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Tour Overview

  • ReferenceLTD05
  • Start Date05/01/2020
  • TypeGuided Tours
  • LocationBhutan
  • Departure CityPARO
  • End CityPARO
  • Cancellation policyUp to 24 hours
  • Durations 5 days 4 nights

Tour Description

Bhutan often revered as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” or ‘DrukYul’, is still regarded as one of the last “Shangri-La’s” in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries.

This country of rolling hills and towering crags certainly exudes charm. The mountains are magnificent, the forest are dense, the people are delightful, the air is pure, the architecture inspiring, the religion exciting and the art superb. Like timeless images from the past, the traveller encounters the full glory of this ancient land through its strategic fortresses known as Dzongs, numerous ancient temples, monasteries and stupas which dot the countryside, prayer flags which flutter along the high ridges, wild animals which abound in dense forests, foamy white waterfalls which are the ethereal showers, and the warm smile of its friendly people.

The tiny kingdom of Bhutan shares with Nepal the world’s greatest concentration of mountains and living heritage of Buddhism. With its beautiful and largely unspoiled Himalayan setting, its rich flora and fauna and its vibrant Buddhist culture, Bhutan has become an increasingly popular destination for travelers. In addition to generating hard-currency revenue, tourism is also providing impetus for the development of services sector and hence balanced and holistic development of entire region. In an effort to safeguard its rich natural and cultural environment, the country has consciously adopted a controlled tourism and development policy

Tour Includes

  • Audio guide
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Special activities
  • Transport by air-conditioned

Tour Program

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DAY 01 - ARRIVE PARO TO THIMPHU (STAY AT DUSIT D2- D` LIGHT, THIMPHU)

Arrive Paro, meet assist at the airport & straight drive Thimphu, on arrival check in at Hotel. Thimphu- The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light. Afternoon an exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area. Night stay in Thimphu.

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DAY 02 – THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA (STAY AT DHENSA BOUTIQUE, PUNAKHA)

After breakfast embark on a sightseeing tour of Thimpu including visit to BBS Tower or the view point, Memorial Chorten, SAARC Building, India House, Handicraft School, Memorial Chorten, Simtokha Dzong. Buddha Point (KuenselPhodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Textile Museum: is worth a visit to get to know the living national art of weaving. Exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men. Afternoon depart by surface to Punakha. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Night stay in Punakha.

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DAY 03 – PUNAKHA TO PARO (STAY LE MERIDIEN, PARO)

After breakfast city tour visiting, Punakha Dzong The Punakha Dzong was built back in 1637 and has served as an enduring symbol of a united Bhutan since. Dzongs are distinctive forts that have served as administrative centres in Bhutanese districts for centuries. , Chimi Lhakhang, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten This is a Buddhist temple completed in 2004 was commissioned by the Queen Mother. Built to ward off all the evil spirits and promote peace and harmony in the world, the Khamsum Yulley chorten is one of the most popular Punakha tourist places, Ritsha This is a small Bhutanese village, one of the unexpected Punakha tourist spots, just moments away from Punakha city known for its unique techniques for growing rice as well its beautiful architecture., Dochula Pass, Koma Tsachu, Limbhukha Village. Afternoon depart by surface to Paro. On arrival check-in at Hotel. Night stay in Paro.

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DAY 04 – IN PARO

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (5hrs hike): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendor. Along the way, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Night stay in Paro.

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DAY 05 – DEPART FROM PARO

In time transfer to airport to board connecting flight for onward destination.

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4.5 Excellent
  • Denise Jackson says: June 11, 2020 at 9:49 am    Reply

    We had a very good experience with Exotic Luxury Holiday. I was planning this trip on my own and it was getting tedious. I found this tour agency based on good reviews on the internet and decided to take a chance. I was not disappointed. He took all the stress out of booking and handling stuff at the local level. They are flexible and gracious enough to incorporate changes we suggested in the itinerary. Overall good experience and had a carefree trip.

  • Aimee Leon says: June 11, 2020 at 9:51 am    Reply

    Two months before the tour, I was looking for a good travel agency to spend our vacation in Bhutan. Finally, I stumbled on to Exotic Luxury Holiday and I read some of the reviews that they were very good, could be relied on, etc and that is what finally convinced me. We got a great driver and guide with good knowledge not only of Bhutan culture and monuments but also streets, best practices and offered good advice. They always asked customers first and offered options without taking any decision or trying pushing to specific places. I am really satisfied with the service. Thank you.

  • Randy says: June 11, 2020 at 9:52 am    Reply

    We had an amazing time with this Luxury Tour. His services was outstanding and he made us try local food since we wanted to have the full experience. The company it is open to any changes you want to make along the trip since it is personalize.

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