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14 Days Central Bhutan Jeep Safari


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Central Bhutan Jeep Safari

Arrive Delhi IGI Airport. On arrival, met by representative and transferred to hotel. Overnight hotel at Delhi.  

Delhi Sightseeing-Delhi-Paro: Full day sightseeing of New and old Delhi historical monuments also including the parliament house, India Gate and the National Museum. Evening transfer to International airport. Fly Delhi Paro. Arrive at Paro Airport, met by our Bhutan representative and transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight hotel at Paro.

Delhi Sightseeing-Delhi-Paro: Full day sightseeing of New and old Delhi historical monuments also including the parliament house, India Gate and the National Museum. Evening transfer to International airport. Fly Delhi Paro. Arrive at Paro Airport, met by our Bhutan representative and transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight hotel at Paro.

Excursion to the Tiger Nest: Morning after breakfast at the hotel, drive up to Ramthangkha (10 km from Paro Town) and walk to the Monastery (800 m). The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4000ft overlooking the Paro valley.

Taktsang (Tak=Rock Tsang=Nest) is one of the most venerated pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas. However, most people can only visit the main site called Taktsang Pel-phu. According to legend Padmasambhava founded Taktsang Monastery in the eighth century. It is believed that the Guru came to this place on the back of a tigress from Khengpajong in the Kurtoe region and meditated here for three months in a cave before converting the Paro valley to Buddhism. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 
 

Paro-Thimpu (65 km / 02 Hrs):  Morning after breakfast at the hotel visit Drugyel Dzong which is a short drive of 18 kilometers from Paro. You can have a magnificent view Mount Chhomolhari (24,000 ft). Later on visit the Ta Dzong, which houses the National Museum and see also a typical Bhutanese wooden bridge. Post lunch drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Dinner and overnight hotel at Thimphu.

Thimphu : Morning after breakfast visit to the National Library, Zelukha Nunnery, Painting School, Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion) and Memorial Chorten. Afternoon, stroll through Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight hotel in Thimphu

Thimphu-Punakha Wangdue. (77 km./ 03 Hrs/ 1350 m): The drive begins with the ascent to the Dochula pass at an altitude of 3150 meters. On a clear day, you can see the whole range of the Bhutanese Himalayas from here. The pass has 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens. Then descend to Punakha. Punakha was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of the second King. Punakha Dzong that dominates the whole area was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks. Today, Punakha is still the home for Je Khenpo (chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. It was built at the confluence of two rivers called the PO-CHU and MO- CHU. Which means, Male & Female. After lunch continue driving to the town of Wangdue. Another Dzong built 1 year after that of Punakha Dzong. Which it is the District Head Quarters of Wangdue. Night Wangdue.

 Wangdue Trongsa. (128 km./ 05Hr/ 2200 m): We will drive to Trongsa. It is 128 kilometers and 5 hours drive from Wangdue. The road will climb all the way to the Pele-la pass. It is at 3300m. It is a landmark between east & west, and from here we will drive on to Trongsa. On the way we will come across Yak herders camps and encounter Yaks especially during winter. We will see high Himalayan villages like Rukubji and Chendebji. All the houses cluster at one place and fields at another.

The road then descends through Rukubji village further down to Chendebji village. Here you will see the 18th century Nepalese style Stupa built by saint Shida. The drive to Trongsa from here is about an hour and half with great views of the historical Dzong and valley. Night Trongsa.

 Wangdue Trongsa. (128 km./ 05Hr/ 2200 m): We will drive to Trongsa. It is 128 kilometers and 5 hours drive from Wangdue. The road will climb all the way to the Pele-la pass. It is at 3300m. It is a landmark between east & west, and from here we will drive on to Trongsa. On the way we will come across Yak herders camps and encounter Yaks especially during winter. We will see high Himalayan villages like Rukubji and Chendebji. All the houses cluster at one place and fields at another.

The road then descends through Rukubji village further down to Chendebji village. Here you will see the 18th century Nepalese style Stupa built by saint Shida. The drive to Trongsa from here is about an hour and half with great views of the historical Dzong and valley. Night Trongsa.

Bumthang: After breakfast make a hike to Thangbi Mani countryside. It is a very easy trail and we will come across a few villages. Here they have a very old monastery with Gomchens & the local community school. We will return for lunch in Jakar. After lunch we visit Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Guru Lhakhang, and the Swiss Cheese Processing Unit. Here they produce cheese, apple juice and herbal brandies etc. Visit Jakar Dzong and more if time permits. Night Bumthang.

Excursion to Ura Valley: Excursion to the Ura valley is (48Km) that takes us across blue pine forests & wonderful views of the Choskar & Chhumey valleys. Visit Ura Lhakhang, which will give you an insight into the lifestyle of the people of central Bhutan. Visit some local houses in village and talk to the local people casually and understand their daily way of life. Ura is one of the most beautiful and interesting villages in Bumthang.

The landscape of the Ura valley is different to others, with round sweeping slopes, rich pasture and wide fields. At the bottom you will see the large and unusual village with its cluster of big houses united by paved alleys of stone, a rare sight in Bhutan. The big community monastery dominates the village. Which is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche (the great teacher) and they have Ura festival, which usually take place in the 2nd week of May or sometimes in June, dependent on Bhutanese lunar calendar. Thimshingla National park starts here and if one wishes to see it they have a field office at Ura. It is open Monday to Friday except on holidays. Night Bumthang.

Bumthang - Gangtey Wangdue: Gangtey Goemba was built on a small hillock surrounded by blue pine trees. The descendant of Pema Lingpa founded it. The great Bhutanese saint from Bumthang, in the 16th century. At the end of 17th century it was enlarged once and at present it is headed by the 9th reincarnation called Gangtey Trulku. At present it is under renovation and it is ringed with the family houses of Gomchens (Lay man) who work and worship at the monastery.

Further down you will reach the Phobjikha valley. This place is reserved for the migration of the black Neck Crane. The people out here have become friendly with the endangered species and every consecutive year starting from 2nd week of November to 1st week of April. The fields and marshes of this undisturbed valley are alive with the sight of these rare cranes. After having a picnic lunch here and drive to wangdue. Night Wangdue. 

Wangdue Thimphu - Paro. (142 km/ 05 Hrs) : An early breakfast then drive to Thimphu for our lunch, as well as shopping for souvenirs and then an evening drive to Paro. Night Paro.

Paro-Delhi-Home: Early morning drive to Paro Airport, Fly Paro-Delhi. Evening transfer to International airport fly Delhi-Home.

 


 

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Price Includes:
•          Accommodation at Paro and Thimphu at mentioned hotel or similar with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
•          Transportation as per the itinerary by Japanese car/van/coach.
•          The Bhutan govt. royalty
•          Tour escort.
•          Local Guide for sightseeing.
•          Mobile camp with all staff and equipment with all meals.
•          Arrival and departure transfers at airports with assistance.
•          Any Inner-line permits applicable as per the regions.

Price Excludes:
•           Airfares
•          Visa fee of US$20, Paro airport tax of $18
•           Accommodation in Delhi***
•           Government Service tax 3.09% on package
•           Medical and insurance of any kind.
•           Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural             calamities
•           Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.

***Accommodation in Delhi is not calculated due to huge variation and difference in price and type of accommodation. We shall quote once we know of your choice.

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