Luxury Trip – 10 Days


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About Luxury Trip

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a sovereign nation, located towards the eastern extreme of the Himalayas mountain range and deep valleys, that is easily divided into three main geographical areas.its natural beauty, forest conservation, gross national happiness, great culture & heritage and biodiversity, Bhutan is the largest places in biodiversity in the world.

Things to Carry

Your personal medication
Warm clothing
Walking shoes
Sunglasses
Skin care ointments

Price Includes

3 Star or equal Accommodation
All land transport
Airport pickup/drop
All meals
All entry fees to Dzongs, monuments & attractions
Experienced English speaking guide
Experienced driver
Bottled mineral water

Exclusive

Air Fare
Personal expenses
Bellboy services
Drinks & Beverages
Laundry services

Day 1 Thimphu

On arrival at Paro International airport you will be received by ABT team, drive to Thimphu, check in at your hotel, lunch at hotel, After lunch sightseeing around Thimphu, visit of Textile museum, stroll around the craft market. towards the evening cultural show at your hotel. dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thimphu

Day 2 Thimphu

Post breakfast, drive to Cheri base toward the north of Thimphu, from base hike to Cheri Monastery for an hours, picnic lunch at cheri base, After lunch exploration of kabesa village. evening Yoga class and practice for an hours by yoga trainer at your hotel or meditation practice by a Buddhist lama for an hours at your hotel (optional), dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thimphu

Day 3 Punakha

Post breakfast drive to Punakha across Dochula Pass(3100m), explore 108 stupa and could view a beautiful mountain ranges in the eastern part, a village hike to chhimi lhakhang( fertility temple), Lunch at cafeteria, after lunch check in at your hotel, evening exploration of punakha valley on bike ride, dinner and overnight at your hotel in Punakha

Day 4 Gangtey

Post breakfast drive to Gangtey(Phobjikha Valley) , lunch at Nobdhing , after lunch do a natural trial walk in Gangtey valley, check in at your hotel, towards the evening you could do a loop around gangtey. dinner and overnight at your hotel in Gangtey.

Day 5 Bumthang

Post breakfast drive to Bumthang, lunch at Trongsa( new village), after lunch visit to Ta-Dzong museum and drive to Bumthang valley across the Youthongla pass(3250m), check in at your hotel, dinner and overnight at your hotel in Bumthang

Day 6 Bumthang

Post breakfast exploration of Bumthang valley, visit to Red Panda beer factory and cheese factory. lunch at farm house and after lunch archery program, dinner and overnight at your hotel in Bumthang

Day 7 Punakha

Post breakfast drive to Punakha , en route visit Trongsa Dzong( historic Dzong), picnic lunch at Chendibiji Chorten, after lunch proceed to Punakha across lush valley, dence forest and mountains, dinner and overnight at your hotel in Punakha

Day 8 Paro

Post breakfast drive to Paro, en route visit to Buddha Dordenma, largest statue in Bhutan, lunch at restaurant, after lunch proceed to paro, visit to Ta- Dzong( National Museum) and stroll the traditional town of paro and market, dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paro

Day 9 Paro

Post breakfast drive to Taktshang base, hike to Taktshang monastery, lunch at cafetreia where you could take a breathtaking view of Taktshang monastery. after lunch hot stone bath or herbal bath at local farm house, dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paro

Day 10 see off

Departure from airport

Attractions


Click to view attractions in Thimphu

Memorial Chorten


Built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty the 3rd King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), it is one of the most prominent landmark of Thimphu. People from everywhere come here to do the Chorten Kora (going round the chorten). It looks magnificent a great place to visit and pray


Buddha Dordenma


Buddha Point is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue completed construction on September 25th 2015 celebrating 60th birth anniversary of fourth king His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It houses 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded Buddhas respectively, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. it will be one of the largest Buddha rupas (Form of the Awakened One) in the world, at a height of 169 feet (51.5 meters). Big ground in front makes it a nice place to stroll around and enjoy the scenic beauty of Thimphu


Changangkha Lhakhang


Lam Phajo Drugom Zhipo built it in 12th century, one of the oldest lhakhangs in the country. Lam Phajo Drugom Zhipo chose the site and the monastery houses Chenrizig (Avolokitesawara), an 11-headed, thousand-armed manifestation as the central statue. New born are brought here for naming them


