Bhutan – The last Shangri La !!
Take a break with us to the land of Thunder Dragon – “Bhutan” on an escorted, small women only group.Bhutan is anything but ordinary. It’s mystical mountains, monasteries, Buddhist art is simply magical. You will fall in love with this Himalayan Kingdom as soon as your flight roams around the airstrip for landing. The people of Bhutan or I say “Drukpa” you will find always smiling and happy to help. No wonder in this country, there is no GDP but Gross National Happiness philosophy is being followed. Also not to miss, perhaps the spiciest and tastiest meals you will relish during your journey. In case you are being served chilies as the main dish, don’t get surprised, you are in Bhutan.
Your great Himalayan adventure will begin with a visit to the capital – Thimphu, which is the perfect place to explore Bhutanese culture. Later on your journey, you will explore the erstwhile capital of Bhutan – Punakha and perhaps the most scenic place in your journey. The last leg of your trip will take you to the stunning town of Paro where a lot of amazing experiences awaits you like archery competition, interaction with locals and a whole lot of fun. The magic of this beautiful place will be etched in your mind for the rest of your life.
Arrival In Thimphu
Tashi Delek, Welcome to Bhutan, The Land of the Thunder Dragon. We will meet you upon arrival at Paro airport and whisk you away to Thimpu which is approximately an hour and a half away from Paro. Thimpu, the capital town of Bhutan is one of the smallest capitals in the world. Being a combination of ancient tradition and modernity, Thimpu is the ideal location for us to immerse ourselves in the contemporary Bhutanese lifestyle. On our way to Thimpu we will visit Tachog Lhakhang Bridge, an iron bridge located across the Pa Chu River. If the temple is open we will visit it for some beautiful pictures. Once we arrive in the city of Thimpu, we will check into our hotel and enjoy lunch. We will relax at the hotel in the evening to acclimatize to the change in the altitude. You can also head out to Mojo Park, one of the most popular live music bars in Thimpu (on your own). Overnight stay at Thimpu. Meals:Lunch, Dinner
Today we head out to explore the capital city of Thimpu with our local guide. We first head to the Great Buddha Dordenma or the Buddha view point as its popularly known. It is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan and houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of
which, like the Great Buddha Dordenma itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold. Then onwards to the Memorial Stupa also known as the Thimphu Chorten,a large Tibetanstyle chorten which is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many Bhutanese it is the focus of their daily worship.
We will then proceed to visit the Textile Musuem, Painting School, Craft Bazaar, Handicraft Emporium and the National Library ending our visit of the city at Tashichoe Dzong which houses the secretariat, the throne room and offices of the king and the ministries of home affairs and finance.
There will be some free time for lunch (at your own expense) before we join a Buddhist monk for a meditation session. A chance to reflect upon your own being in the peace and the silence.
We will then return to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight stay at Thimpu. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Thimpu – Punakha
Today we head towards Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. Located at a height of 4265 feet, Punakha valley, one of Bhutan's most scenic destinations, is the perfect place to awaken the nature lover in you. Enroute we will stop at the DochulaPass, a mountain pass created in the honor of 108 Bhutanese soldiers who died in a 2003 military operation. It has a concentration of 108 memorial stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens and offers stunning views of the higher Himalayas.
We will check into our hotel and have lunch (at our own expense). In the late afternoon we will visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple built by a Tibetan saint Drukpa Kunley known as the Divine Madman.The monastery is renowned throughout Bhutan as a fertility inducing magnet, pledging that all who wish to conceive will find guidance at the temple. He actively encouraged phallus symbols to be used throughout the design of the temple in paintings and carvings. To this day, the monastery safeguards the original wooden phallus symbol, embedded with a silver handle, from Tibet, that is used to bless visitors and pilgrims.
On our way back to the hotel we will make a short stop at the Punakha Dzong, which is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country. The dzong is unusual in that it has three docheys (courtyards) instead of the usual two.
Overnight stay in Punakha. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Punakha – Paro
Today we will head towards the city of Paro. We will check into our hotel and will enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants (at our own expense).
Then get ready to mount your bows and learn archery, the national sport of Bhutan. Challenge your new friends to a competition. We will also learn how to wear the traditional Bhutanese national dress. Later in the evening we visit a local family and interact with them to understand their lifestyle. We will also watch a weaving demonstration on how the local
people create beautiful hand woven artefacts. Then we will experience a lovely home cooked meal.
Overnight stay in Paro. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Adventure calls out today as we head early morning to Taktsang Monastery, also popularly known as the “Tigers Nest”. Situated at 3000 feet above the valley floor, it is the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence
the name "Tiger's Nest". This trek is not for the weak hearted and takes approximately 6-7 hours to complete.
Upon returning to the base we will head to Kyichu Lhakang monastery, the oldest monastery in Bhutan for a short visit before heading back to the hotel. We will enjoy a local cultural dance performance to bring our spiritual journey of this land to an end followed by dinner at the hotel.
Overnight stay in Paro. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Bid goodbye to your new friends and the beautiful land of Bhutan as we head back to the airport for our flight back home.
Return Airfare Delhi / Paro / Delhi
Hotel Accommodation at City Hotel or similar in Thimphu (2 nights), Zhingkham Resort or similar in Punakha (1 night), Tashi Namgay Resort or similar in Paro (2 nights).
Breakfast on all days starting Day 2 and ending on Day 6.
Lunch on Day 01.
Dinner on all days starting on Day 1 and ending on Day 5.
Hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery.
All entrance fees, service charges, current taxes and monastery fees.
Visit a local family home.
Local cultural dance performance.
All sightseeing & transfers as per the itinerary in private non air conditioned modern vehicle with local English speaking guide.
Big Breaks buddy to accompany you through the trip.
A meditation session with a Buddhist monk.
Travel or medical insurance.
Meals and beverages not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
Tips, Gratuities and Porterage at the hotels or otherwise.
Any personal expenses like phone calls, laundry etc.
Any other item not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
Any optional excursions.
Rates are valid for the specific travel dates mentioned above only.
Rates are valid for a minimum of 10 people. In case the number is less than 10 we will advise 1 month before departure if the group would operate or not.
Transfers on arrival and departure will be provided as per the group arrival and departure timings suggested by us. In case the time of arrival and departure is different
we can assist with booking a separate transfer at an additional cost.
Air tickets once issued will be non refundable/non changeable. In case of package cancellation airfare is subject to be paid.
Date & Price
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Adult on Twin/Double Sharing basis
04 Oct 2019 - 04 Oct 2019
City Hotel | Thimphu
Centrally located in the heart of Thimphu Town, City Hotel is one of few hotels in the country to have a shopping arcade connected to the property. The hotel is designed with a perfect blend of traditional Bhutanese influence with contemporary amenities to provide the best comfort and service to guests.
Zhingkham Resort | Punakha
This hotel is located approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Punakha. Overlooking the Punakha Dzong and valleys beyond the views are breathtaking.
Tashinamgay Resort | Paro
Note : Hotels are subject to change due to availability reasons, and may be substituted with others of similar category and star rating.
Terms & Conditions
Price mentioned is on per person basis for two persons sharing same room.
Bookings are subject to availability of rooms with the hotels.
In case of unavailability in the listed hotels, alternate accommodation will be made in a hotel of similar standard.
Rates are valid for Indian Nationals only.
It is mandatory for all guests to carry Valid Passport/Voter ID Card IN ORIGINAL. No other photo ID’s are accepted in Bhutan.
For minor - School / College identity card along with original Birth Certificate.