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10 Days Tour Of The DragonVisit Bumthang- The Spiritual Heartland

In 10 days, you will explore all the highlights of the Western valleys and also visit the more remote and beautiful valleys of Gangtey, Trongsa and Bumthang – the spiritual heartland of Bhutan.

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Your Travel Group:
  • Tour Highlights
  • Package Inclusions
  • Transport
  • VISA and Others
  • Visit the most beautiful and the spiritual heartland of Bhutan- Bumthang Valley excursion
  • Tiger’s Nest/Taktsang Monastery. Hanging onto a precarious almost vertical mountain cliff, it’s a spectacular sight in terms of location, setting and history and is one of the holiest sites in the Buddhist arena.
  • Experience and visit Western regions of Thimphu, Paro and Punakha
  • Visit Dochula Pass and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayas
  • Visit Tashi Chodzong or the fortress of the Auspicious Religion – the office of the Dragon King of Bhutan

Package Inclusion:

  1. Airport Transfers
  2. Stay in hotels as indicated in the itinerary
  3. All three meals, tea and coffee
  4. Dedicated SUV vehicle with a driver and
  5. English Speaking Guide throughout the Trip
  6. Short hikes, Packed lunches and snacks wherever required
  7. Monumental Fees
  8. Bhutan Tourism Development Fee
  9. VISA processing Fee

Package Does Not Include:

  1. International Air fare
  2. Refreshments and bottled drinks and alcohol
  3. Tips/gratuities
  4. Cost arising out of Flight Cancellation/road blockades/ landslides and events beyond our control
  5. Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost

The vehicles of Bhutan Swallowtail are all luxurious and air conditioned catering to the comforts of our guests as well as ensuring a smooth ride over the mountainous and winding roads of Bhutan. With high ride quality and extended legroom you can enjoy the beautiful landscape from the inside of our cars. We have Toyota SUVs, Hi Ace buses and coaster buses with carrying capacity of up to 30 people in one bus. Driven by experienced and licensed drivers we will make sure you enjoy your holiday to Bhutan and the comforts of our luxurious fleet of cars.

VISA to Bhutan

 

All tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent.

You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.

At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

 

Terms and Conditions:

 

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Photo Gallery -Tour of the Dragon

Day 1 Paro International Airport – Your first glimpse of Bhutan

Bhutan Mandala Resort or Similar, Thimphu
SUV vehicle

 

 

All Meals Inclusive

On arrival at the Paro International Airport you meet your tour guide and driver. Check into your hotel and after a brief rest, start your magical experience of Bhutan by first visiting the impressive Rinpung Dzong/Fortress of Heaped Jewels a fine example of the ostentatious Bhutanese art and architecture. The Dzong is located in the heart of the town and a few minutes walk through Nyimazam, one of the few last remaining traditional cantilever bridges in Bhutan. Dzongs serve as both monastic institutions and district administrative offices.Cantilever Bridge in Paro Bhutan

Located above the Dzong is the National Museum that houses various antiques and artifacts of Bhutan and provides a glimpse into Bhutan’s cultural and religious history.

Visit the 3 storied Dungtse Lhakhang/temple, built in the mid 1430’s by Thangtong Gyalpo, an iron bridge builder, to subdue a demon and the temple is firmly chained to the ground. The three floors of the temple represent hell, heaven and earth and houses some of the finest murals in Bhutan.

In the evening visit a traditional farmhouse replete with paddy fields, vegetable garden and farm animals. Enjoy a hot stone bath in a wooden tub, get some cooking tips and help in preparing your dinner which you will eat in the traditional Bhutanese style with the whole family.

Day 2

PARO TO THIMPHU VALLEY – 1 hour drive

Bhutan Suites or Similar,
Dedicated SUV vehicle

 

All Meals Inclusive

After a leisurely breakfast drive for an hour to Thimphu through the beautiful landscape and the whole drive till Thimphu will be along the freshwater river. Thimphu is one of the few capital cities in the world with no traffic lights and the traffic is still manned by traffic policemen.Memorial Chorten Thimphu1

Check into your hotel and visit the Royal Textile Museum which amongst other also has on display the wedding dresses and handmade shoes of the King and Queen. Stroll through the craft bazaar, a single line of shops selling art and craft items. Then you can visit Zorig Chusum which is a school for arts and craft of Bhutan.

