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Chairman’s Trip

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This extraordinary trip to Bhutan will create memories to last a lifetime.

Led by BCF Chair and Honorary Consul of Bhutan to Canada, Sam Blyth, this program provides an insider’s view of Bhutan including visits to BCF teachers in the field, receptions, private dinners and special access to sites across the country.

Dates: October 15 – 31*

Highlights: Paro, Tiger’s Nest, Thimphu, Punakha Valley, Talo Tshechu, Dochula Pass, school visits, private receptions, special access to historic sights.

Program Fee: $6,995 USD   [tax-deductible portion, $1,500]   contact info@bhutancanada.org or call (647) 233 – 6607 for details.

What’s Included:

  • Return airfare into and out of Paro International Airport from transit city (Delhi, Kathmandhu, Singapore)
  • All meals and accommodation at 4 or 5 Star Hotels on twin-sharing basis
  • All land costs including private SUV driver’s and a professional guide
  • Visa fees
  • Government tariff

What’s Not Included:

  • International airfare to transit city
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Beverages
  • Shopping
  • Tipping

In Country Itinerary*:

Day One  (Arrive Paro – Thimphu)  

Group flight to Paro, a town situated in one of the most historic valleys in Bhutan. Paro Valley is known as the “rice bowl” of the kingdom because it produces everything from red rice to wheat, millet, potatoes, apples and seasonal vegetables. You will be met at the Paro airport in Bhutan by your guide. Drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Thimphu is both the political and economic centre of Bhutan, with the most important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King. Settle in to your hotel, The Druk, and spend the afternoon touring Thimphu, participating in a gentle hike to Buddha Dordenma, a giant bronze Buddha statue that overlooks Thimphu city. Ms. MacMillan presents overview of lectures.   

Gold BuddhaDay Two (Thimphu)          

Explore Thimphu, with visits to the Folk Heritage Museum, the Textile Museum, and the National Memorial Chorten.   In the afternoon enjoy a  gentle hike through the woods above Thimphu. In the evening join the Thimphu-based Bhutan Canada Foundation Field Director, for a dinner and reception with special guests from the Bhutanese cultural community.

Day Three (Thimphu – Punakha)

Depart Thimphu in the morning and drive to Punakha. Before descending from Dochula Pass into the Punakha valley you will be treated to your first views of the Tibetan Plateau.   After lunch, enjoy whitewater rafting past the Punakha Dzong (also known as the ‘Palace of Happiness’)   This Dzong, which we will tour that afternoon, is the most beautiful and well-known fortress in all of Bhutan.   In the evening you will dine with local BCF teachers who work in the Punakha valley.  Stay at the Meri Puensum resort

Punakha Dzong

 

Day Four (Punakha – Trongsa)

Tour a local school where one of our BCF teachers is hard at work; attend morning assembly, sit in on a class, and meet with students and school faculty. Second night at Meri Puensum resort

 

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Day Five (Trongsa – Bumthang) 

Drive to Chamkhar, and enjoy an a ernoon hike around Chamkhar valley.

 

 

 

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Day Six (Bumthang)

Enjoy a gentle day hike through the beautiful Chokhor valley

Group Farewell dinner with traditional Bhutanese cultural
performance.

 

 

 

Day Seven  (Tharpaling – Punakha)

The drive to Punakha via Wangdue takes about seven hours
over the Pelela Pass and Yotongla Pass. Lunch served at
Chedebji Chorten.

Day Eight (Punakha – Paro)

Drive to Paro, Possible Facilitated Discussion: Why
history matters or how much individuals matter
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Day Nine (Paro – Hike to Tigers Nest)

Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s most revered temple which is perched on a rocky cliff above the Paro Valley. That evening, enjoy a farewell dinner or fellowship.

 Day Ten –Depart Paro 

 

 

*Subject to change.

Click here for the 2018 Itinerary:

Bhutan Itinerary Oct 15 – 24

For more information or to book travel, please contact us at info@bhutancanada.org or call (647) 233 – 6607.