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Bhutan – A Happy Place

Bhutan - A Happy Place

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Phuntsholing - Thimphu - Phobjikha - Punakha - Paro

Phuntsholing(1N) - Thimphu (2N) - Phobjikha (1N) - Punakha(1N) - Paro(3N)
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Destination 
Bhutan
Duration 
8 Nights 9 Days
Travel 
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Travel Plan

Departure:
All Major Cities, India
Destination:
Bhutan
Phuntsholing(1N) - Thimphu (2N) - Phobjikha (1N) - Punakha(1N) - Paro(3N)

Day Wise Plan

  • The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra (Siliguri).
  • After arriving at Phuntsholing Pedestrian terminal, proceed to immigration and move to Phuntsholing.
  • In the morning, begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city through lustrous valleys and Rocky Mountains with travel time of about 4-5 hours for the 170 km stretch.
  • En-route visits Sangye Migyur Ling Lhakhang, a tower for Milarepa.
  • After arrival in Thimphu visit , the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar also known as the handicraft market of Thimphu is a perfect place to get a glimpse inside the art and craft of Bhutan. The shops are made using the eco-friendly bamboo, and you will definitely get mesmerized the vibrant colors on display.
  • Point Kuenselphodrang: This massive Buddha statue is 51.5 meters in height and it is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.
  • National Memorial Chorten (stupa) which was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The term ‘chorten’ literally means ‘ seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis)
  • Simply Bhutan is an interactive ‘living’ museum that gives a good guided introduction to various aspects of Bhutanese traditional life. Visitors get to learn how to distil ara, dress up in traditional clothes, try out archery and hear songs sung by Bhutanese women as they build houses out of rammed earth. It’s a good family experience. There are also souvenir shops and a snack bar. (Entry Fees Rs 1000 on direct payment basis)
  • Folk Heritage Museum or “Phelchey Toenkhyim” was established on July 28th, 2001. It was established by the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The building structure is more than 150 years old. It was set in the core area of Thimphu city with a rural way of life including paddy, wheat, and millet fields. (Entry Fees Rs 250 on direct payment basis)
  • Tashichhodzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of the Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis)
  • After breakfast, we begin the 135 km drive to Phobjikha via Douchula pass. It will take us about 4 hours with the road gradually ascending till Lawala pass (1100 feet). Passing through Nobding village, the vegetation consists of high altitudes dwarf bamboo, rhododendrons flowers, Magnolia, fir and pine trees. Phobjikha is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and home to the very rare black necked crane.
  • Gangtey Monastery is the oldest monastery in Bhutan. It is located on the hilltop at an elevation of 2900m.
  • A Nature trail hike (around 1 hour) that gives a nice feeling for Phobjikha valley. It is the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. From the small hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goemba, head downhill through flower meadows to Semchubara village and from here through beautiful forests and into the open valley.
  • Black necked crane center The center showcases interesting facts about the blacked necked cranes in form of videos, brochures and diagrammatic presentation) (Entry Fees Rs 300 on direct payment basis)
  • After breakfast, Drive further to Punakha, visit to 17th century Punakha Dzong (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis), which looks like a giant ship rocked on a still mass of water from far. Built on the confluence of two rivers, the Pho (male) and Mo (female) rivers, the Dzong served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still home of the Chief Abbot in winter months. It was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and has played a prominent role in the civil and religious history of the Kingdom. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendor and visit Suspension bridge.
  • We will visit Chimi Lhakhang (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis), a temple where the Phallus is worshipped and associated with Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the “Divine Mad monk.
  • After breakfast, start our journey back to Paro. En-route visit Tachogang lhakhang. It was built by Tangtong Gyelpo in the fifteenth century. The temple was likely constructed in 1420. While the Tibetan master was meditating here, he had a vision of an emanation of Avalokiteshvara and decided to build a temple as well as an iron suspension bridge at this location.
  • Namgay Artisanal Brewery (Entry Fees Rs 300 on direct payment basis): An ultimate place to take a sip of your favourite styles of beer, Namgay Artisanal Brewery is among the most coveted places to visit in Paro. Brewing a wide range and some of the best quality beers in the world, this brewery is known for its unique flavour and aroma produced from indigenous Bhutanese ingredients.
  • Dungtse Lhakhang (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis), built in the early 15th century, Dumtse Lhakhang provides with an in-depth knowledge of Buddhism to its visitors. It is located between the valleys of Dopshari and Paro and is in the form of a Chorten which is quite rare and exceptional in Bhutan. The monastery contains a few beautiful Buddhist iconographies and paintings.
  • Initially constructed by Thangton Gyelpo in 1421, to subdue an evil spirit, it is a three-storey temple, with each storey representing hell, earth and heaven respectively.
  • In the evening stroll around the Old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores and Kaja Throm to see the lifestyle of the Bhutanese people.
  • After breakfast, we drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours (round trip.) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels.
  • Mediating in Taktshang Monastery (Entry Fees Rs 2000 on direct payment basis) can be a very good experience of mediating in a most important and revered Buddhist Monastery in Bhutan.
  • As you reach Taktshang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of this most pious Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a cliff overlooking the valley, it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998, it has been rebuilt to its original glory. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D.
  • The next stop will be at Kyichu Monastery (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis), one of Bhutan’s oldest, built in 659 A.D. by the Tibetan King Songsten Goembo.
  • You can also experience hot stone bath. A traditional hot stone bath (Extra Cost between 1500-2000) uses river rocks that therapists place in water where they crack and steam, releasing key minerals and relieving deep-set aches. In the past, families soaked after their seasonal farm work in winter. The long, healing bath relaxed their tired bodies and always worked to rid them of any ailment they had picked up during the long months of hard work. It is also believed to cure stomach disorders, arthritis, joint pains and many other minor diseases – though there is no scientific evidence of this.
  • After breakfast, we will begin with a visit to Paro Rimpong Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels), followed by the Ta Dzong (Entry Fees Rs 300 on direct payment basis), which was formerly a watch tower and now the country’s national museum and begin our journey to Southern town of Phuntsholing from Paro district (4hrs)
  • After reaching Phuntsholing, complete the immigration formalities and to onward destination
  • The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra (Siliguri).

