Land of Hidden Treasure Tour

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Land of Hidden Treasure Tour
Land of Hidden Treasure Tour
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Destination: Bhutan

Trip Duration: 10 Days

Grade: NA

Min Pax:3 pax.

Accommondation: 3 Star (or greater) Hotel

Transport:Private Vehicle

Start From: Paro

End: Paro

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Best Season: Mar- May and Sep- Nov.

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Land of Hidden treksure tour try to explore of hidden tressure of Bhutan.Bhutan is also known to the world as the Land of hidden treasure like heaven, untouched beauty that the nature has to offer, spectacular mountain views, immense scenic beauty and a unique culture and life style. On this tour you will be coming across unbelievably breath-taking mountains that are perennially capped with snows, waterfall, rivers and streams, chain of mountains that separate many beautiful valleys in Bhutan. You will be witnessing different kinds of architecture structural like Buddhist monasteries, Lhakhang and the fine arts and crafts of Bhutan.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive Paro.

Day 02:Paro-Punakha/Wangdue. Distance: 125 km and estimated driving time: 3 ½ hours

Day 03:Punakha/Wangdue-Trongsa-Bumthang. Distance: 197 km, estimated travel time: 7 hrs

Day 04:Bumthang Sightseeing.

Day 05:Bumthang-Punakha/Wangdue via Phobjikha Valley.

Day 06:Punakha/Wangdue-Thimphu.

Day 07:Thimphu sightseeing and Short Hike to Tango Monastery.

Day 08:Thimphu-Paro (54 km, 1hr) and A Day Hike to TaktsangGhoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery).

Day 09:Paro-Haa Valley.

Day 10:Departure.

What's Includes

    • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
    • Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
    • All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
    • Royalty and Govt. Taxes.
    • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
    • Visa Fee.
    • English speaking Local guide.
    • Sightseeing.

