Your journey at a glance
This 10 day journey through Bhutan highlights a trio of extraordinary areas, each abundant with breathtaking natural beauty, fascinating dzongs and places of worship and welcoming local communities.
Your adventure starts in Punakha with phenomenal views of the Himalayan snow peaks and beautiful hikes to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten through rice and chilli fields and untouched pine forests. Discover a nunnery housing stunning statues of significant Buddhist figures, many of which are the handiwork of local Bhutanese artisans. Visit Chimi Lakhang, a temple dedicated to the great saint Drukpa Kuenley, known as the ‘Divine Madman’.
The next leg takes you to Gangtey with views of the Phobjikha Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys of Bhutan annually visited by the endangered Black-necked cranes during winter. Your journey culminates in Paro with a walk through lush rhododendron forests and clear streams, passing through quaint villages and gaining insight into local communities.
Hike to the iconic Tiger’s Rest Monastery, one of the most venerated Buddhist sites in the world, and soar in the heavens in a helicopter savouring the spectacular views of the Kingdom of Bhutan below you. Your extraordinary journey through this enchanting country is sure to entice you to return for more.
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A taste of what to expect…
Day 1-3: Punakha
- Stop on Dochula Pass to visit the 108 stupas built in honour of the fallen Bhutanese soldiers.
- Enjoy a visit to the Punakha Dzong, widely acknowledged as the most artistic and beautiful Dzong in Bhutan where every Bhutanese king has been crowned and where it is still in use as the winter residence of the official monk body of the kingdom
- Relish a picnic breakfast at the top of Khamsum Yuelley and explore the temple.
- Drive to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang Nunnery and engage with the nuns who provide life skill training
Day 4-6: Gangtey and Phobjikha Valley
- Head to Phobjikha and the enjoy the views of Jhomolhari Mountain and Jichu Drake as the road climbs to Lawa La Pass.
- Enjoy a hike to Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the ‘Divine Madman’, adorned with phallic symbols and where women struggling to conceive are said to be blessed with fertility.
- Phobjikha is the winter home of endangered Black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north.
- Explore the Gangtey Goemba Monastery, which boasts spectacular views of the entire Phobjikha Valley. You will participate with the monks and lamas in the Tshewang prayer ceremony (a prayer for personal empowerment, wish fulfilment and a healthy life).
- At the end of the prayer, guests will receive a personal blessing from the Tulku and an exclusive tour of the Monastery, followed by a private breakfast within the monastery.
- Meander along the Gangtey Nature Trail, crossing streams, rhododendron gardens and villages.
- Head to the monastic school Shedra and attend the devout prayers where 300 monks chant every evening.
- Embark on a hike to Longteng, weaving your way through bush bamboo passing colourful clusters of village houses, and glimpse yaks grazing in the area in the winter months.
- Visit the Crane Information Centre, and if in season, watch the cranes using binoculars from the deck.
Day 7-9: Paro
- Visit Ta Dzong or the national museum, where a spectacular collection of religious Thangka paintings, art, relics and postage stamps are on display.
- Gain insight into the lifestyle of a local farmer and visit a colourful, traditional farmhouse.
- Hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest and marvel at the beauty of the surroundings including the gorge and waterfall.
- Enter the Tiger’s Nest, one of the most hallowed of all Buddhist sights around the world.
- Enjoy a helicopter tour using a 5-seater single engine Airbus H130 in the beautiful kingdom of Bhutan is filled with magnificent mountain scenery as well as a variety of landscapes which boasts of a wide array of flora and fauna along with views of some incredible architecture.
- After breakfast on the final morning, you will be chauffeured to Paro Airport to board your onward flight, as your journey comes to an end.
What's included• Accommodation on ONE DOUBLE / TWIN ROOM in hotels as mentioned in the QUOTE. • All transfers as mentioned in a private vehicle, and sightseeing. • Sightseeing tour will be provided as per the itinerary with the English-speaking Bhutanese Guide and in a private Vehicle. • All entrance and monuments fees. • Visa fees for Bhutan only. • All current taxes as on date – subject to change as per hotel/airline/Government policy. www.andBeyond.com Himalayan Mountains Tour -Bhutan • Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary also includes wellness activities on a complimentary basis – Doctor Consultation, Massages, Yoga, Meditation, cooking lessons, etc. • 01 Prayer service at the Shedra and 01 blessing ceremony and temple Breakfast for 2. • COVID-19 Kit on arrival.
What's not included• Any Airfare • HELICOPTER TOUR (AS IT IS A SUPPLEMENT AND NEEDS TO BE APPLIED) • Tipping to guides and drivers. • Any Insurance and rescue of any form. • Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control. • Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost. • Any international air fare/airport taxes not mentioned above • Hotel surcharges during festival period/ Christmas & New Years Eve • Any change in tax structure resulting from the hike in published tariff. • Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc. • Any video/still camera fee to the monuments and places of visit • Any other item not explicitly mentioned under price includes. • Any airfare for domestic flights other than the quoted details. • Any cost of the meals other than the one indicated in room meal plan. • Sightseeing and excursions other than those specified.
- Prices are subject to change as per change in Government / Hotel / Airline policy without prior notice.
- Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
- Please note, the names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels. It is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey the confirmations to you on receipt of your acceptance. However in the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available at the time of initiating the reservations, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.
- In case on any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly. The due increase or decrease will be communicated accordingly.
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- All guests must take out comprehensive travel insurance covering them for personal effects, personal accident, medical and emergency travel expenses, cancellation and curtailment.
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