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RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL |8D7N

Departure Date

17 Apr

Duration

8 Days 7 Nights

Views

1911

Maximum Seats

15

Rhododendron Festival. 

Tour Dates :

1. April 17 2019 – April 24 2019

2. April 18 2019 – April 25 2019

3. April 19 2019 – April 26 2019

The festival celebrates the rhododendron flower, which blossoms abundantly in Bhutan. It features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural programmes, guided walks and activities. The festival displays different species that are in full bloom in their natural habitat.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN PARO| TRANSFER TO THIMPHU

DAY 2 | TOUR OF THIMPHU

DAY 3 | RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL

DAY 4 | PUNAKHA

DAY 5 | PUNAKHA TO GANGTEY

DAY 6 | GANGTEY TO PARO

DAY 7 | PARO

DAY 8 | DEPARTURE

INCLUSIVE

VISA/PERMITS
7 Nights Stay
All Meals
All Transportation
Guide
All Tax Levied

Package Details

Package Type 1 Person 2 People 3-4 People 5-7 People 8 + People
3 star Accommodation INR 65,180/- INR 43,750/- INR 38,850/- INR 36,350/- INR 32,750/-
4 Star Accommodation INR 1,15,700/- INR 70,250/- INR 66,350/- INR 63,800/- INR 60,250/-
5 Star Accommodation INR 1,60,170/- INR 93,760/- INR 88,860/- INR 86,400/- INR 82,800/-

List of Hotels for your Overnight Stays

Overnights 3 Star Hotels 4 star Hotels 5 Star Hotels
Thimphu (2 Nights) Peacefull Resort Terma Linca Resort Taj Tashi
Punakha (1 Nights) Kingaling Resort  RKPO Dhensa Boutique Resorts
Gangtey (1 Nights) Dewachen Resort Wangchuk Lodge Wangchuk Lodge
Paro        (3 Nights) Rema Resort Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel Le Meridian
DELHI – PARO(BHUTAN) & RETURN
Adult Student (<25 years) Child (<12 years)
Economy INR 22,336 INR 17,081 INR 16,556
Business INR 53,905 INR 39,250 INR 37,783

 

KOLKATA – PARO(BHUTAN) & RETURN
Adult Student (<25 years) Child (<12 years)
Economy INR 16,965 INR 13,464 INR 13,112
Business INR 35,233 INR 26,306 INR 25,510

 

BAGDOGRA – PARO(BHUTAN) & RETURN
Adult Student (<25 years) Child (<12 years)
Economy INR 11,608 INR 9,273 INR 9,038
Business INR 21,198 INR 15,988 INR 15,463

 

GUWAHATI – PARO(BHUTAN) & RETURN
Adult Student (<25 years) Child (<12 years)
Economy INR 12,029 INR 9,694 INR 9,459
Business INR 23,324 INR 17,599 INR 17,029

Discounts

  • Full time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, shall be given 20% discount on package rate.
  • Child below the age of 12 years, shall be given 25% discount on package rate.

Tour Overview

Day 1

ARRIVAL IN PARO, BHUTAN

Elevation 2,280 m

When you first arrive at Paro International Airport, you will be met by one of our delightful tour guides just outside the arrival hall. At 7,333 feet above sea level, the first thing you will likely notice is the effect of the high altitudes, so we will give you time to acclimate as we take you to the capital city Thimphu.

During the evening you can wander through the shops, bars, and cafes of Thimphu.

- Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Day 2

THIMPHU TOUR

Elevation 2,320 m

After breakfast, we will begin to unlock the mysteries of Bhutan by touring Thimphu’s most important sites. The National Memorial Chorten, it was built in 1974 to memorialize Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the third king of Bhutan (1928-1972).

Afterwards visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). It holds one of the largest Buddha’s statue in the country of 169 feet (51.5m), made of bronze and gilded in gold. Visitors can also get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from this point.

Then visit Changangkha Lhakhang. This temple is located above central Thimphu, built in 12th century by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo on a ridge overlooking the town. Local parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessing from the protector deity ‘Tamdrin’.

Later drive to upper Motithang in Thimphu to visit Takin Preserve. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drukpa Kuenley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animal to fit established categories.

