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06 Days

BHUTAN: SOFT ADVENTURE: First to Introduce
Bicycle Tours, Rafting, Soft Hiking & Stone Bath.

Day 1: Arrival at Paro International Airport. Private Transfer from Airport to Thimpu Hotel. (1 Hr Drive) From Paro airport, we will start our drive towards the Capital of the Country, Thimphu. We will take an hour of pleasant driving along the Pa Chu [Paro River] till Chunzum, the confluence point of Pa Chu and Wang Chu [Thimphu River]. From here the road climbs steadily as we drive upstream along the Wang Chu passing the villages of Kharbije, Khasadrapchhu and Namseling. As we approach Simtokha, we will have the first glance of the Capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Rests of the time relax to soak yourselves in the Capital. Overnight at the Paro.
Day 2: Thimphu [All visits by bicycle] Today we will begin our day with the visit to the famous landmark of the capital, the Memorial Chorten, consecrated in the memory of the Third kind of Bhutan who is regarded as the father of the modern Bhutan. Just as you enter the Chorten, you will be amazed to witness the local people, young and the old alike, circumambulate the Chorten with the prayer beads or the prayer wheel in hand, murmuring the sacred words of prayers. The tall four storied Chorten contains statues and iconography of deities from the tantric teachings.
Also visit the famous ChangangkhaLhakhang Monastery. Inside the Lhakhang, the central statue in the temple is Avaloketesvara, Buddha of compassion, in his manifestation with 11 heads, a thousand hands and eyes; it is built with bronze and plated with gold.
After the visit to the Lhakhang, we will drive to the Takin Sanctuary to witness the National Animal of Bhutan, Takin. Takin are related to sheep and weigh up 650 kgs. A further short ride will bring us to the Sangaygang from where we get a great view of the Thimphu town.
After lunch visit Folk Heritage Museum. After this interesting visit, we will now visit the rich Art and Crafts Centre of Bhutan at the Institute of ZorigChusum. Evening visit the TashichhoDzong; the main secretarial building which houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan and also the head seat of Chief Abbot of Bhutan.
It is the summer resident of the monk body, the winter being in PunakhaDzong. Ride towards the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Thimphu [All visits by bicycle] After breakfast ride towards Buddha Dordenma which is one of the largest Buddha statue in the World at 169 feet. The view of the Thimphu valley is spectacular from this point.
Retrace and ride towards the National Library. The World’s biggest published book that weighs 68 kilograms and about 02 meters in height is also housed here.
LUNCH on your own expense
Bhutan’s postage stamps are so special and have fame among philatelists. We will visit the post office to have a look at some of the famed stamps. We will spend the rest of our time browsing through the Handicrafts Lane of Thimphu where there are more than 50 Government appointed shops selling the traditional Bhutanese crafts that you can buy as souvenirs. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Thimphu - Punakha (70 kms 03 hours) [Hike] After breakfast we will drive towards the Dochula Pass, an altitude of 3100 m, a 16 kilometers, 40 minutes drive through the winding road, admist the forest of Pines and Juniper and the lovely view of the SimtokhaDzong as we ascend slowly. Later continue the drive towards Punakha.
Now it is time to visitChimiLhakhang, the temple of the Devine Mad Man called DrukpaKuenley. Overnight at Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha [Drive, Hike and Raft] After breakfast visit the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan built in 1637 by Shabdrung, the spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan prior to the present dynasty. It is an old capital, which still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. The first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. It is now the winter residence of the Central Monastic Community and administrative headquarters of Punakha district.
After lunch (Own Expense) enjoy the Hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgay Chorten. The hike to the chorten takes about 03 hours [return hike] with the climb to reach the Chorten and descend all the way on the return. For the top of the Chorten, we will have a beautiful panoramic view of the Punakha Valley. Now it is time to visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Devine Mad Man called Drukpa Kuenley. We can take a picturised and leisurely hike through the paddy field, no steep climb here, just easy walk in the paddy field. The return journey takes about 02 hours.
RAFTING AT EASY PACE Now it is time for the rafting activity. Enjoy the rapids on the gentle river for about an hour. Dinner (Own expense) and overnight at the hotel
Day 6: Punakha – Paro(130 kms 05 hours) Now it is time for the rafting activity. Enjoy the rapids on the gentle river for about an hour. We go towards Dochula and continue the drive descending along the Wang Chu [Thimphu River] to meet Pa Chu [Paro River] at Chunzom, the confluence point of Pa Chu and Wang Chu. It will be interesting for the guest to take the walk on the bridge of the confluence point. A few kilometres from Chunzum is the ThamchokLhakhang, a private temple owned by the descendent of the famous Tibetan bridge builder, ThangthongGyelpo, also known as the “Iron Chain Bridge Builder”. Still you can see the iron chain bridge which is built by him. It is a photographer’s delight. Continue the drive to reach Paro to check in our hotel. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Dinner (own expense) & Overnight at Paro.
Day 7: PARO [Drive/Hike/Stone Bath] After breakfast drive 20 minutes to the end of the valley to DrukgyelDzong, a ruin . On clear days, the white peak of Mt. Jomolhari (7,314 m) stands out behind its ramparts. After the visit we will retrace back for 06 kilometers to have the breath taking sight of the Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang. The excursion to Taktsang, the Tiger’s Nest, is one of the main highlights of the visit to Bhutan. A very sacred place for the Bhutanese, the monastery, perched on the steep cliff, can be reached after 05 hours of hike through the forest of pines. It is an uphill hike all the way with the eluding view of Taktsang beckoning all the visitors.
NOTE:- For the first 03 hours, we will take the ascend on the well marked trail to reach the cafeteria [lunch point] from where we will get the best view of the Tiger’s Nest. Further 02 hours hike will reach us to the Monastery. However recommended hike is till the cafeteria. After the visit it is an easy descend of 03 hours to return.Lunch will be served in the cafeteria.
After the visit to Taktsang we will drive towards Paro town to visit KyichuLhakhang, temple dates back to the 7th century.
Now it is time to enjoy the traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone bath to treat the tired legs. Similar to in Japan, Bhutan offers a traditional form of bath called the hot stone bath. Originally practised for health or luxury purposes, a Bhutan hot stone bath takes a lot of time and effort to prepare. Particular stones are handpicked from the river which are heated up in the open fire until they turn blood red. The traditional wooden tub is filled with cold water and then the red hot stones are dipped in until the water warms up.
Herbs are added to the water and the experience can be compared to that of a natural hot tub minus the jets. The herbs used varied according to family and the recipe often was treated as a family secret, which was passed down from generation to generation.It is a very natural experience that includes the elements of water, fire and earth. The bath is for about 20 - 30 minutes [Max]. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: PARO DEPARTURE TRANSFER After breakfast, we will drive to the airport.
Package Inclusions * Accommodation with Breakfast as per the hotel list
* Transportation and sightseeing as per the Mode of travels
* 02 Days Bicycle hire in Thimphu
* 01 Rafting in Punakha[Rafting on sharing basis]
* 01 Bhutanese Stone bath in Paro
* The service of an experienced English guide
* Entry fee to the Museum/Mounaments
* Permit fee and applicable taxes
* 01 bottle of mineral water per person per day

