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KINGS LAND TOUR(BHUTAN)        Safety Tips - Please Read      Honeymoon Tour    Tour # 1562
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Tour Offered By KAMAKSHI TOURS
Contact Info Kundal Roy, B K Kakoti Road, Posupati Complex, Ulubari, 0361 2457866, contact@kamakshitours.com
Cities Covered PARO- HAA- THIMPHU-PHUNAKHA-WANGDUE PHODRANG- BUMTHANG.
 
Schedule/Departure Dates
SEPTEMBER TO APRIL
 
Highlights
Places of interest 1. Paro – Paro 2300m (MSL) valley is more than beautiful district of Bhutan. Paro is also fertile and fairly flat valley stretching along one side for more then 20km. Farmers here are considered economically better then their counter part in most other regions in Bhutan. Produce like apple, paddy, and red chili are cultivated and traded in local and international markets. It has some historically important monasteries and cultural sites. This beautiful terraced valley is known for Bhutanese red rice and summer fruits and vegetable. Farmers here find easy accessibility to market for their farm products. Taktsang, the Tiger's Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 3,000 ft above the valley floor. The monastery was burnt in 1998 but has recently been reconstructed. It is one of the most holy places and all Bhutanese believe that they must visit it at least once in their lifetime. Drugyel Dzong - This Dzong is of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day one can view the sacred Chhomolari (Mountain of goddess) - 24,000 ft. Ta Dzong, the National Museum - the ancient watchtower which houses the national museum, It was originally build as tower, from where to watch invaders planning attack on Paro Rinpung Dzong. It has a fine collection and model from Bhutanese Arts, crafts, and natural world. On different floors different themes are depicted. Wide range of antique thangk’s, religious objects, text, and different symbols of religious values are showcased. Small temple, weapons, armoury, textiles, artefacts, household objects are other things displayed inside the museum. Kyichu Lhakhang/monastery - is the oldest monasteries in Bhutan – dated 7th century AD, originally built to tame a she demon in Himalayan region. This monastery houses Maître or the coming Buddha and it serves as one of the famous pilgrimage places in western Bhutan. Rinpung Dzong – meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’, this fortress was build in middle of 17th century. Like in all Dzong around the country, Rinpung Dzong also has two divisions. One part houses monk body, while another part has offices of local Dzongkhag or district administration. 2. Haa – The known as hidden-land or valley, its major feature is the Haa Valley, a steep north-south valley with a narrow floor. The main crops grown in the valley are wheat and barley, although some rice is grown in the lower reaches of the valley. Potatoes, chilies, apples and other cash crops are grown by farmers on the valley floor, along terraced hillsides, and in some of the more accessible side valleys. Per the census, almost every household owns livestock of some type, most commonly yaks and cattle, but also chickens, pigs, and horses. 78% of Haa is covered with forest, and forestry plays an important part in local economy. 3. Thimphu - Thimphu is a small, bustling city in the heart of Himalayas. It’s a valley situated at an elevation of 2,280 meters. Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and also the name of the surrounding valley and Dzongkhag. The city is spread across the western slopes of the WangChhu river valley. A stroll through this lively town and into its shops reveals an interesting combination of tradition and modernity. Thimphu charm comes not only from its wealth of museums or places of historic interest, but also from strong national character of its architectural style. Thimphu is the second national capital in Asia, other than Pyongyang in North Korea that does not have traffic lights. The traffic police are a treat to watch. Dechenphu, Tango and Cheri monasteries. Dechenchoeling Palace the official residence of the King towards the north of the city. Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is a both a memorial to the late king ‘the father of modern Bhutan’, and a monument to world peace. The painting and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly Known as the Painting School) where student undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs, mineral, and animals organs available in abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed by traditional pharmacist and medical practitioners. This indigenous healing method is popular amongst all Bhutanese people, and runs in parallel to modern medicine in all district head quarter. Here you will have exclusive privilege of talking to a renowned traditional healer. Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insight into Bhutanese material culture and way of life. Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture. National Library looks like a temple which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, religious books and manuscripts in Dzongkha and Classical Tibetan and English language books. The major attraction is the copy of the largest published book in the world. The National Post Office, along Chang lam, is an institute itself where famous Bhutanese stamps are available. Bhutan has the most colorful stamps in the world. It is the first country to diversify and export quality stamps. Old and expensive stamps are exhibited at the National Museum in Paro. The Royal Bhutanese Government has a deluxe AC bus service to Phuentsholing from Kolkata via Siliguri. 4. Phunakha - Pungthang Dechen Photrang Dzong or Punakha Dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637-38. It is the winter home of Bhutan's Central Monastic Body led by HH the Je Khenpo. The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa. In 1907, Punakha Dzong was the site of the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck (or Deb Nagpo) as the first King of Bhutan. Three years later, a treaty was signed at Punakha whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. In 1987, the Dzong was partially destroyed by fire. Due to its location at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in the Punakha-Wangdue valley, the Dzong is vulnerable to flash flooding caused by glacier lakes. According to a recent report, flash flood damage to Punakha Dzong occurred in 1957, 1960 and 1994. Currently (March 2010) work is in progress to protect the Dzong from future flood damage by deepening the river channels and raising the embankments using four large steam shovels. A covered wooden cantilever bridge crossing the Mo Chhu River was built together with the Dzong in the 17th century. This bridge was washed away by a flash flood in 1957 or 1958. In 2006 work started on a new covered wooden cantilever bridge of traditional construction with a free span of 55 meters which was completed in 2008. Punakha valley is famous in Bhutan for rice farming. Both red and white rice are grown along the river valley of Pho and Mo Chu, two of the most prominent rivers in Bhutan. 5. Wangdue Phodrang This is also the name of the Dzong (built in 1638) which dominates the district, and the name of the small market town outside the gates of the Dzong. The name is said to have been given by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who was searching for the best location for a Dzong to prevent incursions from the south. At the chosen spot the Shabdrung encountered a boy named Wangdi playing beside the river and hence named the Dzong "Wangdi's Palace". Wangdue Phodrang is bordered by Dagana and Tsirang dzongkhags to the south, Tongsa Dzongkhag to the east, Thimphu and Punakha Dzongkhag to the west, and Gasa Dzongkhag and a small section of border with Tibet to the north. 6. Bumthang - It is the most historic Dzongkhag by the number of ancient temples and sacred sites. Bumthang consists of the four mountain valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor (also known as Bumthang valley), although occasionally the entire district is referred to as Bumthang valley. "Bumthang" directly translates as "beautiful field". "Thang" means field or flat place, and "Bum" is said be an appreviation of either "bumpa" (a vessel for holy water, thus describing the shape and nature of the valley), or "bum" ("girl", indicating this is the valley of beautiful girls). Bumthang farms yield buckwheat, dairy products, honey and apples among other products. The language spoken in the Bumthang district is known as Bumthangkha. It is a Tibeto- Burman language closely related to Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan. Bumthangkha is partially comprehensible to speakers of Dzongkha, which originated in valleys to the west of Bumthang. Each of the four valleys of Bumthang has its own dialect, and the remnants of the Kheng kingdom to the south in Zhemgang speak Khengkha which may be classified as a dialect of Bumthangka. Bumthang (Elevation 2,700m) is often described as the spiritual heartland of the kingdom. There are numerous monasteries and spiritual sites in this charming valley where history and mythology help to bring alive much of Bhutan’s culture and traditions. Bumthang is a picturesque valley of beautiful houses, and fields of buckwheat, barley and apples. A strong sense of spirituality pervades the atmosphere and, at auspicious times of the year, the valley resounds with the chants of the spiritual community as temples all over offer prayers for the well-being of all sentient beings. Some of the well-known temples include Kurjey Lhakhang (associated with Guru Rinpoche, who brought Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet), Jampey Lhakhang (dating from the 8th century) and the historic Jakar Dzong. Bumthang’s tsechus are well-known and even its small local festivals are a privilege to attend to catch an insight of the culture and spirit of Bhutan. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
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Description and Day-wise Itinerary
------------------------------Bhutan 03 Nights/04 Days (BTN-03N-04D)
Day 1 Transfer from airport to hotel and Paro sightseeing
Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3 Paro sightseeing
Day 4 Drop to Paro international airport
Package for Indian/SAARC Nationals - Tariff: Valid until 31st Dec 2010 only.
