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Day 1: To Delhi
Fly from Heathrow to Delhi on British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight.
Day 2: Delhi
Arrive Delhi in the morning. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and it’s back roads, once the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal times. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Shangri-La Eros.Accommodation: Shangri-La’s Eros
Day 3: To Thimphu via Paro
Morning fly to Paro. Met by a local representative and drive to Thimphu. Two nights at Hotel Phuntsho Pelri or similar.
Day 4: Thimphu
Full day sightseeing of the capitol city includes the Trashichhodzong- the beautiful medieval fortress/Monastery, the National Library which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, Institute for Zorig Chusum, the National Memorial Chorten, the governmentrun Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, the folk Heritage and National Textile Museums.
Day 5: Gangtey
After an early breakfast drive to Gangtey en route visiting Wangduephodrang Dzong and the local market. Afternoon visit the Gangtey Monasterythe biggest Nyingmapa Monastery in Bhutan. Two nights at Dewachen Resort or similar.Accommodation: Dewachen Resort
Day 6: Gangtey
Full day explore beautiful Phobjikha valley- the winter home of black necked cranes. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu and Gay Chhu.
Day 7: To Bumthang
Morning drive to Bumthang en route visit the Chendbji Chorten- patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted facing the four cardinal directions and Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648. Three nights at Wangdichholing Lodge or similar.
Day 8: Bumthang
Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist Temples and Monasteries. Full day to explore the Monasteries & local area.
Day 9: Bumthang
Enjoy an excursion to Ura Valley.
Day 10: Drive to Punakha
After breakfast drive to Punakha through the delightful countryside. Two nights at Zangtho Pelri or similar.
Day 11: Punakha
Morning visit the Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. Also visit the Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley.
Day 12: To Paro
Morning drive to Paro. Afternoon visit the Ta Dzong, originally as a Watch Tower, houses the National Museum. Then follow the trail down to Rinpung Dzong. Two nights at Olathang or similar.
Day 13: Paro
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. Along the way, see the 7th C. Kyichu Lhakhangone of the most sacred shrines in the country. Visit also includes the Taktsang Monastery (approx 4 hours steep walk) famously known as the Tiger’s Nest.
Day 14: To Delhi
Morning fly to Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing of dynamic New Delhi including the impressive Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and the India Gate. Overnight at Shangri-La Eros Hotel.Accommodation: Shangri-La’s Eros
Day 15: To Heathrow
Fly to Heathrow on British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flight.
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|Price per person (Double/Twin share)|
- International & internal flights in economy class.
- Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
- Full Board (Kolkata on bed & breakfast).
- Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
- Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
- Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
- Bhutan Visa & Royalty Fees.
- Full ATOL Bonding.
- Visa Fee for India.
- Any optional Excursions.
- Any expenses of a personal nature.
- Travel Insurance.