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9N/PBH/CULTMAR | 9 Night(s) Package

9 Nights Cultural Bhutan (Departs: Thursday only)


Bhutan Tour Package - Private Touring - Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a dazzling tour destination where ancient eastern cultures coexist with a western democratic way of life. It's a Buddhist hamlet, to begin with, a tiny nation-state that talks of happiness like no other country does.

Inclusion

~ Return economy airfare to Bhutan on Druk Air from Singapore (via Kolkata).
~ Bhutan Visa arrangement service (USD$40)
~ A qualified & licensed English speaking guide in Bhutan
~ An experienced driver in Bhutan
~ Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
~ Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
~ All meals inclusive at selected local restaurants in Bhutan
~ 9 nights Accommodation at standard hotels in Bhutan as per itinerary
~ Bottled drinking water throughout the journey
~ Government royalty and all the taxes (Except airport taxes)

ITINERARY (ORDER OF THE ITINERARY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

DAY 1 - SINGAPORE - PARO - THIMPHU (Elevation 2280m) [Lunch / Dinner]

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu (Approx 1 hour), check in to the hotel and lets have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine.

After lunch, your half day Thimphu tour includes visit to the following:
* The National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.
* Centenary Farmers' Market(if time/day permit as market only open from Thusday to Sunday) where farmers sell their farm produces ( vegetables, fruits, cereals, spices, wild vegetable collections,livestock products,etc) and free interaction with local people who come shopping to this market, especially on weekends.
* Buddha Point to offer your prayers to the largest Buddha statue in the country and walk around to enjoy the great view of Thimphu valley below. Craft Bazaar where artisans and craftsmen from across the country come to sell their products.
*National Memorial Chorten - which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk

Shop and walk around Thimphu town after dinner

OVERNIGHT: Dorji Element, Thimphu or similar

DAY 2 - THIMPHU Tango Day Trek (Elevation 1300m) [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

Day Trek - Trek to Tango Goemba & picnic/lunch by river

A little small adventure today - we are going for a short trekking trip to Tango Goemba - the site has had religious significance since the 12th century when it was the home of the Lama who brought the Drukpa Kagyupa school of Buddhism to Bhutan. The monastery was built there in the 15th century by Drukpa Kunley ("The Divine Madman"). Tango is the highest center of Buddhist learning in the country; almost every Je Khenpo (religious head of Bhutan) completed the 9-year program there. After completing that program, monks traditionally spend 3 years, 3 months and 3 days in mediation at the nearby Cheri Goemba retreat, built in 1619 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder or first unifier of Bhutan. It is currently the home of an 11 year old boy believed to be the seventh reincarnation of the fourth desi, or ruler, of Bhutan.
Estimated Duration:1 hour to ascend.

Chari Goemba - Hike to Chari Gemba. Chari Monastery was established in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder and unifier of Bhutan in memory of his late father Tenpai Nyima. Zhabdrung established the first Drukpa Kagyu monastic ordeer here. The monastery which is now a major teaching and retreat centre of the Southerm Drukpa Kagyu order is located in the north of Thimphu Valley about fifteen kilometers from the capital. It sites on a hill top close to Tango monastery.
Estimated Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes to ascend.

Some of the other attractions/activities that you can explore today, discuss with your private tour guide(If time permit)

*Changangkha Monastery - Built in 12th century, Changangkha Lhakhang is oldest temple in Thimphu. It is hovering over a ridge above Thimphu, near Motithang. Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo who came to Bhutan from Ralung in Tibet chose this site to build this lhakhang. The Lhakhang houses Chenrizig: an 11-headed, thousand-armed manisfestation of Avolokitesawara as the central statue.
*Simtokha Dzong - Five miles from Thimphu, on a lofty ridge, stands Semtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom.
*Weaving Centre - at Changzamtog
*Zilukha Nunnery - This modern nunnery offers a good view of Thimphu Dzong and the Parliament
*Textile Museum - witnesses the art of traditional weaving.

OVERNIGHT: Dorji Element, Thimphu or similar

DAY 3 - THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA (Elevation 1300m) [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

We will head to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan in the morning. The road bring visitors through scented pine and cedar forests, festooned with hanging lichen. The Punakha river is one of the biggest rivers in Bhutan. During spring and winter, the color of the river turns jade and is beautiful.