Package cost 3 Nights/ 4 Days: For 2 Person: Rs.17625.00 and above 2 persons additional 20% per head (Including all Taxes).
Bhutan 04 Nights/05 Days (BTN-03N-04D)
Day 1 Transfer from airport to hotel and sightseeing Paro town
Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3 Thimphu sight seeing
Day 4 Paro sightseeing
Day 5 Drop to Paro International Airport.
Package for Indian/SAARC Nationals - Tariff: Valid until 28th Dec 2010 only.
Package cost 3 Nights/ 4 Days: For 2 Person: Rs. 22754.00 and above 2 persons additional 20% per head (Including all Taxes).
Bhutan 05 Nights/06 Days (BTN-05N-06D)
Day 1 Transfer from airport to hotel and sightseeing Paro town
Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 4 Paro sightseeing
Day 5 Paro sightseeing
Day 6 Drop to Paro international airport
Package for Indian/SAARC Nationals - Tariff: Valid until 31st Dec 2010 only.
Package cost BTN 5 Nights/ 6 Days: For 2 Person: Rs.27875.00 and above 2 persons additional 20% per head (Including all Taxes).
Bhutan 06 Nights/07 Days (BTN-06N-07D)
Day 1 Transfer from airport to hotel and sightseeing Paro town
Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3 Punakha sightseeing
Day 4 Wangdue sightseeing
Day 5 Paro sightseeing
Day 6 Paro sightseeing
Day 7 Drop to Paro international airport
Package for Indian/SAARC Nationals - Tariff: Valid until 31st Dec 2010 only.
Package cost BTN 6 Nights/ 7 Days: For 2 Person: Rs. 33,000.00 and above 2 persons additional 20% per head (Including all Taxes).
Bhutan 07 Nights/08 Days (BTN-07N-08D)
Day 1 Transfer from airport to hotel and sightseeing Paro town
Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3 Punakha sightseeing
Day 4 Wangdue sightseeing
Day 5 Wangdue sightseeing
Day 6 Paro sightseeing
Day 7 Paro sightseeing
Day 8 Drop to Paro international airport
Package for Indian/SAARC Nationals - Tariff: Valid until 31st Dec 2010 only.
Package cost BTN 07 Nights/ 08 Days: For 2 Person: Rs. 38,125.00 and above 2 persons additional 20% per head (Including all Taxes).
Bhutan 10 Nights/11 Days (BTN-10N-11D)
Day 1 Transfer from airport to hotel and sightseeing Paro town
Day 2 Thimphu sightseeing
Day 3 Punakha sightseeing
Day 4 Transfer to Bumthang (via Trongsa)
Day 5 Bumthang sightseeing
Day 6 Transfer to Punakha (via Trongsa)
Day 7 Wangdue sightseeing
Day 8 Transfer to Paro via Thimphu
Day 9 Transfer to Haa via Chelle La pass and Haa sightseeing
Day 10 Paro sightseeing
Day 11Drop to Paro International Airport
Package for Indian/SAARC Nationals - Tariff: Valid until 31st Dec 2010 only.
Package cost BTN 10 Nights/ 11 Days: For 2 Person: Rs. 53,500.00 and above 2 person additional 20% per head (Including all Taxes).
Package cost includes:
• Accommodation on twin sharing basis
• Daily breakfast at the hotel
• All transfers and sight seeing in appropriate non-a/c vehicles
• All Hotels taxes & service charges as applicable in Bhutan
Package Cost Excludes:
• Any meal other than specified in the ‘includes’ column.
• AIRFARE WILL BE ADDITIONAL TO THE PACKAGE COST.
• Extras of a personal nature such as tips, laundry charges, and additional tour charges
• Monument & guide charges during sightseeing throughout the itinerary
• Insurance and Emergency rescue costs
• Anything not mentioned in the ‘includes’ column.
Note: Itinerary may change depending on the flight schedule/day leaving from Kolkata or Delhi or Bagdogra, this is necessitated since visit to Punakha/Wangdue requires restricted area permit from the Home Ministry, Govt. of Bhutan. No charges for permit. Permits for Punakha/Wangdue are organized by us but is given only after passenger has entered Bhutan.
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