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Burma Tour >

08 DAYS BHUTAN WITH PARO FESTIVAL
Trip code:
BH-DPF8
Departure:
24 Mar - 31 Mar  every year
picture of bhutan Until Bhutan opened its doors in 1974, she is a mysterious and unknown Himalayan kingdom isolated from the rest of the world. Since then, visitors have returned mesmerized by what they saw. The scenery is majestic, the architecture is awesome and the people are hospitable. Most importantly, the Kingdom has succeeded in preserving its traditional and ancestral way of life. We have timed this trip to coincide with the one of the biggest and colourful festival in the country - the Paro Festival. Not only are there brilliant performances, the locals also turn up in their colourful best!

The trip is now open for registration. Due to overwhelming demand and limited air-seats and hotel rooms, early booking is strongly recommended in order to secure a space as air-seats are subject to availability at time of booking.
 

Departure : 24 Mar - 31 Mar (Sat to Sat)
Number of People: Max. 16
Tour Price Per Person:      
Closing Date: 31 Dec 2007 (First come first serve basis)
 

Day 01 24 MAR (SAT) SINGAPORE / BANGKOK
Fly Singapore/Bangkok TG 412 1725/1845  
Upon arrival, check in at Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel for the night (connected to the airport by underground link).
Day 02 25 MAR (SUN) BANGKOK/PARO (L,D)
Fly Bangkok/Paro KB 121 0550/0900 - 1-stop in Calcutta  
Upon arrival, met & transfer to check into Hotel Olathang or similar.
At 2200m, it’s advisable to take the rest of the day easily. Visit Paro Museum, which used to be the Watch Tower of the Paro Dzong. You will also walk around the Paro Dzong area including the traditional wooden covered bridge o Nyamai Zam.
Enjoy dinner in local restaurant. This evening, there will be a talk will be conducted by your guide on the religion and custom of Bhutan.
Day 03 26 MAR (MON) PARO/THIMPU (B,L,D)
Morning, drive about 2hours to Thimpu. Though, the biggest "city" in Bhutan, Thimpu is a village in most other Asian countries. All buildings retain the traditional architectural design and on the streets, men & women folks still dressed in traditional gho (their national costume). In the morning, we will visit the memorial chorten, the national hospital & the national library.
In the afternoon, we visit, and, Zulikha Nunnery, the art & music school and have more time to explore the streets of Thimpu.
Day 04 27 MAR (TUE) THIMPU/PUNAKHA (B,L,D)
Leaving Thimpu, we drive about 3 hours to Punakha. En route, we cross the 3050m Dochu La Pass. The Pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. Enjoy a tea break on the pass which is about ½-way through the drive.
Arrive in Punakha and check into Meriphumsum or similar. Wangdi is the short name for Wangdiphodrang, which mean "the windy place" because of its location on a knoll between 2 valleys.
After lunch in the hotel, visit Wangdi Dzong, set on a ridge and Punakha Dzong, set at the confluence of 2 rivers. Dinner in the hotel
Day 05 28 MAR (WED) 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 29 MAR (THU) PUNAKHA/PARO (B,L,D)
Breakfast in the hotel
Re-cross Dochu La Pass and drive about 5 hours back to Paro. Upon arrival, check into Hotel Olathang or similar for 2 nights.
Today, join in the Paro Festival, the biggest festival in Bhutan. It’s an outstandingly colorful occasion with brilliant performances and locals dressed in the best!
Day 07 30 MAR (FRI) PARO (B,L,D)
Rise early this morning (pre-dawn) and arrive at the festival ground for the revealing of the Tangka - a religious drawing of Guru Rinpoche more 50m long and several storey high and it’s completely embroidered !! (Revealing the Tanga is subject to confirmation with/without prior notice)
After a good rest, 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. (Otherwise, we can arrange for a pony ride up).
This evening you will visit a Bhutanese family.
Day 08 31 MAR (SAT) PARO/BANGKOK/SINGAPORE (B)
Transfer to the airport for flight
Fly Paro/Bangkok KB 120 1110/1610 - 1-stop in Calcutta
  Bangkok/Singapore TG 401 1930/2250
 
COST INCLUDES
 
  • Airfare Singapore/Bangkok/Singapore by Thai Airways;
  • Airfare Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok by Druk Air;
  • Accommodation on twin share basis;
  • All meals in Bhutan;
  • All tours & transfers with English speaking guide in private air-con vehicle and including all entrance fees & porterages
  • COST EXCLUDES
     
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa - USD 20/- for Bhutan;
  • Travel & cancellation insurance
  • Personal and other expenses not indicated
  • Per person per day tip for guide and driver recommended at USD 2/- to USD 4/-.
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    HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS
    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, all rooms have a private balcony which opens out to the scenic valley below.
     
  • Kichu Resort: nestled in the valley and 15-mins drive from the Paro town is the Kichu Resort. With its 49 rooms of ethnic décor and modern amenities, Kichu resort 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 acre of lovely pine forest. Each room with all traditional design is blended with all modern amenities to suit the comfort of the visiting guests.
    In Thimpu:
     
  • Hotel Riverview: built in architecture of traditional splendor, the 50 luxurious rooms with all modern amenities also have a spacious sun deck and every room opens out to a private balcony from where one can enjoy the view of the river and the capital city.
    In Punakha:
     
  • Meri Puensum Resort: located 4km south of the majestic and historic Punakha Dzong, the resort offers all the basic amenities and the spacious en-suite rooms are tastefully decorated with views over the valley. The resort compound is well maintained with plants and beautiful flowers.
     
  • Zangdo Pelri Hotel: all the rooms are equipped with basic modern amenities with views looking out to the valley below.
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