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Exploring Bhutan

Tour Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
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Tour Highlights

Bhutan often revered as the "Land of the Thunder Dragon" or 'Druk Yul', is still regarded as one of the last "Shangri-La's" in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries

This country of rolling hills and towering crags certainly exudes charm. The mountains are magnificent, the forest are dense, the people are delightful, the air is pure, the architecture inspiring, the religion exciting and the art superb. Like timeless images from the past, the traveler encounters the full glory of this ancient land through its strategic fortresses known as Dzong, numerous ancient temples, monasteries and stupas which dot the countryside, prayer flags which flutter along the high ridges, wild animals which abound in dense forests, foamy white waterfalls which are the ethereal showers, and the warm smile of its friendly people.

The tiny kingdom of Bhutan shares with Nepal the world's greatest concentration of mountains and living heritage of Buddhism. Flight to Paro can truly be described as a flight into fantasy. During the flight, a firsthand close up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and other famous peaks of the Himalaya range become a reality.

With its beautiful and largely unspoiled Himalayan setting, its rich flora and fauna and its vibrant Buddhist culture, Bhutan has become an increasingly popular destination for international tourists. In addition to generating hard-currency revenue, tourism is also providing impetus for the development of services sector and hence balanced and holistic development of entire region. In an effort to safeguard its rich natural and cultural environment, the country has consciously adopted a controlled tourism and development policy.

World Heritage Sites

Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: ARRIVE PARO BY AIR & TRANSFER TO THIMPHU (55 KMS / 1½ HRS DRIVE)
Day 2: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (70 KMS / 03 HRS DRIVE)
Day 3: PUNAKHA – GANGTEY (70 KMS / 03 HRS DRIVE)
Day 4: GANGTEY – THIMPHU (150 KMS / 05 HRS DRIVE)
Day 5: Thimphu
Day 6: THIMPHU – PARO (55 KMS / 1½ HRS DRIVE)
Day 7: Paro
Day 8: Depart Paro by air
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

  1. Whats included in this tour
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
    • Entrances fees
    • Services of English-Speaking guide for sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Government royalty and taxes
    • Accommodation in standard hotels, approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan
  1. Whats not included in this tour
    • International airfare & departure taxes
    • Insurance & visa fees
    • Drinks/beverages with meals
    • Tips/gratuities
    • Sleeping Bags while on Trek
    • Extra supplement costs 
    • Bhutan Visa Fee (US$ 40 per person as stated above)
The tour package booking terms and conditions

Before you book a trip with “Bestway2india.com”- An online trading entity of Bestway Tours and Safaris Pvt Ltd , please take the time to read and understand the booking terms and conditions & additional special conditions which apply to certain trips ,themes and promotional offers. These booking conditions form the basis of your contract with “Bestway Tours & Safaris Pvt. Ltd, Suite 403, Suncity Trade Tower, Sector 21, Gurgaon (National Capital Region), Haryana – 122016, (India) , A company incorporated under Indian companies ACT 1956 vide registration number 55-51646

By asking us to confirm your booking, you confirm that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions, Essential trip information, Inclusions & Exclusions and cancellation & refund policy and agree to be bound by them.

These booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us on https://www.bestway2india.com (An online trading entity of Bestway Tours & Safaris Pvt Ltd) and which we agree to make , provide, or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions, to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated.

  1. Essential Trip Information
    • The prices are Per Person on twin sharing basis.
    • The above cost is valid for the mentioned departure dates only.
    • Please note that smoking is prohibited in public and all parts of the hotels except in designated areas and bedrooms, where smoking is permitted.  Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know.  The fulfillment of this request is subject to availability of smoking rooms and is not guaranteed. 
    • Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs
    • Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)
    • Reporting time at the International at the airport is generally 3 hrs prior to departure of the flight.
    • Check-in counters of most flights close approximately 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates close about 15 minutes prior departure.
    • Reporting time at the Domestic airport is generally 2 hrs prior to departure of flight
    • For booking domestic air seats we need names as per passport.
    • Baggage allowance in internal flights with in India is 15 Kg per person 
  1. Cancellation, Booking deposits and refund policy

    The following booking deposit and cancellation policy applies. 

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

    For Departure Dates 

    12-Dec-2020 , 25-Jan-2020 , 31-Mar-2021 ,

    Booking Deposit : 15 % of the Tour amount. 

    If you cancle the tour the following cancellation policy will apply

    Cancellation received 

    45 days or more - 15 % including deposit

    44 days - 33 Days - 25 % including deposit.  

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  1. Day 1 ARRIVE PARO BY AIR & TRANSFER TO THIMPHU (55 KMS / 1½ HRS DRIVE)
    aerial-view-of-ddzong-thimphu The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkata, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift, as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with enroute stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of Government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 90,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light. Evening take a exploratory walk around Thimphu main street and market area. Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials.
     
    Meals Included
  2. Day 2 THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (70 KMS / 03 HRS DRIVE)
    typical-house-punakha After breakfast, proceed to visit National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion (Closed on Weekends). Also visit nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum: Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School (closed on Sat, Sun & Government Holidays), the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. Textile Museum: With the opening of Textile Museum, Bhutanese textile have reached new heights as one of the most visible distinct art form (Closed on Sundays). Later drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3O8Om). In Bhutan, the passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. Dochula pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Later afternoon visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body.
     
    Evening can be spent exploring Punakha village located right on the bank of river. 
     
