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Bhutan Tour|Gross National Happiness

Duration : 6 Days

This short Bhutan tour includes the major tourist attraction in western Bhutan. The Bhutan tour starts from the picturesque Paro Valley, drive to Thimphu. Visit various sites, including the National Library, National Memorial Chorten, School of Arts and Crafts, Buddha Point, etc. Further, visit Punakha Dzong, arguably one of the finest example of Bhutanese architecture before driving back to Paro. In Paro visit the famous Taktshang Monastery also known as ” Tiger’s Nest”.

Itinerary Highlights
Visit to Taktshang Monastery also known as Tiger's Nest and Kyichu Monastery in the picturesque Paro Valley.
Visit capital Thimphu , including the National Library and National Institute for Zorig Chusum, Buddha Dordenma etc;
Visit Punakha Dzong, the second largest and the second oldest dzong and one of the majestic structure in Bhutan.

Itinerary : Bhutan Tour|Gross National Happiness

Duration : 6 Days

Fly to Paro, gateway o Bhutan. Upon arrival in Paro, you will be met by our representative. If time permits tour of Paro Dzong which ranks the highest point in Bhutanese architecture. Later, drive to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. (L, D)

Accommodation in Thimphu

After breakfast visit National Library housing Bhutanese scripture dating back to 8th century, continue on to National Memorial Chorten. Other sites include School  of Arts and Crafts. Here 13 types of Bhutanese arts and crafts are taught. (B, L, D)

Accommodation in Thimphu

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochu- La Pass (3,100m). On a clear day from here you will have the magnificent Himalaya views. After lunch, hike to Chimmi Lhakhang. Continue on to Punakha. Evening, tour of beautiful Punakha Dzong. (B, L, D)

Accommodation in Punakha

After breakfast, drive back to Paro after visiting Yabesa Village and hiking through the rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten. Afterward, proceed on to Paro, visiting Semtokha Dzong en route. (B, L, D)

Accommodation in Paro

After breakfast, hike to Taktshang Goemba. Cling on the sheer cliff high over Paro valley is the most venerated religious site in Bhutan. The trail to Taktshang is broad and the walk of approximately 2 hours uphill. The steep walk will take you almost a kilometer above the Paro valley. Late, visit 7th- century old Kyichu Lhakhang before returning back to the hotel. (B, L, D)

Accommodation in Paro

Free until departure. Transfer to the Paro international airport in time to connect your onward flight (B)

Trip Includes
  • 2 night accommodation in Thimphu
  • 1 night accommodation in Punakha
  •  2 night accommodation in Paro
  • All meals in Bhutan (starting from Lunch on day 1 finishing with breakfast on day 6)
  • Sightseeing tours as per the program with service of a local Bhutanese English speaking guide
  • Bhutan permit
  • Bhutan visa
  • All applicable monumental entry fees
  • 2 bottled mineral per day
Trip Excludes
  • Flights to/from Paro (can be booked separately)
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Any services except mentioned in inclusion section

1. Local Time

Six hours ahead of GMT and half an hour ahead of Indian Standard Time.

 

2. Currency

Bhutanese unit of currency is the Ngultrum. 1Nu. = 100 Chetrum. The Ngultrum is at par with the Indian Rupee.  Approx. 1 USD = Nu/60.00.

 

3. Visa & Permit

Visa & permit for Bhutan is already included in your package price.

 

4. Food:

Bhutanese Delicacies are limited with spicy Chillies and Cheese. However you will be served a Buffet of continental food with some local dishes too. On Treks, our trained cooks prepare dishes suitable to western tastes ranging from continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.

 

5. Clothing

Due to wide range of temperature and climatic conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. From May to Sep. cotton clothes are sufficient, plus a woolen sweater or light jacket. From November to the end of April, you will need very warm clothes including long underwear or woolen tights to wear under trousers, and down jacket or coat. During visit to the monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institution, you should not wear shorts, hats and should be properly dressed.

 

6. Photography

The photographic opportunities on all trips are immense. If you wish to record the local people, their houses and shops etc. You can always ask by gesture, if it’s okay to take pictures. Also while visiting Dzongs, monasteries, and religious institutions; please follow your guide’s instruction carefully. Photography inside the Dzongs and monuments are not allowed. Although films and batteries are available locally, it is best to bring it yourself.

 

7. Travel Insurance

The price that we offer do not cover your Travel Insurance. It is imperative that you have full comprehensive insurance cover to protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps. Such policies are not available in Bhutan. It should adequately cover baggage and travel delays etc. and helicopter evacuation, transportation and medical assistance in case of treks.

 

8. Customs and Regulations

The Bhutanese authorities strictly prohibit the export of any religious Antiquity or antiques of any type. All personal electronics, Cameras, Video Cameras, Computers and personal electronic equipment may be brought into the country but they must be listed on the custom form provided on arrival at Paro airport and will be checked on departure. Two liters of alcohol and reasonable quantity of cigarettes may be brought into the country without duty.

9. Flights (Operated by Druk Air – Royal Bhutan Airlines):

There are only limited countries from where there are direct flights to Bhutan:

Ex. Nepal: Daily flights

Ex. Kolkata: Daily flights

Ex. Delhi: Daily flights

Ex. Singapore: Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Ex. Bangkok: Daily Flights

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