About Trip

The kingdom of Bhutan is has a rich and glorious history. Through the dynasties that have ruled the country, it has always retained the essence of Buddhist cultures and traditions. From the beautiful Memorial Chorten to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, the country has remarkable historical monuments which signify the art and architecture of the past age with grace. Bhutan Historical Tour is for those who love to know the history of Buddhism and country itself.

Experience life in the capital city, Thimpu where the people are renowned for their hospitality. The glorious fort of Tashichho Dzong is located in this city. As you visit this fort which also serves as a monastery, you will notice the beautiful architecture and the paintings around the walls which depict a story from history. The Memorial Chorten is also a remarkable landmark which was built in the memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

As you move through your tour, you will also come across the National Library which consists of precious ancient books and writings. You will also witness the collection of Thangkha paintings this library has amassed over the years. A Thangka is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist painting which is famous for its vibrant colors and intense detailing.

As you travel through cities like Punakha and Paro, you will also witness the grandeur of numerous high mountains this kingdom of hills has to offer. From mountains such as Tsendagang to Zongphugang, you will see marvelous views of such high mountains. Punakha Dzong, a majestic structure, is one of the most important historical structure, known to be amongst the oldest and largest Dzong to be built in the country.

Index Adventure has brought forth this trip to give to the enriching experience of the history of Bhutan equipped with well-informed guides. Bhutan Historical Tour has been planned to obtain maximum efficiency in travel and costs. Index Adventure hopes that this will be a worthwhile experience and also take pleasure in hoping that you will join us in further endeavors as well.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly Paro and Drive to Thimpu
  • Day 02: Thimphu
  • Day 03: Thimpu/ Punakha (75 Km, 3 Hours)/ Wangdue
  • Day 04: Punakha - Paro (125 Km, 4 Hours)
  • Day 05: Paro
  • Day 06: Depart Paro

Cost Includes:

  • Private transportation  
  • Necessary Bhutan travel permits 
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide and Driver
  • Accommodation on Twin sharing/ Single room basis.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Meal plan: Full Board Basis
  • Bhutan Government Royalty fee ($ 65 per person / per day)
  • Bhutan Visa fee
  • Flight fare  Kathmandu- Paro- Kathmandu.

 

Cost Excludes:

  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.

 

Important Note

Checklist for Bhutan Tour

  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or incase of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in wallet
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit and Debit Cards are accepted in Bhutan. However travelers’ cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  • Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULLAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will work in Bhutan.)

WHAT TO BRING DURING THE TOUR IN BHUTAN

  • Warm Jackets with water proof or rain coats
  • Hiking shorts (for men) or skirt
  • Winter clothes
  • Hiking/trekking boots
  • Socks for hiking boots Sunscreen for lips and face
  • Sunglasses
  • Sneakers
  • Long and short T- shirts or cotton shirts
  • Sun Hats
  • Walking Sticks
  • Back pack or Suitcase

DRESS CODE FOR VISITING FORTRESSES, MONASTERIES AND TEMPLES IN BHUTAN

  • Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
  • Full pants/long skirts
  • Any type of shoes with socks
  • No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt and No half-pants
  • Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

 

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Fly Paro and Drive to ThimpuYou will take a flight towards the town of Paro that lives in a valley. From Paro, you will take an agreeable drive towards the capital city, Thimpu. You will visit important historical sites around Thimpu, including the fort, Tashichho Dzong, and Memorial Chorten. Tashichho Dzong fills in as the workplace of the King, ministers and different government associations. It is likewise the scene for Thimpu Festival. Memorial Chorten, white and tall historic landmark of Thimpu built in 1974 in the memory of third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is famously viewed as Father of Modern Bhutan. This four-story tall white building contains statues and iconography of deities from complex tantric teachings and serves as an important place of worship for Thimpu residents. You will also explore the farmer's markets in the city. O/N at Hotel. (D/A)
  • Day 02Thimphu You will explore the city of Thimpu in depth. You will visit the famous Trashichhoedzong, which serves as both a fortress and monastery. Likewise, you will be able to experience the rich history of Bhutan by going to the National Library known for antiquated Buddhist writings and manuscripts and afterward to Arts and Crafts School, understood for customary Thangkha artworks. After having a lunch, you will visit Handicrafts Emporium and Memorial Chorten. Handicrafts Emporium has a wide display of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. O/N at Hotel. (B/L/D/A)
  • Day 03Thimpu/ Punakha (75 Km, 3 Hours)/ WangdueFrom Thimpu, you will take a drive towards the city of Punakha. In midst of the journey, you will stop at Dochula Pass (3,080m) from where almost six high mountains, including Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), provides a breathtaking view. You will visit Punakha Dzong from which the city gets its name from, constructed strategically at the intersection of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu streams in 1637. From Punakha, you will take a comfortable drive towards Wangdue. The day will be spent after visiting Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market O/N at Hotel. (B/L/D/A)
  • Day 04Punakha - Paro (125 Km, 4 Hours)From Punakha, you will drive towards Paro. In midst of the journey, you will visit Simtokha Dzong, a fortress known to be one of the oldest standing building in the entire country. In Paro, you will visit the national museum which holds some of the most revered relics of Bhutan’s history. Other places of interest such as Rinpung Dzong will also be visited. O/N at Hotel. (B/L/D/A)
  • Day 05ParoYou will spend the day exploring the valley town of Paro and its surrounding areas. The ruins of Drukgyel Dzong is an important historical landmark which marks the battles against Tibetan armies. Then to the unique Taktsang Monastery offers an exotic view as you hike up towards it. Taktsang Monastery, the most popular among Bhutanese religious communities. It is said that Guru Rinpoche touched base here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery subsequently it is called "Tiger's Nest". The journey takes around 5 hours for round outing. O/N at Hotel. (B/L/D/A)
  • Day 06Depart ParoAfter breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination. (B)

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