Some of the attractions that we will visit today, discuss with your private tour guide to work on something best for you:-
* Dochula Pass - at 3,050m, this beautiful pass with its 108 Bhutanese stupas is the memorial site of fallen Bhutanese soldiers in the 1990s.
* Chhimi Lhakhang - A 20 minutes walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below metshina. Nhawang chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the "Divine Madmin" Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. It is a pilgrim site for barren women.
* Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chilf Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese srchtecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years buy has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship.
* Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge

OVERNIGHT: Meri Puensum Resort or similar in Punakha

DAY 4 - PUNAKHA TO TRONGSA (Elevation 1300m) [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

Also on route to Bumthang is Trongsa, the ancestral home of the ruling dynasty.

Check out some of the attractions as follows:-
* Wangdue Phodrang - One of the major towns and district capital of Western Bhutan. We will pause to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Dramatically perched on the spur of a hill, built in 1638, this Dzong overlooks the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. The last town before central Bhutan. The district is famous for its fine bamboo work and its slate and stone carving.
* Chendebji Chorten - also called Chorten Charo Kasho is a Nepalese style like stupa like Swayabhunath or Bodhnath built in the 19th century by a Tibetan Lama. It was built on the remains of an evil spirit that was tormenting the people of that region.
* Trongsa - literally "New Town" in the Dzonghka language, is where the current monarchy had its origin in Bhutan. Each king in the ine of succession has held the post of Trongsa Penlop or Governor before donning the Raven Crown.
* Trongsa Dzong - were laid in the 16th century by Pema Lingpa and flourished during the 17th century under Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyal. The impressive fortress is a massive structure, its wall looming high above the winding Mangde Chu Valley, commanding the east-west road.
* The Trongsa Museum (Taa Dzong) - Sits high above the valley at a strategic vantage point over Trongsa Dzong. "Tower of Trongsa" tells the stories of the dzong and the valley that it has watched over for centuries. His Majesty the King inaugurates the Taa Dzong as a museum dedicated to the Wangchuk dynasty, land making yet another significant event as the nation celebrates 100 years of the monarchy. It has been restored into a classy museum that represents a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity. There are 224 items on display, include a sacred image of Sung Joenma Dorji Chang (Self spoken Vajradhama), a bronze statue of Pema Lingpa, made by himeself and a number of centuries old treasures like dance and ritual costumes and objects, ancient prayer books, paintings and scrolls and textiles.

Drive Duration: 5 hours

OVERNIGHT: Yangkhil Resort or similar

DAY 5 - BUMTHANG (Elevation 1300m) [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

Bumthang - is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism in Bhutan. It is an area with a wide variery of fauna and flora. The Guru Rinpoche and his lineage of Tertons (teasure finders) making Bumthang his home have led to more than 40 temples wbeing built in this peaceful valley.

Attractions we will visit today:-
* Jambay Lhakhang - built in 659 by Tibetan King Sontsen Gampo to pin down a demoness who was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. Come October, the Jambay Lhakhang Drup is one of the most colourful festivals in Bhutan.
* Kurjey Lhakhang - one of the most sacred monastries in Bhutan. Built by the Guru Rinpoche in 1652, it houses a rock with his body imprint. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche manifested as a Garuda to defeat the demon Shelging Karpo who had taken the form of a white lion.

We will drive to Tamshing Goemba, built in 1501 by the Buddhist saint Pema Lingpa. In the afternoon, we will hike up to Thangbi Valley, crossing a suspension bridge to visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century via an unpaved road.

* Jakar Dzong - pitched on a high ground overlooking town junction, it was built as monastery in 1549 by the great grandfather of the Zhabdrung. It is now used as the administrative centre for Bumthang district.

OVERNIGHT: Jakar Village Lodge or similar

DAY 6 - BUMTHANG, VISIT URA VALLEY (Elevation 1300m) [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

This morning, visit Ura Valley - One of the most tranquil and beautiful valley, Ura is a must visit valley in Bumthang. while in Ura, visit the Ura Monastery and simply enjoy the meadows and the beautiful landscapes, the buck wheat and barley fields.

On the way back to the village, visit the Me-Bar Tsho Lake. Me-Bar Tsho (Burning Lake) is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan, the holy lake is said to be one of the holiest lakes in Bhutan. Long time ago, Terton Pema Lingpa (Buddhist saint and treasure discoverer) dived into the lake while holding a burning butter lamp on one hand. Several hours later when he came out of the lake, he was holding some relics one hand and the butter lamp on his other hand was still burning. Thus the lake was called Me-Bar Tsho (Me-Bar = Burning ; Tsho = Lake

DAY 7 - BUMTHANG TO GANGTEY (Elevation 1300m) [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]
The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phibikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate in the winter months from Tibetan Plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March.

