Forbidden Kingdom Tour

Forbidden Kingdom Tour

09 nights / 10 days

overview

About the size of Switzerland and with a inhabitants of just under 750,000, Bhutan is a spectacular panorama and not just because at 10,000ft it can be a crumb tricky to respire. Here things are done gradually, at a relaxed pace. Possibly those plodding yaks aren’t so stupid after all. The kingdom’s attractiveness lies in the fact that it has been thoroughly pickled with its tremendous mountains and monasteries integral. There’s little pollution, tree planting is in abundant facts and the quaint airport at Paro is high-pitched clean. Let’s have a visit of this last Shangri-la Bhutan by exploring 10 days in this amazing country. The flowing outline itinerary is a guideline only therefore any changes required are easily solved and edited as per your requirement.

itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrive Phuentsholing from Bagdogra / NJP

    Arrive Phuentsholing and transfer to the hotel. Process for route permit and rest of the day at leisure. O/n at Phuentsholing.

  • Day 02

    Phuentsholing – Thimphu – capital city 179 km 5 -6 hrs drive

    Morning transfer to the capital city Thimphu through the mountains, this journey is of almost unbelievable beauty. The road leads from the northern Indian tea plantations through endless turns, hair pin bends and daring stretches carved into the mountain rock via Chukka to Thimphu. Check in the hotel. Afternoon you can relax and in the evening spend some time in clock tower square. O/n at Thimphu.

  • Day 03

    Thimphu sightseeing

    When in Thimphu you got to prepare for surprises where this unique capital has no traffic lights but adopted its own version of the British – Indian colonial times traffic policemen who can startle you and memorize others with his elaborate hand gestures, sometimes he may be signaling stop when it looks like go but don’t worry you can observe the flow and notice his smile as you stare at him. Sightseeing includes the Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, Handicraft Center to view the traditional arts, the indigenous Medicine Hospital, the Painting School and from the road point take a glimpse of Tashichho Dzong. Further drive uphill and visit Takin Zoo where you will find national animal of Bhutan. Afternoon visit National Memorial Chorten a stupa dedicated to the third king of Bhutan and Buddha statue. Evening take a walk to the main city from Clock tower square. O/n at Thimphu.

  • Day 04

    Thimphu – Wangdi 75km – Trongsa 129km – Bumthang 68 km 272km 7 – 8 hrs drive

    Morning transfer to Bumthang via Dochula pass 10,000 feet. Upon reaching Wangdi bridge we drive uphill touching Pela La Pass crossing the Black Mountains that divides western and central Bhutan. The roads uphill is pretty curving with sharp bends but you need not worry as our drivers are well experienced and on the way you will find rhododendron, magnolias and yaks grazing and on clear days you will find the Mt. Jumolhari standing still towards the west, at an elevation of 23,685feet. Before arriving to Trongsa you will pass by Nikkarchu bridge and here you will find white washed stone chorten built in Nepalese style in the 18th century which lies below the road. This temple was founded by a lama called Shida who subdued a demon that was a trouble to the valley.

    Here you will experience something interesting as you will be approaching Trongsa where from the road you will be able to view the massive Trongsa Dzong also known as “the never reaching Trongsa Dzong. this place used to be the old gateway between the east and west. If you have time you could visit the Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong (Ta means watch tower in Dzongkha) was built in 1652 and now it is a museum which displays Buddhist art and the history of our Monarchy. Drive further to Bumthang. O/n at Bumthang.

    Optional: One night can be spent at Trongsa as the journey could be tiring till Bumthang from Thimphu and next morning proceed to Bumthang valley.

  • Day 05

    Bumthang sightseeing

    Bumthang valley is very open and spacious which is different from other valleys in Bhutan, its altitude ranges from 2,600 meters (8530ft) to 4000 meters (13,125 ft).Bumthang is known as heaven for hikers and trekkers and you will come across many beautiful monasteries, also important Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites. This valley is full of surprises and fascinating as almost every valley or hill has a background of interesting myths and legends about kings, Buddhist masters and serpents. This place is important in terms of religious relics left by the famous Guru Rinpoche and his reincarnation.
    Morning visit Jakar Dzong founded by a white bird built on a ridge overlooks the valley. “Ja” means bird and “kar” means white.
    Jampey Lhakhang is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo on the same day as Paro Kichu Lhakhang. The temple hosts Guru Joyo Jampa the future Buddha as its main statue. One of the most scared festivals Jampey Lhakhang Drup takes place here every year. Tamshing Lhakhang are the oldest temples dating to the 7th century in Bhutan.
    The Kurjey Lhakhang where the kings of Bhutan are taken for their cremation rites. Kurjey translates into “Kur” means body and “Jey “means Lhakhang. The big cypress tree is believed to be the walking stick of Guru Rimpoche. The great Guru also created a holy water hole beside the temple which people frequent either for religious or medical purposes. Wangdicholing Palace – built during the times of the first king’s father, Jigme Namgyel was used by the first King Ugyen Wangchuk as his main residence. Visit the town or take a walk till the bridge though the township was burnt down by fire in recent times. If you are a cheese and honey lover you could try the Bumthang cheese which is available and honey produced in Bumthang. Evening at leisure.O/n at Bumthang.