Other Information

Documents required to process the permit:

  1. Visitors from India can use a passport (minimum validity 6 months) or voter ID card.
  2. Two Passport-size photographs are also required.

 

Important Information

Inclusions

  • E-Entry Permit
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels in Bhutan
  • Meals (8 Breakfasts & 8 dinners) at hotels/ Restaurant
  • Private driver throughout your trip
  • All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
  • English speaking Tour guide within Bhutan
  • Sustainable Development fees ( Rs. 1200 per head per night)
  • Airport Transfer (Bagdogra Airport-India)

Exclusions

  • Flight (Can arrange with us)
  • Tips to Guide and driver
  • All entrance fees to museums, monuments, cultural landmarks, etc.
  • All Lunch meals
  • Other personal expenses like Alcohol etc
  • Room Service
  1. Last date of registration: 15th Sep’ 2024
  2. Any cancellations before 15th Sep’24: 100% Refund
  3. Any cancellations after 15th Sep’23: Non-Refundable

Places You’ll See

Taktshang Monastery
Tachogang lhakhang
Point /Kuenselphodrang
Old Paro Town
National Memorial Chorten
Dungtse Lhakhang
Paro Rimpong Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang

Important Information

Additional Information

  1. Passport Copy is mandatory for the further booking
  2. Passport validity should be for 6 minimum at the time of travel.
  3. Indian currency is acceptable in Bhutan, so no need for any currency exchange
  4. Coordinate for the respective flight timings with me for the group arrival and departure
  5. No refund for unused services
  6. Any cost apart from the package confirmed shall be borne by the customer themselves
  7. Travelers must be fully vaccinated and must carry the vaccine certificate displayed in Arogysethu App
  8. The requirement for any additional document shall be informed later at the time of registration
  9. Vehicles would stop at designated parking spaces, hence, there would be walking
  10. There would be a couple of hours of traveling time between places
  11. Doctor on call can be arranged at extra cost if required (condition & extra charges would apply)
  12. Travelers can choose to opt out a particular monument/monastery if they wish to not enter/attend

Terms and Conditions

Reservation

Book your trip by the last date of registration.

Departure

Departure Cities: Ex-Delhi, Ex-Mumbai, Ex-Bangalore, and all major metropolitan cities.

Rooms & Accommodation

1. Single Room Package Cost on Request
2. Wheelchair Assistance
3. Wheelchair arrangement & price on request

Cancellation & Refund

Please go through the cancellation & refund terms & conditions carefully given under every itinerary.