What's not Includes

    • Druk Air fares.
    • Insurance Premiums
    • Payments for service provided on a personal basis
    • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head"
    • Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
    • Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Paro. Arrive Paro by Drukair or Bhutan Airlines. After immigration and customs formalities, you will be received by the representative of Yarphel Tours and Treks. Then you will be driven to your hotel in Paro. After checking into your hotel and refreshment you will visit ParoRinpungDzong (fortress), built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. From the Dzong you will walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditonal Cantilever Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan. Then you will visit one of the clusters of farm houses in Paro Valley and a visit to a farm house offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer. In the evening drive up the Paro valley to visit DrukgyelDzong (in ruins), 18 km. from Paro town on the north side of the valley.It was built in 1649 to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese over allied Tibetan-Monolian forces. The Dzong as a defence fortress is said to have housed the finest armoury in the country.Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 2Paro-Punakha/Wangdue. Distance: 125 km and estimated driving time: 3 ½ hours After breakfast, you will travel to PunakhaandWangdue which will take you through Chunzom (confluence of Pachu- the river flowing through Paro valley andWangchu –the river flowing through Thimphu valley). On the way, visit TachogLhakhang (temple) , this 14th century temple located on the base of a mountain across the Pa chu on the Paro-Thimphu highway, is a must visit temple in the Paro valley. Built by the great master architect ThangtongGyalpo, the temple houses some unique statues. To get to the temple one may actually walk over the iron chains that spans over the Pa chu. After crossing Chunzom, the drive will take you along the WangchuuptoSimtokha where road diversion leads you to Punakha/Wangdue through Dochula Pass (3,088m). In the clear spring sky, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. At Dochula Pass you will see the beautiful 108 chortens (stupa) built on the hill by AshiDorjiWangmoWangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. You will also visit DrukWangyalLhakhang (temple) .The temple was built to honor His Majesty JigmeSingyeWangchuck (the 4th King of Bhutan). The past and future appear to merge in the details of the temple that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future. After refreshment at Dochula Pass Resort you will continue your journey to Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in the Bhutanese history and deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful and significant regions at the heart of Bhutanese culture. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907 and the 1st National Assembly was held here. PunakhaDzong (fortress) is historically important and stands as the symbol for a unified Bhutan. You will stop at Lobesa Village to visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-ChhimiLhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing. After lunch at Lobesa Village you will visit thePunakhaDzong, located on the island of the Pho - Chu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River). The dzong was built in 1637 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal (high Drupa Kagyu lama who unified the warring valley kingdoms under a single rule in 16th century) to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King GongsarUgyenWangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been fully restored in the recent years by the 4th King JigmeSingyeWangchuck. At the dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork. Also visit the massive Kuenray, the Coronation Hall of all Bhutanese kings, the Dzongchung at the entrance to the dzong and the cantilever bridge over the Mochu that has been recently renovated. overnight at a hotel in Punakha.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3Punakha/Wangdue-Trongsa-Bumthang. Distance: 197 km, estimated travel time: 7 hrsAfter breakfast, travel to Bumthang through Trongsa.The drive will take you through dense forests of oak and blue pine trees and through the subtropical vegetation. The journey will also take you through the village of Nobding and Pele la pass (3300m). Throughout your trip you will come across the beautiful sceneries of rural Bhutan, with scattered settlements far from the road which makes for good photographing. You will also pass through open meadows, and valley of yak herders and several other villages via ChendebjiChorten(Stupa). Lunch and refreshments will be served enroute. On arrival at Trongsa, you will visit National Museum which is housed in the Ta Dzong (watch tower).A museum in which aspects of Bhutanese culture and history are explained by beautifully objects. Documentary will be shown too which explains a great deal about Bhutanese history and history of monarchy.
After that you will continue your journey to Bumthang passing through Yotong La Pass (3400 m). Just before reaching Bumthang you will come across “Yathra” Weaving Centre at Zugney Village where you will see local weavers weaving Yathra. Yathra is the name for the colorful, hand-woven woolen cloth (often with geometric designs) that is produced in this region and wool used for this type of textile is sheep wool as the sheep is reared in this Bumthang Valley. Yathra is made into jackets or bags, etc.
Then you will be driven further to Bumthang Valley. On arrival at Bumthang, check into your hotel in Bumthang. overnight at a hotel in Bumthang.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4Bumthang Sightseeing.After breakfast, visit the following:
• JambayLhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108 temples in Tibet and neighboring kingdoms.
• KujeyLhakhang (Kujey means, "Body imprint"). The temple to the right is the oldest and was built by MinjurTempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche meditated and left his body imprint.
• JakarDzong, "castle of the white bird". According to legend, when the lamas assembled in about 1549 to select a site for a monastery, a big white bird rose suddenly in the air and settled on a spur of a hill. This was interpreted as an important omen, and the hill was chosen as the site for a monastery and for JakarDzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of Trongsa monks.
