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CENTRAL BHUTAN TOUR

central bhutan tour

Central Bhutan Tour, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan “known as the peaceful Dragon country” is slowly emerging from centuries of self imposed isolation, this makes Bhutan a truly unique destination to explore its hidden treasure of ancient culture, religion, architecture and its way of life as it was for centuries, so Bhutan’s past is still its present and tantric Buddhism is a way of life.

Central Bhutan Tour

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: The flight to Paro from Kathmandu.

Day 02: Paro sightseeing.

Day 03: Two hours drive to Thimphu 54 k.m.

Day 04: Thimphu-Tongsa.

Day 05: Tongsa to Bumthang 68 k.m. 3 hours drive.

Day 06: At Bumthang with a drive to Tongsa.

Day 07: Drive to Thimphu 198 k.m. via Punakha, old capital of Bhutan.

Day 08: Drive to Paro Airport for the International flight.

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Day 01: The flight to Paro from Kathmandu.

One of the most spectacular of all mountain flights, from Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other peaks within Bhutan. You will be received in a traditional way over night in Hotel Gantey Palace or similar.


Day 02: Paro sightseeing.

We will take an afternoon visit to the National Museum of Bhutan  known as Ta-Dzong, offers enormous insight into the tradition and history of the Bhutenese people and government as it has changed throughout the years.

Hike or take a horse a ride to the Taktsang Monastery (tiger’s nest) viewpoint which was built in 1684 A.D. Guru Rimpoche(Padmasambhava) has  meditated in this monastery. The 17th century Ta-Dzong. For a tourist, a hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery can be exhausting, thrilling and mystical.We will then return  back to Paro taking time to explore the charming city before returning to the hotel. Overnight in Paro.


Day 03: Drive to Thimphu

The modern capital of Bhutan.  Morning drive to Thimphu Bhutan’s capital which is about 2 hrs scenic drive with afternoon tour of places of interest at Thimphu. We will visit some of the local monastery like Buddha point, Changangkha monastery built in 12th century, Nunnery monastery, and so on. Tashichho Dzong, main secretariat building which is massive structure houses part of the government, the office of the King, and the Throne  room will be our next attraction after we finish our lunch. Evening we will wander  around the market in the capital.


Day 04: Thimphu-Trongsa.

Drive to Thongsa via  Duchula pass 3,050m with superb views of the highest peaks in Bhutan continue the 129k.m. journey to Tongsa via Pele pass 3,150m. Overnight at tourist lodge.


Day 05: Tongsa to Bumthang

A visit to the 17centuary Jakar Dzong during the time of Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal, the first king of Bhutan. We will travel to the winter palace known for its famous library, after our breakfast, it serves as the special commission for cultural affairs. We can learn more about the traditional Bhutanese monarchy in Kuenga Rabten. We will explore the Trongsa fort to learn more about the history  of the city before driving to Bhumthang.

Bhumthang, heaven of Bhutan for hiking which spans from heights of 2,600 to 4,000 meters  offering several monasteries.  We will learn more about the spiritual influence by visiting Janbay Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang, which portray many features of Buddhism in traditional atmosphere.Overnight at lodge.


Day 06: Bumthang to Trongsa.

Morning free at leisure, afternoon drive back to Tongsa.


Day 07: Drive to Thimphu

This scenic drive covers beautiful landscapes and traditional villages along the way, on arrival check into respective Hotels.


Day 08: Drive to Paro Airport for the International flight.

Morning drive to Paro for the flight back to Kathmandu. After completing our breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport depending on the flight schedule. Generally, Druk Air departs in the early morning to avoid bad weather conditions.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus (all airport transfers).
  • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities.
  • licensed English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guides.
  • All Monument /Museum sightseeing tours, entrance Fees.
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • Toyota 4 X 4 luggage vans & light trucks for group travel
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expense
  • Bhutan Visa Fees and Visa Processing assistance

What are not included ?

  • Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks, room service and all a cart meals.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare for International flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Tips to guides, restaurants, hotel lobby. (Tipping is expected.)

Equipment & Packing List

To get maximum comfort with minimum possible weight, we would suggest you to bring only what are necessary, which will be very helpful.

 Important documents and items

  • Valid Passport / Copy of the passport
  • Visa approval for Bhutan / Airline tickets

Packing List for Cultural /City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants / dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear, Socks, Sleepers
  • Warm jackets
  • 1 sweater or light weight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

Packing List for Trek

Visit View Nepal Trek can provide a few trekking equipment’s including tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, first aid kit and many more.

Daypack

  • Duffel bag for storing gear(s)
  • Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degrees centigrade)
  • 2-liter water bottles
  • Headlamp, Camera and extra batteries
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack)
  • First aid kit.
  • Lightweight toiletries.
  • Sunscreen and lip screen,  Small towel

Suggested clothing list

  • Down parka, Gore-Tex shell and pants
  • Warm fleece jacket, Comfy trekking boots
  • Lightweight shoes, 4 pair of trekking socks
  • 2 long sleeve capilene shirts, 2 capilene bottoms (mid and heavy weight)
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best), Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better)
  • 1 pair of shorts, 1 bandana, 1 pair of winter gloves
  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves, Flip flops, Warm hat, Sun hat
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses

Miscellaneous Items

  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (Used for face and hands)
  • 10 or so energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!)
  • Prescription medications, over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold.