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Essence of Himalayas

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The Essence of Himalaya tour across Bhutan amalgamates entirely the beauty of the dazzling Himalayan country of Bhutan.

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All about the Essence of Himalayas.

The Essence of Himalaya tour across Bhutan amalgamates entirely the beauty of the dazzling Himalayan country of Bhutan. The tour across this formerly forbidden land opens up the mystery and the charm that surrounds Bhutan. This tour is suitable for people of any age with an interest on experiencing the vivid cultural; and natural beauty of this country.

This extraordinary tour across the beautiful landmarks of Bhutan starts with a beautiful mountain flight to Paro which incorporates views of the Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, Tsrim Gang etc.

Paro is home to many archaeological and cultural delights worth exploring. While in Paro an extensive sightseeing to the National Museum, Paro Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Kichu Lakhang, the oldest monastery can be done. Also an early morning hike to the Taktsang Monastery also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Its name arises from the myth that Guru Rimpoche supposedly flew on a tiger’s back to meditate there. The monastery hangs along a cliff 3000 feet above in a thrilling and mystical location. Renovations have been completed thus bringing the monastery back to its former glory.
Nest in trial is the visit to another important landmark and the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu. Visits to the Memorial Stupa of the Late King, Painting school, National library, Folk Heritage Museum, Changangkha Monastery, Buddha point, Takin Zoo, Tashichho Dzong, Nunnery Monastery, State Monastic Body, Archery and the local market are places worth visiting. These important areas properly depict the cultural, archaeological and architectural beauty of Bhutan which is still well preserved.
From Thimpu, a drive to Punakha is preceded by the visit atop the Dochula Pass situated at an altitude of 3150 m. The exotic views of the Himalayas and the Talo and Mandigang Valley are mind boggling. Upon reaching Punakha, Punakha Dzong can be visited followed by hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten which offers views of Mo-Chu River.

An early morning hike from Punakha to the Divine Madman Monastery followed by a drive to the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong showcases the cultural variety of Bhutan. A drive back to Paro via Thimpu ends this wonderful tour.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary on full boards.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the given itinerary
  • Services of an accompanying English speaking guide.
  • Land fee, Visa Fee and entrance fees
  • Three meals a day
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfares and Airport Taxes
  • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc.
  • Any service outside Bhutan
  1. Day 01 arrive to Paro. 2280M.

    A flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as the Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsrim Gang. The first glance you will see of Bhutan is the Paro valley and small Airport. Our guide will meet you there and escort you to the hotel for check – in & Lunch. Visit National Museum of Bhutan and Paro Dzong the head quarters of Paro District. Overnight at the hotel

  2. Day 02 Paro sightseeing

    Hike or take a horse ride to the Taktsang Monastery viewpoint. Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest” is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated; it clings seemingly impossible to a cliff at 3000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery can be exhausting, thrilling and mystical.
    The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of monastery on the back of tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. Although the main building of the temple was destroyed by fire on 19 April 1998, the hike up to the viewpoint is still worth visit once in a lifetime. The restoration work has been completed and has been restored in its former glory. When we are coming back from Taktsang and reach to main road we turn to the right and dive further to Drukgyel Dzong, which Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel built in 1649.
    It caught fire in 1951. Only the shingle roof was restored in1981 and now it is preserved as a historical site. On the way back we will visit one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. The first King of Tibet Songtsen Gampo built this Kichu Lhakhang in the 7th century to introduce Buddhism into our country. Overnight at the hotel.

  3. Day 03 Paro - Thimphu. 65 KM. 1 Hour. Altitude: 2350 M

    Drive to Thimphu the modern capital of Bhutan. It will take around one hour. Check in the hotel. After lunch, visit the Memorial stupa of the Late King, built in 1974, the Indigenous Hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced, and the Painting School, where children still learn the ancient art of painting, the Folk Heritage museum and National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Overnight at the hotel.

  4. Day 04 Explore Thimphu valley

    Morning visit Budda point, Changangkha monastery built in 12 century, Takin zoo, view point of Thimphu valley, Nunnery monastery, lunch at local restaurant . After lunch visit the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks, visit Archery around. Evening stroll around the market in the capital. Overnight at the hotel.

  5. Day 05 Drive Thimphu to Punakha.

    Drive to Punakha via Dochula -Pass 3150m above sea level overlooking the high Himalayas and the lush green valleys of Talo and Mendigang, lunch at Punakha and sightseeing including a visit to the exquisite Punakha Dzong, which it was the old capital of Bhutan. On the 17th December 1907, the first king of Bhutan was crowned here and every consecutive year on this date we celebrate national day in Bhutan.
    After visiting the Dzong drive further to do a mini hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten and once you reach the top you will see the winding view of the Mo-Chu River and villages below. If you look towards the north you will see the snow capped mountains. Punakha altitude: 1350M, Driving time: 3 hours.

  6. Day 06 Punakha to Paro via Thimphu.

    In the morning, after break fast drive towards Wangdue Phodrang another district that is half an hours drive from your hotel. Before you reach there, take little hike to the Divine Madman Monastery and this is the only monastery we have in Bhutan belonging to him and by visiting this you will know about his unorthodox teachings.

    This Saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 15th century to introduce the Drukpa Kagyugpa sect of Buddhism to our country built this monastery; he is known as the Lama Drukpa kuenley and called the divine mad man. His sexual nature and jokes were to be a very unique of spreading the religion to the local communities
    Wangdue Phodrang is another district and the Dzong was built in 1638 a year after Puankha Dzong. The fourth temporal ruler of Bhutan, Gyse Tenzin Rabgye, enlarged it in 1683. His reincarnation is now 15 years old and lives in Thimphu Tango Monastery.
    Just before you cross the Punatsangchu checkpoint, here they check the passes of passengers and vehicles. You will see the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong believed to built on the back of sleeping giant an elephant as the legend says. After crossing the bridge if you happen to look back you will see the beautiful village of Rinchengang, nestled on a vertical hillside and famous for its stonemasons. Buffeted by afternoon winds, Wangdue Phodrang is an important stop off point. Drive back to Paro for tomorrow’s departure.

  7. Day 07 Departure

    In the morning your Tour guide will bid you farewell at Paro Airport.

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