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Bhutan: Mountain Kingdom | SITA Tours

Bhutan: Mountain Kingdom

Overview

Rated as the happiest country in the world, this hidden treasure of the Himalayas, known as the Dragon Kingdom, is home to an ancient and simple lifestyle. Explore Paro, the majestic mountain retreat of Bhutan, followed by its capital Thimphu where you stroll to a monastery and also get the opportunity to appreciate a local market.

7 days: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on Twin sharing basis at hotels mentioned above.
  • Meals on full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner), Lunch will be served in tourist standard restaurant
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guides for sightseeing
  • Monument fees
  • Visa fees

Accommodation

Paro Zhiwaling Hotel (Deluxe)
Thimpu L Meridien (Deluxe)

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Paro

Your flight this morning takes you to the majestic mountain retreat of Bhutan. This hidden treasure of the Himalayas, known as the Dragon Kingdom, is still home to an ancient style of life. A stroll down the main street is a very pleasant experience. (LD)

Day 2

Paro Sightseeing

Your tour of Paro includes visits to Ta Dzong, now the national museum, and fascinating RimpungDzong. Visit the interesting DrukgyelDzong from which one has a commanding view of Mt. Chomolhari on a clear day. (BLD)

Day 3

Paro / Thimphu

You are driven through spectacular mountain views and peaceful countryside to Thimphu, Bhutans capital. You will stop en route to visit a Bhutanese farmhouse traditionally built entirely without nails. Your tour of Thimphu includes visits to SimtokhaDzong and TashichhoDzong, the center of government and religion in Bhutan. Stroll to Changgankha Monastery, and visit the handicrafts emporium. (BLD)

Day 4

Thimphu

Visit the lively Sunday Market, where folk from outlying areas come to buy goods. Dressed in colorful traditional garb, these remote mountain dwellers descend upon the marketplace, creating a photographers delight as they barter among themselves and socialize with friends. This afternoon, visit the memorial chorten built in memory of the late King JigmeDorjiWangchuck. (BLD)

Day 5

Punakha Excursion

Your first stop after leaving Thimphu is Dochula Pass. Situated at 10,500 feet above sea level, the pass offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan Range and the valleys below. While in Punakha, visit PunakhaDzong, which the first Shabdrung of Bhutan, NgawangNamgyel, strategically built at the confluence of the Phochu and Mochu Rivers in 1637. (BLD)

Day 6

Thimphu / Paro

This morning, drive back to Paro. Rest of the day at leisure. (BLD)

Day 7

Paro / Home

This morning, board your flight for your onward journey. (B)