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Food in Bhutan

Bhutan, a very unique country in the world, its food culture and history is one of a kind. A typical Bhutanese food contains lot of chilly and cheese, the combination of which is called ‘Ema Datshi’, Ema meaning chilly and Datshi meaning cheese in Bhutanese national language. Likewise, cheese is added in almost all kinds of vegetables and the dish gets the name accordingly. For example a combination of cheese with potatoes is called ‘Kewa Datshi’ , Kewa meaning potatoes. Along with this kind of curry dishes, goes rice which is consumed heavily in every household in Bhutan, the red one being more common.
Another typical Bhutanese food culture is consumption of dried vegetables and dried meat. If you visit the weekends vegetable market in Thimphu or any other district, you will notice that the local farmers sell a lot of dried vegetables. This culture goes long way with Bhutan’s history. Bhutan is a landlocked country and it did not open up to the outside world until 1970s because of which green vegetables in winter were not available specially in higher altitude areas. Hence, Bhutanese dried vegetables to sustain during cold winter days and hence it is now in the habit of every Bhutanese to consume a lot of dried vegetables.

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Festival in Bhutan

“Tshechu”, meaning festival occurs in every district of Bhutan and among the 20 districts that we have, each of the festival takes place once a year to honor Guru Rinpoche who bought tantric form of Buddhism in Bhutan in the 8th century.
People from different part of the world and locals gather to witness and get blessing
It is also the time for the locals to showcase their colourful dresses that time and commonly men wear “Gho” and women wear “kira”.
Families members staying at different places also take a break from their usual work and get together until the festival ends
There are 20 districts in Bhutan and each Festival taking place in respective districts has its own significance

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Hike to Tiger’s Nest Paro

 

It is usually around 30 to 40 minutes drive from Paro town to the base camp of Tiger’s nest
Starting early around 6 or 7 am is suggested as hike itself takes around 5 hours to complete for a normal hikers and even more for others
From the base camp, one can see a small view of the monastery on top of the mountain and almost looks impossible for some to reach there.

Cafeteria on halfway

Of course there is a cafeteria on half way after an hour and half hike to relax and rehydrate yourself and also it has an amazing view of the Tiger’s nest monastery above it from the cafe
Amedewa Tours And Trek also arrange take away pack lunch from farmstay and may be one can have your lunch before or after the hike. Most of the spots on the way to the monastery has a good spot to spend some time and enjoy the view.

First view of the Monastery

After another hike of 2 hours from the café, we can finally see the monastery very close to us though it takes a little while as we have to climb up and down the stairs to reach the entrance point the monastery but before that it also has the right spot to take good picture of the monastery
The view of the monastery is just breath taking and also gives a great satisfaction that we have made it to the monastery

You are not allowed to take photograph inside the monastery so all your photo equipment are kept outside in the locker with the security guard

Taktsang Monastery, also known as Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger’s Monastery was built in 1692 where Guru Rinpoche meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.

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Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines And Bhutan Airlines – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Fly to Bhutan with Amedewa Tours And Trek, we are registered travel and tour operator under Tourism council of Bhutan and representatives of Drukair and Bhutan Airlines.

We offer free consultation, any day departures, block flight seats, guaranteed Bhutan Visas and memorable trip with tailored made packages to our valued clients

For any queries kindly mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com or Contact us at Amedewa Tours.

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Home Stays/Farm House in Bhutan | Amedewa Tours and Trek

Travel  Bhutan, the last Shangri La with Amedewa Tours and experience the local culture and traditions.

If you are one of those who is curious about local lifestyles, this experience will offer you to explore the local cultural like no other and mingle with local families and see their daily routines.

A night or two stays offers a good time to bond with the locals and enjoy authentic Bhutanese cuisine meals.

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HOTSONE BATH

Hotstone Bath - Amedewa Tours

Most of the homestays in Bhutan offers Hotstone Bath which is considered as natural healing process for ailments like joint pains and stomach disorders.

Selected stones from the river bank are baked in fire till red and then dipped in the wooden tub of cold water with addition of some medicinal herbs to enhance the experience.

 

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Religion in Bhutan

Bhutan follows Vajrayana form of Buddhism as a state religion. Majority of the citizens follows Buddhism with minor number into Hinduism and Christianity as well.

Though Bhutan consist of majority Buddhism followers, the country also respects different faiths in Religion so the individual can choose his/her faith in different religion.

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Best time to visit Bhutan

Bhutan has four season, Summer, Winter, Spring and Autumn.

Summer (June, July And August)
Winter (December, January and February)
Autumn (September, October and November)
Spring (March, April and May)

The late spring has Rhododendron blooming the valleys with festival in Paro and other districts of Bhutan.

The temperature gets favorable by May until from June to September when monsoon hits and can expect some rainfall.

During October to November , the sky is clear and fresh with Thimphu festival around in the capital and in the month of January and February, we can expect snowfall.

Check the tentative festival dates of Bhutan 2019. Amedewa Tours & Trek will always happy to help you while you are traveling to Bhutan.

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Government to allow more entry point for visitors to Enter in Bhutan

The entry point for most of the regional tourist is Phuentsholing, Bhutan which is around 167km from Bagdogra airport, India.
On 18th January, the house of National Assembly endorsed entry and exit point for the regional tourist through the border of Samdrup Jongkhar, Gelephu, Samste, Nganglam and Pangbang with the condition that visitors use Bhutanese vehicles and guides for their security.
The House also proposed to open direct flight between Guwahati to Bumthang, Youngphula and Gelephu.
Get the best Bhutan Tour Packages with Amedewa – Bhutan Travel Agency

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Exploring Chele La Pass – Little Bhutan

Located at 3810m (13000 ft), Chelela pass is the highest road pass in the country.

The pass is on the way to Haa valley and it has a magnificent view of the mountains, waterfall and Yaks grazing depending on the season.

The sacred mountain, Mt Jumolhari at over 22000 ft along with JIchu Drake can also be seen on a clear weather day.

If you want to explore Bhutan, Contact to Amedewa Tours & Trek, best tour operator in Bhutan.

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Thing to Do in Paro, Bhutan for Amazing Experience

Paro Market

Paro Market

It is the first town you will see when you land in Bhutan. Unlike the capital, Paro is relatively small but it’s filled with handicraft shops and restaurants/cafes.

Having a quick glance and strolling the town would be refreshing.

Nyamai Zam/Bridge

Nyamai Zam Bridge

This traditional wooden bridge (zam) is situated below Paro Rinpung Dzong/Fort and with a short hike, visit the Fortress of Paro which is not very far from the town itself.

Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong, Fortress on Heaps of Jewels was formerly the meeting hall for National Assembly and now houses a monastic body and various government office.

With its stunning view and unique architecture, it’s absolutely worth a visit.

National Museum

National Museum

Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) was built in 1649 and renovated in 1968 to house the national museum.

Due to earthquake in 2011, it suffered some damages and it’s on due to reopen, until then the sample of the exhibits are on display on the adjacent structure.

Archery Match

Archery Match

Wandering down from Paro town to the archery ground is a worth a visit if its falls on weekends or on public holidays as locals gathers to enjoy their time for a friendly archery match.

Check out Hotstone Bath if you had a hike to Tiger’s Nest which is natural healing process for joint pains and stomach disorders.

Cafes/Pubs in Paro

Cafes Pubs in Paro

Take a break from your sightseeing and refill with a espresso or some delicious sandwiches or visit restaurants for buffet lunches.

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In the evening enjoy your time with live music performances and Bhutanese beer or hard drinks at any of the pubs in Paro.

Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang

Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temple in Paro. It was built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet,

The temple is not very far from Paro town and it is one of the most charming spots in the valley.

Drugyel Dzong

Drugyel Dzong

Drugyel Dzong or the Fortress of the victorious Bhutanese was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1646 to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan armies.

The Fortress was destroyed by fire in 1951 but the ruins remain an impressive sight to visit. If you want to explore more in Bhutan, then contact Amedewa Tours & Trek.

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Explore Dochula Pass with Amedewa Tours & Trek

Dochula Pass offers a 360-degree view of the Himalayan Mountains and it is more scenic during the winter with snow-capped mountains.

It is one of the favourite spots for tourist which is on the way to Punakha.

Whenever you plan to trip Bhutan, make Dochula Pass your first priority. You can also explore more information about Dochula Pass with Amedewa Tours & trek.

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Bhutanese Traditional Bath – Hot Stone Bath

Hot Stone Bath

It is one of the unique experiences that Bhutan has to offer. The Hot Stone Bath takes place in a wooden tub after collection of selected stones from the river bank which is then heated and mixed with water in the tub.

It is believed that the minerals from rock, and herbs all combined together produce benefit for joint pains, stomach disorders, hypertension, and arthritis.

Apart from landscape & Dzongs architecture Bhutan also has a Best Hot Stone Bath that you would love to take. Experience Bhutanese best Ancient Traditional Hot Stone Bath with Amedewa Tours & Trek.

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Travel Tips And Guide to Bhutan | Amedewa Tours & Trek | Local Bhutan Travel Agency

How to get to Bhutan?

Flying to Paro International Airport.

Druk Air, Royal Bhutan Airlines and Bhutan Airlines connects to Paro international airport from sectors like Singapore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Dhaka, Guwahati.

The Paro International Airport is just 10 to 15 minutes drive from Paro city and an hour drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan.

Things to do in Bhutan before you leave:

Paro Tiger’s Nest HikeParo Tiger’s Nest Hike - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the treks not to be missed, with breath taking view of along the trek, Monastery itself is one of the important pilgrimage sight in Bhutan.

The Hike takes 5 to 6 hours in total and with pony ride till the cafeteria to the half way of the monastery might help some of the hikers.

The café also has a great view for selfies and offer buffet lunches and tea/coffees.

River Rafting in PunakhaRiver Rafting in Punakha - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Rafting is usually done along the Mo Chu (Female River) in Punakha which has steady rapids and is safe.

With majestic view of the Punakha fort, it is one of the best things to do in Punakha.

Gears to Carry

Hiking/Trekking gears

Warm clothes if travelling in winter and light jackets on summer

Rain coats during the monsoon season

Changangkha LhakhangChangangkha Lhakhang - Amedewa Tours & Trek

The Monastery is perched on a ridge above central Thimphu.

People come here to get auspicious name for the new born babies and get blessed from the local deity.

Mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com or visit www.amedewa.com for any Bhutan Tours & Travel Services.

 

 

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Changangkha Lhakhang | Thimphu Attractions | Amedewa Tours And Trek

Changangkha temple was established in the 12th century by Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo.

The temple perches like a fortress on a ridge above the Thimphu city and offers an amazing panoramic view of the Thimphu valley.

Traditionally parents come here to get blessings and names for the new born from the local protector deity, “Tamdrin”.

The temple also houses amazing figurine of Chenresig in its 11 headed and thousand armed manifestation along with Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the unifier of Bhutan.

Planning a visit, Explore more with Amedewa Tours  And Trek – Local Bhutan Tour Operator.

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Simtokha Dzong | Thimphu Attractions | Amedewa Tours And Trek

In the outskirts of Thimphu, Simtokha Dzong is considered to be the first dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629.

It guards a demon which had vanished in the rock nearby, therefore named Simtokha, from Simmo (demoness) and dho (stone).

It was the first structure to incorporate both administrative and monastic body in the country.

Today the Dzong houses the head of the Lama’s chamber, monastic school, above the dzong one can see the ruins of the watchtower.

Explore more with us at Amedewa Tours And Trek | Local Bhutan Tour Operator

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Tango Monastery Bhutan Tour – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Located 14 km in the north of capital of Thimphu, near Cheri mountain, Tango Monastery was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 12th century and built to its present form by Gyelsey Tenzn rabgye in 1688.

The monastery serves as the highest center for religious studies and majority of religious leaders locally known as “Je Khenpo” and other practitioners has to undergo nine years of training program.

Upon completion of their training, they spend another 3 years, 3 months, 3 days at near Cheri Goenpa retreat.

An hour of hike reaches the monastery and it is one of the spots one shouldn’t miss on your trip to Bhutan.

Know more about this trip at Amedewa Tours And Trek.

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Royal Highlander Festival Bhutan Festival Tour – Amedewa Tours & Trek

The Royal Highlander Festival takes place in Laya, a remote village in Bhutan with no motorable road and the only way to reach there is by trekking for 2 days.

This festival is initiated to mark the birth celebration of HRH Gyalsey and also highlander from different part of Bhutan gather to share different ideas on farming with other entertaining events for the day.

Get in touch with us for more info at Amedewa Tours or mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com

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Buddha Point Thimphu Amedewa Tours and Trek – Bhutan Tour Package

Buddha Dordenma statue or commonly known as Buddha Point sits at the top of the hill overlooking the entire valley of Thimphu.

