Bhutan - The Dragon Kingdom

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Day 1

Welcome to your 'Bhutan - Dragon Kingdom' tour! On arrival at the railway station in New Jalpaiguri / airport in Bagdogra, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Phuentsholing, the border town in southern Bhutan. On arrival, check in to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Phuentsholing. (Meals on your own)

You can stay at-

Economy- The Orchid Hotel Or Similar

Standard- Hotel Druk Or Similar

Deluxe- Tashi Namgay Grand Or Similar

Day 2

After breakfast, proceed to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Enroute visit Kharbandi Gompa -The Kharbandi Gompa monastery is located amongst garden of tropical plants and flowers. It was set up in 1967 by the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron. Later, continue your drive to thimphu. Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. On arrival, check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Thimphu. (B)

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Day 3

Today, after breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing of Thimphu visiting places like National Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Motithang Takin Preserve, National Library, Folk Heritage Museum and Tashichho Dzong. The large Tibetan-style National Memorial Chorten was built in 1974 to honour the memory of the third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (the father of modern Bhutan). This whitewashed chorten, with its golden spires, features elaborate mandalas, statues and a shrine dedicated to the popular third king.

Made of bronze and gilded in gold, the Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni statue, the largest Buddha statue in the world at a height of 169 feet. Sitting upon a large meditation hall, there are 125,000 smaller Buddha statues, also cast in bronze and gilded, that have been placed within the main statue.

A wildlife reserve area for takin, the national animal of Bhutan, Motithang Takin Preserve was initially a preserve as the animals were unable to adapt to the nearby forest when released into the wild.

The National Library was established in 1967 to preserve ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts and promote the cultural and religious heritage of Bhutan.

Housed in a restored three storied, 19th century building, the Folk Heritage Museum provides a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle through exhibits, demonstrations and documentation of rural life. It has on display typical household objects, domestic tools and equipments that were used by rural families of that period.

Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress, which was originally built in 1641 and refurbished in 1965 in traditional style, without nails or architectural plans. The dzong serves as the administrative headquarters for the government and the religious order. The northern portion is the summer residence of His Holiness, the Je Khenpo and the central monastic body. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city. Overnight in Thimphu. (B)

You can stay at-

Economy- Wangchuk Resort Or Similar

Standard- Hotel Migmar Or Similar

Deluxe- Taj Tashi / Le Meridian Or Similar

Day 4

After breakfast, drive to valleys of Punakha, en route visit the Dochu La Pass and Chimi Lhakhang temple Dochu La Pass - a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas. The Pass on a clear day offers a magnificent view of the snowcapped mountains of the Himalayas.

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Located atop a picturesque hill surrounded by rice fields, Chimi Lhakhang is a fertility temple built in 1499. It is dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint, popularly known as the 'Divine Madman', who used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatize his teachings. On arrival, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Punakha. (B)

You can stay at-

Economy- Kingaling Hotel And Spa Or Similar

Standard- Khuru Resort Or Similar

Deluxe- RKPO Green Resort Or Similar

Day 5

This morning, drive to Paro, en route visit Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. Built in 1637-38, this massive architectural edifice is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. In addition to its structural beauty, it is renowned for containing the preserved remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan as well as a sacred relic known as the Ranjung Karsapani, a self-created image of Avalokiteswara. On arrival, checkin to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the local markets. Overnight in Paro. (B)

Day 6

After an early breakfast, you will proceed for an excursion to the famous place called Taktshang Monastery or Tiger Nest (5hrs to 6 hrs hike (up and down). Taktsang Lhakhang or the Tiger's Nest is the most famous Buddhist pilgrimage site and temple complex in Bhutan. Visible from afar, this stunning and highly revered monastery is perched on a high granite cliff at an altitude of 10,236 ft., overlooking the northern Paro valley.

The people who will not able to visit Tiger Nest, we have some other places to visit:

Kyichu Lhakhang: The 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang (temple) is one of the oldest shrines in Bhutan. The temple complex is composed of two temples - the first was built to subdue a giant demoness and the second temple dedicated it to Guru Rinpoche.

