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DAY 01 : SINGAPORE – PARO – THIMPHU (-/L/D)
After experiencing a memorable flight along skies offering you views of the Himalayan Treasures
such as Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Bhutan’s Jomolhari and Jitchu Drake, your flight gradually
descend, yet again enchanting you with Paro Valley’s beauty from above.

After clearing customs and immigration, you will be greeted by your English-speaking guide and
driver and transfer to Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, travelling through the spectacular countryside enroute.
All the houses and buildings in the Kingdom are painted and constructed in traditional
Bhutanese style.

On arrival into Thimphu check-in to your hotel.

Thimphu has lots to offer. The Memorial Chorten, one of Bhutan’s most beautiful stupas, built in
memory of the Third King, Late His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, known as the Father of Modern
Bhutan. A short drive from there will take you to Buddha Point, where the statue of the World’s
largest Future Buddha (Maitreya) will be seen.

From there we will move to the Handicraft’s Emporium, Weaving Centre and Changangkha
monastery, one built in the 12th century. There will also be visits to the Takin Zoo, Sangaygang, which
offers a view point of Thimphu valley and a Nunnery.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, after which we visit the National Library where ancient
manuscripts are preserved and the Wood Craft and Painting school.

In the evening, we will visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure
houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses
the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks.

Overnight in Thimphu.

DAY 02 : THIMPHU (B/L/D)
Drive along the Thimphu River for around 45-minute to Tango (meaning horse head) Monastery. Be
prepared for a steep climb from the open car park and 20-minute hike through the blue pine and
oak forest to reach the monastery which was founded in the 12th Century by Lama Gyalwa Lhananpa.

Phajo Drugom Shigpo also meditated and saw the vision of God Tandin (God with Horse Head).

Visit Zorichusum (13 arts and crafts) which is popular called the painting school. Students in this
school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and
embroidery.

Visit the National Library which consists of 2 buildings. On the ground floor of the old building is the
largest book in the world and religious books on the upper floor. English books are kept on the
ground floor in the new building.

Overnight in Thimphu.

DAY 03 : THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (B/L/D)
Drive to Punakha, old capital of Bhutan (about 3-hour drive)

Stopover at the enchanting Dochula Pass (3,040m above sea level). On a clear day once can see
panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas mountain ranges. Visit the Druk Wangyel Temple located
near by the pass. Arrive at Punakha Valley (1300m above sea level), a fertile valley where farmers
grow two crops in a year.

Sitting at the fork of two rivers, Punakha Dzong is considered one of the most beautiful spots in
Bhutan. With spectacular displays of Bhutanese architecture, it stands like a medieval city
surrounded by lavender Jacaranda trees. Built in 1637, the six-storey structure is the second oldest
and second largest dzong in Bhutan. It still serves as the winter home of the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbott
of the clergy. In 2011, it hosted the royal wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and
Queen Jetsun Pema.

Hike to Rinchengang, a cluster village. According to legend the people here came from Cooch Bihar
(India) in the 17th century. It is said that in the past their houses were interconnected, allowing one
to go from one house to another. Even today we can see few houses still connected to one another.
It is interesting to walk along this village; where people are busy doing their daily chores.

Overnight in Punakha.

DAY 04 : PUNAKHA (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we take a short drive to the nearby suspension bridge and start hiking to Khemsum
Yuelley Namgay Chorten. This unique Chorten is Bhutan’s example of fine and intricate architecture
and artistic tradition. It was built to promote peace, stability and harmony, and for the long-life of
our Monarchs. Her Majesty Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk was the patron, who
this Chorten in 1999 which took 7½ years to complete.

The ground floor contains the images of Phurpa Lhatsho (the Deity of Magic Dagger). The middle
floor is dedicated to Throwo Khamsum Namgyel, while the top floor houses images of Throwa
Namper Gyalwa. The dome contains the old image of Buddha from Punakha Dzong.

In the afternoon drive farther north of Punakha valley following the Mo-chu river valley. You will
sport many beautiful waterfall, thick cold broad leaves forest. Drive to Damji Village where you can
see nice view of GasaDzong.

Overnight in Punakha.

DAY 05 : PUNAKHA – PARO (B/L/D)
Drive back to Thimphu where we will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores.
After lunch we proceed to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. The Dzong, built in 1627, is the
oldest in Bhutan. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel.

In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, a historic monument built by
the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the
towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7,314m) appears as a stunning backdrop.

On the return, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan
King Songsten Gampo.

Overnight in Paro.

DAY 06 : PARO (B/L/D)
After breakfast hike up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang), one of the holiest monasteries in
the Buddhists World. The trail is broad, and the uphill walk of approximately 2 hours takes you
almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor. For those who cannot hike we will arrange a pony for
transfer up to the viewing point (your own account).

The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a
spectacular sight. The Monastery is an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. Legend has it that
Guru Rimpoche (2nd Buddha) came here flying on the back of a tigress in the 8th Century, and
meditated in one of the caves for four months. He had also given his secret teachings to Khando
Yeshi Chogyel and Longchen Pelyi Sangay (his favorite disciple) in the cave. After Guru Rimpoche’s
visit, many famous Lamas (Buddhist teachers) from Tibet and India visited this monastery.

DAY 07 : PARO – SINGAPORE (B/-/-)
Early morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Singapore.
End of tour.


Inclusions

  • Return economy airfare between Singapore and Paro on Drukair (Royal Bhutanese Airlines): SIN/PBH/SIN
  • All airport taxes including fuel and insurance surcharges
  • Bhutan Visa and visa application fee
  • All royalties and government taxes, and small group surcharges, if any is payable
  • All transfers and transportation in a Private vehicle with an experienced driver
  • 03/06/09 nights accommodation in twin-share room in selected local hotels/lodges
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), excluding beverages
  • Services of licensed English-speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Private guided touring with entrance fees to sights & monuments
  • Drinking water for the duration of tour (but not during meal times) 

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure such as telephone charges, laundry, all soft/hard beverages, etc.
  • Other options or expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above
  • Tips and gratuities for guide and driver

Flight Detail

KB501   SIN/PBH   0630/1050 (VIA CCU)
B500   PBH/SIN   0750/1610 (VIA CCU)