Bhutan - Best of Bhutan
Ship: Silver Muse
Voyage Number: 6008 (Pre-cruise)
Sailing Departure: 12 April 2020
Program arrival: 18 April 2020
Nights: 6 Nights
Gateway airport start: Delhi
Embarkation port end: Singapore
● Flying along the Himalayan range
● Visit Trashichhoedzong, "fortress of the glorious religion"
● Experience Tshewang ceremony at 12 century Changangkha Lhakhang
● Explore Pangri Zampa, a 16th century monastery
● Visit Simply Bhutan Museum, depicts the ancient Bhutanese architecture
● View Textile Museum, living national art of weaving
● View National Memorial Chorten, a large white structure crowned with a golden spire
● Discover Local craft Bazar, genuine Bhutanese arts & crafts
● Private lecture by a leading Buddhist scholar
● Visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress
● Experience Taktshang Monastery: one of the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor
Day 1 - Arrive at Delhi International airport. Transfer from airport to hotel. Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Day 2 - After breakfast, you'll be transferred to airport for flight to Paro. Flying along the Himalayan range, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. After the welcome ceremony, board your vehicle and drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan. Arrive and visit Trashichhoedzong, "fortress of the glorious religion". This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch's throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. This evening a welcome dinner has been arranged for the group, with Bhutanese instrumental music (live performance), few local delicacies.
Day 3 - Early morning take a short drive to perform a Tshewang ceremony at 12 century Changangkha Lhakhang: It is a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. Visit Pangri Zampa, a 16th century monastery and one of the oldest in Bhutan, located just north of Thimphu. A monastic school where Buddhist student monks learn Lamaism and astrology based on Buddhist philosophy. Simply Bhutan Museum: The newly commissioned museum depicts the ancient Bhutanese architecture which is being lost to modernization. Enjoy a short city tour visiting the Textile Museum and the living national art of weaving. Take a short drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang), good overview of the Thimphu valley. Enjoy a walk around National Memorial Chorten, a large white structure crowned with a golden spire. It is located close to the center of Thimphu city and is one of its most iconic monuments. Take an evening stroll to local craft Bazar, this market offers genuine Bhutanese arts & crafts thus contributing in promotion, protection and preservation of traditional arts.
Before dinner enjoy a private lecture by a leading Buddhist scholar providing a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Day 4 - Drive to Paro, en-route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country built in 1627 which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Later, visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, now houses National Museum. Visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ("fortress of the heap of jewels"), which has a long and fascinating history. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and every village has its own archery range. Using bamboo bows (although modern compound bows are now common in cities) team of archers shoot at targets only 30 centimeters in diameter from a distance of 120 meters. Archery competition are among the most picturesque and colorful events in the country and are the integral part of all festivities. Inter-village rivalry is common throughout the Kingdom and this rivalry is no more fiercely expressed than during annual archery tournaments.
You will be joined by an expert speaker / historian during dinner.
Day 5 - Satsam Chorten, with a stop en route at the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. Embark on a walking excursion to Taktshang Monastery: It is one of the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. A gala evening awaits you at hotel premises with cultural program & bonfire.
Day 6 - After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Paro airport for flight to your flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Dinner is served at your hotel.
Day 7 - After breakfast at the hotel, you'll be transferred to Delhi airport for flight to your flight to Singapore. Arrive Singapore, and transfer to pier. Arrive pier and board your ship.
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This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
Lunches and dinners (except in-flight meals) include two glasses of local beer, soft drinks or mineral water.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.