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The culture is deeply Buddhist. Unlike Tibet, the temples and monasteries have not become tourist attractions. The most remarkable feature of Bhutan we can mention here, is its view of life. Rather than striving to join the modern world, Bhutan is allowing it to enter only in measured doses, careful to preserve its underlying doctrine of promoting the country\’s \”gross national happiness.\” It revels in its isolation.
As you fly in, your discovery begins with breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and the sacred Mountains of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake.
The next day we take you on a guided tour of Drugyal Dzong a fortress with a unique history. On the way we stop to admire the sacred Abode of the Goddess Chomo or Mount Chomolhari. We have also added a visit to a typical Bhutanese farmhouse.
You will be visiting the National Museum (Ta-Dzong), a massive fortress called Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong, the central tower (Utse) of the Dzong built in 1645 and renowned for its beautiful woodwork.
On day three we drive to the capital Thimpu and next day visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan. We also visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive, and visit the Handicrafts Emporium. We have also scheduled a visit to the King\’s throne room in the Tashichho Dzong.
We will take you on a guided tour of the Pangri Zampa Monastery which was built during the first quarter of the 16th century.
The next day we will visit a fortress called Punakha Dzong located in Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. Apart from being the local administrative center, Punakha Dzong is also the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. The following morning we drive to Khotokha – one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. Here we visit the Drajanchu monastery, a very sacred monastery to the locals. On our return to Thimpu, we visit the famous Taktsang Monastery.
Day 1: Traditional welcome at on arrival & airport transfers.
Day 2: Sightseeing at Paro.
Morning: Drive to Drugyal Dzong (a fortress) and on the way back, stop at a typical Bhutanese farm house.
Afternoon: Visit the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). This was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. It was converted into the National Museum in 1968. We also visit Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. This massive fortress is located in the Paro valley and presently houses the Administrative seat of the district of Paro. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan with its superb woodwork. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D.
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu.
This 2 hour drive snakes along the Paro and Thimphu rivers offering fabolous views at every turn. Overnight halt at Thimphu. En route visit Simthoka Dzong. Evening: Walking tour/at leisure
Day 4: Thimphu – Sightseeing
Morning : Visit the Memorial Chorten (a huge stupa) built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thankas (sacred Buddhist scrolls). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased.
Afternoon: Visit Tashichho Dzong – the main Secretariat Building. This massive structure houses part of the Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery.
Day 5: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdiphodrang (77 km).
After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha and Wangdi. On the way halt at Dochula for a hot cup of tea/coffee and witness a most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Hotel arrangements at Zangtoe Pelri in Punakha/Government Guest House in Wangdi.
After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong which houses the district administration offices. It is also the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Dzong (fortress) lies between two rivers known as Pochu and Mochu which means \”Male River and Female River.\” It was built in 1637 AD. We also visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong and its small town perched on a hill between two rivers.
Day 6: Punakha – Khotokha.
After an early breakfast, drive to Chuzomsa and from there, to Khotokha. At Khotokha, we visit Drajanchu monastery which is one of the most sacred and important to the local people. Nearby is the Drupchu (spring water) believed to be a gift from the Khandoma (angel). The waters are supposed to have healing powers. Khotokha is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and the view of the surrounding mountains and landscape is breathtaking. We have a picnic lunch at Khotokha and return to Thimphu.
Evening: Visit Thimphu for shopping. If the day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, visit the weekend vegetable market or just relax.
Day 7: Thimphu – Paro.
After an early breakfast, drive back to Paro to take a short trek to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means \”Tiger\’s Nest\”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. and overlooks the Paro Valley and river.
Day 8: Paro – International Airport.
Transfers to airport for your flight home.
With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors travelling to Bhutan need a visa.
Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC).
All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator directly or through a foreign travel agent.
You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.
At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
Online Regional Permit System
In order to streamline and facilitate smooth visitation by tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives, the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Council of Bhutan have launched the Online Permit System. The system facilitates the online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered Bhutanese tour operators and TCB certified hotels. The facility is offered as an optional channel to process permits for visitors from the region and is applicable for entry from Paro and Phuntsholing. Visitors who use this facility will be able to obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists.