The Royal Bhutan Tour 2017 is a special tour package initiated by Bhutan Geo Visits to commemorate the 1st birthday of the Crown Prince.
Guided Tour of Punakha the Serene Ancient Island of Punakha Dzong
Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1960 and still has a regal feel to it and is very serene, hence why they built the Dzong on an island between the Muu cut and Pho rivers. Guided tour to the Serene Ancient Island Of Punakha Dzong is the best way to see this island.
The main attraction is, of course, the Serene Ancient Island of Fortress Dzong, which is also the monk's winter retreat. However, there are lots of things to visit that may interest you nearby., which are all within walking distance.
To reach the Dzong, you have to cross the arch bridge which takes you from the mainland over the mu Chu river. The Dzong is the most photographed fortresses of all time, and where ever you travel within the country you will see pictures hanging everywhere.
The Fertility Temple of Punakha-the Chimi Lhakhang Private Tours
The Chimi Lhakhang is also based here and is widely known as the fertility temple; people far and wide travel here to be blessed by a 10 foot Phallus! The Fertility Temple of Punakha-the Chimi Lhakhang Private Tour has to be done, even if it is just to get your picture took next to the many Phallus!
It is believed anyone having difficulty bearing children would visit the Temple, and their wishes would become true.
The Temple was built in or around the 14th century by a saint known for his bizarre behaviour of teaching Buddhism, hence he was known at the Divine Madman!
What to do in Punakha
Travel Tips for Punakha
The beginning of the year especially January and February can be extremely cold with a chance of a heavy snowfall. October through to December would be the ideal time to visit as the skies are clear and the air is fresh and average temperatures are in the 60s. From April onwards the climate is pleasant and dry until June when the monsoon season starts and over three months up to a metre of torrential rain may fall.
Tour packages have to be arranged in advance, and prices are set by the Royal Government. They impose a minimum price to be paid in US dollars before arrival. As an example costs per person per night are $250 in March-May and September-November. This does, however, include accommodation, meals, taxes, guiding and all costs apart from personal expenses. More details can be found on their Tourism Council website. Private tours try and book before hand.
One very important thing to know before you book is that, unless you are invited as a personal guest by a Bhutanese, you need to be on a guided tour at all times. If you want to go off wandering on your own, then this is not the country for you. The Government sets these packets and prices and have a list of approved hotels etc. It includes everything except personal expenses and must be paid in advance of your trip and in US$ . Private guides are good !
June to August are actually monsoon season in Bhutan when up to a metre of rain could fall, and much of the landscape is covered by a thick cloud. The warmest weather can be found September to October, and they are also the busiest when the valleys are in full bloom. November through to February can be extremely cold with even some snowfall in places. March to May have sunny days and pleasant temperatures although May can be quite a humid month.
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