SIMPLY NATURE

SIMPLY NATURE

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 : NJP Rly Stn / IXB Airport – Darjeeling (2130mtrs) (About 98 kms / 4 hrs)

Meet & Greet on arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport & transfer to Darjeeling.On arrival Check-in to hotel & rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay will be at Darjeeling.

DAY 2 : Darjeeling Local Sightseeing

Early Morning drive to Tiger hill to see the sunrise over Mt. Khangchendzongha , on your way back visit Ghoom` Monastery and Batasia Loop . After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, P.N. Zoological Park (Thursday closed), Tenzing Rock, HMI, Tibetan Refugee self-help Centre (Sunday closed), Tea Garden . Evening free for shopping or leisure. Overnight stay at Darjeeling.

DAY 3 : Darjeeling – Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (Altitude 300m) (105 kms / 5 hrs)

Darjeeling – Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (Altitude 300m) (105 kms / 5 hrs)

DAY 4 : Jaldapara Phuntsholing “Thimphu(Altitude 2,320m) (180 km, approx 6 hours drive)

After breakfast we take an elephant ride for an hour then we come back to hotel we pack our bags and drive to phuntsholing Bhutan Border then after you drive to Thimpu the capital of Bhutan. En route stop at Kharbandi monastery and the statues of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rimpoche. This entire drive is very pleasant with numerous scenic spots en route. visit Simtokha Dzong. On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan without a traffic light. Evening free to explore around Thimphu main street and market area.. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5 : Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang).. the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Then, visit King's Memorial Chorten . Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Afterwards visit to Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, Post lunch, visit the National Library and the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) . Then, drive to Takin Preserve. The Takin is national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and goat.

DAY 6 : Punakha ( 75 Thimphu Km, 3 hours drive)

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) the highest point on the road for view over the mountain during the clear skies including Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Later visit to Punakha Dzong. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

DAY 7 : Punakha

After breakfast excursion to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple), situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley. It is believe that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. Afternoon explore Punakha local market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

DAY 8 : Punakha / Bumthang (205 km, approx 7 hours drive)

After breakfast, drive across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large white chorten prayer flags. Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu's Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Further ahead visit Trongsa Dzong. Then drive further to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yotong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chhumey valley. Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang.

DAY 9 : Bumthang

Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys - Chhumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. The valley is also famous for the production of honey, cheese, apples and the yathra - woolen colourful material that has multiple uses. Visit to Kurje Lhakhang, the Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang.

DAY 10 : Bumthang / Punakha (205 km, approx 7 hours drive)

After breakfast drive to Punakha en route visit Ta Dzong, built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, a task entrusted to him by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After more than 350 years, it has been resurrected into a classy museum, that represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

DAY 11 : Punakha - Paro (125 Km, approx 4 hours drive)

After breakfast drive to Paro. Afternoon in Paro visit Ta Dzong, once a watchtower, Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 12 : Paro (Altitude 2,280m)

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx 5 hours round trip walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley .After ward if time permit then drive upto the valley to view the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. While return to Paro town visit en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 13 : Depart Paro

After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to your onward destination.

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