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Start Time
8:30 am
Tuesday
May 28, 2019
End Time
3:30 pm
Wednesday
June 5, 2019

Location

Source Location:
Bhutan
Country:
India

Trip description

>> An Indian Citizen don’t require a passport or a visa to enter Bhutan <<
Welcome to the Land of Thunder Dragon, a country where the wealth is measured not by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but by Gross National Happiness (GNP) – This is Bhutan. This tiny strikingly beautiful Himalayan country, sandwiched between India and China still remains one of the Last Shangri-La with a charm and magic, like nowhere else in the world. Bhutan`s landscape consists of a lofty and rugged mountain ranges separated by deep fertile valleys, while 72 percent is under forest coverage.
Through centuries of self-imposed isolation Bhutan has been able to preserve its spectacular environment and nurture its unique culture.
We take you on a lifetime journey to this tiny little country with ‘no traffic lights’ which has put happiness of its people before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation.
ITINERARY:-
Day 01 | Siliguri – Phuentsholing (160 Kms, 4 Hours)
Arrival in Siliguri (The nearest railway station is at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, about 10 kms from Siliguri / and the airport is Bagdogra Airport about 13 kms). We start our trip to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan by road at 10AM. Transfer to the Bhutan’s border town – Phuentsholing. After reaching Phuentsholing, we carry on with the immigration formalities & check-in to the Hotel. Stroll in the streets of the town. Chat with the locals. Overnight at Phuentsholing.
MEAL INCLUDED: Dinner only
Day 02 | Phuentsholing – Thimphu (170 Kms, 4.5 Hours)
This morning after breakfast, we take the road to Thimphu, the only capital in the world with no traffic lights. The drive to Thimphu is very scenic with many tiny villages on the way. Our drive will pass through Gedu, Chukha, and Chuzom before emerging ourselves into the only multi culture city in Bhutan. We check-in to our hotel / home-stay, and relax rest of the day. Overnight at Thimphu.
MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 03 | Thimphu
Today, we visit National Memorial Chorten, which houses a number of religious paintings and tantric statues. This is where many old local people gather and offer their prayers, chat with each other and pose for the photographs.
We then visit Zorig Chusum, the School for Arts and Crafts where the students are taught 13 types of Bhutanese art such as carving, textile weaving, thangka painting and more. We can visit the classrooms and chat with the students. We also visit the National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century. Also visit, the Folk Heritage Museum which provides visitors with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life and the Motithang Zoo where we can see Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan.
After Lunch, we visit the Textile Museum, the Zilukha Nunnery temple and Tashichho Dzong (depending on the availability of time). Also, walk in to the post office and get a stamp with your face printed on it.
We end the day with a visit to the Buddha Point where a giant golden Buddha statue overlooks the city of Thimphu. Walk around in the Thimphu town to see the local life. Try out local alcohol brewed from rice and wheat known as “ARA”. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 04 | Thimphu – Punakha via Dochu-La Pass (90 km / 3 hrs)
Today we depart Thimphu and head to Punakha via Dochu-La Pass. The road climbs steeply through a scenic forest of pine and cedar trees, to Dochu-La pass (10,200 feet). The pass where 108 stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built offers 360 degree panoramic views of the snow strewn Himalayan mountain ranges. It is also marked by hundreds of Buddhist prayer flags fluttering in the wind. From here we descend to the fertile valley of Punakha (4,430 feet). The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdom’s.
After lunch, we visit Punakha Dzong, the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’ built in 1637 situated at the confluence of 2 rivers. The dzong (fortress) has to be reached by foot and requires crossing an arched wooden bridge. The air is so clear here & the views are breathtaking. You will end up clicking hundreds of pictures here.
MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 05 | Punakha – Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley (75 km / 2 ½ hrs)
Drive to Phobjikha Valley (9,845 feet), a paradise for nature lovers and hikers, so one can enjoy the hike around the remote valley of Phobjikha.
Phobjikha valley is one of the winter roosting grounds of the rare Black-necked Cranes, where they come in hundreds after spending their summer in Tibet and then migrates to the Himalayas of Bhutan to spend their winter – they arrive in the months of September and October and remain here for 5-6 months before flying back to Tibet. While the cranes reside in the valley, the village folks are not allowed to make loud noises or fish in the river that runs through the valley.
