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Trip Facts Program Code: PTT-BHUTAN Duration: 9 days Program Type: Leisure Maximum Altitude: 2350m Minimum Pax: 2 Mode of Travel: Drive Start Trip: Kathmandu/Bangkok/Delhi End Trip: Kathmandu/Bangkok/Delhi Program Grading: Easy - Tour Driving Hour: 0 hours Driving Distance: 0 KM Trek Distance: 0 KM Flying Hour: 0 hours

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Bhutan, located in the eastern Himalayas, borders China to the north and India to the south, east and west. The altitude varies from 300m (1000ft) in the narrow lowland region to 7000m (22,000ft) in the Himalayan plateau in the north. The foothills are tropical and home to deer, lion, leopards and the rare golden monkey. The Inner Himalaya region is temperate; wildlife includes bear, boar and sambar and the area is rich in deciduous forests. Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, lies at a height of over 2400m (8000ft) in a fertile valley. It resembles a large, widely dispersed village rather than a capital. The yearly religious Thimphu Festival is held in the courtyard directly in front of the National Assembly Hall. A visit to the Paro Valley and the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery clinging to the face of a 900m (2952ft) precipice is highly recommended. Restaurants are scarce and most tourists eat vegetarian food served buffet-style in their hotels. Cheese is a popular ingredient, the most popular being dartsi (cow’s milk cheese). Rice is ubiquitous and is sometimes flavored with saffron. The most popular drink is souza (Bhutanese tea).

Bhutan, located in the eastern Himalayas, borders China to the north and India to the south, east and west. The altitude varies from 300m (1000ft) in the narrow lowland region to 7000m (22,000ft) in the Himalayan plateau in the north. The foothills are tropical and home to deer, lion, leopards and the rare golden monkey. The Inner Himalaya region is temperate; wildlife includes bear, boar and sambar and the area is rich in deciduous forests. Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, lies at a height of over 2400m (8000ft) in a fertile valley. It resembles a large, widely dispersed village rather than a capital. The yearly religious Thimphu Festival is held in the courtyard directly in front of the National Assembly Hall. A visit to the Paro Valley and the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery clinging to the face of a 900m (2952ft) precipice is highly recommended. Restaurants are scarce and most tourists eat vegetarian food served buffet-style in their hotels. Cheese is a popular ingredient, the most popular being dartsi (cow’s milk cheese). Rice is ubiquitous and is sometimes flavored with saffron. The most popular drink is souza (Bhutanese tea).

Paro Valley
One of the best agricultural regions of the country, Paro is also one of the most affluent. Fields cover most of the valley floor, while hamlets and isolated farms dot the countryside. The houses of Paro valley are considered to be among the most beautiful in the country. Paro is also the site of one of Bhutan's most impressive buildings – Paro Dzong. The famous monastery of Traktang and the ruins of Drukyul Dzong are nearby.
Thimphu
Thimphu lies in a wooded valley, sprawling up a hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu Chhu [Chhu means River]. Thimphu is unlike any other world capital. Small and secluded the city is quiet and there are never the traffic jams familiar in other Asian Capitals. It is often said that Thimphu is the only world capital without traffic lights. Thimphu's main shopping street is a delight not so much for what you can buy there, but for the picturesqueness of the architecture and national costume. Beautiful weaves in wool, silk and cotton, basketwork, silver jewellery, thangkas and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available in various Handicraft Emporiums.


Short Itinerary

CENTRAL BHUTAN CULTURAL TOUR
Day 01:  Arrive Paro (By Druk Air)
The flight into Paro on national carrier, Druk Air,. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. and then drive you through the beautiful valley of Paro to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02: Paro - Thimphu
Today in the morning we spent exploring the Paro. The first stop is Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. A short distance further is one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan). If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action. We then drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). After lunch we depart for the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 03: Thimphu
The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten built in memory of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thanks (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices, and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese Paper Factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). The Tashichho Dzong is open to visitors only in winter when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body move to Punakha the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. We finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium, which has all types of Bhutanese handicrafts for sale. Overnight at the Hotel .

Day 04 : Thimphu - Trongsa
The drive to Trongsa takes approximately 8 hours. We start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha. We take a stroll through the small town and view the Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. The dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thimphu. After lunch at Hotel Zangtopelri in Punakha we continue
towards central valleys of Bhutan. We make a short stop to view the Wangdi Dzong dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pelela Pass (3,300 m) with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East Bhutan. We stop near the pass for the packed lunch. If the weather is clear the Himalayan ranges can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomolhari (7,314 m) to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon. Overnight at Trongsa Lodge.

Day 05 : Trongsa - Bumthang
After breakfast we go out to view the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. In olden days the dzong commanded the passage between East and West Bhutan. We visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, above the main dzong, which has an interesting display of Mongol armour, and then explore the quaint town of Trongsa. We then drive to Bumthang valley (described as “ one of the most beautiful spot in the Himalayas” across the Yotongla pass (3,400 m). Overnight at Bumthang Lodge.

Day 06 : Bumthang
After breakfast we drive through the picturesque valley of Bumthang to visit the sacred sights, shrines and monuments.  We also view the Jakar Dzong (Castle of the White Bird) and observe the famous Bumthang Yatha (woollen cloth) being woven. In the afternoon we visit the woodcraft centre followed by a stroll through the interesting town of Bumthang.

Day 07 : Bumthang - Wangdue
The drive takes about 7-8 hours via Trongsa. Pack lunch will be served at convenient spot. You will halt and overnight at Y.T. hotel. This hotel is run by a family members and one can have a homely feeling.

Day 08 : Wangdue - Thimphu - Paro 
After breakfast we return over the Dochula Pass to Thimphu. Lunch at the hotel in Thimphu. After shopping for souvenirs we depart for Paro. Overnight at Hotel Druk.

Day 09 : Paro - Airport
In the morning our escort will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell at Paro airport.  Good-bye and happy journey back home.

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