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Mythical Bhutan Tour

A luxury trip to Bhutan, the only Buddhist kingdom in the world. This kingdom, mysterious and magical, isolated by the high Himalayan peaks, remains a quiet and ecological enclave. It has protected itself from the outside world and has kept its language, rituals and ancestral customs intact. You will discover this mysterious and almost medieval universe staying in exceptional five stars hotels of Amankora.

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Kathmandu

Arrival in Nepal, welcome by a representative of Maharajah Driver and transfer to your hotel. Start by visiting Durbar Square, the heart of the old town and the most spectacular architectural heritage of the capital. The set includes the former royal palace, the house of the living goddess Kumari Bahal, pagodas, temples and old neighborhoods with local houses. Discovery of the great stupa of Swayambhunath perched on a height of Kathmandu, which is one of the most popular symbols of Nepal. It offers great views of Kathmandu and the valley, particularly beautiful in the early evening when the city lights up.

 

Day 2: Kathmandu

Departure to the village of Bungamati perched on a spur overlooking the Bagmati temple which houses the deity Rato Machhendranath for six months of the year. Then you will reach Bhaktapur, the "city of believers", the former capital of the Malla kings and classified heritage of humanity by UNESCO. You can admire the pagoda style temples and shikara, caravanserais and the temple of Nyatapola, consisting of 5 pagoda-shaped roofs, the highest temple of Nepal. The potters' quarter is in fact a charming and authentic place built to perfection. In the afternoon, visit Bodhnath Buddhist shrine with Tibetan monasteries, which has one of the largest stupas in the world. The village is the religious center of the large population of Tibetan exiles. Continue to the temple of Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred places of the country bordered by the Bagmati river. Then, late in the afternoon, visit Budhanilkantha temple which is famous for its imposing statue of Vishnu lying on the primordial serpent.

 

Day 3: Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu (day should be a Friday, Saturday or Sunday)

Early morning transfer to the airport. Flight to Paro. Upon arrival you will be picked up by your driver, and you will drive to Thimphu. The journey will last about an hour and a half. In the afternoon, you can choose between several visits, which will be the National Memorial of Chorten, the National Textile Museum, the National Library.

 

Day 4: Thimphu

In the morning we head to the north end of the valley in order to discover the Dzong Trashi Chhoe, which is the seat of the Government of Bhutan. You will also see the royal offices and visit Pangri Zampa, two buildings of the sixteenth century, which are nowadays the seat of a monastic training school for astrologers. Once back in town, you can still visit some of the cottage industries of the capital, ranging from paper to traditional manufacturing of handmade incense.

 

Day 5: Punakha

Free morning. Departure after lunch to Punakha, the former capital. En route visit the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, the "Simtoka Dzong" high white building in traditional style, built in 1627, and covered with shingles. From Simtoka, the road winds through pine forests and for about 20 Km rises to the "Dochula pass"  at 3116 m. This is one of the most beautiful views of Bhutan before reaching the lower valley of central Bhutan, famed for its mild climate, with flourishing fruit trees with a backdrop of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.

 

Day 6: Punakha

Visit its dzong beautifully situated at the confluence of the rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu. This stage is ideal for walking, discovering villages and small temples.

 

Day 7: Trongsa - Jakar

Continue through giant rhododendron and coniferous forests, towards Pele-La pass(3350 m). Next, you see the river Mangde Chu while the road descends to Trongsa, dominated by its spectacular dzong against the mountains. Walk the streets of the town and continue to Bhumtang, one of the most spectacular valleys of the country and cradle of Buddhist culture. visit Yutong mountain pass (3400 m) and stop at the village of Zugne, famous for its colorful wool weaving.

 

Day 8: Jakar

Bumthang is the richest in spirituality, as many monasteries are located here. Visit the dzong "White Bird", the seat of the district administration. Walking to the monastery of Jampey built in the seventh century and on to one in Kurjey, the most sacred ones of Bhutan as Guru Rimpoche meditated here (during visits of the Queen Mother in the monastery it is closed to visitors. the outside view is nevertheless very interesting). walk down to the town. Visit the Tamshing Lhakang monastery containing magnificent paintings (flashlight essential). Then, proceed to the Swiss farm that produces apple juice, cider and cheese (closed during weekends).

 

Day 9: Gangtey

Drive to the beautiful Phobjika valley where the monastery of Gantey has recently be restored in the purest traditional style. In this valley, hundreds of rare black-necked cranes can be seen at the beginning of December. Lovely walk into your hotel through forests and pastures.

 

Day 10: Paro

Route for Paro which is considered one of the first valleys of Bhutan to receive Buddhist footprint, as evidenced by the Kichu temple founded in the seventh century. You will discover numerous sculptures of bodhisattvas and paintings representing the previous lives of the Buddha.

 

Day 11: Paro

Visit the dzong Rinpung, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. Visit the Ta dzong, former watchtower transformed into a national museum. Discover craft collections, paintings, weapons and textile suits which are remarkable. Continue to the ruins of the fortress of Drukgyel you reach after a pleasant walk through forest and village. Visit Kyichu temple dating from the seventh century, one of the most holy places of the country. Free time for the shopping street of the city and its many shops.

 

Day 12: Paro

Excursion to the monastery Taksang, nicknamed the "Tiger Nest" perched at over 3000 m. This is one of the most revered shrines in the Himalayan world. Walking about three hours round trip through pine forests on a steep path. Visit the Ta dzong, former watchtower transformed into a national museum (closed on Sunday and Monday).

 

Day 13: Paro - Delhi

Transfer to airport and flight to Delhi. welcome by a representative of Maharajah Driver and transfer to your hotel. Your driver will be at your disposal to accompany you to visit Humayun Tomb, Qutb Minar and the Lotus Temple.

 

Day 14: Delhi

This morning, stroll through the bustling streets of Old Delhi, formerly known as Shahjahanabad. Visit the imposing Red Fort and the busy streets of Chandni Chowk market, the Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), ending with the colorful spice market - a sensory experience. In the afternoon, through the majestic boulevards of New Delhi, you will see India Gate. Transfer to airport and end of our services.

 

Price: on request

 

Included in the price:

Welcome and assistance in airport.

Transfers/Surface transports in the private AC car (Toyota Innova ).

Accommodation based on double occupancy & breakfast

Hotel taxes and services.

Insurances .

Visa for Bhutan

 

Not included in the price:

Other meals and drinks.

Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program.

Usual tips for guides and drivers.

Personal expenses. 

Flights 

Indian & Nepali visas