6 Nights Wings of the Dragon Kingdom (All Inclusives - 5 stars hotel)
Inclusion~ Return economy airfare to Bhutan on Druk Air from Singapore (via Kolkata) on Thursday or Sunday including all applicable airport taxes.
~ Bhutan Visa arrangement service (USD$40)
~ 6 nights accommodation in dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu in a D'Light Room(5 star).
~ 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
~ Government royalty and all the taxes (Except airport taxes)
Flight Details subject to change without prior notice
* Singapore - Paro / KB541 / 0630HRS - 1030HRS (Departs: Thursday & Sunday) / Aircraft: A319
* Paro - Singapore / KB540 / 0730HRS - 1535HRS (Departs: Wednesday & Saturday) / Aircraft: A319
DAY 1 - SINGAPORE > PARO > THIMPHU (LUNCH & DINNER)
Driving Distance: Approx 65KM - 1 hour
On arrival at Paro International airport, meet you guide who will be waiting outside the arrival terminal of the Airport holding a placard with your name. We will drive to Thimphu city - the capital city of Bhutan on an elevation of 2350m. Urbanization began here when Thimphu was proclaimed as a national capital in 1952 and the Dechenchoeling Palace was built at this time. The city retains its ethnic architectural style up till today and it is also the only capital in the world with NO traffic lights! Today, Thimphu remains essentially pastoral in character and changes its demeanor with the seasons.
Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Thereafter, you will be taken for a short sightseeing tour around Thimphu town. During the tour, you will visit:-
* Motithang Takin Preserve - a wildlife reserve area for takin (Budorcas taxicolor), the national animal of Bhutan. The reason for declaring takin as the national animal of Bhutan is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kunley, popularly known as the Divine Mad Man.
* Tashichhodzong - popularly known as Thimphu Dzong, is an impressive structure that houses the Bhutanese government and stand on the right side of the Wangchu River (Thimphu).
After dinner, you might want to explore Thimphu town at your own leisure.
DAY 2 - THIMPHU (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)
Breakfast will be served in the hotel. Today, we will be visiting the following attractions:-
* Royal Textile Academy - a place to learn about Bhutan's living national art of thagzo (weaving). The ground floor focuses on royal ghos, including the wedding clothes worn by the fourth king and his four wives. The upper floor introduces the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and type of textiles made by women and men. The museum shop offers some interesting books and fine textiles. Across the courtyard is the Royal Textile Academy conservation centre, where you can observe a small group of weavers working their looms.
* Institute for Zorig Chusum - commonly known as the Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school.
* National Library - built in the 1967 to preserve ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. The traditional books are kept on the upper floor which is Tibetan style printed and wrapped in silken cloth. In another section you can see the wooden blocks that are used for printing books and prayer flags.
* Traditional Medicine Center - a place where local Himalayan herbs are prepared and dispensed to the people.
* Simply Bhutan - An interactive "living" museum that gives a good guided introduction to various aspects of Bhutanese traditional life. Visitors get to learn how to distil ara and many more, dress up in traditional clothes, try out archery and listen to songs sung by Bhutanese women as they build houses out of rammed earth. It's a good family experience. There are also souvenir shops and a snack bar.
DAY 3 - THIMPHU (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)
Do have a hearty breakfast as we will be hiking to Tango Monastery, about 7 miles from Thimphu. The Tango Monastery is a lovely place for an excursion. On the way there, you can enjoy beautiful views of the countryside and Thimphu Valley. The monastery dates back to the 13th century and was rebuilt in the 15th century by the "Divine Mad man (Drukpa Kinley).
Following that, we will visit Pangri Zampa Lhakhang, a school for Buddhist Astrology. It was built during the first quarter of 16th century and it is the first residence of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who unified Bhutan during 17th century.
After lunch, we will proceed to the Centenary Market, one of the biggest structures in Bhutan, Centenarary Farmers market was built in 2008 to mark the coronation of the fifth King of Bhutan and 100 years of monarchy. The two storied building has 458 stalls for sale of vegetables, fruits, meats and other farm products. It also houses cafeteria and separate stalls for non wood forest products. Vendors throughout the country come here to sell farm produces. The market is open six days in a week except Wednesday.
DAY 4 - PUNAKHA EXCURSION (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)
Driving Distance: Approx 77KM - 3 hours
After breakfast, we will head for Punakha Valley (the old capital of the country) via the Dochula Mountain pass (3140m). On a clear day Dochu La offers a stunning view of the snow capped Himalayan ranges. Also a great spot for photo!
Some of the attractions we will visit in Punakha includes:
* Druk Wangyel Chhorten - built by the Queen Mother for the peace and stability of the country. The 108 Khangzang Namgyal Chhortens are a new landmark for travellers as they cross Dochula, the first mountain pass into the interior of the country.
* Chimi Lhakhang - located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. There is a short 20 minute walk through the village of the Sopsokha en-route to the temple wherein you will cross paddy fields and get a feel for rural Bhutan. The temple was built by Ngawang Chogyel in the 15th century after the "divine Madman" drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. The temple is believe to bless couples who are unable to have children and many people from around the world visit this holly site to seek its blessings.
* Punakha Dzong - the second of Bhutan's dzongs. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the government. It is the winter residence of the monastic order's leader and his entourage of monks, and was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Inside the Dzong is the set of the 108 volumes of Kanjur - the holy book of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage, written in gold. The Dzong also safe guard Bhutan's most treasured possession: the Rangjung Kharsapani, a self created image of Chenrigzig which is described by Shabdrung as a treasure as vast as the sky.
We will proceed back to Thimphu in the evening.
DAY 5 - PARO (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)
Driving Distance: Approx 65KM - 1 hour
Breakfast will be served in the hotel. Today, we will be visiting the following attractions in Paro:-
* Rinpung Dzong - built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.
* The National Museum - rated as one of the finest natural history museums in South Asia which is a repository of not only precious work of art but also costumes, armor and other hand crafted objects of daily life that provide a good snapshot of the rich culture traditions of the country. Of special interest is the gallery of thangkhas which exhibits exquisite pieces of different vintages -those depicting Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first Je Khempo and first Druk desi are of particular significance.
* 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 spreadof Buddhism. To overcome her, King Sontsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples, 12 were built in accordance with previse plans. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demoness.
DAY 6 - PARO (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)
After an early breakfast, we will drive back to Paro for Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Next) which clings precariously to a cliff 800m / 2600ft above the Paro valley. The climb up to the view point will take around 3 hours (depending on one's fitness). In the second half of the 8th century, Guru Rimpoche, alighted here upon the back of a tigeress, and upon meditating for 3 months in the 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 interoduced 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.
Lunch will be served during the return hike back the the road point. In the afternoon, we will visit a local farmhouse for a taste of Bhutanese life. The farmhouses are very decorative, built and painted in a classical style.
DAY 6 - THIMPHU > PARO (BREAKFAST)
After breakfast, check and and proceed to Paro for your flight home.
Additional Information / Supplement(Subject to change without prior notice)
|OPTIONAL||Price per ADULT in SGD$||Price per Child in SGD$|
|Upgrade to Business Class||890||620|
~ Valid for travel to be completed by 31 Dec 20.
~ A deposit 50% of the total tour cost is required at time of booking.
~ Minimum 2 adults travelling together is required.
~ 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-1334
~ 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.
~ 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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