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Bhutanese Home Stay

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Nestled in the heart of the great Himalayan range, Druk Yul(The land of thunder dragon)- the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, is on eof the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. Often referred to as the last Shangri-la, this tiny Himalayan kingdom hosts a remarkable variety of slimate and ecosystem, with 72% of it under forest cover, high mountain terrain and deep fertile valleys. Out itinerary and gives participants an opportunity to interact with the people of Druk Yul and experience the Bhutanese way of life in its undiminished natural form.
ABC is the only agent in Bhutan who promotes Home Stays for their guests which gives you a unique opportunity to experience the gracious hospitality of Bhutanese people.
Home stays gives the visitor an insight opportunity to spend their time with a Bhutanese family where they can dine, work along with the Bhutanese family(farmers) and get yourself fully immersed in the life o a normal Bhutanese people.


Day 01: Arrival at Paro ( by Druk Air) – Paro

The flight into paro on our national carrier, druk air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of out country. In the clear weather, magnificient view of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool , clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will be briefed by our guide and transferred to thimphu , the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take around one hour. Thimphu has a population of about 1000000. The town ismade up of of just three lines of shops and is only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening , we will visit the Handicraft Emporium, where all types of Bhutanese handicrafts are made and sold, over night at hotel.

Day 2: Thimphu Sight-seeing – Hike to Tango

After breakfast we will drive north through Thimphu valley and glimpse Dechencholing palace amid forest of pine trees along out route. We continue our drive further until we reach the base of Tango Monastery. From there we walk for 2 hours to reach the top, where we will visit the monastery. Founded in 13th century , Tango monastery is a monastic school founded by Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The current buildings are 15th century and constructed by the memorably named the ‘Divine Madman’, Lama Drukpa Kinley. Residing at Tango today is an important reincarnate lama recognized to be the 7th reincarnation of Gyelse Tenzin Rabgay. After our visit we will lunch at the monastery, then drive back to Thimphu. During the afternoon we will take a walk through beautiful Thimphu valley and visit a local school. Overnight and dinner at hotel.

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha.

After breakfast we depart in our vehicles for Punakha . leaving thimphu , the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar festooned with hanging lichen high. As we approach the dochu La – ‘La’ means ‘pass’ (3050m/10065f), breathtaking panoramic views of the mighty himalayas are spread out around us. We stop for tea and the view on the pass, then enjoy an hour downhill walk through magnolia, hydrangea,vibernam an devergreen oaks, and through blankets of the wild orchids before once again reaching the road, where we board our transport and drive into the punakha valley. Overnight and dinner at hotel.

Day 04: Punakha – Gangtey

Drive Gangtey via punakha dzong, Jigme Dorji National park. After breakfast we drive the short distance to Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, which is located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. The dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the monk body are in Thimphu. Je Khenpo is the highest religious office in Bhutan, and the formal head of the Drukpa sect. The central monk body is Bhutan’s main monastic body of monks (Lamas). The dual system of government power in bhutan is divided between religious branch led by the Je khenpo and administrative branch led by Druk Desi. Despite loosing ground to druk desi since monarchy was established in 19th century, Je Khenpo remains main advisor to the king . after visiting the Dzong , we will drive to Jigme Dorji National Park. This area is rich in wildflowers, birds and butterflies and we will walk until mid-afternoon when we return to our hotel for lunch and cool shower before departing to Gangtey. Gangtey lies to the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of Black Mountains. Passing an old monastery, Gangtey Goenpa (circ 17th century), we enter the phobjikha valley. Described as the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas, the Phobjikha valley is the winter home to Black-necked Crane which migrates from arid northern plains to pass winter in Phobjikha’s milder and lower climate. Dinner and overnight at farm-owned guest house situated amidst the pine forest.

Day 05: Gangtey-Wangdue

Drive to wangdi via the community school of Gangtey. This morning we will visit the community school of Gangtey, where we will sit with the students through one of their classes. If participant desires, donations to the Goenpa are accepted and welcome(Donations are made directly to the school trust fund. Consult your guide). The valley is also a center for crane observation run by RSPN(Royal society for Protection of Nature), an NGO striving to protect Bhutan’s environment, flora and fauna. After our visit to scholl we will walk across phobjikha valley and into the Khewa valley, where we visit and old temple and offer a (compulsory) donation- a necessity to keep the monastery running. In the afternoon we will drive to Wangdue. Overnight and dinner at hotel.

Day 06: Wangdue – Paro

Drive to wangdi via the community school of Gangtey. This morning we will visit the community school of Gangtey, where we will sit with the students through one of their classes. If participant desires, donations to the Goenpa are accepted and welcome(Donations are made directly to the school trust fund. Consult your guide). The valley is also a center for crane observation run by RSPN(Royal society for Protection of Nature), an NGO striving to protect Bhutan’s environment, flora and fauna. After our visit to scholl we will walk across phobjikha valley and into the Khewa valley, where we visit and old temple and offer a (compulsory) donation- a necessity to keep the monastery running. In the afternoon we will drive to Wangdue. Overnight and dinner at hotel.

Day 07: Paro Sight-seeing

Visit thenational Museum, Rinpung Dzong. In the morning we will visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower wich in 1968 was converted to house the national museum. The museum displays collections of antique auch as Thangkas, textiles, weapons and armour, and household iobjects,plus a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. We will also visit the RInpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan Invasion and now used as an administration centre and schhol for monk. After some free time to relax, we take an evening walk around the main street of Paro’s main shopping district. This evening we again relax and eat dinner with a farmer and his family. Dinner and overnight at farm house.

Day 08: Paro valley

Satsam Chorten, Taktshang Gompa, Kyichu Lhakhang. In the morning we will drive to satsam chorten and then hike to Taktshang Gompa(Tiger’s nest), the most photographed monastery in Bhutan. Rebuild after a disastrous fire some years ago, today the monastery can only be view afar. But the view is worth the steep of one and half hour walk up a wide mountain path. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the monk who translated Buddhist text from the Indian Sanskrit into the Himalayan dialect, landed on the back of a tigress here in the 8th century A.D. We will take lunch at the view point cafeteria then walk back to the road and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldesr temples in Bhutan. Overnight and dinner at hotel.

Day 09: Paro.

Transfer to Airport. Tour ends. This morning your Bhutanese representative from All Bhutan Connection will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good bye and happy journey back home.