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Korea and Bhutan, 30 years of diplomatic relations

2017 is a special moment in the history of relations between the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Republic of Korea as it marks three decades of diplomatic relations, which began on 24th September 1987.

To commemorate this happy occasion, the Royal Government of Bhutan presents the “Bhutan – Korea Friendship Offer” to welcome all Korean nationals to visit Bhutan in 2017, with special travel relaxation in June, July & August. So the Royal Government of Bhutan will not levy the mandatory minimum daily package rate of US$ 200 per person per night to South Korean nationals. Instead only daily Royalty (Government levy) of US$ 65 will be levied. Other charges will be as per the quotes from service providers.

Bhutan receives very few tourists from South Korea and the special offer is expected to provide good opportunity for TCB and our partners to promote in South Korea.”

  • Tour price US$180 per night per person for cultural tour
  • Tour price US$280 per night per person for Trekking tour
  • Visa fee US$40

INCLUSIVE

  • 3 stars categories hotel twin/double sharing room
  • All meals
  • Government royalty
  • Entrance fees, visa and permit
  • Overland transportation within Bhutan
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide
  • Necessary hotel and airport transfers with in Bhutan

EXCLUSIVE

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfares
  • Beverages
  • Airport taxes if any
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Excess baggage
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Services not mention
  • Visitors can avail 30% discount fare on Drukair & Bhutan Airlines.

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Journey through the land of The Thunder Dragon

Bhutan is considered one of the last places where Tantric form of Vajrayana Buddhism is practiced and maintained as the state religion. A minority follows other faiths like Hinduism and Christianity. But going by the majority, the country can comfortably qualify as a Buddhist nation. Buddhism plays an important role in the society for culture, ethical and sociological development of Bhutan and its’ people. To keep Buddhism dynamic and alive, from each family the son usually attends a monastic school. To bring Buddhism to the people, numerous symbols and structures are employed. Religious monuments, prayer walls, prayer flags, and sacred mantras carved in stone hillsides and among the religious monuments the chorten (stupa) are the important one which will stay forever for eternity holding the name of Buddhist religion. Given the importance of Buddhism, as the country’s official religion the two institutions of Drukpa Kagyupa and Nyingmapa are state-sponsored. The sight of verdant hills adorned with fluttering prayer flags, chanting monks, architecturally aesthetic temples, and monasteries bear intrinsic meanings of Buddhism.

Day 1: ARRIVE PARO
Flight into Paro with Druk Air, Bhutan’s national Airline is spectacular. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now National Museum, above it. On arrival Bhutan Bokar Tours will greet you, thereafter drive to Thimphu.

The first stop will allow us to view the magnificent Tachocho Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder and further drive we will reach to Chuzom marks by the confluence of Paro Chu (river) and the Wang chu. Opposite of us, at the confluence, are three protecting chortens each built in a different style. Evening freely stroll in Thimphu city. Overnight stay at Hotel, Thimphu.

Day 2: EXPLORATION OF THIMPHU
Today’s exploration of Thimphu begins will take with visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan. Visit simply Bhutan, which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.

After lunch visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple, Visit to Buddha point – the Buddha Dordenma Project is the construction of a 138.6-foot-tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue (inclusive of lotus) seated on a 62-foot-tall throne in the Kingdom of Bhutan, symbolizes peerless virility to bestow blessings, peace, and happiness on the whole world. From there you will get the stunning view of Thimphu valley.

A further drive towards the BBS tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 3: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
Your journey continues to travels east onwards to Punakha through some of the Kingdom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys. The first stop will allow you to stop over Dochu La, 3050meters pass, snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day. Prayer flags will flutter you over the pass deeper into the essence of Bhutan.

The beauty is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chorten 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother. In the afternoon you will continue drive to Punakha, which wind your way down, into the Valley. On the way you stop at Mitsina village and visit Chimi Lhakhang the monastery of fertility.

The Punakha Dzong, which stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers Pho Chu and Mo chu. The Dzong is said to be the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork, and the winter residence of the Je khempo the chief abbot of Bhutan. Also this is the second dzong built in Bhutan by Shebdrung Nawang Namgyel in the year 1637. Evening you will drive back to Thimphu. Overnight stay in hotel,Thimphu.