  • Day 06

    Bumthang – Punakha 212 km 6 hrs 45 min

    After breakfast drive to Wangdi valley through the same road and on the way stop and visit the famous Bumthang Matha local shops near by the villages where you can find rich woolen plaid textiles dyed with natural colours and the famous Yatas, it is a thin cloth with bright pattern often made into warm jackets and scarves. Proceed further towards Trongsa and drive to Wangdi. On the way you may find interesting areas where you can stop and take some photo shots. Reach Wangdi and rest of the day at leisure. O/n at Punakha.

  • Day 07

    Punakha – Paro 142 km 4 hrs drive

    Morning visit majestic Punakha Dzong placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk. Proceed to Paro valley via Semtokha Dzong and check in the hotel. Afternoon visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and drive back the same road visit till the base of Tigers Nest. Evening at leisure.O/n at Paro.

  • Day 08

    Paro sightseeing

    Morning visit Paro Dzong and the National Museum housed in a round fortress called as the Ta Dzong considered to be one of the best natural history museums in Asia where it has a fine collection of natural and historic artifacts. Kyichu Lhakhang the monastery dates back to 7th century and is one of the oldest and most sacred. Afternoon at leisure or visit the town for shopping. O/n at Paro.

  • Day 09

    Paro – Phuentsholing 172 km 5 – 6 hrs drive

    Morning transfer to Phuentsholing, before reaching Phuentsholing stop and visit Kharbandi Gompa. Check in the hotel and evening at leisure. O/n at Phuentsholing.

  • Day 10

    Departure

    Morning transfer to Bagdogra or to your next destination.

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
2385 2250 2115 1935 1890 1800 435 - -

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
20 19 07 15 18 22 20 26 20 17 24 25

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 Deluxe Coach -40 Seater

HOTELS WE USE

Phuentsholing
Luxury :    
Hotel Druk or Orchid Hotel
Deluxe:     
Hotel Lakhi or Bhutan Residence
Standard:  
Hotel Namgay or Centennial Hotel

 


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:

Hotel & Room Guide

  • Cancellation charges as applicable
  • All prevailing State and Government taxes applicable on accommodation and transport. In case of any hike in the taxes a surcharge will be applicable.
  • Kindly inform guests that same category rooms or identical rooms may not be available. We will try our best to maintain similarity.
  • For large groups, all rooms in one hotel may not be available. Moreover, if two or more hotels are selected, identical facilities may not be available even between rooms of the same tariff. The clients will have to adjust to these conditions. We will try our best to maintain similarity.
  • Guest must be informed that lifts are not available in these areas & guest should be prepared to climb a few stairs.

 

Vehicle operation & usage guide:

  • Cancellation charges as applicable.
  • The vehicle used will be exclusive for that group but will not be at disposal. For additional usage extra amount will be charged as per usage.
  • If one destination is covered twice or additional destinations are included, additional charges will be applicable.
  • All prevailing State and Government taxes applicable on accommodation and transport. In case of any hike in the taxes a surcharge will be applicable.
  • We reserves the rights to make changes or omit any place of visit, if it becomes necessary due to bad weather, bad road, strike or band, security reason etc.
  • Kindly inform us if the guests are senior citizens or have health related issues (like arthritis, heart problems etc.) or any such matter which might need special arrangements. Some itineraries will not be suitable for them and we will suggest accordingly.
  • The security concerns, driver’s working hours etc. will be kept in mind while planning the tour and sightseeing.
  • We try to ensure that the sightseeing points do not fall on a closing day. Incase due to inevitable situation if the sightseeing falls on a closing day, it will have to be left out. Conducting that particular tour or sightseeing point the next day will be subject to time availability & additional charges.
  • There will be no refund of any unutilized service in part or in full what so ever may be the reason.

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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