    Meals Included
  3. Day 3 PUNAKHA – GANGTEY (70 KMS / 03 HRS DRIVE)
    typical-house-punakha After breakfast, proceed to visit to Chimi Lhakhang (from hotel it is about 15 mins’ drive till motor able road and then walk starts through paddy fields and villages. This is total about 1½ hrs walk, including both way). The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning ‘field’. A walk through the village near the temple will give you rare glimpses into the daily life and lifestyle of the villagers. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, and extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valleys are tightly enclosed. Afternoon take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Goempa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region.  The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley.
     
    Meals Included
  4. Day 4 GANGTEY – THIMPHU (150 KMS / 05 HRS DRIVE)
    gangteng-monastery After breakfast drive back to Thimphu descending back down from Dochu La Pass, follow the way back up the dramatic Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu river valleys. After lunch, drive to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around. The area also provide excellent view of the Thimphu valley from the west. Visit to King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. Continue visit to Trashichhoedzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.
     
    Meals Included
  5. Day 5 Thimphu
    budha-statue-thimphu After breakfast proceed for an excursion to Tango Goemba: Tango Goemba
    This monastery was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa in the 12th century and the present building was built in the 15th century by the "Divine Madman", Lama Drukpa Kunley. In 1616 Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal visited Tango and meditated in a cave near the monastery. His meditation helped ensure the defeat of an invading Tibetan army. The head Lama, a descendent of Lama Drukpa Kunley presented the Goemba to Shabdrung, who carved a sandalwood statue of Chenrezig which he installed in the monastery. The picturesque three-storey tower and several surrounding buildings were built in the 18th century by the eighth Desi, Druk Rabgye and Shabdrung Jigme Chhogyel added the golden roof in the 19th century. Situated north of Thimphu, one way it takes about half an hour drive and one hour walk through shaded rhododendron forests to reach the monastery. After lunch, take a short drive (15 km) to Pangri Zampa, 16th century one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan located just north of Thimphu. Here is a monastic school where Buddhist student’s monks learn Lamaism and astrology based on Buddhist philosophy. Changangkha Lhakhang: It is a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. The temple was established in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama PhajoDrugomShigpo, who came from Tibet. The central statue here is Chenrezig in a manifestation with 11 heads. From temple courtyard, there is fascinating view of Thimphu valley.
     
    Meals Included
  6. Day 6 THIMPHU – PARO (55 KMS / 1½ HRS DRIVE)
    aerial-view-thimphu After breakfast drive to Paro along scenic highway. Enroute visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country built in 1627 which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. After lunch, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. Ta Dzong visit immediately followed by a short walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala.
     
    Meals Included
  7. Day 7 Paro
    monestry After breakfast excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest (approx. 5 hours walk):  It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour. Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. Evening, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan.
     
    Meals Included
  8. Day 8 Depart Paro by air
    After early breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell.  CLOSING DAYS OF SOME OF MONUMENTS MENTIONED IN ITINERARY:
    •    Ta Dzong – Paro (national museum): closed on Government Holidays
    •    National Library – Thimphu: closed on Sat, Sun & on Government Holidays
    •    Textile Museum – Thimphu: Closed on Government Holidays & on Sun. On Sat open from 9.00 AM to 4 PM
    •    Institute of Zorig Chusum (Arts & Crafts School) - Thimphu: Closed on Sun & Government Holidays. On Sat open from 10 AM to 12 o’clock. Also closed in winter (Dec-early March).
    •    Simply Bhutan – Thimphu: Closed on Sun & on Government Holidays
    •    Folk Heritage Museum: Closed on Sunday & on government holidays
     
    Meals Included
  • - Breakfast
  • - Lunch
  • - Dinner

* DENOTES UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES INCLUDED

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  1. FAQ 1 What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

    We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or a duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases.

  2. FAQ 2 What vaccinations are recommended for this tour?

    It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. Below are the links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. Nevertheless, these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional. For Canadian Citizens: www.travel.gc.ca For American Citizens: www.nc.cdc.gov For UK Citizens: www.travelhealthpro.org For Australian Citizens: www.travelvax.com For EU Citizens: www.healthhype.com

     

  3. FAQ 3 What clothing should I pack for one of your tours?

    We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our 'General Conditions' includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each individual tour page. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

  4. FAQ 4 Do your tours include international airfare?

    Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

  5. FAQ 5 What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

    Our ‘General Conditions’ includes the details of all the transports used during the entire service. The details can be found on each individual tour page.

  6. FAQ 6 Are airport transfers included?

    All of our tours include airport transfers and the prices for the same are included in our tour rates.

  7. FAQ 7 Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

    It is possible to join a tour late or leave a tour early. Though you would be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult our Specialist before you book your tour.

  8. FAQ 8 Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

    We use a variety of hotels en-route and a complete list of hotels is provided for your tour. Hotel voucher of each hotel registered for the tour is shared too.

  9. FAQ 9 I'm a single traveler, will I be charged a single supplement?

    All of our trips have a single supplement. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please refer to each tour page for details.

  10. FAQ 10 What are the age restrictions on your tours?

    There are no upper age limits for most of our tours (although for tours under ‘Trekking in the Himalayas’ and ‘Himalayan Panorama’ requires a fit medical condition. For the same, we have a ‘Medical Form’ which is mandatory to be filled by all age groups). For children below the age of 12 years, a parent/guardian should be present. If an assistance is needed, it is to be mentioned at the time of booking. The same will be chargeable.

  11. FAQ 11 How many people can join a tour?

    We keep our group sizes very flexible. So a group of 7 or a group of 70, we welcome all with the same zeal and fondness.

  12. FAQ 12 Who are my travelling companions?

    For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share a traveling passion and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from Canada, North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

  13. FAQ 13 Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

    Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact our Specialist for price information. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

  14. FAQ 14 Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

    Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

Overall Rating 5/5
5/5
Had an amazing time in Bhutan. Best itinerary for the first timer to India who is looking for a short.
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