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Bhutan Intensive with Arunachal Pradesh
Trip No. 710
Delhi - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Tongsa - Bumthang - Mongar - Tashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar - Tezpur - Dirang - Tawang - Bomdila - Kaziranga N.P. - Guwahati
Bhutan - such a small country and yet of such outstanding interest. Hidden in the eastern Himalayas, between India and Tibet, about the size of Switzerland and very sparsely populated with just under a million inhabitants, it is a dream destination for those who are in the high mountain world of the Himalayas, in the Lamaistic world of belief and culture Peoples and tribes in this part of the world are interested. The east of the country in particular is still unspoilt and rarely visited by tourists. Unique mountain scenery also in Arunachal Pradesh in the extreme northeast of India, the monastery Tawang, the most important Lamaistic monastery of India, lies at an altitude of over 3,000 m. In addition, there are terraced hills, lush jungle valleys, the lush tea fields of Assam and the Kaziranga National Park. A tour that will inspire even well-traveled globetrotters.
20 day tourDay 1: SA flight to Delhi
In the early afternoon departure from Frankfurt, scheduled flight non-stop to Delhi. Arrival shortly after midnight. Transfer to the **** hotel near the airport for the (short) night of arrival.
Day 2: MO Delhi - Paro
Morning transfer, flight with DRUK AIR BHUTAN to Paro, in the west of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In the afternoon a first tour of Paro with a visit to the National Museum. 2 nights in the PARO VILLAGE LODGE.
Day 3: TUE Paro
Excursion to the Taktsang monastery, the "tiger's nest" (3,070 m) stuck to a rock, one of the most impressive views of Bhutan. In the afternoon visits to Paro: Rimpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong (one of the most powerful fortified castles in the direction of Tibet), Kyichu monastery, the oldest monastery in Bhutan, allegedly. Built by Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century.
Day 4: MI Thimphu
Continue to the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu (55 km). After arrival sightseeing in Thimphu: Tashichho Dzong, seat of the king, the government and the grand abbot, memorial chortens. Overnight at the Hotel PHUNTSO PELRI.
Day 5: THU Thimphu - Punakha
Drive over the Dachu-La pass (3,050 m) to Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan (75 km). From the top of the pass - when in sight - a panoramic view of the snow-covered chain of the seven-thousand-meter peaks. Typical villages on the way. Inspection in the afternoon. of the dzong of Punakha, at the confluence of Pho Cho and Mo Cho. *** Hotel ZHANGTO PELRI.
Day 6: FR Tongsa - Bumthang
Drive over the "Black Mountains", through a grandiose mountain landscape, up the Tang Cho river valley and over the Pele-La pass (3,350 m) to Tongsa (140 km). The Dzong of Tongsa is considered the most impressive in all of Bhutan, it extends on different levels on a mountain flank. From here it is another 75 km to Jakar, in the actual heart of Bhutan, in the central Bumthang. 2 nights at the YU-GHARLING RESORT.
Day 7: SA Bumthang
A day's stay in the picturesque Bumthang Valley with its temples and chortens, interrupted by short hikes. We see Jambhey Lakhang, Wangdicholing Dzong, Jakar Dzong, among others. Drive to the “Burning Lake” (Membartsho).
Day 8: SUN Mongar
Long drive through the scenic Ura Valley and over the 3,740 m high Thrumsing-La pass to Eastern Bhutan, with the day's destination Mongar (198 km). After arrival a short tour of the Mongar Dzong. Overnight at Hotel WANGCHUK.
Day 9: MO Tashigang
Continue to Tashigang, the capital of Eastern Bhutan (95 km). Afternoon stroll through the place high on a mountain with the Tashigang Dzong. 2 nights in the Hotel DRUK DOEJUNG.
Day 10: Tashigang
Excursion via Gom Kora (temple) and the weaving village Doksum to Tashiyangtse. Trekking to Tashiyangtse Dzong and sightseeing. of the nearby stupa of Chorten Kora in the Nepalese style.
Day 11: MI Samdrup Jongkhar
Drive south via Kanglung and Pemagatshel, the road now leads down through dense vegetation to the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar (180 km). Overnight at the Hotel TLT.
