(6 Days - Few days of Bhutan Luxury tour Package)
Bhutan is beautiful and western Bhutan is certainly no exception. You have a number of Bhutan packages to choose from and to consider. The Western Bhutan travel package from A1 Bhutan Travel Services Bhutan is designed for anyone who happens to be a true traveler at heart and we believe it includes you too. Here is a quick overview of the western Bhutan package and information on the various fun-filled activities it encompasses.
Arrival at Paro (2200 m above sea level)
Your Bhutan travel experience commences the moment you enter the air space around the Himalayan mountain range near Bhutan. You will be instantly struck by the beauty and splendor of the 360 degree view around you as you watch from your Druk Airline airplane window. Moments before you land, the beautiful Paro valley will gently glide into your line of sight. Be sure to look for it and take in the once-in-a-lifetime views.
As soon as you land at the Paro International Airport, you will be cordially received by an English-speaking tour guide from A1 Bhutan Travel Services Bhutan, who will be your personal host throughout your stay in Bhutan. After the customs and immigration formalities, you will be driven the short distance to Thimphu where we will check into the Terma Linca Resort. Surrounded by the lush paddy fields all around Terma Linca with its unique location architecture and elegance transports you to a magical world. Each of the resorts 30 rooms with their wall to wall windows are luxuriously appointed and tastefully designed
Thimphu Sight-seeing (2200 m)
After completing the check-in formalities we shallvisit the King’s Memorial. Thimphu is about 30 minutes away from Paro and the drive is indeed scenic. The King’s Memorial was built in memory of the third king of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972.
After paying your tribute to the king, you will be escorted to see the Changankha monastery, the Radio Tower which is one of Bhutan’s tallest functional structures and the Zoological Garden, where you can easily spot the national animal of Bhutan— the takin. After an enjoyable session at the zoo, you will visit the Nunnery Temple, the National Library of Bhutan which houses some of the world’s most rare and ancient religious manuscripts and the Bhutan School of Arts & Crafts which is also called the Painting School. For art lovers, the visit to the Painting School is a treat and you are welcome to meet with the students and faculty since you share a common canvas. Let us know in advance and we will formally schedule a guided tour for you.
After lunch, your tour guide will take you and the other members of your group to the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. Medicinal herbs, which grow in the region, & minerals that are found in the kingdom, are scientifically processed and administered to patients by qualified traditional pharmacists and doctors who have been trained in the science of natural and alternate medicine. This unique healing method is popular among Bhutanese people as well as foreigners. Your tour guide will gladly schedule a consultation for you if you wish. Bhutan also has several modern state-of-the-art allopathic hospitals many of which provide world-class services.
You will next visit the Trashicho Dzong also known as the Fortress of the Glorious Religion. Initially built in 1641 AD and later remodeled by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965, the Dzong is the home of the main secretariat of the Government. The throne of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan, is situated here. The National Assembly Hall is in a modern structure on the other side of the river. During summer, the main monk group led by His Holiness, the Je Khenpo, reside in the Dzong.
The Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory is your next stop. Come and see how Bhutan protects its environment through long-term sustainability. Paper products are manufactured from mulberry plant bark called “daphne” in the local language. This factory manufactures a special watermark paper as well as products such as lampshades, envelopes and other objects made of traditional Bhutanese paper. They make great gifts to take home with you and are genuinely unique. It is not just the texture of these handmade paper products that will intrigue you, but also their unique earth tones and natural hews.
You are all set to depart after breakfast, bright eyed and bushy tailed. The Bhutan Textile and Folk Heritage museums are your first two stops. Learn first-hand about Bhutan’s rich cultural traditions, its deeply rooted heritage which spans thousands of years and the Bhutanese way of life. You will also visit the Handicrafts Emporium where you can purchase exquisite hand-woven fabric in a million colors and decorations for your living room. Are you a stamp collector by any chance? We won’t call you a philatelist because that sounds way too esoteric. Surprising as it may sound, Bhutan has a rather rich tradition of postage stamps which dates back several hundred years. You can purchase rare postage stamps in any one of several shops in this area around the two museums. Bhutan also happens to be a picture postcard collector’s paradise. If you need to change money, the Bhutan National Bank is next door.
The >Simtokha Dzong is your next stop. Simtokha Dzong is the oldest and the most secure fortress in Bhutan. It offers you an amazing backdrop to take pictures. Enjoy a full-course dinner and some little “me” time in the evening. Feel free to go out on your own since Bhutan is a very safe country for everyone including tourists. If you wish to relax in the hotel do take the opportunity to enjoy the hotels excellent spa facilities. We highly recommend a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath.
Thimphu - >Punakha (1300m)
Your Bhutan tour continues as you leave for Punakha after breakfast. You will go through the Dochula Pass which is an experience in itself. Situated high among the mountains, the pass is the primary conduit that connects the two points. Your first destinations of the day, the 108 Bhutanese Stupas, are revered by the people of the land as an emblem of religious sanctity. Notice their architectural beauty and the manner in which they have weathered the four seasons over the years. If the weather decides to cooperate, you can admire the glory of the snow-capped Himalayan Ranges from this vantage point.
After the stupas, you will drive to Punakha to visit the Punakha Dzong. It is situated near two rivers—- the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River.) Asia has a rich tradition of river personification. Punakha Dzong is one of the largest Dzongs in Bhutan. Take the suspension bridge to arrive at the Dzong. Punakha Dzong was initially called Druk Pungthang or Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness), for many years until the second king of Bhutan assumed power. Punakha Dzong happened to be the seat of the Government for a long time. The booty seized during the various wars with Tibet are preserved at Punakha Dzong. Punakha continues to remain the winter residence of Je-Khenpo, the country’s spiritual leader. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the National Assembly here in 1952. We shall then check into Meri Peuensum Resort which is located approximately 5 kilometers away from the town of Punakha. The resort is situated atop a hill offering magnificent views of the Punakha Valley. The rests has spacious well furnished rooms with all modern in room amenities. The hotel has a beautiful garden which is full of flowering plants which look spectacular in spring.
We will next take your tour group and you on a short evening hike to Chimi Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most famous monasteries. It was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century AD. It is dedicated to Drukpa Kinley who is also known as the Divine Madman. The spiritual leader inherited the accolade since he revolted against the principles of orthodox Buddhism.
The monastery is also revered as a sanctum of fertility. Couples looking to have a baby from across Bhutan and occasionally from other parts of the world visit the temple to seek blessings. Legend has it that once the religious ceremonies are performed, the couples are blessed with a child.
You will return to your hotel in the evening well in time for a quick session of R&R plus a little dose of leisure. Dinner will also await you at the hotel. Your fun-filled days of Bhutan travel aren’t over yet and your Bhutan tour is all set to resume in the morning.
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