Construction of Buddha Point began in 2006 and concluded until 25th September 2015.

The completed structure is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world which is 169 feet (52m) and contains 125,000 miniature buddhas inside.

Various religious ceremonies are held every year by the monastic body of Bhutan which last for months.

it gives an amazing 360 panoramic view of Thimphu valley and watch sunrise if you hike early in the morning from your hotel.

There is an easy hiking trail from Kuensel phodrang park for people looking for easy normal day hikes.

Want to Explore more! Contact us at Amedewa Tours or mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com

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National Memorial Chorten Bhutan Tour – Amedewa Tours And Trek

National Memorial Chorten was built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Located near the city of Thimphu, It is filled with elderly people who circumambulate around the Chorten the entire day.

The Flower Exhibition is also held here which attract lots of people from different part of Bhutan and visitors from outside the country.

The Flower Exhibition - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Planning a Trip to Bhutan, mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com or visit Amedewa Tours.

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Thimphu Tashichodzong Bhutan Trip – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Located outside of Thimphu city near the river bank of wang chhu, Tashichodzong serves as office of the king, various government officials and monastic body of Bhutan.

The annual grand Thimphu festival is celebrated at Tashichodzong.

It is a fortress and Buddhist monastery where the spiritual leaders and monastic body reside here during the summer and in Punakha during the winter.

If you want to explore more in Bhutan, then contact Amedewa Tours & Trek.

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Phuntsholing Bhutan Tour – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Phuntsholing is located in the southern part of Bhutan and one of the busiest town in the country. Just opposite to the Phuntsholing gate of Bhutan is the India border town and is not very far from Bagdogra airport and NGP station/ Ali puar station.

Most of the regional tourists make their visit through this entry point and then get their entry permit done at the immigration office in Phunsholing.

It is recommended to start processing your route permit early as there will be queue and takes some time to get the route permit.

Things to do in Phuntsholing

Crocodile Breeding Centre

Crocodile Breeding Centre - Amedewa Tours and Trek

It is located near the riverbank of Amo chu. The breeding center has endangered mugger crocodiles and few of the ponds are also filled with fishes and tortoises.

Timing: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Zangdo Pelri Lhakhang

Zangdo Pelri Lhakhang - Amedewa Tours and Trek

It is located in the middle of the town and therefore can be reached easily on foot from most of the hotels in phuntsholing.

It is pleasant to visit in the evening as weather cools down and is less crowded.

Karbandi Goenpa

Karbandi Goenpa - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Driving uphills on your way to Thimphu, shortstop to Karbandi monastery gives an amazing panoramic view of Phuntsholing town and Bengal plain.

Timing: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Waterfall on Phuntsholing Thimphu Highway

Waterfall on Phuntsholing Thimphu Highway - Amedewa Tours & Trek

Drive to Thimphu takes around 5-6 hours from Phuntsholing. Since it’s a long drive through winding roads of the Himalayas, taking a short stop at points like this is refreshing.

Restaurants on the way to Thimphu

Restaurants on the way to Thimphu - Amedewa Tours & Trek

The restaurant has local Bhutanese dishes and delicious dumplings with few Indian cuisines. It gives amazing view of Chukha Dam with a VIP room.

Want to Know More! Contact us Amedewa Tours And Trek or Email us

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Phuntsholing Tshechu Bhutan Festival Tour – Bhutan Tour Agent

Phuntsholing Festival takes place in Chukha Dzongkhag. Mask dances and cultural programs are performed by students from different schools of Phuntsholing and people from different dzongkhags of Bhutan gather to witness the occasion.

Mask Dance

Mask Dance - Amedewa Tours and Travel

The masks are made from wood, painted and designed colourfully. It takes place in temples and monasteries annually.

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Dechenphu Tshechu Bhutan Festival Tour – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Dechenphu Tshechu is located in the outskirts of Thimphu, approximately 30 mins drive from hotels in Thimphu city.

Dechenphu Tshechu festival is of great importance as it is dedicated to Gay Ngyen Jakpa Melen, the guardian deity of Bhutan.

The sacred dances performed includes Genyen Kunchaam, Shazam Cham, Nga Cham followed by other cultural and classical program.

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Black Necked Crane Festival Bhutan Tour – Amedewa Tours and Trek

The annual Black Necked Crane Festival creates awareness and importance of conserving the endangered species of Black Necked Crane.

The bird migrates to Phobjikha valley during the winter month and the Black Necked Crane festival is also celebrated in the month of November.

The festival includes folk dances and songs based on Black Necked Crane themes and other mask dances and cultural program.

Want to Know More! Contact us Amedewa Tours And Trek or Email us.

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Bho Yak Festival Haa Bhutan – Amedewa Tours & Trek

Bho Yak Festival in Haa is of great significance as it celebrates the victory over the border with the help of Ap Chungdu, a local deity of Bhutan and the celebration honours the deity. It starts as early as 2:30 am where the monastic body recites prayers to appease the deity until 5:30 am. It is then followed by Ap Chundhu’s ride, a well-decorated horse bought to the Lhakhang and then led in Chipdrel procession with singing melodious traditional songs of praises and wishes for the well-being of sentient beings to Janka Kha where the actual event takes place.

The procession is then welcomed by the locals in their best colourful attire.

Event: Buddhist Festival

Venue: Haa

More info and Booking: Amedewa Tours And Trek

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Tour Payment to Bhutan – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Ever wondered how to make your tour payment to Bhutan? It’s pretty simple!

After confirming the tour with your agent like our self, we will send our bank detail maintained with Bhutan National Bank.

You can make your payment with the below detail:

Bank AddressStandard Chartered Bank Ltd (Correspondent Bank) One Madison Avenue, New York
NY 10010-3603
Swift Code: SCBLUS33
CHIPS ABA:0256
FED ABA: 026002561
Beneficiary Bank account: 358-202-171-9001 (USD A/C)
Beneficiary Bank: Bhutan National Bank, P.O BOX 439, GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
Swift Code: BNBTBTBT

Beneficiary/Ultimate Beneficiary: Amedewa Tours and Trek maintained with BNBL (Bhutan National Bank limited)

 

Is it possible to use other banks to transfer payment to Bhutan?

Yes, it is possible but Standard Charted Bank takes less time to process and bank fees are also minimal.

Is my payment transfer safe and how long does it take to reach Bhutan?

It is safe to transfer tour payment to your tour operator through Bhutan National Bank as the payment directly goes to Tourism council of Bhutan which then process your visa upon receiving full tour payment.

