The Himalayan Kingdom Tour

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7 Days / 6 Nights

Duration

Bhutan

Country

Easy

Grade

3000m/9800ft

Max altitude

Private/Domestic Vehicles

Transportation

Hotel/Lodge/Tea Houses

Accommodation

Throughout the year

Best season

- Max 14

Group Size

Overview


The Himalayan Kingdom Tour includes the major destination Paro, Thimpu, Punakha and Gangety during visit. This Tour offers its visitors an exclusive insight into the culture and tradition of its nation. It provides ample opportunity to interact with the native people and closely understand their lifestyle. It is a known fact that Bhutan has very distinctive culture and tradition and that every stone in the country has a story. Likewise, every majestic fortress and monastery in the nation has its own story of the origin and a reason to be built. This popular tour package in Bhutan explores the highlights of Bhutan’s western valleys, where one can enjoy the many cultural sites of Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital including the Memorial Chorten, Tashicho Dzong, and the National Library. Besides, this amazing The Himalayan Kingdom Tour takes you for a visit to the Traditional Medicine Institute where one can witness ancient healing arts which are still in practice. You will also visit the Painting School and the Motithang Takin Reserve in the capital city. Other highlights not to be missed are the Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple of Bhutan, and the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory.

The Himalayan Kingdom Tour offers you to experience with the Dochu La Pass, this spectacular trip carries you off to Punakha, where you will visit the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang Temple atop a small hillock. We could take the opportunity to meet villagers and weavers in their own homes, and travel right into Bhutan’s interior. Further drive through amazing valleys will lead the journey to Phobjikha valley in Wangdue Phodrang district, where you will visit the Gangtey monastery and the Black-Necked Crane Information Center. Back at Paro, you will gear up for an incredible hike to Taktshang monastery also known as Tiger’s Nest, a prominent landmark in Bhutan. Next, you visit the Kyichu Lhakhang Temple, Ta Dzong – the national museum, and Rinpung Dzong also known as Paro Dzong.

Although there is no major trekking included in The Himalayan Kingdom Tour, you will explore the towns on foot and also enjoy some gentle village walks, and a hike up to Tiger’s Nest. Centuries of isolation have left the country of the thunder dragon a unique place. The architectures are unlike anything else found in the Himalayas – houses are painted with magic symbols to keep out evil spirits. Come and join one of the most popular tour packages in Bhutan with AID Journeys & Adventure and explore all aspects of Bhutan and get under the surface of the diverse Bhutanese culture. Also, we would suggest some Nepal Tour or Trekking packages in Nepal before flying to Paro.

Outline Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival at Paro & transfer to Thimpu (B,L,D) - Overnight in Thimpu
After arriving & visa formalities and collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip in Bhutan.
The Tashichho Dzong 
The National Memorial 

Day 02: Thimpu sightseeing (B,L,D) - Overnight in Thimpu
Today after breakfast, we will drive to Thimphu
The Changangkha Lhakhang
The Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

Day 03: Thimpu to Punakha (B,L,D)- Overnight in Punakha
Post early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. We will stop over for tea at Dochula (3,100 m), where on a sunny day; you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges.
Visit The Chimi Lhakang 

Day 04: Punakha to Gangtey (B,L,D) - Overnight in Gangtey
Post early breakfast, you will visit The Punakha Dzong or the Pungtang Dechen Phortang Dzong is located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu River, combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu which in turn is a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. 
Visit The Gangtey Monastery 
Visit Nyingmapa school of Buddhism

Day 05: Gangtey to Paro (B,L,D) - Overnight in Paro
After early morning breakfast, we will be driven towards Paro and visit, The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan's best known and most iconic Dzong.. The Rinpung Dzong's names translate to the “Fortress on a heap of Jewels ". The fortress was constructed in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the foundations of an ancient monastery.
The National Museum of Bhutan is housed inside the six storied circular Ta Dzong. The Ta Dzong is a medieval watch tower situated above the Rimpung Dzong. The Ta Dzong was constructed in 1656.

Day 06: Paro sightseeing (B,L,D) - Overnight in Paro
After early morning breakfast, we will take you for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold.
Later after the hike, we will visit; The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. The temple was built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th Century AD. 

Day 07: Departure Paro to Kathmandu
In the morning after early breakfast we will see you off at the Paro Airport for your onward destinations.

Cost Includes

    • Accommodation on 3-star hotels under twin sharing with breakfast.
    • Lunch and Dinner at local restaurants and hotels.
    • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
    • Private transport within Bhutan as per the itinerary.
    • The museum, monuments entrance fee, sightseeing 
    • all applicable taxes.
    • Bottled water during the tour.
    • Visa Fee and Mean Bhutan
    • AID Journeys & Adventure Personal Care and Attention.

