• Best Tour of Bhutan

Best Tour of Bhutan

 

Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 10 Days

Activities: Leisure Tour

Departure From: Bhutan

Highest Point: 3100

Activity Level:

Country: Bhutan

Region: Bhutan

Price: USD 2,560

Group size: Min 1-12 Min

Best Season: All

 

The kingdom of the Bhutan also known as the – “land of dragon” lies at the eastern Himalayas bordered north to China and surrounded by India on other sides. This monarch kingdom has huge mountains, fertile valleys with thick dense forests. There are a total of 20 districts (Dzongkhag) in Bhutan. This land has unique cultural sites with ancient architecture with very rich traditions. The people here follow their traditions very strictly and even today, people – known to be as Dukpas, wear only their traditional dresses.

Bhutan tour is perfect for those passionate travelers who want to experience the unique cultural heritage and traditions, beautiful landscape, monasteries and much more still preserved along hundreds of years. Earlier this kingdom wasn’t much known as it was closed to the outside world but as it was opened, slowly this isolated country has now become one of the best places to enjoy your holidays.

This tour will be covering some of the best places such as Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, hiking to the well-known monasteries like Taktsang and Phuentsoling. As during our flight to Paro, we will be enjoying the wonderful view of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. After landing at Paro, we will head to the hotel and then explore Paro visiting Rinpung Dzongs (translated as a fortress of the mass of jewels).

From here, we head to visit the ancient temple of Bhutan - Kichulhangkhang and head to explore Drugyal Dzong, from where we get to observe the second highest mountain i.e. Mount Chomalhari. Next day we drive to the beautiful Haa valley - where on the trails, we get to spot beautiful colorful prayer flags and explore the Haa valley.

And next day, we drive to the capital city of Bhutan – Thimpu. Here we stop over to visit the memorial stupa, zoo, museum, nunnery temple and other landmarks of Thimpu. Next day, we drive to Punakha and cross Dochu La Pass and stop over to observe the spectacular Himalayan views. Throughout our drive - we pass through diverse forests, terraced fields and then visit the Chimilhankhang temple. And next day we hike to Punakha village and relish sometime here. The following day, we retrace back to Paro visiting Drukwangyal monastery on the way. Lastly, we end our tour by hiking to the Taktsang monastery.

This Best tour in Bhutan can be relished every season year around but we Accent Himalaya suggests you tour around this kingdom in spring and fall. For more information about this tour, please feel free to contact or email us.

Here we provide our detailed itinerary for Best Tour of Bhutan:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

With a scenic flight to Bhutan - we will be capturing Himalayan views including the sacred Chomo Hari and Jichu Drake mountains. As we land at the airport, our Accent Himalaya representative will welcome us and take us to the respective hotel. After having our lunch - we will be visiting the Rinpung Dzong (the fort of the heap of jewels). After that, we will be visiting Kichu Lhakhang - the ancient shrine in the country and then we will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong - Bhutan Triumph Fort (built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan triumph over Tibetan invader throughout 1600). If the weather is clear, we will get to observe the second highest mountain of Bhutan which is at 7314 meters. We will be spending our night at Paro.

Day 02: Paro to Haa Valley (2250m/ 7381ft): 65 km, 2 hours

Early morning - we will drive to Haa valley crossways of the Che le Pass which is at 3810 meters. The pass is spread with multicolored Buddhist prayer flags and offers an astonishing view of Mount Chomolhari and the vale beneath. We will be hiking additional downhill the pass to the Kila Gompa Nunnery which is on the edge unsteadily next to the rock- face. After that, we will be walking for a few miles via the dense forests prior to driving down to the striking Haa Valley.  We will be spending our night at Haa valley.

Day 03: Haa Valley to Thimphu (2,320m/7,424ft): 115, 4 hours

Today we will be driving to the capital of Bhutan - Thimpu, crossing the beautiful villages and pine forests. Taking a scenic ride, we will be passing the Dobji Dzong and then descending down, we will be joining the main road at Chhuzom. We will stop here and observe the local people selling local stuff like vegetables, apples, and cheese on the roadside. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Early morning - we will be visiting the king memorial Chorten which was built in the memory of the  3rd king of Bhutan. After that, we will be visiting the nunnery temple, national zoo - mini zoo and here we will get to see the national animal of Bhutan known Takin. After having our lunch, we will be visiting some of the landmarks of Thimpu and other like the traditional medicinal institute, painting school, heritage museum, Tashi dzongs, paper factory and traditional painting school. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.

Day 05: Thimphu to Punakha: (1,250m/4,100 ft.): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

Today after breakfast - we will drive to Punakha and on the way, we will stop at Dochu La pass (3100 meters) and relish the views of the Himalayas. After that, we will drive down via rhododendron, hemlock, and fir forests & stop at Lobesa. Then we will be hiking through rice paddies and head to Chimi Lhakhang temple. As we reach Punakha, we will be visiting the Punakha Dzong. We will be spending our night at Punakha.

Day 06: Village hike in Punakha

After having our breakfast, we will be hiking to the village connected through the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan. From the bridge, the views of the mountain and the river below are spectacular to watch. Then hiking alongside the Mo Chu river, we will come to the village and here we will stop and visit some of the local houses. The people here are so welcoming - they will greet and serve you butter tea or Chyang (local wine) which is made from rice. In the afternoon, we will be hiking to the Khamsum Namgyal Chorten from where the views of snow-capped peaks and the valley are awesomely breathtaking. We will be spending our night at Punakha.

Day 07: Punakha to Paro: 124 Km, 4 hours

After having our breakfast, we will be driving to Paro, and then cross the Dochu la pass and here we will be visiting the Druk Wangyal monastery. After exploring the monastery, we will continue to take a drive and for the lunch - we will be stopping at Thimpu. We will be spending our night at Paro.

Day 08: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Today we will be hiking to the Taktsang monastery (also known as tiger nest monastery ) which will take almost 4-5 hours to reach. The monastery is situated on the high cliff at 3180 meters. We will be having our lunch at the restaurant which is near to the halfway up to the mountain. After exploring the monastery, we will retrace down to Paro. We will be spending our night at Paro.

Day 09: Paro to Phuentsholing: 180 Km, 6 hours

After our breakfast, we will drive to Phuentsholing - the border town to southern India. It is to the managerial seat of Chukha district of Bhutan. The towns lie contrary the Indian town of Jaigaon. We will be having our lunch on the way at the local restaurant. This 6 hours drive will be the most beautiful scenic drive as you will be also observing the waterfall. We will be spending our night at Phuentsholing.

Day 10: Final departure

Today the journey finally comes to an end as we will be driving out to Pheuntsholing and fly back to own destination.

Includes and Excludes

 

What’s Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Pickup and drop from hotels and airport
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
  • All meals, tea, and snacks
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Not Included in the Cost

  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance

Trip Note

 

Accommodation on Bhutan

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation. Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4-star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A’ hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.

Meals and Drinks on Bhutan

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also, for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.

Best Time to Travel

Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.

Luggage or Backpack for tour

You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11-pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)

Packing List for Cultural or City Tours
 

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

Personal toiletries

  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)

 

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Best Tour of Bhutan with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 10 days for Best Tour of Bhutan which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Best Tour of Bhutan (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Best Tour of Bhutan along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept Pay Pal.

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