BHUTAN – IN A NUTSHELL

6 NIGHTS / 07 DAYS

About the tour:

 

Thimphu: Thimphu, formerly spelled Thimbu is the capital and largest city of Bhutan. It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan’s dzongkhags, the Thimphu District. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. It has a population of 91,000, as of 2011.The city is spread out laterally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Raidāk River, which is known as the Wang Chuu or Thimphu Chuu in Bhutan. Thimphu is the third highest capital in the world by altitude and is spread over an altitudinal range between 2,248metres (7,375 feet) and 2,648metres (8,688 feet).Unusually for a capital city, Thimphu is not served by an airport, but relies on the Paro Airport connected by road some 54 kilometers (34 miles) away.

 

Paro: Paro is a town and seat of Paro District in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. It is home to Paro Airport, Bhutan’s only international airport.

Trail                                       Bagdogra – Phuentsholing – Thimphu – Paro – Phuentsholing  

Region                                  Bhutan, Eastern Himalayas

No of Days                          Ex – Bagdogra    07 Days

Maximum Altitudes        Thimphu (2400Metres/7578ft)

Day Itinerary Stay Meals
Day 1 Bagdogra – Phuentsholing D Hotel
Day 2 Phuentsholing – Thimphu B,D Hotel
Day 3 Thimphu Full day C.T B,D Hotel
Day 4 Thimphu – Paro B,D Hotel
Day 5 Excursion to Chelele/Takhtsang/Punakha B,D Hotel
Day 6 Paro – Phuentsholing B,D Hotel
Day 7 Phuentsholing – Bagdogra B

Detailed Itinerary:

(Phuentsholing 2N – Thimphu 1N – Wangdue / Punakha 1N – Paro 2N)

 

Day 01: NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport – Phuentsholing

(Distance: 170kms/ Driving Time: 5 hrs/ Altitude of Phuentsholing: 293mts)

Meet & Greet on arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport and transfer to Phuentsholing – The Gateway of Bhutan by Road from India. It is a thriving commercial center on the northern edge of the Indian Plains. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Phuentsholing.

 

Day 02: Phuentsholing – Thimphu

(Distance: 176kms/ Driving Time: 6 hrs. / Altitude of Thimphu: 2350mts)

After breakfast complete the immigration formalities and transfer to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). Overnight stay at Thimphu.

 

Day 03: Thimphu Sightseeing – Punakha / Wangdue

(Distance: 77kms/ Driving Time: 3 hrs. / Altitude of Punakha: 1310mts)

After breakfast visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue), King’s Memorial Chorten (Monument) & Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon transfer to Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang (4,300 ft.), via Dochu-La-Pass (10,170 ft.) to view the higher Himalayas. The pass also has 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chorten which is believed brings multi fold merit to all sentient beings and which make the pass a must visit place. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang.

 

Day 04: Punakha / Wangdue Sightseeing – Paro

(Distance: 140kms/ Driving Time: 5 hrs. / Altitude of  Paro: 2280mts)

After breakfast check out from hotel with bag & baggage’s and visit the Punakha Dzong – built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952.  After that take a short excursion trip to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang – The Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Devine Mad Man”. After noon drive to Paro. On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at Paro.

 

Day 05: Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast start full day sightseeing covering Ta Dzong – National Museum with an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities, Rinpung Dzong – the administrative seat of the district of Paro. Afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong – The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 1951 and is now preserved as heritage site & Kyichu Lhakhang – one of the oldest Buddist temples in Bhutan . Overnight stay at Paro.

 

Day 06: Paro – Phuentsholing

(Distance: 200kms/ Driving Time: 7 hrs. / Altitude of Phuentsholing: 293mts)

After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Phuentsholing. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Phuentsholing.

 

Day 07: Phuentsholing – NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport

(Distance: 170kms/ Driving Time: 5 hrs. / Altitude of NJP/IXB: 89mts)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and take the departure transfer to NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport for your onward journey.

Tour officially ends.

Charges

Ex-Mumbai:                       Indians: Adult: ₹39000/-**** per head

Ex-Bagdogra:                     Indians: Adult: ₹24000/-* per head

Tour Date:           08th April 2019 | 12th May 2019

 

PRICE VALID UNTIL 31ST MARCH 2019.

Accommodation

HOTELS ENVISAGED:

                                Location Hotel Names No. of Nights
Phuentsholing Hotel Gadhen or Similar 02
Thimphu Amodhara or Similar 01
Punakha Pema Karpo or Similar 01
Paro Yanki Resort or Similar 02

***Note: Above mentioned hotels are subject to change depending on the group size or similar category hotels will be offered.

Charges Include:

  • Return Economy class Airfare Mumbai to Bagdogra****
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in above mentioned 3* hotels.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per above Itinerary
  • Daily Buffet breakfast & dinner is included in the package.
  • Airport/Station transfers at Bagdogra/NJP Railway station by Non-AC Vehicles
  • Professional certified guide
  • Permit from Phuentsholing (Inner Line Permit)
  • The Tern Travellers professional certified Tour Leader
  • All tolls, permits, parking, fees and taxes (wherever applicable).
  • 5% GST

Charges Exclude:

  • Additional / personal use of vehicle.
  • Extended stay due to weather conditions or any situation not in human control.
  • Any personal expenses, room service and special orders, mineral waters, non-alcoholic beverages, tips, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Daily lunch
  • Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc.
  • Ropeway, Boating, Yak ride, Rafting, Helicopter ride.
  • Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above specified itinerary.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Camera fees, guide charges.
  • Anything Specifically NOT mentioned in includes

Payment policy:

PAYMENT SCHEDULE (Per person)
  Adult Amount
At the time of booking 25%
45 days prior to departure 50%
15 days prior to departure 100%
  • The Tern Travellers reserves the right to cancel and forfeit the paid amount in case of payment schedule not followed.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation period Cancellation Charges on Cost
More than 120 days 25%
120 to 90 days 35%
90 to 60 days 50%
60 to 30 days 60%
30 to 15 days 80%
Less than 15 days 100%

 

Mode of payment

You may make the payment by the following modes:

Cash

You may hand over cash to us and we will be glad to send you a receipt against the payment.

Electronic Transfer:

You may use the electronic transfer facility to send us the payment. The following are the details

A/c Name:                          The Tern Travellers

A/c Number:                      50200031137510

Nature of A/c:                   Current

Bank & Branch:                 HDFC, Fort – Mumbai

IFSC Code:                          HDFC0000355

Email:                                    accounts@theterntravellers.co.in

 

Documents Required (For all participant)

Participants are advised to carry the following documents for their own safety and convenience or for any permits to be taken during the activities.

Document/s:

  1. Passport
    1. Desirable for Indians (need for ILP)
  2. Three latest photographs
  3. For Indians who do not have a passport:
    1. Election ID Card

You will be required to carry the original of the document that you forward to make various permits (if any).

Keep copies of valid Passport and Visa (if any) handy.

Also carry additional copies of all the above for any other permits required.

You need not hand the document but maintain them yourself and produce them yourself if and when asked for. Please carry these documents on the trek as well as you may be asked for it at the various check posts.

Tour Date:           08th April 2019 | 12th May 2019

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