Cost Excludes

    • Travel Insurance
    • Gratuities, bar bills, telephone bills, personal expenses, and laundry.
    • Horse charge for Tiger’s Nest Hike
    • Bhutanese traditional hot stone bath

Detail Itenerary


After breakfast in Kathmandu, you will board Drukair and fly into Bhutan. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular trips in the entire Himalayas, which offers astounding views of the mountains, green vegetation, and meandering rivers. On arrival at Paro airport and completing all the immigration formalities, you will be met by a representative of AID Team who will lead your drive towards Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. You will stop briefly at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. This confluence is adorned by three different styles of stupas: Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese. After arrival in Thimphu, you will be transferred to your hotel where you may rest for a while. Later, you will visit some significant landmarks of Thimphu including Tashicho Dzong, the impressive fortress, and the Memorial Chorten, a prominent sight in the city with golden spires and bells. This stupa is popularly known as the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan that was built to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Also, visit the Local Crafts Bazaar where you may explore through Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Overnight in Thimphu.
After breakfast today, you will embark on a sightseeing spree in Thimphu. Today’s attractions include a visit to National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts, and the Traditional Medicine Institute where ancient healing arts like acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. You will also visit the Painting School where young monks are taught the art of Buddhist thangkas. You will then visit the Motithang Takin Preserve (originally, the mini zoo), a wildlife reserve area for takin, the national animal of Bhutan. While in Motithang, you will visit the oldest temple of Bhutan, the Changangkha Lhakhang. It was built by Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo in the 12 th century. Later, you will get an opportunity to visit the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, which produces paper using traditional Bhutanese methods. Overnight in Thimphu.
After an early breakfast today, you will drive over the Dochu La pass from where stunning views of the Himalayan peaks can be sighted. You will stop briefly at the pass for a hot cup of tea or coffee while savoring the fantastic views of the Himalayas. The scenic drive through the countryside to Punakha showcases a glimpse of the everyday life of the remote areas of Bhutan. In Punakha, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, the palace of great happiness, which is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu (mother) and Pho Chu (father) Rivers. The Dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal Wangchuk in 1638 AD. Punakha used to be the ancient capital of Bhutan where the first king was crowned in 1907. After lunch you will visit Chimi Lhakhang Temple, a Buddhist monastery also called as the temple of the Drukpa Kuenley, better known as the Divine Madman renowned for blessing barren women with fertility. The monastery stands on a small hillock near Lobesa village. Overnight in Punakha.
Today’s drive passes through breathtaking valley views, flowing streams, and steep inclines that culminates at a marvelous monastery located in a small village of Gangtey valley (called by some as Phobjikha valley) located in the Wangdue Phodrang district of Bhutan. The Gangtey monastery is associated with the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism and was established by Rinpoche Gyalse Pema Thinlay. While in Phobjikha valley, you will visit the Black Necked Crane Information Center that has an observatory deck equipped with high power telescope; it offers visitors an opportunity to spot some crane in the distance. Overnight in Gangtey.
After an early breakfast today, we will start our drive from Gangtey crossing the Dochu La Pass. On the way to Paro, you will visit Kuensel Phodrang, also known as the Buddha point – from where you get a fantastic overview of the Thimphu valley. Here lies the largest statue of Buddha in Bhutan, where you may offer prayers, walk around and savor the magnificent views. On arrival at Paro, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will stretch your legs and relax. In the evening, you will take a lazy stroll in the local market of Paro. Overnight in Paro.
After a hefty breakfast, you will drive to the starting point of a fascinating hike to Taktshang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Taktshang is one of the most popular monasteries of Bhutan, and it is perched on a side of a cliff 800 meters above the Paro valley. Returning back after the fabulous hike en route your hotel, you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang; the Jowo Temple built by the Tibetan Emperor during the 7 th century and is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. In the afternoon, you will visit Ta Dzong, the national museum that houses an extensive collection of antique thangka paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. You will then engage in a short walk to visit Rinpung Dzong, better known as the Paro Dzong, the fortress of the heap of jewels. In the evening, you may take a stroll around Paro main streets, visit shops and local markets. Overnight in Paro.
Today is the day your wonderful holidays in Bhutan has come to an end, and you will be flying back home with ample memories of the experiences you had in the tiny Himalayan kingdom. A representative from AID Team will escort you to the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight for your onward journey. With plenty of time on board, you may plan your next trip in the Himalayan realms of Bhutan or Nepal.

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Package Category   Hotels *Per Person Cost (Min 2 Person)
Deluxe Package3 Star    USD 1,395 Per Person

 

Cost Includes

    • Accommodation on 3-star hotels under twin sharing with breakfast.
    • Lunch and Dinner at local restaurants and hotels.
    • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
    • Private transport within Bhutan as per the itinerary.
    • The museum, monuments entrance fee, sightseeing 
    • all applicable taxes.
    • Bottled water during the tour.
    • Visa Fee and Mean Bhutan
    • AID Journeys & Adventure Personal Care and Attention.

Cost Excludes

    • Travel Insurance
    • Gratuities, bar bills, telephone bills, personal expenses, and laundry.
    • Horse charge for Tiger’s Nest Hike
    • Bhutanese traditional hot stone bath

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