The people of Bhutan can be classified into three main distinct ethnic groups-Sharchops, People who live in east of the Bhutan, are believed to be the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan. They are Indo-Mongoloid origin and appear closely related to the inhabitants of northeast India and northern Burma. The Ngalongs are of Tibetan descendant of the migrated to Bhutan in the 9th century and settled west of the country. The third groups Lhotsampas are the Nepali origin that settled in the foothills of southern Bhutan in mid 19th century. There are other minority groups in Bhutan such as Layap, Brokpa, Doya, Lhopu, Dhakpa and Lepcha.
The Bhutanese are very religious and this is evidenced by the numerous Dzongs, Temples and monasteries that mark the landscape. In addition, every home has its prayer room or alters and generally celebrates an annual festival called “Chogu”. This is when prayers of thanksgiving are offered for the year past as well as for future well being of the family.
Bhutan is one of the least densely populated countries in the world with 79 percent of the people living in the rural areas. People in Bhutan, no matter how simple their rural lives are, have a welcome smile for every visitor.
Culture and Tradition.
The rich cultural heritage of Kingdom of Bhutan has remained remark unblemished. It is to a great degree not remnants of the past but a living culture, where age old traditions are vibrant and still continue to have clear significance in every day of the Bhutanese people. Cultural heritage is considered the foundation upon which the identity of the Bhutanese people and the kingdom of Bhutan as a sovereign independent nation is built. The signs of strong tradition are evident to a visitor from the impressive architecture and art form adoring the Bhutanese landscape.
Day 1: Bangkok (M) – Paro (2250M)
Overnight at Hotel/Resorts In Paro.
Day 2: Paro (2250M) – Bumthang (2800M) – Domestic Flight
Overnight at Hotel/Resorts In Bumthang
Day 3: Bumthang (2800M) – Bumthang (2800M)
Bumthang Cheese Factory
Overnight at Hotel/Resorts In Bumthang.
Day 4: Bumthang (2800M) – Gangtey (3000M)
After early breakfast today journey onward to Gangtey valley is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland , deep river valley and precariously perched farmhouses viewed from the only east west highway that has been ingeniously carved out of the mountain faces. Upon reaching Trangsa you may take time to stroll this quaint village and official business permitting, perhaps visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often find novice monks reciting mantras or practicing on sacred horns, flutes or drums. Following a brief stop at chendebji chorten, which according to belief was built to cover the remains of a demon spirit. After reaching Gangtey valley check in to Hotel , evening leisure time in Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel/Resorts In Gangtey
Day 5: Gangtey(3000M) – Punakha (1310M)
Gangtey Nature walk
Black Neck Crane Centre
Overnight at Hotel/Resorts In Punakha
Day 6: Punakha(1310M) – Thimphu (2300M)
Overnight at Hotel/Resorts In Thimphu
Day 7: Thimphu (2300M) –Thimphu(2300M)
National Memorial Chorten
Buddha Dordenma Statue
General Post Office
The Folk Heritage Museum
National Institute for Zorig Chusum
Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu
Day 8: Thimphu (2300M) – Paro (2250M)
Taktsang (Tiger’s nest monastery)
Overnight at Hotel/Resort in Paro.
Day 9: Paro (2250M) – Haa - Paro (2250M)
In Haa valley, visit Wangchucklo Dzong dating back to 1915 and Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple) is said to have been built by pigeon emanation of King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and Lhakhang Karpo (white temple). After the visit drive back to Paro.
Overnight Hotel/Resorts in Paro
Day 10: International Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind Guardian Mountains.
➢ Accommodation in standard hotels (i.e. Three Star properties) with breakfast.
➢ Lunch & Dinner in Local Tourist restaurant or at Hotel
➢ Accompanied with English speaking tour guide licensed by Tourism council of Bhutan.
➢ Luxury Transportation within Bhutan.
➢ Government’s royalty & Taxes (USD 65 Per person /Night)
➢ Museum & Monuments entrance fee.
➢ Bottle water during the tour.
➢ One time Visa Fee US$ 40 per person
➢ FIT Surcharge for 1pax = $ 40, 2pax =$ 30 per person, 3pax & above = Waived
➢ Air ticket(flight fare) both international and Domestic
➢ Travel Insurance
➢ Gratuities, bar bill, telephone bills, personal expenses & Laundry.
Terms and Conditions:
• Rates are quoted in US dollars($) per room per night based on double occupancy
• Minimum 4 persons
• Itinerary could be changed due to Force Majeure