The adventure begins in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, where guests will be treated to a cultural program of traditional folk songs, dance and music. While still maintaining its distinct cultural identity, this medieval kingdom has emerged from isolation and has many official buildings including the Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building and the summer residence of the central monk body. Guests will marvel at the panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas on a scenic drive to the Punakha Valley visiting: Punakha Dzong, situated at the confluence of the Mo (Female) and Pho (Male) rivers; Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the divine mad monk who is one of Bhutan's favorite saints; and a school to interact with students and teachers.
After a stopover by Gangtey valley, the winter home to the rare and endangered black necked cranes, guests will arrive in Trongsa to visit Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the present Royal Family in Bhutan. From Tongsa, guests will descend into the valley of Bumthang, the heart of the Bhutanese weaving industry, to visit the weavers of the Chumey valley, interact with the monks at Lhoda Karchu Monastery and visit a traditional Bhutanese farm house to enjoy dinner with a family in Bumthang.
Returning west, guests will have an overnight in Punakha before traveling back to Thimphu. In Thimphu, guests will look forward to an afternoon hike to Cheri Monastery, built by the first ruler of Bhutan in 1620, and attend a prayer session at the Drubthob Nunnery. On the last full day, guests will journey to Paro to witness an archery event, if available, and hike to Taktsang Monastery, or the Tiger’s Nest, situated more than 2,000 feet from the valley floor. This spectacular architecture, perched high on a cliff, is sure to exceed all expectations and is an incredible finale to a trip of a lifetime.
Price includes all costs aside from gratuity for the guides and airline flights: Hotel accommodations for 10 nights in a standard room on twin sharing basis; meals; sightseeing;
*Prices valid January - December 2012 and are based on double occupancy. Single supplement is available. Prices do not include: airline flights, table drinks/beverages, insurance coverage, laundry, tips, and expenses of personal nature.
About Geringer Global Travel
Susan Geringer, India Travel and Tour Specialist, is the owner of Geringer Global Travel, a travel company specializing in custom itineraries to India and Beyond. Susan has been to over 50 countries, but India holds a special place in her heart and soul. Considered a second home to her, she is extremely passionate about India and her enthusiasm for the country is infectious. Her first visit to India was in 1980 and has since traveled to Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Susan travels to India about four times per year to discover new places and hidden gems to make her clients’ itineraries even more exciting. Susan is on the India Ahoy Advisory Board, a division of Make My Trip in India, an Executive Board member for the New York City Chapter of PATA (Pacific Asian Tourism Association)
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