Welcome to sacred land of Bhutan – where prosperity is measured by Gross National Happiness. Indeed splendid for sure.
Bhutan is known for its unique architecture and you will find most of the building and houses colorful as a distinct source of aesthetic pleasure. Patterns of rich colours adorn walls, beams, pillars and doors in traditional splendour. Art and paintings are also important aspects of Bhutanese culture and they bear testimony to the spiritual depth of Bhutanese life.
You would be thrilled to see amazing vistas, dzongs of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, high pass at Dochula and a hike to Taksang Monastery or Tiger Nest at Paro.
Enjoy this unique land which is referred as Last Shangrila and witness a small video below to get to know about Bhutan – Splendid indeed..
Duration: 6 Nights & 7 Days ; Bagdogra to Bagdogra
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 .
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. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimpu Sight seeing
Morning visit to Tashichhodzong, the main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King. Tashichhodzong is also the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the central monk body. Proceed to the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years. Visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School), where a six year training course is given in the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Also visit (outside only) the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed.
After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally envisaged by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the father of modern Bhutan”), and a monument to peace. Visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and privately owned crafts shops, which offer a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous. Also visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, opened in 2001. Overnight at Thimphu.
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
After breakfast drive to Paro, visiting Simtokha Dzong en route. This dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan. It now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.
Arrive Paro and check into the hotel. Either we do local sight seeing in Paro and if time permits walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 06: Paro sightseeing
Start at 6:00 AM for 4 hour trek to Taksang Monastery called as Tiger Nest. This is a arduous climb and those who don’t want to do this trek, can spend time in sight seeing. The sight seeing will include Drukgyel Dzong and drive to Phuentsholing and overnight stay at this border town.
Day 07: Phuentsholing to Bagdogra/Siliguri
After breakfast, start the journey back to Bagdogra to catch flight. If you have ideas of continue the journey of Himalayas, you can choose to visit Darjeeling-Sikkim which is another itinerary which can be added to this one.
Cost: *Call for Group Discount applicable for Group Size of 6 Extra Bed for Children will be charged seperately.
What is included and excluded?
Cost Includes: All locations indicated in itinerary and transfers in Jeeps/SUV/Car depending upon terrain and location. Hotel stay on Room only basis on Twin sharing at all locations.
Cost excludes: Expense of personal nature, food, personal insurance. At Paro, if you wish to hire guide for Taksang Monastery (Tiger Nest).
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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