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Enter the Dragon Bhutan - 4 Days

Enter the Dragon Bhutan

Trip Facts:

Trip Name: Enter the Dragon Bhutan
Trip Id: TIB1395
Trip Duration: 04 Days
Max. Altitude: 3,120m/10,240 ft (The Tiger Nest Monastery)
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour

Trip Overview:

Enter the Dragon is a blissful four day excursion in the Dragon Kingdom. The tour offer ample opportunities to soak up the cultural and natural beauties of Bhutan that is so unique from the rest of the world. The colorful Paro is up for breathtaking natural sights and cultural richness such as spotting Mt. Jhomolhari from the Drugyel Dzong, capture Paro’s remarkable landscapes from Ta-Dzong and the prime feature of the tour- hike up to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ perched in a hillside. Thimphu is blessed with colorful festivals, legendary monasteries and coveted cultural sites. Witness the local everyday lives of Bhutanese and their craftsmanship by strolling around the streets of Thimphu. The tour begins after scenic flight over the tallest mountains in the world to the green valley of Paro. Then proceeds to sightseeing around Paro following Thimphu visiting many historical, cultural and religious monasteries, shrines, forts to ultimately end at Paro then fly back to the onward destination. At the end of the journey, one gets the feeling of truly seen Bhutan up close.

Trip Highlights:

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro. 
  • Explore Paro exploding with colors and tradition. 
  • Guided city tour of the tiny capital Thimphu.
  • Visit Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan. 
  • Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan
  • Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest & most sacred shrines in Bhutan. 
  • Experience Bhutanese culture, tradition and lifestyles of simple country high up in the mountains. 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Paro (2250m) – Thimphu (2350m)
Day 02: Thimphu – Day tour to Punakha (1,310m) – Thimphu (2350m)
Day 03: Thimphu – Paro & Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3120m)
Day 04: Paro – Depart

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Paro (2250m) – Thimphu (2350m)
Arrive Paro by Bhutan’s national carrier, Druk Air, and it’s a scenic flight as the plane touch down the lush green Paro Valley flying past the world’s highest mountains. Steeping down from the plane, cool, clean and fresh air welcomes the visitor, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing the customs and visa formalities met by the representatives and transfer to Paro for lunch. Then drive to Thimphu (1 hour) following Pa Chhu downstream.

In Thimphu, drive on to the Buddha Terrance for a stunning view of the valley and take a drive to visit Takin Preserve to see Takin, Bhutan’s national animal – a strange looking beast which some say resembles a beestung moose! Take a view of the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, the seat of the government before circumventing the Memorial Chorten – a monument erected in memory of Bhutan’s third king H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Visit Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar, National Institute of Traditional Medicine that still dispenses traditional herbal medicines to the locals, the Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum. Overnight at Hotel (Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 02: Thimphu – Day tour to Punakha (1,310m) – Thimphu (2350m)
After breakfast, drive towards Punakha crossing over Dochula pass (3140m) which offer majestic Himalayan views of the eastern mountains during a clear day. En-route, take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang located atop a hill amid rice fields. The temple is dedicated to Drukpa Kunely and also popularly known as the fertility temple. Afterwards, drive towards Punkaha and visit the Punakha Dzong arguably the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan. Afterwards, drive back to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 03: Thimphu – Paro & Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3120m)
Drive towards Thimphu and further drive to the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery-Tiger’s Nest. It’s about two hours hike up the cafeteria. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in 8th century. Then visit the Taktsang main Monastery and hike back to the road point then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. Afterwards, visit Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Later on, back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 04: Paro – Depart
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains. (Breakfast only included)

Cost Details:

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Includes the following service during Bhutan tour.
• Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)

Excludes in the package cost
• Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Note:

On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on a usage basis.

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