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Pickup info

Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picks time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.

Booking notes

These are suggested programs. All tours will me tailor - made and built around your requirements.

Rate per person per night includes following

Accommodation
All Meals
Transportation with a dedicated driver.
Licensed English speaking guide
All site seeing indicated in the itinerary
All government taxes
Route permits and special permits
Entrance fee in monument and museums.
Mineral Water and soft drinks

On Trek, the following will be provided

Tents on the trek. (Sleeping, equipmentsToilet, dining and shower tents are provided)
Ponies (Animals to carry your luggage)
Hot water will be served on trek
Trekking Cook and equipment

Value Addition

Use of cell phone with local number
Use of internet complimentary where ever possible
Departure Bhutanese Souvenir
One time private cultural dance performance ( For stays of 15 days)

Administrative Service offered

Purchase of Druk air ticket(Can be purchased from website also)
Bhutan visa processing

Other mandatory charges not included in the Tariff

Druk Air Airfare

Special Offers
Available days: Everyday of Week.

Be an explorer and know the small little things which makes Bhutan so special.  Be inspired in the spiritual hotspot of Bhutan amongst mythical stories supplied by your guide or see a Bhutanese weaver at his work. Figure out how traditional medicines are made or have a one to one talk spiritual monk. . A comprehensive roller coaster ride, encompassing all major aspect of Bhutan’s culture, nature, people, religion and off course adventure. Wake up in the valley of black necked cranes, visit multitude of Dzongs or Hike to Tigers nest This program is designed to create an ultimate Bhutan experience encompassing adventure activities, spiritual quest, culture highlights and Bhutan’s scenic beauty from the valley of Paro to Valley of Bumthang.

 

Brief Itinerary: 

Day 1: Paro - Thimphu ( 65 Kms, 01 hour)                                         

Day 2: Thimphu - local sightseeing                           

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha  ( 77 Kms, 03 hours)       

Day 4: Punakha - Gangtey ( 78 Kms, 03 hours)          

Day 5: Gangtey, Phobjikha valley – local sightseeing & short hike

Day 6: Gangtey - Bumthang  ( 188 Kms, 06 hours)    

Day 7: Bumthang - local sightseeing 

Day 8: Bumthang - Punakha  ( 212 Kms, 09 hours)   

Day 9: Punakha - Paro ( 135 Kms, 04 hours)             

Day 10: Paro - local sightseeing                         

Day 11: Paro - hike to Tiger's Nest    

Day 12: Departure

  • Physicality: Low
    Physical rating

    From relaxed (low) to ones where you need to be fit to join in.

    Low

    No surprises here. These tours/activities are those most anyone can do if they are fine with fairly flat walks and getting in and out of transport.

    Medium

    Like to be active, even very active, but not pushed too far. This is the one for you.

    High

    These tours/activities require you to be very fit. Probably not suitable for children.

  • Culture shock: Medium
    Culture shock rating

    Some tours or activities are a total immersion ... others offer just a taste of a different way of life. Below is how we\'ve classified things to help you make a selection.

    Low

    Consider these tours or activities as unlikely to surprise. They will still give you fantastic insight into the destination and/or a great experience.

    Medium

    You might find yourself on these tours/activities confronted by quite a different way of doing things to that you are familiar with. Think food, language, customs, religions, mode of transport. For the slightly more adventurous.

    High

    Think things you probably wouldn\'t do on your own ...

  • Group size: from 1 to 15 people
  • Pickup location: 

    Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picks time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.

  • Drop-off location: 

    Throughout the tour you are entitled to a dedicated car, driver and guide. All drop-off location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. Upon completion of tour, you will be dropped to Paro international airport for your onward international flight or other location as agreed.

  • Pickup time: (9.00 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (10.00 AM)

Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1: Paro - Thimphu ( 65 Kms, 01 hour)
Landing in Paro valley is a perfect entry into this other world, with its transparent purity of the air and its absorbing serenity. Paro retains its bucolic nature in spite of the existence of development projects. Fields of brown or green depending on the season cover most of the valley floor while hamlets and isolated farms dot the landscape.

On arrival, our visa is processed and we then pass through customs. Our Bhutanese guide meets us outside the customs enclosure for a one hour journey to the capital Thimphu, which is situated in a large valley traversed by the Wangchu River and overshadowed by high peaks.

Our day is for the sights of Thimphu, beginning at the Memorial Chorten, with its golden spires shining in the sun, its tinkling bells and an endless procession of elderly people circling around it. Erected by the royal grandmother Ashi Phutsho Chodoen in memory of her son the third king Jigme Dorje, it contains a fine collection of Buddhist statues and is a center of tantric Buddhism in all its complexity.

