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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bhutan program for Singapore

Druk Air and Changi Airport signed memorandum and to start direct flights between Singapore and Bhutan from May 17th 2013. As per memorandum Druk Air will fly to Singapore twice a week. Flight from Singapore to Bhutan is expected to take five hours with a 45 minutes stopover in Kolkata. The Flight will depart from Changi Air port around 6AM in the morning
6 Nights 7 Days Bhutan Tours from Singapore

Direct flight from SINGAPORE via KOLKATA - Departures in every Thursdays & Sundays

Day 01: (THU / SUN) SINGAPORE - via KOLKATA - PARO KB501 0600/0945 - Drive to Thimphu (1 hr)
Check in Airport (at Singapore Changi Airport) for your flight to Paro, Bhutan Tour, a town and seat of Paro District in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. It is the home to Paro Airport, Bhutan's only International Airport. In the clear weather, there are magnificent views of the world's highest peaks. Our Local Bhutanese Cultural Guide will meet & greet you at the airport and transfer to Thimphu. Visit MEMORIAL CHORTEN –the most impressive stupa built in the memory of Bhutan's third King by the order of Grand Queen mother Ashi Phuntsho Chhoden in 1974.
Overnight: Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m

Day 02: Thimphu – Punakha (2 ½ Hrs)
Morning visit the School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, walk to Folk Heritage Museum which is located next to the school and end with the visit to nearby National Library. After lunch drive to Punakha over Dochula pass, at 3150m, if the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. Walk around the 108 stupas and enjoy the view and the fresh air. Continue your drive to the warm valley of Punakha.
Overnight: Punakha | Altitude: 1350m

Day 03: Punakha sightseeing
Morning drive to visit Punakha Dzong (fortress), which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. This is a fine example of Bhutanese rich Art and Architecture. Drive further up to visit the Souvenir Making Center for girls supported by Youth Development Fund. Interact with the students and back to the hotel for lunch. After lunch could relax in the balcony of the hotel to enjoy the view and the nature. Or could go for an hour hike to the temple of Khamsum Yuley Lakhang or the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.
Overnight: Punakha | Altitude: 1350m

Day 04: Punakha – Phobjikha (3 Hrs)
Check out from the hotel, drive to the isolated valley of Phobjikha. The valley is protected for the endangered Black Necked Cranes migrating to Bhutan every winter (early Nov to End of February). The drive is very picturesque and worth every turn and climb. On arrival visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Ningmapa monastery which is largest in the western Bhutan. Phobjikha valley is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Later in the afternoon could relax in the hotel or could go for a nice short hike in the valley. This valley got electricity only recently. Farm house stay optional.
Overnight: Phobjikha | Altitude: 2900m

Day 05: Phobjikha – Paro (6 Hrs)
Retrace the drive back to Paro. After lunch visit Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Continue further to stroll around the old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. Could get some opportunity to see the traditional game, Archery match going on. Evening back to the hotel and enjoy the facility in the hotel.
Overnight: Paro | Altitude: 2200m

Day 06: Paro Sightseeing
Morning drive to the base for the hike (2 hrs uphill) to Tiger’s Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff over looking the Paro valley. Lunch in the cafeteria. Most of the day will go on the hike. Back to the hotel and enjoy the facility. Hot stone bath for available on Clients personal cost. Farewell dinner in the town.
Overnight: Paro

Day 07: (WED / SAT) PARO via KOLKATA - SINGAPORE KB500 0720/1515 B - Final Departure
OR Extend your tour to Nepal / India / Tibet
Morning transfer to the airport (10 mins) for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.
Packet breakfast will be served and then depart for airport for your flight back to Singapore.

With direct flights from Singapore, it just got a whole lot easier to be one of the 65,000 annual visitors to the Thunder Dragon Kingdom. And it's not as much of a rip-off as everyone thinks