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Explore Exotic Bhutan

from $250.00

Ours guests traveling on this itinerary get to see, feel and experience the most of what Bhutan has to offer in the short span of time. From covering the scenic beauty to visiting the majestic and sacred monuments, and feeling and experiencing the rich local culture and traditions, our guests would have breathed the pure and freshness of air in this place of Happiness, the Bhutan.

Tour Detail

Duration: 10 Days, 9  Nights.
Route: Thimphu, Paro valley, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang.
Trip Type: Cultural tours.

Description: 

Attractions and sightseeing covered will be in Thimphu (the capital) to Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Phobjikha, Bumthang valley and then return Paro valley. Some light excursions and hikes absorbing the fresh clean air will make part of your trip — to reinvigorate you.

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    • Group Size Large Group
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    All about the Explore Exotic Bhutan.

    Cost & Special offer

    The minimum daily package applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan for tourists travelling in a group of 3 people or more is as follows:

     High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November

    • Single traveler: USD 250 per person + USD 40 per night.
    • 2 person:USD 250 Per person + USD 30 per night.
    • 3 plus person: USD 250 per person
    • US$ 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

    Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December

    • Single traveler: USD 200 per person + USD 40 per night.
    • 2 person:USD 200 Per person + USD 30 per night.
    • 3 plus person: USD 200 per person
    • USD 40 per person for visa fee (one-time)

    Tour Discounts:

    There shall be no charge other than visa fee of USD 40 for children below the age of 5 years.

    • No charge for children under 5 years.
    • 50%  discount on minimum daily package rate for children in age group 5-12 years.
    • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards.
    • 50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 people.
    • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
    • A 50% duration discount on SDF shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on SDF shall be provided after 14th night.
    • 100% discount shall be provided on SDF on first and/or last night for groups with night halt in Phuntsholing, Sarpang and Samdrup Jongkhar on arrival and/or departure.
    • Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

    Delayed Arrivals

    There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.

    (Note: airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • A minimum of 3 star accommodation on twin-sharing basis
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
    • Tea and snacks
    • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
    • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
    • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
    • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
    • All internal taxes and charges.
    • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
    • Visa Fees
    • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Air fare.
    • Drinks and beverages.
    • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
    • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
    • Tips for guide and driver.
    • Shopping and Entertainment.
    1. Day 1 Paro - Thimphu

      Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan is located at an altitude of 2,300 meters and in its own way distinguishes itself by being the most unusual capital city in the world, by keeping a strong national character in its architecture. Thimphu is a bustling town and home of the Kingdom‘s royal family, monk body, civil servants and expatriates.

      Attractions and Interest:

      Memorial Chorten: Built in 1974 in memory of the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is popularly considered as the Father of Modern Bhutan. The religious paintings and complex tantric statues inside the monument reflect both peaceful and wrathful aspects of Buddhist deities. It is one of the most visible religious stupas in Thimphu and for many Thimphu residents it is the place where they come to circumambulate the stupa andpay their daily worship.

       Buddha Dordenma statue (One of the largest Buddha statue in the world). It is being built to become a ―major pilgrimage center and a focal point for Buddhists all over the world to converge, practice, meditate and retreat.

      Sangaygang: Visit a place known Sangang where you can view the entire valley of Thimphu. You can also visit a Takin Reserve (home for the national animal) to spot Takins.

      Overnight: Thimphu

    2. Day 2 Sightseeing in Thimphu

      Tango/Cheri Monastery (1 to 2 hours hike) – The Tango Goemba (monastery) site has had religious significance since the 12th century when it was the home of the Lama who brought the Drukpa Kagyupa school of Buddhism to Bhutan. Tango, a Buddhist monastic college, is named after a vision of the horse-headed deity experienced by Drukpa master Phajo Drukom Zhigpo while Cheri is a retreat centre for meditating lamas.

