Black Neck Crane Valley
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Bhutan is a land filled with snow-capped peaks, glaciers, sparkling lakes, raging rivers, green terraced fields, flower-strewn valleys and diverse fauna. The North is dominated by the high peaks of the Himalayas. The inner central region is filled with temperate valleys and the South is where the steamy tropical jungles are found. Restrictions on the numbers of tourists help to preserve the country's natural assets and a way of life that has remained unchanged for millennium. Visitors will see monasteries perched at the tops of mountain peaks, ancient Buddhist art and sculpture, dense forests and spectacular valleys.
DAY 01：ARRIVE PARO - THIMPHU (L,D)
Arrive at the Druk Air check in counter, International Airport, 2 hours prior to departure time. Fly into Paro Bhutan. As you start approaching Bhutan, you can see breathtaking views of the Great Himalayas on this flight. Arrive Paro where you will be welcomed to the Kingdom by your guide.
Drive to Thimphu. The drive from Paro to Thimphu is spectacularly scenic with magnificent Monasteries and Stupas in the valleys and mountain tops. Experience the "Last Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom" on Earth and take precious memories back home. Overnight Thimphu at Hotel.
DAY 02: THIMPU (B,L,D)
Full day sightseeing in and around Thimphu Valley. It is the largest town and Capital City of Bhutan. Some of the attractions include:-
- Visit the BIG Buddha Temple. Largest Bronze Buddha (51-Meters/169-Feet) Statue in the World and enjoy beautiful scenery of whole Thimphu Valley.
- Purchase world's most beautiful postage stamps, collector's items and postcards at face value from General Post Office which is right next to Bhutan National Bank.
- Visit Arts and crafts school where one can see young children at work.
- Visit Memorial Chorten built in 1974 to honour memory of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. A Multi-Storied Stupa that will introduce you to the vitality of Tantric Buddhism.
- Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory.
- Visit Botanical garden (Zoo) where one can see Takin, the National wild animal of Bhutan.
- Drive beyond to visit the Zilukha Nunnery Temple and see more scenery of Thimphu Valley.
- Downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores. Buy stunning kiras which can be used as bed covers or wall decoration, jewelry and many more. Overnight Thimphu.
DAY 03: THIMPHU TO PHOBJIKHA VALLEY (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, take a leisurely drive towards the valleys of Gangtey and Phobjikha valley through Dochula Pass (Alt - 10,000-Fet). If the weather is clear, one can see beautiful views of Bhutanese Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau. You can also circumbulate around the 108 stupas and the victory temple and take great pictures at Dochula Pass. Have lunch en-route with stops for photos and sightseeing. Overnight Phobjikha at a Hotel.
DAY 04: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY (B,L,D)
Enjoy full day in and around Phobjikha Valley watching Black Neck Cranes and short hikes.
Phobjikha valley has been declared as the first eco-tourism destination of Bhutan by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). The valley falls under the Black Mountain Natural Park. Phobjikha valley is the winter home to rare and endangered black necked cranes (grus nigricllis), which migrate, in large flocks to Bhutan from Tibet & Sikang, Yunnan and Tonkin in eastern China in the month of November. For centuries the cranes have captured the human imagination with their intelligence, poise, sociality, beauty and freedom, which have given rise to several myths, legends, folktales and songs. Cranes fly back to their summer homes in mid - late February. There are lots of other wild animals in the surrounding valleys like wild boar, barking deer, Himalayan black bear, red fox, leopard and many species of birds. Also visit the Sacred Gangtey Monastery. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 05: PHOJIKHA - PUNAKHA (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive back towards the town of Wangdiphodrang. Check in to your hotel and have lunch. After lunch, we will visit the famous Chimi Lhakhang (Temple). Overnight Hotel.
DAY 06: PUNAKHA – (B/L/D)
Full Day sightseeing in and around Punakha. Visit the most magnificent Punakha Dzong and hike through the rice fields and villages to Khamsum Yuly Namgyal Temple. For those who are adventerous, rafting can be arranged at an additional cost payable on actual. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 07: PUNAKHA – PARO (B/L/D)
After Breakfast at the hotel, drive leisurely towards Paro via Thimphu Valley. Sightseeing stops en-route. Overnight Paro. Hotel
DAY 08: EXCURSION TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY (B/L/D)
Day hike to Taktsang Monastery view point. Taktsang, meaning "Tiger's nest," is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhawa) mediated, clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months. Overnight Paro.
DAY 09: DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Paro Airport for your departure flight. Tashi Delek!!!
Price: 2,400/- US Dollars per person (AP). Price is inclusive of following services:
- 4-Star Hotel on twin/double sharing basis.
- All Meals (Fixed Menu Buffet Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner & two bottles mineral water/day).
- Deluxe Car/Transport for entire trip duration within Bhutan only.
- Experienced English Speaking Guide for entire trip duration.
- All the Applicable Taxes and Service Charges.
- Bhutan Government Tourism Development Tax.
- All Applicable Entry Fees.
- Bhutan Visa Fee and Processing Charges.