Amazing Bhutan Tour

Amazing Bhutan Tour

09 Nights / 10 Days (Fly In - Fly Out)

overview

Amazing Bhutan tour of 10 days is designed to cover the prime attraction of Bhutan starting from Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Wangdi and Bumthang. These are the highlights and major hubs of Bhutan particularly for tourist visiting Bhutan.

 

Perhaps the most incredible thing about Bhutan is the flight in from New Delhi (via Kathmandu) on Druk Air (Druk Air (“druk” means dragon) also flies to Paro from Bangkok, Bagdogra, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Singapore and Mumbai, a network that keeps its small fleet of Airbus 319s (augmenting the two BAe-146s) fully engaged. My three-hour flight domed through laundered blue skies over eight of the mightiest peaks in the world including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Bhutan’s very own Jumolhari. Once the peaks materialize, the window seat is very much public domain. You’ll find out people on your lap (not unavoidably young and nubile) thrusting cameras of all description into your fumbling hands.

 

Lying about 60km and two-and-a-half hours to the east, Punakha, the old capital makes an attractive visit. Its imposing dzong (built in 1637 AD) at the confluence of the Pho Chu (male river) and the Mo Chu (female river) has been through major renovation. What’s additionally impressive about Punakha Valley is that is lies almost at sea level and you can briefly fill your lungs with oxygen before the tour moves up into other more rarefied surroundings. About 30 minutes up the valley wall is the important Talo monastery (built in 1764 AD). The last few miles are on a dirt track passing through terraced rice fields and lush firs

itinerary

  • Day 01

    ARRIVAL AT PARO – THIMPHU (65 KMS / 02 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts)

    Arrive Paro by Druk air the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by ITT members transfer to Thimphu (65 KMS / 02 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts), the capital of Bhutan. Afternoon / Evening time at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 02

    THIMPHU

    After breakfast go for morning sightseeing – visit the Indigenous hospital where traditional old art of healing is still practiced, Art & Craft school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. Afternoon visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Mothinthang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Overnight at Hotel

  • Day 03

    THIMPHU – PUNAKHA – WANGDI (70 KMS / 03 HRS, 1350Mts/4430Fts)

    After breakfast drive 3 HRS to Wangduephodrang via Punakha (70 KMS / 03 HRS, 1350Mts/4430Fts) crossing the Dochu la pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt.Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of Lobesa. Visit Punakha Dzong built at the confluence of the Po and Mo Chu Rivers in the 17th Century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Further proceed 20 minutes drive to Wangduephodrang (17 KMS / 20 Mins, 1350Mts/4430Fts) and view the Dzong from outside and stroll around the market area. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 04

    WANGDI – BUMTHANG (197 KMS / 08 HRS, 2477Mts /8125Fts)

    After breakfast drive almost (197 KMS / 08 HRS, 2477Mts /8125Fts) crossing 3 passes over 3000 meters. The route offers magnificent views of the Himalayas and beautiful landscape through scattered hamlets and forest of rhododendrons and pine.  After one and half HRS from Chendebji Chorten arrive at a small town known as Trongsa meaning new village. The town mainly consists of fresh Tibetan refugees but the most impressive of all is the Trongsa Dzong. The whole of eastern Bhutan was con trolled from this fortress during the mid 17th century. Visitors are not allowed inside the building. Proceed another 2 HRS to Bumthang visiting the Chume weaving center. Overnight at Hotel

  • Day 05

    BUMTHANG

    After breakfast sightseeing of Bumthang which lies at a altitude 2600m has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Here tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his re-incarnation known as Tertons still linger in most nooks and corners. It is also known for its woolen material (yathra) which can be seen hung outside of houses for sale. Sightseeing – Visit the Jakar Dzong, 7th century Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey monastery, Tamshing and Kunchosum monastery. This sightseeing is a round trip so it is more interesting done on foot. Overnight at Hotel

  • Day 06

    BUMTHANG – WANGDI

    After breakfast drive to Wangduephodrang (197 KMS / 08 HRS, 1350Mts /4430Fts) back to Wangduephodrang. Overnight at Hotel

  • Day 07

    WANGDI – THIMPHU – PARO (135 KMS / 05 HRS, 2134Mts / 7000Fts)

    After breakfast drive to Paro (135 KMS / 05 HRS / 2134Mts / 7000Fts) via Lobesa and a short walk through farm houses and fields to Chimme Lhakhang. This monastery was built in the 15 century and dedicated to the famous Lam Drukpa Kunley or divine mad man. He is one of the most famous saints in Bhutan and his temple is visited mostly by childless couples. Lunch at Thimphu (optional) and drive to Paro visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university. Overnight at Hotel

  • Day 08

    PARO

    After breakfast go for day hike to Taktsang monastery. Horses can be arranged with an extra cost. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 3 /4 HRS through pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley into Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century a monastery was built on the spot where the saint mediated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to Hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel

    OR OPTIONAL TOUR TO HAA VALLEY (ON EXTRA COST)

     

    PARO – HAA VALLEY – PARO (65 KMS / 02 HRS – ONE WAY)