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Travel Details

Phuntsholing(1N) - Thimphu (2N) - Phobjikha (1N) - Punakha(1N) - Paro(3N)
Departure:
All Major Cities, India
Destination:
Bhutan

Travel Plan

Phuntsholing(1N) - Thimphu (2N) - Phobjikha (1N) - Punakha(1N) - Paro(3N)

Destination

  • The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra (Siliguri).
  • After arriving at Phuntsholing Pedestrian terminal, proceed to immigration and move to Phuntsholing.
  • In the morning, begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city through lustrous valleys and Rocky Mountains with travel time of about 4-5 hours for the 170 km stretch.
  • En-route visits Sangye Migyur Ling Lhakhang, a tower for Milarepa.
  • After arrival in Thimphu visit , the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar also known as the handicraft market of Thimphu is a perfect place to get a glimpse inside the art and craft of Bhutan. The shops are made using the eco-friendly bamboo, and you will definitely get mesmerized the vibrant colors on display.
  • Point Kuenselphodrang: This massive Buddha statue is 51.5 meters in height and it is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.
  • National Memorial Chorten (stupa) which was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan. The term ‘chorten’ literally means ‘ seat of faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments the ‘Mind of Buddha’. (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis)
  • Simply Bhutan is an interactive ‘living’ museum that gives a good guided introduction to various aspects of Bhutanese traditional life. Visitors get to learn how to distil ara, dress up in traditional clothes, try out archery and hear songs sung by Bhutanese women as they build houses out of rammed earth. It’s a good family experience. There are also souvenir shops and a snack bar. (Entry Fees Rs 1000 on direct payment basis)
  • Folk Heritage Museum or “Phelchey Toenkhyim” was established on July 28th, 2001. It was established by the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The building structure is more than 150 years old. It was set in the core area of Thimphu city with a rural way of life including paddy, wheat, and millet fields. (Entry Fees Rs 250 on direct payment basis)
  • Tashichhodzong, “the fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of the monarch’s throne room and seat of the Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans. (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis)
  • After breakfast, we begin the 135 km drive to Phobjikha via Douchula pass. It will take us about 4 hours with the road gradually ascending till Lawala pass (1100 feet). Passing through Nobding village, the vegetation consists of high altitudes dwarf bamboo, rhododendrons flowers, Magnolia, fir and pine trees. Phobjikha is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan and home to the very rare black necked crane.
  • Gangtey Monastery is the oldest monastery in Bhutan. It is located on the hilltop at an elevation of 2900m.
  • A Nature trail hike (around 1 hour) that gives a nice feeling for Phobjikha valley. It is the most beautiful and shortest of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. From the small hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goemba, head downhill through flower meadows to Semchubara village and from here through beautiful forests and into the open valley.
  • Black necked crane center The center showcases interesting facts about the blacked necked cranes in form of videos, brochures and diagrammatic presentation) (Entry Fees Rs 300 on direct payment basis)
  • After breakfast, Drive further to Punakha, visit to 17th century Punakha Dzong (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis), which looks like a giant ship rocked on a still mass of water from far. Built on the confluence of two rivers, the Pho (male) and Mo (female) rivers, the Dzong served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still home of the Chief Abbot in winter months. It was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and has played a prominent role in the civil and religious history of the Kingdom. Destroyed four times by fire and an earthquake in 1897, the Dzong has been now fully restored in its original splendor and visit Suspension bridge.
  • We will visit Chimi Lhakhang (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis), a temple where the Phallus is worshipped and associated with Lam Drukpa Kuenley, the “Divine Mad monk.
  • After breakfast, start our journey back to Paro. En-route visit Tachogang lhakhang. It was built by Tangtong Gyelpo in the fifteenth century. The temple was likely constructed in 1420. While the Tibetan master was meditating here, he had a vision of an emanation of Avalokiteshvara and decided to build a temple as well as an iron suspension bridge at this location.
  • Namgay Artisanal Brewery (Entry Fees Rs 300 on direct payment basis): An ultimate place to take a sip of your favourite styles of beer, Namgay Artisanal Brewery is among the most coveted places to visit in Paro. Brewing a wide range and some of the best quality beers in the world, this brewery is known for its unique flavour and aroma produced from indigenous Bhutanese ingredients.
  • Dungtse Lhakhang (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis), built in the early 15th century, Dumtse Lhakhang provides with an in-depth knowledge of Buddhism to its visitors. It is located between the valleys of Dopshari and Paro and is in the form of a Chorten which is quite rare and exceptional in Bhutan. The monastery contains a few beautiful Buddhist iconographies and paintings.
  • Initially constructed by Thangton Gyelpo in 1421, to subdue an evil spirit, it is a three-storey temple, with each storey representing hell, earth and heaven respectively.
  • In the evening stroll around the Old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores and Kaja Throm to see the lifestyle of the Bhutanese people.
  • After breakfast, we drive for half an hour and start the hike, which is about 5 hours (round trip.) The trail is along an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels.
  • Mediating in Taktshang Monastery (Entry Fees Rs 2000 on direct payment basis) can be a very good experience of mediating in a most important and revered Buddhist Monastery in Bhutan.
  • As you reach Taktshang you will be struck by the architectural wonder of this most pious Buddhist shrine in Bhutan. Perched some 1000m, 3000ft on a cliff overlooking the valley, it would justifiably qualify as one of Bhutan’s wonders. Tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998, it has been rebuilt to its original glory. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to tame five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D.
  • The next stop will be at Kyichu Monastery (Entry Fees Rs 500 on direct payment basis), one of Bhutan’s oldest, built in 659 A.D. by the Tibetan King Songsten Goembo.
  • You can also experience hot stone bath. A traditional hot stone bath (Extra Cost between 1500-2000) uses river rocks that therapists place in water where they crack and steam, releasing key minerals and relieving deep-set aches. In the past, families soaked after their seasonal farm work in winter. The long, healing bath relaxed their tired bodies and always worked to rid them of any ailment they had picked up during the long months of hard work. It is also believed to cure stomach disorders, arthritis, joint pains and many other minor diseases – though there is no scientific evidence of this.
  • After breakfast, we will begin with a visit to Paro Rimpong Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels), followed by the Ta Dzong (Entry Fees Rs 300 on direct payment basis), which was formerly a watch tower and now the country’s national museum and begin our journey to Southern town of Phuntsholing from Paro district (4hrs)
  • After reaching Phuntsholing, complete the immigration formalities and to onward destination
  • The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra (Siliguri).

