Climb up to Tiger Nest at Paro, relish your eyes with amazing landscapes, strange animal called “Takin”, understand about Dzong and architectural wonders. Finally a country which measures GDP by Happiness. Explore with us to know more.
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1. Only organic food producing country in the world.
2. Air Pollution below 2% than 14% across the globe.
3. Country measuring the prosperity of people not by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but by Gross National Happiness (GNH)
4. Hardly any hospitals and medical stores which baffles imagination on whether that part of the world never falls “sick” or they just don’t want to end up in hospitals.
5. Relaxed life but committed to work and more productive in terms of overall development.
6. Out of South Asian countries, Bhutanese people are highly dignified, extremely friendly, hospitable beyond imagination and highly disciplined.
7. Bhutan for the last 40 years or more has retained the charm of the least crime country in the world. Crime rate is at 002% which means “No Crime”.
8. For a traveler like me who always would like to pack bags (both rucksack or briefcase) and visit Himalayan locations. Bhutan is the most safest country in the world and most friendly for travelers.
9. Highest amount of flora and fauna, medicinal plants are found in this country than anywhere else in the world.
10. Bhutan is the most orderly country. The citizen abides by all rules without being imposed or “told”. compared to the most unruly South Asian neighbors. Something that need to be learned by the citizens of those countries. Very sorry to say, but then that is the reality.
Celebrating Christmas and New Year 2014 would be a experience on its own. This is because the sky would be dark blue and landscapes really stunning. Added to that photography would be a thrilling effect in all the locations.
To make it much more enjoyable, we have added Photographic mentoring and coaching live session by noted photographer who has won several awards and some of the photographs have been selected for Nat Geo Magazine.
Furthermore, we have added bonfire and celebrating 2014 in a big way. I’m sure that you would like to join in for this fantastic tour.
Duration: 6 Nights & 7 Days ; Bagdogra/Siliguri to Bagdogra/Siliguri
Day 01: Arrive at Bagdogra
Our representative will meet you on arrival at either Siliguri or Bagdogra airport in the Indian state of West Bengal. After a drive of about three hours along a road lined with lush green tea gardens you will reach Phuentsholing , the gateway to Bhutan, which lies directly at the base of the Himalayan foothills. This rapidly growing town is Bhutan’s commercial center, with most commercial organizations headquartered here. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Phuentsholing . We would be staying at Bhutan Residence or Hotel Lhaki.
Day 02: Phuentsholing-Thimphu and overnight stay at Thimphu
After breakfast, proceed to Thimphu, making our first stop about 5 km. up the road to visit Kharbandi Gompa. This beautiful monastery situated in a garden of tropical plants and flowers, was built by Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron in 1967. There is a splendid view of Phuentsholing and the Indian plains from the monastery garden.
After passing through Chapcha the road reaches its highest point of about 2,800m/9,185ft, then descends steeply and runs along the banks of the Wang Chu (river) to Chuzom (meaning confluence), where the Paro Chu runs into the Wang Chu. From here it is only about 2 hours’ drive up the valley to Thimphu. Shortly before reaching our destination, we will stop to visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in the kingdom, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1627. On arrival in Thimphu, check into the hotel. We would be visiting Thimphu Dzong while Kiran shows us how to click night photography as part of coaching and mentoring.
Day 03: Thimpu Sight seeing
When in Thimphu you got to prepare for surprises where this unique capital has no traffic lights but adopted its own version of the British – Indian colonial times traffic policemen who can startle you and memorize others with his elaborate hand gestures, sometimes he may be signaling stop when it looks like go but don’t worry you can observe the flow and notice his smile as you stare at him. Sightseeing includes the National Memorial Chorten a stupa dedicated to the third king of Bhutan and Buddha statue and Takin Zoo,. Further drive uphill and visit Takin Zoo where you will find national animal of Bhutan. Afternoon transfer to Punakha valley touching Dochula pass 10,000 ft and on the stop at Hongtsho village. Stop at the immigration check point to stamp in your permit. Next to the check point you will find small local stalls selling fresh juicy local apples available for sale in plastic bags you could try some. You will be driving through the first mountain pass in the western part of Bhutan. You will find the 108 Druk Wangyal chortens on the top of the pass where the ridges are draped in colorful prayer flags greet you. You could take three rounds and offer prayers, take some best photo shots. If the weather is clear you will be able to see the highest peaks towards the north, Gangar Punsum among others is the highest unclimbed peak (24,000 ft) in the world. Proceed down to Thinleygang village and upon reaching Lobesa turn left and enter Punakha valley. Check in the hotel and evening at leisure. O/n at Punakha where we would visit fully illuminated Punakha Dzong in night where Kiran would teach us certain key elements of using camera and exposures.
Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha / Wangdue
After breakfast drive over Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) to Punakha.
Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955, when the seat of government moved to Thimphu. Originally situated on the riverbank and dominated by the towering walls of Punakha Dzong, the township was relocated to a safer site a few kilometers down the valley, consequent upon extensive flooding in the early 1990s. At the same time, extensive renovation work was undertaken on Punakha Dzong itself, which is now a breathtaking and glorious sight as you first glimpse it from the road. Although four catastrophic fires and an earthquake in past times destroyed many historic documents, Punakha Dzong still houses many sacred and historic artifacts and also the embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 05: Punakha – Thimpu-Paro
Morning check out from the hotel and visit majestic Punakha Dzong placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, the dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk. On the way visit Chimmi Lhakhang and drive towards Paro. Further proceed to Paro valley and visit ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and evening at leisure.. O/n at Paro. Today, we shall be doing live Photography training and stay at Ugyen Phendeyling Resort or similar
Day 5 Paro – hike to Tigers Nest
Morning – if you are adventurous and physically fit to you could hike to the world famous “Tigers Nest “or popularly known as “Taktsang” one of the popular spiritual heritage sites. It was here that the great tantric master Guru Padma Sambhava flew in from Tibet on a tiger to bring Buddhist teachings to Bhutan. (round hike take 7 hours).O/n at Paro. While we hike Tiger nest, get ready to use your camera and click. Kiran would be teaching theory and practical aspects of Camera and photography.
Day 6 Paro sightseeing & transfer to Phuentsholing 172 km 5 hrs drive
Morning check out from the resort and visit Kyichu Lhakhang the monastery dates back to 7th century and is one of the oldest and most sacred, Paro Dzong, the National Museum housed in a round fortress called as the Ta Dzong considered to be one of the best natural history museums in Asia where it has a fine collection of natural and historic artifacts. Transfer to Phuentsholing.
Day 7 Departure
Morning transfer to depart for your next destination.
Cost: Rs.27,500 with Breakfast and Dinner included. (Photography coaching)
Rs.20,000 with Breakfast and Dinner included (without Photography coaching)
Children : Rs.9000 per child. Extra bed would be provided and room big enough to hold 2 extra beds
What is included and excluded?
Happy to Include:
Fantastic hospitality from the time you land in Siliguri / Bagdogra.
- Basic and Advanced Photography mentoring and coaching from Kiran Patthi with documentation.
- All permit charges in Bhutan.
- Breakfast and Dinner included with a cozy stay at all locations from the time we reach Bhutan.
- Bonfire on 31st night at Punaka.
- Travel throughout Bhutan in comfort with guide explaining various locations and giving you sufficient opportunity to enjoy and also take memories by clicking photographs.
- Awesome Indian / Bhutanese cuisine.
- Group Discount when you refer or bring your Friends/Relatives to this happiness country.
4 – 7 pax Toyota hi-ace bus
8 – 15 pax Toyota Coaster bus
Accomodation on Twin sharing basis.
Hard, but excluded:
1. Air/Rail fare from your location to Siliguri/Bagdogra
2. Expenses of personal nature and insurance.
3. Medical or emergency evacuation services.
4. Lunch on all the days.
What if the locations on itinerary changes while on tour? Will there be refund for not showing them?
Due to changes in weather conditions, strike or communal disturbances the itineraries need to be changed instantly. Our representative would take care of ensuring that they provide different options at that time. However, we would not be able to refund the amount where the locations were not covered due to aforesaid reasons as these are beyond our control.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
We strives for cost effectiveness by having a maximum 6 guests and hence initial amount collected is based upon that. It might so happen that the number of people might become smaller than expected. Himalayan Fantasy representative will get in touch with guests within 15 days of the departure date on the final group size.Thus, the differential amount need be paid by guests due to this change.