In the evening visit the Tashichho Dzong/fortress of the Auspicious Religion and office of the Golden throne of the Dragon King of Bhutan

Day 3

THIMPHU VALLEY EXCURSION – Combination of the Ancient and the Modern

Bhutan Suites or Similar

Dedicated SUV

 

All Meals Inclusive


Thimphu is the most populated city with about 100,000 people and truly a combination of the ancient and the modern. While strictly maintaining the traditional style of architecture in modern building, there are also very old temples and numerous monasteries in and around the city, and few discotheques and Karaoke.

Soak in the panoramic view of the Thimphu valley from the site of the gigantic Lord Buddha, a 51 meter bronze Shakyamuni Buddha statue gilded in gold.Office Of The Golden Throne Thimphu1

The beautiful Memorial Chorten/stupa in town is another favorite with the tourists and a regular sight for congregation of devout Buddhists circumambulating the Chorten from dawn till dusk. The main statue of the Buddha inside the Chorten is said to grant wishes for the earnest and honest hearted!

If you want to mingle with the Bhutanese people and jostle with local farmers amongst the aroma of organic fruits and vegetables, the Centenary Farmers Market is the place to be. Smiling tourists watch in awe as locals bargain with the vendors and you could even stock up on your organic fruits for the coming days.

Visit the Simply Bhutan Museum which is a living studio showcasing the age old culture and traditional heritage of Bhutan. Walk for a few minutes from the Museum to Changangkha Lhakhang the oldest temple in Thimphu.

 Stroll through the market places and the craft bazaar. 

Day 4

THIMPHU TO WANGDUE & PUNAKHA VALLEYS – Enjoy the ride through the mountain ranges – 3 hours drive

Meripuensum Resort or Similar,
Dedicated SUV vehicle

 

All Meals Inclusive

After breakfast check out of your hotel and drive for about three hours to Wangdue and Punakha valleys. Enroute stop over at the Dochulaa Pass (3150 meters) and enjoy the spectacular views of the snow capped Himalayan Mountains. Punakha Fortress Bhutan1The 108 small stupas built over a small hill is also a beautiful sight. The road from the Pass winds down to the warm and fertile valleys and after a brief rest visits the Fertility Temple / Chime Lhakhang. It is a pleasant 30 minutes walk through mustard and paddy fields. Standing on a picturesque hilltop the Lhakhang is famous for its fertility wish grants to couples. Inside the walls of the Lhakhang are beautiful frescoes depicting the colorful life of Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman regarded for his crazy methods of teaching which included blessing women in the form of copulation! 

Day 5

WANGDUE – TRONGSA – BUMTHANG – 6 hours 

Yugarling Resort or Similar, 
Dedicated SUV vehicle 

 

All Meals Inclusive

After breakfast, drive to the amazing valley of Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan and also known as ‘mini-Switzerland’! The drive is scenic via the Pelela Pass at 3420 meters and across quaint little highland villages of Sephu, Rukubjee, Chendebjee, Tangsibjee UraVillage Bumthang Bhutan1and many other small rural settlements along the way. At the Trongsa viewpoint, enjoy the view of the majestic Trongsa Dzong/fortress of the vanguard of Warriors and the neighboring valleys.

From Trongsa it is another 2 hours to Bumthang via the Yotongla Pass at 3400 meters. Enroute stop over at the Yathra Weaving center in Chumey village where you can watch men and women weavers at their loom weaving yak wool products.

Check into your hotel and if you wish go for a stroll through the market place.

 

Day 6

BUMTHANG VALLEY EXCURSION – Spiritual Heartland of Bhutan 

Yugarling Resort or Similar,
 Dedicated SUV vehicle

 

All Meals Inclusive

Bumthang is compared to Switzerland for its beautiful landscape and is the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. In the ancient times the people of Bumthang used to be frequently disturbed by demons, wandering ghosts and negative forces. Starting from the 8th Century, Guru Padmasambhava and numerous religious saints and monks visited Bumthang, subdued the demons and converted these demons into local protecting deities. Hence there are numerous temples and monasteries each with its own legend and significance. 

Trongsa Fortress Bhutan1After a typical Bumthang breakfast, walk at a leisurely pace to the three temples of Jambay Lhakhang/temple, Kurjey Lhakhang and Tamzhing Lhakhang. All the monasteries are ancient and with their unique history and beauty.

