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08 DAYS BHUTAN WANGDI FESTIVAL
Trip code:
BH-DBF8
Departure:
18 Sep - 25 Sep
picture of bhutan Land of the Thunder Dragon, one of the most mysterious and unknown of all Himalayan Kingdoms, hidden in isolation behind the high peaks of the Himalayas. For centuries forbidden to foreigners, this timeless Buddhist Kingdom has succeeded in preserving its enchanting traditions and ancestral way of life. We have also timed this trip to coincide with one of the biggest festival in the country - Wangdi Festival. Not only are there brilliant performances, the locals also turn up in the colorful best!

 
Departure: 18 Sep - 25 Sep (Tue-Tue)
Number of people: Max 16
Closing date: 15 May 2008
Tour price per person:
Origin Twin Single Suppl Deposit
From Singapore SGD 4150 SGD 650 SGD 1500
From Hongkong HKD 23950 HKD 3250 HKD 8000
From Shanghai RMB 24260 RMB 3250 RMB 8000
From Beijing RMB 24260 RMB 3250 RMB 8000
Day 01 18 SEP (TUE) ARRIVE BANGKOK
Fly Singapore/Bangkok TG 412 1725/1845 (2h 20m)
OR Hong Kong/Bangkok TG 607 2045/2230 (2h 45m)
OR Shanghai/Bangkok MU 541 1505/1830 (4h 25m)
OR Beijing/Bangkok MI 226 1525/1655 (2h 20m)
OR Beijing/Singapore TG 615 1750/2200 (5h 10m)
Upon arrival, check in at Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel for the night (connected to the airport by underground link).
Day 02 19 SEP (WED) BANGKOK / PARO (L,D)
Fly Bangkok/Paro KB 121 0550/0900 - via Calcutta (5h 10m)
Upon arrival, met & transfer to Hotel Olathang or similar for 1 night.
At 2200m, it’s advisable to take the rest of the day easily. Visit Paro Museum, which used to be the Watch Tower of the Paro Dzong. You will also walk around the Paro Dzong area including the traditional wooden covered bridge of Nyamai Zam.
This evening, there will be a talk will be conducted by your guide on the religion and custom of Bhutan.
Day 03 20 SEP (THU) PARO / PUNAKHA (B,L,D)
Leaving Paro, we drive about 5 hours to Wangdi. En route, we cross the 3050m Dochu La Pass. The Pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas and in spring, the blooming rhododendrons cover the mountains with a riot of colors. Enjoy a tea break on the pass which is about ½-way through the drive.
Wangdi is the short name for Wangdiphodrang, which mean "the windy place" because of its location on a knoll between 2 valleys. After lunch in the hotel, spend the full afternoon in Wangdi Dzong which is set on a ridge overlooking the surrounding valleys. This is also the venue of the colorful festival. Not only do you see brilliant performances and religious events, this is also a time when the locals turn up at their colourful best! Overnight in Meriphumsum or similar.
Day 04 21 SEP (FRI) PUNAKHA (B,L,D)
Morning, we visit Punakha Dzong set at the confluence of the 2 rivers. Then, spend the rest of the day on a hike to the Buddhist Institute. A short drive passing the Punakha
Dzong gives you a magnificent view of a Stupa (Khamsum Yuelly Namgyel Chorten).
From here, a leisurely walk of about an hour crossing a suspension bridge, through paddy fields and then up a gentle slope brings you to the Buddhist Institute with a stupa, perched high on a strategic ridge, with a magnificent view of the valley through which the Mo-chu (Female river) flows. It is a splendid example of the Bhutanese architectural and artistic tradition, this sacred religious edifice was constructed to help remove the negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in a changing world.
Day 05 22 SEP (SAT) PUNAKHA / THIMPU (B,L,D)
Rise early in the morning to witness the revealing of the Tangka. The Tangka is the second biggest in Bhutan and is several storeys high and completely embroidered. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Today, we re-cross the Dochu La Pass and return to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into Hotel Riverview. Though, the biggest "city" in Bhutan, Thimpu is a village in most other Asian countries. All buildings retain the traditional architectural design and on the streets, men & women folks still dressed in traditional gho (their national costume).
In the afternoon, we visit the national hospital, the national library, and, Zulikha Nunnery the art & music school and enjoy shopping along the streets of Thimpu.
Day 06 23 SEP (SUN) THIMPU / PARO (B,L,D)
We have more time to explore Thimpu as well as shopping! Visit the Choki Handicraft, Mangala paper House (for high quality paper), Post office (stamps are one of the best buys in Bhutan) and just shopping along the streets of Thimpu.
Late afternoon, drive about 2 hours to Paro and check into Hotel Olathang or similar.
Day 07 24 SEP (MON) PARO (B,L,D)
We make an excursion to Taksang Monastery - this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Set on a vertical cliff face 800 m above the ground, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery (otherwise, we can arrange for a pony ride up). Lunch at Taksang restaurant and enjoy an excellent view of the Monastery. You will then drive to Drukyel Dzong. From here, if the day is clear, enjoy a spectacular view of Jhomolhari. Late afternoon, we visit a traditional Bhutanese family. You will be treated to a farewell dinner this evening.
Day 08 25 SEP (TUE) DEPART PARO (B)
Transfer to the airport for flight
Fly Paro/Bangkok KB 120 0830/1335 - via Calcutta (5h 20m)
  Bangkok/Singapore TG 409 1635/1955 (2h 20m)
OR Bangkok/Hong Kong TG 606 1600/1945 (2h 45m)
OR Bangkok/Shanghai MU 542 1940/0020+1 (4h 20m)
For those from Beijing:
Fly Paro/Bangkok KB 120 0830/1335 - via Calcutta (5h 10m)
Own arrangement to check into hotel.
Day 09 26 SEP (WED) BANGKOK/BEIJING (B)
Transfer to the airport for flight
Fly Bangkok/Beijing TG 614 1040/1620 (4h 40m)
 
COST INCLUDES:
 
  • International Airfare as stated;
  • Airfare Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok by Druk Air;
  • Accommodation on twin share basis;
  • All meals in Bhutan;
  • All tours & transfers with English speaking guide in private air-con vehicle and including all entrance fees
  • COST EXCLUDES:
     
  • Airport taxes;
  • Visa - USD 20/- for Bhutan;
  • Travel & cancellation insurance
  • Per person per day tip for guide and driver recommended at USD 2/- to USD 4/-.
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