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Pickup info

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.

Booking notes

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

Additional 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 are as follows and not included in the Tariff

Druk Air Airfare

Special Offers

Get a Flat 1o% discount across the year. In addition, enjoy the complimentary upgrade to Al-a-carte meal plan in designated local restaurants.

Available days: Everyday of Week.

A time and an event when the colors of Bhutan come alive. Held annually in Thimphu at Tashichhodzong, the seat of the government and the monastic body, the Thimphu Tshechu is Bhutanese culture depicted at its best. Thimphu the capital of Bhutan incorporates a blend of subtle modernity at the backdrop of age old, well preserved traditions. The festival is witnessed by thousands of locals from different parts of Bhutan, ready for a week long of merry making amidst the underlying objective of spiritual awakening.

  • 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: 

    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.

  • Drop-off 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 picking 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.

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

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro, Drive To Thimphu

(Lunch & Dinner)

Fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro.Time permiting visit Bhutan's national museum and majestic Rimpung Dzong. Housed in an old watch tower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress), it is a fascinating place with a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient armour to textiles and thangkha paintings. Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet. A spectacular view of Mount. Jumolhari (23,996ft /7314m) can be seen from here.  In the evening you will make the 2 hour drive to the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals, Thimphu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu Sighteeing

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Early in the morning, you can take a self-guided ten-minute walk from the hotel to the Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in memory of the third Late King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Many Bhutanese people gather here to pray every day. After breakfast, we'll begin sightseeing with a visit to a nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. We will then visit the School of Arts and Crafts (or "Painting School") where Bhutanese children follow an eight-year program in traditional arts such as drawing, painting, woodcarving and sculpture. Time permitting, we may also visit the Traditional Hospital of Herbal Medicine or watch the Royal Silversmiths create relief work for the monasteries and see how paper is made from the Daphne plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants. At the end of the day, we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan's political and religious administration. Then visit the Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum and the Mini Zoo to see the national animal – the Takin.

If your visit falls on weekends then you will be taken to visit the colorful weekend Market held officially on Saturdays and Sundays. Recently, these markets seem to start from late afternoon of Friday. The weekend market in Thimphu is a place where people from daily walks of life come to buy and sell vegetables and items of everyday use providing a great photo opportunity.Overnight at hotel.

 Day 03: witness the opening of ThimphuTshecue.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 A typical opening itinerary would include the following ceremony

Source: Tourism council of Bhutan, www.tourism.gov.bt

  • Dance of the Four Stags (Shacham)
  • Dance of the Three kinds of Ging (with sticks, swords and drums)
  • Dance of the Heroes (Pacham)
  • Dance of the Stag and the Hounds (Shawa Shachi)
  • Dance of the Guitar (Dranyen Cham)

Overnight in Hotel.

 Day 04: Second day at ThimphuTshecue.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 A typical second itinerary would include the following ceremony

Source: Tourism council of Bhutan, www.tourism.gov.bt

(Outside the Dzong)

  • Dance of the 21 Black Hats (Shana)
  • Dance of the 21 Black Hats with Drums (Shana Nga Cham)
  • Keycham (Accompaniment dancers)
  • Dance of the Nobleman and the Ladies (Phole Mole)
  • Dance of the 16 Drum Beaters from Dramitse (Dramitse Ngacham)
  • Dance of the Stag and the Hounds (Shawa Shachi)

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 05: Day Visit to Punakha

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

In the morning we drive to Punakha, the old winter capital. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs via a series of zigzags over the Dochu La Pass, 10,000ft/3,048m.  On a clear day panoramic views can be had of the eastern Himalaya, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m.  The road drops down through varied forest finally emerging into the highly-cultivated Punakha valley.  In the afternoon hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the divine mad monk’s temple. It is a beautiful walk through a lovely village. The temple can be visited and there is a tree outside which is supposed to have sprouted up after Drukpa Kunley sent a thunderbolt from an adjoining valley to kill some evil spirits who had gathered at the site. Provided the head of the monastic order and his monks have not migrated from Thimphu it should be possible to view the inner courtyards of Punakha Dzong. Drive back to Thimphu. Overnight in hotel.  

 Day 06: Last day at Thimphu Tshecue.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

A typical last itinerary would include the following ceremony

Source: Tourism council of Bhutan, www.tourism.gov.bt

  • Dance of the Tamshing in Bumthang (Bumthang Tercham)
  • Dance of the Lords of the Cremation Grounds (Durdag)
  • Dance of the Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Tshen Gyel)
  • Religious Song (Chhoshey).

 In the evening drive to Paro. Overnight in Hotel

 Day 07: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Drive about nine miles north of Paro town to the trailhead where we start our 1½-hour hike to a Tea House from where we enjoy the great view of Taktsang Monastery (its name means "Tiger's Nest"), perched on a cliff 2,700' above the floor of the Paro Valley. Our hike follows a steep switchback trail and serves as a great warm-up for our trek. After a break with tea and cookies, you have the option to sit outside the building and admire the monastery and its beautiful surroundings. If you feel energetic you can continue another thirty minutes to a closer viewpoint. After lunch at the tea house we descend to the valley floor. Drive back to Paro. Overnight at Hotel.

 Day 8: Paro - Depart

(Breakfast)

After breakfast transfer to the Paro airport for departure to onward destination.

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 recommend adventure activities such as trekking 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

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
  • Refrain from using hats and sunglasses inside religious places
  • Use your right hand or both hands to give or receive
  • Leaving a donation at the temple is on personal discretion. Normally all Bhutanese do
  • Use your palm to show rather than finger, when pointing
  • Refrain from pointing your feet at anyone; cross your legs or kneel when sitting in religious places
  • Pass clockwise at all chortens and mani walls (elongated chortens inscribed with mantras)
  • Don’t wash, swim or throw objects into lakes, many of which are considered sacred

Other Disclosures

What to Pack?

  • Jacket
  • Sweater
  • Sun hat
  • Rain deflator
  • Gloves
  • Woolen cap
  • Hiking Boot
  • Running Shoe
  • casual shoes
  • Thermal Pants

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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