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Glimpses of Bhutan Tour - 4 Days

Glimpses of Bhutan Tour

Trip Introduction

Sandwiched between Tibet in the north and India in the three sides; and popularly know as as the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon' and the 'Last Shangri-La', the state of Bhutan offers a mesmerizing and unspoilt cultural and natural grandeur. Predominantly Vajrayana Buddhism being the state religion, Hinduism is second-largest religion mostly followed by the Nepali speaking Bhutanese in the southern Bhutan. Bhutanese landscape is characterized by rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys from subtropical plains in the south through temperate zone to the Sub-alpine Himalayas exceeding 7000 meters. The culturally and religiously rich Bhutan remained entirely disconnected from the rest of the world until 1960s. Remarkable is that very careful attention has been paid by the Bhutanese government in preserving and promoting Bhutanese culture now also.

Journey of Glimpse of Bhutan Tour encompasses western Bhutan's 'must see' highlights. The tour begins in the scenic Paro Valley with a hike to the famous Tiger`s Nest (Taktsang) monastery. After visiting Thimphu, a unique capital city that has a blend of traditional and modern touch, we drive across the picturesque Dochu La Pass into the subtropical valleys of Punakha and Wangdue. We will visit the ancient Capital of Bhutan, a medieval Dzong of Wangdue and return to Paro for your journey back home. During the journey, you will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan.

Glimpses of Bhutan-4 days is a cultural tour suitable for those who have very short holiday. You will prefer Bhutan Cultural Tour-7 days if you have a week holiday. If you are entering Bhutan overland from Darjeeling/Sikkim (India), Phuentsholing to Paro Tour with Thimphu and Punakha -7 days would be an excellent trip in Bhutan for you with which you will experience little more cultural aspects of Bhutan with visit to more places of it. To enjoy a joint tour in Bhutan and Nepal (Kathmandu), Druk Yul and Nepal Tour-9 days would be best for you. If you want to familiarize yourself on trek in Bhutan along with a cultural tour in Bhutan then, Bhutan Cultural Tour with 3 days Bumthang Trek -12 days OR Druk Path Trek with 3 days Cultural Tour-10 days would be suitable for you. But if you are actually looking for just a trek in Bhutan, The Chomolhari Trek-12 days would be a best option.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01 : Arrive Paro [2250m/7382ft]

On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and transfer you to Hotel. Visit to Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the Dzongs (forts) currently. Cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the Dzong. Visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Visit Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear, enjoy the views of Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,329 meters, from the village below the Dzong. In the evening, stroll through the Paro town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

DAY 02 : Drive Paro -Thimphu [2350m / 7710ft]: - 54Km/ 2hrs

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, Bhutan's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche (8th century Indian saint) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria on the way. In the afternoon we drive to Thimphu. In the evening we explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. We also visit some interesting handicraft shops. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 03 : Thimphu [2320m/7424 ft]

After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the Textile Museum, the Handicraft Emporium, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and absorb the life style of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 04 : Drive to Paro (45 minutes) and final departure

After early breakfast, drive to airport for departure. Today you bid farewell to the Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, we transfer you to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.

Important Note and Optional Activities

Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Glacier Trekking. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Dates and Season

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date. You can join our Bhutan Tour Programs as per your convenience. Spring season (March to June) and in the autumn season (September to November) are the best time to visit Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms. The spring season also observes the biggest festivals of Bhutan.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All meals, tea & snacks
  • Bhutan Visa fee US$20 on arrival)
  • Government approved A category hotels on twin sharing basis
  • All airport pick ups and drops
  • Ground transport in comfortable private vehicle
  • Experienced English speaking guides and local staff
  • All city tour with permits, entrance fees for museums and monuments
  • Government taxes
  • Bhutan Visa fee

Trip Cost Does Not Include

  • Airfare to/from Paro, Bhutan
  • Items of personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips for Staff (guide and driver )

Accommodations

Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of your booking, we provide grade A hotels in Paro and Thimphu. We use Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort or similar in Paro and Hotel Migmar or similar in Thimpu. Since the Glimpse of Bhutan Tour is designed on twin sharing basis, you share room with your fellow traveler but in case you prefer single rooms we charge USD 150 as single supplement.

Meals

All your meals included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels – the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.

Equipments & Packing List

While packing for " Glimpses of Bhutan Tour "certain gears are essential to be considered. Please Click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: US telephone: 704-200-7512

Traveller's Reviews

  • We are having a fantastic time. It is the vacation of our lives. The planning, places, accommodations and people are superb. We know you work very hard to make dream vacations come true and it is appreciated. We are in Paro Hotel and what a rare treat. This place is fabulous. No one could have planned a better vacation.

    Vancouver, Canada
  • We appreciated this local Travel Agency, because of friendly and experienced Staffs, who are working in it. They always tried to do their best, to make everything perfect, on what you agreed before beginning of the trip. This is important for clients, who decide to travel in Asia, because experienced tourists know, that it's not always like this here. I hope, they will remain the same, when their company will grow up.

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