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Burma Tour >

08 DAYS BHUTAN INSIGHT
Trip code:
BH-DXE8
Departure: Daily
picture of bhutan Land of the Thunder Dragon, one of the most mysterious and unknown of all Himalayan Kingdoms, hidden in isolation behind the high peaks of the Himalayas. For centuries forbidden to foreigners, this timeless Buddhist Kingdom has succeeded in preserving its enchanting traditions and ancestral way of life.

This trip combines the best of what Bhutan offers. A three-hour winding scenic mountain drive from Thimphu will land you in Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 1350m above sea level, Punakha had once served as the winter capital of Bhutan. The main attraction in Punakha is the Punakha Dzong. It is the winter residence of the chef abbot and monks, who migrate there from Thimphu every winter. This dzong is ranked as one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan.

DAY 01 SINGAPORE/BANGKOK
Fly Singapore/Bangkok TG 410 2040/2200  
Upon arrival, own transfer to Novotel Hotel for the night (connected to the airport ).
DAY 02 BANGKOK/PARO (L,D)
Own transfer to the airport.
Fly Bangkok/Paro KB 121 0550/0900 - 1-stop in Calcutta  
On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalayas are sensational including the Mount Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro.
(NOTE: Try and get the left hand seat for better view of the Himalayas)
Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Paro is the only international gateway into Bhutan and is a lovely valley, which in spring is blessed lovely cherry blossoms. At 2200m, its advisable to take the rest of the day easy. Take a stroll in town and soak in the atmosphere of this mysterious dragon kingdom.
DAY 03 PARO / THIMPHU (B,L,D)
Leaving Paro, we drive about 2 hours to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.. Though the biggest "city" in Bhutan, Thimphu is a village in most other Asian countries. All buildings retain the traditional architectural design and on the streets, men and women are still dressed in traditional gho (their national costume). We explore the capital today, visiting the memorial chorten, the national hospital, the national library and take a walk along the streets of Thimphu
DAY 04 THIMPHU / PUNAKHA(B,L,D)
Leaving Thimphu, drive up the mountains and over the 3500m Dochu-la (pass). On clear day, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the snowcapped eastern Himalayas and the magnificent 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten (Stupa).
Gradually descend through varied forest finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Check into your hotel and after lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, the district civil and religious centre for Punakha. This is one of the most impressive Dzong in the country located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river).
DAY 05 PUNAKHA (B,L,D)
Basing ourselves in Punakha, we explore the surrounding countryside. We make an excursion to Gangtey Gompa hidden in the beautiful Phobjikha Valley, which is well known as one of the last winter grounds of the black necked cranes that migrate from the Tibetan plateau.
DAY 06 PUNAKHA / PARO (B,L,D)
Re-crossing the Dochu La Pass, we drive back to Paro (about 5 hours). Spend the rest of the day exploring Paro.
DAY 07 PARO (B,L,D)
This morning, we make an excursion to Taksang Monastery - this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Set on a vertical cliff face 800 m above the ground, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. In the afternoon, we tour the Paro Museum and the Drukyel ruin.
DAY 08 PARO / BANGKOK / DEPARTURE (B)
Our memorable tour concludes today with a transfer to the airport for your flight.
Fly Paro/Bangkok KB 120 1110/1610 - 1-stop in Calcutta  
PRICES PER PERSON:
 
  • These prices are based on min. two persons traveling together sharing one room.
  • The prices stated can only be indicative and may be adjusted once we know your date of travel, number in your party and if you have any other specific requirements.

     
    Tour price per person Twin-share Single supplement
    Based on standard hotels    
    Addition cost per person per night if upgrade to the following hotels:
  • Uma Paro (superior room) or Zhiwaling
  • Amankora in Paro, Thimphu & Punakha
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  • COST INCLUDES:
     
  • Airfare on Singapore/Bangkok/Singapore on Thai Airways;
  • Airfare Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok on Druk Air;
  • Accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfast;
  • All meals as stated;
  • All tours & transfers with English speaking guide in private air-con vehicle and including all entrance fees;
  • COST EXCLUDES:
     
  • Airport taxes;
     
  • Visa - USD 20/- for Bhutan;
     
  • Travel insurance;
     
  • Personal expenses such as tips, laundry, bar bills and telephone bills.
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    HOTEL DESCRIPTION
    In Paro
     
  • Pelri Cottages: located on a small hill top, the hotel has 12 cottages with 2 rooms in each of these cottages. Built in traditional design with the blend of modern amenities.
     
  • Kichu Resort: nestled in the valley, with its 49 rooms of ethnic décor and modern amenities. It spreads over 5 acre with manicured lawns, delightful flowers and an adjoining 500m river bank.
     
  • Olathang Hotel: initially built to host the state guests for the coronation of the current King in 1974, the hotel is spread over 23 acres of lovely pine forest.
     
  • Uma Paro: Fashioned by traditionally trained Bhutanese artisans, Uma Paro is a 29 room hotel offering 5-star comfort and sleek design, with all rooms offering views of the forested valley. (www.uma.como.bz/paro)
     
  • Zhiwaling Hotel: this is the first privately-owned Bhutanese luxury hotel which has 42 rooms and 3 suites, built on 10 acres of land. The main building is fashioned after a dzong, a traditional Bhutanese temple fortress. (www.zhiwaling.com)
     
  • Amankora Paro: The epitome of luxury and service, Amankora has a series of lodges throughout Bhutan. Amankora Paro is Bhutan’s first luxury hotel. The resort’s spa and yoga facilities make this the perfect place to relax after a long journey. (www.amanresorts.com)
    In Thimphu:
     
  • Hotel Riverview: built in architecture of traditional splendour, the 50 rooms with all modern amenities come with a private balcony offering the view of the river and the city.
     
  • Amankora Thimphu: Dzong-like architecture, situated in a steep valley surrounded by forested mountains. (www.amanresorts.com)
    In Punakha:
     
  • Meri Puensum Resort: the resort offers basic modern amenities and the spacious en-suite rooms offer views over the valley.
     
  • Zangdo Pelri Hotel: all the rooms are equipped with basic modern amenities with views looking out to the valley.
     
  • Amankora Punakha: fashioned after a traditional farm house and offers excellent walking opportunities around its pristine setting. (www.amanresorts.com)
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