BHUTAN RICH CULTURE AND LITERATURE(5 DAYS – 4 NIGHTS)

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Price: ฿54,900/- p/person
From: 01-03-2017 to: 31-12-2017

Bhutan Cultural Tour 5 Days 4 Nights

Day 1: Bangkok – Paro – Thimphu. (Lunch/Dinner)

06.30 Reach at the Survanabhumi Thai Int’l Airport departure hall entrance 4 W 10 rows at the counter of Druk Air (KB)
09.20 Depart from Thailand to Bhutan by Druk Air.
10.50 Via Kolkata
11.30 During the flight to Paro it crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan.
13.10 Arrive at Paro Airport. Paro is at the height of 2,200 meters above sea level. There will be an one hour differences in time between Bhutan and Thailand time. Thailand time is 1 hour ahead than Bhutan time. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide.
Noon Lunch will be served at a restaurant in Paro.
**Remark**: For Febuary flight have to change departure from BKK-PARO is 0650.10.00 AM **
After lunch, we will visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. The museum has wide assortment of ancient paintings, armors, philatelic display and “field of Buddhas”, which helps one to visualize while meditating. We will then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. It has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. You will walk downhill till the road point crossing the wooden bridge. Your vehicle will be waiting here to take you to the
Drukgyal Dzong: the ride takes about an hour and covers 16 kms one way. At Drukgyal Dzong you will get to see the ruined fortress, which once defended this valley from foreign invasion. The actual date of building is 1649 but was destroyed by fire in 1951. After we visit Drukgyal Dzong, we will take you to Kyichu Lhakhang. We would like to share some vital information with you regarding to Kyichu Lhakhang. Kyichu Lhakhang: this Lhakhang, built in the 7th century, is one of the two oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan (the other being Jambey Lhakhang in Bumthang). Kyichu Lhakhang is composed of twin temples. The first temple was built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. In 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, arranged for a second temple to be built alongside the first one in same style.
Evening Your vehicle will be waiting for you to take you to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival at Thimphu, check-in at the hotel.
Night Dinner and overnight stay at  White Tara Hotel ***3 Star*** or similar at Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu – Punakha. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Morning Breakfast will be served at the Hotel. After breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at the Dochu La pass (10,170 feet), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass we drive downhill through forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive in Punakha after traveling through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. We will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After that, you can also explore nearby villages and meet Bhutanese farmers. All crops grow and thrive well here and they attribute this to the blessing of Lam Drukpa Kuenley.
Afternoon Lunch will be served at the restaurant in Punakha. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship.
Night Dinner and overnight stay at  Pema Karpo Hotel ***3 Star*** or similar in Punakha.

Day 3 : Punakha – Thimpu (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Morning Breakfast will be served at the hotel. After breakfast, you will drive to Thimphu. Once we reach Thimphu, we will take you to visit Kuenselphodrang overlooking Thimphu valley and where giant Buddha statue is under construction. 169 feet statue is reputed to be the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world. After that, we will take you to King’s Memorial Chorten (dedicated to world peace and prosperity) located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. The chorten, built in 1974 to honour the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972). After that we will take you to National Library which houses and extensive collection of literature, with some works dating back to several hundred years. After that we will take you to Nunnery Temple once belonged to the Drubthob (Realized one) Thang Thong Gyalpo often referred to as The King of the open field. In the early 15th century with his multiple talents he popularly became the Leonardo Da Vinci of the Great Himalayas. The place also has a great view of the majestic, Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of Glorious Religion) and government cottages nearby.Afternoon Lunch will be served at a restaurant in Thimphu. After to thelunch, we will Folk Heritage Museum and the Textile Museum.
Evening In the evening, we will take you to Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress-monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne Room.
Night Dinner and overnight stay at  White Tara Hotel ***3 Star*** or similar at Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu – Paro. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Morning Breakfast will be served at the Hotel. After breakfast, we will drive to Paro. We will take you for hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands.
Noon Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. This is a fantastic conclusion to your stay in Bhutan!
Night Dinner and overnight stay at  Mandala Resort Hotel ***3 Star*** or similar in Paro.

Day 5: Paro – Bangkok (Breakfast)

07.00 Breakfast will be served at the hotel. After Breakfast, the guide will lead you to the Paro Airport.
11.00 Departure from Bhutan to Bangkok with Druk Air (KB). Happy Journey back home.
16.00 Arrival at Bangkok.
** Remark: For Febuary flight have to change departure from PARO-BKK is 10.50-16.15 PM **

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