Royal Manas Park Tour – 15 days

Royal Manas Park Tour – 15 days

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  • Biodiversity: Royal Manas is renowned for its incredible biodiversity. The park is home to a wide range of plant and animal species, including Bengal tigers, Asian elephants, clouded leopards, rhinoceros, and various species of deer, primates, and birds.
  • Landscape: The park encompasses diverse landscapes, including lush tropical forests, subtropical valleys, and rugged mountains. The landscape offers opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the natural beauty of Bhutan.
  • Cultural Immersion: Bhutan is known for its unique cultural practices and traditions. Visitors might have the chance to interact with local communities, learn about their customs, and gain insights into their way of life.
  • Wildlife Viewing: With a high level of biodiversity, Royal Manas offers excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography. Guided safaris and nature walks can provide a chance to spot various rare and endangered species in their natural habitats.
  • Scenic Drives: The journey to Royal Manas might involve scenic drives through picturesque landscapes, allowing you to experience the beauty of Bhutan’s countryside.
  • Photography: The park’s stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and unique cultural elements offer ample opportunities for photography enthusiasts to capture memorable shots.
  • Adventure Activities: Depending on the tour offerings, you might have the chance to engage in adventure activities like trekking, camping, and river rafting, which allow you to experience the park’s natural beauty up close.
  • Conservation Efforts: Many tours in ecologically sensitive areas like Royal Manas emphasize the importance of conservation. You might learn about the park’s conservation initiatives and the efforts being made to protect its biodiversity.
  • Local Cuisine: Bhutanese cuisine is distinctive and might be offered as part of the tour. You can enjoy traditional dishes and flavors unique to the region.
  • Cultural Sites: Bhutan is rich in cultural heritage. Depending on the specific tour, you might visit monasteries, temples, and other cultural sites that provide insight into Bhutan’s spiritual and historical background.

Manas National Park is Bhutan’s Crown Jewel. It is the largest example of tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems in Bhutan and is home to thousands of animal and plant species, many of which are globally endangered. It is not only the most diverse protected area in the Kingdom but also noted as one of the world’s biologically outstanding parks.

Here are some of the interesting facts about Manas National Park:

  • It is located in south central Bhutan, bordering India’s Manas Tiger Reserve.
  • It was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1966 and upgraded to a national park in 1993.
  • It has a wide range of climate variations, with the wet season from May to September and the dry season from November to March.
  • It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the Royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, greater one-horned rhinoceros, clouded leopard, Himalayan black bear, gangetic dolphin, and pangolin.
  • It is also home to a variety of bird species, including the rufous-necked hornbill, Pallas fishing eagle, great white-bellied heron, spotted wren-babbler, blue-headed rock thrush, and emerald cuckoo.
  • Many of the park’s plants have commercial, medicinal, traditional, and religious significance.

Manas National Park is a beautiful and important part of Bhutan’s natural heritage. It is a must-visit for anyone interested in wildlife and nature conservation.

Detail Itinerary

The flight into Paro is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks like Gangkar Puensum, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Your Bhutanese guide and driver from Authentic Bhutan Tours will warmly welcome & greet you on arrival, who will remain with you all through out your journey across Bhutan. Then we will drive to Thimphu. Lunch will be served at Thimphu. After lunch we will visit to Memorial Chhorten – built in 1974 in the memory of third king late Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, and the temple inside gives good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy and then we will visit to Big Buddha Statue – this gigantic statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. Evening stroll around Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight stay at Thimphu Hotel.

After enjoying the breakfast at hotel, we will do sightseeing in Thimphu City.. Visit to Post office, to make your own stamp and send to your loved ones.. Traditional Bhutanese Paper- to see the traditional methods to produce the authentic Bhutanese Paper known as Deh-sho), Weaving center, you will see here our young girls and women weaving so interestingly. Lunch will be served at one of the Restaurant at Thimphu.