Package Exclusions: * Entry fee to the Museum/Monuments -Payable directly on own (Appox Rs.750- Rs.1000 pp)
* GST (Service Tax)
* TIPS and any other expenses not inclusive in package

Notes: Transportation will be available from morning till 5 PM in the evening as we make sure that Driver gets enough rest and can prepare themselves for the next day.

Nature of Tour: The Tour will be a private Tour with your own Driver (which means you will not join any other group).

Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines: Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines is the only airline that operates in Bhutan. It flies to Dhaka (Bangladesh) Kathmandu (Nepal), Kolkotta (India), Delhi (India) and Bangkok (Thailand). Druk Air fare for different sectors is attached above. Please let us know from where you would like to enter Bhutan and where you would like to fly out after your Bhutan trip so that we can send you the cost for Druk Air Tickets.
Please send us your full names as per your passport so that we can make reservation with the Druk Air.

Bhutan Visa: Please be informed that Indian do not need visa but they should know that they will have to carry voters card or Passport to get the permit. In case they are traveling via air their passport will have the validity to travel Thimphu and Paro but will have to process special permit to visit Punakha and further.

Documents Required: A valid passport or Voters card is required for travel to Bhutan and the validity of the documents should be minimum 6 months

Few Words of Operation: 1. Sightseeing Points like Institute of Painting School, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Folk Heritage Museum, Post Office remain closed on Sundays and National Holidays.
2. Check in & Check out time of the hotel mentioned is 1200 hrs.
3. Please note that our Executive will hold placard as advices by you, just outside the only exit gate of PARO Airport.
4. The vehicle used will be exclusive for that group.
5. The area is backward but rich in Nature and Culture and the facilities available cannot be matched to those available in other developed destination. Yet we will use the best available facilities in any given location.
6. In the area (almost all) the hotels do not have a lift facility & in all the hotels the guest will have to climb stairs. In case of guest having problem with blood pressure, knee & heart or if they cannot climb the higher floors, will have to intimate to us during the time of booking so that we can block, rooms at the lowest floor of the hotel enabling the guest to climbing the minimum number of stairs possible. This information is also important so that we plan their visit to the high altitude area accordingly.

Bhutan is a mountainous country & change is weather is a regular happening. It is advisable that light layer clothing should be carried always. In winters it is advisable to carry heavy woolen.

We trust you will find the above in order and look forward to your acknowledgement & reply. In case of any further clarification please feel free to be in touch with us.

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