historically and spiritually important monasteries of this lovely destination.

Holiday Activities

Thimphu

Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Takin Zoo (National Animal of Bhutan)

The Memorial Stupa, Thimphu, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa (Dzongkha chöten, cheten) in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. The stupa, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. In 2008, it underwent extensive renovation. It is popularly known as "the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan". Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan celebrating the 60th anniversary of fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Great Buddha Dordenma itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold. The Great Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Construction began in 2006 and was planned to finish in October 2010, however construction did not conclude until 25 September 2015. The completed work is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at 169 feet (52 m) and contains 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded bronze Buddhas. Takin zoo basically houses the National Animal of Bhutan Called Takin. This animal is a little strange, basically it has the head of a Goat and the body of a Cow.

Thimphu

Archery Ground (National Game of Bhutan), Buddha statue, Wooden Bridge, Handicraft Shop, Changangkha Buddhist monastery, 13 arts & craft institute, Tashicho Dzong

Watching Bhutanese playing archery in their national dress is unique from other part of the world. Archery ground is located below the Thimphu town and it is easy to travel there and watch the game. You can see the oldest Wooden Bridge (one of the tourist attractions) over the beautiful Thimphu Chhu or Wang Chhu river. And after crossing this bridge you’ll find many stalls outside where the locals selling various clothing, handicrafts, and souvenirs. And came to know from my local guide, here they are selling many products which made by Bangladesh. Changangkha Buddhist monastery temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin (to the left in the grilled inner sanctum). Children are blessed by a phurba (ritual dagger) and given a sacred thread. Tashichhoedzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu in Bhutan, on the western bank of the Wang Chu. It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or "Dharma Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country.

Punakha

Punakha Full Day Tour & Dochula Pass

Morning we will visit beautiful nunnery built on the hill top of Walakha, join the nuns for morning prayer and later on drive further north of Punakha to visit one of the beautiful Stupa or Temple built on ridge near the Punakha river known as Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten which will take around 30 minutes to reach from the town. It was built in honour for then Crown Prince Jigme Kheser Namgyel Wangchuk which was built in 1990s and took period of nearly 10 years. From the parking, it will take another 45 minutes uphill hike to reach crossing through rice suspension bridge and rice field and return portion downhill takes around 30 minutes. After Lunch take a walk in Punakha town and also visit some local shop to see the local product in Punakha valley. The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye Wangchuck; the open grounds in its front yard is a venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival. The pass with 108 memorial chortens is adjacent to the country's first Royal Botanical Park.

Paro

Takshang Monastery, Drukyal Dzong, Kichu Monastery & Paro Dzong

Paro Taktsang (also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger's Nest), is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo. It is considered to be one of the 108 border taming temples he built. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Padmasambhava and it is believed he concealed many spiritual treasures here. Je Khenpo Sherab Gyaltshen wrote that during the 12th century the temple was looked after by the Lhapa Kagyu tradition and that during the 13th century it was handed over to a descendant of Phajo Drugom Zhigpo's son Nyima.

Paro

Chelela Pass to see Beautiful Mountain Peak

Bhutan is a mountainous country linked with series of passes. Located at 3810m (13,000ft), between the valley of Paro and Haa is Chele La, the highest road pass in the country. Popular for short excursion (2 and half hours), many tourists are seen visiting the vantage point. Some prefer driving, some hiking and many wheels down either to Haa or Paro valley in their mountain bikes. The drive to Chele La is through dense spruce and larch forests. Depending on season you will encounter various sights such as frozen river, waterfall, rhododendron forest and yaks grazing peacefully. On a clear day, you can view Mt. Jumolhari(Bhutan's most sacred peak at over 22,000 ft) along with Jichu Drake and adjoining peaks to the North West, as well as the view of both the valley (Paro and Haa).

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival
Thimphu

Journey will be started from Dhaka International Airport by Drukair. Tourists will be received at Paro Airport & transfer to Thimphu Hotel. It’s a 1 hour scenic drive. Check in the Hotel & afternoon visit to Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Takin Zoo (National Animal of Bhutan) & In the evening free for strolling/ shopping. You will have night halt at Thimphu.

Activities

Thimphu

Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Takin Zoo (National Animal of Bhutan)

The Memorial Stupa, Thimphu, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa (Dzongkha chöten, cheten) in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. The stupa, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells. In 2008, it underwent extensive renovation. It is popularly known as "the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan". Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan celebrating the 60th anniversary of fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Great Buddha Dordenma itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold. The Great Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Construction began in 2006 and was planned to finish in October 2010, however construction did not conclude until 25 September 2015. The completed work is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at 169 feet (52 m) and contains 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded bronze Buddhas. Takin zoo basically houses the National Animal of Bhutan Called Takin. This animal is a little strange, basically it has the head of a Goat and the body of a Cow.

Meals Included

Day 2 - Sightseeing
Thimphu

After breakfast visit Archery Ground (National Game of Bhutan), walking Buddha statue, wooden Bridge, Handicraft Shop & after lunch visit oldest Changangkha Buddhist monastery, 13 arts & craft institute. You will have an evening visit to Tashicho Dzong then after leisure walk in market/ Shopping. You will have night halt at Thimphu.