The payment is released to the tour operator only after the departure of the guest.

Tour Cancellation Policy:

The tours booked and subsequently cancelled will be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • Within 30 days or more before the arrival date in Bhutan – No charges
  • Within 21 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 10% of the rate
  • Within 14 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 15% of the rate
  • Within 07 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 30 % of the rate
  • Within 04 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 50 % of the rate
  • Less than 03 days or without notice – 100% of the rate
  • After arrival in Bhutan – 100%
  • An administration fee of USD 50/- will be applicable for all cancelled tours, once we issue the VISA.

Airline Cancellation Policy

Airline tickets will be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • 100 % refund permitted for the tickets cancelled more than 30 days from the date of travel.
  • 50 % refund permitted for the tickets cancelled between 30 – last 10 days from the date of travel.
  • Cancellation made less than 10 days from the date of travel, no refund.
  • No cancellation charges will apply on infant fares.
  • An administration fee of USD 25/- per ticket will be applicable for all cancelled tickets, once we issue the ticket.
    In the high tourism season, we have to buy the tickets before 2 –3 months the date of travel. But in the low tourism season, we have to buy before 2-3 weeks, prior to the date of travel.

Delayed Arrival or Departure

  • There are no charges/fees for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. However, the tourist must bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

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Druk Wangyel Tshechu Bhutan Festival Tour – Amedewa Tours & Trek

To commemorate the victory by His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck and Arm forces in 2003 over the Indian militants residing in southern Bhutan, Druk Wangyel Lhakhang was built by Azhi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.

It took 4 years to complete the Lhakhang (temple) from 2004 to 2008 and Druk Wangyel Tshechu Festival was established in 2011.

The Druk Wangyel Tshechu festival occurs annually on 13th December at Dochula Pass attracting lots of visitors from outside the country.

The pass is 3150m above sea level and weather can be quite chilly during December month, so bringing warm clothes will be a good option at that time.

Locals gather with their best and colourful attires to spend time together with family members and to witness the festival.

 

Event: Buddhist Festival

Venue: Dochula Pass

Want to Book your Festival Tour!  Contact us: Amedewa or E-mail: travelamedewa@gmail.com

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Payment Via Credit/Debit Card to Bhutan Online Pay Tour Payment – Amedewa Tours And Trek

To make easy online tour payments to Bhutan, we also accept online payment via card.

If you wish to do an online payment, you will be charged 3.5% on the total payment, 2% charged by the card company, 1% by your bank, 0.5% by the bank in Bhutan.

Mail us at travelamedewa@gmail.com and we will get back to you with invoice for the online payment.

Otherwise, payment through Bank wire can also by availed with less bank charges.

Please check  Bank wire for more info.

Cancelations:

In case if your tour gets cancelled, we will refund the online tour payments to the same card through which we received the payment.

All charges for the cancellation have to be born by you.

Airline Cancellation Policy

Airline tickets will be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • 100 % refund permitted for the tickets cancelled more than 30 days from the date of travel.
  • 50 % refund permitted for the tickets cancelled between 30 – last 10 days from the date of travel.
  • Cancellation made less than 10 days from the date of travel, no refund.
  • No cancellation charges will apply on infant fares.
  • An administration fee of USD 25/- per ticket will be applicable for all cancelled tickets, once we issue the ticket.
  • In the high tourism season, we have to buy the tickets before 2 –3 months the date of travel. But in low tourism season, we have to buy before 2-3 weeks, prior to the date of travel.

Tour Cancellation Policy:

The tours booked and subsequently cancelled will be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • Within 30 days or more before the arrival date in Bhutan – No charges
  • Within 21 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 10% of the rate
  • Within 14 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 15% of the rate
  • Within 07 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 30 % of the rate
  • Within 04 days before the arrival date in Bhutan – 50 % of the rate
  • Less than 03 days or without notice – 100% of the rate
  • After arrival in Bhutan – 100%
  • An administration fee of USD 50/- will be applicable for all cancelled tours, once we issue the VISA.

Delayed Arrival or Departure

  • There are no charges/fees for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. However, the tourist must bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

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Tshechu Festival Amedewa Tours And Trek – BhutanTour Operator

Tshechu, a religious festival is celebrated on the tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava.
The annual festival is held in different districts of Bhutan in various Temples, Monasteries, and Dzongs.
Festival is the time when locals gather with their friends and families in colourful attires, worn only during the festival and they spend the entire day together and rejoice themselves.

It is believed that everyone must attend a festival and witness various mask dances to wash away all sins and gain merit.
it also consists of various cultural programs and showcases Bhutan’s rich culture and history.

Planning a Festival Tour!

Contact us at travelamedewa@gmail.com
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Bhutan Tour Amedewa Tours And Trek – Bhutan Tour operator

Bhutan is one of the best travel destinations in the world and if you planning a visit, we are here to assist you.

We offer wide range of tour activities in Bhutan and make it a memorable one.

Flights to Bhutan

There are flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Dhaka, Guwahati to Paro international airport in Bhutan and return with Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines.

Planning a trip to Bhutan, the only carbon negative country in the world! Here is a tentative 7 Days Discover Bhutan Travel Plan.

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL TO PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Arrival To Paro International Airport - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Representative from Amedewa Tours And Trek will receive you with “Tashi Khadar”, traditional way of welcoming guest.
Drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan which is an hour drive.
Visit Iron bridge on the way.
Visit Tashichodzong.
National Memorial chortoen.
Try dinner at the farm house and mingle with Bhutanese families.
Halt at the Hotel/Resort.

DAY 2:  THIMPHU TOUR

Thimphu Tour - Amedewa Tours and Trek

If interested Try our national dress, GHO for men and KIRA for women.
Buddha Dordenma.
Simply Bhutan Museum.
Simtokha Dzong.
Bhutan Postal museum to get your own personalized stamps.
Centenary Farmer’s market and rows of Handicraft shops.
If interested visit pubs and grab a beer and relax.

DAY 3:  THIMPHU/PUNAKHA

Punakha Dzong Tour - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Visit Dochula Pass.
Punakha Dzong.
A short hike to Chimi Lhakhang
Suspension bridge.
Hike Khamsum Yully Namgyel Chorten.

DAY 4: PUNAKHA/PARO

Paro Ringpung Dzong Tour - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Visit Paro Ringpung Dzong.
National museum.
KIchu Lhakhang.
Handicraft shops and stroll Paro Town.