After lunch, we will continue with our sightseeing and visit to Drupthop Dewachen Nunnery, this nunnery was founded in 1976 by Rikey Jadrel, who is considered an emanation of Thangtong Gyalpo and then Takin zoo, to see the national animal of Bhutan. Evening visit to Trachichho Dzong, it is an architectural delight and houses the throne room, and the office of His Majesty the king and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Then stroll and explore around Thimphu town and do some shopping in Bhutan.

Dinner and over night stay at one of the hotel in Thimphu.

Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley (about 3 hrs total driving time).

Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. After Lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’ as predicted by the great Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). And drive for about 12 km and from the road point take a walk across the rice fields and a river to reach the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang. It houses the paintings and statues belonging to the Nyingmapa tradition. Visit Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chime Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special fertility blessing if you wish.

After breakfast, you will drive to Gelephu, the southernmost district of Bhutan bordering with India. You will stop for lunch on the way. Seven hours journey leads through the sub tropical forests, villages and small townships of Tsirang and Sarbhang before you arrive Gelephu. Walk around the town. Dinner and overnight stay at Gelephu hotel.

After the breakfast at hotel, we will take the 150km drive from Gelephu to Gongphu and enjoy the ascent from 280m-1450m. You will pass through Surey village where mandarin and cardamom farming is the main cultivation. From Surey you can also see Jo Dungshing peak on clear days. This peak is the highest in the Black Mountain range. Gongphu is the northern most tip of the Royal Manas Park. The area gets maximum rainfall in the country. This makes the area a thriving sub-tropical ecosystem. This is the haven for wildlife such as langur, tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, samber, and large number of bird species. Overnight in Eco-camp at Gongphu.

After the breakfast, we will drive to Panbang through forests of mixed broad-leaved forests and thick undergrowth with numerous birds such as barbets, hornbills, bulbuls, doves, woodpecker and cuckoos. The camp is on the way to a village and provides a good view of the area due to being located at a higher alleviation. Overnight in Eco-camp Panbang.

After the breakfast, drive to Royal Manas Park and do the Elephant Safari. Cross the river using the boat and do the Elephant Safari. This safari allows for the perfect tour to appreciate the wealth and the beauty of the park. Towards evening drive back to Panbang and dinner and overnight stay at the Panbang Eco Camp.

Morning explores the villages nearby the Eco camp and after the lunch, we will enjoy the River Rafting. Overnight at Eco-camp at Panbang.

Stay one more day here and explore other activities here at Royal Manas National Park.

After breakfast, you will drive to Trongsa. As you drive you will notice that the vegetation changes from sub-tropical to broad-leaved evergreen forests. This route has one of the richest forests and has many varieties of trees and orchids and other botanical plants. Check into your hotel on arrival.

In the morning, you’ll visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. You will then drive to Gangtey. You will stop at Chendebji Chorten for lunch. After lunch, you will continue driving to Gangtey through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. On taking the diversion from the high-way, and crossing Lawala pass blanketed with dwarf bamboos, you will arrive at Gangtey. From Gangtey, you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjikha Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. Visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. You can spend some time interacting with the monks studying here. The college offers nine-year course in Buddhist studies.

Highlight: After breakfast drive to Gangtey valley (Also called Probjikha is one of the most beautiful destinations in Bhutan and also the winter home of endangered black necked cranes that arrive every year from the Tibetan Plateau). Here you visit of Gangtey Monastery (The 17th century monastery located on a small hill that rises from the valley floor and is surrounded by a large village) and Black Necked Crane Information Center (This center has an observation room equipped with high power telescope for catching the best view of the cranes). After lunch drive to Punakha.

Set out for Paro with a stop in Thimphu for lunch and a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum. In the afternoon, you will continue the drive to Paro. In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a hot-stone bath and a typical Bhutanese dinner. Overnight in Paro.

Drive up to Satsam Chorten, 10 km from Paro town and hike up to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 3000 ft. and overlooks the Paro valley and river. Taktsang is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world. It is believed that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava, known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated in the spot where the Monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. The round trip hike takes about 4 hours.

After early breakfast drive to Paro Airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.

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