• Bhutan, The Last Shangri-La Tour

Bhutan, The Last Shangri-La Tour

 

Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 7 Days

Activities: Touring

Departure From: Bhutan

Highest Point: 3850

Activity Level:

Country: Bhutan

Region: Bhutan

Price: USD 1,950

Group size: Min 2-7 Max

Best Season: All year around

 

The Last Shangri La tour in the kingdom of Bhutan presents you to the exclusive cultural heritage sites to this smallest Himalayan kingdom - the best destination to explore diverse landscapes with beautiful Himalayan views, deep luscious valleys etc. (also recognized as the last Shangri la) with delightful, pure pristine splendor encouraging many tourists to visit this tremendous kingdom.

The key magnetism of this tour is that we will be hiking to the Taktsang monastery (one of the best known and most visited monasteries located on the high cliff) where we get the beautiful views of Bhutan city, visit several Dzongs, monasteries and further we explore the real life of the Bhutanese people, culture and their traditions, and many other heritage sites.

The last Shangri la tour begins with the scenic airstrip where we get the magnificent views of Mount Chomohari (the sacred mountain - also known as the home of the goddess) and Jichu Drake. Within hours, we reach Paro and then drive to Thimpu to the respective hotel. Next day we will be sightseeing Thimpu where we visit the memorial chorten at first. This was built in memorial to the third late king who ruled over from 1952-1972. Next, we visit museums, nunnery temple, arts, and painting school to observe the beautiful Tibetan arts. Other sites that we will be visiting is covered up in detail in our itinerary.

Next day we head to Punakha passing high pass known as the Dochu La pass (at 3100 m) and on the way - we get the splendid views of Himalayan peaks and crossing through various flora. On our trail, we will be visiting Chimilhangkhang temple and then we visit the Punakha Dzong (the second largest Dzong). Next day, we will be visiting several villages like Gangtey, Phobjikha where on the trail - we will be spotting diverse flora of this village surrounded by the beautiful snowcapped peaks. We then drive to Paro and will be sightseeing several monasteries. Lastly, on a subsequent day, we hike to the Tiger Nest Monastery and ends our journey and depart to own destination.

We Accent Himalaya is very much expertise in organizing tour in Bhutan tour as we will also be providing a well-experienced guide having abundant geographical and historical knowledge of this thunder land – Bhutan. This tour can be delighted in every season. For more information or if you have any question regarding this Bhutan, The Last Shangri La Tour, please feel free to contact or email us.  

Below we list our detailed itinerary for Bhutan, The Last Shangri La Tour:

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Itinerary

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

As the flight to Bhutan is one of the scenic flight; during your flight, you will get the picturesque view of the Himalayas including the sacred Jichu Drake and Chomalhari peak. As you land at the airport, our Accent Himalaya staff will greet you and take you to the hotel of Thimpu. If the flight reaches early in Paro, we will be visiting some sites. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu

After having our breakfast today, we will be starting our tour by sightseeing the Thimpu by visiting the memorial Chorten (constructed in the memory of the third king who ruled the country from 1952 – 1972 ). Next, we will be visiting the nunnery temple, the mini zoo of Thimpu where we get to see the national animal of Bhutan – Takin. We will be visiting the other landmarks of Thimpu such as museum, painting school, traditional medicine institute, Tashichho Dzong and the paper factory. As most of the landmarks of the Thimpu are closed during the weekends on Saturday and Sunday and if our tour comes on the weekends, we will be exploring the market but we try to arrange the day that does not come on the weekends. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.

Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

Today after the breakfast we will be driven to the Punakha through Dochu la pass which is at 3100 meters and if the weather is clear we will get the stunning view of the Himalayas after that we drive through the hemlock, rhododendron and fir forests. We will be visiting the Chimi Lhakhang and then we will drive to Punakha and then we will be visiting the Punakha Dzong which is the second ancient and the largest dzong of Bhutan. We will be spending our night at Punakha.

Day 04: Excursion to Gangtey: 164 Km, 5-6 hours

Early morning we will be exploring the Wangduephodrang and then we will drive via rhododendron and oak forests and then we will be reaching the impressive village named Gangtey where you will get to view the stunning snowcapped peaks and even Phobjikha valley and black mountain ranges.  We will be visiting the Gangtey monastery which is situated at the top of the hill. Before heading to the Punakha we will be exploring the Phobjikha village. W will be spending our night at Punakha.

Day 05: Punakha to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 130 km, 4 hours

We will begin our journey after breakfast and drive to the Paro valley. Reaching the Paro we will be visiting the Ringpung Dzong fort made up of the heap of jewels. We will be visiting the oldest temple named Kichu Lhakhang and then we will be visiting the Drugyal Dzong which was built in 1646. We will be spending our night at Paro.

Day 06: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

After breakfast, we will be hiking to the Taktsang monastery which is also known as tiger nest monastery which is said to the famous monastery of Bhutan which is situated on the high cliff. It will take approximately 4- 5 hours to reach the Taktsang monastery. We will be having our lunch at the restaurants which are situated halfway up to the mountain. After spending much time in the monastery we will retrace back down to the valley. We will be spending our night at Paro.

Day 07: Final Departure

Today you’re Bhutan the last Shangri-la tour comes to an end and our team will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule.

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)
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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 Bhutan, The Last Shangri La 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 Bhutan, The Last Shangri La 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 Bhutan, The Last Shangri La 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% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan, The Last Shangri La 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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