Duration: 8 Days
Departure From: Bhutan
Highest Point: 3850
Price: USD 2,650
Group size: Min 1-12 Min
Best Season: All year around
This Bhutan tour includes an experience of playing archery with the Bhutanese people. Archery in Bhutanese language is called as ‘DHA' which happens to be the national sports of Bhutan. As archery is famous all over the world, it is mostly played by people of Bhutan. On the trail to many villages, you get to spot grounds where people gather on the field (named Changlimithang field) to play and compete in archery. Even archery festivals are held where lots of people gather from different village to participate in their traditional dress.
This main festival of archery are held during the Losar but formal competition is held all throughout the year. So including with experiencing the archery sports, you even get to explore the landmark heritage sites like grandeur Dzongs, museums, monasteries, memorial chorten, museums, hike to the Taktsang monastery etc.
Our tour begins with a scenic flight viewing magnificent views of Jichu Drake and Mount Chomolhari to Paro. We will then lead to the hotel and after taking some rest; we will later be touring visiting ancient old temple Kichulhangkhang and then explore Rinpung Dzongs.
We then drive to Thimpu to visit memorial chorten and several other chortens, monasteries and also visit the heritage museum where you'll find ancient artifacts of Bhutan. Next, we head to visit the small zoo, etc. Next, we will be visiting the hustle and bustle market - where the local people sell local products like chilies and other locally made items. Then we head to the field of Changlimithang to observe people playing archery and if you are interested you can also participate and experience this sport.
We will next be heading to the Punakha where on our way we get the spectacular views of the mountains. We will stop over to the fertility temple known as Chimilhangkhang. As we reach Punakha, we will be visiting the Punakha Dzong. From there, we drive to Gangtey (one of the beautiful village surrounding with snowcapped peaks) where you expect to meet spot black-necked cranes. Then we drive to Punakha, and to Paro and finally, we will be hiking to the popular monastery Taktsang monastery (also termed as Tiger Nest Monastery) and this marks the completion of our tour.
This 8 days tour had been carefully designed for you to explore major sites of Bhutan. This tour can be done with your family members as it is a very easy where you will be only hiking for a short period of time. It is suitable for all the travelers and can be done in all-around season. If you have any questions or want to inquire more regarding this trek, please feel free to contact or email us.
Below we list our detailed itinerary for Arts and Archery Tour of Bhutan:
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Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft)
Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2320m/7610 ft.): 54 km, 1 hour
Day 03: Thimphu: Tour of the weekend market, Changlingmethang Archery Range and handicraft shops
Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha (1300m / 4265 ft.): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
Day 05: Excursion to Gangtey: 164 Km, 5 - 6 hours
Day 06: Punakha to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 130 km, 4 hours
Day 07: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Day 08: Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- Bhutanese visa fee
- All hotels and airport - pickup & drop
- 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
- Personal items (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
- Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
- Tips for staff (guide and driver)
- Travel insurance
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:
- 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).
- Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
- 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- 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)
Packing List for Trek
Please be advised that there are no trekking stores in Bhutan. Therefore, sleeping bag and daypack items should be brought with you prior as these are two indispensable items for trekking. Accent Himalaya does provide trekking equipment such as tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils and first aid kit.
- Duffel bag for storing gear(s) (if not weatherproof, bring plastic bags)
- Warm sleeping bag (- 8 to100 C)
- First aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin, cough drops,)
- Camera and extra batteries
- 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, also bring a Nalgene)
- Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack)
- Insulated drinking mug
- Lightweight toiletries (travel size shampoo, soap is best for trekking)
- Sunscreen and lip screen
- Small towel
Suggested clothing list
- Down Parka
- Gore-Tex shell and pants
- Warm fleece jacket
- Comfy trekking boots (we prefer- lowa)
- Lightweight shoes
- 4 pairs of trekking socks
- 2 long sleeve Capilene shirts
- 2 Capilene bottoms (mid and heavyweight)
- 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best)
- Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 bandana
- 1 pair of winter gloves (i.e.: ski)
- 1 pair of lightweight gloves (i.e.: fleece)
- Flip flops
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- 2 pairs of sunglasses
- Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)
- 10 or more energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!)
- Prescription medications
- Over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold
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 at 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 Arts and Archery 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 8 days for Arts and Archery 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.
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 in Arts and Archery 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 Arts and Archery 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 transactions via Pay Pal.