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10 days from £3199 pp Including Int'l flight
This holiday showcases the very best destinations of western Bhutan. You will visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, enjoy the countryside, experience the hustle and bustle of Thimphu. You will continue to explore the wonderful Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro. Escorted by your own private driver and guide, you will be able to stop along the way to discover and enjoy peaceful villages, lesser-visited temples, and views across the land of Thunder Dragon.
Day 01 : Departure London
Day 02 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 03 : Kathmandu – Paro – Thimphu
Day 04 : Thimphu
Day 05 : Thimpu – Punakha
Day 06 : Punakha – Paro
Day 07 : Paro
Day 08 : Paro – Kathmandu
Day 09 : Kathmandu
Day 10 : Depart Kathmandu
Today you start your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Kathmandu.Overnight on the plane.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, you will be met by a Lumle airport representative. You will be escorted to your hotel. You will have some time to relax and recover from the flight.Overnight at the hotel.
Today drive to Kathmandu airport to take a short one-and-a-half-hour Himalayan flight to Paro, Bhutan. Upon arrival, you will be met by a driver and guide who will remain with you for the rest of your holiday. Then you will drive a one-and-a-half-hour journey from Paro airport to Thimpu. The road into Thimpu closely follows the Paro Chhu (river) offering scenic views back across the Paro valley.
Evening time at your leisure.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Thimphu sightseeing. Start your day by visiting Thangthong Dewachen Nunnery, popularly known as Zilukha Nunnery. You can sit with the Nuns and join them during their prayers. [If you wish, you could offer tea and snacks to the nuns – with some donations]. Then you can visit the School of Traditional Arts to watch students at work and to get an introduction to the 13 traditional arts, including painting, embroidery, woodcarving, mask-making and statue-making.
You can also visit the Takin. Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin. You may browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum or the weekly market. In the afternoon, you can visit the huge statue of Buddha.
Dordenma, which commands a tremendous view of Thimphu valley. Then hike from Kuensel Phodrang nature park to Changangkha Temple. A hike of around one hour or so through beautiful blue pine and rhododendron forest, which also gives a fantastic view of Thimphu valley. You can also like to visit the newly opened postal museum, detailing the history of Bhutan’s postal system and showcasing Bhutan’s rich assortment of interesting stamps. If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely homemade articles with no imports.Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Thimphu to Punakha. In the morning drive approximately 3 hours to the old capital, Punakha, via Dochu La pass at 3050 metres, where we will stop for a hot drink and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Himalaya ranges. You will notice he change of climate and vegetation as we approach low-lying Punakha at 1250 metres.
Take a pleasant walk for an hour or so across the terraced fields of Sopsokha village to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility) built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’ (Lama Drukpa Kuenley). Here, you can visit a Farmhouse for lunch or tea, to taste the red rice and local cuisine to experience the traditional Bhutanese way of life. You can also witness farmers working in the fields for the cultivation of paddy or the vegetables. You can visit the farmlands and try your hands on the farming. Then we will visit the imposing Punakha Dzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”. Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Today we return to Paro, a drive of approximately 4 hours. In the afternoon you can start your culture tour of Paro valley by visiting the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. You can also visit the National Museum. This was previously housed in the Ta Dzong (watch tower) built on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Rinpung Dzong and the Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. Unfortunately, an earthquake in September 2011 damaged the Ta Dzong and the contents of the museum were moved to a neighbouring building. You can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artefacts – costumes, religious paintings, arms, textiles and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps. Near to the museum you may also be able to see a demonstration of traditional wood turning skills by local artisans who make traditional wooden bowls and cups – and you can try your hand as well if you wish.Late afternoon, take a walk around the Paro town and continue your walk towards the Paro bridge along the riverside. Here you should have a good view of Paro Dzong to take photographs. You can also walk across the bridge to get more view of the Dzong. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Take a day walk to the ‘Tiger's Nest’, the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 metres above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. It is one of Bhutan’s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighbouring Buddhist countries. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.
Late afternoon, visit a local farmhouse and take the opportunity to try the restorative properties of a hot stone bath to feel relaxed after the hike. If you prefer your creature comforts, you can take tea or dinner with the family and then return to your hotel.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Today drive to Paro airport to take a short one-and-a-half-hour Himalayan flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by a Lumle airport representative. You will be escorted to your hotel.
Remaining time at your leisure for rest & relax.Overnight at the hotel.
We start of exploration of Nepal from Kathmandu, a mystical mix of religion, culture and everything in between.
We explore Kathmandu Durbar Square where most of the temples and palaces dating back to 17th and 18th century. Our time in Kathmandu also includes a visit to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. You can walk around the Stupa spinning the prayer wheels engraved with chants and offer a traditional butter lamp to Lord Buddha. We than explore nearby is the Swayambhunath is an ancient religious architecture in the Kathmandu valley.
Throughout the trip, you will be accompanied by a driver and an English-speaking guide who will explain the historical and cultural importance of each spot.Overnight at the hotel.
Today you will be driven to Kathmandu airport to board your inbound flight back home or extend your journey.
Your Hotels [ 03 star or similar]
Kathmandu : Norbulinka Boutique or similar
Paro : Rema Resort or similar
Thimphu : Pelyang Boutique or similar
Punakha : Khuru Resort or similar
Check-in : 15:00 hours
Check-out : Until 12:00 hours
Room occupancy : Maximum 2 adults
Single Room Supplement: £350
Solo Travellers cost: from £3499 [ please contact one of our team member for the exact price as the price vary depending on travel date.
Offer is based on Twin share so 2 people must book to complete the offer. So valid with 2 full paying adults:
Hotels : If the hotels mentioned in the itinerary are unavailable you will stay in hotels of a similar standard
Internet Access : Free access to Wi-Fi at all hotels (in lounge or public area)
Wheelchair access : The hotels and tour are not suitable for wheelchair users.
Mobile number : Please be sure to fill in mobile number when booking. This is so that the driver can get in touch with you.
Flight Documents : Once your final payment has been processed, we will send you an email confirmation. You will receive all travel documentation required for your flights and accommodation shortly afterwards.
Flight Times : Please note that flights may be subject to change, delay or postponement by the provider and that flight times are provisional. We search for the best times for you and will do our utmost to provide you with the flights detailed above. However, please note that flight times are subject to availability and may be amended.
Visa : If you are travelling to Nepal, you will require Nepalese visa. Please check with the Nepal Embassy in the country of your residence. For more details please visit http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/ For Bhutan we will arrange visa approval letter for you (at the cost $40pp) of to carry and your passport will be stamped at the airport upon arrival.
Vaccination : If you are travelling to Nepal & Bhutan, you may need to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid. For the most up-to-date health advice, you should visit your local doctor/GP or visit www.gov.uk.
Cancellation Conditions : This offer cannot be cancelled or modified
Important : Please be informed that the detailed itinerary for Bhutan may be changed due to unfavourable climatic conditions, National holidays & special events. We maintain the rights to alter the itinerary since tours are prepared in advance and unforeseen circumstances may arise during travel that mandate changes. Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall travel experience in Bhutan. Also note that since hotels are pre-booked and paid for, any change in itinerary will cost cancellation / re-booking charges eventually.
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