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Glimpses of Bhutan -4 days

Tiger's Nest Monastery Tiger's Nest Monastery Paro City Square Paro City Square Thimpu City Square Thimpu City Square
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Trip Introduction

Bhutan remained entirely disconnected from the rest of the world until the 1960s. Therefore, visiting the country and witnessing its rich culture that the government has carefully tried to preserve, is an achievement in itself. On our 4-day tour we will be visiting popular Bhutanese landmarks in Paro and Thimpu. In Paro we visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple and various dzongs (fortresses). Next, we travel to Thimpu and visit some of its popular landmarks including the majestic Tashichho Dzong, King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Mini Zoo and others. While there we also drive up the Radio Tower for excellent views of Thimpu.


Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Trip Cost

1-2 people: USD 1110 per person

3-12 people: USD 960 per person

What Is Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • All airport pickups and drops
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • Government approved A category hotels on twin- shared basis
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
  • All required government taxes

What Is Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Paro, Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation Insurance
  • Tips for Staff ( guide and driver )

Accommodations

Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, A grade hotels will be provided in this trip. We use Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro and Hotel Migmar in Thimpu. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 210.

Meals

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels – the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival and Sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

As our flight nears Bhutan we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. Today, we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Drugyal Dzong, built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. Overnight in Paro. 

Day 02:  Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft) 54 km, 1hour: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

After breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor. This afternoon, we will drive to Thimphu, and spend the night.  

Day 03:  Sightseeing in Thimphu (2,320m/7,424ft)

In the morning, we visit King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and the radio tower (for a great view of the Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong). After lunch, we visit other landmarks of Thimpu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed in the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimpu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimpu. 

Day 04:  Final Departure

Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. After early breakfast, we leave Thimpu for Paro airport which will take us around 1 hour. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure. 

Equipment and Packing List

While packing for Glimpses of Bhutan certain equipments are essential. Please Click here for this trip's comprehensive checklist.

Trip Start Dates

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date. You can join our Bhutan Tour Programs as per your convenience. Spring season (March to June) and in the autumn season (September to November) are the best time to visit Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms. The spring season also observes the biggest festivals of Bhutan.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.
Trip Facts

Price From

$ 960 USD

Trip Code

HGTBT-072
  • Activities: Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Trip Duration:4 Days
  • Altitude:Max: 2350m / 7710ft
  • Accommodation: Standard hotels
  • Meals:All meals
  • Transportation: Private vehicles
  • Group Size: Maximum of 12 people
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