XA Travel (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

Land of Happiness, Bhutan

Depart: 9th Oct 2016 (Sunday) 
Return: 15th Oct 2016 (Saturday)
Price:  SGD3800 (Twin) / SGD4150 (Single)
Group Size : 8 (min) / 16 (max)

Hightlights:

  • Led by Michael Lee, a qualified UK Master Photographer (MPAUK) who was invited by Tourism Council of Bhutan and DrukAir Royal Bhutan Airline to photograph Bhutan in Year 2014
  • Unique itinerary and opportunity for special arrangement with private access to visit and photograph inside few monasteries and dzongs 
  • Direct international flight from Singapore to Paro with DrukAir - Royal Bhutan Airline
  • Two festivals at Thimphu - Thimphu Tshechu and Thimphu Drubchen celebrated at the Capital City of Bhutan, with masked dances in colourful and ornate costumes performed by monks or gomchens (gurus)
  • Road drive from Paro to Punakha, the most historic and beautiful valley 

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Singapore - Paro (B/L/D)

Depart from Changi Aiport, arrive at Paro International Airport. Paro is a scenic town with many monasteries, temples, dzongs, and natural wonders that make Bhutan such a breathtaking country. Located on the northwestern border of Bhutan and Tibet is Chomolhari (Jomolhari) Mountain, Bhutan’s third tallest mountain peak. Check in hotel for a short rest and lunch. Visit The Rinpung Dzong, the Fortress on a Heap of Jewels as it was built with stones rather than clay. It is considered one of the most impressive dzongs in the country and the finest example of both 15th and 17th-century Bhutanese construction. Followed by take a short drive north of Paro to visit the ruins of Drukgyal fortress. Built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of medieval Bhutan, it was used as a stronghold against invading Tibetan armies. After a fire destroyed it in 1951, it remains a ruin as a symbol of the past military victories. Overnight at Paro. Overnight at Paro.

Thimphu Drubchen (B/L/D)

Travel to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan with en route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in Bhutan. Arrive at Thimphu and attend Thimphu Drubchen festival. it is the most sacred and popular Drubchen Festival of the Kingdom of Bhutan,  it will be held in the courtyard of Tashi Chodzong, the largest fortress of the country. Visit Motithang Takin Preserve, Buddha Point, and National Memorial Chorten in the noon. Overnight at Thimphu. 

 

Thimphu Tshechu (B/L/D)

Celebrate the opening ceremony of Thimphu Tshechu. Tshechu are annual religious Bhutanese festivals held in each district or dzongkhag of Bhutan on the tenth day of a month of the lunar Tibetan calendar, where The Thimphu tshechu is among the biggest of the tshechus in terms of participation and audience. After lunch, drive to Dochula Pass, a 108 chortens was built by the present Queen Mother of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Indian militants and to liberate the souls of the soldiers lost. Arrive at Punakha by late noon and overnight at Punakha valley. 

Punakha (B/L/D)

Morning visit the beautiful valley of Punakha, and walk into the paddy field located to the Lobesa village. Pay a visit of the village to see the life of Bhutanese. Followed by a visit to Chhimi Lhakhang temple built in 15th century and Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan,  is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers. Late afternoon, you will visit a nun monastery to understand the life of nuns practicing Buddhism. Private access to be arranged to watch and photograph the Puja ritual. Overnight at Punakha.

Punakha - Paro (B/L/D)

Morning visit Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery. Lhodrak Kharchhu Monastery, located above the main town, about 3 km from Chamkhar town. The monastey has become part of an extensive effort to preserve and revitalize Tibetan culture. The monks regular curriculum include reading, memorizing the daily prayers. Followed by a visit to the village community primary school located at the mountainous village. After lunch, drive back to Paro for a leisure walk at Paro town. Overnight at Paro. 

Tiger's Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang) (B/L/D)

Today is the most exciting day of the journey where you will be heading to the base camp of Takshang Monastery (Tiger Nest Monastery) for refreshment. Horse ride to be arranged to go up to the view point, and stop for lunch. Continue to hike to Takshang monastery for 1.5hour, along the journey it offers magnificinet view of Taksang, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred temple complex located on the cliff side of Paro Valley. Overnight at Paro.

Paro - Singapore (B/L)

Early transfer to Paro airport. Arrive Singapore by late noon. 

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Inclusions :

  • 2 way international flights Singapore to Paro by Druk Air
  • Private tour with comfortable vehicle
  • Bhutan visa and daily government tariff of USD250 a day
  • All entrance fees and permit
  • All meals as per itinerary above
  • 6 nights accommodation of mixture of 3 star boutqiue hotel 
  • XA Travel tour leader (x1) and local tour guide (x1)

Exclusions :

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Additional beverages (including alcohol) not included in meals
  • Any other incidental expenses incurred by participants
  • Tips for both driver and local guide per person (voluntary basis)
Remarks

Fitness :

  • Able to carry own photography equipment and personal chores
  • Guidance to reduce altitude sickness symptom (AMS) to be given during trip briefing

Air flight detail as follow :

  • Airline : Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airline)
  • Depart : 9th Oct 2016 KB501 0630 1050
  • Return : 15th Oct 2016 KB500 0710 1530
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