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Bhutan Wildflower Adventure May 2019

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AUSTRALIAN WILDFLOWER TOURS

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JOHN'S ADVENTURE TOURS

in association with BHUTAN TAKIN TRAILS have created the opportunity for you to visit the scenic country of Bhutan - at the best time-of-year, for their own beautiful and very different wildflower display by mother nature. And, with our own personal Botanical Guide to show the way.

Come and join us at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok early on the morning of 3rd May as we fly to Bhutan for our tour.

Minimum group size of 4 passengers, and maximum group size of 16 passengers, to ensure your best comfort along the way, for this very different journey.

 

Flights to and from Bangkok to be arranged at own expense.

 

paro 1Day 1: Fly to Paro

We are met at Paro Airport on arrival, and drive 1 hour to Thimphu. En route, we stop at the Tamchoggamg Temple area to walk to the riverside, where there is the opportunity to see a variety of Premula, Rhododendrons, Wild Strawberry and Cherry Blossoms. Continue drive to Thimphu.

Thimphu sites after lunch - visit the Memorial Stupa - which has an array of exotic flowers planted around the temple area, followed by the Textile Museum. Later, a walk around town.

Overnight: Sernya Hotel or similar.

 

Day 2. Thimphu

thiumphu

Start the day by visiting the Big Buddha Statue and later drive 45 mins north of the valley to the Jigme Dorji National Park. Here will be a different variety of Rhododendron flowers namely Rhododendron Triflorum and Rhododendron Arboreum, plus Cherry Blossoms, Campanula, Euphorbia. A picnic lunch will be at the confluence near the old 16th century cantilever bridge. Drive back to Thimphu to visit the School of Arts and Crafts, traditional paper making factory and the high-quality Thangka Painting.

Overnight: Sernya Hotel or similar

 

Day 3. Thimphu to Punakha.

We will drive to a 3,100 meter high pass called Dochula, where there will be time to photograph a set of 108 Stupas, called Chortens (constructed in honour of the Fourth King), and view the distant peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya. On the way, we will be seeing about 15 - 20 different Rhododendrons species, Magnolias and Luculias. We continue to the Royal Botanical Park for more flower species and on to Punakha. Here, we enjoy a very scenic walk on trails between a series of terraced rice paddies to Chimi Lakhang, the temple dedicated to Bhutan’s most infamous Saint - Drukpa Kinlay.

Difficulty: Easy. About an hour will be spent here and we will be able to see Bottle Brush, Cistus, Jasmine and the Prickly Pair Cactus.

Return to our vehicle and drive to our hotel. Drive time for the day, around 3 hours. Overnight: Hotel Vara or similar

 

punakhaDay 4. Punakha

The day commences by visiting the magnificent Punakha Dzong ('Dzong', is a distinctive type of fortress architecture), which is surrounded by Jacarandas, Ceasalpinia, Bougainvillea, Spirea, Berberis species and Dhalias. Later, driving on to the north of the valley, through the north-eastern part of the Jigme Dorji National Park, and seeing a lot of the same flowers mentioned above, including the Anaphalis.

Overnight: Hotel Vara or similar

 

Day 5. Punakha to Gangtey to Punakha.

Drive 2-1/2 hours to the high glacier valley of Phobjikha/Gangtey at 2,900 mtrs above sea level. This valley is the winter roosting grounds for the endangered Black Necked Cranes. Visit the Crane Centre for information on the cranes, and look at Karma, the injured Black Necked Crane. You can also make a donation for the wellbeing of the Crane. In this valley, find different Premulas, Pedicularis Gintenia, Wild Strawberry, Cotoneasters.

Drive back to Punakha. Overnight: Hotel Vara or similar

 

Day 6. Punakha to Paro

Journey back to Paro via Thimphu for lunch and maybe a little shopping time for last- minute souvenirs. Drive time - 4 hours. Once in Paro, visit local sites - Kichu temple - one of the oldest temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King, and also Songtsen Gyampo, National Museum, the Paro Fortress.
Overnight: at Paro Janka Resort or similar.

 

Day 7. Paro

Today, drive for 2 to 2-1/2 hours to the highest 'motorable' pass in Bhutan, at 3,900 mtrs. We stop at the pass to walk around and hopefully, see the Himalayan Edelweiss, Premula,Wild Strawberry, Iris and Pedicularis. Later, we visit the Kila Gompa Nunnery. On a clear day, you will be able to see Chomolhari Mountain, Gangkar Phuensum Mountain, and the 3rd highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga which is in India.

Overnight: Paro Janka Resort or similar.

 

Day 8 Flight back to Bangkok or extend your stay by one more days and enjoy

 

Day 8. Optional extra: THE TIGERS NEST

Not for the faint-hearted, but the rewards are great!A fantastic, beautiful and fairly taxing 5km hike with around 700 steps to The Tigers Nest - one of Bhutan's most sacred sites and an architectural gem. We can take our time, visit the tea house (about half way through the journey), and explore this sacred pilgrimage site. Time for this journey is around 5 to 6 hours round trip. Overnight: Paro. Janka resort or similar.

 

Day 9. flight back to Bangkok and home

DEPARTING BANGKOK, Friday, 3rd MAY 2019 ONLY

INCLUDES

  • AIRFARES BANGKOK TO PARO AND RETURN
  • ALL VISA AND FEES FOR BHUTAN
  • ALL TOURING, TRANSPORTATION, ALL MEALS AND ACCOMMODATION WHILE ON TOUR
  • ALL ENTRY FEES TO VENUES INCLUDED IN TOUR
  • ALL GRATUITIES FOR THE JOURNEY
  • SERVICES OF A BOTANICAL GUIDE ON TOUR

TOUR COSTS

  • 8 Day Tour AUD$4597.00 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE IN 3-STAR ACCOMMODATION
  • 9 Day Tour AUD$5095.00 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE IN 3 STAR ACCOMMODATION
  • UPGRADES TO 4 OR 5 STAR ACCOMMODATION ARE AVAILABLE AT EXTRA COST 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

  • 8-day Tour AUD$420.00
  • 9-Day Tour AUD$485.00

THESE PRICES ARE VALID UNTIL 31st MARCH, 2019 and can not be guaranteed after this date.

All prices are in Australian dollars.

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John Perkins

John Perkins knows Australia. Having grown up in Duncraig, and traveled to most cities, towns and areas in Western Australia – from Derby in the North to Esperance in the South -- John has vast experience at taking you, your friends and family on the trip of your life. John has spent the past 30 years traveling, touring and leading tour groups extensively throughout Australia -- particularly Western Australia -- and knows exactly how, what and where to make your trip to Australia an unforgettable experience.

Website: australianwildflowertours.com

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