Overview

Bhutan is a Himalayan hideaway with a wealth of mystery concealed within its hills. As the only Vajrayana Buddhist nation in the world, you’ll notice a strong religious influence in all walks of life, as well as the widespread philosophy of ‘National Happiness’. During your stay in Bhutan, a daily tourism fee covers a local guide, museum fees, meals and transport. Local tours are an ideal way to explore the main destinations like Thimphu, Paro – home to the famous Taktsang Monastery – and Jakar – the site of the ancient Kurje Lhakhang temple. Adventurers should head for Bhutan’s lesser-explored east, showcasing the country’s authentic natural beauty. The eastern region features a number of hilltop monasteries and the pilgrimage site of the Aja-nye cave. Whether you’re looking for a short walk or something longer, you’ll encounter dense forests and scenic routes along the way. Most areas have hotels available, with luxury options available in the picturesque towns of Paro, Jakar, Punakha, Gangtey and Thimphu.

6 Nights 7 Days 23 Feb Bhutan
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

MANDATORY NEWLY INTRODUCED SDF FEE (INCULDING IN PACKAGE COST): -

·         INR 1200 SDF (Sustainable Development Fee) per person per night basis to be paid for e-permit.

 

COST INCLUDES: -

·         Meet & Greet services by our Guest Experience Executive at Bagdogra Airport (IXB).

·         Accommodation on Double / Twin sharing basis on  mentioned hotels/ similar hotels.

·         Packages are on MAP / half board (Breakfast & lunch or Dinner) basis.

·         All transfer & Sightseeing by using an exclusive SUV Hyundai H1 for 4 pax and Toyota HiAce Bus for up to 6 Pax. Bagdogra pick - up and drop will be done in Exclusive             

SUV (02-03 PAX) / MUV (04-06 PAX) (Vehicle will be on disposal with guest from 9H00 till 17H00.

What is NOT included in the tour

·         GST 5%

·         Cost for Airfare, Train fare, rafting, medial urgency, insurance, additional meal / tea snacks.

·         Cost of personal nature expenses such as bottled water, laundry, incidentals, porter, tips etc.

·         Difference in cost arising due to extra usage of additional services, changes in taxes by Government or political unrest, natural calamities (Land slide/ road blockage) etc. in such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by guest. 

·         Cost for anything which is not mentioned under “COST INCLUDES”

Itinerary

TOUR PROGRAM DETAILS - 06 NIGHTS / 07 DAYS

THIMPHU (02 NTS) – PARO (02 NTS) – PHUENTSHOLING (02 NTS)

 

DAY 01: BAGDOGRA AIRPORT (IXB) / NEW JALPAIGURI (NJP) - PHUNTOSHOLING

On arrival, guests will be received at the Bagdogra Airport / New Jalpaiguri Station by ZiniGo Guest Experience Executive who will drop you to Bhutan India border.  Drive to your hotel. Overnight stay at Phuntosholing.

 

DAY 02: PHUNTOSHOLING – TRANSFER TO THIMPHU

After breakfast transfer to Thimphu upon reaching Thimphu check in at hotel. Evening free for self-activity. Overnight stay at Thimphu.

 

DAY 03: THIMPHU (CITY TOUR)

Post breakfast visit the following

Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory: This is a private factory and they manufacture a special watermark paper as well as products such as lampshades, envelopes and other objects made of traditional Bhutanese paper. They make great gifts to take home with you and are genuinely unique. It is not just the texture of these handmade paper products that will intrigue you, but also their unique earth tones and natural hews. This factory manufactures a special watermark paper as well as products such as lampshades, envelopes and other objects made of traditional Bhutanese paper. Bhutan protects its environment through long-term sustainability, and they follow it because they do not destroy the plant when they extract the raw material required. Paper products are manufactured from "daphne papyracea".

Folk Heritage Museum: The folk heritage museum was open to the general public in 2001 upon completion. It treasures troves of culture and rich Bhutanese heritage provide rich insights into the Bhutanese ethos. Try to schedule your visit during the morning hours since the museum is less crowded at that time and there is plenty of sunlight to go around. The folk heritage museum is housed in a replica traditional Bhutanese house learn first-hand about Bhutan‟s rich cultural traditions, its deeply rooted heritage which spans thousands of years and the Bhutanese way of life. The tour of this almost living museum will also give you a glimpse onto how many rural fol,k of the country live today following the ancient Bhutanese ways.

