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Bhutan

Destinations Covered

Thimphu 2N – Wangdue/ Punakha 2N – Bumthang 2N – Paro 2N

Day 1: Paro Airport – Thimphu

Meet & Greet on arrival at Paro Airport and transfer to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening explore the Thimpu town by walk. Overnight stay at Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue) a place for refreshing with a huge statue of Buddha on the top of the Kuensel Phodrang, National Memorial Chorten (Monument) & Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon visit Sangaygang View Point, Changangkha Monastery, Taking Preserve Centre, The talking national animal of Bhutan can be seen here Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). Overnight stay at Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha/ Wangdue Sightseeing

After breakfast drive to Punakha/ Wangdue, On the way Stop at Dochu-La-Pass (3150 mts.). to view the higher Himalayas. Arrival at Punakha check in at hotel. After noon visit Punakha Dzong – built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. After that take a short excursion trip to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang – The Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Devine Mad Man”. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay will be at
Punakha/ Wangdue.

Day 4: Punakha – Bumthang

After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Trongsa across Pele-La-Pass (11.120 ft.) traditional boundary between east & west Bhutan, There is an adrupt change in vegetation, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stop Enroute Chendbji Chorten – built in the style of the great Bodhanath Choten of Nepal. Further ahead visit Trongsa Dzong – It was the seat of power over central & eastern Bhutan and Ta Dzong – An ancient watch tower. The chapel inside is said to be dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal. Then drive further to Bumthang over the Yutong-La-Pass (11,155 ft.). While in Chumey valley in Bumthang, visit the Yathra Weaving Factory – It is the most famous textile product of Bumthang. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Bumthang.

Day 5: Bumthang Sightseeing

After breakfast, 1st half visit Jakar Dzong: Literally meaning the Castle of White Bird. The current structure was built in 1667. Lamey Goemba: A large palace and monastery built in 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi Jambay Lhakhang: built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet. In October one of the most spectacular festival, “Jambay Lhakhang Drup” is staged here. Chakhar Lhakhang: Literally meaning the Iron Castle, the original palace was made of Iron and hence the name “Chakhar”. Kurjey Lhakhang: Named after body print of Guru Rimpoche. Afternoon 2nd half Visit Tamshing Lhakhang: Literally meaning the Temple of the good message, established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. Membarstho: Literally meaning, “The burning Lake”. The evening ends visit a local handloom weaving house and Interact with the weavers. Overnight stay at Bumthang.

Day 6: Bumthang – Punakha/ Wangdue

After breakfast drive to Punakha. Reach Punakha by late afternoon. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Punakha/ Wangdue.

Day 7: Punakha/ Wangdue – Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast drive to Paro (7,483 ft.). On the way stop at Lamperi to visit Royal Botanical Park – The park contains a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and features a huge species of plants and animals including endangered species. On arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong – National Museum with an excellent collection of arts, relics, religious thangkha, etc. Rinpung Dzong – Meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. The dzong now serves as the administrative and judicial seat of Paro. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at Paro.

Day 8: Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast visit Drukgyel Dzong. Also visit famous Taktsang Monastery – called “Tiger’s Nest” (2hrs hike from the base camp) & Kitchu Monastery. Overnight stay will be at Paro.

Day 9: Paro Airport

After breakfast check out from hotel and drop at Paro Airport for your onward journey.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation on twin sharing with Breakfast
  • Exclusive Non AC vehicle for transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All Permit Fees & Hotel Taxes (as per itinerary)
  • Guide charges (Only Bhutan Portion)
  • Rates are valid for INDIAN NATIONALS only

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS

  • Air/ Train/ Bus Fare
  • Personal Expenses such as Laundry, Telephone Calls, Tips & Gratuity, Mineral Water, Soft & Hard drinks, Rafting, Rock Climbing, Paragliding, Porterage
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance Fees
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc. (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot)
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
  • Service Tax & Travel Insurance.
  • Anything which is not include in the inclusion.

