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Bhutan Explorer - 10 Days

This comprehensive tour offers an in-depth exploration of Bhutan's cultural, spiritual, and natural landscapes. From the iconic Taktsang Monastery in Paro to the serene valleys of Bumthang and the vibrant life of Thimphu, experience the best of Bhutan.

Each brief encapsulates the core experience of the tours, highlighting the unique blend of spirituality, culture, and natural beauty that defines Bhutan.

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Day 1:

Arrival in Paro

Begin your exploration in Paro, visiting the National Museum to acquaint yourself with Bhutan's rich history and culture. Stroll through Paro Dzong, a prime example of Bhutanese architecture and a key religious and administrative center. Spend the evening at leisure, perhaps exploring local eateries or enjoying the tranquility of Paro.

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Day 2:

Hike to Taktsang Monastery

A morning hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), perched on a cliffside, offering breathtaking views and a profound spiritual experience. Next, explore Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's oldest and most sacred temples, providing a peaceful retreat and a connection to the spiritual heritage of the kingdom. The evening is free for relaxation or further exploration of Paro's serene landscapes and traditional markets.

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Day 3: Paro to Thimphu

Travel to Thimphu, the capital city, blending traditional Bhutanese culture with signs of modernity. Visit key attractions such as the King's Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, and the Buddha Dordenma Statue. Evening free to explore Thimphu, from its vibrant markets to its peaceful parks.

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Day 4:

Thimphu Sightseeing

Dive deeper into Thimphu's cultural scene with visits to the Folk Heritage Museum, National Textile Museum, and the Institute for Zorig Chusum to learn about traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. Spend the afternoon exploring local artisan shops and enjoying Thimphu's culinary offerings.

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Day 5:

Thimphu to Punakha

Journey to Punakha via the scenic Dochula Pass, enjoying panoramic Himalayan views and visiting the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang. Explore Punakha Dzong, beautifully situated at the confluence of two rivers, and take a leisurely hike to Chimi Lhakhang. Evening at leisure in Punakha, enjoying the valley's tranquility.

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Day 6:

Punakha to Phobjikha Valley

Travel to the serene Phobjikha Valley, known for its beautiful landscapes and as a winter home for black-necked cranes. Visit Gangtey Goemba, offering stunning views of the valley, and enjoy a nature walk through the valley's pristine environment. Spend the night in Phobjikha, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere.

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Day 7:

Phobjikha to Bumthang

Continue your journey to Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, with stops at scenic and cultural points of interest along the way. Explore Bumthang's sacred sites, including Jambay Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang, steeped in Buddhist mythology and history. Evening at leisure in Bumthang, exploring the town or relaxing at your hotel.

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Day 8:

Bumthang Cultural Exploration

Spend the day visiting additional cultural and spiritual sites in Bumthang, such as the Tamshing Lhakhang and the mesmerizing Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake). Enjoy the opportunity to visit local artisan shops, showcasing traditional Bhutanese crafts like weaving and wood carving. Evening free to enjoy Bumthang's serene environment and local cuisine.

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Day 9:

Bumthang to Paro

Return to Paro via an early flight, ready for a day steeped in Bhutanese culture and history. Start with a visit to Drugyel Dzong, the ruins of a fortress that once defended Paro Valley from invasions. Its location offers stunning views of Mount Jomolhari. The evening is free for relaxing at your hotel or enjoying a traditional Bhutanese dinner, either at a local restaurant or a traditional farmhouse for an authentic experience.

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Day 10: Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and any last-minute activities in Paro. Transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure, concluding your extensive exploration of Bhutan's cultural, spiritual, and natural beauty.

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Tour Inclusions: All transportation within Bhutan including airport transfers. Accommodation in 3-star hotels, with options to upgrade. Three daily meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and mineral water. English-speaking Bhutanese guide and driver for the duration of the tour. Entrance fees to all sites and museums. Visa arrangement and all necessary permits. Exclusions: International airfare to/from Bhutan. Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and souvenirs. Travel insurance. Tips for guides and drivers. Alcoholic beverages. Note: This itinerary provides a comprehensive Bhutan experience but can be customized to suit your interests and travel dates. Enjoy the journey of a lifetime in Bhutan, where every step is a story, and every landscape is a tapestry of natural and cultural wonders.

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