BHUTAN JEWEL TRAVEL
About BHUTAN JEWEL TRAVEL
Bhutan Jewel Travel established in Year 2009 and has an excellent record of organizing responsible and ethical tours and trek packages in Bhutan. All of our clients are treated with great respect irrespective of their Gender, Age, Religion, Color, Caste, or an LGBTQ.
As reiterated often by us, we strongly believe that "A Tour to anywhere is as good as the Tour Operator you travel with". Under no circumstances do we want our Guests to suffer due to our lacking.
That is why our major focus is on RESPONSIBILITY for our Clients.
We Organize the following activities in Bhutan:
- Cultural and Leisure sightseeing Tours
- Trekking in through the beautiful mountains of Bhutan
- Relaxing and active Day Hikes
- Adventure Motor Biking to exclusive and common trails, Cycling, River Rafting, and Wild Safari
- Exclusive DHARMA tour with choice to meditate OR/And pilgrimage to many Buddhist sites.
- Retreat Package with a session of Pranic Healing, meditation, or just being on your own in tune with the nature and wilderness in Bhutan
- Medical Tours – We are the FIRST to cater to medical tourism in Bhutan to help guests try the various methods of traditional healing practiced for centuries in Bhutan. For more detailed information Please visit http://www.bhutanjeweltravel.com/bhutan-medical-tourism/
Best Bhutan Tour Itinerary
1. A perfect tour which takes you to all the Best parts of Western Bhutan
2. Many sites to visit at leisure along with astrological foretelling
3. Mix of Farmhouse homestays and Hotels
4. Depending on your time in Bhutan, we can customize this very itinerary to suit your stay in Bhutan
5. If you wish to, Treks, Hikes, white river rafting can be included
Places to Visit
10 Nights / 11 Days Bhutan Tour - Customized to Give the Best Experience to Discover True Bhutan
Day 1: Arrive into Bhutan via Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines, which are Bhutan’s only 2 National carriers. During the journey to Paro, one will experience from the left hand side of the plane, breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport and after your Visa Formalities you will be greeted by the Representatives from Bhutan Jewel Travel.
Freshen Up in Hotel and if time permits start touring the valley of Paro. Your Guide will guide you hereinafter. Night Halt in Paro. Altitude of Paro is at 2240mts.
Day 2: Paro to Punakha and Wangdue Valleys: Altitude of Punakha is 1300 meters so warmer than Paro. Direct Drive Time is about 3 hours from Paro but could take a little longer due to rests on the way.
Check in Punakha Hotel and enroute enjoy the halt and tea and snacks at the Dochula Pass.
Dochula Pass is a Great place to feel the cool air and see thousands of prayer flags fluttering high on tree tops. There are 108 stupas and a Temple built by the Queen Mother for the long life of the Fourth King and the wellbeing of all sentient beings. From this pass you can see the entire Himalayan range of Mountains.
Lamperi Botanical Park : Take a walk in this park that holds many species of exotic plants including wild orchids and many species of Rhododendron. It’s a great place for bird watching. You can climb one of the watch towers and enjoy the views around.
There is a wish making lake, where it’s believed that there’s a mermaid that grants your wish if it is made sincerely. Night Halt in Punakha.
Day 3: Punakha & Wangdue Tour / white water river rafting: After breakfast, Drive north of the valley and hike for about 45 minutes crossing over a suspension bridge to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten, a temple built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan in all the Bhutanese architecture grandeur. Walk through the rice fields and village of Niengergang. The view from the temple to the valley below is photogenic.
After a hearty lunch, then drive to visit the Punakha Dzong. “Dzong” means Fortresses. Punakha Dzong is the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan situated in the confluence of Pho-chu & Mo-chu (male & female rivers). It looks like a giant ship with excellent wood work and detail of paintings. It was here that the first King was crowned in 1907.
It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Punakha Dzong is still serves as the winter resident of the chief lama of Bhutan and houses both administrative & religious center of Punakha district.
It is here in these very courtyards that the present King of Bhutan married the Queen. Thus this fortress holds a big significance in Bhutan’s history and present times. Night in Punakha. White River rafting is seasonal
Day 4: Punakha To Phobjikha Valley: Altitude of Phobjikha Valley is 2900 meters and Drive Time is about 3-4 hours from Punakha.
En route to Phobjikha, visit the famous and sacred Chimi Lhakhang(Temple) or even named as the “Temple of fertility” cause couples without Children are blessed here with a wooden phallus to
bear children. This area is adorned with photos and arts of Phalluses and people who do not know the significance of this temple are awe struck or some even flabbergasted. Have your lunch here overlooking the paddy fields and then continue journey to the Phobjikha Valley.
