3 NIGHTS 4 DAYS BHUTAN TOUR

Description:

Bhutan is a tiny and remote kingdom nestling in the Himalayas between India and China. Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions. Bhutan was inhabited 4000 years ago; there were archeological evident indicating settlements in Bhutan dating back to 2000-1500 BC. Bonism was the main religion in Bhutan before the arrival of Buddhism. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means "Land of the Thunder Dragon" and it only began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s.

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is a land of monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic topography ranging from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are a destination for serious trekkers. Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, a sacred site, clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. It has a rich culture that has remained intact because of its self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world until five decades ago. Dzongkha, meaning the language of the fort, is the national language of Bhutan. Small though it is, Bhutan has a rich variety of culture. The difficult topography of the country succeeded in keeping each ethnic group separate and vibrant. With 72 percent of Bhutan under forest cover Bhutan has a rich variety of plants and animals. Bhutan has three different zones, the alpine zone (4000m and above) above the tree line, temperate zone (2000 to 4000m) and subtropical zone (150m to 2000m)

Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu – Fly to Paro – Transfer to Thimphu. 

Transfer to airport and fly to Paro. A spectacular descent through mountainous valleys brings you into the Kingdom of Bhutan. The beautiful airport is your first glimpse of what's ahead. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your driver and guide. A short drive along  the valley brings you to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. 1.5 hours drive passes rural homes, monasteries and chortens. Settle into your hotel and after lunch  at a local restaurant start your sightseeing, visiting the Textile Museum, a traditional paper making factory and the Post office to see Bhutan's beautiful stamps which also depicts about Bhutanese myths, traditions etc. Alternatively, you can walk around the town with your guide.

Day 02: Thimphu valley sightseeing -Paro.

Drive to  Sangaygang, a field of Bhutanese prayer flags perched high above the city. Colored flags send prayers to the heavens and white flags honor the dead. Visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see the National animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. Walk to the Zilukha Nunnery, visit memorial Chorten, National library and Folk heritage mesum. Lunch and afternoon drive to Paro.

Day 03: Paro Sightseeing. 

Drive to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Jhomolhari, the sacred summit, reaches skyward beyond the dzong. This can be viewed on a clear day. Drive  to  Satsam Chorten to hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest).   At the view point, you will enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. We then walk back to the road point and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century. Drive to visit Ta Dzong, built in the 17th century as a watch tower for the Paro Dzong.  This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1967. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.  Below the museum is the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. A short walk below the dzong takes you across a traditional cantilevered to one of the innumerable archery grounds. (Archery is the national sport of Bhutan). The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district.

 Day 04: Paro – Departure

You will be transferred to the airport for your onward destination
Visa Information
Except Indian citizens, no foreigner is allowed to enter and stay in Bhutan without a valid visa.
The Bhutanese Tourist Visa can only be obtained after processing by the travel/tour agent through the Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB). A clearance number for visa is issued and only once the visa has been cleared can visitors travel to Bhutan.
The visa is stamped in the passport on arrival at:
- The International Airport in Paro
- The Phuentsholing road entry point
Bhutan visa must be applied for a minimum of 30 days before travel. For processing visa, we need to have the full passport details of the clients (full name, nationality, date of birth, passport number, date of issue and expiry...).
The cost of the Bhutanese visa is US$40 + US$65 for the Bhutanese Tourism Development.
The visa is only issued to tourists once the trip is booked with full payment.
-Visas to Bhutan are not issued from any Bhutan embassies abroad. A combination of overland and air travel is possible. All overland travel requires an Indian visa.
Includes:
Bhutan Permit and Travel fees
Kathmandu-Paro-Kathamndu Flight Tickets
 A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
 All meals (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) Full Board
 A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
 All internal transport by private car
 Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
Monastery/sightseeing entrance fees
A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65
All internal taxes and charges
Excludes:
Travel Insurance of any kind
Additional cost due to the natural climate, condition
Internal flights
Personal expenses
All kinds of drinks/Bar bills
Tip for the driver and Guide 
Health & Experiments Requirements
The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveler. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /tablets. Here is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure and insect bites. BOOK NOW