• TamshingLhakhang: This temple is also known as TamshingLhendrupChholing (Temple of the Good Message). In the evening stroll around the beautiful landscape of the BumthangJakar valley
After lunch drive to MebarTsho(BurningLake) and visit the lake and then drive back to your hotel and in the evening you may wish to stroll around the beautiful landscaped gardens of Bumthang.
In the evening you may wish to stroll around the beautiful landscaped gardens of Bumthang.
Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5Bumthang-Punakha/Wangdue via Phobjikha Valley.Distance: 208 km, estimated travel time: 8 hrs
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Phobjikha valley. Driving through the dense forests of the Phobjikha Valley you arrive at Gantey village where you see the Gangtey Monastery and visit the monastery. Phobjikha valley is part of the beautiful JigmeSingyeWangchuck National Park (formerly known as Black Mountains National Park), one of Bhutan’s most important nature sanctuaries. Each winter it is home to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-necked cranes. The surrounding hills and mountains are home to nomadic shepherds and yak-herders. This is one of the most remote and untouched regions in Bhutan and is only just opening its doors to the outside world.
After lunch at Phobjikha valley and explore the valley and also visit the Black Necked Crane Center.
Then drive onto Punakha/Wangdue. Overnight at a hotel in Punakha/Wangdue.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6Punakha/Wangdue-Thimphu.Distance: 71 km and estimated driving time: 2 ½ hours
After breakfast you will be driven to Thimphu andafter lunch visit the following
• Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River. A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening. A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people.
• Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.
• Watch Archery match ( Bhutan’s national game)
• TashichhoeDzong, a fortress of the glorious religion. It was built in 1641 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel and was reconstructed into present structure by the late King, His majesty JigmeDorjiWangchuck in the year 1962-1969. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.
• The National Memorial Chorten (stupa) which was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of Bhutan, King JigmeDorjiWangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The term ‘chorten’ literally means ' seat of faith' and Buddhists often call such monuments the 'Mind of Buddha'. Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation, especially in the evenings, at the National Memorial Chorten.
Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7Thimphu sightseeing and Short Hike to Tango Monastery.After breakfast visit the following:
• Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory. The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes as valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held high esteem both in home and outside world. Jungshi Paper Factory was established in November 1990 as an undertaking of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The unit now boasts as a major and sole dealer in handmade paper and its products.
• National Textile Museum which is a good place to see the art of traditional weaving being kept alive and preserved through exhibition and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs.You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.
• National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where medicinal herbs are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medical practitioners trained.
• School of Traditional Painting of Arts and Crafts where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
After lunch drive for about 30 minutes to the base camp of Tango Monastery and hike up to the Monastery. The walk up to the Monastery is through the forest filled with Rhododendron flower trees which will be in full bloom during April month. Tango Monastery is the center for higher studies for monks. The view from Tango Monastery is breathtakingly beautiful. You will experience complete peace and serenity in this area. After visiting the monastery, walk back to the road and then drive back to Thimphu.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8Thimphu-Paro (54 km, 1hr) and A Day Hike to TaktsangGhoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery).After breakfast,drive to Paro which takes about 1 hr and then hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The walk up to the viewpoint will take about 1 – 1 ½ hrs depending on your fitness and from View Point you will enjoy a spectacular 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 downhill back to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further downhill to the road point. Then drive back to hotel. On the way visit Kyichutemple,one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King SongstenGampo. The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King SongtsenGampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body.
In the evening you can relax in the Traditional Bhutanese Hotstone bath.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9Paro-Haa Valley. Day Excursion to Haa Valley and return via Chelela pass The drive from Thimphu to Haa via the Pa Chhu and Wang Chhu Confluence at Chuzom is around 3 – 4 hours. Haa Valley is situated in the north-west of Bhutan bordering Tibet. Extraordinarily beautiful Haa Valley is newly opened to Tourists. With its three prominent hills representing the three guardian deities, this valley is said to have been named by Guru Padma Sambava himself—HAA means "mystical”. Stroll around the small and beautiful township of Haa. After lunch drive to the Chelela pass at 3988m en route to Paro. Weather allowing, from the pass you will have panoramic views of the two valleys of Paro and Haa and of course, the beautiful Himalayan ranges of Bhutan. You will have the most scenic view of Mt. Jumolhari. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10Departure. In the morning after breakfast your tour guide will escort you to the Paro airport for your flight to your onward destinations.
Meal: breakfast.