Nature Hike along the valley of Phobjikha (estimated time - 2 hours)

Black-Necked Crane Information Centre - which has informative displays about the crandes and the valley environment. You can use the centre's powerful spotting scopes and check what you see against its pamphlet 'Field Guide to Crane Behaviour'.

Gangtey GoempaSituated south of the road and east of Wangdue Phodrang, is Gangtey Gompa, an old monastery dating back to the 17th century. The short journey south from the main east-west artery is well worth the detour.

OVERNIGHT: Dewachen or similar in Gangtey

Drive duration: 5 hours.

DAY 8 - GANGTEY TO PARO (Elevation 2280m) [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

The valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phibikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate in the winter months from Tibetan Plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March.

We will do a Nature Hike along the valley of Phobjikha (estimated time - 2 hours). If you are a photographer, you will definitely capture one of the best photo here!

Following that, visit Gangtey Goempawhich is situated south of the road and east of Wangdue Phodrang, is Gangtey Gompa, an old monastery dating back to the 17th century. The short journey south from the main east-west artery is well worth the detour.

OVERNIGHT: Khangkhu Resort, Paro or similar

DAY 9 - PARO (Elevation 2280m) [Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner]

Today, we shall visit the most visited / MUST visit attraction in Bhutan - Taktsang Monastery - a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex located on the cliff side of Paro Valley. According to legends, it is believed that Guru Rinpochhe flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a Tigress (his consort Yeshey Tshogyal) and meditated in one of the caves. Guru Rinpochhe performed meditation and emerged in eight manifestations and the place became holy. Thus gaining the name tigers nest.
Estimated time to ascend 2 and half hour. Estimated time to descend 3 hours.
* For those who prefer not to hike, a ride on pony is available till half way thru the journey

In the afternoon, visit Drukgyal Dzong - north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate.Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past.

OVERNIGHT: Khangkhu Resort, Paro or similar

DAY 10 - PARO TO SINGAPORE
We bid farewell to the magical kingdom in the sky and head back to Singapore.

Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
Flight Details (subject to change without prior notice)

Singapore - Paro via Kolkata on the same aircraft
Available on Tuesday (from 04Aug16) / Thursday / Sunday
Singapore - Kolkata / KB501 / 0630-0830HRS / A319
Kolkata - Paro / KB501 / 0910-1050HRS / A319

Paro - Singapore via Kolkata on the same aircraft
Available on Monday (from 04Aug16), Wednesday and Saturday only
Paro - Kolkata / KB500 / 0750-0830HRS / A319
Kolkata - Singapore / KB500 / 0910-1610HRS / A319
Upgrade Supplement to Business Class Price per ADULT in SGD$ Price per Child in SGD$
Travel between 01 Feb 17 - 31 Oct 17742497


Important Notes


~ Valid for travel to be completed by 31Oct'17.
~ A deposit of S$3000 is required at time of booking.
~ A minimum 10 days advance notice is required for booking.
~ Above package is subject to the following airfare conditions:-
* Druk Air is the only airline that flies in and out of Bhutan. Druk Air fares are subject to change.
* Air tickets are refundable for cancellation.
* On receipt of payment for the full fare, you will be sent a copy of your E-ticket via email. No cancellation is allow once ticketed.
* Date change is subjected to SGD$100 per change per ticket (Subject to availability).
~ Fare Code: PA-1020A686C / PC-630686C
~ Strict cancellation fee will applies once booking is confirmed.
~ Price excludes tips for guide and driver, alcoholic drinks and expenditure of personal expenses.
~ Our guide will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall. Both your guide and driver will be with you throughout the trip until you step into the departure hall. We will send their number together with Visa. Do feel free to inform your guide of any adjustments/changes that will allow yourself a comfortable trip and he will try his best.
~ Price excludes airport taxes, security tax and other applicable surcharges.
~ Payment may be made in Singapore Dollars by cash, NETS, cheques and credit cards.
~ Due to fluctuation on currency exchange and changes on airfare, prices are subject to change without prior notice.


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Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
Flight Details (subject to change without prior notice)

Singapore - Paro via Kolkata on the same aircraft
Available on Tuesday (from 04Aug16) / Thursday / Sunday
Singapore - Kolkata / KB501 / 0630-0830HRS / A319
Kolkata - Paro / KB501 / 0910-1050HRS / A319

Paro - Singapore via Kolkata on the same aircraft
Available on Monday (from 04Aug16), Wednesday and Saturday only
Paro - Kolkata / KB500 / 0750-0830HRS / A319
Kolkata - Singapore / KB500 / 0910-1610HRS / A319