Bhutan Botanical Tour ST02

9 Days From £0 (1,840 USD)

Get to know the beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna on this private botanical tour of Bhutan.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Paro, Bhutan
End Location: Paro, Bhutan
Accommodation: Hotels
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Member of Tourism Council of Bhutan and Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO)
Years In Business: 1

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-Applicable Airport Taxes and Visa Fees.
-Accommodation for 4 nights in Bhutan with 3meals a day and snacks .
-Return Airport transfers
-All transfers and sightseeing.
-Professional guide self driven chaffeaur

Excludes
-Travel Insurance charges;
-Cost of foreign exchange for personal expenses;
-Expenses of personal nature, mini bar in the room, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc.
-Surcharges applicable during Conventions, Special Events and Trade fairs;
-Early check-in and late check-out are on request basis only and subject to room availability;
-Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions.

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrive Paro (By Druk Air flight): Your Guide from Excursion to Himalayas will receive you at the airport and drive you the short distance to the hotel. After Tea, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Day 02. Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery - After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hour horse ride till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort. After Lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening, drive to Thimphu. Dinner and over night in Hotel.
Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We drive to Simtokha Dzong; the oldest Dzong of Bhutan built by Shabdrung in 1627 and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Over night in Hotel.
Day 04. Early morning drive to punakha via dochula pass: In punakha 55 orchid species (including Coelogyne corymbosa, Dendrobium nobile andDendrobium perardi) have been found in the vicinity of place and this morning we search these out on walks in the sub-tropical forests in the upper Mo Chu valley. We cross a narrow suspension bridge on foot and walk beside the river, with a picnic en route, then visit the enormous Pungthang Dechen Dzong, with its flowering jacaranda trees, golden spires, sacred Bo tree and busy monastic life.
Day 05. Heading south and east, we pass the strategic junction at Wangdu Phodrang, guarded by an impressive 17C dzong and begin the climb to the Pele La (3,420 m), pausing to admire splendid trees and hopefully, more Dendrobiums. Keeping a look out for Himalayan griffon vultures we turn south to drop down into the Phobjika glacial valley (10,000 ft), extensively grazed by yaks and winter home of rare black-necked cranes. From Gangtey gompa we walk through scattered forest of red, pink and white rhododendrons (Rhododendron hodgsonii, R. keysii, R. kesangiae, R. ciliatum) to our simple traditional guesthouse, run in authentic Bhutanese style.
Day 06. There are carpets of primulas as we make a circular walk in this remote, beautiful valley, meeting local people tending their crops and seeing yaks grazing on dwarf bamboo, tended by nomads living in black yak-wool tents. A visit to the local school may be possible and we call in at the WWF centre for the conservation of the Black Necked Crane, have the opportunity to buy locally woven carpets, and visit the recently restored Gangteng monastery with its extensive murals depicting the Thousand Buddhas.
Day 07. This morning we walk through extensive stands of rhododendron (R. thompsonii, R. cinnabarinum) and up to a pass marked by prayer flags, then descend on an old trading route through high montane forest with plentiful lichens and tree orchids. Regaining our vehicle we continue to a charming riverside lodge where we stay the night. Here we are at lower altitude (around 2,000 m), verging on the tropical zone, and we can appreciate the warmth and the plentiful bird and butterfly species.
Day 08. We drive back over the high passes (with botanical stops en route) to Thimpu, where we visit Tashi Chodzong, the grand seat of the Bhutan government, its series of ornately carved courtyards decorated with striking murals and relief sculptures. Our hotel has modern facilities but is built, like everything in Bhutan, in traditional style, and each room has a balcony with views over the Thimpu river valley. There is time to shop for handicrafts, especially woven silk, tangkha scrolls and masks, before we have an invitation to a private Bhutanese home for dinner and an introduction to classical Bhutanese music and dance.
Day 09. See off