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BHUTAN TOUR DATES:
No fixed date is announced for this tour. This tour can be done all year round.All of our tours and trips are private, tailor-made tours for independent travel. We specialize in customizing itineraries according to our guest’s choice of date, time and place so that they can spend more time in the places doing the activities that they are interested in.
Throughout the trip, you’ll be provided with best neat and clean 3 star Hotel and Accommodations selected by the Tourism Council of Bhutan for their exceptional quality service, location and of course, food. If you want to upgrade the hotel to luxury we are very open for change. The difference in rates should be paid upfront.
Bhutan Tour cost during Peak Seasons. (March, April, May, June)
Tourists travelling in a group of two (2) persons or less shall be subject to a surcharge, in addition to the minimum daily package rates. (That is $225 – $250 per day, per person)
Surcharges are as follows:
The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge.
The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.
Note: In a group of three persons, if one member is a child of 5 years and below, the group shall be treated as a FIT group of two persons and surcharge will be applicable.
1 Pax – $2160: For 8 Nights Bhutan tour. $40 surcharge per night + $225 per day
2 Pax – $2080: For 8 Nights Bhutan tour. $30 surcharge per night + $225 per day
Above 3 Pax below 16 Pax – $1840: For 8 Nights Bhutan tour. No surcharges applicable. $225 per day per person
16 Pax and more – $1840: For 8 Nights Bhutan tour. No surcharges applicable. $225 per day per person. If the group has more than 16 people, 1 individual gets FOC. Which is divided among the group.
Bhutan Tour cost during lean/off Seasons. (September,November, December)
1 Pax – $1800: For 6 Nights Bhutan tour. $40 surcharge per night + $180 per day
2 Pax – $1720: For 6 Nights Bhutan tour. $30 surcharge per night + $180 per day
3 Pax and more – $1480: For 6 Nights Bhutan tour. No surcharges applicable. $180 per day per person
16 Pax and more : For 6 Nights Bhutan tour. No surcharges applicable. $180 per day per person. If the group has more than 16 people, 1 individual gets FOC. Which is divided among the group.
Child Cost during peak & lean seasons.
Please Note: Children below 5 years will not be eligible for GROUP SIZE DISCOUNTS, DURATION DISCOUNTS and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE FREE ZONE DISCOUNT and All Children and Students will not be eligible for DURATION DISCOUNTS
|Tour Cost Includes||Tour Cost Excludes|
|1. All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner||1. Flight Fare to Bhutan|
|2. All entrance fee to visit special sights and heritages||2. Tips & gratuity for guide & drivers|
|3. All accommodations in Bhutan||3. Sim-card & internet connection for your phone|
|4. All Transportation within Bhutan||4. Fare for Domestic Flights|
|5. Professional English speaking guide|
|6. Complementary supply of Mineral Water|
Thimphu – Hotel Thimphu Tower/ Hotel Puentsho Pelri/ Hotel Jumolhari/ Similar
Paro – Metta Resort/ Shambala Resort/ Hotel Tashi Namgay/ Simialr
Punakha – The Four Boutique/ Zhingkham Resort/ Drubchhu Resort/ Similar
Note: Hotels will be booked upon availability. But if the recommended hotels are not available, we will try our best to book similar type of hotels in the region.
Guide & Driver used:
Guide – Mr. Choki Dorji Contact Number –
Driver – Mr. Tashi Wangchuk Contact Number –
1 Pax – 3 Pax: SUV: Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Santa Fee, Toyota Prado/ Similar
4 Pax – 8 Pax: Mini Bus: Hyundai H1/ Toyota Hiace Bus/ Similar
10 Pax – 21 Pax: Tour Bus: Toyota Coaster Bus/ Similar
Shopping in Bhutan:
Once we are at Bhutan, we obviously would want to take something back as a souvenir. Something to remind us about our amazing adventures in the happiest country in the world.
Best places to shop:
Your visa must be processed by a licensed Bhutanese tour operator as it will be verified by the Tourism council of Bhutan (TCB) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Flights to Bhutan:
Bhutan does not have any direct flights from USA, Canada and European nations. In the event that you wish to venture out to Bhutan from USA, Canada or any European countries, you need to travel to Delhi/Kolkotta in India or Kathmandu in Nepal or Singapore or Bangkok to interface your trip into Bhutan.
Direct flights to Bhutan:
On a direct flight, it takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach Bhutan from Delhi.
It takes about an hour to reach Paro airport from Kolkata.
It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Bhutan from Guwahati including transfers. But the quickest flight to Bhutan from Guwahati is the direct flight which takes about 50 minutes to reach the Paro Airport.
It takes just 1 hour to fly to Paro from Bagdogra by flight. You can take a direct flight to Paro from Bagdogra airport.Less
As we land at the Paro air terminal, we will be received by our guide and will provide us with all the important and necessary assistance to finish all the immigration and customs formalities.
After leaving the terminal, we will head to our hotel to drop the luggage’s or we can likewise straightforwardly begin our sightseeing around Paro.
First we will visit Ta Dzong, presently housing as the National Museum of Bhutan showing the religious relics, masterpieces and painstaking work art offering an incredible orientation into Bhutan's historical, cultural, and religious past.
Just beneath Ta Dzong is the Rimpong Dzong. Here we can see the compositions of the incredible saint "Milarepa", considered to be the master of meditation and believed to have achieved enlightenment by the Bhutanese individuals.
As our sightseeing for the day ends here, we will head to our hotel. Rest of the time will be leisure as we had a long and tiring flight to Bhutan so taking a decent rest is suggested. Supper will be served, overnight at Paro.