After check in home-stay, visit Black Necked Crane Information Centre which provides all the information about birds. Then stroll in the streets of Gangtey to get the rural life of the people.
From Gangtey, one can closely view the picturesque Black Mountain ranges as well as the beautiful Phobjikha valley. Evening, we’ve the option to take hot stone bath. Overnight at Gangtey.
MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 06 | Gangtey – Punakha (75 km / 2 ½ hrs)
Today we visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in Western Bhutan. Later we hike down Ganju Trail to see the ruins of old Ganju village (about 1.5 km).
We head back to Punakha and take a 20 minute walk through a small village and the surrounding rice paddies to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple situated on a hill-top. The temple is dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, known as the “Divine Madman” who lived in the 14th century. From here you will have wonderful views of the entire Punakha Valley and the confluence of the two rivers.
We also visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, perched on a pine-covered ridge overlooking Toebesa, Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys. This nunnery houses more than a hundred nuns (female monks). They are very friendly and always willing to converse with the visitors. Overnight stay at Punakha.
MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 07 | Punakha – Paro (125 km / 3 ½ hrs)
Start early retracing the drive to Paro. We visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use.
Also visit the ancient and holy Kichu Lhakhang, built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gompo in the 7th century.
Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. Do some souvenir shopping! Overnight at Paro.
MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 08 | Into the Tiger’s Nest
After breakfast, we head to Ramthangka from where we hike to Taktsang Monastery commonly known as Tiger’s Nest, which is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. This magnificent monastery literally hangs from the edge of the rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Have lunch at the cafeteria, enjoying the amazing views of peaks and valleys while relishing your meal. The hike is quite a challenge and takes about 5 hours (both ways). Pony ride is available till the view point but not till the monastery. One can hike up to Cafeteria (exactly midway) for the sheer experience if not able to make it to the monastery.
For those of you, who are not for hiking, there are quite a lot of places to visit in Paro to spend the day. After return, if you are left with some energy, stroll in the market of Paro. Overnight stay at Paro
MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 09 | Paro – Siliguri (300 km / 8 hrs)
Today after early breakfast, we bid fond farewell to the amazing kingdom and take the road to Siliguri with the memories of a lifetime trip. We bid good-bye to all the participants. Tour ends.
MEAL INCLUDED: Breakfast
The itinerary is loosely drafted, and allows you to do as little or as much as you like.
This itinerary is just to give you an idea on the tour structure but in no means final and is subject to change.
TRIP DATES
Start Date: Tuesday, 28th May 2019
End Date: Monday, 22nd April 2019
Pick-up / Drop-off at Siliguri / Bagdogra. Pls ensure that you arrive anytime on Day 00 or latest by 9AM on the Start Date and book your return ticket for your flight after 7PM on the End Date.
TRIP COST
INR 28,500/- per person for the entire trip
Please invite your family and friends to join. The trip will have a maximum of 12 participants only.
Please confirm your participation by paying Rs.5000/- to book your seat
INCLUSIONS
 Comfy accommodation for 8 nights / 9 days on double / triple sharing basis depending on the room size in Home-stays / Hotels / Guesthouses
 Meal starts with Dinner on 1st Day and ends with the Breakfast on the 9th Day, as mentioned in the Itinerary.
 All transfers / sightseeing trips by Non-AC SUV / Mini-Buses.
 Permits, Toll Taxes, Parking Charges
 Guide charges, wherever required.
 All applicable taxes & service charges
EXCLUSIONS
 Air fare from/to Siliguri/Bagdogra
 Food / Snacks other than mentioned above
 Camera charges, Entry Fees in places of interest
 Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guests directly.
 Personal expenses such as laundry, room heater charges, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips, medicines, etc.
 Any item not specified in the ‘Inclusions’.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
1. An Indian Citizen don’t require visa to enter Bhutan
2. Indian nationals visiting Bhutan are required to carry any of the two valid 'Travel Documents' (a) Valid Indian Passport having validity of minimum 6 months; and/or (b) Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India.
3. 2 recent passport size photograph is required to be submitted.
For further details & booking your slot, email us at [masked] or call/ WhatsApp at 9052220466.
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