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This Visit gives you some of the best highlights of Bhutan.

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Ta Dzong
Rinpung Dzong
Simtokha Dzong
Punakha Dzong
Trashichhoedzong
     
 

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Day 1: Arrive at Paro. Our Services begin here. You will be greeted at the airport by our travel facilitator or your Tour Director. You will then be ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle and driven to your hotel, where you will be assisted with your check in. The next day’s plans are briefly reviewed and the travel facilitator or Tour Director hands over travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers to you. 



Day 2: Paro. Start the exploration of Bhutan with a city tour of Paro, which contains a wealth of attractions. Visit Ta Dzong (fortress), once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during the inter-valley wars of the 17th century. Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum in 1968. From here, walk-down a hillside trail to visit ‘Rinpung Dzong’ (fortress that sits on a heap of jewels). It has a long and fascinating history and is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture. The wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard of the dzong have fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. 
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – Drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of the sacred Mount Chomolhari (mountain of the goddess) can be seen in all glory from the approach road to the dzong. Also, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan King, Songtse Gampo. 



Day 3: Paro – Punakha. Check out of your hotel after breakfast and drive to Punakha. Stop at Simtokha Dzong for a tour. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.
Arrive at Punakha and check in to your hotel.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – Visit Punakha’s claim to fame the ‘Punakha Dzong’ which was known in ancient times as the ‘Pungthang Dechhen Phrodang’ (the palace of great happiness). It dates back to 1637. It is the second dzong to be built in Bhutan and resembles a gigantic ship and is located at the confluence of the rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. The dzong was the coronation site of Ugyen Wangchuck, the first king of Bhutan in 1907. It was also here the historic treaty was signed with the British 1910, wherein they agreed not to interfere in the internal affairs of Bhutan. Although, four catastrophic fires and an earthquake in recent past destroyed many historic documents, Punakha Dzong still houses many sacred and historic artefacts and also the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. 



Day 4: Punakha – Wangdi Phodrang– Thimphu. Check out of your hotel after breakfast and drive to Thimphu, en-route visit Wangdi Phodrang, the last town on the highway before entering Central Bhutan. Situated on a ridge overlooking a river junction is the formidable Wangdi Phodrang Dzong, the town’s most visible feature. In the 17th century, Wangdi played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern regions of the country. Also visit the local market to see day to day life.
There is a break for lunch.
Continue your journey after lunch to Thimphu. Arrive at Thimphu and check in to your hotel. 



Day 5: Thimphu. Start the day with the Visit to the ‘Trashichoedzong’ (fortress of the glorious religion). This is the centre of the Bhutanese government. It houses the monarch’s throne room and the seat of Je Khenpo or the Chief Abbot. The spectacular dzong was built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It was reconstructed in the 1960s, in traditional Bhutanese style by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the father of modern Bhutan. It was made the seat of the government of Bhutan in 1969.
There is a break for lunch.
Afternoon – Visit the King's Memorial Chorten (Buddhist funeral monument) which is continuously circled by people, murmuring mantras and spinning prayer wheels.
Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the father of modern Bhutan. His plan was to dedicate this monument to world peace and prosperity. It was completed in 1974 after his untimely death. Today, it serves both as a memorial to the late King and as a monument of peace. Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through examples of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangka (religious banner) paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery and interesting items made from local materials. Also visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions. 



Day 6: Thimphu – Phuentsholing. Check out of your hotel after breakfast and drive to Phuentsholing. During the drive, view numerous pleasant scenic spots. Later visit, Kharbandi Gompa. This beautiful monastery is situated in a garden of tropical plants and flowers and was built by the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron in 1967. There is a splendid view of Phuentsholing town and the Indian plains from the monastery garden.
Arrive at Phuentsholing and check in to your hotel. 



Day 7: Depart Phuentsholing. Check out of your hotel and proceed to your next destination.
Our services end at Phuentsholing.




 
Inclusions:
* Daily Breakfast at all the hotels
* All other meals as specified
* Hotel check-in is at 2 pm & check-out is at noon for almost all the hotels
* All transfers and sightseeing by your personal Luxury vehicle
* Services of the best English speaking local guides at all destinations as per the itinerary.
* Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
* Govt. royalty & taxes
* Tourism Development fee
* Bhutan visa fee
* Bottled water during sightseeing/excursions and long drives.
All currently applicable taxes. 

Not included:

* International Travel
* Any expenses of a personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks etc.
* Meals other than those specified above
* Travel insurance
* Camera fees – still & video
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