Day 4: HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST
Today’s day will begin to take on horse to café and form café a stunnin hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Your hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well-maintained path, which is quite uphill, and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You will stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria.

This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort.

In the afternoon will drive to the beautiful valley to the watchtower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven-floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong, which serves as the administrative center, and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

Day 5 DEPARTURE
Morning, drive to the airport, your journey begins and a future pilgrimage to further explore the hearts and lands of the Kingdom’s charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders awaits.

6 – Nights Adventure

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas its isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow-capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder-strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Day 1: ARRIVAL PARO
Flight into Paro with Druk Air, Bhutan’s national Airline is spectacular. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now National Museum, above it. On arrival Bokar Tours will greet you, and drive to Thimphu.

The first stop will allow you to view the magnificent Tachocho Lhakhang, the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder and further drive you will reach to Chuzom marks by the confluence of Paro Chu (river) and the Wang chu. Opposite of you, at the confluence, are three protecting chortens each built in a different style. Evening stroll through the market and mingle with the local people and visit shops. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 2: THIMPHU EXPLORATION
Today’s exploration of Thimphu begins visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the Kingdom’s richest culture at the National Library. Visit simply Bhutan, which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.

After lunch visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple, which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu.

Textile museum, Changzamtok weaving center and Handicraft emporium where you can also see the different textile’s display. Visit to Buddha point – the Buddha Dordenma 138.6-foot-tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue (inclusive of lotus) seated on a 62-foot-tall throne in the Kingdom of Bhutan, symbolizes peerless virility to bestow blessings, peace, and happiness on the whole world. From there you will get the stunning view of Thimphu valley. Visit to weekend market.

A further drive towards the BBS tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 3:THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (1300m) 77KM/APPROX 2 ½HR
Your journey continues with travels to the east onwards to Punakha through some of the Kingdom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys.

The first stop will allow you over Dochu La, 3050meters pass; snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day. Prayer flags will flutter you over the pass deeper into the essence of Bhutan. The Druk Wangyal Chorten – 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother, further enhances the beauty.

Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley. The beauty is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chorten 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother.

Optional:
You will start hiking (3-4hours) to Lungchutse Goenpa (temple) through a forest of hemlock, birch and rhododendrons and large meadow, where yak hearders camp in winter. On arrive – if clear days the view from the goenpa are fantastic. All major mountains of Bhutan can be seen; summits of Jhomolhari (7314m), Kang Bum (6500m), Gangchhenta (6840m: shape of Tiger), Masang Gang (7165m: the peak shaped like a trident) tower over Gasa Dzong (2700m), a tiny white speak in a sea of green, Tsenda Kang (7100m), Teri Kang (7300m), Jejekangphu Gang (7300m),Kangphu Gang (7212m), and Zongpgu Gang (Table Mountain, 7100m, the very long flat mountain).

On the way you will stop at Mitsina village and visit Chimi Lhakhang the auspicious fertility monastery dedicated to Divine Madman, you will take 20minutes walk through the rice fields.

After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, which stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers- Pho Chu, and Mo chu. The Dzong is said to be the most beautiful of Dzong in Bhutan; it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork, and the winter residence of the Je khempo (chief abbot). Also this is the second Dzong built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the year 1637. Overnight Stay at hotel, Punakha.

Day 4 : PUNAKHA – THIMPHU – PARO
Today you will drive north of Punakha Valley following the Mo Chu and you will hike up 1 hour to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture and art. In the evening you will travel back to Thimphu.

You will also stop over Dochu La pass again for lunch and visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang.

The past and future appear to merge in the details tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future, and visit Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress in the Kingdom stands on a lofty ridge in Thimphu. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

Day 5: PARO
Today’s day will begin driving back to the Paro valley to take on a stunning hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Your hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well-maintained path, which is quite uphill, and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria.

This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort. You will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, a scared monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtshen Gampo.

This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries; Drugyel Dzong the imposing fortress which was the strategic vantage point for numerous defeat of invading Tibetan armies and here in clear weather can view the spectacular view of mount Jomolhar 7314m.

