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Dragon Heart Tour- 11 Days ( Fly in / Fly out Paro )
Fly in to Paro, Bhutan and our representative will welcome you at the Paro Airport. In 11 days you will cover all the important and interesting places of Bhutan. Paro – a beautiful valley and one of the most fertile valleys in the kingdom producing a bulk of the famous red rise from its terraced fields home to some of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries. Thimphu – is the capital of Bhutan and you will see both modern developments and ancient traditions together. Wangdi – built during 17th century, played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern Bhutanese districts.

Routing :

Paro (2 nights) - Thimphu (1 nights) - Punakha - Wangdi (1 nights) - Tongsa - Bhumthang (3 nights) - URA - Bhumthang - Gangtey – Wangdiphodrang (1 nights)– Thimphu (1 nights)– Paro (1 nights).
Highlights :


Ta – Dzong, Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong), The Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Phobjikha valley and Gangtey Monastery in Paro; Thimphu Valley and Simtokha Dzong in Thimphu; The Tang valley in Ura Village; Tamshing Lhakhang in Bhumthang; Gangety (Phobjikha) in Gangtey.

Sightseeing & Excursion :
Paro :
Drukgyel Dzong or The Fort of Drukpa Victory, The Snowcapped Peak of Mount – Chomolhar, Traditional Bhutanese Farm House, Paro Market and Town.
Thimpu :
Tashichhodzong House, Memorial Chorten, The Changlimethang Compound, Dochula Pass and Market Area.
Punakha : Punakha Dzong.
Wangdiphodrang/URA : Ura la pass (3,600m).
Tongsa : Tongsa Dzong and Ta – Dzong.
Bhumthang : Jakar Dzong, Jambey Lhakhang.
Gangtey : Phobjikha Valley and Gangtey Monastery

ITINERARY
Day 01 - ARRIVE PARO By Druk Air
Day 02 - PARO
Day 03 - PARO/THIMPHU By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 04 - THIMPHU/PUNAKHA/WANGDI By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 05 - WANGDI/TONGSA/BHUMTHANG By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 06 - BHUMTHANG
Day 07 - BHUMTHANG/URA/BHUMTHANG By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 08 - BHUMTHANG/GANGTEY/WANGDIPHODRANG By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 09 - WANGDIPHODRANG/THIMPHU By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 10 - THIMPHU/PARO By Car/Toyota Haice/Toyota Coaster
Day 11 - DEPART PARO By Druk Air

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01   ARRIVE PARO
Arrive Paro. During this flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount. Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks including sacred Chomolhari and Mount. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival received by International Treks representative and transfer to the hotel. Evening visit to Paro market and town.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02   PARO
Paro Valley, Bhutan TravelParo is a picturesque valley with quaint clusters of hamlets amidst terraced paddy field. The town still maintains traditions by way of its architecture and the simple way of life. Morning trip to Ta-dzong or National Museum. Rated among the best natural history museums in Asia, Ta-Dzong offers unique and varied collections ranging from ancient amount to textiles and Thangkha paintings. Then walk down the trail to visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built during the time of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. It now houses the Paro monastic school and office of the civil administration. Also Rinppung Dzong is venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in spring. Afternoon drive up Valley to the Drukgyel Dzong or the Fort of Drukpa victory. From this fortress Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetans throughout the course of history. Looming above the smoldered ruins is the snowcapped peak of Mount. Chomolhar. Also visit traditional Bhutanese Farm House, nestled below the dzong. Then drive towards Paro Town.  En-route visiting Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monastery of the Kingdom reflecting introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03   PARO/THIMPHU
After breakfast drive to Thimphu, the capital town passing via idyllic countryside, through villages and paddy fields. En-route visits the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country now house the school of Buddhist studies. On arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Thimphu valley, visit Tashichhodzong House; the seat of the government, Memorial Chorten; the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King and handicrafts emporium displaying rich traditional crafts of the Kingdom. Also, you may be able to catch a gem of archery in progress at the Changlimethang compound, just below the town. Evening take a stroll around market area, Overnight at hotel.

Day 04   THIMPHU/PUNAKHA/WANGDI
Monatrsy, Punkana TourismMorning after breakfast drive to Wangdi. En-route visit Dochula pass (3,100 m). The pass is marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flags. The pass offers the most Spectacular view of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. On arrival in Punakha Visit Punakha Dzong, built by Shabdrung Ngawang, Namgyal 1n 17th century and situated of the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Later drive to Wangdi. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05   WANGDI/TONGSA/BHUMTHANG
Morning after breakfast drive to Tongsa. On arrival visit Tongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture and see Ta-Dzong - the watch tower built to defent this dzong. After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation. On arrival, check-in at Lodge. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 06   BHUMTHANG
Bhumthang, Bhutan ToursBumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumney, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit to Jakar Dzong, the administrative entree of the valley. Afternoon Visit Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monastery dating from introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Evening visit local shops, Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 07   BHUMTHANG/URA/BHUMTHANG
Morning excursion to Ura village - which is 48 km, about one and half-hours drive. To reach here, the road climbs to amazingly open countryside, only occasionally running into forest. Large Sheep pastures line the road upto 20km beyond the southern tip of the Tang valley. En-route cross Ura la pass (3,600m) with a magnificent view of Mount Gangkar Puensum. Villages in Ura character-stoically have very closely clustered houses which is quite unusual in Bhutan. Above Ura village (3,100m) a new Lhakhang dedicated to Guru Rimphoche inaugurated in 1986 which contains remarkable paintings of the Cycle of his teachings. Since last 25 years Ura has transformed from a marginal Community to a prosperous valley. Drive back to Bumthang. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08   BHUMTHANG/GANGTEY/WANGDIPHODRANG
Morning after breakfast drive to Wangdiphodrang. En-route visit Gangety (Phobjikha) is one of the few flacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home for Black Neck Cranes which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit to Gangtey Monastery the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. On arrival Check-in at hotel, Overnight at hotel.

Day 09   WANGDIPHODRANG/THIMPHU
Thimpu Festival, Bhutan TravelMorning after breakfast drive to Thimphu. On arrival Check-in at hotel. Afternoon Visit National Library - a treasure trove of priceless Buddhist manuscripts. The Traditional Medicine Institute - where centuries old healing arts such as acupuncture and herbal remedies are still practiced. The painting School - where young monks learn the art of Buddhist Thangkhas and the mask maker workshop. There are also workshops for fine Metalcraft, weaving ceramics and papermaking. Evening time to exploratory walk before dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10   THIMPHU/PARO
Morning after breakfast drive to Paro. On arrival check-in hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11   DEPART PARO
After early breakfast in hotel, drive to the airport to connect flight for onward destination.

** End of Bhutan Tour **


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