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Incredible Bhutan
11 Nights and 12 Days

$2750/-


From West to East, this package will take you

Here is a highlighted overview of this package

  • Day 1: Arrive Paro: You will visit the National Museum and 1645 AD Rinpung Dzong
  • Day 2: Taktshang Monastery Excursion: Hike to 8th century Taktshang Monastery.
  • Day 3: Thimphu: Memorial Stupa, Changangkha Lhakhang and Tashicho dzong are some of the places you will visit.
  • Day 4: Punakha: Drive to Bhutan's ancient capital and you will visit the ultimatum of Bhutanese architecture, the 1637 AD Grand Fortress of Punakha Dzong.
  • Day 5: Gangtey – Trongsa:Explore the winter home of endangered Black Necked Cranes at Gangtey and then proceed to the ancestral home of the Royal Family, Trongsa.
  • Day 6: Bumthang:Apart from being called the Switzerland of the east, Bumthang has so much history to offer and revered places to visit.
  • Day 7: Bumthang:Visit the 1652 AD Kurjey Lhakhang and also the Burning Lake.
  • Day 8: Mongar:Over the highest pass on this lateral highway and we will enter the Eastern region of Bhutan.
  • Day 9: Trashigang: History has it that the Eastern Bhutan was once commanded from this part of the country.
  • Day 10: Trashiyangtse: Newest of the 20 districts of Bhutan, Trashiyangtse was an important centre as it lied on one of the caravan route of Eastern and Western Bhutan
  • Day 11: Samdrup Jongkhar: Right at the Eastern foothills of Bhutan, this was once a battle ground of the 19th century Duar war.
  • Day 12: Depart Samdrup Jongkhar: You will depart Bhutan from Samdrup Jongkhar

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Day

one

Arrive Paro

Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative will receive you.

After an early lunch, we will take a quick visit to the ruins of 1647 AD Drukgyel Dzong followed by 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D. by a Tibetan King

On way back, we will visit Dungtse Lhakhang, which was built in 15th century. This will be followed by a visit to Ta Dzong, the watchtower built in 1649 AD to safeguard the main structure of Rinpung Dzong from the Tibetan invaders. It has been converted to house the National Museum in 1968.

We will also visit 1645 AD Rinpung Dzong located just below the museum. This massive fortress houses the District Administration office and the Monk Body

Early evening, take a leisurely stroll in the town.

Day

two

Taktshang Monastery Excursion

After an early breakfast, drive to the base and start our hike to Taktshang Monastery (2950m), built in 1684 AD.

A picnic lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria will be arranged.

After lunch, we will drive to Thimphu (60 KM from Paro), the capital city of Bhutan. While on the way, we will visit the 15th century Tachogang Lhakhang.

Day

three

Thimphu

After breakfast, we will visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the late 3rd King.

Then, we will visit one of the oldest temples in Thimphu valley, the 15th century Changangkha Lhakhang. This will be followed by a visit to the National Library, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Institute for Zorig Chusum, Textile Museum and Folk Heritage Museum. A visit to the workshops of traditional boot and mask makers’, fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making will also be arranged.

After lunch, we will drive to Kuensel Phodrang, popularly known as the Buddha Point, and enjoy the panoramic view of Thimphu valley.

A visit to Semtokha Dzong, built in 1629 AD, will also be arranged.

Then, we will visit 1641 AD massive structure Tashichho Dzong, which houses part of the Government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the senior monks and the Chief Abbot.

Early in the evening, we will visit Handicrafts Emporium and local handicraft shops. If it falls on weekends, including Thursday, we will also visit the Centenary Farmer’s Market.

Day

four

Punakha

After breakfast, we will start our journey to Punakha, which once served as the capital of Bhutan. While on the way we will stop at Dochu La pass and enjoy the scenic beauty with 108 stupas at the hilltop. On a clear sky day, you will also be able to enjoy the panoramic view of the mountain ranges and peaks of Greater Himalaya.

We will visit Chime Lhakhang, which the locals believe it to be the "Temple of Fertility". By lunchtime, we will be at Punakha.

After lunch visit the Grand Fortress of Punakha Dzong built in 1637 AD. It houses the winter residence of the Central Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot.