      Tango is the highest center of Buddhist learning in the country; almost every Je Khenpo (religious head of Bhutan) completed the 9-year program there. After completing that program, monks traditionally spend three years, three months and three days in mediation at the nearby Cheri Goemba retreat, built in 1619 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder or first unifier of Bhutan. It is currently the home of a 19-year-old boy believed to be the seventh reincarnation of the fourth Desi, or ruler, of Bhutan.

      After your hike, you might want to enjoy a leisurely packed lunch by the river.

      Weekend Market: Worth visiting the weekend market in Thimphu held on Friday afternoon and remains until Sunday evening. The weekend market certainly offers the best opportunity to see agriculture and dairy products and handicrafts, and to mix around with the local people.

      Overnight: Thimphu

    3. Day 3 Thimphu - Punakha

      Located at around 2 hours drive from Thimphu and at an altitude of 1,350 meters, Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It is still the winter residence of Jekhenpo (Chief Abbot) and the monks of Thimphu. The low altitude and temperate climate makes the valley one of the most fertile in Bhutan and allows two rice crops a year. On a clear day, there are splendid views of the distant Himalayas at Dochula Pass ( 3100m) on the way to Punakha from Thimphu.

      Attractions and Interest

      Punakha Dzong (the Fortress): Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. It is located strategically between the confluence of Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). The Dzong was damaged by an earthquake, fire and flood a number of times and destroyed many historic documents. However, the Dzong has been fully restored to its original splendor by the present king.

      Chimi Lhakhang: A revered temple popularly recognized as a pilgrimage site for childless couples to receive blessings. Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, it is about 20 minute‘s pleasant walk across the rice fields from the road to the temple. The temple was built in the 15th century by Ngawang Chogyel after the ―Divine Madman‖ Lam Drukpa Kuenley built a small stupa on the site.

      If time permits in the evening, cycle from Kabesa Village to Punakha Dzong for leisure. You will have a spectacular view of Mochu River (Female River) and the valley.

      Overnight: Punakha/WangdiPhrodrang

    4. Day 4 Punakha - Phobjikha Valley

      After breakfast hiking to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten built by the third Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck in dedication to 5th King of Bhutan. It will take one-hour walk crosses over a suspended footbridge over Mo-Chhu (Female River).

      After the hike we recommend you white River Rafting. White River Rafting can also be included in the Pho Chu (male river), with its  approx 16 km course with about 15 rapids of class 2-4 is the most popular for rafting in Bhutan followed by Mo Chu (Female river) with 10 Km course comprising around 10 rapids with 2 –  2+ rapids). (We only recommend).

      In the afternoon drive to Phobjikha valley, approximately 3 hours. It is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. The pristine green valley is the winter residence of rare and endangered black-necked cranes that migrate from Tibet to Bhutan in late autumn in a group of 200 to 300. There is also Gangtey Geonpa (Temple) built on the ridge overlooking the beautiful wide valley of Phobjikha.

      Enroute stop for possible sighting birds like Ward’s Trogons and Yellow-rumped Honeyguides.

      (Note: You can spot the cranes only in the month of November, December, January and February)

      Overnight: Phobjikha Valley/Hotel/Camp.

    5. Day 5 Phobjikha - Bumthang

      Bumthang is one of the most fascinating valleys in Bhutan encompassing four major valleys: Chumey, Choekor, Tang and Ura with altitudes rangi from 2,600 to 4,000 meters. It is the religious heartland of Bhutan and home to many of the oldest and most sacred monasteries. The body imprint marks of Guru Rinpoche can still be seen on the rock in some of the monasteries. It is also home to one of the Guru Rinpoche‘s re-incarnates, a treasure discoverer, Terton Pedma Lingpa to whom the present Royal family traces their lineage.

      Enroute to Bumthang visit Trongsa valley situated slightly more than 2,300 meters of altitude is in the centre of Bhutan, separated from both the east and west by high mountain passes. It is about 3 hour 30 minute drive from Pbobjikha Valley.

      Attractions and Interest in Trongsa:

      Ta Dzong: Watch tower built on top of the hill to the east of Trongsa Dzong was known for safeguarding the Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion in the past. A visit to this watch tower will provide you an insight into the historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan‘s history.

