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14 Days 13 Nights
Availability : 5 - 18 September 2019
Singapore
Paro
Min Age : 15+
Tour Details

A trip into the religious heartland of Bhutan will help you discover the secrets that keep the Buddhist religion alive and vibrant in Bhutan. Explore and uncover the legends of the great Tantric master Guru Rinpoche as you travel to the beautiful valley of Bumthang. Listen to the legends associated with one of Bhutan’s most eccentric saints, Lam Drukpa Kuenley, who is also known as “the Divine Mad Man”.

This tour package also involves a detour through the habitat of the rare and endangered Black Necked Cranes in the Phobjikha valley. We end the trip at the scenic Paro valley often referred to as the “Rice Bowl of Bhutan”.

Departure & Return Location

Paro Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Singapore > Paro > Singapore (Economy Class) by Drukair
  • Bumthang > Paro (Oneway Economy Class Domestic) By Drukair
  • Royalty Fees of US$65, Visa, Taxes and Permits
  • Tour Guide - English Speaking throughout
  • Accommodation in 3* Twin Sharing Basis
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Bottled Water while on drive & hiking
  • All meals (B/fast & Dinner at hotel Stay)

Price Excludes

  • Guide & Driver Service Fee
  • Travel/Medical Insurance - Optional
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Hotel Surcharge During Peak Season and Public Holiday

Complementaries

  • Bottle water
  • Evening Tea
  • Tourism Development Fund Charges
  • Entrance Fees listed in the included section
What to Expect

14 DAYS 13 NIGHTS
BHUTAN BUDDHISM PILGRIMAGE TOUR

Traveling PERIOD: 05 SEP 2019 – 18 SEP 2019 (REF: 3990910-C)

  • Capital: Thimphu
  • Language: Dzongkha
  • Area: 38,394 SQ.KM.
  • Population: Approx. 800,000
  • Currency: Ngultrum (BTN)
  • Climate: Varies From Cold Winter - Hot Summer
  • National Day: December 17
  • Religion: Majority Buddhist (75%)
  • Government: Constitutional Monarch
Itinerary

Day 1SINGAPORE - BHUTAN (KB541 SIN/PBH 0630HRS /1030HRS) (L/D)

Drive to Thimphu, which is 65 kilometers and takes about 1 hour.
You would be stopping for picturesque scenery along the way with the stop at Tachog Lhakhang which is famously known for its iron bridge built by one of the saints around 12th Century. Further, you will stop at the confluence of Thimphu-Paro River, this river flows to Chukkha where 1800 MU of electricity is generated.

Sightseeing in Thimphu would include; The Memorial Chorten build in memory of 3rd King of Bhutan, Later you can visit Handicrafts and local crafts shops.

By evening, visit Tashichho Dzong, a fortress of the glorious religion.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
*** Bhutan Suites

Day 2THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING (B/L/D)

Morning visit Changangkha Monastery which is the oldest monastery in around Thimphu valley and then Buddha Doerdema (is one of the largest Buddha made of Bronze), the Centenary Farmers Market and Archery Game at Changlimithang.

Later after lunch visits the Bhutan Post Office to take your own photo stamp and send to your friends and love one from Bhutan itself, and you will visit the National Textile Museum which displays and give a better understanding of costumes of Bhutan.

Today dinner will be hosted at Farmhouse and try national costume.
*** Bhutan Suites

Day 3THIMPHU – PUNAKHA ((B/L/D)

After breakfast drive to Punakha, which is 75 kilometers away and will take approximately 2 hours to reach. On the way to Punakha, you will drive by Dochula Pass with a picturesque landscape and visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works.

Later driving downhill and towards Punakha visit Chimmi Lhakhang, the famous monastery of the famous saint known as the Drukpa Kinley (also called the divine madman). This fertility monastery is known to bless a couple with a child.
*** Lobesa Hotel, Punakha

Day 4PUNKHA - PHOBJIKA VALLEY (60 KM; 4 HRS) (B/L/D)

Morning visits Pungtang Dechen Phodrang Dzong or commonly known as Punakha Dzong. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal constructed it in 1637-38. It is the winter home of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body. The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and other great saints. It is also known for the coronation of the kings of Bhutan. You may take your time inside the Dzong to see the beautiful and unique architect of Bhutan.

Later drive towards the east of Bhutan and on the way to you will drive by several village and picturesque landscape. Phobjikha or Gangtey is famously known for the roosting ground of endangered Black Necked Crane.

After reaching Gangtey, visit the only Pedling tradition Monastery in Bhutan.
*** Dewachen Hotel, Phobjikha

Day 5GANGTEY TO BUMTHANG (188 KILOMETERS, TAKES 5 HOURS) (B/L/D)

Morning visits the Crane Center to learn more about these rare birds. However, there will be no birds around this time of year and you can visit the conservation office there.
Drive to Bumthang crossing 3300-meter-high Pelela Pass. Along the way, you will drive via Trongsa district and stop to visit the Trongsa Dzong, another masterpiece of Bhutan architecture. It also has a very rich cultural heritage history associated with this Dzong.

