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Annapurna Panorama

13 days from USD $2,399

Experience a wonderfully varied and easy-paced trek through the stunning Annapurna region, while lodging in quaint Track...

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A view of Mt. Everest on flight in the Himalayas

Punakha Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF HIMALAYAS 38

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India! Arriving into Delhi our local team await to transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi - Paro

This morning you fly to Kingdom of Bhutan. Your flight leaves at 06:35 and arrives at 06:45. Arriving here our local guide awaits to transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a visit to the Paro Rinpung Dzong “the Fort of the heap of Jewels” which houses the Paro Monastic body. A smaller Dzong was first built sometime in the 15th century and rebuilt by the Shabdrung in 1645. It caught fire in 1905 but was immediately rebuilt to its original splendor by the Paro Penlop Dawa Penjor. On way back to the hotel visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 638 AD under the order of the Tibetan King Songtsengampo, it is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

A Bhutanese Archer in Paro - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan	[

Days 3-5: Paro - Punakha

After breakfast, tour Ta Dzong (watch tower) which was built between 1656-1667 and now houses the National Museum. The Museum is considered one of the best of its kind in Asia. It boasts an exhaustive collection of Bhutanese Textiles, Armoury, Earth & Stone Wares, Buddhist Scriptures and Manuscripts. After lunch visit a local farm house and Paro market. We then drive you to Punakhe to check into your hotel.

Day 6: Punakha - Gangtey

Full day enjoying the festival, with our guide. We will then drive you to Gangtey and check you into the hotel.

Day 7: Gangtey

Full day enjoying the festival, with our guide.

Day 8: Gangtey - Thimphu

Today we drive to Thimphu. En-route stop at the lofty Dochu La Pass, 10,000ft/3,048m to view the rugged eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road then drops down through varied–ever changing forest, finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley.

Ready for battle! Photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 9: Thimphu - Paro

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts, The Traditional Medicine Institute, Memorial Chorten and Trashichhodzong, the beautiful fortress/monastery which houses Secretariate building, King’s Throne room and other government’s offices, is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot. After, we drive back to Paro for your overnight stay.

A local fruit and vegetable market in Thimpu - photo courtesy of Tourism Council of Bhutan

Day 10: Paro

We transfer you this morning for your flight to Kathmandu, departing at 07:00 AM and arriving at 08:05 into Kathmandu, from here you can catch the direct onward flight to Bangkok that departs at 13:50.