      Overnight: Bumthang

    6. Day 6 Sightseeing in Bumthang

      Places of Attractions, Interest and Sightseeing in Bumthang:

      Jambey Lhakhang: Like Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro valley, Jambey Lhakhang was also built at the same time by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century to subdue the giant demoness who was preventing the spread of Buddhism in Tibet and the Himalayan region. To overcome her, Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo decided to build 108 temples in one day which would be placed all over her body to pin the ogress to the earth forever and at the same time, to convert Tibetan people to Buddhism. Jambay Lhakhang holds the left knee and Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro valley pins the left foot.

      Kurje Lhakhang: This Lhakhang is one of the most sacred Lhakhangs in Bhutan as Guru Rinpoche meditated and left the imprint of his body in a cave inside the oldest of the three temples in the eighth century. The oldest temple was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652 while he was Trongsa Penlop. Ugyen Wangchuck, the first king of Bhutan built the second Lhakhang in 1900 while he was still the Trongsa Penlop and the third new Lhakhang was built by the present Queen Mother, Ashi Kesang Wangchuck in 1990.

      Tang Mebar Tsho located in Tang village is considered one of the most sacred sites in the region as it is related to the renowned religious treasurer (Terton) Terton Pema Lingpa. Pema Lingpa is considered an incarnated disciple of Padmasambhava who discovered treasure within the lake in late 15th century. Today, this small fresh water lake is a sacred pilgrimage site for the Bhutanese.

      Overnight:  Bumthang Valley

    7. Day 7 Bumthang - Punakha

      In the morning drive back to Punakha after breakfast.

      In the evening walk to Chimi Lhakhang (time permitting): A revered temple popularly recognized as a pilgrimage site for childless couples to receive blessings. Situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, it is about 20 minute‘s pleasant walk across the rice fields from the road to the temple. The temple was built in the 15th century by Ngawang Chogyel after the ―Divine Madman‖ Lam Drukpa Kuenley built a small stupa on the site.  This day will be a leisure driving with stop overs enroute.

      Overnight: Punakha Valley

       

    8. Day 8 Punakha - Paro

      In the morning drive back to Paro Valley. It is one of the most fascinating valleys in Bhutan. As you disembark at Bhutan‘s International Airport at Paro, you will be enthralled by the pleasant atmosphere, the absence of noise and scenic beauty of the valley. A unique tourist destination of its own, Paro valley is home to many venerated monasteries, oldest temples, National Museum and Bhutan‘s most impressive and well known Dzongs in the country. Paro is also known for producing the bulk of our famous red rice from its fertile terraced fields.

      Ta Dzong: On top of the hill above the Rinpung Dzong is the Ta Dzong, originally built as a watch tower of Paro Dzong in1951. Unlike the rectangular shape of the Dzongs, Ta Dzong is round and is said to be in the shape of a conch shell or more like the parts of a European castle. It was converted to the National Museum in 1968. It has a unique and varied collection of ancient paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, bronze statues, old household objects, exquisite postage stamps, jewellery and many other decorative arts.

      Paro Dzong: Also known as Rinpung Dzong, which means ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. It was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and is one of Bhutan’s most impressive Dzongs in the country which depicts the finest examples of Bhutanese unusual architecture. It serves as the administrative centre of the Paro district and also houses the state monastic community. The courtyard of the Dzong serves as a venue of Paro Tshechu (festival), held annually in spring.

      Overnight: Paro Valley

    9. Day 9 Paro (Taktsang Hike)

      Visit to Taktsang Monastery, literally meaning Tiger‘s Nest‘. According to legends,    it is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew to this location from Tibet on the back of a Tigress (his consort Yeshey Tshogyal) and meditated in one of the caves for three months in the eight century   It is precariously perched on the right side of a cliff, at 2950 meters above sea level and is considered one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for the Buddhist world today. In April, 1998, a fire destroyed the main structure of the monastery. A visit to this monastery is challenging and amply rewarding. It is about 5 hours round trip including a lunch stop at the view point where there is a cafeteria.

