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Seeing the best of a country once closed-off from the world, Bhutan tours can introduce you to a culture of vibrant colour, deep spirituality, and flourishing tradition. Like any ancient nation, Bhutan has a host of sights and events to dazzle its visitors.

The Spring Festival at Paro

The Paro Festival (known as a Tsechu) is the principal Buddhist festival of Bhutan, taking place over a period five days each Spring. The event is set at the spectacular riverside monastery at Paro. Here, the local monks bring stories, myths and characters from Bhutan's past alive in a series of dances and shows. The cast of characters includes masked dancers and naughty clowns all dressed in colourful and elaborate costumes.

The highlight of the festival is the unfurling of a three-storey high Thangkha. You need to be up early to witness this unique sight though as the ceremony ends before dawn to prevent sunlight touching the giant image - a portent of bad luck. To take part in this feast of theatre, colour and barley wine, choose a Bhutan tour that coincides with the festival in the spring; this event is the focal point for many itineraries.
 
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Itinerary Details
Day 1 USA/DELHI:
Welcome aboard your flight to Delhi, first stop on your Bhutan tour and Tibet adventure..

India Bhutan Nepal & Tibet Tours Day 2 DELHI:
Arrival reception and transfer to Hotel Grand Intercontinental/Park Hotel.

Day 3 TAJ MAHAL:
This morning Stand awe-struck when you visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, certain to be an India tour Taj Mahalhighlight, as the colors on the white marble building give it a mythical aura. Completed in 1643, this exquisitely detailed monument is considered one of the finest architectural achievements. Our next stop is Agra Fort, built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 kms long, the colossal wallsAgra Red Fort are 20 feet high and the whole fort is encircled by a fetid moat. Amar Singh gate towards the south is the only entry point in the fort. The building and structures inside the fort gives an impression of a city within the city. The marble pearl mosque inside the fort is one of the most stunningly beautiful mosques in India. Evening return to Delhi. Round trip day tour car or fly.(flight subject to operation)

Day 4 DELHI:
After breakfast we'll begin our tour which will take us to the Presidential Palace, Parliament HousePashupatinath Nepal, India Gate, Qutab Minar Tower, Jantar Mantar, the fashionable Connaught Circus. Red Fort, and Mahalaxmi Temple. This evening free for yoga meditation or a sound and light show.

Day 5 DELHI/PARO/THIMPU:
Flight to Bhutan, the city of Paro, our first stop on our trip to Bhutan.. As we drive spectacular waterfalls and mountain peaks rise higher and higher on our way to Thimpu. The modern capital of Bhutan, built on lands dominated by the 400 yr. oldTigers nest monastay, bhutan Tashicko Dzong, visit the Taktsang Monastery. It is also known as Tiger's Nest at 9000ft. At the edge of a precipice, reached by horse. Hotel Druk/Taktsang.

Day 6 PUNAKHA/THIMPU:
As we continue our Bhutan travel through winding mountain drive from Thimphu will land you in Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, across Dochu La pass (3,050 m) with stunning scenery of the Himalayan ranges. Before reaching Punakha, a stop in Metshina will allow us a 20-minute hike through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special blessing if you wish.

Get A Free Quote Day 7 THIMPU/PARO:
Sightseeing, Thimpu bazaar handicrafts center and the memorial Chorten, drive to the Simtokha Dzong, 4 centuries old. Drive to Paro will give us an opportunity to visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest in Bhutan. After lunch visit a hospital of traditional medicine and National Library. Exquisitely carved & painted windows and roofs are adorned Thimpu monastarywith dragonheads. Hotel Druk.

8 PARO VALLEY:
Today enjoy the scenic beauty of snow capped peaks and deep carved landscapes, the main attraction of this remote Himalayan Kingdom. We'll stop at various dzongs (monasteries) which serve as religious centers and administrative offices. Our sightseeing includes Paro National Museum, 7th. C. Kyichu Laichang Dzong, Drukyul Dzong, which overlooks the Royal Palace, exquisitely carved & painted windows and pagoda, roofs.

Day 9 PARO/KATHMANDU:
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Hotel Del Annapurna/ Yak N Yeti. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan: city of ancient architecture and fine arts,Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet renowned for its silver, copper and bronze work.

Day10/11 KATHMANDU:
Afternoon fly to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel Del, Annapurna/ Yak N Yeti Hotel, overlooking panoramic views. We have two days to tour Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Pashupatinath while we acclirnatize for our Lhasa trip.

Day 12 KATHMANDU/LHASA:
Fly to Lhasa, most holy city of Buddhism and the former home of Dalai Lama. Your Tibet tour begins.

Day 13-14 LHASA:
India Bhutan Nepal & Tibet Tours During our Tibet vacation in Lhasa we'll visit Potala Palace, Jokhang, Sera, Drepung Monasteries, Barkur square and Ganden Monastery and observe planting rice paddies in NEPALthe sky burial ceremony, where corpses are left out to be devoured by the birds.

Day 15 LHASA/GYANTSE:
Today we start our overland travel in Tibet to Gyantse and Shigatse. Travelling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the spectacular Khamba La pass from which we’ll get stunning views of the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa 24,000ft) looking across the waters of the Yamdrok-tso Lake. We then continue westwards over another high pass, the Karo La (5,045m), from which you can see a huge spectacular glacier A birds eye view of Kathmandutumbling down to within a few hundred metres of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colourful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse. Our overnight accommodation is at the Gyantse Hotel.

Day 16 GYANTSE/SHIGATSE:
Drive to Shigatse crossing exhilarating passes over 16,000 ft. with stop enroute. Shigatse is the seat of Panchan Lama, second in command to Dalai Lama. Sightseeing Tashilumpo Monastery and surrounding buildings, later today we'll drive to Prayer Chorten, TibetGyantse, an old fortress city between Xigatse and Lhasa on an old route to Bhutan. We'll visit khumbun, an immense chorten containing a number of sacred antiques.

Day 17 SHIGATSE/TSETANG:
Today we have long drive to Tsetang, the third largest city in central Tibet. Southeast of Tsetang we can see the mountain Gangpo Ri (13,400ft.). It has a special significance for the Tibetans as it is the legendary birthplace of its people.

Day 18 YARLUNG VALLEY:
Today our adventure trip will take us to the Yarlung valley, which is also known as the Valley of Tombs. Yarlung is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization. and it was from Yarlung that the early Tibetan kings unified Tibet in the seventh century. We see the massive burial mounds of these kings in Chongye. Yumbulagang, another major attraction of the area,is perched on a crag like a medieval European castle and is considered the oldest building in Tibet. After a full day’s exploring in the Yarlung valley we return to Tsetang for the night.
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Day 19 LHASA/KATHMANDU/DELHI:
Early morning transfer to Lhasa airport for flight, Lhasa to Kathmandu and connect to Delhi. We have free time for shopping or a night out in Delhi's fashionable spots.

Day 20 DELHI/USA:
Departure from Delhi for homeward bound.