Zorig Chusum


In 1680, Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, ordered the establishment of the school for instruction in the thirteen traditional arts. Although the skills existed much earlier, it is believed that the zorig chusum was first formally categorised during the rule of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye (1680-1694), the 4th Druk Desi (secular ruler). You get to witness artisans & craftsman in action in these 13 different crafts & arts which is rare view in today's machine manufacturing era. It trains the Bhutanese students on all the 13 crafts and is leading the race to preserve the culture of Bhutan


Tashichho Dzong


Traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or "Dharma Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country. The original Thimphu dzong (the Do-Ngön Dzong, or Blue Stone Dzong) was built in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanapa (1164-1224). In 1641 Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal took over that Dzong from the Lhapa Kagyu, reconsecrated, and renamed it Tashichö-dzong. Tashichö Dzong has been the seat of Bhutan's government since 1968. It presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the cabinet secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Lowering of the national flag in the evening around 5 pm is an event not to be missed and the lights during the night makes it a visual treat.


Takin Preserve


Takin - the national animal of Bhutan is a peculiar animal with head of a goat and body of a cow, is believed to be created by Lama Drukpa Kuenlay - The Divine Madman upon his follower's request to show a miracle. He created it by attaching the skull of a goat and bones of a cow. It is an area of 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres). It is a collaborative effort of the Royal Government of Bhutan and World Wide Fund, WWF (Bhutan), including a traditionally styled entrance gate, a small information center, signage and trash receptacles.


Simtokha Dzong


It is the 1st Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629 in Bhutan. Earlier called Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang (Bhutanese language meaning: "Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras") is a small dzong in size compared to other dzongs in Bhutan. It is believed that the dzong provided protection against a demon which had disappeared into a rock close to the site and hence taken the name 'Simtoka' meaning "simmo" (demoness) and 'do' meaning "stone". The Buddhist school of Linguistics was established as part of the dzong.

Click to view attractions in Punakha

Punakha Dzong


Also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (meaning "the palace of great happiness or bliss"). Built by Ngawang Namgyal, 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, in 1637–38 and houses sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Rangjung Kasarpani and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal and the tertön Pema Lingpa. It is the winter capital of Bhutan and 2nd largest dzong. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion


Chimi Lhakhang


Also know as Chime Lhakhang stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel, after the site was blessed by the "Divine Madman" the maverick saint Drukpa Kunley (1455–1529) who built a chorten on the site. Believed to be the Temple of Fertility, pilgrims & women visiting are blessed with wooden phallus (have been intended to drive away the evil eye and malicious gossip) decorated with a silver handle. Lama Drukpa Kuenley is revered for his unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism by singing, humour and outrageous behaviour, which amounted to being bizarre, shocking and with sexual overtones


Dochula Pass


Built on the pass overlooking Thimphu valley on one side and Wangdue/Punakha on the other, it is on the way to Punakha from Thimphu on a hill top where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Apart from the chortens there is a monastery called the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple), built in honour of the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.


Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten


Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck for the well being of the kingdom, it's people and all sentient beings took 9 years to complete this magnificent 4 storied Chorten showcasing the expertise and marvel of Bhutanese architecture, art & paintings. Lovely view of Punakha valley awaits you after a hike on 30 to 60 minutes from the suspension bridge.

Click to view attractions in Gangtey
Click to view attractions in Bumthang

Jakar Dzong


Also known as Jakar Yugyal Dzong built on the site of an earlier temple established by the Ralung hierarch Yongzin Ngagi Wangchuk (1517–1554) when he came to Bhutan. Jakar Dzong may be the largest dzong in Bhutan, with a circumference of more than 1,500 metres (4,900 ft). The name Jakar is derived from the word bjakhab, meaning "white bird". It is believed that a roosting white bird signalled the proper and auspicious location to found a monastery around 1549 and this dzong was built there. It has a unique structure and make a great view of Chamkhar valley of Bumthang


Jambay Lhakhang


Also known as Temple of Maitreya is believed to be one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsän Gampo in 659 CE on a single day to pin down an ogress to earth forever. The best known of these temples are Jokhang in Lhasa, Kichu in Paro, Bhutan and Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang, Bhutan.It is a pilgrimage site for buddhist from around the world