Booking must be confirmed 20 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the tours in remote locations due to terrain and logistics involved. You would appreciate that it causes lot of inconvenience to people staying there due to cancellation as they would have reserved the hotel/lodges for us.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the guests. We shall take adequate precaution and always check the weather condition in advance, but acts of nature is beyond our control.
Cancellation policy – While we strive to plan everything for you well in advance, enabling your trip to be hassle-free and fun filled. Implication is that fees, permits, accommodation expenses need to be paid in advance at those locations and in most cases they would not refund to us. Any cancellation would be inconvenient and loss to all those who were involved in making your journey memorable. Considering the cascading effect you would appreciate that it is fair that the cost has to be borne by you. As a goodwill, our policy on cancellation would be as under:
- Cancellation prior to 20 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 19 days to 15 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 14 days prior to date of departure and departure date: No Refund
- No Show : No Refund
Passport / Permit requirement for Bhutan? What documents are required?
For Indian nationals a valid Indian passport or voters ID card is required if you are traveling or flying into Paro International Airport/ and if you are traveling by road from the border town Phuentsholing you will have to carry a valid voters ID card or valid Indian passport & 3 copies of passport size photographs.
For school student or children – Original Birth certificate is required or Valid Passport (any one).
Note: Driving License / Pan Card / OCI card is not accepted as travel document in Bhutan for children.
When and how to travel to Bhutan?
Bhutan has season for everyone –
Spring (March, April, and May) – The time for festivals in Paro, one of the largest monastic festivals, Paro tshechu (festival) take place. Season for trekkers in moderate altitudes. The temperature is pleasant mild even up to Alpine regions.
Summer (June, July, August) – This time of the year is monsoon, but this should not deter travelers. In the settled areas of central and western Bhutan pleasant summer temperatures without heat or humidity can be experienced. Rainfalls for short period daily but its manageable with
adequate planning and equipment.
Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov) – The traditional high season in Bhutan have the highest number of festivals. Trekkers enjoy the clear view of the mountains in October and low rainfall. Rice harvest means a picturesque landscape, remarkable terraces and changing color.
Winter (December, January, and February) – The dry and pleasant conditions make this the best time of the year for bird watching in the jungles, village to village trekking in the lower altitude or a bicycle trip along the mountain roads is one way to spend a perfect holiday.
What kind of clothing is required?
Bhutan’s climate varies across the country. One can be in shorts and Tee shirts andw within a few hours of travel, might require woolen wear. Normally, there is always fluctuation in temperature all the time even in the same location. Better is that you carry warm woolen wear and casuals as well. From April to November, Bhutan presents a very pleasant weather where max temperature would be around 17-19 C and min would be around 6-12 C.
What kind of hotels are we going to be put up? Would they be neat for the price being charged?
The hotels would be standard category. Standard here refers to a well furnished, clean and hygenic and food is of good quality. We don’t compromise on boarding and lodging and ensure that the hotels meet the set criteria.
Can we use mobile phones at these locations?
You will find mobile towers across Bhutan. But at higher elevation, the network might not be good. You would require Bhutan SIM card or International roaming facility to use mobile in Bhutan.
Can we charge mobile phones?
While staying in hotels at all locations, we could charge the mobile phones.
How would be the quality of the roads at these locations?
Bhutan roads are very good and you can reach any locations quickly. However, at times, due to landslides which is a common feature in these locations, the roads might not be in good conditions. The local administration does everything to restore, but then might not be adequate. Thus you might experience bumpy rides at certain places. The guide would keep you informed about road condition.
What if the road is cut off or blocked? What should we do?
There is nothing to panic. We shall provide you with information on how the condition of road is on the day of travel to these high altitude places. If the road is blocked, we shall work out a different itinerary to ensure that you enjoy the holidays stress free and without hassles.
Can we get children on board?
Children above 6-8 years are certainly welcome and they would certainly enjoy the nature.
What kind of food is available in these high altitude places for eating?
Most of these places offer Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese dishes. You could try some local cuisine which is hot & spicy but while ordering, you can always ask them to make it medium spicy.
Note: In Bhutan when you walk in to local restaurants for lunch or dinner, your ordered food may take at least 30 to 45 min time. It would be advisable to order your food in advance through your guide so that when you reach the restaurant you need not have to wait for long.Thimphu & Paro there are various food joints where quick meals are served.
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