The Rhododendron Festival serves as a platform to promote eco-tourism, all while creating ample opportunities for local communities to become self-sufficient. Further, this festival displays the harmonious coexistence between the people and the park. But mainly, the festival showcases the rich diversity of rhododendrons and associated ecology in Bhutan! Set at about 35 km from Thimphu, the Lamperi Park hosts this beautiful exhibition, celebrating the rhododendron flower and different species in full bloom, in their natural habitat. Of the 46 rhododendron species recorded in the country, 29 are found in the Lamperi Botanical Park. You can take a walk around the garden, and also appreciate the display of local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games. You will also be able to enjoy a cultural program involving a guided walk and various activities around the Botanical Park.
DAY 01: Arrival in Paro (Ta Dzong) –Thimphu (Tashichhodzong, Memorial Chorten, Kuenselphodrang)
Once at Paro International Airport, our designated guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay will greet you. After a lunch, first stop will visit be to the famous “Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially, a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Next stop will be Thimphu, the capital and most vibrant city of Bhutan. Drive through winding roads for about an hour, by the Paro Chu (Chu meaning water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu, you will then turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. First place to visit in the capital city will be the main seat of power in Bhutan, the spectacular Tashichho Dzong.
It is also the summer residence of the Central Monastic Body and the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Proceed to the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Most people, from the elderly to the youngest, come to walk around it to accumulate good merit. Continue to Kuenselphodrang, to see a large statue of Buddha Shakya at 52 meters high. From this point, you will have an excellent location for pictures and be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town. If time permits, there is a possibility of visits to the National Institute of Traditional Medicines, or the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), where you can appreciate the beautiful local crafts and art. Also there is the possibility of seeing the Royal Textiles Academy and the local handmade paper house. Finally, the day will end with a delightful welcome dinner for you at your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 02: Thimphu – Punakha (via Dochula Pass, Lamperi Botanical Park)
Today will be an exciting day! Spend the day exploring the Rhododendron festival at the Lamperi Botanical Park, after an early breakfast. Get your cameras and appreciation for horticulture geared up and ready! On the way, there will be a stop at the Dochula Pass, situated at 3150 meters, to appreciate a spectacular array of 108 chortens, built in honor of the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The spot offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the snowcapped Himalayan ranges. At the Festival, enjoy the traditional “Boedra” and “Zhungdra”songs, relating to nature performed by the local community. Also, take a stroll through the different stalls depicting the way of life of local communities and also their dependence on resources from the park. If you like hikes, you will have the chance to take some short or long hikes in the botanical park. After the festival, next stop will be Punakha, the old ancient capital of Bhutan, where you will be able to replenish yourselves with dinner at your hotel, after a pleasant day at the festival.
DAY 03: Punakha (Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang) - Thimphu
Get ready to see some famous historical monasteries in Punakha, and hear the great stories behind them. After a nice breakfast, you will be taken to visit the astonishing Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It stands magnificently between two rivers, the Pho Chu (it means male River) and the Mo Chu (Female River). It is a beautiful fortress, in which, the much mediatized Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema, in October 2011. Further, it is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and the Central Monastic Body. After lunch, a 25 minute walk along the beautiful terraced farmlands and farm houses will take you to Chimi Lhakhang; one of the most famous monasteries of Bhutan. It was built in 1499 by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kuenley (the Divine Madman: a very popular patron saint of Bhutan) in his honor for having subdued a nearby demoness with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”. Chimi Lhakhang is also famous for being the “Temple of Fertility”, as it is known to be a place where people trying to conceive a child come for blessings. With this, your stay in Punakha comes to an end and you will be escorted back to Thimphu, where dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 04: Thimphu – Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Taktshang Monastery)
Today will be an adventurous day, involving the famous hike to Taktsang! Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive to Paro. Once there, first stop will be Drugyel Dzong, a ruined fortress, at about16 km away from Paro town, of great historical importance to the Bhutanese people, as it is where a Tibetan invasion had been defeated centuries ago. If weather permits, enjoy a spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world.
Next will be the hike! Drive to the trail head of the mountain, from where the breathtaking and memorable hike of about 2 and half hours, through beautiful pine forest begins. This monastery was built on the side of a gigantic rock face, dominating the view of the mountain at a height of 2600 meters (if you have altitude sickness, it is recommended that you take medicine for it beforehand), clinging to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew to this rock on which the monastery is built on the back of a flying tiger.
You will get the chance to rest and refresh yourselves with some light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria, at about halfway up the hike. . If you are not much of a hiker, experienced ponies can also be hired for half of the journey up. Truly, this hike may be one of the highlights of your trip to Bhutan, so do not miss it! In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore the beautiful and quaint town of Paro, after which your dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 05 : Depature from Paro International Airport to onwards destination
Your last day on Bhutanese soil and we are already going to miss you. After breakfast you will be driven to Paro International Airport, accompanied by your guide to bid you farewell. Until next time in the land of the thunder dragon! Tashi Delek!
Start planning your tailor-made Dream Holiday to Bhutan – The Land of happiness!
In order to experience the best and rewarding fulfillment clients must plan in advance the different logistics that you have in your minds before actually venturing into the world of trips. You might have wishes and hopes for which you need to plan.
The following information will help you to plan your dream trip to Bhutan.
1. When and how to visit Bhutan?
Choose your traveling date like Arrival/Departure date. You also need to choose entry/depart Bhutan via AIR or LAND.
By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
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All the tours can be customized and extended as per our valued client’s requirements. There are sample itineraries for your kind reference and it will give you some general idea of the likely trip scheduled.
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Please remit us full payments and send us the copy of remittance paper via email. Visa will not be accepted without full payment.
We will send you the flight ticket copy and Visa Clearance Copy prior to your departure to Bhutan via email. You need to print out and carry along with you.
Start packing and looking forward to have a memorable trip in the LandThunder Dragon, DrukYul.
Trip Length: 04 nights/05 days
1pax = USD 1250
2 Pax = USD 1150 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 1000 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
- All government Taxes.
- Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
- Service of guides (English Speaking)
- Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
- Visa Fee of USD 40/person
- Mineral Water
- Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
- Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.
The above price shall be exclusive of the following:
- Travel Insurance Coverage
- Medical Expenses
- Sleeping bags on treks.
- Tips to guide and driver, others
- Personal bills and others