Kurjay Lhakhang


One of the holy places where body imprint of Guru Rinpoche can be witnessed. It is believed that when Sindhu Raja of Bumthang fell very sick due to powerful local dieties like Shelging Karpo, he invited Guru to come to his rescue. Guru drove all the deities to a cave and meditated in the cave for 3 months and left his kurjey (body imprint) upon which the deities were subdued and Raja got well. Also a cypress tree that is believed to have sprouted from the walking stick of Guru Rinpoche is still there till today. It is also the final resting place of the previous three kings of Bhutan


Mebartsho


Or the burning lake in the Tang Valley near Bumthang, is related with Guru Rimpoche, who discovered his first terma (traditions of revelation in Tibetan Buddhism, Bön and the Greater Himalayan region) in the lake in 1475. As per legend Terton Pema Lingpa had a vision of the sacred treasures that Guru Rimpoche had hidden within the lake, centuries earlier. No one believed him. In order to prove his claims, Pema Lingpa held a butter lamp in his hand as he jumped into the lake. He re-emerged holding a chest and a scroll of paper with the butter lamp in his hand still burning bright. That's how the lake got it's name - Mebartsho (the burning Lake)


Wangdicholing Palace


Built in 1857, it is the first royal palace of Bhutan. 1st and 2nd Kings of Bhutan resided here and was the main summer residence. It is built on the site of a battle camp of the Trongsa penlop, Jigme Namgyal (father of 1st King of Bhutan). Interesting site to see is the five giant prayer wheels turned continuously by water.

Click to view attractions in Paro

Rinpung Dzong


Built in 1644 by Ngawang Namgyal, the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, it stands as a majestic symbol of authority and governance. The administrative and religious seat of Paro Dzongkhag (a state of Bhutan). Located just above Paro Chu (river) making it a picturesque delight.


Taa Dzong - National Museum


The national museum of Bhutan - Taa Dzong has artifact from around the country and some of the artefacts ranging back to even 4000 B.C E. and to the present day. Here you get to see the ancient Bhutanese culture and it is a must visit if you are interest to know and understand Bhutan better


Tiger's Nest - Taktsang


Taktshang or the Tiger's Nest got it's name from the myth that in 8th century Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) flew here on a Tigress Back and meditated to in a cave here t0 subdue the demons and provide relief to the local people of Paro. Built on a cliff that stands 10,000 feet/3,048 meter above sea level overlooking Paro valley. It is a visual treat and a holy place for pilgrimage


Kyichu Lhakhang


Also known as Kyerchu Temple or Lho Kyerchu) is an important Himalayan Buddhist temple situated in Lamgong Gewog of Paro District in Bhutan. Built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsän Gampo, the Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was visited by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century and believed to have concealed many religious relics and treasures. A holy place for pilgrimage


Drukgyal Dzong


Once a fortress constructed in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra on the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche to commemorate the victory over Tibet invasion, it was in ruins due to a fire in 1950's that engulfed almost everything. It has been restored now to it's full standing and it is a magnificent view surrounded by beautiful scenery around it

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Taj Tashi

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Inclusive of Sales & Service Tax, Breakfast Main Amenities: 2 restaurants, Full-service spa, Indoor pool, Health club, Business center, Childcare, 24-hour front desk, Air conditioning, Daily housekeeping, Garden


Amankora

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Rate is inclusive of Bhutan sales tax and service charge. including picnics, house beverages including select wines and spirits and complimentary laundry


Le Meridien

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Inclusive of Bhutan sales & service tax, buffet breakfast, in-room internet access, fitness centre, in-room tea and coffee maker services, illy-coffee vouchers,


Namgay Heritage

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Rate is inclusive of Bhutan sales & service charge, breakfast, swimming pool, in-room tea/coffee


Jumolhari

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Inclusive of Bhutan sales & service tax, breakfast, in-house tea/coffee, in-room internet


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Uma by COMO

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Inclusive of Bhutan sales & service tax, break fast & dinner, swimming pool, in-rom tea/coffee, in-room internet


Amankora

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Rate is inclusive of Bhutan sales tax and service charge. including picnics, house beverages including select wines and spirits and complimentary laundry


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Amankora

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Rate is inclusive of Bhutan sales tax and service charge. including picnics, house beverages including select wines and spirits and complimentary laundry