Day

five

Gangtey – Trongsa

After an early breakfast, we will start our journey towards Trongsa via Gangtey. Enroute sightseeing in the valley of Wangdiphodrang will include ruins of 1639 AD Wangdi Phodrang Dzong

Over an hour’s drive from Wangdue Phodrang Dzong will take us to Gangtey. There, we will visit Gangtey Gompa (monastery) built in 1613 AD.

Then, explore Phobjikha valley, which is famous for being the winter home of endangered Black Necked Cranes.

Lunch will be served at Gangtey.

After lunch, we will continue our drive to Trongsa. There we will visit the most impressive fortress of Bhutan, Trongsa Dzong, built in 1644 AD. It is the ancestral home of the Royal Family and the first two kings ruled Bhutan from this fortress. Then, we will visit Ta Dzong, the ancient watchtower that safeguarded Trongsa Dzong. It is now renovated as a museum.

Day

Six

Bumthang

Early morning, after breakfast, we will be on a two and a half hour road to Bumthang. It is a pleasant drive through scenic forests and countryside including the valley of Chumey.

Besides being a beautiful place, akin to Switzerland, Bumthang is a place of historical importance and has many highly revered holy places.

After lunch, drive up to 1667 AD structure Jakar Dzong, followed by a visit Lamai Gompa, a temple built by the First King of Bhutan for his two nun sisters.

In the evening, visit Bumthang Cheese and Fruits Factories at Batpalathang and take a leisurely stroll in Chamkhar Town.

Day

Seven

Bumthang

After breakfast, we will visit Jampa Lhakhang, the temple that was constructed by the Tibetan King at the same time as Kichu Lhakhang in Paro

Then, we will visit Chakhar Lhakhang, the palace of the Chokhor King Sendha of the 8th century. The original palace was made of iron and hence the name Chakhar.

A visit to Kurjey Lhakhang, built in 1652 AD, will be arranged

Then, visit the 1501 AD Tamshing Lhakhang (Temple of the good message). It is the most important Nyingmapa (Old School Tradition) temple, particularly of the Peling tradition, in the Kingdom.

After lunch, visit Membartsho, literally meaning "the Burning Lake", a short distance up the road leading to Tang valley.

Day

Eight

Mongar

After an early breakfast we will start our journey to Mongar. An hour later, we will spend sometime exploring Ura valley.

Another hour or so will take us through Thrumshingla Pass (3800 m), the highest pass on this lateral highway.

Just before, Lingmethang, you will see the ruins of Shongar Dzong on the right side. It was built in 1100 by a lord from Ura and abandoned in the 19th century in favour of the new Mongar Dzong.

Another hour will take us to Mongar town.

Day

Nine

Trashigang

After breakfast, we will visit Mongar Dzong which was built in the 19th century. However the present Dzong was rebuilt in 1953 and is quite small.

Then, we will drive to Trashigang via Korila Pass (2450m) marked by a beautiful Chorten. From this point on is a gradual descend for an hour till Sherichu (700m) and then drive along the left side of Drangmechu till reaching Chagzam at the base of Trashigang Dzong. It takes another half an hour to reach Trashigang Town.

Trashigang is about 90 kms from Mongar which takes over three hours.

After lunch a visit to massive Trashigang Dzong will be arranged. It was built in 1668 by Bhutan’s third Temporal Ruler; 1668-1680. The Dzongpons (Governors) of Trashigang dominated eastern Bhutan from this fortress in the political history of Bhutan.

This will be followed by a leisure stroll in to the town. Here one can see many Nomadic herdsmen (Brokpas) of Higher Himalayas. This day is perfect for Photography with these Nomadic Herdsmen. In the evening visit a nearby village.

Day

Ten

Trashiyangtse

After breakfast we will start our journey towards Trashiyangtse. Enroute we will visit the temple of Gom Kora, set on a small alluvial plateau, overlooking the river, 24 km. from Trashigang.

Trashiyangtse is an ethnically and culturally diverse district and the inhabitants include Yangtseps the regions indigenous dwellers, Tshanglas, Bramis from Tawang, Khengpas from Zhemgang and Kurtoeps from Lhuentse. This rich cultural tapestry has resulted in an interesting mix of languages and cultural practices in the region.

We will visit Trashiyangtse Dzong, which overlooks the town and was built in the late 1990s. If time permits, we will also visit the dazzling white stupa of Chorten Kora on the riverbank below the town, and the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students are trained in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. In the evening we return to Trashigang.

