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Itinerary for Black Necked Crane Tour

Itinerary Details
DayDescription
Day 1Once you arrive in Paro, you will be received by your Himalayan travel experts representative and guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Thimphu. Arrive at Paro and Proceed to Thimphu (55 kms | 1hours) Thimphu: Capital to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Thimphu is one of the smallest capitals in the world. For most part of its history, Bhutan has tried consciously to save its culture from the influences of the western world. It is not that modernity has not reached this region, but is being introduced in a phased and balanced manner that is unheard of at any place in the world. All these make Thimphu and other parts of the country a unique destination. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. After taking rest for some time take a tour of the town. Trashi Chhoe Dzong: Also called Fortress of the Glorious Religion, it is situated north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu. The Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth King in 2008 and hosts the city's biggest annual bash, the colorful tsechu festivities. National Library: Housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) is where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts. Spend rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Thimphu
Day 2Sightseeing in Thimphu After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing. Buddha View Point: Another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha Statue, the largest in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Simtokha Dzong: The monastery was built in 1627 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. The carvings behind the prayer wheel in the courtyard are a major attraction of this temple. Memorial Chorten: It is also known as the Thimphu Chorten, and is located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. Takin Mini Zoo: The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drupa Kunley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. In the evening free time to explore Thimphu City. Overnight in Thimphu
Day 3 Thimphu - Punakha (75 kms | 3 hours) After having breakfast, check-out of the hotel and proceed to Punakha. On the way to Punakha you will go through the Dochula Pass. Stop at Dochula View Point which is the first stop after leaving Thimphu. About 45 minutes from Thimphu, it offers visitors their first glimpse of the Himalayan range. The road to Punakha branches left and curls its way down to the relatively low lands of the Punakha valley. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Later, go for sightseeing. Punakha Dzong: Majestically standing on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, the city's dzong is one of the most photogenic of all Bhutan's ancient fortresses, and you will see pictures of it hanging in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. The dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley. Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple): Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina is the yellow-roofed Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kunley in his honour after he subdued the demoness of the nearby Dochu La with his "magic thunderbolt of wisdom". A wooden effigy of the lama's thunderbolt is preserved in the lhakhang and childless women go to the temple to receive blessings from the saint. It's a pleasant 20-minute walk across fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. You will cross an archery ground before making a short climb to the temple. In the evening, return to your hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay. Overnight in Punakha
Day 4 Day Excursion to Phobjikha Valley (80 kms | 3 hours) Today after breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Gangtey Gompa (at 3500 meters).( 2 Hours drive) Enjoy the views of the immense and remote Phobjikha valley and the black mountain ranges. Visit Gangtey Gompa (one of Bhutan's oldest monasteries). where the villagers continue live a traditional Bhutanese rural lifestyle. This is the site where black-necked cranes visit in their hundreds in November each year after spending the summer in Tibet. Later in the evening drive back to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha
Day 5 Punakha to Paro (160 kms | 5 hours) After breakfast this morning, check-out of the hotel and proceed to Paro. Upon arrival in Paro, check-in at the hotel. Later, go for sightseeing. Drukgyal Ruin Dzong: Originally a fortress and Buddhist monastery, it is now in ruins and is located in the upper part of Paro valley. The Dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet. In the early 1950s Drukgyal Dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire. Kyichu Lhakhang: Built in 659 by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo; it is believed to be one of the 108 temples built to subdue a demoness residing in the Himalayas and is also one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. In the evening free time to explore paro town. . Overnight in In Paro
Day 6 Sightseeing in Paro After having breakfast at the hotel visit Bhutan's most impressive and well known Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture you will see. Rinpung Dzong: It is a fortress-monastery that serves both as a civil administrative center and as a monastic home for a community of monks. Most dzongs were built in the mid-1600s to protect the inhabited valleys from invasion by Tibet. The Paro Dzong was started in 1644 on the order of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of modern day Bhutan. Unlike most of the Dzongs in Bhutan, it survived the massive 1897 earthquake mostly unscathed, though it was damaged by fire in 1907. National Museum of Paro: Housed inside the revamped Ta-dzong building in Paro, National Museum of Bhutan is a cultural museum that has put on display the antique items gathered from different parts of the country. Spend the evening at leisure wandering around Paro town for some souvenir shopping and to get a feel of the city. Overnight in In Paro
Day 7 Departure After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Paro Airport to board your flight back Home. Spend the evening at leisure wandering around Paro town for some souvenir shopping and to get a feel of the city.

Booking the Tour

* All the Foreign National Tourists visiting Bhutan must travel through all-inclusive package Tourism, for which there is a fixed tariff set by the Royal Government of Bhutan.
* This tariff includes:
accommodation, Meals, Transportation within the country, Guide services, sightseeing and entrance fees for the museums and monuments.
* All tours must be booked through a Local Travel Operator/Travel Agent.
Please find our bank address below to transfer the tour payment.
1. Bhutan National Bank, Thimphu, Bhutan.
Bank Acocunt No: 0005610423001
2. Bank Address:
Bhutan National Bank, P.O Box 439, GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT

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