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Amankora

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Inclusive of Bhutan sales & service tax. including picnics, house beverages including select wines and spirits and complimentary laundry


Uma by COMO

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Inclusive of Bhutan sales & service tax, break fast & dinner, swimming pool, in-rom tea/coffee, in-room internet


Le Meridien

You will be staying here for 2 Day(s)

Facilities

Double occupancy. Inclusive of Bhutan sales & service tax, breakfast, in-room tea/coffee, in-room internet


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Package cost covers your stay at a 3 star hotel as defined by Tourism Council of Bhutan Your stay includes: Double occupancy in standard room with 1 King/Queen size bed or twin beds along with all other amenities

Upgrade You can upgrade to luxury hotels (5 star & 4 star) with additional cost added to your overall package cost which is subject to availability. You can upgrade your stay in each of the places you will be staying as per the tour itinerary. Please note that some of the places might not have the 5 star and 4 star hotel so it will not be available for upgrade.

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Information on Transportation

The Package cost covers your transportation as defined by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Your vehicle includes: SUV vehicle for upto 2 guest and Toyota Hi-Ace mini bus upto 5 or 12 groups and Toyota Bus for more than 12.

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You can upgrade to luxury vehicles (Toyota Prado & Luxury Cars) with additional cost added to your overall package cost. We have not quoted the cost for the vehicle upgrade but will charged at the end of the tour on actual KM run reading. FYI, approx distance run through the tour would be 500 to 600KM (not totally accurate but in this range or more) and that would amount to around 260 to 300 US Dollars.

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Information on Guide

The Package cost provides you with a Guide as defined by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
All the guides are licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan after undergoing extensive training. They are fluent in english and well experienced. Have attained good knowledge and know-how of Bhutan. You can change your guide to a specific language speaking guide

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You can upgrade to language specific guide with additional cost added to your overall package cost.

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Cycling Biking around would be a great way of exploring the places in Bhutan. BTB can arrange mountain bikes for you to ride around and explore the beautiful valleys at your own pace
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Time: Evening or Morning

Cultural Show Bhutanese dance by Bhutanese male and female dancers including Mask dance. A complete refreshing cultural show
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 6pm to 9pm

Nature Hike A short hike to a nearby hill enyoing the chill air and the pristine nature

Cooking Class Bhutan has an abundance of local fresh organic vegetables and simple ways of Bhutanese cooking introduces one to a basic or rudimentary style of cooking, prevalent in the Himalayan region.

View + Add activity in Punakha

Cycling Biking around would be a great way of exploring the places in Bhutan. BTB can arrange mountain bikes for you to ride around and explore the beautiful valleys at your own pace
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Time: Evening or Morning

Cultural Show Bhutanese dance by Bhutanese male and female dancers including Mask dance. A complete refreshing cultural show
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 6pm to 9pm

Rafting/Kayaking One of the most thrilling adventure sport or activity that you can undertake is Rafting or Kayaking in the white waters of Bhutan. Great experience overall. Guided by expert rafters you will remember this experience for a long long time

Nature Hike A short hike to a nearby hill enyoing the chill air and the pristine nature

Cooking Class Bhutan has an abundance of local fresh organic vegetables and simple ways of Bhutanese cooking introduces one to a basic or rudimentary style of cooking, prevalent in the Himalayan region.

View + Add activity in Gangtey

View + Add activity in Bumthang

Cycling Biking around would be a great way of exploring the places in Bhutan. BTB can arrange mountain bikes for you to ride around and explore the beautiful valleys at your own pace
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Time: Evening or Morning

Cultural Show Bhutanese dance by Bhutanese male and female dancers including Mask dance. A complete refreshing cultural show
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 6pm to 9pm

Nature Hike A short hike to a nearby hill enyoing the chill air and the pristine nature

View + Add activity in Paro

Cycling Biking around would be a great way of exploring the places in Bhutan. BTB can arrange mountain bikes for you to ride around and explore the beautiful valleys at your own pace
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Time: Evening or Morning

Cultural Show Bhutanese dance by Bhutanese male and female dancers including Mask dance. A complete refreshing cultural show
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 6pm to 9pm

Cooking Class Bhutan has an abundance of local fresh organic vegetables and simple ways of Bhutanese cooking introduces one to a basic or rudimentary style of cooking, prevalent in the Himalayan region.

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