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Bhutan is a surround by several country, China (Tibet) in North, Indian territories to the South, East and West. The Kingdom cover an area 4700 s. Km. the present population approximately 950,000. Three main ethics groups the Sarchops, Ngalops and Lhotsampas (Nepalese origin). Bhutan is the only country in the world to retain the Tantrick form of Mahayana Buddhism (Drukpa Kagyupas Sect) Bhutan's official language is Dzongkha.

Visa Formalities : All visitors to Bhutan require a visa, except Indian National. All visa is issue from Thimpu, visa are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visa are submitted by the tour operator. Visa clearance from Thimpu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least 10 days to process. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance, at your points of entry the visa will be stamped in your passport on payment of US D 20, two passport size photographs will also be required. Visa are Issued for 15 days period, extensions can be in Thimpu.

Currency : Bhutan's currency is the Ngultrum (Nu) equivalent to Indian Rupee. Which is also accepted in Bhutan except 500 and 1000 Rs. Note. There are no ATM. And credit card are accepted only tourist shops. You can change your currency at Bhutan National Bank and the Bank of Bhutan. US Dollars and Euro are accepted in Paro and Thmpu.

Climate: Topographic feature of Bhutan and its neighboring regions present a complex landform. Bhutan has four distinct seasons as Spring : March – May. Summer : June-August. Autumn: September-November. Winter : December-February.

Religion: Even Shabdrung Nawang Namyal, a Tibetan monk arrived in 1616 and introduced the system of religious and secular government, religious forms an important aspect of the Bhutanese way of life. It is only country in the world, which has retained the tantric form of Buddhism as its official religion. Monasteries, Stupas, Chortens, and religious flags fluttering in the breeze are familiar sights in this tiny country.

Sightseeing of Bhutan

Details
Best Time Oct-March
Duration 12 Nights/ 13 Days
Places Visit Arrival Delhi or Kolkata-Paro- Thimpu-Trongsa-Bhumthang- Phobjikha-Paro-Taktsang-Delhi or Kolkata Dep.

Day 01 : Arrival Kolkata or Delhi : Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by a Delighted Journey Facilitator or your Tour Director, and then ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check in. The next day plans are briefly reviewed and the Travel Facilitator or Tour Director hands over your welcome package to you. Among other things, this package includes a beautiful handcrafted journal for your explorations, travel documents such as your air tickets (If Necessary) and hotel vouchers, as well as copies of documents. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Full Day Sightseeing : After breakfast full day city tour Delhi {Old and New Delhi combined Sightseeing visit Jama Masjid, Shahjahanabad, Chadani Chowck, Gandhi memorial, Post lunch visit Government Buildings as(India Gate and President House) Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar} Kolkata visit Flower Market, Maidan, Victoria Memorial, Writer's Building, Kumartuli, Mother Teresa's House, Jain Temples, Kali Temple, Asia Museum, and rest of the time walk through the Chauranghee market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Delhi or Kolkata – Paro –Thimpu : Early in the morning take flight to Paro, by Druk Air, as this is the single flight from Delhi or Kolkata, over the most spectacular of all mountain flights. We can see the several peaks of Himalayan ranges as Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchanjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt. Tsherimgang. On arrival at Paro valley meet to assistance drive to 55 km to Thimpu the capital city of Bhutan near by the Wang Chu River, on arrival check in hotel for overnight.

Day 04: Thmphu : After breakfast full day sightseeing of the tiny town, Morning visit the View Points, Takin Zoo, drive back to city en route visit The Tibetology (the school for Thanka Painting, Statue making, old crafts of painting, sculpture, sewing and embroidery etc) The Library, Traditional Medical center, Textile museum & later visit Thimphu Dzong (Fortress) known as the doors, or gateways into Bhutan from the plains climbs continually higher as down the forested mountainsides, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the sky. Visit the Memorial Chortan. Dinner and overnight in Thimphu.

Day 05: Thimphu – Punakha: After early breakfast drive to Punakha toward the center Bhutan, the Winter capital of Bhutanese Monarch. Over the Dochu-la Pass around 3120m, where 108 Ganskhar Puensum (Stupas) beautifully structured Druk Wangyal Chortens are located. Enjoy a photo stop here and view the high Eastern Himalayan Mountains as Kangbum (6550m), Gangchhenta (6830m), Teri Gang (7300m) and the highest mountain in Bhutan Gankhar Puensum (7541m). Many prayer flags encircle us, fluttering the prayer of peace and serenity in the fresh air on the Pass. Stop for a short tea break at the cafeteria. On arrival at Punakha check in hotel later visit the Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. In the confluence of Mochu and Thochu River. Inside the Dzong is the set of the 108 volumes of Kanjur – holy book of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage, written in gold. Bhutan's most treasured possession is the Rangjung Kharsapani, a self created image of Chenrigzig which is described by Shabdrung as a treasure as vast as the sky. Dinner and Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Punakha – Trongsa : Early morning after breakfast commence tour to Trongsa, via Pele la (3159m). This is a wonderful opportunity for photographs. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 meters rises the Trongsa Dzong one of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the Dzong is an architectural masterpiece. Dinner and overnight at Trongsa.