Drukgyel Dzong: Drugyel Dzong is the best example of a fortified Dzong built in the 17th century to commemorate Bhutanese victory over the combined forces of Tibetan and Mongolian army, which attempted several invasions to the country. Though the fortress was destroyed by fire in 1951, the ruins remain an impressive and imposing sight, reflecting unique and intriguing design and construction techniques.

National Museum: (open till 4 pm) housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here an intriguing collection of artifacts provides a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Paro (B).

You can stay at-

Economy- Pelri Cottages / Rema Resort Or Similar

Standard- Tashi Namgay Resort Or Similar

Deluxe- Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront / Naksel Boutique Hotel And SPA Or Similar

Day 7

Today, after breakfast drive back to Phuentsholing - the gateway to the south and thriving commercial trade centre on the northern edge of the Indian plains. On arrival, check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Phuentsholing (B)

Day 8

Today, bid farewell to your 'Bhutan - Dragon Kingdom' tour as you are transferred from hotel to the airport in Bagdogra/ railway station in New Jalpaiguri for your onward journey.

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INCLUSIONS

1. Accommodation in the hotels listed or similar hotels.

2. Transportation: Transfer and sightseeing as per the itinerary by 01 Wagon R /Indica/Similar (for 01-03 pax )/ 01 Non AC Hiace/ Ertiga/Innova/Tavera/Scorpio/Similar for 04-6 pax

3. (Note: AC is normally not required in Bhutan. AC will work only in the plains and will be switched-off during hill drives, because if you use AC in hills then vehicle will stop functioning. Normal vehicle usage timing is from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.)

4. Meals - Daily buffet breakfast as per the itinerary.

5. Travel Insurance.

6. All currently applicable taxes i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.

Note

- Cox and Kings Terms and conditions apply.

- Arrival into and departure from New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra would be on your own arrangements.

- Please contact our sales staff to give you best flight deals.

- Please do not touch any religious artifact or antique.

- Purchase of religious items especially antiques is prohibited.

- Please take off hats while entering Dzong, temples or monastery. Shorts / half pants are not permitted while entering a Dzong, temple or monastery.

- Before entering a Dzong, temple, monastery, please switch off all mobile phones or keep in the silent/vibrating mode.

- Please speak softly within the religious premises.

- Please remember not to point with a single finger but use an upturned flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.

- Please refrain from touching any ritual objects or mural paintings.

- Please do not walk over any clothes, books, hearth or materials left open in religious sites.

- Please refrain from smoking or drinking while visiting religious places.

- If you are not sure please ask the local people or the guide.

- Water supply in the hills during the peak season is restricted due to shortage and water is supplied area wise at specific times. Please co-operate with the hotel on same.

- Do carry comfortable walking shoes.

- The hotel confirmed will be as per the brochure or an alternate hotel of similar category will be provided.

- Visas are not required for Indian Nationals.

- INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.

- All the prices are for Indian Nationals only, unless specified.

- Travel Insurance, included in our package cost is valid for age group up to 80 years only. For age group beyond 80 years, rules, terms and conditions of the Insurance Company will apply. The same needs to be checked on case to case basis with the Insurance Company.

- It is mandatory to carry a valid photo identity card (Passport / Voter ID card - passport should have a validity of minimum 6 months).

EXCLUSIONS

- Any transport to / from New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra. Your tour price starts Ex -New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra.

- Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.

- Any meals / en route meals unless specified.

- Any additional sightseeing tours other than the mentioned in inclusions.

- Items of personal nature viz, tips, porterage, room service, laundry, mineral water, alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages, phone calls, additional sightseeing tours and excursions not included in the itinerary, still or video camera fees etc.

- Any increase in fuel cost, government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes etc, the tour price will be amended in accordance.

- Entrance fees and guide charges wherever applicable.

- Any items / services not specifically mentioned in the Tour Price Includes column.

- Supplement charges applicable for Long weekends and festivals.

- Any rides, safaris, boating charges, additional sightseeing tours other than the mentioned in inclusions.

- 9% Govt. Service Tax.

Dates And Prices For The Trip

Dates- 9th March 2017 to 31st March 2018 (Bagdogra), 9th March 2017 to 31st March 2018 (New Jalpaiguri)

Prices- Ex - New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra Valid From - 01 November, 2016 Valid To - 31 March, 2018

ECONOMY

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STANDARD

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DELUXE

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