In the afternoon will drive to the beautiful valley to the watchtower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven-floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong, which serves as the administrative center, and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

Day 6: HAA DAY EXCURSSION
Today day excursion to Haa Valley with picnic lunch, you will drive over Cheley Laa, 3822 meters pass through the forest of blue pines, fir, and oak. On the clear day you will see mountain Jhomolhari 7314 meters, other snow capped and beautiful valley below the pass. Explore nearby mountains dotted with the colourful prayer flags and blanked with dwarf rhododendrons.

After a picnic lunch, you will drive further down and arrive at Haa Valley which is blessed by the presence of Meri Piensum, three small mountains symbolizing Rigsum Gonpo: Jampelyang (manjushri), Chana Dorji (vajrapani) and Chenrizi (avaloketeshvara). You can explore the remote village, which will take 30 minutes walk and stroll in town later. You will also visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo. Evening drive back to Paro and stroll in town and visit shops. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

Day 7: PARO DEPARTURE
Early morning, drive to the airport for your onward journey.

The Drukpath Trek

The Druk Path trek is one of the more popular treks in Bhutan as it is short, moderate and suitable for anyone in good physical health and who enjoys hiking through picturesque landscapes of blue pine forests, high hills, lakes and stunning views of distant high peaks.

In April and May the trail becomes even more stunning when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. September to November is also a good time to take this trail, as the weather is awesome will plenty of blue sky and sun shine. The trek starts from Paro and heads towards Thimphu along the Paro valley. It goes along ridges that offer spectacular views of the Himalayas including Mount Gangkar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest peak.

The trek will reach an altitude of 4,210m.

DAY 1~ ARRIVAL AT PARO
On arrival Bhutan Bokar Tours will greet you and drive you to hotel. Visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang built in 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, an imposing fortress that defended Tibetan invasions from the north. From here you can view mountain Jomolhari (7,300m) on a clear day. Evening, freely stroll around Paro town.

DAY 2: PARO
Hike to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest, perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro valley. In the eighth century the great Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is a two-hour hill uphill at moderate pace.

Visit Ta-Dzong (watch tower), now the national museum, and Paro Rinpung Dzong. Evening, explore Paro town.

DAY 3: TREK BEGINS FROM PARO – JILI DZONG 10KM, 4-5 HOURS
The trek begins with an hour and half climb and then a gradual ascent. The trail takes you through thick pine forests and rhododendrons up to Jili Dzong from where Paro valley can be seen with the snow-capped mountains behind. Overnight in tented camp at 3,480m.

DAY 4: JELE DZONG-JANGCHULAKHA 11KM / 3-4 HOURS
The trail goes through thick alpine and rhododendrons. Most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Mount Jomolhari is visible if skies are clear. You may see yak herders around your campsite at 3,770m.

DAY 5: JANGCHULAKHA – JIMILANGTSHO, 12KM / 4-5 HOURS
The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful particularly that of the 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight in camp at 3,870m.

DAY 6: JIMILANGTSHO – SIMKOTA, 11KM / 4-5 HOURS
You will pass by the glacial lake of Jimilangtsho. These lakes are famous for their giant sized trouts. The trail goes through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetsho. You could come across some yak herder’s camps. Overnight camp is close to Simikot Lake at 4110m.

DAY 7: SIMKOTA – PHOJODHING – THIMPHU, 15KM/6HOURS
Start the day with a gradual climb and if the weather permits enjoy majestic views of Mount Gangkar Puensum and other peaks. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phojodhing. Walk down hill to Thimphu through a forested area of mostly blue pine. On arrival, check into hotel in Thimphu.

DAY 8: EXPLORE THIMPHU
Visit National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in memory of the third king of Bhutan and dedicated to world peace and prosperity, Drive to Takin preserve and see the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal, visit nunnery, school of thirteen traditional arts and crafts and national library. After lunch visit Changangkha Temple built in 12 century, drive to Buddha point to see the 138.6 foot tall statue of Buddha sakyamuni seated on a 62 foot tall throne and in the evening visit Tashichoedzong, the seat of government, first built in 1641.

DAY 9: PARO DEPARTURE
Morning depart for Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

Jomohari Yaksa Trek

This trek passes through two famous peaks, Jomolhari and Jichu Drake, as well as the beautiful twin lakes of Tshophu.

