Bhutan, Tigers Nest, MonastaryTravel to Bhutan, best known to the world today as the last Shangri-La. The few visitors, who make the rare journey to this extraordinary kingdom, discover that there is no other destination like Bhutan, land of pure and exotic mysticism. The Bhutanese people protected this sacred heritage and unique identity for centuries, by choosing to remain shrouded deep in a jealously guarded isolation. The rich Himalayan flora and fauna, dazzling white peaks, and lush valleys provide Bhutan stunning beauty and aesthetic grandeur.
A limited number of people are now allowed every year for carefully organized Bhutan tours for cultural, trekking and climbing vacations. Wedged between India and China, Bhutan's terrain ranges from tropical southern foothills near the sea level to heights of over 24,000 ft. The travelers encounter the full glory of an ancient land through its strategic monastic fortresses known as Dzongs, numerous ancient temples and monasteries which dot the countryside.
Day 1: BANGKOK:
Welcome aboard your flight to Bangkok.transfer to Hotel Amari Boulevard/Hotel Le Meridien . This evening enjoy balmy Bangkok life and live dance performance along with a Thai dinner.
DAY 2: BANGKOK:
After breakfast a motorboat down the Chao Phraya River and the Klongs, observe the farmers in their flat bottomed boats market their produce, visit the magnificent tom pies along the waterways. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Grand Palace, famous temples and city sights.
DAY 3: BANGKOK/PARO/THIMPU:
Flight to Paro, our start of Bhutan tour. As we drive spectacular waterfalls and mountain peaks rise higher and higher on our way to Thimpu. The modern capital of Bhutan, built on lands dominated by the 400 yr. old Tashicko Dzong, visit the Taktsang Monastery. It is also known as Tiger's Nest at 9000ft. At the edge of a precipice, reached by horse. Hotel Druk/Taktsang.
DAY 5: PUNAKHA/THIMPU:
A winding mountain drive from Thimphu will land you in Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, across Dochu La pass (3,050 m) with stunning scenery of the Himalayan ranges. Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
Before reaching Punakha, a stop in Metshina will allow us a 20-minute hike through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special blessing if you wish.
DAY 6: PUNAKHA - WANGDUE - GANGTEY / PHOBJIKA:
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong and Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. After lunch proceed for Gangtey. Evening free or explore the valley of Phobjikha. Overnight Gantey.
DAY 7: THIMPU/PARO:
Sightseeing, Thimpu bazaar handicrafts center and theBuddhis monks, Nepal memorial Chorten, drive to the Simtokha Dzong, 4 centuries old. Drive to Paro will give us an opportunity to visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest in Bhutan. After lunch visit a hospital of traditional medicine and National Library. Exquisitely carved & painted windows and roofs are adorned with dragonheads. Hotel Druk.
DAY 8: PARO/KATHMANDU:
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Yak N Yeti. Sightseeing tour of ancient city of Kathmandu includes, the house of Living Goddess, Temple of Hanuman Dhoka, the Royal Palace and Durbar Marg. Welcome
DAY 09: KATHMANDU:
After breakfast sightseeing tour will take you to fascinating city of Bhaktapur, city of religious devotees built in the shape of a shell. Visit the Lion Gate, the Picture Gallery and the Palace of Windows. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan: city of ancient architecture and fine arts, renowned for its silver, copper and bronze work..
DAY 10-11 KATHMANDU/LHASA/TSEDUNG:
Flight to Lhasa, drive to Tsedung, check in to Hotel Tsedung. Afternoon sightseeing of Yambu Lhakhang and Cha Duk Nepal Travel, Hotel yak n yeti kathmanduMonasteries. We’ll also visit Samye and the valley, the cradle of Tibetan civilization.
DAY 12: GYANTSE and LAKE YAMDROK:
Drive to Gyantse with a stop at Lake Yamdrok. In Gyantse visit Khumbum and Phalkor monasteries. Overnight at Hotel Gyantse.
Day 13: SHIGATSE:Future monks in Tibet
Drive to Shigatse via Shalo. Sightseeing tour of Tashilumpo monastery and free market of Shigatse. Overnight stay at Hotel Xigatse.
Day 14-15 LHASA:
Drive to Lhasa, most holy city of Buddhism and the former home of Dalai Lama. Transfer to Hotel Himalayan/ Holiday Inn. During our stay in Lhasa we'll visit Potala Palace, Jokhang, Sera, Drepung Monasteries, plus Bar Khor square and Ganden Monastery and observe the sky burial ceremony, where corpses are left out to be devoured by the birds.
Day 16: LHASA/KATHMANDU/BANGKOK: OR VIA CHANGDU OR BY TRAIN TO SHANGAI OR BEIJING.
Flight to Bangkok via Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel Amari/ Mandarin for overnight. Evening free. Time for shopping for gems and silks.
DAY 17: BANGKOK DEPARTURE