Day 07: Trongsa- Bumthang : After breakfast commence journey to Bhuthang, This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism as it maintains the most sacred valleys in the Kingdom. Here the great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred sites. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons, treasure finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. The beautiful clean stream along the roadside and pass small clusters of villages. You may also see Yaks along the road as they graze in the lowlands during the winter months. Visit the Yatha weaving center and see the weavers at work. Yatha, patterned cloth made out of dyed sheep fleece. On arrival check in hotel, later visit to Jakar Dzong, "castle of the white bird". According to legend, when the lamas assembled in about 1549 to select a Jakar Dzong site for a monastery, a big white bird rose suddenly in the air and settled on a spur of a hill. Wangdichholing Palace was built in 1857 on the site of a battle camp of the Penlop of Trongsa, Jigme Namgyal. It was the first Palace that was not designed as a fortress. His son King Ugyen Wangchuk, chose it as his principal residence. Walk around Choskhor Valley where large fields of buckwheat cover the valley. Visit the Sey Lhakhang or the Gold Temple established in 1963 where the central figure in the Lhakhang is Marpa Lotsawa, a great teacher of the Kagyu lineage. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Bumthang : After breakfast full day sightseeing of Bhumathang Valley. Jampa Lhakhang is believed to have been built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The central figure in the temple is Jampa (Future Buddha). Inside the primary chapel are three stone steps representing ages. The first signifies the past, the age of the Historical Buddha Sakyamuni. This step has descended into the ground and is covered with a wooden plank. The next age is the present and its step is level with the floor. The top step represents a new age and when it sinks to the ground level, the gods will become like humans and the world as it is now will end. Each October one of the most spectacular festivals in Bhutan, the Jampa Lhakhang Drup is staged here. Visit the Kurjey Lhakhang This temple is located above Jambay Lhakhang and consists of three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 on the rock face where Guru meditated in the 8th century. The second temple is built on the site of a cave containing a rock with the imprint of Guru's body and is considered the most holy. The present Royal Queen Mother recently built the third temple. These three temples are surrounded by 108 stupa wall symbolic of each joint of the human body. Walk to see Tamshing temple, which was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the re-incarnation of Guru Padmasambhava. The monastery has very interesting religious paintings like 11000 Buddhas and 21 Taras (female form of Bohhisatava). Drive to Mebartsho 'the flaming lake' in the Tang Valley. This is where Pema Lingpa found the treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche and thus became a terton, ‘a discoverer or religious treasurer'. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Bumthang – Phobjikha : After an early breakfast commence drive to Phobjikha. Phobjikha Valley is one of the most beautiful open valleys in the country. The valley was made a conservation area by the WWF as it is the breeding ground for the endangered black necked cranes which migrate to the valley from Tibet and Mongolia in early November and migrates back in early March. Visit to the Crane Observation and Education Centre, activities within the Centre are early morning crane observation and counting and crane study via the nature trails. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Phobjikha – Paro: After breakfast drive back to Paro Valley. En route visit some more monasteries and local villages. On arrival check in hotel for overnight. Rest of the time free witness the National Game "Archery". Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Paro : After breakfast full day sightseeing of Paro, Paro Dzong (Ta Dzong), just above the Dzong the watch tower now these days this converted as a National Museum, it is filled with antique Thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and armor. Drive to see the Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Paro-Taktsang (Tiger's Nest )-Drugyal Dzong-Paro: Early morning after breakfast commence day hike till the Taktsang Monastery (2965m), we start our trek around 14 km north west from Paro (15 minutes drive) the elevation of starting points around 2150m, through the blue pine and rhododendron forest. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava, the saint who converted Bhutan to Buddhism, alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Here we enjoy snacks and tea at the cafeteria viewpoint. Around 3 hrs trekking (up-down) take our lunch at the cafeteria, near by the Monastery, later descending trek to road head, later visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong which was built in 1647 by the founder of Bhutan Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian warlord, Gushri Khan in 1644. Rest of the time free at Paro Market. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Paro-Delhi or Kolkata : Early morning after lunch drive to airport take flight to Delhi or Kolkata. Hotel for overnight.

Day 14: Dep.: Early in the morning dep. transfer to onward destination. End of our services.

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