Blacked Necked Cranes festival-7 Days

Duration: 7 days/6 nights

Locations: Paro, Thimphu, punakha & phobjikha valley

Highlight: Visits to the important cultural and historic sites. Visit to some of the sacred temples in Bhutan. You will be going to some of the must beautiful valleys of Bhutan like-paro, Phobjikha, punakha valley,Central Bhutan is one of the most beautiful and sacred valleys of Bhutan. hike to tiger nest in paro valley.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW
  • DAY 01 : ARRIVE PARO, – THIMPHU (KINGDOM OF BHUTAN)
  • DAY 02 :THIMPHU SIGHT SEEING
  • DAY 03 : THIMPHU – PUNAKHA & WANGDUEPHODRANG
  • DAY 04 : PUNAKHA – GANGTEY (FESTIVAL 11TH NOVEMBER )
  • DAY 05 : GANGTAEY – PARO
  • DAY 06 : HIKE TO TIGER NEST MONASTERY
  • DAY 07 : FULL DAY SIGHT SEEING IN KATHMANDU
DETAILED PROGRAM
Day 01 : Arrive Bhutan
  • Altitude: 2248 meters.

Fly into Paro by Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Airline. The great snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plane approaches Bhutan, if you look down farm houses as dots on the hillsides can be seen.

As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it. You will be received by the representative of Bhutan, who will be your Bhutan travel guide throughout your tour.

Visit the following:

  • Ta Dzong built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro Dzong. This dzong was converted into the National museum in 1967 and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and amour.
  • Rinpung Dzong built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as administration center and school for monks.
  • Drive to Thimphu. Distance: 54 km
  • Estimated driving time: 1 hr
  • Drive to Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.
  • Visit Buddha Point and offer your prayers to the largest Buddha statue in the country and walk around to enjoy the great view of Thimphu valley below.
  • National Memorial Chorten, chorten literally means ‘ seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation at the National Memorial Chorten.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu

Day 02 : Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast Thimphu sightseeing’s includes the following:

The Institute for Zorig chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.

  • Visit Changankha Lhakhang. (Changankha Lhakhang is one of the spiritual and most important temple in Thimphu.
  • Takin Preserve center which houses the national animal- takin which is found only in Bhutan. Takin is an extremely rare member of goat family.
  • Craft Bazaar where artisans and craftsmen from across the country come to sell their products.
  • Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thursday to Sunday) where farmers sell their farm produces.

After 5PM we will visit the Tashichho Dzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the centre of government and religion, site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of the Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot.

Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plan night halt in Thimphu

Day 03 : Thimphu – Punakha
  • Altitude: 1,300 meters
  • Distance: 71 km
  • Estimated driving time: 2 1/2 hrs

Dochula Pass-the 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over indian militants and to liberate the souls of the lives lost.

Dochu La Nature Hike – Hike through the deep forest of Rhododendrons, Magnolia and Juniper for more than 2 hours to the Botanical Garden at the bottom. Beautiful hike to see the flora that Dochu la has to offer. Punakha Dzong – Built in 1637, the Dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo.

It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten – Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years in its details have been drawn from religious scriptures.

Overnight in hotel/resort at Punakha

Day 04 : Punakha – Gangtey (Crane Festival)
  • Altitude:2900meters
  • Distance: 78 km
  • Estimate driving distance:2 hrs

The Valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March.

Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goempa.

This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century.In the morning, we join the local in their Crane Festival. The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March.

Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the Gangtey Goempa. This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century. Nature Hike along the valley of
Phobjikha Nature Hike along the valley of Phobjikha Black-Necked Crane Information Centre, which has informative displays about the cranes and the valley environment.

You can use the centre’s powerful spotting scopes and check what you see against its pamphlet ’Field Guide to Crane behaviour’.

If the weather’s iffy you can browse the library and handicraft shop, and watch videos at 10am and 3pm (Nu 200). This is also the centre of the valley’s fledgling ecotourism initiative and they can arrange mountain-bike hire (Nu 700 per day), a local guide (Nu 300), an overnight stay in a local farm house (Nu 500) or lectures on the local ecosystem.

Overnight in hotel/resort at Phobjikha

Day 05 : Gangtey – Paro
  • Altitude: 2,280 meters
  • Distance: 190 km
  • Estimated driving time: 4 hrs 45mins

We can go for a hiking through the beautiful Phobijkha valley and interact with the locals, visit some farm houses and stop for photography while driving back to Paro valley.

Our lunch stop will be at nobding restaurant and after relaxing we will drive to Punakha valley where we can stop for tea and toilet breaks. Another stop will be at Druk wangyel cafeteria and view point where we will stop for 30 minutes.

Overnight in hotel/reosrt at Paro

Day 06 : A Day Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery
  • Altitude: 3120meters
  • Distance:5 km
  • Estimate driving time: 10 mins

Today after breakfast, we will drive to base of Taktsang and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the view point will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a amazing view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour.

It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory.

After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to hotel.On the way, in the evening relax and overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Day 07 : Departure from Bhutan

In the morning, your tour guide from Yelha Bhutan Tours & Travels (local Bhutan travel agent) will escort you to the airport for your onward destinations.

End of Tour
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Inclusions
  • •    Deluxe rooms on twin sharing basis.
    •    Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
    •    Accommodation in the best 3-4 star Resorts/hotels in Bhutan.
    •    Brand new Bus, SUVs’ (not exceeding 4-5 years)
    •    1 complimentary Bhutan air ticket if group exceeds 17 Pax
    •    Tea, coffee and snacks during the long drive and tour.
    •    Complimentary 1 Hour cultural program and farewell dinner for 8 plus pax.
    •    All Trekking Equipments (2 men sleeping tents, Kitchen Tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents, Cooking Utensils etc.
    •    Trekking Guide and trekking cook along with supporting staffs
    •    Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
    •    Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours
    •    Museum fees and other special entry fees.
    •    A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

Exclusions
  • • Airfare
    • Laundry/Drinks / Telephone calls and any personal expenses.
    • Travel Insurance (Recommended but not available in Bhutan)
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Single room supplement USD$40 per night.
    • Tips and Gratuities

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