Going up to as a high as 4,900m, the trail passes through rhododendron and birch forests, sheer rocky formations and waterfalls and farms creating a mix of culture and customs and unique natural settings of rich biodiversity. The alpine vegetation is home to the rare red panda and the royal Bengal tiger.

The trail also crosses over two challenging passes, Yeli La (4,820m) and Nyele-la Pass (4,700m) and the treeless landscape beyond Mo Chu valley

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO
On arrival you will receive by Bhutan Bokar Tours at Paro Airport who will escort you to hotel. In the afternoon visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum, is the Paro Rinpung Dzong, the centre of administration and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the Dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge.

DAY 2: HIKE TO TAKSANG (TIGER NEST) THEN PARO VALLEY SIGHTSEEING
Hike to Tiger’s nest. This hike, which is all the way uphill, takes about 2 hours through pine forests at average pace.

The tiger’s nest monastery clings to a huge rocky cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. The great tantric saint Padmasambhava is said to have come here on a flying tigress and meditated for three months in the eighth century. It is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the world. Overnight in hotel, Paro.

After having visiting the monastery, hike downhill to Paro. Drive to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong, Visit kichu lhakhang built in 7th century AD, Evening freely stroll in town and visit shops.

DAY 3: PARO – SHANA (START OF TREK) DISTANCE 14 KM – TIME APPROX 5 – 6 HOURS
Drive to Drukgyal Dzong to start the trek to Shana. From the starting point, at 2580m, you can see distance views of Mount Jomolhari. Follow the old route along the Paro River through fields and beautiful villages till the campsite at Shana at 2,820m not far from the army out post. Overnight in tented camp.

DAY 4: SHANA-SOI THANGTHANGKA DISTANCE 21 KM – TIME APPROX 7 – 8 HOURS
The route goes through thick forests and a few settlements to a place called Shingkarap. The route continues through forest crossing several small wooden bridges. Close to the campsite the route opens to a meadow where camp will be pitched at 3,610m.

DAY 5: SOI-THANGTHANGKA-JANGOTHANG DISTANCE 15 KM / TIME APPROX 5 – 6 HOURS
After crossing the small army check post the route passes through meadows leaving the tree line where you will see few yaks. Walk through a valley where there are a few houses, pass by a health center and a school. After a few minutes reach Jomolhari base camp and soak in the awesome view of Jomolhari and ruins of old fort near your camp at 4,080m.

DAY 6: JANGOTHANG – YAKSA, DISTANCE 16KM / TIME APPROX 6-7 HOURS
The route goes north crossing a wooden bridge. The path then ascends to a small meadow goes up along a ridge to reach Tshophu Lake. Pass a second lake after going across a mountain. Descend into a valley and climb steeply to Bontey La pass at 4890 m. After the pass, the route descends through yak trails to Dhumzo Chu River. After walking downstream below few houses arrive at camp at 3800 m.

DAY 7: YAKSA – THONGBU, DISTANCE 11KM / TIME APPROX 4-5HOURS
The route ascends to the top of hill and then crosses a stream. After crossing the stream, the route ascents to a hillside dropping into a small valley close to a ridge. The route ascends through few huts to Takhung La pass 4,520 m. A short descent leads to Thombu Shong, the campsite at (4180 m) near a few yak herder huts.

DAY 8: THONGBUE – SHANA. DISTANCE, 13KM / TIME APPROX 4-5 HOURS
Today you will walk a clear trail through rhododendron bushes climbing steeply to Thombu La pass 4,270m. The walk from the pass is one of the best parts of the trek. Walk downhill steeply for 2 to 3 hours till you reach the campsite along the Paro Chhu at Gunitsawa.

DAY 9: SHANA – DRUGYEL DZONG (2580M)
Hike through the picturesque valley, completing the trek at Drugyel Dzong where a car waiting will take you to your hotel in Paro.

DAY 10: PARO – THIMPHU (SIGHTSEEING)
Morning drive to Thimphu and visit the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity; Mothithang zoo to see the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan; nunnery; school of thirteen traditional arts and crafts. After lunch visit Changangkha temple built in the 12th century, drive to Buddha point see the 138.6 foot tall statue of Buddha Sakyamuni seated on a 62 foot tall throne. In the evening visit Tashichoedzong built in 1641.

DAY 11: THIMPHU-PARO
Drop to Paro airport for your onward journey

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