Visit the Folk Heritage Museum, founded by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangchuck. The museum is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through an exhibition of items and artifacts used in rural households, demonstrating customs, traditions, habits and skills. The principal exhibit is the museum building itself which is a restored three-storey traditional rammed mud and timber house. It contains household objects, typical domestic tools and equipment used by a rural family.

Onward, we will visit Kuensel Phodrang, where the Buddha Dordenma resides, it is said to be one of the largest Buddha in the world, standing at 169 feet / 51.5 meters. You will see Thimphu city from a bird’s eye view.

This evening, enjoy a walk up and down the high street lined with little shops of all descriptions. There is always a colorful gathering passing from ubiquitous monk bodies to Bhutanese businessmen, to nomadic farmers that come to trade supplies. You can also visit the newly opened Craft Bazaar, the Royal Government of Bhutan’s initiative to open stalls for local craftsmen to display products that are only made in Bhutan. Promoting local craftsmanship.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel, Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu - local sightseeing

After breakfast, we begin our day with a visit to the Changangkha Lhakhang- It is a fortress like temple perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. The temple was established in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who came from Tibet. The central statue here is Chenrezig in a manifestation with 11 heads. From the courtyard of the temple, there is fascinating view of the Thimphu valley.

Next, we will drive towards Dechenphodrang. At the end of Gaden Lam is Dechen Phodrang, the site of Thimphu's original Trashi Chhoe Dzong. Since 1971 it has housed the state monastic school, and a long procession of monks often travels between here and the dzong. A team of 15 teachers provides an eight-year course to more than 450 students. On any regular day the grounds hum with assorted recitations emanating from the windows.The 12th-century paintings in the goemba's Guru Lhakhang have been restored and the upper floor features a large figure of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal as well as the goenkhang (chapel devoted to protective and terrifying deities). The central figure in the downstairs chapel is the Buddha Sakyamuni.

After lunch, we will visit the weekend market where the locals come to do their weekly shopping. This will be one of the highlights of your trip as you observe the Bhutanese people's culture and life styles.

Later we will make a stop at the Centenary Park where the walking Buddha resides; the entire statue was built by Thai workers who specifically came to Bhutan to build the statue. It stands at 45 feet tall. The statue

In the evening , drive towards the Tashichho-Dzong- Also known as the ‘fortress of the glorious religion’, it was initially built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses the main secretariat building with the Throne Room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. The National Assembly Hall is housed in a modern building on the other side of the river from the Dzong. During the warmer summer months, the monk body headed by His Holiness the Je Khenpo resides in the Dzong.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel, Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha ( 77 Kms, 03 hours)
Leaving Thimphu, we start our journey into the countryside towards the Punakha valley, the winter capital of Bhutan. The drive ascends gradually to the Dochula pass over 10300 ft, with magnificent vistas of the Himalayan range.

The Dochula Monastery also known as the Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens is a tribute to the service and leadership of His Majesty the king. The design inspired by the Queen is a unique cluster of 108 Chortens seen from all directions. The descent to Punakha is vibrant and colorful, with the fluttering prayer flags adding to a rich topography dotted by terrace farming and rivers flowing through.

Option A: Later, we traverse the Punakha countryside walking through paddy fields to the Pana Village to see the 'Chimi Lhakhang’ built by the great Lama Drukpa Kinley in 1400 to subdue local demons. The temple is a popular pilgrimage point for all Bhutanese and is specially revered by women for its fertility powers.

Option B: After lunch, we see the historic Punakha Dzong sprawled at the confluence of the Phochu (male) and Mochu (female) rivers. It was built by Shabdrung Nawang in 1637 and serves as the winter residence of the head abbot, Je Khenpo and headquarters of the district administration

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel Punakha.

Day 4: Punakha – Gangtey, Phibjikha valley ( 78 Kms, 03 hours)
After a leisure breakfast we drive to Wangduephodrang, the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan. Bhutan lost its national heritage the Wangdue Dzong in June this year to a devastating fire. You can choose to stop at a view point where you can see the Ruins of the Wangdue Dzong. Like all other Dzongs in Bhutan, this Dzong also housed the administrative offices of the district.

As we drive further away, we make our way towards, Phobjikha Valley. The valley is a wide glacial valley with a central stream meandering through the open grassland and thickets of dwarf bamboo. Farmlands occupy the slopes where potatoes and turnips are grown. The forest beyond the farms are mostly coniferous. The general vegetation is composed of mainly blue pine, birch, maple and several species of rhododendrons. The Repeated grazing of bamboos by the local cattle and horses in summer prepares the ground for the wintering Cranes .

