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'11 Nights 12 days Western-Central Bhutan Cultural Tour' This Tour is designed to let our guest know and understand the Unique Bhutanese way of Life. This tour will enable you to understand Bhutan in terms of • History • Language • Dress code • Art and Architecture • Food • Religion • Festivals • music This tour is 11 nights and 12 days tour of western and central Bhutan and explores eight different places i.e., Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa,Bumthang,Ura Valley,Gangtey and Wangdue.All these places are very rich in terms of culture and traditions and also have so many important historical sites such as the fortresses,temples,monasteries etc.
- All internal taxes and service charge
- Bhutan Government Royalty of US$65 per night per person
- Visa fee $40
- Twin sharing hotel Rooms at 3 star hotels
- All Meals (breakfast ,lunch and dinner) at 3 star hotels
- Service of a professional and a licensed Bhutanese speaking English Guide
- Refreshments (tea, coffee and snacks)
- All transfers and sightseeing/treks/tours within Bhutan
- Riding ponies and pack animals on treks
- Trekking equipment and haulage for trekking tours
- Mineral drinking water
- Bottled water
- Coffee and/or Tea
- SURCHARGES For Solo Traveler: $ 40 per night. For Two Person Traveler: $ 30 per person per night. No Surcharge Applicable for Group of 3 and More.
- Excess baggage charges
- Wire transfer fee for transferring money to Bhutan
- Bar bills
- Travel Insurance
- Other Personal Expenses
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Once you have transferred your funds, we will transfer your money to Tourism council of Bhutan's account and will not be released to Yahweh Tours and treks until your tour have taken place. So your money stays safe in the Government's account and once your tour gets over, the government will release all the funds to our company’s account.
- Visit Taa Dzong (Museum)-Paro Rinpung Dzong and Drugyal Dzong-Kicchu Lhakhang
- Taa Dzong lies on the hill located above the Paro Dzong. It is an ancient watch tower which is now used as the National Museum. The building has a unique design with the shape of a conch shell. The museum has different galleries which provide better display and various categorizations such as anthropology, arms and armor, pre-history, manuscript, paintings, textiles, bronzes, decorative arts, philatelic items, epigraphic items and numismatics.
- Next visit will be to Paro Rinpung Dzong. Rinpung means, “Heaps of jewels” and it is a fortress monastery possessing a long history. Inside the Dzong, there are fourteen shrines and chapels viz:
- Monks' assembly hall
- Sandalwood Stupa
- Protector's shrine
- Temple of the Guru's Eight Manifestations
- Chapel of the head lama
- Chapel of Amitayus
- The Clear Crystal Shrine
- Chapel of the Eleven-faced Avalokiteśvara
- Apartments of the Abbot
- Chapel of Akshobhya
- Temple of the Treasure Revealer
- Apartments of the King (Gyalpo'i Zimchung)
- Temple of the Bursar
- Right after exploring Paro Rinpung Dzong, you will get to visit Drugyal Dzong and Kicchu Lhakhang. Drugyal Dzong is one of the oldest Dzong in the country which was built to commemorate the victory over an invasion from Tibet. This Dzong was in ruins for many years but it is under renovation. Nevertheless, you are allowed to visit. Right after the visit to Drugyal Dzong, you would enjoy the visit to Kicchu Lhakhang on the way back to the Paro town. This temple is one of the oldest temple built by a Tibetan Emperor, Songtsan Gampo. It is believed that this temple is filled with various hidden treasures.
- Visit Thimphu Memorial Chorten
- Memorial Chorten is a massive Monastery dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. This prominent landmark in the city has golden spires and bells. It can be seen from any place in Thimphu since it is situated amidst the city.
- Visit Tashi Chhoe Dzong.
- This marvelous fortress was built by Lama Gyalwa Lhanapa. The Dzong houses the office of the King, the cabined secretariat, ministry of home affairs and finance and also other government departments.
- Visit Bhutanese Craft Bazaar
- It is a handicraft market in Thimphu which is acquainted with unique arts and crafts of the country. It will indeed take you to the different world exhibiting its own beauty and charm.
