Best Shangri-La Tour

US$ 1480 per person
Tour Detail
Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights.
Locations: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang valley.
Type of Tour: Cultural tour/Adventure.

Highlight: Visit to the Tashichho Dzong,Memorial stupa,Ta Dzong (National Museum), Punakha Dzong, Worlds tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, 7th Century Jampa Lhakhang, Dochula mountain pass, Fertility temple, Souvenir shopping at Paro and Thimphu town etc

Description: Best Shangril-La tour one of the most popular tours of Yelha Bhutan. In this one week tour of western Bhutan one can experience some of the must visit sites in Bhutan. Western Bhutan is one of the most developed valleys in the Kingdom and also the most populated valleys.

Paro,Punakha,Wangdue and Thimphu the capital of Bhutan is the a modern towns of Bhutan which co exists with its century old rich tradition. During the 7 days tour in Bhutan you can experience the rich tradition and cultural experience of the hidden Kingdom of Bhutan.

One can opt for the western 3-6 star resorts or experience the rural traditional farm house stay during the 6 nights of your staying the valley. The food which will be served to you will be organic and the air which you will experience will be pollution free, therefore we assure you that you will experience tranquility, healthy vacation and a memorable experience.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Bhutan
Fly into Paro by Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Airline. The great snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens can be seen during clear weather. As the plane approaches Bhutan, if you look down farmhouses as dots on the hillsides can be seen.

Check into your hotel in Paro and after refreshments, visit the following:

Ta Dzong built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro Dzong. This dzong was converted into the National museum in 1967 and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor.

Rinpung Dzong built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks.
Drive to Thimphu. Distance: 54 km
Estimated driving time: 1 hr
Drive to Kuensel Phodrang and take a short leisure hike to the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park and enjoy the full view of Thimphu Valley below.
Visit Buddha
National Memorial Chorten

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
After breakfast travel the full day Thimphu tour includes visit to the following:
The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts.
The Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School.
Visit Changankha Lhakhang. (Changankha Lhakhang is one of the spiritual and most important temple in Thimphu.
Takin Preserve which houses the national animal
Craft Bazaar where artisans and craftsmen from across the country come to sell their products.
Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thursday to Sunday)
After 5PM we will visit the Tashichhodzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue
Distance: 71 km
Estimated driving time: 2 1/2 hrs

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via the Dochula pass. An hour’s drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day with a powerful binocular telescope. Dochula Festival will be held here at the Mountain pass.
Visit the beautiful 108 chortens. Later we will drive to Mesina to visit the Fertility temple, the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where couples unable to conceive come here for blessing.

Overnight at hotel in Wangdue/Punakha.
Day 04: Punakha Valley.
Today after Breakfast we will drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. We will drive to upper Punakha via Punakha Dzong for a short Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Temple located at the upper Punakha Valley.

Later we will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. The Temple of Happiness. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple, located on the island of the Pho-Chu (male) river and the Mochu (female) river.

Evening in Punakha.
Day 05: Wangdue/Punakha –Paro
Distance: 110 km
Estimated driving time: 3:30 Min.

After breakfast, we will drive to Paro. Visit Kichu temple, one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo.

The story goes that a giant demon lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism. To overcome her, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples, which would be placed on all the points of her body. Of these 108 temples. Thus, it happened that in about the year AD 638 the temple of Jokhang in Lhasa was built over the very heart of the demon.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 06: Paro & A Day Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
Today after breakfast, we will drive to base of Taktsang and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view ofthe monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour.

Then drive back to hotel. On the way, in the evening relax and overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 07: Departure from Paro
In the morning tour guide from Yelha Bhutan Tours will escort you to the Paro airport for your flight to your onward destinations.

Tour Program Ends

Cost & Special offer
Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees
(Not including Bhutan air fare)

 

High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November
Single traveler: US$ 1660 per person
2 person: US$ 1480 Per person
3 plus person: US$ 1420 per person

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December
Single traveler: US$ 1360 per person
2 person: US$ 1240 Per person
3 plus person: US$ 1180 per person

Tour Discounts:

  • No charge for children under 5 years. 50% discount for children in age group 6-12 years and accompanied by their guardians:
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards
    50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 26 persons.

Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

Air Fare

Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok = US$ 680
Singapore-Paro-Singapore = USD$ 860
Delhi –Paro-Delhi = USD$ 700
Kolkata-Paro-Kolkata= USD$ 400
Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu = USD$ 410

 

(Note airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

Airfare Discount

Infant under the 2 years pay 10% of airfare plus relevant taxes.
A child’s between 2-11 years inclusive of 67% of the quoted fare.
Full time Students under the age of 25 years with identity cards may receive discount up to 25%.

Included

  • Deluxe rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
  • Accommodation in the best 3-4 star Resorts/hotels in Bhutan.
  • Brand new Bus, SUVs’ (not exceeding 4-5 years)
  • 1 complimentary Bhutan air ticket if group exceeds 17 Pax
  • Tea, coffee and snacks during the long drive and tour.
  • Complimentary 1 Hour cultural program and farewell dinner for 8 plus pax.
  • All Trekking Equipments (2 men sleeping tents, Kitchen Tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents, Cooking Utensils etc.
  • Trekking Guide and trekking cook along with supporting staffs
  • Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
  • Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees.
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

 

Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Laundry/Drinks / Telephone calls and any personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended but not available in Bhutan)
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Single room supplement USD$40 per night.
  • Tips and Gratuities