Later on, stop at a Yathra (textile weaving) factory; where the Yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and you can even watch some of the weavers at their looms.
*** Mountain Lodge, Bumthang

Day 6BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING (B/L/D)

Sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places of Bhutan and it is the place where Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave while meditating.

Later after lunch, you will be visiting Jambay Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings and the Kuenchosum Monastery.
*** Mountain Lodge, Bumthang

Day 7BUMTHANG TO LHUNTSE (B/L/D)

The drive from Bumthang to Lhuntse is around 225 kilometers; you may stop over a few places on the way to take scenic pictures and those who love birds it’s a good place around to spot some. After reaching Lhuntse you will visit Lhuntse Dzong and the local handlooms and weaving center which is the most famous in Bhutan. You may shop a few of the product there, as it’s authentic.
*** Phayul Resort, Lhuntse

Day 8LHUNTSE TO MONGAR (B/L/D)

Morning, the most important Place that you would visit is the Takila Guru Statue which stands 190 feet, the biggest in Bhutan. Its build as per the prophecy of the Guru himself and it was initiated on 2008 by venerable Khenpo Karpo. It’s designed in a most intriguing style both interior and exterior. Later you may visit the main seat and Monastery of the present Jekhenpo of Bhutan in Autsho.

Take some time around Lhuntse town and drive to Mongar for 77 Kilometers.
*** Wangchuk Hotel, Mongar

Day 9MONGAR TO TRASHIGANG (B/L/D)

Morning visit Mongar town and Dzong which is newly built, you can feel the eastern capital of Bhutan while strolling around. Later drive towards Trashigang, which is around 75 Kilometers. Stop over several places which on the northern side of the highways lays hidden land of Bayul of Guru Rinpoche.
*** Druk Doetjung Resort, Trashigang

Day 10EXCURSION TO TRASHIYANGTSHI (B/L/D)

Approximately Trashiyangtshi is 53 Kilometer away from Trashigang. It’s a small beautiful town. It’s famous for making of wooden crockery. Beside that Chorten Kora is one of the most revered holy places and attracts people from all over the country and as well as from the neighboring Arunachal Pradesh, India.

On the way, you would also visit Gomphu Kora which is blessed with Guru Rinpoche, Gomphu means “Meditation Cave” and Kora means “Circumambulation”. The name is derived from a cave formed out of a rock-face next to a temple that has been built as a tribute to this sacred site.

The Guru is attributed to have said that devotees will flock to Gomphu Kora for eons to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. There couldn’t be a more accurate prophesy. Later drive back to Trashigang.
*** Druk Doetjung Resort, Trashigang

Day 11TRASHIGANG - PARO (KB051 YON/PBH 1000/1140) (B/L/D)

Morning visits Trashigang Dzong and then drive to Yonphula Airport. KB 051 will take off at 1000 and it will take around 1-hour 40 mins to Paro.

The domestic flight is an opportunity for you to view the overall picture of the green lush valley of Bhutan, the Himalayan at its grandest. Please do not forget to take a camera onboard and just click as much as you can, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.

Visit the National Museum of Bhutan, which houses traditional and ancient artifacts. You will drive down the hill and visit Paro Dzong, which is uniquely square compared to normal rectangular, inside the Dzong, there is plenty of Beautiful arts and mural. Spend some time in the Dzong with beautiful scenery overlooking paddy, traditional houses, royal cottage, and small Paro town. Later walk several meters down to the parking and by the afternoon at your leisure.

*** Raven Nest’s Resort, Paro

Day 12EXERCUSION AT TAKTSHANG (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will hike to Taktsang or the “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery perched precariously on the cliff 900m above Paro valley. It is the most famous monastery in Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche, the 8th-century spiritual master is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands.

Explore the monastery, and if you wish, you can sit for a short meditation before you hike down to the valley floor.
Packed picnic lunch will be organized as a cafeteria in the mid-way is a little poor in quality.

*** Raven Nest’s Resort, Paro

Day 13PARO SIGHTSEEING (B/L/D)

Today you will be first visit the Kyichu Temple, which is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, built along the Temple of Lhasa. Later drive to the Sang Chokhor peak through a beautiful village for a picnic lunch overlooking the entire Paro valley. Relax there for some time and can even walk down if you want.
By afternoon, walk through the Paro town and entire at your leisure.

*** Raven Nest’s Resort, Paro

Day 14DEPARTURE BHUTAN - SINGAPORE (KB540 PBH/SIN 0730/1535) (B)

Bid farewell from Paro Airport and take Drukair KB540 at 0730 am and arrive in Singapore at 1535 hrs.

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