10 DAYS DISCOVER BHUTAN

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Bhutan

After arriving in Paro and check-in at your hotel in Thimphu, we’ll visit the Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Zoo, stopping at Sangaygang for a panoramic view of Thimphu, and proceed to the Kuenselphodrang (Buddha Point) and then to Tashichho Dzong.

Day 2Thimphu Tour

Today, we’ll visit the tradition handmade paper mill, the Cen- tenary Farmenr’s Market, the National Institute for Zorig Chu- sum, followed by a visit to the Folk Heritage Museum. After lunch, we will visit the Dechhen Phodrang Monastic School, the Zilukha Nunnery National and end the day with a visit to the Simtokha Dzong.

Day 3Thimphu - Trongsa

After an early breakfast, we drive via the Dochula Pass, con- tinuing nowards to Wangdue Phodrang in time for lunch. We will then continue to Tongsa via Pelela Pass enjoying the sce- nic change in vegetation across the way. En-route, we’ll visit the Chendebji Chorten and as we arrives at Trongsa in the late afternoon, we check-in to our hotel for the night.

Day 4Trongsa - Bumthang

We’ll visit Trongsa Dzong, the ancient seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan where the Kings of Bhutan were invested as Trongsa Penlop (Governer) before enthroing as the king. We’ll then proceed to Bumthang over the Yotong-la Pass, through the coniferous forest and into the wide, open cultivated valley of Chumay, arriving in Bumthang in about 3 hours.

Day 5Bumthang Tour

In Bumthang, home to many prominent temples and monas- tries, we’ll visit Kujey Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamsh- ing Lhakhang, and Jakar Dzong. In the evening, we will stroll the Bumthang town, perhaps have a coffee at a local cafe.

Day 6Bumthang - Gangtey

After breakfast, we’ll today drive to Gantey, the winter home for Black Necked Cranes. In Gangtey, we will first vist the Gangtey Goenpa before proceeding to explore Gangtey Vil- lage and Phobjikha Valley.

Day 7Gangtey - Punakha

From Gangtey, we will proceed to visit the magnificent Puna- kha Dzong, visit Chimi Lhakhang en-route and proceed to Khamsum Yulley Namgeyl Chorten after lunch, exploring the beautiful Punakha valley.

Day 8Punakha - Paro

Prepare for a scenic drive from Punakha to the Paro valley. Look out for Jomolhari, the third tallest mountain peak which can be seen on a sunny day. We’ll visit Kichu Lhakhang be- fore driving to Paro Dzong.

Day 9Paro Tour

This is the day we take an exhilarating hike to Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). After the hike is done, you have the rest of the day to enjoy a walk around Paro town or buy some souvenirs before you return.

Day 10Depart Bhutan

After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your return flight home.

Prices

SPRING / FALL (Mar – May & Sep – Nov)

USD 2,650 for single traveller
USD 2,560 per pax for group of 2
USD 2,290 per pax for group of 3 or more

SUMMER / WINTER (Jun – Aug & Dec – Feb)

USD 2,200 for single traveller
USD 2,110 per pax for group of 2
USD 1,840 per pax for group of 3 or more

 

Price Includes

  • Visa for Bhutan and Visa fee
  • Private guided tour
  • A licensed English-speaking tour guide
  • An experienced driver
  • A tour vehicle
  • All meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
  • Accommodation at 3 stars hotel
  • Government fees, royalty, taxes and surcharges
  • All entrance fees, monument charges and road permits
  • Mineral bottled water for the entire duration of the stay

Price Excludes

  • Flight with Drukair to Paro, Bhutan (can be arranged with us)
  • Flight on other airline to catch Drukair flight
  • Hotel stay and meals outside of Bhutan
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Other expenditures of personal nature
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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is it possible to arrange a private tour?

Yes, all of our tours are on private basis (unless specified otherwise) and you do not have to join another group.

Can I customize this itinerary?

Yes, we can customize the itineray for you to get the best of Bhutan during your trip. You can add a short trek, upgrade your hotel stays, coincide your travel to witness a festival, or even add a cooking class.

Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel?

It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator to book your travel to Bhutan.

All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator such as Drukair Holidays prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.

We will be applying for your Visa on your behalf if you are purchasing the tour package from us.

When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

Bhutan has four distinct seasons and each season has its own beauty and charm. Bhutan is an year-round destination. So, it is entirely up to you to decide your travel period.

Spring (March, April and May) is a botanist’s delight as various flowers start to bloom.and plants start budding after their long dormancy in winter.Flowers such as rhododendron, wild azaleas, and edelweiss cover the meadows like carpet and add a new sense of wonder.to the Bhutan’s landscape.

Summer (June, July and August) is an abundant time of the year as flowers are in full bloom and valleys are covered in green, weeping willows sweep the banks of many of the river and pine cone glisten in the sun, so full with risen they are ready to plummet to the ground.

Autumn (September, October and November) is the time when the entire landscape turns into golden color. The farmers harvesting their crops in the golden colored paddy fields under the crisp blue skies is just an amazing view of Bhutan’s landscape in the Autumn season.

Winter (December, January & February) has its moments. The days are full of sunshine while evenings can turn chilly. Soft turfs of clouds drape lazily over mountain tops as if waiting for new life to blow it across the landscape. The winter season in Bhutan gives one a clear view of the world’s highest Himalayan mountain ranges covered in snow.

What’s the food like in Bhutan?

The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that is not spicy.

Rice forms staple Bhutanese diet. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are consumed most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.

What currency is used in Bhutan? Can I pay with my credit card for my personal expenses when in Bhutan?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is widely accepted in the country. Some of the banks that you can use to change currencies to local local currency while in Bhutan are the Bank of Bhutan Limited, the Bhutan National Bank, the Druk PNB and the Tashi Bank.

In addition, POS (Point of Sale) services are available nationwide, meaning visitors can pay by credit card at most handicrafts stores (for your souvenir shopping) and other shops frequented by tourists.