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Luxury Private Tours of Bhutan

Trip Facts:

Trip Name: Luxury Private Tours of Bhutan
Trip Id: LPTB285
Trip Duration: 09 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: 4 & 5 star hotels
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour

Trip Overview:

Luxury private tours of Bhutan is the complete tour package of Bhutan with stays at top luxury hotels in Bhutan. It is one of the best luxury tours of Bhutan which highlights Bhutan’s unique Buddhist culture, tradition and heritage. Luxury tours for Bhutan take visitors to so many great sightseeing places in Bhutan. The best sightseeing in Bhutan includes the colorful Paro, the tiny capital – Thimphu, the old capital – Punakha, Gangtey and beautiful Phobjikha Valley, Bumthang – the cultural heartland of Bhutan.

Luxury tours Bhutan starts-off with landing at Paro International Airport where cool and fresh air greets the visitors as they step down from the plane. tourist places in Paro Bhutan are Paro Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang and Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Sightseeing of Thimphu takes you to several cultural and heritage sites like King’s Memorial Chorten, Buddha’s point, farmer’s centenary market, Tashichoe dzong, handicraft market, folk heritage museum. Bhutan luxury tour package then proceeds to Gangtey and the Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha Valley is the winter home to black-necked cranes that flew all the way from Tibet during the winter season. En-route Thimphu to Gangtey is Dochula pass (3050m) which provides majestic views of the eastern mountains. Also, take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley on the way. After Gangtey drive to the Bumthang Valley. Bumthang is considered the cultural heartland of Bhutan where an array of Bhutan oldest monasteries and shrines are located. After brief sightseeing in Bumthang visiting sites like Kurje monastery, Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, the tour proceeds to Punakha via Gangtey. Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan where Punakha city sightseeing takes you to the beautiful Punakha Dzong.

Bhutan luxury tours then trace the same route back to Paro where a hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ awaits. It’s believed Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century and meditated here. After the hike, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Bhutan luxury travel deals are what the best Bhutan has to offer to explore the land of the thunder dragon and witnessing spectacular Himalayan views.

Trip Highlights:

  • Witness dazzling world’s tallest Himalayas view while flying in/out from Paro
  • Explore Paro exploding with colors and tradition
  • Guided tour of the tiny capital Thimphu
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most popular monasteries in Bhutan
  • Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan
  • Explore beautiful Gangtey & Phobjikha Valley
  • Visit Bumthang- the religious heartland with Bhutan’s oldest monasteries & temples
  • Visit Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang & Tamshing Lhakhang in Bumthang

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Paro (2250m) – Thimphu (2350m)
Day 02: Thimphu – Gangtey (2320m)
Day 03: Gangtey – Bumthang (2800m)
Day 04: In Bumthang – Sightseeing
Day 05: Bumthang – Gangtey (2320m)
Day 06: Gangtey – Punakha (1310m)
Day 07: Punakha to Paro (2250m)
Day 08: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3120m)
Day 09: Paro depart

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Paro (2250m) – Thimphu (2350m)
Arrive Paro, flying past some of the world’s tallest mountains and into the lush green Paro Valley. A cool and fresh air immediately greets the visitor as you step down from the plane. After clearing customs and immigration formalities, meet your guide and representatives outside the airport. Drive to Paro for lunch and also visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. Then drive to Thimphu (1 hr drive) and being sightseeing visiting Buddha’s point, Takin Preserve. Then continue to Tashi Choe Dzong- the fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s, Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum, Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar. Overnight at Luxury Hotel (Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 02: Thimphu – Gangtey (2320m)
After breakfast, drive to Gangtey from Thimphu which is about five hours drive. The first attraction encountered during this drive is Dochula pass (3050m) which provides superb views of the eastern mountains on a clear day. Getting closer to Punakha, take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang ‘the fertility temple’ dedicated to Drukpa Kunley. Upon reaching Wangdue, the road climbs up passing along oak and rhododendron forests and into the Phobjikha Valley. The valley is considered one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and it’s also the winter home of black-necked cranes that flew from Tibet during the winter season. Upon reaching, Gangtey check-in hotel and also visit Gangtey Monastery located amid Gangtey village. Overnight at Luxury Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 03: Gangtey – Bumthang (2800m)
Early in the morning after breakfast, drive to Bumthang from Gangtey which is about five-six hours drive. En-route pass along the small highway town of Trongsa. Trongsa has this enormous dzong fortress ‘Trongsa Dzong’. Also, en-route Gangtey to Trongsa is ‘Chendebji Chorten’ which is located nearby road and the stupa resembles the one stupa in Nepal ‘Boudhanath’. After driving for some time from Trongsa soon Bumthang is reached. Bumthang is considered the cultural heartland of Bhutan with some of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. Overnight at Luxury Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 04: In Bumthang – Sightseeing
In the morning visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom as Bhutan’s “patron saint”, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated here. From Kurje monastery, a tarmac road heads south along the right bank of the river to Jambey Lhakhang. This temple, erected by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, is one of the two oldest in Bhutan (the other being Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro). After lunch, hike to Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. It contains interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Later, visit Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”, and then take a stroll through Bumthang’s market area before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Luxury Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 05: Bumthang – Gangtey (2320m)
Today, trace the same route back to Gangtey from Bumthang again passing along Trongsa. You can also visit this monastery which is big and the view from the top is superb. Upon arrival in Gangtey, check-in hotel or you can also explore around Gangtey Village and the beautiful Phobjikha Valley. Overnight at Luxury Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 06: Gangtey – Punakha (1310m)
Drive to Punakha from Gangtey way past the same oak and rhododendron forest. Upon reaching Punakha, visit the Punakha Dzong. This monastery is considered one of the most beautiful monasteries in entire Bhutan. Then check-in hotel with all the luxuries of a luxury hotel in Punakha. Overnight at Luxury Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 07: Punakha to Paro (2250m)
Drive to Paro again passing along Dochula pass and again a good chance of viewing the eastern Himalayas series on a clear day. You can also have tea at nearby restaurants at the pass with a great mountain view in the far distance. Soon Paro is reached and check-in the hotel. Overnight at Luxury Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 08: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3120m)
In the morning, drive to the base of the monastery and start the hike upwards. After two hours of walk will reach the cafeteria. From here, get an exclusive view of the monastery, have some tea. Continue to walk upwards to reach the monastery, explore around, get some pictures. It’s believed Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century here and meditated. Afterward, hike downwards to the road-head and drive to Paro. En-route, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest shrines in Bhutan. Overnight at Luxury Hotel (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included)

Day 09: 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.
• Accommodation in 4 or 5 stars hotel as per your requirements.
• 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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