Activities

Thimphu

Archery Ground (National Game of Bhutan), Buddha statue, Wooden Bridge, Handicraft Shop, Changangkha Buddhist monastery, 13 arts & craft institute, Tashicho Dzong

Watching Bhutanese playing archery in their national dress is unique from other part of the world. Archery ground is located below the Thimphu town and it is easy to travel there and watch the game. You can see the oldest Wooden Bridge (one of the tourist attractions) over the beautiful Thimphu Chhu or Wang Chhu river. And after crossing this bridge you’ll find many stalls outside where the locals selling various clothing, handicrafts, and souvenirs. And came to know from my local guide, here they are selling many products which made by Bangladesh. Changangkha Buddhist monastery temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin (to the left in the grilled inner sanctum). Children are blessed by a phurba (ritual dagger) and given a sacred thread. Tashichhoedzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu in Bhutan, on the western bank of the Wang Chu. It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or "Dharma Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country.

Meals Included

Day 3 - Sightseeing
Punakha

After breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Later visit to Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. You will stay at night in Punakha.

Activities

Punakha

Punakha Full Day Tour & Dochula Pass

Morning we will visit beautiful nunnery built on the hill top of Walakha, join the nuns for morning prayer and later on drive further north of Punakha to visit one of the beautiful Stupa or Temple built on ridge near the Punakha river known as Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten which will take around 30 minutes to reach from the town. It was built in honour for then Crown Prince Jigme Kheser Namgyel Wangchuk which was built in 1990s and took period of nearly 10 years. From the parking, it will take another 45 minutes uphill hike to reach crossing through rice suspension bridge and rice field and return portion downhill takes around 30 minutes. After Lunch take a walk in Punakha town and also visit some local shop to see the local product in Punakha valley. The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (head of the state of Bhutan), Jigme Singye Wangchuck; the open grounds in its front yard is a venue for the annual Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival. The pass with 108 memorial chortens is adjacent to the country's first Royal Botanical Park.

Meals Included

Day 4 - Sightseeing
Paro

After having breakfast drive to Paro and on the way you will able to visit airort view point. Check in the Hotel & you will visit Takshang Monastery from valley floor, Drukyal Dzong & Kichu Monastery. After lunch visit Paro Dzong and walk down via wooden bridge. You can go for shopping in the evening. Night halt at Paro.

Activities

Paro

Takshang Monastery, Drukyal Dzong, Kichu Monastery & Paro Dzong

Paro Taktsang (also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger's Nest), is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and the temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was probably built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo. It is considered to be one of the 108 border taming temples he built. In the 8th century the temple was visited by Padmasambhava and it is believed he concealed many spiritual treasures here. Je Khenpo Sherab Gyaltshen wrote that during the 12th century the temple was looked after by the Lhapa Kagyu tradition and that during the 13th century it was handed over to a descendant of Phajo Drugom Zhigpo's son Nyima.

Meals Included

Day 5 - Sightseeing
Paro

After Breakfast we will drive to Chelela Pass where you can see beautiful mountain peak with pack lunch. You will have night halt at Paro.

Activities

Paro

Chelela Pass to see Beautiful Mountain Peak

Bhutan is a mountainous country linked with series of passes. Located at 3810m (13,000ft), between the valley of Paro and Haa is Chele La, the highest road pass in the country. Popular for short excursion (2 and half hours), many tourists are seen visiting the vantage point. Some prefer driving, some hiking and many wheels down either to Haa or Paro valley in their mountain bikes. The drive to Chele La is through dense spruce and larch forests. Depending on season you will encounter various sights such as frozen river, waterfall, rhododendron forest and yaks grazing peacefully. On a clear day, you can view Mt. Jumolhari(Bhutan's most sacred peak at over 22,000 ft) along with Jichu Drake and adjoining peaks to the North West, as well as the view of both the valley (Paro and Haa).

Meals Included

Day 6 - Departure
Paro

After having breakfast we will drive you to the Paro Airport for your departure.

Activities

N/A

Meals Included

Holiday Inclusions

  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Sightseeing
  • Land transportation
  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Guide
  • Accommodation on twin/double sharing basis (02 nights in Thimphu, 01 night in Punakha and 02 nights in Paro)
  • Airfare

Holiday Exclusions

  • Any kinds of personal expenses/ optional tours/ extra meal ordered
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head ‘Inclusions’
  • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone calls
  • Any kinds of drink (hard or soft)
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Additional cost due to flight cancellation
  • The services of vehicle is not included on leisure days or after finishing the sightseeing tour as per itinerary
Hotel Type Adult Child Child - without bed Solo Traveler
Standard ৳46500 ৳31500 ৳29500 N/A
Deluxe ৳50500 ৳33500 ৳31500 N/A
Premium ৳59000 ৳37500 ৳36000 N/A
Remarks:

Child below 5 years just need air ticket (No package cost) and they will share food and bed with parents. Airfare will be 18,500/-

Refund/Return policy


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You, or any member of your party, may cancel their travel arrangements at any time. Written notification or an e-mail to that effect from the person who made the booking must be received at our offices. The applicable cancellation charges are as per the published refund policy below:

Refund charges:

  • Prior to 45 days or more: Booking Fee
  • Between 44-31 days ahead of departure: 50% of tour cost
  • Between 30-16 days of departure: 75% of tour cost
  • 15 days to date of departure: 100%
  • In case of no show: 100%

You will get the refund after deducting the stated percentage.