BHUTAN 10D

Code: NB2-10
Min 2 Dep Every Thursday
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Thimphu
Motithang Takin Preserve Tashichhodzong
Largest Grand Dordenma Statue Changangkha temple
Simply Bhutan Museum
Punakha
Phochu River
Trongsa
Chendebji Village The Majestic 16th Century Trongsa Dzong
Jakar
The Temple of Future Buddha Kurjey Temple
Handicraft Shops (in Chamkhar town)
Bumthang
Tang Valley Membertsho
Tag Rimochen Lhakhang UgenCholing
A short hike to Rukhubji valley
Phobjikha
Phobjikha valley 2 hours valley hike to the Gompa on the Phobjikha Natural Trail
Gantey monastery
Paro
Hike up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery Kyichu Temple

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Day 1: Singapore – Paro – Thimphu (2,300m) (L/D)

KB 541                      SIN/GAU              0630/0820
KB 541                      GAU/PBH              0900/1040
Assemble at Changi International Airport for your flight to Paro on Druk Air via Guwahati. On arrival, warm welcome by our Bhutanese representatives and proceed for an hour ride to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan for lunch and rest. In the late afternoon, visit Motithang Takin Preserve, an enclosure where the takins, Bhutan’s national animal, are kept. From there, drive to Tashichhodzong, which houses the throne of the king.

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Day 2: Thimphu – Punakha (1,350m) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit largest grand Dordenma statue, offering magnificent view of the entire Thimphu valley follow by visit to Changangkha temple built in the 15th century AD. Also visit Simply Bhutan Museum, an interactive ‘living’ museum that gives a good guided introduction into various aspects of Bhutanese traditional life. After lunch, drive to Punakha (2.5 hrs), crossing Dochu La pass (3,200m) where if the weather permits, one can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the snowcap Eastern Himalayan and the highest mountains of Bhutan. Walk around the 108 stupas before continuing to the subtropical valley of Punakha.

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Day 3: Punakha (B/Picnic L/D)

This morning visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), reputedly the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan built in the 17th century at the confluence of Pho Chu (Male) and Mo Chu (Female) rivers, a fine example of Bhutanese Art and Architecture and was the second dzong to be built in Bhutan. A short walk will bring us to Phochu River, where we cross a very long suspension bridge to the other side of the village to visit a family home and village school. After a picnic lunch, take a short drive and walk on the suspension bridge across Mochu River and start an hour of gradual hike through cultivated rice & wheat fields up to KhamsumYueleyNamgyalChorten dedicated to His Majesty the fifth King which is perched on a hill with a commanding view of the Punakha valley. Next we shall take a brisk 30 minutes’ walk through the village of Sosokha to visit the ChimiLakhang, also known as the temple of fertility.

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Day 4: Punakha – Trongsa (2,200m) (B/L/D)

After breakfast, start your drive for Trongsa (around 5hrs), passing through Wangdi province and continue on east to Trongsa over Pele La Pass (3,300m). The drive takes you over the Black Mountains that divides the country into east and west. Lunch in a beautiful restaurant before we continue to Trongsa with a short stop at Chendebji Village to visit a grand stupa in the form of Indian style. On arrival, visit Trongsa town, including a visit to the majestic 16th century Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of Bhutan’s royal family. Visit the nearby watchtower which houses a newly converted museum with displays on Buddhist art and the history of the monarchy.

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Day 5: Trongsa – Bumthang (Jakar) (2,650m) (B/Picnic L/D)

This morning drive to Jakar (around 3 hrs), passing by Yotong La (3,425m) with its array of colourful prayer flags and descent to Chume valley following the jeep road up to Tharpaling monastery, located on the face of a hillock overlooking the villages of Chumey and Getsa. After a picnic lunch, drive to Jakar valley and visit the temple of future Buddha, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King SongtsenGampo in the 7th century AD. Also visit the most revered Kurjey temple where Guru Padmasambhava left his body imprint on a solid rock during the subjugation of the demons of Bumthang valley. From there we walk across the suspension bridge over Chamkhar River to Tamshing Monastery, known for the oldest wall paintings dating back to 1501 and never repainted. In the evening we spend our time visiting various handicraft shops in Chamkhar town.

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Day 6: Day Excursion to Tang Valley (B/L/D)

Drive 35 kms to Tang Valley, the most beautiful valley of Bumthang. En route visit Membertsho, the “burning” lake where Pema Lingpa discovered many religious items from a pond here in the 16th century. Just before entering the main Tang village, we visit Tag Rimochen Lhakhang, a site founded by Guru Rimpoche in the 8th century AD. In the afternoon, visit UgenCholing, an old palace converted into a private museum. Return to Jakar for overnight.

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Day 7: Jakar – Phobjikha (2,900m) (B/L/D)

Today we will drive to the beautiful glacial valley of Phobjikha (around 5hrs). En route lunch at Rukhubji valley. After lunch, take a short hike to the Rukhubji valley before continuing our journey to Phobjikha valley, a paradise for nature lovers.

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Day 8: Phobjikha – Paro (2,200m) (B/L/D)

Take an easy 2 hours valley hike to the Gompa on the Phobjikha Natural Trail, a winter retreat for the migrating Black Necked Cranes which migrates from the Tibetan plateau to Bhutan in winters. Visit Gantey monastery where the old school of Mahayana Buddhism is practiced. After lunch, drive back to Paro for dinner and overnight.

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Day 9: Paro (B/L/D)

Early morning drive to the base for the hike up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the most revered temple in the country. The monastery literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley. It is said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from eastern Bhutan on the back of a tiger to overcome the demons of Paro region. Rest and have lunch in the cafeteria. Most of the day will go on the hike as you ascend gradually, taking in the breathtaking views along the way. Thereafter, drive to Kyichu Temple built in the year 659 by the Tibetan King SongtsenGampo.

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Day 10: Paro – Singapore (B)

KB 540                  PBH/GAU            0805/0855
KB 540                  GAU/SIN            0935/1625
After breakfast, proceed for short drive to airport for your departure flight back to Singapore, with wonderful memories from Land of the Dragon.

Tours Info

Airline Druk Air (KB)
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore-Guwahati – 4 hour 20 minutes
Guwahati-Paro – 1 hour 10 minutes
Paro-Guwahati – 1 hour 10 minutes
Guwahati-Singapore – 4 hour 20 minutes
Time Difference Guwahati is 2.5 hours behind Singapore
Bhutan is 2 hours behind Singapore.
Passport An international passport with a minimum validity of six (06) months from the date of departure from each country is required.
VISAS Visa is required for entry to Bhutan. Visa clearance will be done prior to your departure by us and a visa will be stamped on your passport upon arrival.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, baggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances

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