Manas Nature Tour

 DAY 01: Paro

Upon your arrival at Paro International Airport, our guide will welcome and received you. Hotels are located at 30 minutes drive from airport. Check in hotel and then proceed to visit: Paro Museum, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative Centre. Dungtse Lhakhang built by Iron bridge builder, Thangthong Gyelpo , Kichu Lhakhang the oldest temple built during in 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gyelpo along with 108 Monastery in a day.. towards the evening, you have option to ride Mountain biking around Paro valley.

 

DAY 02: PARO (Hike to Taktsang)

“The trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, said one the tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss. Taktshang monastery is located atop an 800 meter cliff in Paro. Taktshang or the Tigers Nest as the monastery is widely regarded is one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694. On return visit Drugyal Dzong. This dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646, to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Now we could just see the ruined fortress and it serves as the tourist sight.

 

Day3. PARO - THIMPHU
in the morning, we will drive to the capital city of Bhutan – Thimphu. The journey is approximately about one hour. Upon reaching Thmphu, we will visit following places of interest in Thimphu: Memorial Stupabuilt in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan‘s third King. 

Later visit Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang): Another place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and
offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

In afternoon, you will involve in activities, which will be demonstrate by you guide. Archery is Bhutan’s National Game. Archery in Bhutan is player using traditional bow and arrow made from strong bamboo plant. Our guide will demonstrate how archery match is played.

In the evening visit Tashi chho dzong “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

 

DAY 04: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
Today after breakfast you will drive to Punakha (1300m/4265ft) the former capital of Bhutan. On the way after 45 minutes’ drive from Thimphu will reach at highest pass between Thimphu and Punakha the place called Dochula pass (3140m) where you can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on clear day. Proceed to Chhimi Lhakhang a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children.

The lunch will be served as picnic lunch at good place. After Lunch, we will take short hike through the Lobesa Valley. Lobesa Valley is one of the beautiful places to take hike. One can see traditional Bhutanese houses, people working in the field.Upon arrival check in hotel and visit Punakha Dzong a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) rivers, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan which houses some rich Buddhist collections.

 

DAY: 05. PUNAKHA – GELEPHU
Today, we will drive to the Gelephu from Punakha. The journey will take one whole day. We have to pass through two district of Bhutan – Tsirang and Sarpang.

 

DAY 06: GELEPHU – TINGTIBI
In morning, we will drive you up to the hilly region to the northeast. By the evening you will reach to the Tingtibi village, which is important junction of the area and famous bird watching and fishing hot spot.

 

DAY 07: TINGTIBI – MANAS
Dense jungles are full of golden langurs and various birds including hornbills. This is one of the major bird watching hotspots in Bhutan. Then we will get back to hotel for breakfast and will continue drive south to Manas. We will pass along beautiful waterfalls and nice views of river confluences. Finally we will arrive to the edge of the lowland, where the mighty Himalayas rapidly rises from Indian plateau. We can make numerous stops on the way to explore the forest.

On reaching Manas, we will take ferry to other side of Manas river where the park headquarters is located. There are rooms for guests available, but facilities are extremely basic. Just around the park, you can see number of animals already, including golden langurs, various lizards and gaurs (wild cows).

 

DAY08. MANAS – PANGKHA
In the morning we will experience elephant safari. The giant animal is moving through the jungle without much noise, giving good chance to see the animal in the wild. The park is known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog. Manas is famous for its population of the wild water buffalo. While bengal tigers and indian rhinos also live in the park, chances to spot these are extremely rare.

With wildlife we can never say, what you see depends greatly on luck. Elephants will take you uphill to scenic view point from where you can see the Indian plateau and Manas river meanders. After elephant safari, you can still make guided walk to the park with park wardens and try your luck to spot some other animals. In the afternoon we will move up to the village of Pangkha to get accommodation in the local eco lodge. Walk around the village and surrounding forests in search of wildlife. Enjoy local hospitality in community run lodge. Evening program with bonfire and local dance show performed by villagers.

 

DAY 09: PANGKHA – TRONGSA
Drive back to Tingtibi, Zhemgang and further to Trongsa. We can make number of bird watching stops, visit Zhemgang castle on the way and visit Kuenga Rabden, the old royal palace used by the 1st and 2nd king of Bhutan. The king’s bedroom with intricate decoration can be seen inside. Reaching Trongsa in the evening. Rest in the evening.

 

DAY 10: TRONGSA – PHOBJIKHA
Visit the great Trongsa dzong, the castle from which the royal dynasty of Bhutan has risen. Intricate museum in watchtower Ta Dzong hosts number of interesting artifacts related to royal dynasty, history of Bhutan and many religious statues and temples. After that drive to phobjikha with the stop at Chendebji chorten, which was modeled after Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu. Continue drive to Pele-la (3540m) pass, which is divide between central and western Bhutan. This is habitat of gray langurs which can be spotted at the place from time to time.Upon reaching Phobjikha, visit to Black Necked Crane Conservation centre. This crane is rare and endangered animal in the world.

 

DAY 11: PHOBJIKHA – PARO
We will drive to paro. At the end of Phobjikha valley is a Monastery called Gangtey Lhakhang. We will visit the Lhakhang. Gangtey Lhakhang is one of the most beautiful Monasteries in Bhutan. The Monastery is popular among Nyingma sec of Buddhism. The popular Black Necked Crane Festival is held at this Monastery annually.

The drive will take almost whole day. Upon reaching paro, you will walk around the town of paro including handicraft and gift shop. Then you will take rest for departure.

 

DAY 10: DEPARTURE

 

 

 

 

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