ABOUT VEHICLE

Tour Starting or Ending from Bhutan (Fly In & Fly Out) Packages:

  • We provide exclusive Bhutan Non AC vehicles in our all packages.
  • Santa Fee/ Tucson for 2-3 Pax.
  • Hyundai H1/ Hiace for 4-6 Pax.
  • Toyota Hi Roof Hiace for 7 & above Pax.

ENTERING BHUTAN BY FLIGHT

While collecting your airlines boarding pass you are given 02 forms at Druk air counter.

  • Embarkation & Disembarkation Card (Blue Form): You are required to fill up the form completely and submit the same to the authority. The concern officer retains the disembarkation card and return the embarkation card back to you
  • which is again required while exiting Bhutan.Please do not lose this card. Immigration form (Yellow Form): You are required to fill and submit this form at the immigration counter while getting the entry permit at Bhutan airport.
  • Bhutan Entry Permit

EXITING BHUTAN BY FLIGHT

While collecting your airlines boarding pass you are given 02 forms at the Druk air counter.

  • Declaration from for Departing Passengers (Blue Form): You are required to fill it and submit at the immigration counter along with entry permit (original copy) and Embarkation card which is given to you while entering Bhutan.
  • Immigration Form (Yellow form): You are required to fill up this immigration form (Yellow form) and this form has to be submitted at the immigration counter at the final port of Disembarkation, ie Bagdogra, Kolkata, Delhi and other airport connected by Druk air in India.
  • Bhutan Entry Permit: This is the same Paper permit issued while entering Bhutan. You will not be allowed to leave the country without surrendering this paper permit in original.

PASSPORT HOLDER

  • Bhutan entry permit are stamped on the passport itself. It is must to carry your passport while traveling & taking inter point connection. You will not be allowed to leave the country without stamping the exit on it.

VOTER ID CARD

  • Bhutan entry permit are issued separately on papers after verifying Voter ID card. This document must be carried while traveling & taking inter point connection. You are also advised to make photo copy of the paper permit and
  • keep it in safe custody as you will not be allowed to leave the country without surrendering this paper permit in original.
  • This permit is also required to make the pink permit for visiting any other area other than Thimphu & Paro.

PERMIT FOR BHUTAN:

  • Indian nationals do not require any visa for Bhutan. A permit will be issued at the entry point on production of a passport or Voter ID and 04 passport size photographs.

RESTRICTED AREA PERMIT FOR PUNAKHA / WANGDUE:

  • Restricted Area Permit is required to visit Punakha / Wangdue from Home Ministry of Bhutan. No charge will be applicable for this permit. Please bring 02 passport size photographs and Voter ID card or Passport of each person including child. This special permit is given only after guest has entered Bhutan. Permits are not issued on Saturday, Sunday & Govt. holidays.

NOTE:

  • Declaration form basically states that you are not carrying any prohibited items out of Bhutan
  • Embarkation form is the left over form while entering Bhutan.
  • Yellow form is basically a self – declaration of items carried by you on flight.i.e.number of check in Baggage, hand baggage, duty & duty free items.

DO’S:

  • Adults must carry original & valid Passport or original Voter ID card. Children must carry original & valid Passport or original birth certificate & school photo ID card.
  • Remember to carry sufficient woolens including hand gloves.
  • Please check with your mobile service provider for charges related to Bhutan.

DON’TS:

  • Do not carry Indian Rs. 500/- or Rs. 1000/- currency notes. It is illegal.
  • Tobacco & Tobacco products are banned in Bhutan.
  • Do not bring any plant or agricultural product out of Bhutan. It is illegal.
  • Credit cards are accepted in selected establishments in Bhutan.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  1. Any/ all cancellations before 30 days of the event date – 90% refund
  2. All cancellations between 20 – 30 days of the event date – 50% refund
  3. All cancellations within 20 days of the event date – No refund possible