DAY 5: PARO/CHELELA PASS/HAA/PARO

Chelela Pass Tour - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Drive to Chelela Pass, highest motorable road end in Bhutan.
Then continue your drive to Haa valley.
Short day hike to Lhakhang Karpo, White temple.
Lhakhang Nagpo, Black temple.
Stroll small Haa town for some time.
Spend the night at Homestay in Haa or return to stay at the resort in Paro.

DAY 6: HIKE TIGER’S NEST

Tiger's Nest - Amedewa Tours and Trek

Hike Tiger’s nest after early breakfast.
Visit Kichu Lhakhang.
Hotstone bath in the evening and relax.

DAY 7: DEPART BHUTAN

We bid farewell to our valued guest.

For the travel month of March, April, May, September, October and November

PACKGE COST: USD 1630 for 1 pax
                            USD 1570 per head for 2 pax  
                            USD 1390 per head for 3 pax and above.

For the travel month of January, February, June, July, August and December.

PACKGE COST: USD 1360 for 1 pax
                            USD 1300 per head for 2 pax
                            USD 1120 per head for 3 pax and above.

 

TOUR INCLUDES

Bhutan Tour Visa
All taxes, surcharges and royalties
Accommodation in 3 star hotel/resort
All three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
English Speaking Tour Guide
Trying Bhutanese Costume (to be returned at the end of the tour)
Tour SUVs with well experienced driver
Entry/Museum/Monument fees
Return souvenir gift from Bhutan

TOUR EXCLUDES

Flight to Bhutan
Any Personal expenses
Laundries, alcoholic drink
River rafting and Hotstone Bath

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Punakha Festival Bhutan Festivals – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Punakha Drubchen is celebrated to honour the victory by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel over the invading Tibetan forces which then lead to the unification of the country as one nation.

Punakha Tshechu/Festival is held right after the Punakha Drubchen with unfurling of Thongdrel ( a large tapestry ) of Guru Rinpoche.

It is believed that by attending a festival like this can cleanse sins and gain merits.

Festival Date

Punakha Drubchen: 2 to 4th March,2020
Punakha Festival:  5 to 7th March, 2020

Email: travelamedewa@gmail.com for any customization and confirm the festival dates with us.
Venue: Punakha
Tentative Itinerary

8 Days Punakha Festival Tour | Amedewa Tours And Trek

Day 1 Arrival to Paro International Airport

Arrival to Paro International Airport - Amedewa Tours

Representative from Amedewa Tours And Trek will receive you with Tashi Khada, traditional way of receiving guest and then drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan.
On the way visit iron bridge.
Thimphu TashiChodzong.
National Memorial chortoen.
Try dinner at the local farm house if interested.
Halt at the Resort.

Day 2 Thimphu Sightseeing

Thimphu Sightseeing - Amedewa Tours

Visit Simply Bhutan Museum.
Buddha Dordenma.
Simtokha Dzong.
Bhutan Postal Museum and National institute for Zhorig Chusum.
Royal Textile museum and Centenary Farmer’s Market.
Rows of Handicraft shops in Thimphu.
Experience night life in Thimphu  if interested.

Day 3 Hike to Tango and Cheri Monastery

Tango and Cheri Monastery - Amedewa Tours

Hike Tango monastery and Cheri Monastery for today.
Visit Traditional Paper making factory and archery ground where locals play on weekends and on public holiday.
Take Hotstone Bath in the evening and relax.

Day 4 Thimphu to Punakha/ Punakha Festival

Thimphu to Punakha - Amedewa Tours

Visit Dochula Pass on the way to Punakha.
Punakha Dzong and suspension bridge.
Attend Punakha Festival with our National costume Gho for men and Kira for women and then drive back to resort and rest in Punakha on that day.

Day 5 Punakha to Paro

Punakha to Paro - Amedewa Tours

Drive back to Paro and visit Ringpung Dzong.
National Museum.
Kichu Lhakhang.
Check out handicraft shops and stroll Paro town.
If time permits, visit Drugyel Dzong.

Day 6 Paro to Haa Valley via Chelela Pass

Paro to Haa Valley via Chelela Pass - Amedewa Tours

Drive to Haa valley and on the way visit Chelela Pass.
Visit Lhakhang Karpo ( White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo ( Black temple).
Stroll Haa town and return back to Paro for the night.

Day 7 Hike to Tiger’s NestHike to Tiger’s Nest - Amedewa Tours

We will hike to Tiger’s nest today and enjoy the scenic views of the mountains.

Day 8 Depart Paro

We bid farewell today and drop you back to Paro International Airport.

Package cost: USD 1895 per head for 1 pax
                           USD 1825 per head for 2 pax
                           USD 1615 per head for 3 pax and above.

 

TOUR INCLUDES

Bhutan Visa
All taxes, surcharges and royalties
Accommodation in 3-star hotel/resort
All three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
English Speaking Tour Guide
Trying Bhutanese Costume (to be returned at the end of the tour)
Tour SUVs with well experienced driver
Return souvenir gift from Bhutan
Entry/Museum/Monument fees

TOUR EXCLUDES

Flight to Bhutan
Any Personal expenses
Laundries, alcoholic drink
River rafting and Hotstone Bath

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Paro Festival Customizable Bhutan Tour – Amedewa Tours and Trek

The annual Paro Festival is one of the most popular events in Bhutan, it is held for 5 days and starts on the 10th day of 2nd Bhutanese lunar month and ends on the 15th day.

The festival is followed by mask dances, cultural programs and locals gather in their best colourful attires and spend time together with friends and families but most importantly it is believed that one can gain merits by attending the festival.

It also offers an opportunity to witness Bhutan’s culture and history.

On the last day of the festival, a large Thangkha (Embroidered Painting), the Guru Thongdrel is displayed to the public.

Venue: Paro Bhutan
Festival Date: 4-8th April 2020
Email: travelamedewa@gmail.com for any customization and confirm the festival dates with us.
Tentative itinerary

7 DAYS PARO FESTIVAL TOUR | BHUTAN LAND OF HAPPINESS

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL TO PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Paro International Airport - Amedewa Tours

A representative from Amedewa Tours and Trek will receive you with “Tashi Khadar”, traditional way of welcoming guests.
Drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan which is an hour drive.
Visit Iron bridge on the way.
Visit Tashichodzong.
National Memorial Chorten.
Try dinner at the farm house and mingle with Bhutanese families.
Halt at the Hotel/Resort.

