- This kingdom transports you back into time and gets you to experience a spectacle of the times in the past. Bhutan is about nature and being natural, it cannot be described in words as it is simply to be experienced for its timeless charm.
Day 01: Paro/Thimphu:
• The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Flying along the Himalyan range from Kathmandu, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air.
• Upon arrival drive to Thimphu.
• En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom which now houses the School for religious and cultural studies.
• Visit National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Day 02: Thimphu
• There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it.
• In the morning you will visit the Late King’s Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the indigenous hospital specializing in herbal medicine, handmade paper factory, and the nunnery at Zilukha.
• In the afternoon, tour of the school of fine arts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts); Zangtopelri Lhakhang, the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc. on display.
P.S. : National Library remains closed on Weekends & on Govt Holidays.
P.S : Institute of Zorg Chusum remains closed on Saturday, Sunday and & on Govt Holidays.
Day 03: Thimphu/Punakha :
• Drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3, O8Om). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day.
• Later proceed to visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers.
• After that excursion to ChimiLhakhang (approx. 15 minutes drive till motorable road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1.1/2 hour walk, including both way). The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers .
• Evening can be spent exploring Punakha village located right on the bank of river.
Day 04: Punakha/Paro:
• Hike through fields of chillies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999.
• At Noon visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang (Temple). The temple houses a 14-foot main bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara.
• Drive to Paro en-route visit Simtokha Dzong, the place of profound tantric teaching, this dzong now houses a school for the study of the Dzongkha language.
• Upon arrival in Paro check into the hotel. Later proceed to visit Ta Dzong Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
• Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.
Day 05: Paro:
• In the morning, take an excursion to Taktshang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery.
• After the Taktsang hike, drive-up the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong on the north side of the valley. It was from here that the Bhutanese repelled several invading Tibetan armies during the 17th century.
• Evening will be at leisure.
Day 06: Paro departure:
• After the visit you will be transferred to airport where your tour concludes.
- Above rates are subject to change due to tariff revision by Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), major exchange rate fluctuation, royalty or visa fee revision or in case new taxes are being imposed by govt. of Bhutan.
- Bhutan Visa Fee of US$ 40/- per pax as on date – to be added in the final invoice.
- Druk air flights.
- Festival period surcharge.
- New year/Christmas supplement if applicable.
- Travel &Medical insurance coverage.
- Table Drink/beverage.
- Drinks/ beverages during sightseeing / drives.
- Communication charges, laundry, tips.
- Other expenses of personal nature.
- Anything not specifically mentioned in the clause, “package rate inclusions.
- Gratuities to chauffeur.
- Any expenses caused by reasons beyond control of Apollo Voyages or it associate office in Varanasi.
- Any other expenses not mentioned in inclusions.
- Cancellation Policy for Standard and Superior Hotels:
Nil cancellation for the tour cancelled before 60 days of arrival date.
25% cancellation charge for the tour cancelled before 45 days of arrival date.
50% cancellation charge for the tour cancelled before 30 days of arrival date.
75% cancellation charge for the tour cancelled before 15 days of arrival date.
No refund for less than 15 days of arrival date.
- Off/low season months:
Nil cancellation for the tour cancelled before 30 days of arrival date.
10% cancellation charge for the tour cancelled between 21-29 days of arrival date. 25% cancellation charge for the tour cancelled between 15-21 days of arrival date.
50% cancellation charge for the tour cancelled between 08-15 days of arrival date.
100% cancellation charge for the tour cancelled between 00-07 days of arrival date.
No refund will be entertained for services whether not availed or partially availed.