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Enthralling Bhutan
Visit: Delhi - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro
Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days
The tour will begin with your arrival into Delhi; the political capital of India - city of varied contrasts. Explore the historical marvels and their magnificence. Discover one of the World's most untouched and remote destinations - Bhutan. Visiting Paro, Thimpu and Punakha, three of the most interesting destinations, you will gain an insight into the religion, culture and everyday life of this magical kingdom where life revolves around the monasteries and dzongs. This trip will include visits to a number of them including the Tiger's Nest Monastery with its dramatic cliff edge location. Bhutanese people are welcoming although tourism is still relatively new to the country. This tour is ideal for the first-time visitor to Bhutan, taking in all of the highlights at a relaxed pace.
 

Tour Duration : 9 Nights / 10 Days

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro

Package Highlights:
• Visit Punakha's Dzong
• Climb up the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro
• Experience Bhutan's inimitable culture
• Enjoy spectacular Himalayan scenery and other natural surroundings
• Walk in the pristine valleys


Package Inclusions:
• Accommodation on twin share
• Meals as mentioned
• Transport using the services of an air conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary
• Services of English/Language speaking local guide for all sightseeing and excursions
• Entrances to the monuments (one visit)
• Assistance on arrival/departure by a trained Hi Tours airport representative


Package Exclusions:
• Tips/gratuities to chauffeur, cleaner, guide etc
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Any domestic/international airfare
• Insurance/camera fees at the monuments etc
• Any expenditure of personal nature


Day 1 Arrive Delhi
This evening arrive at Indira Gandhi International airport. A Hi-Tours representative will meet you outside the customs gate and later escort you to hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Hotel check-in time is 12:00 hrs. Rooms will be pre-assigned with VIP amenities. Upon arrival, check in to your rooms.

Meals included: None
Overnight at the hotel
  
Day 2 Delhi
This morning enjoy an orientation tour of Delhi.

The city consists of two parts - Old & New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between 17th and 19th century and has many mosques, monuments and forts. New Delhi, the imperial city was created by the British as the capital of India.

Begin your day with an exploration starting in Old Delhi, visiting the Jama Masjid, the royal mosque built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1656. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the spine of Old Delhi. Drive past Red fort - a UNESCO World heritage site (Closed on Monday).

Later visit New Delhi. Drive through the majestic boulevards of New Delhi. The Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace) is where the Viceroy once lived and now is the official residence of the President of India. View India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honor of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.

Post lunch visit Humayun’s Tomb - a UNESCO World heritage site, the first great example of Mughal architecture in India, it developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. Next on the itinerary visit Qutab Minar - a UNESCO World heritage site, a soaring tower of victory, 72.5meter high with five distinct stories.

Return to hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at the hotel
  
Day 3 Delhi-Paro-Thimpu
Early morning transfer to airport for your flight to Thimpu -

Leave: Delhi at: 07:00 hrs by: Druk air Flight KB 205 Arrive: Paro at: 09:40 hrs

(Note: Flight operates on Monday/Tuesday & Thursday - subject to change)

Arrive in Paro. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by a Hi-Tours representative. After completion of all airport formalities, you will be driven to Thimphu covering a distance of 55 kms in approx 2 hours. Thimphu: As Bhutan’s capital, is home to many attractions and activities as mentioned above. This bustling town is home to Bhutan’s royal family, the civil servants, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan.

On arrival, check in to your room. Remaining afternoon will be at leisure for relaxation & independent activities.

Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at the hotel
  
Day 4 Thimpu
Morning enjoy a city orientation tour of Thimpu.

Begin your tour with a visit to Tashichoedzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Later proceed to the National Library which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years. Visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), where a six year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by 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.

Visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, which offer a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also visit the folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions.

Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the hotel
  
Day 5 Thimpu-Punakha
This morning leave for Punakha covering a distance of 78 kms in approx 2 hours. En-route, stop at Dochula Pass (3060 Meters) for a cup of tea/coffee. Enjoy good aerial view of the valley (subject to weather conditions)

Punakha: Punakha (the "k" is almost silent) is a subtropical valley in central Bhutan. The warm climate allows two rice crops a year, plus oranges, mangos, bananas, and even pomegranate. Bright yellow fields of mustard add color to the late-winter in the valley. It is an ex capital of Bhutan.

Arrive in Punakha and check in to your hotel.

Post lunch; visit Punakha Dzong - the second oldest dzong in Bhutan it was begun in 1637 also on the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The dzong was significantly expanded from 1744-1763 during the reign of the 13th desi (the secular ruler, as opposed to the Je Khenpo, who is the chief abbot of Bhutan, and who holds equal power), Sherab Wangchuk.

Return to hotel.

Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the hotel
  
Day 6 Punakha
This morning visit Chimi Lhakhang. Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, it is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behaviour to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as ‘Divine Madman’. This temple is also known as the temple of fertility

Post lunch enjoy an excursion to Wangduephodrang. Wangdue is a small town located on a ridge that plunges into the Puna Tsang River flowing below. Sitting atop the ridge with a commanding view of the valleys below is the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Wangdue Phodrang Dzong was founded in 1638 by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Return to hotel.

Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the hotel
  
Day 7 Punakha - Paro
This morning leave for Paro covering a distance of 125 kms in approx 4 hours. En-route, visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country which now houses the school for Buddhist studies.

Continue driving to Paro. Arrive in Paro where and check in to your hotel.

Post lunch, enjoy a city tour of Paro. Visit Ta Dzong. Originally built as Watch Tower, it now houses National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

After the visit, walks down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning 'fortress of the heap of jewels' which has a long and fascinating history.

Return to hotel.

Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the hotel
  
Day 8 Paro
This morning visit Drukgyel Dzong. A ruined fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago.

Along the way, see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo.

Later proceed for an excursion to vTaktsang Monastery (approximately 4 hours walk). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’.

Return to your hotel after the tour.

Buffet dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the hotel
  
Day 9 Paro - Delhi
Morning at leisure. Later A Hi-Tours representative will escort you to Paro International airport for your return flight to Delhi.

Departure: Paro at: 11:55hrs by: Druk Air Flight KB 204 Arrival: Delhi at: 14:10 hrs

Note: The flight stops in Kathmandu and operates 3 days a week Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday (Subject to change)

Arrive in Delhi. Meet & greet by A Hi-Tours representative who will escort you to hotel The Trident where rooms will be available till your International departure.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at the hotel
  
Day 10 Depart Delhi
A Hi-Tours representative will escort you to the International airport and will assist with departure formalities for your onward flight.

Meals included: Breakfast
  


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