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Shangri-La Cultural Tour

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Overview

Bhutan is a land filled with snow-capped peaks, glaciers, sparkling lakes, raging rivers, green terraced fields and flower-strewn valleys. The North is dominated by the high peaks of the Himalayas. The inner central region is filled with temperate valleys and the South is where the steamy tropical jungles are found. Bhutan tour or tourism in Bhutan is regulated by the government. While there is no longer a ceiling on tourism of 2500 people a year, the number of tourists allowed in is dictated by a limited number of seats in Druk Air, as well as the few hotel and touring facilities. During Bhutan tour, travelers must have a guide and use a government - approved tour company that will arrange hotels and transport. Restrictions on the numbers of tourists help to preserve the country's natural assets and a way of life that has remained unchanged for millennium. Visitors will see monasteries perched at the tops of mountain peaks, ancient Buddhist art and sculpture, dense forests and spectacular valleys.
 
Bhutan's ancient dzongs have thought- provoking names:  At Thimphu, "Tip of the Mind" is the oldest and the most massively handsome monastery-fortress. Near Punakha, 40 miles east of Thimpu, the six-storied dzong, "Heap of Jewels", suggesting inner spiritual riches, had the steepest stairs where the child monks hitched up their burgundy robes, slid down steep banisters and scampered off to class.
 
Bhutan is the jewel of the Himalayas.  Fresh air, no pollution, gentle people and we'll have an experience of boundless consciousness. Alpine yaks, blue sheep and rare snow leopards live in the north, and elephants, rhinos and tigers inhabit the south. It is known for its rigid environmental and cultural preservation policies, which makes it one of the most pristine natural and cultural destinations in the world. Its 600,000 human inhabitants consist of Drukpa people of Mongoloid descent and Nepalese farmers. Bordered by China (Tibet), Nepal and India, Bhutan, like Tibet, only recently opened its doors to the outside world, and the government is very strict about the number of tourists allowed in the country.
 
Although there is a rush of tourists twice a year, one week in late March and one week in autumn when the festivals are on, the rest of the year is quiet.

Itinerary

DAY 01 ARRIVE PARO 
Our airport reprehensive will receive you upon arrival at Paro Airport (7,000ft) and drive you through the valley of Paro to the hotel. As you having leisure time we take a leisurely walk around the town of Paro.
 
DAY 02 PARO 
Drive to the   Drugyel Dzong. This Dzong is of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolari, Mountain of Goddess. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has a fine collection of ancient Thangka painting, textiles, weapons and artifacts. Walk to the traditional wooden bridge.
 
DAY 03: PARO - EXCURSION .
Drive to Ramthongkha and then hike to viewpoint of Taktshang, the Tiger's Nest. The monastery unfortunately got burnt in 1998 but it has recently been reconstructed.
 
DAY 04 PARO - THIMPHU 
Drive through the beautiful valleys of Paro and Thimphu to the capital of Bhutan - Thimphu. Visit the Zangthopelri Lhakhang, the School of Thankha Painting  and the Tashi Nincha folk studio where the traditional folk and mask dance are learned and practiced. Afternoon, visit the Zelukha Nunnery, the TashiChho  Dzong and the Handicraft Emporium.
 
DAY 05 THIMPHU - WANGDUE PHODRANG 
We take you to visit the Memorial Chorten early in the morning and see also some gold and silversmiths at work. After lunch drive to Punakha through Dochula Pass. Visit Punakha town and visit the Punakha Dzong if the monastic body has shifted to Thimphu for the summer. Drive to Wangdue town.
 
DAY 06 WANGDUE PHODRANG - TRONGSA 
You will Visit the Wangdue town. They provide you time to have lunch and drive to Trongsa over the Pelela Pass (3,400 m) in the Black Mountain ranges, which separates the western region from the other regions Bhutan.
 
DAY 07 TRONGSA - BUMTHANG 
Visit to the outside premises of Trongsa Dzong one of the largest Dzongs in the country. Visit also the Ta Dzong to Watch Tower and stroll through the small Trongsa town. After lunch, drive to Bumthang Valley.
 
DAY 08 BUMTHANG 
Drive to Ura – this is one of the four valleys of Bumthang. explore the beautiful valley. Visit Ura Lhakhang and drive through the picturesque valley of Bumthang to see Kurje Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Kuenshusum Lhakhang.
 
DAY 09 BUMTHANG - THIMPHU 
Drive to Thimphu. You will visit the Rukhubji village. Overnight in Thimphu.
 
DAY 10 THIMPHU - PARO - DEPARTURE 
Drive to paro airport for your final departure.

Includes / Excludes

Cost Include(s)
 
01.Accommodations including three meals a day
02.Round-trip airfare from Kathmandu/Paro(Bhutan)/ Kathmandu on economy class
03. Insurance surcharge
04. Airport transportation in Bhutan
05. All other transportation as well as sightseeing with a guide as per the itinerary
06. Tourism development fee (TDF).
07. Bhutan Visa Fee
08. Taxes and other official expenses
 
Cost Exclude(s)
 
01. Airport tax
02. Entrance fees
03. Beverages
04. Tips
05. Expenses of personal nature

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