Usefull Info

  • Short information about Bhutan:
    The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan lies along the lofty ridges of the eastern Himalayas, location of Bhutan bordering the Tibetan Autonomous region of China in the North and North-West and the Indian states of Sikkim in the West and South-West, Assam in the south, Arunachal Pradesh in the East and South-East and West Bengal in South and South-West. The country within these borders forms a giant staircase, from a narrow strip of land in the south to some of the highest un-climbed Himalayan peaks on earth. With an area of 46,500 square kilometers, Bhutan is comparable to Switzerland both in its size and topography, being largely mountainous.It was the mighty Himalayas which protected Bhutan from the rest of the world and left the Kingdom blissfully untouched. The Drukpa  Kagyupa sect of Mahayana Buddhism provided the essence of a rich culture and fascinating history. The Bhutanese people protected this sacred heritage and unique identity for centuries by choosing to remain shrouded deeply in a jealously guarded isolation.
     
  • How To Enter Into Bhutan:
    Bhutan is a unique destination and as such it has a few unique rules. All tourists must obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan. Visas are issued on receipt of full payment of your holiday by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The money remains with the Tourism Council until your travel in-country is complete before the local tour operate is paid. Bhutan does not restrict tourist numbers any longer and operates an open door policy.
  • By Air:
    Paro International Airport (PBH) is the only entry point to Bhutan by air. It is located in the south west of the country and served only by the country’s flag carrier Druk Air.E-tickets have been in use since April 1st 2008. Drukair operates 2 planes (two airbuses) which flies to Bangkok,Delhi, Katmandu, Bodhgaya, Dhaka, Singapore, Bagdogra & Guwahati.
  • By Land:
    There are three land border crossings located along southern border to India only. Phuntsholing in the west, Gelephu in the central region and Samdrup Jongkhar in the east. No border crossings are open along the Chinese northern border. Road permits are also required; however, these are processed by your local tour operator, along with your visa.
  • Accommodation:
    Bhutan being a very small country and a developing one has very few tourist accommodations which are luxurious but there are a lot of accommodations which offer basic necessities, especially as you travel further east.
    If you are looking for a bit of luxury then we can arrange for you to stay at 5-star establishments i.e. namely Amankora (in Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Gangtey and Bumthang), Uma Paro and Hotel Taj. These establishments have been developed as a result of Foreign Investment in Bhutan. They offer a variety of privileges which are quite unique from the other establishments, therefore be prepared to pay for these privileges. Also now we have some local hotels which have improved the services and facilities such as Zhiwaling. We can also arrange for cooks to accompany you on treks and camping tours that are skilled in coming up with delicious meals.
  • Language:
    We have many other regional languages and the National Language we speak is called as “Dzongkha”, but English is very common among Bhutanese as well and is spoken fluently by most of us. Therefore it is the second official language and it is a medium through which communication takes place.
  • Food and Refreshment:
    While there are ample restaurants on highways between main towns and the hygiene standards at such places is acceptable, the quality of the food is very low and the choice of dishes limited. In addition, the dining halls offer an environment no better than a bus station waiting room. Therefore, it is generally better to prepare food and refreshment for the journey at the point of departure.
    Bhutanese dishes consist mostly of vegetables, chili, cheese, chicken, beef, pork, yak, rice with “Ema Datse” is the national dish (chili & cheese stew) Momo (cheese or pork dumplings), Hogay (cucumber, tomato, onion, and cheese salad), curries with chicken or pork, Nosha Paa (beef and chili) – these are all popular Bhutanese dishes. Due to the hot flavoring and abundant use of chilies in the cuisine it is spicy. There is little to no seafood but on request you can get buffet style meals with choice of continental, Bhutanese and Indian Cuisine. Our cooks, who accompany the treks and camping tours, are well trained and equipped and can come up with delicious feasts every day. For beverages locals enjoy Yak Butter Tea (tea leaves, water, salt, & yak butter) and Ara (spirit distilled from rice).
  • Tour Guides:
    Our tour guides have good knowledge of the history and culture of Bhutan and are very hospitable in nature. They are certified by the Tourism Authority of Bhutan. The most common mode of communication is English but we can also provide guides who can speak French and Japanese.
  • Climate:
    Although geographically quite small, Bhutan’s weather varies from north to south and valley to valley, mainly depending upon the elevation. In the North of Bhutan on the borders with Tibet it is perennially covered with snow. In the western, central and eastern Bhutan (Ha, Paro, Thimphu, Wandue, Trongsa, Bumthang, Trashi Yangtse, Lhuntse) you will mostly experience European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. Punakha is an exception as it is in a lower valley and summer is hot and winter is pleasant. Southern Bhutan bordering with India is hot and humid with a sub-tropical climate. While the monsoon affects northern Indian it does not command the same influence in Bhutan. Summer months tend to be wetter with isolated showers predominately in the evenings only. Winter is by far the driest period while spring and autumn tend to be pleasant.
    There are four distinct seasons similar in their divisions to those of Western Europe. Temperatures in the far south range from 15°C in winter (December to February) to 30°C in summer (June to August). In Thimphu the range is from -2.5°C in January to 25°C in August and with a rainfall of 100mm. In the high mountain regions the average temperature is 0°C in winter and may reach 10°C in summer, with an average of 350mm of rain. Precipitation varies significantly with the elevation. The average rainfall varies from region to region.
  • Currency:
    For Checking exchange rate , Please click here : Bank of Bhutan.
  • Clothing:
    Due to the varying temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress warmly, layered clothing is better than one or two thick garments in order to keep warm. Clothing should preferably be made from natural materials in order for the body to be comfortable.As Bhutan is in its developing stage people think differently therefore it would be advisable for you to avoid walking around in skimpy or tight fitting clothes. For visits to monasteries, dzongs and other religious institutions dress modestly and respectfully, and refrain from smoking while on the premises. Hats, caps, shoes etc. should be removed before entering the premises.
    You need to pack clothes as per season, sunglasses/spare glasses, pair of casual shoes, knife, hat, umbrella, camera, films and accessories (including spare camera batteries), insect repellent, hand cream, small sewing kit & safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, mirror, scissors, sun cream, lip salve, soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, anti-diarrhea pills, a preparation for the relief of sunburn, and any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma.
  • Visa
    -Visa is needed for Traveling to Bhutan and it is processed in Thimphu through a local tour operator such as Bhutan Travel Gate. Foreign missions or embassies abroad will not grant tourist visa.
    -Passport details should be forwarded to the Travel agent at least 1 month prior to date of travel for visa processing.
    -The visa is stamped only on arrival in Bhutan with the support of visa clearance, which will be sent to you in advance.
    -Those Travelers, entering Bhutan via Druk Air, visa clearance number is forwarded to the concerned overseas Druk Air Stations and without this clearance number the passengers are not allowed to board the flight.
    -Travelers entering the country by surface through Phuentsholing and Samdrup Jongkhar (The border town in the Southern Bhutan), visa clearance number is forwarded to the Local Authority and the actual visa is stamped on arrival. Two copies of passport size photographs are required on arrival.
    -Visa fee is USD 40 per person one time and which should be paid along with the Tour payment. 
    For Details , Please find this link Bhutan Tourism Board.