Black Neck Crane

Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights.
Locations: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang valley. Trongsa, Phobjikha.

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,gangtey gompa monastery etc

Description:
Bhutan is a land filled with snow-capped peaks, glaciers, sparkling lakes, raging rivers, green terraced fields and flower-strewn valleys.
The North is dominated by the high peaks of the Himalayas. The inner central region is filled with temperate valleys and the South is where the steamy tropical jungles are found. Restrictions on the numbers of tourists help to preserve the country’s natural assets and a way of life that has remained unchanged for millennium. Visitors will see monasteries perched at the tops of mountain peaks, ancient Buddhist art and sculpture, dense forests and spectacular valleys.

Black Neck Crane festival is held in the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha valley is a glacier valley. It is one of the most beautiful valley in Bhutan. The Black Necked Cranes make Phobjikha valley they roosting ground during winters and the arrival of cranes is celebrated in Phobjikha in a lush and colorful festival.

Day 01:  Paro-Thimphu

Morning flight into Paro, Bhutan. Visit Paro dzong and Ta Dzong late after Lunch in paro drive to Thimphu. Thimphu is 1 hour away. Thimphu is spectacularly scenic. Magnificent monasteries and stupas in the valleys and mountaintops. Evening visit Tashichho Dzong. Overnight Thimphu at Hotel located in the center of town.

Day 02: Thimphu-Punakha.

  • Distance: 71 km
  • Estimated driving time: 2 1/2 hrs

Travel to Punakha through Dochula Pass (3,088m/10,130ft).Drive through the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and well being of His Majesty the King of Bhutan.

Travel onto Punakha and hike through the rice fields to the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing. Visit the Punakha Dzong.Overnight at a hotel in Wangdue/Punakha.

Day 03:    Punakha-Bumthang

  • Estimated driving time: 7 hrs

After breakfast drive to Bumthang. We will cross a high pass called Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 meters, a wonderful opportunity for photographs.later after driving for 40 minutes we will stop at Chendib Ji and have lunch, then drive to Trongsa.,at an altitude of 2,200 metres .Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece.Bumthang valley is 2 hours drive from Trongsa. Overnight in Bumthang,

Day 04: Bumthang.

  • Sightseeing includes visit to the following:

Jambay Lhakhang,Chakhar Lhakhang. Besides the main road, a short distance beyond Jambay Temple is Chakhar (Iron Castle) Lhakhang.visit Kujey Lhakhang (Kujey means, “Body imprint”, Tamshing Lhakhang. This temple is also known as Tamshing Lhendrup Chholing (Temple of the Good Message).

Visit the Jakar Dzong, “castle of the white bird”. In the evening stroll around the beautiful landscape of the Bumthang Jakar valley. Dinner and overnight in Bumthang.

Day 05: Bumthang –Gangtey

  • Distance: 197 km
  • Estimated driving time: 7 hrs

After breakfast, travel to Gangtey Gompa via Trongsa.Visit Trongsa Dzong drive to Phobjikha after the sightseeing. Phobjikha valley is the winter home to the rare black-necked cranes (Grus Nicorocolis), which migrate, from remote parts of Tibet, China and Siberia during winter to this valley. Overnight at Gangtey.

Day 06: Gangtey (The Black Neck Crane Festival)

After breakfast drive to Black Neck Crane festival. After attending the festival we will do some sightseeing in and around the valley. Later visit some farm house and do short hike. Overnight at Gangtey.

Day 07: Phobjikha- Thimphu

After breakfast we will drive back to Thimphu. We will do sightseeing at Dochula 108 stupas .later we will do souvenirs shopping in Thimphu.Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 08: Thimphu-Paro

  •  We will visit the following in Thimphu before departing for Paro. The Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School)
  • The National Folk Heritage Museum to get an insight into the typical Bhutanese way of life.
  • The Textile Museum to get an understanding of the beautiful hand woven Bhutanese textiles.
  • Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thusday to Sunday)
  • Takin Preserve which houses the national animal.
  • Craft Bazaar where artisans and craftsmen from across the country come to sell their products.
  • Drive to Kuensel Phodrang.
  • Later drive to paro for overnight.

Day 10:   Paro (Tiger Nest hike)        

After breakfast, drive to Paro which takes about an hour and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’.

Later the last sightseeing tour will be of Kyichu Lhakhang the oldest temple in the kingdom.in the evening Fare well dinner.

Day 11:   Fly to your Destination

After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for the departure flight. Tashi Delek!

Tour Program Ends

Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees (Not including Bhutan air fare)

High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November
Single traveler: US$ 3,670 for a single person
2 person: US$ 3,190 per person
3 plus person: US$ 3,070 per person

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December
Single traveler: US$ 2,635 per person
2 person: US$ 1,990 per person
3 plus person: US$ 2,590 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$ 660
  • Singapore-Paro-Singapore = USD$ 860
  • Delhi –Paro-Delhi = USD$700
  • Kolkata-Paro-Kolkata= USD$410
  • 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