Day

Eleven

Samdrup Jongkhar

Completed in 1965, the Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar road will take around 6 hours. 18kms prior to arrival at Samdrup Jongkhar is Deothang, the place still remembered in history for the battle fought against British India in the 19th Century.

Day

Twelve

Depart Samdrup Jongkhar

After breakfast, we will drive you to Guwahati in India for your onward flight home.

Service INCLUDED on Package Rate:

The Package Tariff Rate covers the following land costs for a Standard Package:

  • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis (Single room supplementary charge is US$ 50 per night during festival season and US$ 35 per night during other times) in best available tourist Standard hotels
  • All meals
  • Transportation
  • Trained English speaking guide and driver
  • Museum fees and other fees associated with the programme listed in the itinerary
  • 35% Tax to the Government

Service NOT INCLUDED on Package Rate:
  • Air Fares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Internet / Telephone
  • Laundry
  • Expenses of Personal Nature /tips

Optional Add-ons:

Standard Package upgrades can be made for the following at additional costs:

  • Standard Hotels : Deluxe Rooms/ Suite Rooms
  • Vehicle : 4-wheel drive SUVs
  • Guides : Other than English Speaking guides
  • Extra Activities : Cultural shows, guest speakers on specific topics, personalized religious ceremonies for well-being, traditional Bhutanese/Buddhist weddings, etc.
Visa Information

All foreign nationalities (except for Indian Passport holders) require a visa for Bhutan. Visa must be obtained before departing for Bhutan.

As Mandated by the government, your Bhutan Visa can be processed only upon receipt of the tour payment by the designated bank (Bhutan National Bank as of now) in Bhutan. The payment has to be made at least SIX WEEKS prior to the commencement of the tour. In order to process for our Bhutan Visa we will require the following information of yours:

  • Full name as it appears in your passport
  • Date and place of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Adresses: Both permanent and present
  • Passport Number
  • Type of Passport
  • Place of Issue
  • Date of Issue
  • Date of Expiration

Further, you will need to send us scanned copies of your passport and a passport size photograph.

Based on the information provided, Phuentshok Tours & Treks will process your Bhutan Visa and email you the same upon receiving the clearance as issued by the Department of Immigration.


Tourism Mandate

Tourism has been strictly limited in Bhutan so that traditional culture can be preserved and nurtured. The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, that is to say that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. For these reasons, tourism is carefully monitored and the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to an environmentally manageable level.

All tourists are required to make their travel arrangements for both tours and treks through an authorised tour operator on pre-planned, pre-paid and guided package. Independent travel in not permitted in Bhutan. The tour operator is responsible for all land arrangements during your stay in Bhutan including in-country travel and various permits (including route, heritage visits and special permits). Undoubtedly visitors can experience Bhutan in its true nature only on all-inclusive standard packages.


Insurance

There is no personal insurance of any kind included in the tour price. Therefore it is advised that your travel insurance be obtained from places of residence before the commencement of your trip. Phuentshok Tours & Treks will not accept liability for any illness, injury or death sustained during a tour/trek. However, all possible logistic support will be provided by the company.


Remittance of Tour Payment

Entire tour payment must be settled SIX WEEKS prior to date of arrival in Bhutan and Visa is cleared by the Government subject to advance payment only.


Delayed Arrival/Departure

There shall be no charges for the number of days of delyas in arrival of the visitors due to weather conditions, airline problem or road blocks. And accordingly there shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitors due to the same reasons as mentioned earlier.

However, visitors will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food, transportation and any other services required.


Cancellation Policy

The tour programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • 30 days before date of arrival in Bhutan : Free
  • Before 21 days : 10% of tariff
  • Before 14 days : 15% of tariff
  • Before 7 days : 30% of tariff
  • 7 days or less : 50% of tariff
  • After arrival in Bhutan : 100% of tariff

The flights booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges. Similarly, charges apply any changes required for flight dates and names. Charges levied are as follows:

a. Cancellation of Tour:

  • Before 30 days of Date of Travel : 100% Refund
  • Between 10 – 30 days : 50% refund
  • Within last 10 days : No refund/ Ticket valid for 1 year
  • Administrative fee : US$ 25 per cancellation

b. Changes in flight dates : US$ 10 or equivalent local currency

c. Name corrections after obtaining PNR : US$ 25 or equivalent of local currency