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10 Nights 11 Days Black Necked Crane Festival Tour in Bhutan

10 Nights 11 Days Black Necked Crane Festival Tour in Bhutan

Highlights

  • Celebrate the Black Necked Crane Festival with local monks and children
  • Observe the Black Necked Cranes with advanced equipment
  • Drive on the mountain roads with painting-like sceneries
  • Relax yourself via a traditional hot stone bath
  • Drink traditional red rice beer with unique local taste
  • Dress in traditional National Attire to take a photo
  • Get 1 Bhutan sim card of 2GB internet access (to be returned)
  • Witness traditional Bhutan dance
  • Try local archery, which is not only Bhutan’s national sports, but also art
Itinerary
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Day1  Paro Arrival and Transfer to Thimphu

Fly to Pro International Airport and spend 1 hour transferring to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan with your tour guide. Visit Kuensel Phodrang, National Memorial Chorten, Takin Preserve, Tashichhoe Dzong and a local craft bazaar after checking in your hotel.

Meals:  Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Thimphu

Day2  Thimphu City In-depth Sightseeing Tour

You will visit 4 Thimphu city highlights today:

Institute for Zorig Chusum – See local students learning traditional handcrafting skills in this art school.

Coronation Park – Take a stroll in this serene and beautiful park to relax yourself.

The Folk Heritage Museum (Phelchey Toenkhyim) – This museum houses the relics and documents related to the educational history and ancient Bhutanese people’ daily life. A restored three-storey traditional rammed mud and timber house is the highlights in the museum.

Changangkha Lhakhang – You can have a fascinating view of Thimphu Valley there.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Thimphu

Day3  Transfer to Punakha Short Sightseeing

Today, you will take a car ride to Punakha from Thimphu. After arrival in Punakha, you will admire the fertility shrine in Chimi Lhakhang and the highest-standard woodworks in the Punakha Dzong.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Punakha

Day4  Drive to Gangtey for Black-Necked Cranes

Today, you will drive to the Gangtey Valley, where the Black-Necked Cranes live. You may meet these lovely animals while taking a stroll in the Valley.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Gangtey

Day5  Celebrate the Black-Necked Crane Festival

Black-Necked Crane Festival falls on November 11 in 2020. The celebrations will be held in the Gangtey Monastery. From monks to common people, from children to adults, they will all show their happiness via singing and dancing. The theme of these songs and dances is about praying for good year and environmental protection.

After celebrating the festival with human beings, you will go to the Black-Necked Crane Information Center to observe the cranes with high-power telescope and spotting scopes.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Gangtey

Day6  Go to Bumthang from Gangtey via Chum Valley

You will head east to Bumthang today. The sceneries in Bumthang is a little different from the west Bhutan. It is recommended to stop for a rest and sightseeing at the Chum Valley, where you will pass by on the way to Bumthang.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Bumthang

Day7  Bumthang Local Religious Culture Tour

Today you will learn about local history and religions in the Jambay Lhakhang and Kuraj Lhakhang first. They both have a history of over 1200 years. Continue your tour to the Burning Lake – Mebartsho, where local people float small butter lamps to makes wishes. Today’s last destination is the Jakar Dzong, a monastery with a history of 450 years.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Bumthang

Day8  Transfer to Punakha City from Bumthang

Today, you will take a 7-hour-long car ride from Bumthang to Punakha. It is ok to have several photo stops during the car ride.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Punakha

Day9  Sightseeing in Punakha and Transfer to Paro

Your first activity today is hiking to Khamsum Yuelley Namgel Chorten, which was built in a painting-like Punakha Valley. Local people believe the Chorten can remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Wangduephodrang Dzong before driving to Paro to stay overnight.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Paro

Day10  Taktsang Lhakhang Hike and Farmhouse Visit

Around 2.5 hours’ hiking are needed to reach Taktsang Monastery, the most famous religious relic in Bhutan. It is possible to take a rest at the view terrace, which is located on the half point of the hiking route.

Pay a visit to a local people’s farmhouse to continue your tour. It is incredible that there is not a single nail used to build a farmhouse, which offers a good glimpse into the lifestyle of a farmer.

Meals:Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner

Accommodation:Hotel in Paro

Day11  Goodbye! See You Next Time

In the morning, after breakfast your tour guide will escort you to the Paro airport for your flight to your onward destinations. See you next time!

Meals:Breakfast     

Accommodation:

DEPARTURE DATE& PRICE

Price Includes

    • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
    • Accommodation in 3 star hotel under twin/dbl bed sharing basis
    • All transportation within the country including airport transfers
    • Daily USD 65 per person/night Gov. Royalty
    • Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments
    • USD 40 per person Visa Fee
    • English speaking Local guide
    • Sightseeing

Price Excludes

    • Single room supplement charges USD 30 per room/night
    • Payments for service provided on a personal basis and Insurance Premiums
    • Cost for any services not mentioned in the "PRICE INCLUDES"
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