Phobjikha Valley is home to the endangered Black Necked cranes. Phobjikha is very remote and the highest wide valley in Bhutan. Here there are no electric poles standing as cranes could get caught in the lines. Thus the whole wide valley is peaceful and only the nomadic locals reside in Phobjikha. Night in this beautiful valley
Day 5: Phobjikha Tour : Nature walks/Hikes in Phobjikha and visit the monk’s Gangtey Monastery and great for nature photography. Night Halt in Phobjikha. Visits during the winter months is when you can see the endangered black necked cranes as its their winter habitat in Bhutan. Although cold, it is worth the visit.
Day 6: Phobjikha to Thimphu: Thimphu is the Capital City of Bhutan. Altitude is 2334 meters and straight drive time from Phobjikha to Thimphu is about 5 hours.
Lunch can be served en route and before entering Thimphu, a stop at the Dochula Pass for refreshments. Night Halt in Thimphu
Day 7: Thimphu sight-seeing like the National Animal Takin Reserve. The site of the Tallest Sitting Buddha in the World. And many local sites like watch an archery match, visit handicrafts shops and the Crafts Bazaar. You could visit the Local artists paintings outlet VAST, some of the paintings are beautiful. Night Halt in Thimphu
Day 8: Visit Bhutan’s Astrology Institute in Parizampa,Thimphu. This institute issues the annual Bhutanese calendar and foretells the date and time for auspicious events like it was here that decided the date of the Bhutan Kings’ Wedding, it was here that decided the coronation date of the Kings, and so on.
After lunch, visit the Emporium, National Textile Museum, the Memorial Stupa, etc. Bhutan Post Office : This is a rare opportunity to have your own photo stamp made which can be used to send post cards or letters from Bhutan to anyone you wish to post it to.
Evening drive to Paro. Tonight try and rest well for the great hike tomorrow to the Tiger’s Nest. Night Halt in Paro
Day 9: Best for the Last. Hike to the Tiger’s Nest called the Taktsang Monastery. The Monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff drop of nearly 4000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan meditated on this spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress, who was believed to be his favorite consort who the Guru had transformed to a Tigress. Tiger’s nest is a world heritage site.
This Hike will take more than half a day from start to finish and is best that you start early morning before the sun’s heat starts affecting you.
After the hike, drive to the Victory Fortress called “Drugyel Dzong” which was built during war with Tibet. It’s a beautiful ruined fortress and can see the Jumolhari Mountain Peak. Evening you can take a stroll through the Paro Villages or can rest early since you might be tired from the hike. Night in Paro
Day 10 : After breakfast take few hours hike to the Zuri Temple site, this is exclusively to enjoy the 360 degrees view of the Paro Valley, the villages and town on one side and the Paro International Airport on the other side.
On your way back, walk to the National Museum of Bhutan which was a watch tower in early times or if you aren’t interested in Museums then continue walking towards the Rinpung Dzong built in 1646 AD. A flag stoned path leads toward the Dzong. This Dzong overlooks the Paro valley and you will also cross over an ancient wooden bridge with guard houses at the sides of the Bridge.
Paro Dzong and its bridge is the location where the holly wood movie “The Little Buddha” starring Keanu Reeves was filmed. Night Halt in Paro
Day 11 : Depart Bhutan . You will be escorted by your Guide and Driver to the Paro Airport for your departure.
Where ever time permits, you can visit as many sites as possible. It is not mandatory that you follow only what’s in this itinerary. Your Guide will be briefed to take you visiting to local markets, watch the archery matches, and visit handicrafts and souvenirs shops.
Only condition is that there should be no night halt changes as Hotel are pre booked, and last minute cancellation means that you will have to bear the cancellation charges and pay the new hotel charges.
If Time permits, you can enjoy the Village Home Hot stone baths and some natural hot spring baths BUT these will be supplements to your tour cost at your personal expense and not included in the package.
Once dates are confirmed some tour events in a day may change, but we will check and reschedule your Tour itinerary to avoid coinciding visits on the sites closing days, or Public holidays.
Following are the Services INCLUDED in the Tour Rates
1. Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) (USD65 per person per night) and Internal Taxes, and Government Surcharges
2. Tour Operators Fee USD 3 per person
3. All Accommodations in twin sharing basis in a 3 starred accommodation Hotel or village home stay or a lodge.
4. All Three Meals with Evening Tea
5. Imported Luxury vehicles with English Speaking Guide and Driver
6. Museum Fees
7. Entrance Permits to Temples and Monasteries
8. Road Permits / National Park Permits
9. Receive & Transfer to Airport
Special Offer from Bhutan Jewel Travel:
Bhutan Produced Bottled Mineral Water provided free of cost every day during your stay in Bhutan.
Services NOT INCLUDED within the Tour Rates are as follows:
1. Accommodation in a 4 star and above starred hotels, or boutique hotels. This will be additional supplement to the above mentioned tour price:
2. Single Room supplement of USD 40 per room
5. International Telephone Calls
6. Tips for your Guide and Driver
7. Travel Insurances
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