• Bhutan Short Tour

Bhutan Short Tour

 

Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 4 Days

Activities: Touring

Departure From: Bhutan

Highest Point: 3850

Activity Level:

Country: Bhutan

Region: Bhutan

Price: USD 1,350

Group size: Min 1-12 Min

Best Season: All year around

Introducing Bhutan, it is a small Himalayan country bordered by China to the north, India in the east and south, the Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet in the west. This short tour is for those people who have only few vacation but want to explore this land of thunder dragon.

This short journey covers two main capital cities - Paro and Thimpu.

We also hike to the Takshang monastery (also recognized as Tiger Nest Monastery) situated at the high cliff at 900 m. We then visit the heritage site of Thimpu and Paro. Other attractions are close views of Mount Chomalhari (also known as mother goddess) (7315 m), visit several Dzongs (fortress) of Thimpu and Paro, visit the art school of painting and architecture, visit Buddhist museums, and explore their rich culture and their lifestyles.

The glimpse of this Bhutan Short Tour begins from the scenic mountain view of Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks during your flight to Paro. Then we will be visiting Rinpung Dzong (constructed in 1646). After that, we will be visiting the oldest monastery Kichulhangkhang. The next day we hike to Taktsang monastery (also termed as Tiger Nest Monastery at the elevation of 3181 m).

We then hike down to the valley and drive to Thimpu where we will be visiting the memorial Chorten constructed for the memories of the late third king who ruled Bhutan from 1952 to 1972. Next, we will also be visiting several monasteries, a zoo where we expect to meet national animal Takin (similar to goat). Likewise, we will be also heading to the Institute of arts/paintings and Tibetan medicinal institute, visits the heritage museum and lastly, we will be visiting the Tashi Dzongs and do some shopping in Thimpu market where local people sell their local products.

This short tour is particularly designed for those people who are longing to trip to this beautiful kingdom. This tour can be attempted every season but we suggest in spring and autumn. Our well-experienced guides have abundant knowledge of this kingdom of Bhutan. For more information on short tour to Bhutan, please do let us know by contact or email.

Here we list our detailed itinerary for Short Tour of Bhutan:

 

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Itinerary

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

As during your flight to Bhutan - you can enjoy the most beautiful mountain of Bhutan - Mt Jumolhari and Jichu Drake including several other Himalayan peaks. Landing at the international airport of Bhutan, our staff of Accent Himalaya will be there for waiting and after welcoming us, they will take us to our respective hotel. After freshen up, we will start our tour first by visiting the Ringpung Dzong built in 1646. Then we will be visiting the oldest temple name Kichu Lhakhang and Drugyal Dzong. We will be spending our night at Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour, hike to Taktsang Monastery

Today after the breakfast - we will be hiking to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger nest monastery). It is situated at the high cliff at 3180 meters and takes almost 4-5 hours to reach this monastery. Upon reaching the monastery, we will feel very peaceful and relaxed. We will be having our lunch at the restaurant located in the middle up to the mountain and then, we will be a hike down the valley floor. Ultimately, we will drive to Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Early morning - we will wake up and sightsee Thimpu. First, we will be visiting the memorial Chorten (built in the memory of the late third king who ruled over the country 1952 to 1972). After that, we will be visiting the nunnery temple, the mini zoo of Bhutan for observing different wildlife animals including the national animal of Bhutan - Takin.  After that, we will be visiting other landmarks of Thimpu such as traditional painting school, an institute of traditional medicinal, museum, Tashi dzong and the paper factory. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Final Departure

Today the journey of Short Tour of Bhutan finally comes to an end. Early morning after breakfast, we will drive to Paro which takes almost an hour. Next, our team member of Accent Himalaya will drop you at the airport three hours 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 to visit the 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 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 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 Short 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 4 days for Short 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 in Short 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 Short 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.

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