- Visit Buddha Dordenma Statue
- It is a massive Shakyamuni statue built on the hill top of Kuenselphodrang which is 51.5 meters in height and is made up of bronze and gold. It is one of the largest statue in the world. This great statue also houses over one hundred thousand small Buddha statues. I bet that you will be startled to gaze at this gigantic statue right in front of you.
- Visit Bhutan Post Office
- Bhutan post office is located in the heart of Thimphu city. This is one exciting place to visit as there is unique collection of Bhutanese stamps and you will get to explore about Bhutan’s history from these stamps as well.
- Visit Museum
- Thimphu has Many Museums. Each artifact in the museum has its own stories to tell which you would love to listen to.
- VisitRoyal Textile Academy
- Simply Bhutan Museum
- National Folk Heritage
- National Textile Museum
- Visit Dochula Pass
- Visit Do Chula pass on the way to Punakha which is placed 3100 meters above the sea level. There are about 108 sacred stupas or temples being build out there. Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan is seen from the Dochula Pass.
- Visit Punakha Dzong
- Punakha Dzong is the second largest and one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel as prophesied by Guru Rinpochhe.This Dzong is built at the confluence of Po Chhu and Mo chhu.
- Visit Chimi Lhakhang- Is a popular Buddhist monastery built around 1499 by Ngawang Chogyal in honor of Lama Drukpa Kuenley who is also known as a “divine madman” after he subdued the demon of the Dochula with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”. He is called a “Divine madman because of his unusual ways of teaching Buddhism by means of singing, humor and outrageous behavior, which amounted to being bizarre, awful and with sexual overtones.
- After breakfast, drive to Trongsa which is 5 to 6 hours’ drive (142 km) from Punakha.
- Visit Trongsa Dzong
- Trongsa Dzong is the largest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong is considered to be very significant. The first two leaders of the Nation, Jigme Namgyal and Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck ruled from this dzong which is why the crown prince serve as Trongsa penlop before acceding to the throne.
- Visit Trongsa Taa Museum
- Later you will be accompanied to Ta Dzong, towering over the east side of the dzong. In ancient times the tower was a fortress against internal rebellions. Since then it has been transformed into a National Museum. The tower also houses a chapel which is dedicated to the Trongsa penlop Jigme Namgyal in the 19th century.
- Drive to Bumthang
- After visiting Taa Museum, you will have a ride for 2.5 hours to another amazingly stunning landmark of the country, Bumthang from Trongsa.
- Explore beautiful Bumthang Valley
- Bumthang is located in north-central region of Bhutan. The place is commonly known as spiritual land of the country. It is well-known for its unique and vibrantly woven wool items called yathra which will be a best thing you could ever gift it to your loved ones back at home. During your stay in this beautiful place, you will be able to visit and discover sacred places, shrines and temples specifically:
- Jambay Lhakhang
- Kurjey Lhakhang
- Tamshing Lhakhang
- Jakar Dzong also known as ‘Castle of the white bird’
- Hike to Ura valley
- Drive to Gangtey
- Sightseeing at Gangtey
- Visit Gangtey Goenpa
- Phobjika valley
- The best time to visit this place is during winter as you can see Black necked cranes all over this magnificent valley. You can also see Yaks grazing on the mountains before entering the valley. They have migrated from higher attitude to spend winter here because of the extreme cold weather in the northern Bhutan.
- Drive back to Paro, sightseeing and shopping in the evening.
- Paro Taktshang is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of the country and your trip would be tedious without visiting this most important Buddhist temple. Taktshang which mean “Tiger’s nest” was built around 1692 on a cliff which is about 3120 meters above the sea level. It is located 10 km away from Paro town and will take at least 2-4 hours for trekkers to reach the spot. You can even have an exhilarating uphill ride on a rented horse. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche came riding on a tigress to this site and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours so as to subdue evil spirits dwelling in that region. He was indeed victorious which is why Taktshang was built to signify the victory over the evil spirit. There is a Taktshang cafeteria which serves tea, lunch, snacks and fruit drinks at a reasonable price as well.
- After the breakfast, we will drop you to the airport.
- Kadhenchey la!
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
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