Bhutan Nature Tour
Trip Overview of Bhutan Nature Tour
Bhutan Nature Tour will explore the rich and diverse flora and fauna. Once named ‘the land of Medicinal Herbs,’ you can still witness natural environment in undisturbed and pristine form. Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
Detail itinerary of Bhutan Nature Tour
Paro [Arrival] transfer to Thimphu
Paro [Arrival] transfer to Thimphu: After immigration and customs formalities, Your Bhutanese representative from Fly to Bhutan will welcome you on arrival and drive Thimphu (2350m) it takes about 1.5 hours through Paa chu and Wang chu river, it mainly have scrub as vegetation. The countryside from Chuzom to Thimphu is less forested than what you have been seeing so far and the valley are narrow except for two sections where it widens into gentle slopes, terraced rice field and lovely strand of conifer trees. After reaching Thimphu visit: The majestic Tashichho Dzong and the newly consecrated Tara Lhaden Zhingkham Lhakhang (temple). Evening stroll around the Thimphu City.Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu
Thimphu (Sightseeing): This morning visit some of the stunning cultural sightseeings around Thimphu: Visit to the awesome Changangkha Lhakhang which also offers an excellent with sensational valley views. Continue on to the Kuensel Phodrang located a short drive from Thimphu City Centre, visitors get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang).It is called Buddha point because the largest statue of Buddha in the country sits there. he memorial chorten is one of the most visible landmarks of Thimphu, built in 1974 to honor the memory of third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. It is a four-storey chorten decorated with richly carved annexes facing the cardinal directions, and features elaborate mandalas, statues and a shrine dedicated to the popular third king. Other recommended places to visit are Zorig Chusum – the Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan (sometimes closed for visitors); the Folk Heritage museum; the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts; the hand-made paper making factory & the weekend market (Fri-Sun) where everyone goes to buy an array of fresh fruits & vegetables; home-wares, handicrafts and clothes. Don’t forget to take a wander along Thimphu’s main street, Norzin Lam, which offers good shopping and the Craft Bazaar.Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu
Thimphu - Punakha (3 hrs)
Thimphu - Punakha (3 hrs): This morning you will be transferred by road eastwards to the Punakha. En-route: Dochula La (pass) to view the 108 Stupas, commissioned by a former Queen as a memorial to those who lost their lives during the low intensity conflict in late 2002 when Bhutan evicted Indian rebels camped in the jungle on the Bhutan – Indian border. On a clear day you will witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalaya and depending on the time of the year the vista can vary from alpine snow (November – March) to a profusion of blossoms (March – May) splashed among the soft green of the wild herbs and forest trees. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (also known as the Divine Madman or Mad Monk), which is a pleasant, easy 20 minute walk accross paddy fields. It is believed that childless women who visit the temple will conceive after receiving a “wang” (blessing) from the resident monk. Visit the dramatic Punakha Dzong, which formerly served as the seat of the government and is still the winter residence of the Dratshang (Central Monk Body). This is Bhutan’s most spectacular Dzong and an excellent example of how a medieval fortress and a centre of both monastic and administrative functions, has adapted and evolved for modern day use.Overnight at Hotel in Punakha
Day Excursion to Phobjika Valley: After breakfas...
Day Excursion to Phobjika Valley: After breakfast proceed to Gangtey and Phobjikha. The approach to Phobjikha valley is through a forest of Oak and Rhododendron. It is a glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains. Visit: The only Nyingmapa (a sect of Buddhism) monastery, Gangtey Goemba sits prominently on a hill top. The valley is a designated conservation area and borders on the Black Mountain National Park. Because of the large flock of black-necked cranes (Grus nigricollis) that migrate here in the winter, it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country. The Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN)’s Crane Observation & Education Centre was established in the Phobjikha Valley in 1996 by Bhutan’s government, with assistance from the World Wildlife Fund. The Centre studies the conservation needs of the valley and holds workshops for farmers and students. Here you can use the Centre’s powerful binoculars to observe the cranes in the valley and also get information about the cranes. The rare and endangered black-necked crane occupies a special place in Bhutanese hearts and folklore. Its arrival every autumn from Tibet inspires songs and dances; it usually heralds the end of the harvesting season and signals the villagers that the time has come to pack up and go to the warmer lower valleys since Phobjikha valley is snowed-in during the winter months. Towards the evening drive back to Punakha & Overnight in Hotel at Punakha
Punakha - Paro Valley (4hrs)
Punakha - Paro Valley (4hrs): Depart Punakha early morning for your transfer westwards to the Paro Valley, once again traversing Dochu La, and arriving in Paro town in time for a late lunch at one of the local restaurants. This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the major features in Paro town including: Paro Dzong with its cantilever bridge Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit Followed by a visit to the old ruined fortress of the Drugyel Dzong (14km from Paro). This is the historical site of the Fort of Drukpa Victory, from which the Bhutanese used to repel the Tibetan invaders again and again. On a clear day views of the 7314 m snow domed peaks of sacred Mt Chomolhari can be seen. Overnight at Hotel in Paro
Hike to Tiger Nest
Hike to Tiger nest- after breakfast a short drive will take us to Satsam Chorten; from there a 2 hours walk up hill will take us to our destination-The Tiger Nest. The trial climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned the Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of flattering prayer flags. We take a short break for light refreshment at Taktsang Lhakhang (cafeteria), then walk a short distance until we clearly, seemingly and within reach to see the Taktsang Monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around the mediation cave of Guru Rinpoche in 1684 by the then Paro Penlop Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible Lhakhang was built at the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. The legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who bought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here at a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort. Evening walk at Paro town & Overnight at Hotel in Paro
Departure Transfer: After breakfast, drive to Pa..
Departure Transfer: After breakfast, drive to Paro International airport for onward destination.
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- Accommodation with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- All transportation by private vehicle.
- Sightseeing tour with English speaking Guide as per itinerary including entry fee to museum.
- Royalties and other taxes. Other than departure tax Bhutan entry visa fee US$ 20 and US$ 10.
- Airfares (Kathmandu- Paro, Calcutta- Paro, Dhaka -Paro, Delhi – Paro and Bangkok – Paro for one way and double for round trip flight by Druk Airlines.
- Bhutan entry visa fees US$ 20, Paro airport tax US$ 10 & US$ 10 for TDF.
- Hard and soft drinks during the trip.
04.Surcharge, Insurance, Personal expense and Tips
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