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The Quintessential Bhutan Experience tour is the perfect tour if you are looking for a great introduction to Bhutan but want to spend a couple extra days exploring the culture. This tour highlights all the major sites of interest in western and central Bhutan. This leisure-paced journey takes you on a journey of well-preserved tradition and culture, medieval Dzongs, pristine landscapes, monasteries, and our ever-friendly people. Whatever you do and wherever you go, you will be fascinated by our country and people whose love and respect for their faith and their land is all encompassing. You will have the experience of meeting local families and possibly sharing a meal. Learning about Bhutanese culture from the people who live it every day. We will explore pristine valleys, woodlands of juniper and visit local villages in this fabulous tour! Of course, the culmination of the tour is the day trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
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Arrival-Paro/ThimphuThe flight to Bhutan takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the most scintillating scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. Upon your arrival representative from Company will receive you and drive to Thimphu about 1hr. Later visit Memorial stupa and Trashi Chodzong. Overnight in Thimphu in Hotel
In ThimphuMorning sightseeing includes–Folk and Heritage Museum, Traditional Hand made Paper Factory, Painting School, Textile museum, 12th century changangkha temple, Takin, Bhutan’s national animals. National Emporium and etc. Overnight in Thimphu in Hotel
Thimphu-PunakhaMorning proceeds to Dochula pass (3,100m). On clear day, the pass offers the most spectacular view over the greater eastern Himalayas including highest peak of Bhutan. Make gradual hike to Lungchuzekha Temple located at 3500m altitudes. Afternoon drive to Wangdue, visit Dzong reconstruction and mini town. Overnight in Punakha in Hotel
Punakha-BumthangDrive to Trongsa about four and half hours. Continue your journey crossing Pele la Pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. Stop for picnic lunch at Chendebji Chorten built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida; it is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Visit Trongsa Dzong and Tower Museum. On the way stop at chume weaving centre, typical woolen product from Bumthang valley. Overnight in Bumthang in Hotel.
In BumthangMorning - visit Jambey Lhakhang built in 7th century, Hike about hour to Kurjey Lhakhang, Walk to Tamshing Lhakhang founded in 15th century. Short stop at Konchog Sum Lhakhang and attain monk debate at Kharchu Monastery. Take a stroll through Bumthang market area. Overnight in Bumthang in Hotel
Excursion to Ura-TrongsaThe journey continues eastwards over Ura Sheltangla Pass (3250m), one can see Mt. Gangar Puem Sum (altd. 25,000 ft.), the highest peak of Bhutan on a clear day. Make easy hike about one hour descending following the old mule tracks to Ura. Visit Ura temple located at the heart of the crowded village. Enroute stop at Member Tso (the Burning Lake) from which the saint Pema Lingpa has discovered the treasure in the 15th century hidden by Guru Rimpoche in the 8th century. Late afternoon drive to Trongsa for overnight. Overnight in Trongsa in hotel.
Trongsa/Punakha via GangteyStart early route back to Pelela Pass (altd. 3,300 m) via Trongsa. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked crane, which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. About one hour hike in Gangtey valley. Visit Gangtey Monastery, the only Nyingmapa Monastery in Bhutan. Late afternoon drive back to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha in Hotel
Punakha-ParoMorning short excursion to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, Later visit Punakha Dzong and later En-route to visit temple of divine madman, also well known as the temple of fertility. After lunch proceed to Paro for overnight. If time permits visit Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong. Overnight in Paro in Hotel
Paro sightseeingMorning hike to Taktsang Monastery, Tiger nest monastery a quintessential Bhutan travel experience. Later visit ruined Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 7th century and Dungtse Lhakhang. Overnight in Paro in Hotel
Paro (Departure)After early breakfast in the hotel drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.
Accommodations in Hotel
All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
All land transfers and transportation
English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
Bottled water in the vehicle
Flights into and out of Bhutan
Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others
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The daily tariff that you pay, pays for your tour guide, driver, hotels and all your meals. The only money you need to budget for is for alcohol, souvenirs, and tips. It is best to bring cash and exchange it for local currency at the airport in Paro. There are ATMs available in some locations, but they work sporadically.
It depends on what time of year you go. The fall or the spring are the best times to travel to Bhutan. Typically, the days are cool and sunny, and the nights are cold. Some places, like Punakha are sub-tropical and you can expect warmer temperatures.
Druk Experience provides vehicles based on tour size. For small tours we provide 4 door SUV type cars, for larger tours, we provide smaller tour buses that can accommodate 8-10 individuals. Our cars are in excellent shape and our drivers are always safe and careful. All vehicles will be equipped with air conditioning or heaters.
Pack light for all of our tours, soft suitcases/duffel bags are best. Dressing up will not be necessary, dress for comfort. Layer, layer, layer. Wear sturdy shoes for walking/hiking. When we visit holy sites, you will be asked to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
Yes, please feel free to take as many pictures as you would like. However, you will be asked to not take pictures in our temples. If you have any questions about when you can take pictures, please ask your guide.