DAY 2:  THIMPHU TOUR

Thimphu Tour - Amedewa Tours

Visit Buddha Dordenma.
Simply Bhutan Museum.
Simtokha Dzong.
Bhutan Postal museum to get your own personalized stamps.
Centenary Farmer’s market and rows of Handicraft shops.
If interested visit pubs and grab a beer and relax.

DAY 3:  THIMPHU/PUNAKHA

Punakha Tour - Amedewa Tours

Visit Dochula Pass.
Punakha Dzong.
A short hike to Chimi Lhakhang
Suspension bridge.
Hike Khamsum Yully Namgyel Chorten.

DAY 4: DRIVE TO PARO FROM PUNAKHA

Paro Ringpung Dzong - Amedewa Tours

Visit Paro Ringpung Dzong.
National Museum.
KIchu Lhakhang.
Handicraft shops and stroll Paro Town.

DAY 5: PARO FESTIVAL

Paro festival - Amedewa Tours

Atten Paro festival.
Try our national dress, GHO for men and KIRA for women.
Get dressed in our national costume and attend the festival.
Visit Drugyel Dzong.
Watch Archery match where locals play on public holidays and on weekends.
Hot stone bath in the evening and relax.

DAY 6: HIKE TIGER’S NEST

Tiger's Nest Bhutan - Amedewa Tours

Hike Tiger’s nest after early breakfast.
Visit Kichu Lhakhang.

DAY 7: DEPART BHUTAN

We bid farewell to our valued guest.

PACKGE COST: USD 1630 for 1 pax
                            USD 1570 per head for 2 pax
                            USD 1390 per head for 3 pax and above.

 

TOUR INCLUDES
Bhutan Visa
All taxes, surcharges, and royalties
Accommodation in 3-star hotel/resort
All three meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
English Speaking Tour Guide
Trying Bhutanese Costume (to be returned at the end of the tour)
Tour SUVs with a well experienced driver
Entry/Museum/Monument fees
Return souvenir gift from Bhutan

 

TOUR EXCLUDES
Flight to Bhutan
Any Personal expenses
Laundries, alcoholic drink
River rafting and Hotstone Bath

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Institute for Zorig Chusum Amedewa Tours And Trek – Thirteen Crafts

Bhutan is known for its rich and unique arts and crafts. History has it that the art and crafts of Bhutan were being influenced by Buddhism and hence have religious significance along with strong cultural representations. These arts are being broadly classified into thirteen different types and hence the name Zorig Chusum means “thirteen arts”. The thirteen arts are Painting (Lhazo), Sculpturing (Jinzo), Wood Carving (Shagzo), Calligraphy (Yigzo), Papermaking (Dezo), Bronze Casting (Lugzo), Embroidery (Tshemazo), Weaving (Thagzo), Carpentry (Parzo), Masonry (Dozo), Bamboo and cane weaving (Tshazo), Gold/Silver Smithy (Trozo), Black smithy (Garzo).

Only two institutes in Bhutan, one located in the capital city Thimphu and another in Trashiyangtse in eastern Bhutan teaches the skills in these 13 crafts. These skills are being mastered over a period of 4-6 years by the students. The products of these arts and crafts can be seen in many handicraft shops in Bhutan.

Tourists can witness these arts being executed live at the institute by the students and also learn a bit about it.

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Punakha Dzong Bhutan Travel – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Located at the confluence of Pho Chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river) in Punakha lies the majestic Punakha Dzong. This dzong was the central administrative body from 1637 to 1907 when Punakha was the capital of Bhutan.

Because of the historical importance of this Dzong, many important functions and occasions are being conducted here.  On October 13, 2011, wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to Jetsun Pema was held at Punakha Dzong.

This dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan, its structure being one of most architecturally picturesque gives amazing view from the vicinity and is one of the most photographed structure in Bhutan.

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Khamsum Yully Namgyel Chorten – Amedewa Tours and Trek

The Stupa was built by Queen Mother in 2004 which overlooks the Punakha valley, it is about 45 minutes drive to reach the base camp from Punakha town and then hike along the trail that crosses a suspension bridge.

Unlike any other stupas, it was built to provide peace and harmony in the country.

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14 Days Tour of Bhutan Land of Happiness – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Day 01: Arrive Paro by Druk Air OR Bhutan Airlines

Paro International Airport

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities, you will be transferred to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes, visit to;

National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Will meet a lot of locals circumambulating the Chorten and offering prayers.

Buddha Dordenma Statue: A gigantic Buddha statue in the mountains overviewing Thimphu Valley. The statue will house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself.

Institute for Zorig Chusum: Can see and learn about 13 different types of traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. Commonly known as Painting School where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

Simply Bhutan museum: Whereby you can try archery, watch local dances, ancient Bhutan artefacts.

Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King, and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and the central monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Visit Changlingmithang National stadium where Archery (traditional game) match for locals takes place.

Day 03: Thimphu Hiking

Today after breakfast we will drive to the road end and start our hike to Tango and Cheri monastery.  Approximately Tango is a 1-2-hour hike and Cheri (opposite hill) is 45 min-1-hour hike. We will take packed lunch to have it on the way in a very scenic environment.

Although most tourists complete both the hikes, if you wish to only do one of the two hikes, we can do a simpler hike after lunch at different locations where there is no steep climb.

If time permits, stroll local handicraft markets, farmers market (if the day falls on Fri-Sun).

Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdiphodrang

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chortens (108), prayer flags and mountain views. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m),  Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Continue onwards, reaching Punakha town in time for lunch. Visit Punaka Dzong and then suspension bridge and a short hike to the fertility temple 😀

Day 05: Punakha hiking and River Rafting/Full day hike

Option 1: 45 min to 1-hour hike to Kamsumyulley Chorten to see amazing view of the chorten and also amazing view of Punakha Valley from the Chorten. Hear stories and historical background of the Chorten, offer your prayers and homage to the Chorten.

River rafting in the Mochu river and towards evening enjoy a pleasant riverside view with a bottle of wine and complimentary fresh air to prepare for long drive next day J  .

Option 2: 5-6 hours hike from Khamsum Yulley Chorten to Punakha Dzong via Jiligang.

Day 06: Drive to Trongsa (Approximately 4 hours drive)

On to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large white chorten prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo.

Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Enjoy view of Trongsa Dzong from the viewpoint.

Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check into the hotel for the night.

Day 07: Drive Trongsa to Bumthang (Approximately 3-hour drive)

After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong. Built-in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne, and the present Crown Prince now holds the post. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built.

Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley.

On arrival in Bumthang, check-in at your hotel overnight in Bumthang.

Day 08: Bumthang

Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries.  Visit to Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. The Jambey Lhakhang (7th-century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Bumthang is also known for handicrafts and local handmade clothes made of yak’s wool. If time permits, visit local weaving centre.

Day 09: Bumthang / Gangtey / Phobjikha (190 km, 7 hours’ drive)

Phobjikha Valley is well known for black-necked cranes and its scenic view.

After breakfast drive to Gangtey / Phobjikha. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black-necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Overnight at the lodge in Gangtey / Phobjikha.

Day 10: Phobjikha to Paro (5 hour Drive)

Drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong if time permits. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.

Day 11: Paro Sightseeing

Visit to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) and now houses the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, built-in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Easy stroll of Paro town and get enough rest and prepare for tomorrow’s long day steep hike.

Day 12: Paro (Finally the famous Hike to Tiger’s nest)

After Breakfast proceeds to Taktsang Palphug Monastery more famous as Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist temple complex which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level on the side of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan.

The Taktsang Palphug Monastery is one of the most famous touristic destinations of the country and the cultural icon of Bhutan.

Visiting the Paro Taktsang Monastery is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys.

After lunch, drives up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built-in 1647 by the Zhabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644.

If interested go to hotstone bath and relax in the evening

Day 13: Paro/Chelela Pass/Haa velley

After Breakfast  Drive to Chelela pass ( highest motorable road end in Bhutan)

Visit Lhakhang Karpo and stroll Haa town in the evening.

Return to Paro in the evening.

Day 14: Depart Paro

After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Note: The itinerary may change its sequence depending on the availability of hotels in each place planned to halt. How much of the itinerary is covered in each day is depended on how much time the tourist spends on each site.

Festival Option: If you are planning to come during Paro Tsechu (April 4-8), we will cover itinerary of Paro first/last and then finish the rest. We can have a discussion on it anytime you wish.

 

Travel month: March, April, May, September, October, and November

Package cost: USD 3380 per head for 1 pax

                           USD 3280 per head for 2 pax

                           USD 2960 per head for 3 pax and above

 

Travel month: December, January, February, and June, July and August

Package cost: USD 2800 per head for 1 pax

                           USD 2695 per head for 2 pax

                           USD 2370 per head for 3 pax and above

 

What’s Included?
  • Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees, museum/monument fees and taxes.
  • Accommodations in minimum 3-star Hotel/Resort
  • All meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)including evening tea/coffee, etc through-out the tour in Bhutan.
  • All land transfers with pick and drop to the airport, sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • Experienced English-Speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide.
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other comp. services.
  • Tour SUV or Toyota or Hyundai Mini Bus with a well experienced driver
  • Return souvenir gift from Bhutan
Not Included
    • Flights into and out of Bhutan
    • Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, tips, and others.
    • Hot stone bath
    • Archery cost and river rafting

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Bhutan Postal Museum Attraction in Thimphu – Amedewa Tours and Trek

Bhutan Postal Museum was established in November 2015 to celebrate the birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

It is located in the heart of Thimphu city in GPO building, Chang Lam Thimphu.

Visitors can also visit the Postal office located next door to get their own personalised stamps and check out various souvenirs.

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Handicraft Market Thimphu – Amedewa Tours & Treks

Bhutan’s arts and crafts are unique in the World and there are plenty of gifts/souvenirs you can choose from a wide variety of handicrafts all available in one place at the famous handicraft market located in Norzin Lam just above Taj hotel. A whole lane of bamboo huts provides you lots of options to choose from; paintings, traditional attires, handwoven bags & scarves, religious items, handmade papers and many more made by the local artists and artisans.

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12 Days Bhutan Tour Cultural Tour – Amedewa Tours And Trek

 

12 Days Bhutan Tour – Cultural Tour 

Amedewa Tours And Trek

 

 Day 01: Arrive Paro by Druk Air OR Bhutan Airlines

Paro International Airport

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river)  meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities you will be transferred to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes, visit to;

National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Then proceed to Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue under construction in the mountains of Bhutan. The statue will house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, the Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan;

After lunch visit changgangkha lhakhang  and visit  Folk Heritage Museum: These museum which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Visit Changlingmeythang  National stadium where Archery match for locals takes place.

Drive to farm stay where by you can visit monk/lama and get blessed.

If interested you can have dinner at the farm house where by you will get local Bhutanese cuisine.

Day 03: Thimphu sightseeing

Today after breakfast we will drive to the road end and start our hike to Tango monastery, It was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century and built in its present form by Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th Temporal Ruler in 1688.

and later hike to Cheri monastery, established in 1620 by Ngawang Namgyel 1st zhabdrung Rinpoche, the founder of the Bhutanese state.

Visit simply Bhutan museum whereby you can try archery, national game of Bhutan  and overnight halt at Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha/Wangdiphodrang

After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m),  Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Then continue onwards, reaching Punakha  town in time for lunch. then continue to visit Punaka dzong and then suspension bridge and a short hike to the  fertility temple.

In the evening drive to wangdi phodrang and stroll town Halt at Punakha in the evening.

Day 05: Punakha / Trongsa (200 Km, 7 hours’ drive)

on to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m/10,830 ft), the traditional boundary between east and west. The pass is marked by a large white chorten prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo.

Stop en route at Chendbji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes panted at four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.

Arrive at Trongsa late afternoon and check into the hotel  for the night.

Day 06: Trongsa / Bumthang (68 Km, 3 hours’ drive)

TRONGSA DZONG

After breakfast, visit Trongsa Dzong. Built in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the  first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All four Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne, and the present Crown Prince now holds the post. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built.

Then drive to Bumthang, 68 km from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m/ 11,155 ft). The road winds steeply up to the pass, 28 km from Trongsa, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley.

On arrival in Bumthang, check in at your hotel  overnight in Bumthang.

Day 07: Bumthang

BUMTHANG VALLEY

Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. It is home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries.  Visit to Kurje Lhakhang, where the saint Padmasambhava subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock. The Jambey Lhakhang (7th century temple), Tamshing Lhakhang (housing some of the oldest wall paintings in Bhutan) and Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Stroll in the village, visit the little handicrafts shop at the entrance to the town, and perhaps take refreshments at a local restaurant. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 08: Bumthang / Gangtey / Phobjikha (190 km, 7 hours’ drive)

PHUBJEKHA VALLEY

After breakfast drive to Gangtey / Phobjikha. In the mountains east of Wangduephodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. Overnight at the lodge in Gangtey / Phobjikha.