Evening leisure at the hotel or take a stroll in the valley with your guide, explore the fascinating glacier valley and return to the hotel.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel, Gangtey, Phobjikha valley.

Day 5: Gangtey, Phobjikha valley – local sightseeing & short hike
After an early breakfast, we will begin our sightseeing in Phobjikha valley.

Gangtey Goempa
Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain’sGangtey valley, Bhutan and also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery.
Gangtey was founded by Pema Trinley, the grand son of Pema Lingpa, the famous Nyingmapa saint of Bhutan. In 1613, Pema Trinley establish the monastery and became the first Gangtey Tulku. The religious traditions of Pema Lingpa still taught there. The second Tulku, Tenzin Legpa Dondrup (1645 to 1726), enhanced the size of Gangtey while keeping up good relations with Drukpas, and rebuilt the monastery in the form of a Dzong.

GANGTEY NATURE TRAIL
This pleasurable walk will give you a nice feeling for Phojikha Valley. From the small hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goemba, you head downhill through flower meadows to Simchubara Village and from here through beautiful forest and into the open valley. After passing a Chorten and Khewa Lhakhang, the trail ends at the Tabiding football ground. If you wish to start your hike from the lodge this involves a thirty minutes walk upto the Gangtey Monastery. The nature trail can be combined with a visit to Gantey Goemba.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel, Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley.

Day 6: Gangtey - Bumthang ( 188 Kms, 06 hours)
After an early breakfast, we drive towards Trongsa across Pele-la (3,300m), the traditional boundary between western and eastern Bhutan right on the western edge of Black Mountain National Park. Further down the road, stop to visit Chendebji Chorten erected in the 18th century by a Tibetan lama to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.
The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular and its impressive Dzong, stretched along a ridge above a ravine, first comes into view about an hour before the winding road suddenly leads you into the town. We will visit the massive Tongsa Dzong. The Dzong is built in such a way that in the old days, no matter what direction a traveler comes from, he was obliged to pass through the courtyard of the Dzong.

As we keep driving, we will reach the Yotong La pass ( 3,400m/11,155ft) and descend eventually into the valley of Chumey, the first of four Bumthang valleys. We will make a quick stop at the Yathra Weaving centers (a Colourful wool weaving). Then we’ll drive onto the Jakar the center of Bumthang valleys. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel, Bumthang.

Day 7: Bumthang - local sightseeing
After breakfast we being our sightseeing in Bumthang.

Optional: Take a walk from the Jambay Lhakang continue to Kurjey Lhakang. After Kurjey, you will cross the suspension bridge over to Tamshing Lhakang. Continue walking to the Swiss farm and then on to the main town area. The vehicle will meet you at this point and drive you to visit other sites in and around Jakar; which may include homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory, the castle of the 'White Bird', Jakar Dzong perhaps one or two local temples and a walk around to visit woodcraft workshop, and the five water wheels behind Wangdicholing Old Palace.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel, Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang - Punakha ( 212 Kms, 09 hours)
From the township of Jakar, you first climb out of the Bumthang valleys on the twisting mountain road towards the Yotong La (11,000ft/3,353m). Near the pass is an area of wild cane/bamboos that is a well-known habitat for Red Panda. The road then descends to Tongsa but instead of stopping here for the night you will drive on, past Chendebji Stupa, over the Pele La (11,000ft/3,353m) and start the descent until you reach your hotel located on the bank of the river.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel, Punakha.

Day 9: Punakha - Paro ( 135 Kms, 04 hours)
After early breakfast, set out for the beautiful valley of Paro via a four hour drive, stopping at the Dochula pass for photographs.

This afternoon, you can choose to relax in your hotel for the rest of day or continue sightseeing in Paro after lunch.

Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel, Paro.

Day 10: Paro - local sightseeing

After breakfast, we will visit the Paro Dzong, also called Rinpung Dzong, the Fortress of a Heap of Jewels. Constructed in the early 15th century as a diminutive fort, it was presented to the religious and political authority of Shabdrung Ngawang, who developed it into a much more commanding fortress in 1646. This is without doubt one of the kingdom’s finest examples of traditional Bhutanese architecture. Once, great catapults here flung stones at invading Tibetans. Today the dzong houses a monastic school. Two hundred resident monks take meals in a communal room. Several interesting paintings here include an unusual Bhutanese interpretation of a mandala, a diagram of the cosmos.

