The Land of the Thunder Dragon
Places & destinations covered in this adventurous tour
Eastern Himalayas, Tibet, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Thimphu, Tashichhodzong, Phuntsholing, Kharbandi Gompa, Darjeeling, Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga etc.
Tour to the land of mountain legends – Bhutan
This tour takes you to the land of mountain legends – Bhutan. Nestled high in the eastern Himalayas, between India and Tibet, this is one of the last untouched bastions of ancient civilisation, where the vibrant whirl of the masked festival is very much an authentic celebration.
A tour into enchanting world of mountains & monastaries
The spiritual resonance of Buddhism is tangible throughout the land with intricately carved monasteries colourfully emerging out of the majestic mountains. The landscape is dramatic throughout, boasting deep wooded forests, emerald valleys bursting with wild flora and snow capped peaks soaring beyond the eye. The lure of new luxury retreats make it possible to travel to Bhutan in style. Discover your own Shangri-la in this land of mystique and myths.
Tour Plan for The Land of Thunder Dragon by Greaves
|DAY 1 ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival transfer to The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon Hotel.
DAY 2 DELHI – PARO
Morning transfer to the airport to board Druk Air flight to Paro. On arrival transfer to the luxurious Uma Paro.
DAY 3 PARO
Day to walk to Rinpung Dzong, Zurig Dzong and Ta Dzong, traverse over rivers, through the pine forests and picnic at picturesque monasteries. Easy to moderate walk.
DAY 4 PARO
Drive to Drukgyul Dzong, close to the Tibetan border. The route is inspiring, and the site of the Dzong is magnificent. Return to a peaceful orchard for a picnic lunch directly opposite Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest). After lunch climb to the viewpoint, descend steeply, then climb up to the monastery, passing waterfalls along the way. Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temples of the Kingdom, where one can see the beginnings of Buddhism in Bhutan. Duration: 7 – 8 hours moderate to difficult.
DAY 5 PARO
After breakfast, travel to Punakha across Dochula Pass (10,500 feet) to witness the most enchanting views of Bhutan. Tour Punakha and visit the local market. Overnight at Amankora Lodge.
DAY 6 PUNAKHA – WANGDUEPHODRANG – THIMPHU
After breakfast, this tour takes you to the pretty Bhutanese town of Wangduephodrang. After lunch drive to the charming, colourful city of Thimphu and check in at the Taj Tashi Hotel.
||DAY 7 THIMPHU
Explore this colourful city on a full day tour, visiting the various museums, textiles and arts centers. Evening visit Tashichhodzong situated on the banks of Wang Chu home of the National Assembly and popular summer retreat.
DAY 8 THIMPHU – PHUNTSHOLING
After breakfast take a scenic drive to Phuntsholing, en route visiting Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress of the Kingod 1627. Just before arriving at Phuntsholing, visit the temple Kharbandi Gompa. Overnight at Lhaki Hotel.
DAY 9 PHUNTSHOLING – DARJEELING
Morning travel by road to Darjeeling crossing the Coronation Bridge, where the Teesta River is at its confluence with the Rangeet River. It was built to commemorate the coronation of Queen Victoria. On arrival in Darjeeling, check into Glenburn Tea Estate.
DAY 10 DARJEELING
Witness the sunrise on the mighty peaks of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. Morning half-day city tour of the sparkling hill resort of East India.
DAY 11 DARJEELING
Spend the day learning all about tea, visiting tea plantations, a private tour of a tea factory and enjoy a tea tasting. The afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 12 DARJEELING – BAGDOGRA – DELHI
Morning transfer to Bagdogra Airport to board a flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer and check into The Leela Kempinski Gurgaon Hotel. Rest of day at leisure.
DAY 14 DEPART DELHI
Early morning transfer for onward destination.
This tour travels through various ranges of altitudes. Please ask your travel arranger for more details about travelling in higher altitudes. This is a suggested itinerary for travelling to Bhutan. Dates, duration, hotels and routing may be changed to personalize the journey to the travellers preferences and requirements. Please contact Greaves for further ideas on how to enhance this trip.