Bhutan
‘The Land of the Peaceful Dragon’

Situated in the relatively unexplored pockets of Asia, it has for centuries remained aloof from the rest of the world. Since its doors were opened in 1974, visitors have been mesmerized by its pristine environment, traditional architecture and the charming and hospitable people. It is one of the earth's best-preserved ecologies and cultures. The government of Bhutan allows only limited number of discerning travelers to enter the country in order to protect its fragile environment and culture.

Luxe India brings to you an exclusive customized tour of Bhutan.

Suggested Program
 
Day 1
 
Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi, you will be met by Luxe India representative who will assist with the transfers and check-in at the hotel.
 
Day 2
 
In Delhi
   

After Breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit the awe inspiring monuments of Delhi and witness the hustle bustle of Old Delhi, followed by a tour of the Lutyen’s imposing and magnificient New Delhi.

Day 3
  Delhi-Paro-Thimphu

Early Morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Paro. Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom.

On arrival at the airport, you will be received by our representative and then transferred to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan.

 
Day 4
 
In Thimphu

After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Thimphu valley. Visit the National Library, a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and the Painting School, where young monks learn the art of Buddhist thangkha. Also visit mask maker workshop and workshop for fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making. Later visit the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

Afternoon, visit to Tashichhodzong, 'fortress of the glorious dharma'. It is the centre of government and religion, site of King's throne room, National assembly hall, and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Later, visit Handicrafts Emporium and local shops. Here you can buy textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials, and all manner of unique objects.

 
Day 5
 
Thimphu- Punakha

After an early breakfast, proceed for Punakha in a private car.

En route, drive to Dochula pass (3,050m). If the weather permits, you can see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the north east.  

Arrive Punakha; you will be met by Luxe India representative who will assist with check-in at the hotel.

Afternoon, proceed for a visit to Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history.

 
Day 6
 
Punakha -Gangtey

After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatize his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. 

Then, continue for Gangtey , en route visit Wangduephodrang Dzong, sitting on top of the hill at the confluence of Punakha Chhu and Tang Chhu rivers, Wangduephodrang Dzong is town’s most visible features

The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, and extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valley’s are tightly enclosed.

Day 7
 
In Gangtey

After Breakfast, visit Gangtey village and monastery and later explore beautiful Phobjikha valley, situated a few kilometers beyond the Gangtey Monastery. This place is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate.

 
Day 8
 
Gangtey - Paro
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro in a private car.

Afternoon, visit to Drukgyel Dzong. Dzong, with a delightful village nestling at its foot, was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, one can see the commanding view of Mount. Chomolhari from the village, below the Dzong.

Later visit Kyichu Lhakhang. It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century.
Day 9
 
In Paro
After breakfast, proceed for a visit to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.

Afternoon, visit to Ta Dzong. One time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.
Later, walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.

Day 10
 
Depart Paro
After Breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met by Luxe India representative who will assist with the transfer and check-in at the hotel.
Day 11
 
Depart Delhi

Day at Leisure. Late evening you will be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home.

 

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