We return to our transport crossing the traditional wooden covered bridge called NYAMAI-ZAM which spans the Paro River. Earlier, in times of war, the bridge was removed each time to protect the Dzong! The rest of the day is at leisure, we can take a walk down Paro’s main street, straight and windswept, its occasional idlers leaning against the store-fronts. It’s another opportunity to interact with the local people and visit the interesting small shops occupying the ground levels that provides the basic necessities.

Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel, Paro.

Day 11: Paro - hike to Tiger's Nest
After breakfast, we drive around 25 minutes to Ramthanka base for a hike to view one of Bhutan’s most revered pilgrimage sites of the Buddhist world, the Taktshang Lhakhang, popularly known as the “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery. The trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched precariously on a sheer rock face 3000 ft above the valley floor. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche, father of Bhutan’s stream of Mahayana Buddhism arrived in the Paro valley more than a millennium ago on a back of a tigress. He meditated for 3 months in a cave which was converted into this monastery. The only sounds heard here are the murmurs of wind, water and the chanting of monks.

We begin our hike from the base to the cafeteria which will take us at least an hour and a half. From here it’s about an hour’s trek through some stunning landscape to reach the monastery.

On our return, we stop by once more at the Cafeteria for lunch. Later, we begin our descent to Ramthanka base.

The rest of the evening is at leisure, relax at the hotel or visit the Paro town to look for some souvenirs.

Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel, Paro.

Day 12: Departure
In the morning our representatives from Tashi Tours & Travels will escort you to Paro International Airport and bid Good-bye and pleasant flight back home.

 

Cancellation Policy

Tours booked and subsequently canceled shall be subject to the following scale of charges depending on when the notification of cancellation is received:

  1. If notification of a tour cancellation is received 45 days before your travel date, 100% of the daily tariff will be refunded. Except for airline tickets.
  2. If notification of a tour cancellation is received 30 days from the date of travel to Bhutan, 60% of the daily tourist tariff will be refunded.
  3. If notification of a trip cancellation is received 15 days prior to arrival: 50 % of the daily Bhutan tour rate will be refunded.
  4. If notification of a trip cancellation is received on and after 15 days prior to arrival: 100% Retention charges will apply:

Children policy

Children are welcomed; however we do not recommended adventure activities such as trek and other adventure activities for children below ten years of age. Such activities may be undertaken provided the parents are comfortable with it. Additionally, please also be reminded that no facilities or very limited facilities may be available for children.

Participant Guidelines

Trekking

Anyone who enjoys outdoor life and is physically fit can participate in treks. If you have a heart condition, please check with your doctor to ensure that it is OK to undertake high altitude treks. Allow yourself some days in Bhutan to acclimatize before you undertake any trek. Altitude sickness can be a serious problem at the altitudes in Bhutan. If you feel sick, dizzy or have a worsening headache, stop and drink as much water as possible. If the symptoms persist, return to the base. Guides are trained to look out for altitude sickness and other ailments that can affect trekkers.

Festivals

Festivals are not pageants or entertainment. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of a religious tradition from thousands of years. Obtrusive, disrespectful and discourteous behavior should be refrained from. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink or smoke, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times, flash cameras or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule one’s actions when photographing the dancers or onlookers.

DOs and DON'Ts

  • Refrain from passing negative comments on religion, royal family and chief abbot
  • Locals are very sensitive, you don’t want to sound rude
  • Always ask for permission if you are photographing a person
  • Dress modestly. Singlet and miniskirts are not well accepted norms
  • Enter temples and monasteries only if you have permission. Allow your guide to lead you
  • Remove your shoes before entering the temple
  • Leave your camera at a safe place, if photography is prohibited

Other Disclosures

This below is an exhaustive list of what you may need, however it varies with the type of trek undertaken. Please reconfirm.

  • Trekking or running shoes
  • Socks (polypropylene)
  • Down or fiber-filled jacket
  • Jumper or piled jacket
  • Hiking shorts
  • Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella
  • Hiking pants
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Sun hat
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle
  • Torch, batteries and bulbs
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon Wind pants
  • Long underwear
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Long gaiters
  • Toilet articles
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small knife
  • Sun block / Sun block for lips
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Laundry soap

Photographic Equipments

  • Digital cameras
  • Additional Batteries
  • Additional memory cards.
  • Cables

Medicine

  • Motion Sickness
  • Head Ache
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Anti-histamine cream
  • Vitamin C
  • Food Positioning
  • Insect repellent
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Your prescribed drug, if any.

Currency

  • US Dollar or Euro – Various domination

Photo

  • 4-6 pieces of passport size photographs

Others

  • Mini torch lights
  • Back pack
  • Sun Block
  • Moisturizers
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare glasses
  • Washing kit
  • Shaving kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Lip salve

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