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8 Days Bhutan Adventure Tour
Paro 2Nts, Thimphu 3Nts, Punakha 2Nts

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Often considered as the Last Shangri-la, Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is a land of monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic topography ranging from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. It's spectacular mountain terrain is home to serious trekkers and mountaineers.
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DAY 1: PARO - ARRIVAL         
On arrival at Paro international airport you will be received by our representative in Bhutan who will be holding the placard card outside the Airport and welcome you in a traditional manner by offering a khadar (greeting scarf). After which you will be escorted to your hotel to freshen up and relax. After you will be taken for short sightseeing around the Paro town. Dungtse Lhakhang, that lies just out of town, across the river. Dungtse Lhakhang is possibly the only ancient temple built in the shape of a chhorten. The lhakhang is literally chained down since local belief holds that it will otherwise fly off to heaven! Visit Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Your evening is at your leisure. 
Overnight at hotel – Paro.

Day 2: PARO – PUNAKHA (4hrs drive)                    
After breakfast, drive to Punakha valley (the old capital of the country) and en route see Tachogang Temple or the “Temple of the Hill of Excellent Horse” which rises in austere surroundings on the left bank of the river, a few km before Chhuzom at the confluence of the Paro and Thimphu Rivers. Further drive to Punakha via Dochula Mountain passes (3,140 m). On a clear day Dochu La offers a stunning view of the snowcapped Himalayan ranges: Visit Druk Wangyel Chhorten “The Buddha himself taught that reverence to the Chhorten, the mind stupa, is as meritorious as prostrating before the Buddha in person,” said the Dorji Lopon who performed the tagyen sungchoe. Continue to Chimi Lhakhang: The temple is located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina and is a 20 minute walk through the village of Sopsokha. Later check into hotel. 
Overnight at hotel - Punakha.

After breakfast, you will hike through a forest of pines and farmlands along the bank of the Pho Chu River for about 2 hours till you reach Samdhingkha. Your rafting crew will be waiting here for you. Then start rafting along the Pho Chu River coming across stretches of Class II and IV rapids. Upon arriving at a beach-like stretch of sand, some distance from a Chorten, you will be served lunch on the sandy embankment. The post-lunch rafting session will continue till you reach the relatively placid section of the river below the Punakha Dzong. In the evening enjoy sumptuous dinner with a bonfire in the company of a local people. This is an interactive session where one can ask question to the local expat.  
Overnight - outdoor camping at Zamling Thang - Punakha

Day 4: PUNAKHA DAY EXCURSION -THIMPHU (3hrs 15mins drive)    
The day in Punakha valley begins with a drive through the town of Khuruthang and continues along the banks of the Mo Chu River, passing the Phuntsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the Royal Family. Then walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chhorten (50 minutes)
presenting an incredibly complex iconography, which belongs to the Nyingmapa tradition. Later drive to Thimphu valley, at an elevation of 2,350 m / 7700 ft. Urbanization began here when Thimphu was proclaimed as a national capital in 1952. Even today the city retains its ethnic architectural style and is the only capital in the world with no traffic lights. Check into hotel. Drive to see the Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal, the Takin. Further, drive up to BBS tower to get a view of the Thimphu valley.Evening visit and walk around Memorial Chhorten which is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many people it is the focus of their daily worship. Light 108 butter Lamps at the Memorial Chhorten. The lighting of butter lamps or offering of light is a means of dispelling the darkness of our own ignorance, giving rise to clarity and wisdom. 
Overnight at hotel – Thimphu.

Morning after breakfast visit the Bhutan Post known for its world famous stamps where you can buy postcards and stamps. The Bhutan Post is definitely a place of significance where an extensive collection of exotic stamps made from metal and silk to three dimensional images and even stamps with mini-phonograph records are produced. Then move to The National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life. Folk Heritage Museum at Thimphu provides you a glimpse of lifestyle, items and artifacts of Bhutanese villages and rural households. Visit the Institute for Zorig Chusum & the textile Museum. Lunch at the archery ground. To fill the spirit of the game, we will dress up our clients in a new Bhutanese national dress bought for our male clients called Gho, and the Kira for women. Play a friendly archery match with the locals. Evening Free time to relax.
Overnight at hotel – Thimphu.

Day 6:  THIMPHU – PARO (1hr drive)    
Morning visit Changangkha temple, built in the 15 century by Lama Phajo Drigom The temple has very old scriptures and Thankas. The main deity of the temple is Avalokiteshvara, God of compassion. Later drive back to Paro passing through the idyllic countryside, dotted with villages and paddy fields, crossing rivers and natural forests to Paro.  The National Museum which is a repository of not only precious work of art but also costumes, amour and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich cultural traditions of the country.  It is rated as one of the finest natural history museums in South Asia and it is a wonderful insight into Bhutan the Land of the Thunder Dragon.  Visit Mani Dungkhor in Paro. It is believed that spinning a prayer wheel has the same benefits of chanting a prayer. Evening Free time to relax and stroll around Paro town.
Overnight at hotel – Paro.

Day 7: PARO – DAY HIKE  
The day begins with a short drive towards the road point for start of hike to see the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) which clings precariously to a cliff 800 m / 2,600 ft above the Paro valley. The climb up to the view point will take around three hours (depending on one’s fitness). In the second half of the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, alighted here upon the back of a tigress, and upon meditating for three months in a cave, assumed the form of Dorje Droloe, the Terrifying Thunderbolt and subjugated the Eight Evil Spirits who hindered the propagation of Buddhism. Thereafter, the Buddhist Dharma was introduced to Paro valley and soon spread to the rest of Bhutan. Taktsang is one of the holiest sites in the country and one of the most venerated Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas. Indulge yourself in Meditation at Taktsang for about 60 minutes. A vegetarian lunch will be served during the hike after which all will walk back to the road point. Next, will be sightseeing of Drukgyal Dzong, now in ruins,was built in 1646 by Shabdrung to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders, led by Mongolian Warlord, Gushri Khan. Evening visit Farmhouse the visit to a Farmhouse is very interesting to get an idea of how Bhutanese people live. The Farmhouses are very decorative, built and painted in a classical style. Farewell dinner will be served at hotel with exciting traditional Bhutanese cultural show.
Overnight at hotel - Paro

After breakfast your guide will escort you to the airport for your flight onward.

Tashi Delek!
Category Sector Hotel Name
3 Star Thimphu, Punakha, Paro Paro (Olathang hotel(Standard Room Room on FB Basis ) OR Jankha Resort(Standard Room Room on FB Basis) OR Drukchen Hotel(Standard Room Room on FB Basis))
Thimphu (River View hotel(Standard Room Room on FB Basis ) OR Phuntshopelri hotel(Standard Room Room on FB Basis) OR Wangchul Resort(3Star)(Standard Room Room on FB Basis))
Punakha (Meri Puensum Resort(Standard Room Room on FB Basis ) OR Damchen Resort(Standard Room Room on FB Basis) OR Zangtopelri hotel(Standard Room Room on FB Basis))

Included in the above cost are:
•All private transfers and transportation inclusive of taxes during the entire tour
•English speaking guide who will accompany guests for the entire duration of the Tour
•Tours and excursions as mentioned in the select itinerary
•All entrance fees to institutes/monuments etc
•Accommodation in best 3* hotels in shared twin room
•All meals inclusive of taxes in Govt. approved restaurants
•Hot Stone Water Bath
•Cultural show 
•Archery match with locals 
•Offering butter lamp
•Rafting with camping 
•Visa fees at $ 40 per pax
•Surcharge for 1 and 2 pax
•Bank transfer charges US $ 50 per transfer
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