Day 12: DO Tezpur
Entry into India, into the state of Assam. Drive to Tezpur (235 km), arrival in the evening. Overnight at the WILD MAHSEER Lodge on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, in the middle of the Adabari Tea Estate.
Day 13: FR Dirang
In the morning drive to Dirang, in the river valley of the Kameng (160 km), arrival around noon. On the way, great mountain scenery, encounter with the first, numerous in Assam tribes, the Monpa and Sherdukpen. ** Hotel PEMALING.
Day 14: SA Tawang
We drive on a winding mountain road to Tawang, first on the Sela pass (4,200 m), from which we descend to the extensive monastery complex of Tawang (145 km), at a height of 3,000 m. Here 2 nights in the simple hotel GAKYI KHANG ZANG.
Day 15: SO Tawang
Extensive visits to the 400 year old Tawang Monastery, a center of Mahayana Buddhism. Around 500 monks live here today. Tawang is considered to be the place of origin of the Tibetan Gelugpa sect (yellow hats).
Day 16: MO Bomdila
Today it is a good seven hours downhill to Bomdila (190 km), on the same track on which the Chinese advanced to India in 1962 after crossing the Himalayan mountains. Visit to the monastery and the local market. ** Hotel TSEPAL YANGYOM.
Day 17: DI Kaziranga National Park
Early departure to Kaziranga National Park, which we reach after crossing the Brahmaputra (240 km). 2 nights in the Lodge IORA - THE RETREAT.
Day 18: MI Kaziranga National Park
From our lodge early morning safari in Kaziranga Park on the back of elephants, in the afternoon a jeep safari. More than three quarters of all unicorned rhinos can be found here, the diversity of fauna and bird life is unique. The park can only be visited during the winter months.
Day 19: DO Guwahati - Delhi
In the morning drive to Guwahati (235 km), on the south bank of the Brahmaputra. Afternoon visit to the Kamakhya temple on the Nilachal hill with a wonderful view over the city and the river. From here late afternoon. Flight to Delhi, where some day rooms are available for freshening up in the hotel near the airport. In the late evening transfer to the airport, departure shortly after midnight.
20th day: FR return flight - arrival
Return flight from Delhi to Frankfurt with LUFTHANSA, arrival in the morning.
- Combination of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan with Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India
- Bhutan crossing from west to east with departure to Assam
- grandiose mountain landscape and ancient dzongs
- the belief world of Lamaist Buddhism
- the unique Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh,
- Nature experience in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
Characteristic / comfort:
From Paro in western Bhutan we cross the entire length of the Himalayan kingdom to the east, across the Bumthang valley to Mongar and Tashigang, even with a trip to the extreme northeast, to Tashiyangtse. Then it goes down into the tropical plain of the Indian Assam, into the floodplain of the mighty Brahmaputra. From Guwahati then visit the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh with the Lamaist monastery Tawang. At the end of the tour, because it is almost on the way, a visit to Kaziranga National Park, known for its population of Asian subtropical wildlife, especially the Indian rhinoceros. The outward and return journey is via Delhi. A round trip that has to make do with what is available. We stay overnight in hotels and lodges, mostly simple but acceptable. The overland journeys on mostly tarred, albeit narrow and winding mountain roads. The interiors of the monasteries in Bhutan are closed to foreign visitors, but you can still admire their outer architectural forms. A visit to the monastery festival in Paro is planned for the first tour date. Basically, Bhutan is a very expensive tourist destination due to the rather high daily rates set by the government. Difficulties in the terrain, e.g. falling rocks, landslides, etc. can reschedule entire parts of the tour.
Included in the tour price
- Scheduled flights with LUFTHANSA from / to Frankfurt
- Inner-Asian flights including the airport taxes incurred
- Overnight stays in hotels according to standard (national category) according to tour itinerary or equivalent
- Meals see tour itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- Transfers, sightseeing, sightseeing and adventure programs including entrance fees
- Visa fee Bhutan
- a travel guide of your choice
- Tour guide German-speaking
Not included in the tour price
Visa: India € 105, -
- innerdt. Connecting flights: € 50
- innerdt. Arrival by train (Rail & Fly): € 78
- Minimum number of participants: 8
- Maximum number of participants: 16
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