Post lunch, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including 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) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts, Textile Museum, which provides deep insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form, Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to connect people with the rich Bhutanese Folk heritage and rural history through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of Bhutanese rural life.

Conclude the day’s sightseeing with visit of Trashichhoedzong, or ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. This is one of the most impressive buildings situated along the right flank of the Thimphu river built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan and was later reconstructed in 1962 by the third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.

Evening at leisure in Thimphu city centre. Also explore the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts.

- Overnight stay at Thimphu
Day 3

RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL

Elevation 1,300 m

We leave Thimphu after breakfast to attend the spectacular opening ceremony of the Rhododendrons festival at Lampelri Botanical Park, Which is about 45- minute drive (22-km) from the capital city of Thimphu. The festival features the rhododendron garden walk and exhibition, local culture and cuisines, arts and crafts, traditional games, cultural program, guided walks and other activities. Afterwards, take the tour in and around the park at an altitude range of 2100m to 2800 m between the Thimphu and Punakha districts, which covers an areas of 47 sq. km having a rich biodiversity of high conservation value. It is a great learning destination for the students, researchers and nature lovers. The park features a variety of forest types; alpine, cool temperate broadleaf forest, old growth of broadleaf and conifer forest, etc. About 300 species of plants are found in the park including Himalayan yew (Taxus battaca). Panax pseudoginsend, Tetracntron sinesis, native rhododendron,royal Bengal Tiger, Red panda, musk deer, Himalayan Monal and Blood Pheasants. The park has 14.5 km of eco trek trail that taes you through thick oak forest and mountain steams amidst the chirping of birds and sound of leaves fluttering and falling in the gentle mountain breeze.

- Overnight stay at Punakha.
Day 4

PUNAKHA

Elevation 2,280 m

Today we visit to Punakha Dzong or ‘Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss, built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic, though long established here.

After exploring Punakha city centre, embark on a short walking excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, located on a ridge surrounded by beautiful paddy fields. From road point, it takes about 10-15 minutes’ walk through Sobsukha village to reach the monastery. Also known as Fertility temple, it is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as ‘Divine Madman’. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon.

After lunch we will take a beautiful hike takes one to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten (approx 2 hours round trip walk), which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond.

- Overnight stay at Punakha
Day 5

PUNAKHA TO GANGTEY VELLEY

Elevation 3000 m

A beautiful hike takes one to the regal Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten (approx 2 hours round trip walk), which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. The Chorten dominates the upper Punakha Valley with commanding views across the Mo Chhu and up towards the mountainous peaks of Gasa and beyond.

After lunch, drive to the isolated valley of Phobjikha. The valley is protected for the endangered Black Necked Cranes migrating to Bhutan every winter (early Nov to End of February). The drive is very picturesque and worth every turn and climb. Phobjikha valley is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Upon arrival, visit ancient Gangtey Gompa Monastery and take a short walk to visit local homes.

-Overnight stay at Phobjikha
Day 6

GANGTEY VALLEY TO PARO

Elevation 2,280 m

After breakfast drive back to Paro, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley.

En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629. The name Simtokha literally means ‘Atop a Demon’ and the legend associated with the dzong’s construction tells us that it was built in order to subdue an evil spirit that was harassing travelers in the region.

Later in the day after checking into hotel, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.

Evening take a stroll around interesting city centre of Paro.

- Overnight stay at Paro
Day 7

PARO

Elevation 2,280 m

After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery (approx. 5 hours round trip walk): It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. The hike to the monastery makes a splendid half day excursion.

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After breakfast embark on a driving excursion to Chelela pass. At an elevation of 3,988 meters, it is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour’s drive along a thickly-forested road, this pass is a botanical paradise. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. En route also visit Dzongdrakha temple. Often called as mini Taktsang, Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of Paro valley. Four shrines make up the complex, dedicated to Drolma (Tara), Tsheringma (Goddess of Longevity), Guru Rinpoche and the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya. Local oral tradition states that when Guru Rinpoche first came to Bhutan, he came from Nepal, first landing at Drakarpo, and then Dzongdrakha before arriving at Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) farther north up the valley

Evening drive towards the Thimphu Valley (1 hour drive)

- Overnight stay at Paro
Day 8

DEPART PARO

Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to your destination. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments!

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