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Day 01 : Arrive Kolkata
Day 02 : Kolkata
Day 03 : Fly Kolkata – Paro & drive to Thimphu
Day 04 : Thimphu
Day 05 : Thimphu / Punakha
Day 06 : Punakha / Paro
Day 07 : Paro
Day 08 : Paro / Guwahati
Day 09 : Guwahati / M.V. Mahabaahu
After clearing immigration and customs, we step into the receiving area where we will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Arrive and check-in to the hotel.
Overnight at the Taj Bengal hotel (No meals)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for guided sightseeing tour of Kolkata.
Drive past British Kolkata seeing the colonial buildings. Stop for a visit of the interesting flower market located on the bank of the Hoogly River – it is a colorful market located very near the famous Howrah Bridge. Drive on for a visit of the Jain temple.
After lunch (lunch on own), visit the Victoria Memorial. Later see the St. Paul’s cathedral. End the day with a visit to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.
This morning, we leave for the airport to take the flight to Paro (For early morning flight we will depart with packed breakfast). The flight into the Himalayas reveals breathtaking views of the world’s highest peaks, taking you right into the Dragon kingdom’s cloud scraping airstrip in the lush green valley of Paro (alt. 7000 ft).
Upon arrival in Paro, we will met by our Bhutanese tour director and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Late afternoon/early evening visit Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and the King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot.
Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)
After breakfast we leave for sightseeing of Thimphu. We visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.
Later we drive to the Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here we see, students at work producing intricate designs on cloth. We also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing methods are still practiced. Later we visit the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese culture and living traditions.
After lunch we visit the Handicrafts Emporium which displays a wide assortment of beautifully handwoven and crafted products. We then drive to the Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
After breakfast, we drive to Punakha with a short stop enroute at the Dochula pass (3,050m) that offers enchanting views.
We arrive in Punakha and check into our hotel.
Later we visit the Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played an important role in building up of modern Bhutan. This is followed by a visit to the local market. We then visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built stupa.
After the visits in Punakha, we drive to the nearby town of Wangduephodrang and visit the local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.
After breakfast, we drive to Paro en-route visiting the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for religious studies.
We arrive in Paro and check into our hotel.
In the afternoon we visit the Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as a Watch Tower, since 1967 it is serving as the National Museum of the country and holds a fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. We then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.
After an early breakfast, we leave for an excursion to the Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence it is called the “Tiger’s Nest”. The trek/hike to the view point takes about 5 hours for a round trip.
(Special Note: Ponies are available to go upto 1st view point only, however to return back guests will have to walk)
In the afternoon, we drive north of Paro valley to the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong. From this fort the Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies. Later we visit nearby traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers a good insight into the lifestyle of the local people. On our way back, we visit the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.
Today morning at leisure and enjoy sumptuous breakfast later in time transfer to the airport to board flight to Guwahati.
On arrival at airport, meet and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel (B)
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Pandu Port to board the M.V. Mahabaahu cruise ship on the Brahmaputra River.
Valid From: September 2018 to April 2019