Day 09: Gangtey / Phobjikha / Punakha (70 km, 3 hours’ drive)

After breakfast drive to Punakha. Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. Punakha was Bhutan’s capital until 1955, and Punakha Dzong still serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan’s first King, Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned here in 1907. The fortress has withstood several damages from fire, earthquake and flood over the centuries. The latest flood, in October, 1994, caused great damages to the fortress but miraculously spared its most holy statue. Also visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a stupa. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha /Wangduephodrang.

Day 10: Punakha / Paro (125 km, 4.1/2 hours’ drive)

PARO RINPUNGDZONG

After breakfast, drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies. Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) and now houses the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 11: Paro (Hike to Tiger’s nest)

After Breakfast proceeds to Taktsang Palphug Monastery more famous as Paro Taktsang is a Buddhist temple complex which clings to a cliff, 3120 meters above the sea level on the side of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan.

The Taktsang Palphug Monastery is one of the most famous touristic destinations of the country and the cultural icon of Bhutan.

Visiting the Paro Taktsang Monastery is an unforgettable experience thanks to its unique location and the views of surrounding majestic mountains and emerald green valleys.

After lunch, drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644.

While returning to hotel visit en route, Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

If interested go to hotstone bath and relax in the evening

Day 12: Depart Paro

After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

 

 Hotels:

 Hotel Thimphu Tower or Jambhayang Resort or hotel Amodara or any equivalent in Thimphu

Zhimkhang Resort or Drudchu resort or Zangdopelri resort or any equivalent in Punakha

Hotel phunzhi or Yangkhil resort or equivalent in Trongsa

Leki Guest house or Swiss Guest house  or any equivalent in Bumthang

Janka resort or Tenzingling resort or any equivalent in Paro

 

Travel month: March, April, May, September, October and November

Package cost :
  • USD 2885 per head for 1 pax
  • USD 2800 per head for 2 pax
  • USD 2510 per head for 3 pax and above

 

Travel month: December, January, February and June, July and August

Package cost :
  • USD 2400 per head for 1 pax
  • USD 2300 per head for 2 pax
  • USD 2020 per head for 3 pax and above

 

INCLUSIONS:
  • 11 Nights accommodation in min 3 star Hotels/resorts
  • Tour car like Hyundai Creta or Kia Seltos or any equivalent with well experienced driver
  • Bhutan visa and all taxes and surcharges
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Museum/monument/entrance fees
  • All sightseeing and airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Daily mineral bottled water
  • Return souvenir gift from Bhutan

 

EXCLUSIONS:
  • Hotel outside Bhutan
  • Personal Expenses/hot stone bath and expenses for playing archery.
  • Tips to driver or Guide.
  •  River Rafting expenses in punakha
  •  Expenses for Hotstone bath and night outs
  •  Mountain Biking
  •  Flight to Bhutan and outbound flight
  •  Alcoholic drink

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Suspension Bridge Punakha – Amedewa Tours & Treks

Suspension Bridge | Punakha |

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Suspension Bridge Bhutan

Suspension bridge at Punakha is said to be the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. Located about 20 mins walk from Punakha Dzong, across Pho chu lies this suspension bridge connecting the Dzong and the nearby villages.

A walk across this suspension bridge specially during spring and autumn season is a very beautiful experience and an amazing spot for photography with nearby paddy fields in stunning colours, clear blue sky above and the river Pho chhu underneath.

Once you cross the bridge, you get to see the villages nearby, the beautiful Bhutanese traditional houses and also witness authentic farm life of people of Punakha.

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Dumste Lhakhang Buddhist temple – Attraction in Paro

Dumste Lhakhang | Buddhist temple

Attraction in Paro

 

The road leading to the National museum, right above Paro town is Dumste Lhakhang. It was built by Thang Thong Gyalpo in 1421 to subdue the ogress on the top of whose head It is said to be built. One can also the central tower of the temple chained down from four direction as it was believed that the central tower moved, attempting to fly to Tibet during the consecration. The temple shows paintings of various stages of Tantric Buddhist philosophy and important deities as well as figures of Drukpa Kagyu.Dumste-Lhakhang-Buddhist-temple-Attraction-in-Paro

 

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Hotel Norpheling in Thimphu – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Hotel Norpheling | Hotel in Thimphu

Amedewa Tours And Trek

Rating: 3 Star

It is located in Thimphu along Semtokha – Babesa road, Behind Express car wash/express fitness Gym, few minutes’ walk from Bank of Bhutan ltd (BOBL) head office, with easy access to all main places of attractions. It has 14 elegant designed rooms of three categories with all modern amenities and wide range of cuisine ranging from Bhutanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Continental prepared by internationally trained chef, Hotel Norpheling is one of the best place to spend your time with friends and families.

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Rooms

Hotel Norpheling _Hotel in Thimphu_ Room JPG Hotel Norpheling _Hotel in Thimphu_Room view Hotel Norpheling _Hotel in Thimphu_Room Bath

 

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Tachog Lhakhang and Iron bridge Attraction in Bhutan – Amedewa Tours And Trek

Tachog Lhakhang and Iron bridge Attraction in Bhutan

Amedewa Tours And Trek

 

Tachog Lhakhang is located along the Thimphu Paro highway, just above the Pa Chhu (river). Tachogang meaning “temple of the hill of the excellent horse” was built by the great Yogi, poet and iron bridge builder Thang Thong Gyalpo in the 15th century.

Iron Bridge Bhutan

To reach the temple, one has to pass through the iron bridge which is bit shaky but fun at the same time to cross. The temple is relatively small with apple and orange fruit trees and it is privately run by decedents of Thang Thong Gyalpo.

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The Postcard Dewa Luxury stay in Bhutan – Amedewa Tours And Trek

The Postcard Dewa Luxury stay in Bhutan

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Twenty minutes from Bhutan’s capital city, The Postcard Dewa is nestled in a forest, this Bhutanese mountain hideout is just close enough to take in the city of Thimphu but far enough from the bustle Bhutanese mountain hideout is just close enough to take in the city of Thimphu but far enough from the bustle. With no more than 15 luxurious rooms, the hotel is the perfect place to wind down in the lap of nature and enjoy pristine views of the Khasadrapchu valley and Raidak river.

Rating: 5 star

Rooms

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