    Day excursion to Haa Valley (04-05 hrs to & fro). This valley remains one of Bhutan’s most pristine regions. At the Chuzom confluence, the road ascends the dramatic Wang Chu valley where there is time to view the Dobji Dzong and if time permits, hike around its high ramparts. The road into Haa winds up through quaint villages and thick conifer forests before leading into a valley carpeted with fields of millet, barley, potato and wheat. The patchwork fields are dotted with farmhouses all adorned with intricately painted cornices and door and window frames. Visits to both Chhundu Lhakhang and Lhakhang Karpo provides an insight into the history of the valley. There are arrangements to see the Wangchulo Dzong as well. The winding road then ascends through pastureland past grazing yaks, before reaching the 3,900m Cheli La pass. Descending into the Paro Valley, the scenery transforms from sub-Alpine pasture brilliant with wild mountain flowers, to lush forests of blue pine, cypress, larch, fir and rhododendron. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 09

    PARO

    After breakfast go for Paro Sightseeing – visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the Dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) Opening Hours – whole week – 0900HRS TO 1600HRS & Closed On National Holidays , which was built in 1651 as a watchtower. Since 1951 the Dzong has been re-established as the National museum and holds fascinating collections of art and religious Thankha paintings. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks. Walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 10

    PARO TO ONWARD CONNECTION

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for onward connection.

prices

Per Person on Twin Sharing in US$ Suppliment
1 2-3 4-6 7-9 10-14 15 & ABOVE Single Room Half Board Full Board
2430 2250 2115 1935 1800 1755 350 - -

include/exclude

cost include
  • Paro Arrival & Dep by Luxury Car, Van or Bus depending on group size.
  • 3 Star Luxury Hotels on twin sharing basis for all nights as per the itinerary.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Hotel throughout the trip.
  • All Private transfers throughout the tour /trekking.
  • English speaking guide, monument entrance fees, sightseeing tour as per the itinerary.
  • Royalties
  • Entire Expenses of Guide & driver including Toll Tax & other fees if any.
  • Visa and Permit Fees / Bank Charges applicable in Bhutan because of Govt. policy.
  • Mineral water in the car during sightseeing
  • All Tax and Service Charges ( 10+10%)
cost exclude
  • International and Domestic Airfares if any ( We can book your flights if required)
  • All beverages including water consumed at hotels/restaurants
  • Hotel facilities, laundry, phone calls
  • Taktsang horse fee
  • Insurance etc

Fixed Departure Dates

Scenic Nepal Tour (06 D/05 N)- KTM-Chitwan Park / Pokhara

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
23 18 04 16 16 23 19 24 23 18 23 16

VEHICLE ALLOCATION

Pax Travelling Vehicle Type
2 – 3 Adults Toyota / Ford Figo / Tata Indica / Nissan Car
4 – 10 Adults Toyota Hiace 13 Seated with Roof for Baggage
11-14 Adults Toyota or Nissan Jumbo Hiace – 16 Seated with Roof for Baggage
15-21 Adults Japanese Costar Bus -24 Seated
22-30 Adults Deluxe Tata Mini Bus -35 Seated
31-35 Adults 31-35 Adults Deluxe Coach -40 Seater

HOTELS WE USE

Thimphu                                                   

Luxury:       Termalinca Resort www.termalinca.com

Deluxe :      Hotel Migmar www.hotelmigmar.bt / Hotel Riverview

Standard:    Peaceful Resort www.bhutanpeacefulresort.com or Wangchuk Hotel www.wangchukhotel.com (inside the city)

Punakha

Luxury:       Not Available (guests will be accommodated in best properties (3 star) available in Punakha / Wangdi.

Deluxe:       Damchen Resort www.damchenresort.com or similar

Standard:    Meri Puensum Resort or similar

Bumthang

Luxury:       Yu-Gharling Resort www.yugharling.com or similar

Deluxe :      Hotel Peling www.hotelpeling.com.bt or Wangdicholing Hotel

Standard:    Mepham Guest House or Swiss Guest House or River Lodge

Trongsa (optional)

Luxury:       Not Available (guests will be accommodated in best properties (3 star or deluxe property available)

Deluxe :      Yangkhil Resort

Standard :   Hotel Norling or similar

Wangdi

Luxury:       Available (guests will be accommodated in best properties (3 star) available in Punakha / Wangdi.

Deluxe:       Dragon Nest Hotel www.dragonsnesthotel.com or similar

Standard:    Meri Puensum Resort (Punakha)

Paro

Luxury:       Zhiwaling Hotel www.zhiwaling.com

Deluxe:       Tashi Namgay Resort www.tnr.bt or similar

Standard:    Ugyen Phendeyling Resort www.upresortparo.com or similar

Note

TRIP PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Payment Terms :

  • 30  % payments : At the time of confirmation.
  • Full payment: 7  Days Prior to Nepal arrival in our account only.

 

Cancellation:

  • 60 – 30 days prior to departure 10% of the tour cost
  • 29 – 15 days prior to departure 20% of the tour cost
  • 14 to 7 days prior to departure 40 % of the tour cost.
  • 6 days or less no refunds

 

Our cancellation policy applies in every instance. There will be no exception for any reasons therefore; we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. This low cost insurance protects all deposits and payments should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness. Should you or anyone in your choice purchase this insurance, please deal directly with the insurance company. Baggage and accident insurance are also available.

 

 

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