Today we will be moving to Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. In transit we will visit Tachog Lhakhang crossing the oldest iron chain bridge in Bhutan. The bridge was built by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo in the late 1300s and is said to have built 108 of these extensions around Tibet and Bhutan. Colossal quantities of them are so far being utilized today, demonstrating how strong and tough the extensions are. The bridge may look frightening and terrifying from the outset, yet once you start crossing it, it ends up being incredibly fun.
The Dzong itself is private, anyway can be entered by voyagers if approval is given.
After visiting the Tachog Lhakhang, we will continue with our drive to Thimphu. Upon arrival, we will head to Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha Point to see the Buddha Dordenma Statue. The statue is one of the largest Buddha sculpture on earth, at 169 feet (52 m) and inside the statue it contains 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall plated bronze Buddha figures.
Next will visit the Motithang Takin Preserve. Bhutan is the wildlife reserve area for takins, the National Animal of Bhutan. Initially a mini-zoo, it was changed over into a preserve when it was discovered that the animals abstained from occupying the surrounding forest even when set free.
Then a short drive takes us to Tashichho Dzong (''Fortress of Glorious Religion'' 1641). It has been the seat of the government since 1952 and presently houses as the regal chamber and working environment of the King, the ministries of home affairs and finance. The landmark welcomes visitors during Thimphu Tshechu which is held during fall every year.
Our last site for day would be the National Memorial Chorten (1974). The sanctuary was first started by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk the Third King of Bhutan as a landmark to world peace yet was confounded by Her Royal Queen Mother as a memorial stupa for the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who died in 1972.
After the sightseeing we will head to our hotel in Thimphu. Dinner will be served, overnight at Thimphu.
As the day begins we will head to Phobjikha Valley (5.5-6 hrs). We stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas if the weather is favorable and sunny. If it isn’t, we can always explore the 108 memorial stupas at Dochula known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens."
Proceed through the bustling market of Wangduephodrang, and up the mountain roads through blended woods and over high passes before descending down into the wide and pleasant site of Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan's few glacial valleys, and picked as the winter home by the dark necked cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateaus.
Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel. Rest of the time will be in leisure. We will take a stroll around the valley. Overnight at Phobjikha.
Today we will move to Punakha. Here we will visit the Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Zhabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is the headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move in masse from Thimphu to this warmer location during winter. King Ugyen Wangchuk the first king of Bhutan was crowned here in 1907. The fortress is a marvelous example of Bhutan’s traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver.
After that we will go for a short excursion to Yabesa village, hiking through the rice fields and up to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on top of the river bank, the Chorten houses the paintings and belonging of Nyingmapa Traditions.
If time permits we also visit Chimi Lhakhang, temple of Drukpa Kuenly /temple of fertility. (Drukpa Kuenley OR The Divine Madman – religious saint) He inherited the title “Divine Madman” since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhist doctrine during the period.
After the sightseeing we will drive to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel at Punakha.
Drive to Haa via Dobji Dzong. Dobji Dzong is one of the 1531 by Ngawang Chogyel the brothers Devine Madman Drukap Kuenley, the saint who built Chimi Lhakhang in Punakha that you visited.
Haa is a least developed and remote small western district recently open for tourism in Bhutan. Bordering with Tibet and Sikkim, the picturesque and scenic Haa valley is often underrated and left out from the usual tourist itinerary. As the drive heads down from the Chelela Pass, you will notice the air suddenly begins to feel fresher and clearer and the scattered settlements will indeed evoke a medieval Bhutan of a valley suspended in time and space. Located at an altitude of 2,670 meters above the sea level, Haa is unmistakably a quite and peaceful high altitude paradise of Bhutan least visited by tourists. Haa is recently included in the coffers of Bhutan Tourism.
Visit the Dzong and fishery where you could see the brown trout of Bhutan. You can also buy them and ask the hoteliers to prepare for you. Over night at Hotel.
After leisure breakfast drive to Paro. Today highlight includes the highest road point chelela pass which is about 3796m. You can witness the sky burial. After chelela pass we start the Kili Goenpa Hike. The starting point of Hike is just 5 minutes drive from Chelela pass. The hike is about 1.5 hours towards the Kili Goenpa where 50 to 60 Nun lives in the small monastery. The monastery is beautifully located on the cliff over looking Paro valley.
After lunch visit Drugyel Dzong also called victory Dzong followed by 8th century Kyichy temple. Over night at Hotel.
Today we will be hiking to the Tiger’s Nest, the most mystic and secret site in Paro Valley. This is the place where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for Four Months in the 8th century. (Taktsang means “Tiger’s lair”) It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava (OR Guru Rinpoche, introducer of Buddhism in Bhutan and the tutelary deity of the country.) flew to this location from Singye Dzong (Lhuntse) on the back of a tigress. This place was consecrated to tame the Tiger demon.
Now it has become the cultural icon of Bhutan. Climbing to this mystic place is a once in a life time opportunity for the travelers.
The monastery is located 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) to the north of Paro and hangs on a precarious cliff at 3,120 meters (10,240 ft), about 900 meters (3,000 ft) above the Paro valley. A mule track leading to it passes through pine forest that is colorfully festooned with moss and prayer flags. On many days, clouds shroud the monastery and give an eerie feeling of remoteness.
Hiking for approximately 3 hours uphill to the monastery takes you almost more than 2 kilometers above the Paro valley floor (Horses are available those who cannot hike) and it rakes half the time to reach back to the base.
After the hike we will drive back to our hotel. As it was a tiring day, taking a decent rest is suggested so that you will have a relaxing flight back to your home or other destinations you’re planning to go. Dinner will be served, overnight at Paro.
Today we will be leaving Bhutan. Breakfast will be served at the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
Tashi Delek! Best wishes!