Bhutan Phuentsholing Thimphu Punakha Paro Tour

 
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 7 Days

Country: Nepal

 

This tour begins either from Paro to Phuentsholing or vice versa; whichever travelers feel like to choose from while arranging.

It is one of the best tours and completes within a week to explore rich and exclusive cultural heritage. This tour covers some of the places like Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey, and Phuentsholing. This tour is carefully designed for those people who want to explore rich cultural sites and natural landscapes, etc.

Our tour begins with a scenic flight to Paro where you get the picturesque mountain views of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake on air. We start our tour sightseeing Ringpung Dzong, Kichulhankhang, and Dugyal Dzong.

The next day, we head to Taktsang monastery by a few hours of hiking. Next, we will be roaming around Thimpu visiting several landmarks like memorial chorten, zoo, museum, school of arts and visit Tashicho Dzong. Next day, we make a scenic drive to Punakha for visiting Punakha Dzong and the following day to Gangteng - the lovely village surrounded by stunning views of snowcapped peaks.

From this valley, we also relish the views of Phobjikha valley and explore Gangtent monastery. Again for the next day, we make a long scenic drive to Phuentsholing which will be our last trip. We will be heading to the south border of Bhutan and next day, we fly back to own destination. We can also tour in Sikkim and Darjeeling if need be.

We the Accent Himalaya is much expertise in Bhutan tour packages and have been operating Bhutan tour since the establishment of this company with the help of our proficient guides and team members. We have plenty of different packages like combined cultural tour with trekking and diverse packages where you can go to our website and select one according to your holiday schedule. For more information, please feel free to email or contact us.

Below we list our detailed itinerary for this tour:

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

As your flights near Bhutan you will be viewing the Himalayas including with the sacred peaks Jomolhari and the Jichu Drake peaks. As you land at Bhutan airport our agent of the Accent Himalaya will welcome you and take us to the hotel. After that check in to the hotel and freshen up and then we will start our tour where we will first visit the Ringpung Dzong which was constructed in 1646. After that we will be visiting the ancient temple of Bhutan- Kichu lhangkhang and after that we will visit the Drugyal Dzong build in 1646 to memorialize Bhutan triumph over Tibetan invader in 1600s. We will be spending our night at Paro.

Day 2: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft) 54 km, 1 hour: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

After the breakfast we will be hiking to Taktsang monastery which is even called as tiger nest monastery. We will be hiking at least 4- 5 hours to reach at the monastery as it is situated at 3180 meter. It is in saying that the Tibetan spiritual master Guru Rimpoche had flown back on the tiger back to meditate into this cave which now called as Taktsang in English it means the tiger nest. High in the mid way up to the mountain there is a restaurant where we will have our lunch. After exploring the monastery we will retrace back down to the valley and drive to thimpu. We will spend our night at thimpu.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Today in the morning we will visit the memorial chorten which was build in the remembrance of the late third king who ruled from 1952 to 1972, then we will visit the nunnery temple, Bhutan mini zoo where we will get to view the national animal of Bhutan- Takin. After that we will be visiting other landmarks which are traditional medicine institute, traditional painting school, legacy museum, tashi cho dzong and the paper factory. Most of the landmarks are mostly closed during the weekends on Saturday and Sunday. So if we reach during the weekends we can either explore the bustling market. We will spend our night at Thimpu.

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

Today after the breakfast we will be enjoying a scenic drive to Punakha and for a tea we will be stopping at Dochu la pass which is at 3100 meter if the weather is clear we will capturing the striking view of the Himalayas. And passing the pass we will continue our drive down hill via rhododendron, hemlock and fir forests. After that we will pass the rice fields via the river bank and then we will finally reach at Punakha. Reaching punakha we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Dzong which was constructed in 1637- 38 – second largest as well as ancient Dzong of Bhutan. We will spend our night in Punakha.

Day 5: Punaka to Gangtey (2,900m/9,280ft) and back to Punakha: 164 km, 5-6 hours

Early morning we will be exploring the attractive town of wanduephodrang. This village and other close by village are known for their granite carvings. We will drive via lush rhododendron and oak forests and then we will reach at impressive village –Gangtey which is surrounded by incredible snowcapped peaks. From this village one get the impressive ranges of Black mountain and the striking Phobjikha valley. As the Gantey monastery is situated on the edge on a top of hill. Before driving back to Punakha we will be exploring the Phojikha valley. We will be spending our night at Punakha.

Day 6: Punakha to Phuentsholing (293m/961ft): 234 km, 7-8 hours

Today early morning we will have our breakfast and drive to Phuentsoling a border town in southern Bhutan. It is also the managerial seat of Chukha quarter of Bhutan. The town is situated at the contrary side of the Indian town of jaigaon and then we will be crossing the border and then we will stop for a lunch at the local cafe. This long 7 hours drive will be your scenic drive where you will get to capture the cascading waterfalls on the way. We will be spending our night in Phuentsholing.

Day 7: Final Departure

Today your journey to Paro to Phuentsholing finally comes to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the small Himalayan kingdom. If you like we can even arrange tour to Sikkim and Darjeeling as from Phuentsholing it is nearby so, If you are interested we can arrange it for you.

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 gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance

Trip Note

 

Accommodation in 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 in 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, 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 suggest you 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 this Bhutan Tour 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 7 days for this Bhutan Tour 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 this Bhutan 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 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 this Bhutan Tour 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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