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Kuenzang Drak Neykor

Snuggled in the folds of the eastern Himalayas, the highest mountain ranges in the world, Bhutan is a country where Vajrayana Buddhism is a way of everyday life and the government measures development in terms of Gross National Happiness; where democracy was handed “top-down” from the Golden Throne. Here, traditional values, environmental preservation, and good governance take precedence over economic development.

The last Buddhist kingdom in the world, Bhutan is a pocket of calmness wedged between the two most populated countries in the world, India, and China. If you want peace of mind, far away from the madding crowd, away in serene surroundings, where yesterday was just a vague dream and tomorrow is in the process of germination, then you have arrived at the right place on earth, Bhutan.

Ever since the opening of tourism in 1974, the year of the coronation of His Majesty the King, the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the kingdom has been known for its untouched culture, pristine nature, lush green valleys and majestic snow-covered mountains, which limited our contacts with the outside world till the turn of the last century but also saved us from being colonized.

A spiritual nation, the country is dotted with monasteries tucked away on the precipitous mountains and the valley floors with prayer flags fluttering on high passes or wooden bridges over roaring streams. More than 60 percent of the population is engaged in agriculture living a simple life drawing. Buddhism touches and influences all facets of social and cultural life, leaving a deep impact on art, architecture, and traditional dances.

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The flight into Paro is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese escort from Truly Bhutan will greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this region. After this, we will have lunch in Paro town. Then we will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

The drive will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes & overnight stay in the hotel, Thimphu.

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The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and the Dupthob Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then drive to the viewpoint of Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan), for your photograph and Folk Heritage museum.
Lunch will be served in the town. After lunch, we will be visiting the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive, and finally, visiting the Handicrafts Emporium and shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu.
Evening at leisure.

overnight stay at the hotel, Thimphu.

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After breakfast, we will drive to Bumthang. The drive will take about 9 hours. We will drive through the rhododendron, magnolia bloom in early spring, and through the subtropical and broadleaf forest.

We will also pass by two passes, Dochula Pass (3150m) and Youtongla Pass (3400m). At Dochula pass we can see the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges on clear days. The view is so great and spectacular. After lunch, we will continue our journey to Bumthang over the Youtongla pass.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel, Bumthang.

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After our breakfast, we will drive to Kuenzang Drak. From the road point, we have to walk about 1 hour to reach the Kuenzang Drak temple.
Lunch picnic pack lunch. After lunch, mediate in pursuing one’s own spiritual goal.

Dinner and overnight stay in camp, Kuenzang Drak.

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Mediate till 11 AM and drive back to Bumthang. On our way back to Bumthang, we will visit Mebartsho (Burning Lake).

Lunch in the hotel, Bumthang. After lunch, we will visit one of the oldest temples in Bhutan Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, and Tamshing Lhakhang.
Evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel, Bumthang.

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After our early breakfast, we will drive to Punakha. The drive will take about 7 hours. At Trongsa, we will visit the magnificent Dzong, Trongsa Dzong.
Lunch at a local restaurant or picnic pack lunch. After lunch, we will continue our journey to Punakha.

On reaching Wangduephodrang, we will also visit Wangdue Dzong, which was founded by Lama Zhabdrung in 1638.

Overnight stay in the hotel, Punakha.

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Today we will do sightseeing in Wangdue Phodrang and Punakha valley. In the morning we will hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. From the road point, we have to walk about 45 minutes up steep. We can see the beautiful traces of the field in harmony with the scattered farmhouses. On our way back, we will visit Punakha Dzong.
Lunch in the hotel, Punakha. After lunch, we will hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located on a hilltop. We have to walk about 25 minutes from the road point. The temple is also known as the temple of fertility.
Evening at leisure.

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After our early breakfast, we will drive to Paro via Dochula pass. The drive will take about 5 hours.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel, Paro.

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After early breakfast, hike to the viewpoint of Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. We have to walk about 1 hour & 30 minutes up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. After enjoying the view & photographs, and refreshments at the viewpoint (Taktsang Cafeteria) we will walk back.
Lunch will be served in the town.
After lunch, we will visit the National Museum of Bhutan and Kyichu Lhakhang. Evening stroll around the Paro town.

Overnight stay in the hotel, Paro.

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Today we will drive to Paro international Airport to catch the flight to your next destination. Our Team will bid you farewell and we wish you a safe and pleasant journey back home and hope to see you again in Bhutan.

  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

Our Host

Bhutan is one of the most unusual and beautiful countries in the world. You’ll find a land that is blessed with abundance, a deep connection to the past, and a unique culture. Truly Bhutan’s Host is second to none. Handpicked, highly experienced, and scrupulously trained, they bring a wealth of skill and knowledge to each trip. They are fun and friendly, whose aim is to ensure that each trip remains an unforgettable experience. Creating colorful, discovery-oriented tours in a combination of safety and comfort is the mission of our guides. All Host have earned the tour guide’s certificate from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk | Culture Expert

Dechen Dema

Dechen Dema | Culture & Trekking Expert

host

Pelden Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

Trek guide

Jigme Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

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