Memorial Chorten: Referred to as the Memorial Chorten, it’s actual name is Gongzo Chorten or Gyaldren Chorten. The chorten (stupa) is a chief landmark in the capital city and is also a most sacred place of worship for local people. The idea of the chorten was conceptualized by the Third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck to ward-off negative energies. After His Majesty’s demise, the chorten was built in his memory by the 4th King and the then Queen Mother in 1972. Many old people come here early in the morning to circumambulate and say their prayers in the hopes of garnering enough good karma for their afterlife; they are joined by the middle and the younger generation in the evenings who also come to do either the same thing or to just relax their mind. The doors of this stupa remain mostly closed except on holy days. Inside, there are three stories and on each floor are statues of protective deities.

 

Changangkha Lhakhang: It is a 12th century temple sitting on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley with the main statue of Chenrizig (The Buddha of Compassion). This temple is often mistaken for a dzong by visitors because it looks like one, and apart from the temple it also houses a monastic school. Most of the couples go to this temple soon after birth to get blessings for their child.

Overnight stay at Thimphu.


DAY 04: THIMPHU - PARO (7200 FT / 90 KMS / 02 HRS) CITY TOUR

After breakfast, drive back towards Dochula and to Paro..

Post lunch drive to Paro, on the way visit Tamchog Lhakhang: Tachog lhakhang is temple that is dedicated to the 13th century saint Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder. This temple is located across the river about 15kms from the Paro towards Thimphu. In order to get to the temple one must cross an iron chain bridge, one of the few remaining of the many that Thangthong Gyalpo built. This is a private temple however tourists are allowed to visit if they are given permission. Crossing this very old bridge with its swaying and undulating movements can be quite an experience. The temple's location on the ridge and the high rocky barren hills which serve as its backdrop makes this a good location to take pictures.

Ta Dzong (National Museum): The name Ta Dzong translates to ‘watch tower’ and it served the function of watch tower for the Paro Rinpung Dzong. Back in the day, similar look-out points were built for other dzongs (fortresses) to counter any approaching hostilities, for those were the days of frequent strife. These towers were specifically built high atop hills and other vantage points during the old days. Presently serving as the national museum (since late 60’s), it houses an array of antiquities such as ancient thangka (exquisite scroll painting), mural paintings and other forms of art done by great personalities of those days, original textiles of the kingdom which represent the culture that still flourishes, weapons & armour used back in the day, household objects typical to the Bhutanese people’s way of life back then and even now, and other natural and historical artifacts.

Overnight stay at Paro.

 

DAY 05: PARO – (TIGER'S NEST HIKE OR CHALELA PASS )

Have early breakfast and drive up to the base of Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months, it wasn’t until Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal came to this place and meditated that it gained the popularity that it has now. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored.

The walk is about 2 hours till the top through wide pathways which was built during the restoration works. One hour into the climb there is a tea point from where you get a very good view of the monastery, they also serve lunch here. From there it’s about another 45 minutes climb to the 2nd view point and the highest point in the hike.

Kyichu Lhakhang: Considered the oldest temple along with Jampa and Kenchosum Lhakhang in Bumthang, it dates back to the 7th century when a Tibetan King ordered 108 temples to be built in a single night to subdue a huge ogress. It was later renovated in the mid 19th century and in the late 1960's by the Grand Queen Mother. It is also considered by many to be one of the holiest places in the country. Inside the compound is an orange tree which always has oranges no matter what the season.

Overnight stay at Paro.

 

DAY 06:  DEPART PARO - PHUNTOSHOLING

After breakfast departure transfer to Phuntosholing. Evening at Leisure.

Overnight stay at Phuntosholing.

 

DAY 07:  DEPART PHUNTOSHOLING - BAGDOGRA (IXB) AIRPORT (130 KMS / 5 HRS)

After breakfast departure transfer to Bagdogra (IXB) Airport for your onwards journeys.
 

 

 

NO OF PAX (02)

 

 

DELUXE

 

MEAL PLAN

 

 

(MAP)

 Package cost for 02 with one kid

 

INR 1,13,999/- 5% GST

 

ACCOMODATION

 

 

 

DESTINATIONS

 

DELUXE

 

(MAP)

 

 

PHUNTOSHOLING (02 NTS)

 

TASHI NAMGAY GRAND (DELUXE)

 

THIMPHU (02 NTS)

 

NAMSELING BOUTIQUE (DELUXE)

/HOTEL AMODHARA (DELUXE)

 

 

PARO (02 NTS)

 

NIRVANA INN (DELUXE)

/DEWACHEN RESORT (DELUXE)

 

Pickup point