• Bhutan Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan Land of the Thunder Dragon

 

Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 5 Days

Activities: Touring

Departure From: Bhutan

Highest Point: 3850

Activity Level:

Country: Bhutan

Region: Bhutan

Price: USD 1,850

Group size: Min 2-7 Max

Best Season: All year around

 

Bhutan is also called as the – "land of thunder dragon" because of the forceful storms descended down from the high hills of Himalayas. In the local language, it is known to be as Drukyul. This country is one of the best destination where only a few lucky visitors have visited so far. The largest and the capital city is Thimpu. Earlier Bhutan was isolated and was opened as of 1974 for foreigners and since then has been very popular travel destination.

This package is designed for 5 days and it is perfect for those travelers who have few days of vacation. Bhutan Land of Thunder Dragon Tour will lead you to the attractive sight of marvelous mountains, assortment of diverse blossoming green valley, visiting unique architectural grandeur of the 17th century - Dzongs, several villages and explore their lifestyles, stop over to visit the several monasteries and if circumstance allows us - we get to observe their spectacular festivals held in different Dzongs.

This itinerary starts from an airstrip to Paro and then we drive to Thimpu. As for sightseeing Thimpu city, we visit the commemorative Chorten constructed in memorial to King Jigme Dorje, visit the TashichoDzong fort etc. We then drive to Punakha to view the almighty mountain sights of the Himalayas such as GangharPunsum (7498 m) - which has not been ascended till date and the highest mountain in Bhutan, Mount Chomolhari (7218 m) and many others.

Next, we visit the Punakha dzongs and drive to explore Paro visiting the ancient temple Kichulakhang. And next day we hike through lovely pine forest to the Tiger Nest Monastery (also known as Taktsang monastery) located on the high cliff surrounded by beautiful colorful prayer flags. This monastery is constructed in the cave where spiritual Guru Rimpoche mediated. After visiting this monastery on the high cliff, we retrace back which marks the completion of our tour.

We Accent Himalaya are very much specialized organizing Bhutan tour and our guides have lots of experience with abundant knowledge of culture and traditions therein.  This tour can be attempted all year around. For further details or have any questions, please feel free to contact or email us.

Below we list our detailed itinerary for Bhutan – Land of Thunder Dragon tour:

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Paro then transfer to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour

During the scenic flight to Bhutan, you get to enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas plus the sacred peaks Jichu Drake and Chomohari. After reaching the airport, our team member of Accent Himalaya will welcome us and then take us to the hotel of Thimpu. In case your flight reaches earlier, - then we will begin our tour but if we reach late afternoon, then you can take rest & we will start the following day. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.

  Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100 ft.): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

Early morning - we will begin our tour by visiting the memorial Chorten (constructed in the memory of the late third king of Bhutan who ruled the country from 1952 to 1972). After that, we will be visiting the nunnery temple, traditional medicinal center, traditional painting school and the heritage museum. After having our lunch, we will drive to Punakha and then cross the Dochu La pass (3100 m).  After that, we will drive downhill via fir, hemlock and rhododendron forests. We will then pass via rice fields alongside the river banks and finally, we will reach Punakha and here we will be visiting the second ancient and the largest Dzong named Punakha Dzong of Bhutan. We will be spending our night at Punakha.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03: Punakha to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 130 km, 4 hours

Today after having our breakfast - we will begin our drive to Paro and then we will be visiting the Ringpung Dzong and after that, we will be visiting the ancient temple Kichu Lhangkhang and the Drugyal Dzong. We will be spending our night at Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

After having our breakfast, we will be hiking at least 4-5 hours to the famous monastery of Bhutan named Taktsang monastery or simply Tiger Nest monastery. The monastery is located at the edge of the high cliff which is at 3180 meters. It is said that the spiritual Buddhism Guru Rimpoche has flown back on the tiger back and headed to the cave & meditated there for a longer period. We will be having our lunch at the cafeteria/restaurant which is located at the midway to the mountain and after exploring the Taktsang monastery, we will retrace back down to the valley. We will be spending our night at Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Final Departure

Today the Bhutan land of thunder dragon tour finally comes to an end and our Accent Himalaya team member will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

  Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • All airport pickup and drop
  • All meals, tea, and snacks
  • Government approved A and B category hotels and standard lodge on twin- shared basis
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
  • All required government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • All airfares
  • Personal items (personal gears, 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 Bhutan – Land of Thunder Dragon 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 5 days for Bhutan – Land of Thunder Dragon 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 in Bhutan – Land of Thunder Dragon Tour (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% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan – Land of Thunder Dragon 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.

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