      Overnight: Paro Valley

    10. Day 10 Departure

      After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

    Accommodation

    we hope to provide the ultimate best value for all our guests. We choose some of the finest hotels, offer free upgrades to make our visitors feel the most welcomed and well-taken care of while traveling in Bhutan. We take pride in providing first class accommodations for our travelers.

    A wide variety of accommodations are available ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to cozy little hotels, homestays in traditional Bhutanese homes to camping under the stars. Visitors can be assured of comfort, ambiance and hospitality.

    The types of accommodations can be divided into:

    • Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels and Resorts.
    • Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains.
    • Village Homestay.
    • Camping.

    Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels & Resorts

    Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 Star rating System. All Tour Operators are required to provide their guests with Government Categorized Hotels and Resorts, a minimum of 3 Star accommodations so you can be assured of your comfort. Most hotels provide their guests with Basic Necessities, Room Service, Free Wi-fi, Television and some of them also have Fitness Centers and Spas.

    Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains

    The luxury packages are based on 4 star luxury hotels and 5 star International Hotels Chain (Aman Kora, COMO Uma, Zhiwaling, Le Meridien and Taj Tashi) with extra charges in addition to the Mandatory Daily Tariff of USD $250/person/night.

    Village Homestay

    Visitors also have the option of spending a night in a traditional Bhutanese Farm House with a Bhutanese family. Agriculture is still one of the major sources of livelihood among the Bhutanese people and a farm-stay will give you an excellent glimpse into the day-to-day life of a typical Bhutanese family. You’ll be able to observe age old Bhutanese farming traditions as the family goes about its daily tasks. You’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

    Camping

    There’s nothing like camping in some of the most breath taking landscapes of Bhutan. Visitors embarking on long treks will be provided with tents and whatever other camping equipment is deemed necessary. Regardless of where you stay, visitors can be assured of their comfort and traditional Bhutanese hospitality.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • A minimum of 3 star accommodation on twin-sharing basis
    • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, mineral water) as per your choice.
    • Tea and snacks
    • Entrance fees to Temples and Monuments.
    • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.
    • All internal road transport (excluding internal and external flights, which can be offered at additional costs).
    • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
    • All internal taxes and charges.
    • A sustainable Development fees of USD 65.
    • Visa Fees
    • Note:  Holidays Bhutan can also book your flights end-to-end.

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Air fare.
    • Drinks and beverages.
    • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
    • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities).
    • Tips for guide and driver.
    • Shopping and Entertainment.

    Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.

    There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok,Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.).  At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings which you can travel into the kingdom overland.  All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar.  All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan is available on this website. Your selected tour operator will make all the necessary arrangements.

    There is no limit on the number of tourists admitted into the country each year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment the government has adopted a strict policy of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”. This policy is aimed at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the visitors with an unforgettable one of a kind experience.

    The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillis are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.
    Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are the meats that are eaten most often.  A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.

    Wear whatever is comfortable. It is recommended to have a sturdy pair of broken-in trail shoes, boots, or sneakers. It is preferable to dress in layers and wear clothing that will wick away perspiration and keep you dry and comfortable.

    Not much, remember our trips are all inclusive. We do suggest you bring appropriate clothing to fit the season and a day pack to carry extra snacks and water.

    All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners.  Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel.  For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.

    You must call 72 hours ahead of your scheduled tour for a full refund. Within 72 hours you will assess a $35 termination fee. There are no refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of your tour, or if you decide not to show up.

    Yes. Reservations are required for guaranteed spots on all tours. Reservations help us determine the number of guides we need to ensure that our groups remain manageable and enjoyable, and they allow us to notify you of changes to the tour due to weather or anything that could disturb the tours.

    International tourist visas a cost of USD $40 applies.  This can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent.  For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives there is no cost incurred.

    The $200 per day (low season) and $250 per day (high season) package includes a minimum of 3 star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide and transportation (with driver) within the country.  Also included in the price is a $65 per day royalty that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation.  All of these services will be arranged by your tour operator.

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