Mystical Land of Bhutan
BHUTAN WITH JUNGLE LORE
Bhutan, a country resting peacefully in the lap of eastern Himalayas, is one of those very few places that can probably take you back in time. The unadulterated nature, the flag with dragon engraved on it and the innocence of the locals is what makes Bhutan so magical. It has also been rated as one of the happiest countries in the world (Bhutan's former King Wangchuck coined the term Gross National Happiness). There is lots in store for you in Bhutan:
Bhutan indeed offers some mystical, magical places to visit for the intrepid traveler. If you are looking for peace of mind and a few days away from the world, then Bhutan is where you should be.
TRIP DATE: 30th Sept to 8th Oct, 2017
DAY 1 - 30th September - Mumbai– Bagdogra - Phuntsoling (165Km / 4.5 hrs)
Early morning fly to Bagdogra. Post lunch we proceed to Phuntsoling town near the Bhutan border. The town lies at the gateway to Bhutan. Evening we reach at the resort. Overnight at resort Bhutan Ga Me Ga .
Day 2 - 1st October - Phuntsholing to Paro (160km / 4.5hrs)
Post breakfast we leave the for the beautiful town of Paro. We reach the resort by 4.00pm, after check-in and some time to relax we close the night with a campfire and dinner.
Day 3 - 2nd October - Trek to Tiger Nest Monastery & Local Sightseeing
Post an early morning breakfast we visit Bhutan’s most iconic landmark Tiger Nest Monastery (Taktsang Lhakhang). The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This monastery is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom. To reach you have to trek for 8 km which takes around 3 hours through beautiful, shady pine forest. This place offers the most spectacular view of Bhutan. Located on a sheer vertical cliff at an altitude of 800m, it defies all engineering logic. We have lunch at the Monastery cafe . Post lunch we do local sightseeing of Paro that includes:
Ta Dzong (National Museum)
Ta-Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum.
Rinpung Dzhong (Paro Dzong)
The construction of the Rinpung Dzhong (Paro Dzong) began in 1644 on the order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of modern-day Bhutan. Overnight Hotel in Paro
Day 4 - 3rd October - Visit Haa Valley overnight at Haa ( 65km / 2 hrs )
Post breakfast we leave for Haa valley, the most isolated and least populous districts of the country which is located about 3 hours west of Paro. The drive takes you up to the Chele-La pass which is located at a height of about 3800 meters. Here we can enjoy a beautiful view of Bhutan’s second highest and best known peaks the Jichu Drake and Mount Jumolhari. If it's a clear day you might be able to catch a glimpse of Mount Kunchenjunga the 3rd highest mountain in the world. From there we will descend down into the Haa Valley home to a Indian army base that helps protect the border of Bhutan from Chinese incursions.
Day 5 - 4th October - Haa Valley to Thimphu post Lunch visit Cherry Monastery (115km, 3.5 Hrs)
Post breakfast we drive down to Thimpu the capital city of Bhutan which is at a distance of 115km. After check-in we shall visit the Cherry Monastery which is a Buddhist monastery established in 1620. It is a moderate hike which may take two and half hours beginning from the small village of Dodena. Overnight in Thimpu.
Day 6 - 5th October - Thimpu to Punakha. Overnight at Punakha (77km, 3 Hrs)
After breakfast we leave for some local sightseeing in Thimpu.
Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue)
Buddha Dordenma is massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The statue fulfills an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.
National Memorial Chorten (Monument)
The Memorial Chorten is a stupa and an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture and artwork with its gorgeous paintings and intricate sculptures.
Folk Heritage Museum
Folk Heritage Museum was established in 2001 and provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
Afternoon transfer to Punakha/Wangdue Phodrang via Dochu-La-Pass (At 3050mts it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range which is a backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass). On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Punakha Wangdue Phodrang.
Day 07: 6th October - Punakha
Today we shall visit the Punakha Dzong the winter residence of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body. Built at the confluence of Pho Chhu & Mo Chhu Rivers, it looks stunning during the day with sunlight reflecting off the water onto its white-washed walls.
Post lunch we head for rafting. Overnight at Punakha
Day 8 - 7th October - Punakha to Paro via Wangdue (127km , 4Hrs)
After breakfast check out from hotel and visit the Punakha Dzong (built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal) the winter residence monastic body. After that take a short hike to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang - known as “The Temple of Fertility” . Overnight at Paro.
Day 9 - 8th October - Departure by flight from Paro
Trip Cost: Rs 47,000/- + 5% GST
Package Includes :
- Stay on twin sharing basis
The Cost Does Not Include:
Last Shangrila as Bhutan is fondly called - is a world with strange customs and picturesque valleys. Although it measures only 110 miles from the north to south and 200 from east to west, Bhutan is home to a remarkable variety of climates and eco-systems.
With a population 672,425 people, Bhutan is a tiny country full of colours. Carefully preserved between high mountains, Bhutan was never colonised and has always protected her genuine culture in a natural environment. Bhutan is comprised of a mosaic of different people who continue to live in valleys isolated from one another and the outside world by formidable mountain passes.
Far less explored and cataloged, Bhutan is still a mystery for most people around the world. A land of legends, Yeti, folktales, Buddhist spirit and peace.
Trip Cost : Rs 47,000/- + 5% GST
Travel Dates : 30th September to 8th October 2017
Jungle Lore Skipper - Gaurav Athalye