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Across the Kingdom Tour

Across the Kingdom Tour

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  • Duration of Trip: 8 Days
  • Trekking Days: 8 Days
  • Type of Trek: Hotel
  • Country : Bhutan

You arrive in the small green Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, now world renowned for its national philosophy of “Gross National Happiness”, by landing in a beautiful mountain fringed valley at the airport in Paro.
Your guide, if male, will be attired in the men’s national dress consisting of a “gho" or long fabric jacket tied at the waist and usually long black socks, or if a woman, will be wearing a long skirt wrapped around the waist known as a “kira” and a light long sleeved jacket called a “tego”. You gain the impression, right from the moment of stepping off the plane. that you have arrived in a farflung, magical realm. The guide and driver will then most likely take you on the approximately 70 minute scenic drive through rolling hills and steep river valleys to the capital Thimpu. Bhutan is a travel destination for nature lovers as the environment is stringently preserved and protected. It is a travel destination for those with an interest in Buddhism as the approximate 820,000 Bhutanese people integrate the devout practice of their religion into their everyday lives. It is the destination for those who wish to experience the impact of life where Gross National Happiness is the overriding policy. Druk Yul, the name of the country in the Bhutanese language, Dzongka, is a calm, undulating, beautiful country whose rich culture permeates every mountain top, every rice paddy, every town.
The “druk” is the famous dragon of Tibetan and Bhutanese mythology, which is also seen on the national flag. A visit to this small forested kingdom leaves an indelible impression on visitors who are always warmly welcomed by the local people. The number of tourists is curbed by the government’s policy of foreign tourists spending $US250.00 per day per person, but this amount includes very comfortable accommodation, private transport, meals, guide, driver and entrance fees. For your spending money while there, you will use the local currency, the “ngultrum”. You will also find that the country is more tranquil and more conducive to genuine relaxation during your stay than most because of this policy. You will see how the local culture flourishes, view the architecturally beautiful “dzongs”, the historic administrative and religious buildings and, generally on your last day, have the opportunity to trek high up to the mountain side iconic monastery of Taktsang near Paro. English is widely taught and spoken, yet during your entire stay, you are likely to always feel you are travelling through an enchanted, mystical kingdom.

 

Trip Itinerary:

Day 01 : Kathmandu to Paro-Thimphu Fly to Paro over one of the virgin mountain ranges from Kathmandu in the morning with Druk Air. Meet our representative at the airport and transfer is provided to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan (65kms/2 hrs). Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Thimphu sightseeing: Visit the national library, painting school, famous for traditional Bhutanese painting, The traditional Medicine Institute, the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the late king of Bhutan, Tashichhodzong (beautiful medieval fortress which houses the king’s throne room) and is the summer residence of the head abbot of Bhutan and the handicraft emporium, it displays wide range of beautiful hand woven and crafted products. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Thimphu to Trongsa Early morning, drive to Dochula (3100m). If the weather permits, you will have the view of the beautiful mountain ranges to the northeast. Lunch will be provided at Wangdiphodrang. Proceed to Trongsa across Pelila Pass (3300 m); a large prayer flag marks the pass. Stop en-route at Chendbji Chorten. On arrival at Trongsa, check into a lodge for overnight stay.
Day 04 : Trongsa to Bumthang After breakfast, visit the Trongsa Dzong and visit the Ta Dzong. Then drive to Bumthang. After lunch in Bumthang, visit Kurje Lhankhang, Jambey Lhankhang (one of the 108 monasteries built by the Tibetan King in the 7th century), Tamshing monastery, the Jakar Dzong (the administrative center of the region) and the Swiss farmhouse. Stay overnight at a lodge in Bumthang.
Day 05 : Bumthang to Punakha After breakfast, explore the fascinating valley of Bumthang. Lunch will be provided in Trongsa. Before arriving Punakha en-route visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong and the local market. Evening at leisure. Stay overnight at a hotel in Punakha.
Day 06 : Punakha to Paro Morning visit the Punakha Dzong. After lunch, proceed to Paro en-route visit Chimme Lhankhang (famous for shaking off the sterile curse, built by Lama Drukpa Kinley, the divine mad man). Stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 07 : Paro Paro sightseeing: visit Ta Dzong and Paro Dzong. In the afternoon hike to Taktsang monastery. Stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 08 : Paro to Kathmandu Transfer to Paro airport. Your guide will help you with the airport formalities. Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to a hotel in Kathmandu

Price Includes:

  • Everest National Park Entry Permits
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Kathmandu-Lukla -Kathmandu air ticket (USD +NRS)
  • Three Meals a Day: breakfast, lunch, dinner including tea/coffee with meals time (one per meal)
  • One Guide: English speaking, insured, registered, well-equipped, his salary, food and accommodation
  • One porter Between two person  insured registered, well-equipped, salary, food and accommodation
  • Accommodation (shared) in a tea house lodge
  • Safe drinking water
  • Emergency care service

Price Excludes:

  • Bar & beverage bills,
  • Personal expenses. bottled water, desserts, shower, insurance, rescue,  personal clothing,
  • Any additional services requested and tips to the staff.

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