After lunch visit the Jakar Dzong/fortress of the White Bird and the Swiss factory/farmhouse where you can taste and or buy local beer, honey wine, Swiss cheese, clover honey, apple cider, apple brandy and other products.

In the evening stroll through the town and have dinner at a local restaurant serving the unique Bumthang cuisine as compared to other parts of the country.

Day 7

BUMTHANG - TRONGSA – PUNAKHA 

Meripuensum Resort or Similar,
Dedicated SUV vehicle

 

All Meals Inclusive

Trongsa Fortress Bhutan1Today you drive back to Punakha via Yotongla Pass (3400m), Trongsa, Pelela Pass and descend down the warmer valleys of Wangdue and into the lush and wide Punakha valley. Since the drive is about 6 hours you can relax and rest at your hotel for the night.

Day 8 PUNAKHA VALLEY – The old capital of Bhutan to Paro (4 hours drive)

Meripuensum Resort or Similar,
Dedicated SUV vehicle

 

All Meals Inclusive


Punakha valley was the old capital city of Bhutan and the Punakha Dzong meaning the fortress of Great Bliss was built by 1673 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (the first spiritual & political leader of Bhutan) to commemorate the final victory against numerous Tibetan invasions. Located on a piece of land between two rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (literally meaning male and female rivers), the Dzong is massive, huge and magnificent in all its architectural grandeur. Although ravaged by flood, fire and earthquake many times, the Dzong was always rebuilt with its original pattern and design. Wangdue Valley Bhutan1The Dzong has hosted significant events such as the crowning of the first king of Bhutan, The Royal Wedding ceremony of the Fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema on 13th October 2011 was conducted in Punakha Dzong and important religious ceremonies are still held in the Dzong.

Walk for about an hour to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten stupa. It is a beautiful walk through the pine trees, the stupa is stunning and so is the view from there. Enroute you will also be walking through a suspension bridge over the Puna Tsang Chhu – Punakha River.

After visiting the Punakha Dzong/Fortress of Great Bliss, drive to the Nunnery and enjoy the spectacular views of Punakha and Wangdue valleys. 

Day 9 TAKTSANG MONASTERY/TIGER’S NEST –The high light of your holiday to Bhutan

Bhutan Mandala Resort or Similar,
Dedicated SUV vehicle

 

All Meals Inclusive

Paro Tigers Nest Bhutan1Have a sumptuous breakfast for your hike to Taktsang Monastery / Tiger’s Nest which is about 3 hours uphill and 2 hours down. Riding ponies are also available if you think the hike is a bit daunting. Located around 900 meters above the Paro valley on a precarious almost vertical mountain cliff, Taktsang Monastery is truly a wonderful and spectacular sight in terms of its location, setting and history. In the 8th Century this was one of the major sites where Guru Padmasambhava – the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan meditated with his consort Khandro Yeshey Tshogyal. It is believed that Guru flew on a female tigress in pursuit of a demon which he subdued at the current site of the Monastery. It is one of the holiest site in the Buddhist arena and the most important cultural icon in Bhutan.

You can have your lunch, tea/snacks at the cafeteria midway.

Before you drive back to your hotel visit the Kyichu Lhakhang/temple, one of the oldest temples built in the 7th Century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gyembo.

If you wish you can go for a stroll through the valley or rest in hotel.

Day 10 Departure
Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast you will drive for about 2 hours from Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati International Airport where your guide and driver will bid you farewell. We hope you enjoyed your holiday and hope to see you in Bhutan again.

Trip Summary


Tour of the Dragon

Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights

Start : Paro


Places to Visit:

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Wangdue and Bumthang


Finish : Paro

Starting Price USD 2,250

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Please Note:

  1. Travel Difficulty: The average elevation in Bhutan is 8000 ft above Sea level and this tour is moderately challenging.
  2. Includes major sight seeings and all possible nature hikes
  3. The package includes stay in 3 star hotels in Bhutan as approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan. Our Best Choice is Bhutan Suites and Thimphu Tower in Thimphu, Bhutan Mandala Resort in Paro, Wangdue Ecolodge in Wangduephodrang and Hotel Dewachen in Phobjikha. We have the flexibility of incoproating  your choice of hotels as well.
  4. For a quality and meaningful tour, the group will be limitted to 16 only
  5. Except for your personal shopping, tips and gratutity there are no additional or hidden cost
  6. Tipping is at your own discretion. 

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