Gangtey Valley Tour

Gangtey Valley Tour

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This 8 day tour shows us the historical and cultural lifestyles of central Bhutan. Paro, famous for its ruined fortress, museums and the enjoyable landscapes will be something to remember.

 

Bhutan has a host of ancient monuments to invoke the interest of visitors heading to this dragon kingdom. Paro, Thimpu and Wangdue make up some of the prime attractions of our Gangtey Valley tour in Bhutan. Paro plays a central role for a sightseeing fiesta that stirs the imaginations; and Thimpu and Punakha is much like the icing on the cake. Gangtey Valley Tour has been designed by Tashi Delek Nepal to give guests some exclusive insights into Bhutan’s rural landscapes that feature the real Bhutan for what it is. The Gangtey valley is a conservation zone and is the winter abode for Black-necked cranes. These black-necked cranes immigrate once every year in the months of early autumn…and this tour warms the heart in more ways than one.

 

Our 8 days tour journey takes us to some of the most eye catching spots around central Bhutan where we witness a blend of the rural mosaic, historical and traditional base of Bhutan’s wonders; Paro’s ruined fortress, museums and amazing views are an experience of sublime holidays that are difficult to forget. Thimpu, the quiet capital city, is a treasure trove of celebrated ancient monasteries, cultural relics and amazing views of the entire valley in the shadows of 7000m peaks that tower in the background. We cruise past Punakha while relishing the sights of spots immersed in the exotic layout of this wonderful little kingdom right from the windows of our vehicle. We can hike it down or ride on a pony to Taktsang monastery which symbolises the spiritual beliefs of Bhutanese people. Bhutan is traditionally, linguistically and so very naturally a country very rich in its culture and geography for an artificial world that seems to be losing its originality; on our Gangtey tour, it’s an enjoyably variety of magnetism and experience everyday while on our sojourns. The most ideal months for this tour are March, April, May, June, July, September, October and November.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Flight to Paro

We Arrive Paro by Druk air BAe 146-100 series, the only national carrier existing in the country. The flight offers us striking views of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities we will be received by our representatives at the airport. The Afternoon / evening time are at leisure for you to get familiar with your surroundings. Overnight at Kichu Resort or a hotel of your choice – B. L. D

Day 2: Sightseeing to Paro

We begin our day with a visit to the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which always attracts visitors due to the prime location of the fort. This fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. If it’s a clear weather day Mount Chomolhari at 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong. We Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill brings us to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. A hike further down brings us to the traditional bridge into Paro Town. We Stroll around the market and return to our resort. B. L. D

Day 3: Drive toThimpo - 2 hours

The drive to Thimphu is 2 hours and will be a pleasant one mainly due to the well maintained roads throughout Bhutan. Our Drive to Thimphu is pretty comfortable because of the well maintained roads throughout Bhutan. on arrival we check into our Hotel. in the afternoon we Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with great views of the Thimphu valley. We also Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and there’s free time to wander around the marketplace. B. L. D

Day 4: Cultural seeing in Thimphu

Thimphu is geographically placed ideally in a wooded valley, which is an extension of a hillside on the West Bank of the Thimphu Chhu [Chhu means River]. Thimphu is pretty different to other world capitals. This is a Small and secluded the city which is pleasantly quiet and you won’t find traffic jams here like in other asian cities; It is often said that Thimphu is the only world capital without traffic lights. Thimphu’s primary shopping centres are wonderfully placed with its unique architecture and the bright colorful national costumes that most of the local folks wear on the streets.

Our tour begins with a visit to the National Library (closed Saturday, Sunday due to government holidays), which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.

Our next tour is the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (Sat afternoon, Sun & Govt holidays closed). Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. We then drive towards city centre to visit Textile (Sat afternoon, Sun & Govt holiday closed) and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide absorbing insights into Bhutanese material culture and everyday lifestyles.

The curtain falls on our sightseeing with a visit of Trashichhodzong: This remarkable 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 hotel in Thimphu – B. L. D

Day 5: Day excursion to Gangtey Gompa

We enjoy a day’s excursion to the Gangtey Gompa valley at an altitude of 2800 meters.
The only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan is located hereabouts. This lovely valley is also home to the rare Black Necked Cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau to escape the harsh winter. Currently there are 200 to 300 cranes residing in this valley and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) ensures the safety of the Cranes at all times when in Bhutan. While the cranes reside in the winter valley for 4/5 months the village folks are not allowed to make load noises or fish in the river that runs through the valley. We explore the mesmerizing glacier valley and return to the Resort for the night. B. L. D

Day 6: Drive to Punakha for sightseeing & drive back to Paro

In the morning after a hearty b/fast, we drive for 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which was once the old capital of Bhutan. This notable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to remember the victory over the Tibetans. We then drive for 3 hours to Thimphu for lunch and proceed 2 hours to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. This building at present serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight at our resort – B. L. D

Day 7: A Day hike to the viewpoint of Taktsang Monasteryy

In the Morning after b/fast, we do an excursion to Taktsang Monastery (5 hrs walk), the most well known of Bhutanese monasteries. The myth goes that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip. While returning to Paro, we haul up at Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress from where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, “Mountain of Goddess” looms directly over the Dzong. On the way back to our hotel, we visit 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gembo. One of the most sacred shrines in the country, it reflects the entry of Buddhism into Bhutan. Overnight at our hotel in Paro – B. L. D

Day 8: Depart Paro for our next destination or visit Nepal

Tashi Delek Nepal Treks is sure that you enjoyed this amazing cultural and historical tour which has given you many deep insights into this fantastic little Himalayan kingdom, you can now return back to Nepal for some other great holidays or proceed further to your destination of choice. Sayonara friends!

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