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Window to Bhutan (07 Days)

Window to Bhutan cultural tour provide a close encounter with living and unique culture, tradition and religions values along with its spectacular natural beauty, pristine environment, fabulous architecture. All along the beautiful valley of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro that forms the major portion of western Bhutan.

Enjoy the many cultural sites of Thimphu, Bhutan's capital including the National Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the arts and crafts school and Tashichhoedzong. After visiting Thimphu valley, drive to Punakha, an ancient capital of Bhutan over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley. Once you are in Punakha valley you will feature the incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang, temple of the 'Divine Madman'. After visiting major religious and cultural attractions, we bring the curtain down to the odyssey with hike to famous Tiger's nest (Taktsang) monastery.

Day 01: Arrive Paro International Airport

Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and the tour guide will receive and escort you to designated Hotels. In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Zhabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at Paro.

Day 02: Paro - Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu - world's smallest capital. Upon arrival at Thimphu you will start sightseeing tour visiting Memorial Chorten built in memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Further, we will visit the Zorig Chusum - 13 Arts & Crafts Institute where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. The visitors can see students of different trades at work like: Sculpting, Thanka Painting, Wood Carving and other skills. In the evening free for a leisure walk to explore Thimphu city - the world's smallest capital and the only capital city where Traffic Lights are absent. The walk around the city is easy and would be enjoyable to experience the Bhutanese way of life. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu - Paro

Today you drive to Punakha, an ancient capital of Bhutan over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley. In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that grow to tree size and bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring colour.

On arrival at Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, the "Palace of Great Happiness" built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the 'Unifier of Bhutan'. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan's first king was crowned. After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it's not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 04: Thimphu

Continue sightseeing in Thimphu. Visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichhodzong, 'the fortress of the glorious religion' housing some ministries, His Majesty's secretariat, and the central monk body. After that hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries (45 mins), two of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 05: Punakha - Paro

In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.

Drive back to Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores. Afterwards proceed to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Evening stroll through the charming Paro town. Overnight at Paro.

Day 06: Hike to Paro Taktshang

Hike to Tiger's Nest, one of the most sacred Taktshang monasteries in Bhutan. It is perched on the cliff where Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.

Return to Paro, where we may have more time for stroll around the town. Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at Paro

Day 07: Depart Paro

The guests will be Seen Off by a Representative of our company and the Tour Guide at the Exit Gate. Wish Bon Voyage!!!

Service Included
  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
  • Food and lodging in 3star category hotels and resorts in twin room sharing basis (4 & 5 star requires additional cost)
  • Tourist standard transport vehicles will be provided depending upon the number of Guest travelling.
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All internal taxes will be included
  • One time special cultural show program will be organized by Exotic vacations Bhutan for group above 10 pax and if number of pax is exceeding 16 pax .Troop leaders (1pax) will be give complimentary trip to Bhutan
  • Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
  • All entrance fees and permits.
Service Excluded
  • Air tickets cost any sector you choose
  • Single room supplementary of USD 40 per night
  • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
  • Guide and Driver Tipping's
  • Pottery pony hire charge of USD 30 per head for visiting Tigers nest for those who cannot walk up to tigers nest
  • Surcharge of USD 40 per person per nights and USD 30 and above 3 pax .no surcharge will be charged
  • Medical / Travel Insurance.
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