Places You’ll See

Taktshang Monastery
Tachogang lhakhang
Point /Kuenselphodrang
Old Paro Town
National Memorial Chorten
Dungtse Lhakhang
Paro Rimpong Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang

What's Included

Important Information

Inclusions

  • E-Entry Permit
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels in Bhutan
  • Meals (8 Breakfasts & 8 dinners) at hotels/ Restaurant
  • Private driver throughout your trip
  • All transfers and excursions by private vehicles
  • English speaking Tour guide within Bhutan
  • Sustainable Development fees ( Rs. 1200 per head per night)
  • Airport Transfer (Bagdogra Airport-India)

Exclusions

  • Flight (Can arrange with us)
  • Tips to Guide and driver
  • All entrance fees to museums, monuments, cultural landmarks, etc.
  • All Lunch meals
  • Other personal expenses like Alcohol etc
  • Room Service
  1. Last date of registration: 15th Sep’ 2024
  2. Any cancellations before 15th Sep’24: 100% Refund
  3. Any cancellations after 15th Sep’23: Non-Refundable

Weather Information

Documents required to process the permit:

  1. Visitors from India can use a passport (minimum validity 6 months) or voter ID card.
  2. Two Passport-size photographs are also required.

 

Additional Information

  1. Passport Copy is mandatory for the further booking
  2. Passport validity should be for 6 minimum at the time of travel.
  3. Indian currency is acceptable in Bhutan, so no need for any currency exchange
  4. Coordinate for the respective flight timings with me for the group arrival and departure
  5. No refund for unused services
  6. Any cost apart from the package confirmed shall be borne by the customer themselves
  7. Travelers must be fully vaccinated and must carry the vaccine certificate displayed in Arogysethu App
  8. The requirement for any additional document shall be informed later at the time of registration
  9. Vehicles would stop at designated parking spaces, hence, there would be walking
  10. There would be a couple of hours of traveling time between places
  11. Doctor on call can be arranged at extra cost if required (condition & extra charges would apply)
  12. Travelers can choose to opt out a particular monument/monastery if they wish to not enter/attend

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Bhutan - A Happy Place

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Destination: Bhutan
Duration: 8 Nights 9 Days
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Premium Package

Terms and Conditions

Reservation

Book your trip by the last date of registration.

Departure

Departure Cities: Ex-Delhi, Ex-Mumbai, Ex-Bangalore, and all major metropolitan cities.

Rooms & Accommodation

1. Single Room Package Cost on Request
2. Wheelchair Assistance
3. Wheelchair arrangement & price on request

Cancellation & Refund

Please go through the cancellation & refund terms & conditions carefully given under every itinerary.

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Individual and family packages are also available. Price on request.

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