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  • Bhutan Tour from Kolkata

    This Bhutan Tour from Kolkata connects the visitors from Kolkata, Kathmandu, Delhi, Singapore, Bangkok and Dhaka, giving them a deep insight into a unique Himalayan culture, one that is finding a precarious balance between the ancient world and the global village.

     

    The Bhutanese people are friendly, warm and confident people whose rural roots are slowly giving way to rapid urbanization. You can observe this transition as you drive or trek through villages, and spend time exploring the towns. Bhutan’s traditional culture in the way of the cuisine, traditional dress and textiles, and the arts and crafts are still very much a way of daily life.

     

    We created a variety of cultural itineraries to enable you to explore and understand the culture of Bhutan. We provide you with local expert guide who are very experienced and fluent in English.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Paro Rinphung Dzong, National Museum, Takstang Monastery, Drugyal Dzong.
    • Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang Dzongs, Chimi Lakhang - the The Temple of Divine Madman.
    • Bumthang Valleys.
    • Trongsa Dzong.
    • Week-end market and archery competition of Thimphu.
    • Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, Mini Zoo etc in Thimphu.

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Board a flight to Paro Airport, Bhutan's only International Airport. In the clear weather, there are magnificent views of the world's highest peaks. Our Local Bhutanese Cultural Guide will meet & greet you at the airport and transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Enjoy your 1st-ever authentic Bhutanese cuisine before paying a visit to The Centenary Farmer’s Market, a weekend market famous for its agricultural products. Next, visit Tashichho Dzong which houses the throne of the King of Bhutan. After that, head to Kuenselphodrang Nature Park where you are rewarded with a panoramic view of Thimphu Valley and admire the 169-foot tall bronze Buddha Dordenma Statue, the largest statue in the country. Overnight in Thimphu.

      The Centenary Farmer’s Market, Tashichho Dzong, Kuenselphodrang Nature Park 

    Recommended Hotels in Thimphu:

    - Namgay Heritage Hotel
    - Kisa Thimphu Hotel


    Day 2

    The second day is spent to visit the highlights of this capital city. Visit Folk Heritage Museum to discover the traditional lifestyle of Bhutanese in the olden days. Then, make a stop at the local post office where you can get personalized stamps at your own expense. Continue on to Royal Textile Academy to witness the traditional art of weaving. Proceed to visit National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built to honour the late 3rd King Dorji Wangchuck. Thereafter, visit Changangkha Lhakhang which was built in the 12th century and is the oldest temple in Thimphu.

    After lunch drive to Punakha over Dochula pass, at 3150m, if the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. Walk around the 108 stupas and enjoy the view and the fresh air. Continue your drive to the warm valley of Punakha.

      Folk Heritage Museum, National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang

    Recommended Hotels in Punakha:

    - Meri Puensum Resort
    - Vara Punakha Hotel


    Day 3

    Morning drive to visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. This is a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture. Drive further up to visit the Souvenir Making Center for girls supported by Youth Development Fund. Interact with the students and then return to the hotel for lunch. After lunch, relax in the balcony of the hotel to enjoy the view and the nature. Alternatively, you could go for an hour hike to the temple of Khamsum Yuley Lakhang or the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.

      Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuley Lakhang


    Day 4

    Depart Punakha for a drive to the isolated valley of Phobjikha. The valley is protected for the endangered Black Necked Cranes migrating to Bhutan every winter (early Nov to End of February). The drive is very picturesque and worth every turn and climb. On arrival, visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Ningmapa monastery which is largest in the western Bhutan. Phobjikha valley is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Later in the afternoon could relax in the hotel or could go for a nice short hike in the valley. This valley got electricity only recently. Farm house stay optional.

      Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery

    Recommended Hotels in Phobjikha Valley:

    - Dewachen Gangtey Hotel
    - Kichu Resort Wangdue


    Day 5

    Retrace the drive back to Paro then have lunch. After that, visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Continue further to stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. You could get some opportunity to see the traditional game, archery match going on. Evening back to the hotel and enjoy the facility in the hotel.

      Paro Dzong

    Recommended Hotels in Paro:

    - Metta Resort & Spa
    - Bhutan Mandala Resort


    Day 6

    This day, embark on a hike to Bhutan’s most iconic landmark, Taktsang Lhakhang, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Clinging precariously to a granite cliff 800 metres above Paro Valley, legend has it that the great Guru Rinpoche flew to this spot on the back of a tigress. The monastery was 1st built in 1692 at a cave where the guru meditated in the 7th century. Thereafter, spend the rest of your day at leisure. You may wish to enjoy a relaxing hot stone bath or head to the main street of Paro to pick up some souvenirs at your own expense.

    Note

    All travelers are recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes for your hike to Taktsang Lhakhang. The hike is not recommended for pregnant women and travellers with pre-existing health conditions.

      Taktsang Lhakhang, Kyichu Lhakhang


    Day 7

    Morning transfer to the airport (10 mins) for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.

     

     

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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Bhutan Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Bhutan Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    THIMPHU
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    Namgay Heritage Hotel

    • Offering a restaurant, Namgay Heritage Hotel is located in Thimphu. Free WiFi access is available in the public areas of the property.
    • Each room here will provide you with a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries and slippers. You can enjoy mountain view and city view from the room.
    • At Namgay Heritage Hotel you will find a 24-hour front desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including skiing and cycling. The property offers free parking.
    • The Dochula pass is 10 km and the Thimphu Chorten is 12 km. The Paro Airport is 48 km.

    PUNAKHA
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    Meri Puensum Resort

    • Lying approximately 5 kms from Punakha village and with good views of the valley area.
    • The 20 rooms are spacious and there are lovely views down across the river and the valley.
    • There is a large dining area and bar where you can relax after a day exploring the Puankha valley.

    Vara Hotel Punakha

    • Located in the valley of Lobesa overlooking the blossoming and verdant valley with panoramic elongate between Punakha and Wangdue. This three star hotel started operation in early 2014 and is one of the best three star hotel in Punakha and Wangdue area.
    • Vara Hotel allows travelers to explore the wonders of valleys and offers the spectacular view of mountains landscape and oasis of tranquility and peacefulness. Enjoy your stay in one of its lovely big rooms, cozy restaurant and an upstairs bar.
    • The hotel offers 18 Deluxe Rooms and 1 Suite. Free WiFi (public areas).

    WANGDUE PHODRANG
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    Dewachen Gangtey Hotel

    • Dewachen Gangtey Hotel features sixteen double rooms with modern bathroom fittings, comfortable bedding. The restaurant is cozy with magnificent views and the meals prepared by a professional chef are delicious. The Luxury hotel or lodge is located in the pine forest with beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
    • There is no electricity in the valley. The hotel has its own generator supplying electricity for two hours in the evening and two hours in the morning. It is then turned off after the dinner time. The rooms are heated by individual wooden stove (Bukhari). When the generator is not in use, a dim solar powered light or candles are used. At night, during the colder months, guests are provided with hot water bag. For hot shower, you have to ask for hot water in the bucket.

    PARO
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    Metta Resort & Spa

    • Metta Resort and Spa offers accommodation in Paro. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • All rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. Metta Resort and Spa features free WiFi .
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The resort also offers car hire. The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 5 km from the property.