Bhutan and tour plan

Trip Facts

Trip Introduction

About Bhutan:

Bhutan with it’s renowned beauty is a assets of life in Himalayas. Although that measures only 110 miles from the north to south and 200 from east to west, Bhutan – called by its people Druk Yul, “the Land of the Thunder Dragon” — is the land variety of climates and ecosystems. fundamentally, the country is divided into three major land regions: plains and river valleys in the south; a mid-Himalayan (5,000 to 14,000 ft. high) area north of the valleys; and the mountainous lands in the Himalayas, which range from 14,000 to 24,000 ft. above sea level.

Bhutan’s unique natural gorgeousness unites with a wide range of cultural values, languages, customs, and friendly social ambiance. With a population 672,425 people, Bhutan is a small country full of colors. Carefully preserved between high mountains, Bhutan was never colonized and it has always protected it’s genuine culture in a natural environment. Bhutan is comprised of a mosaic of different peoples who continue to live in valleys cut off from one another and the outside world by formidable mountain passes. Differing tribal groups are also distributed according to the varying environments. It is possible to divide Bhutan’s population into three broad ethnic groups, though the distinctions blur in places.

Nature inspires us and gives Bhutan peace and calmness. In fact, whole Himalayas are remarkable for their biological & natutal richness. Since the Himalayas’ geologically recent origin less than 25 million years ago, they have molded the region’s fauna and flora by limiting Nepalese species from moving northward, and Tibetan species from moving southward. Himalayan rivers were in place before the mountains were, and as a result, the river courses have remained unchanged while they have cut ever deeper gorges and valleys. These valleys have provided the main avenues of contact between Indian and Eurasian wildlife.

Bhutan, far less explored and catalogued, is still a mystery for the most population around the world.

General Information of Bhutan:

Tourism Regulation

Tourism has not been that much extensive in Bhutan as they look after protecting and nurturing their culture and traditions. Bhutanese are very religious people, and therefore it would be a good idea to respect and understand the local customs and way of life, especially while visiting those places of religious significance.

Tourism Industry in Bhutan is commenced with the principle of sustainability in mind, which means that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and also economically feasible.

Visitors may experience Bhutan only on full board package tours, for which a fixed tariff is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan.

VISA

Your passport with at least 6 months’ validity & additional page for a visa is required to get Visa for Bhutan. If you need to get a new passport please do so well before your planned trip so that there is no delay in applying for your Bhutan visa.

The visa is issued by the Ministry of Home and Culture Affairs within Bhutan, as Bhutan has very few embassies abroad. No foreign missions abroad grant Bhutanese tourist visas. You may apply in advance through a legally operated tour operator, and receive confirmation that your application has been approved before you travel to Bhutan.

Following documents & Information are required to apply visa

1) a passport identity page scanned and sent through email

2) a recent and clear scan of passport-sized photograph

3) your level of education

4) your profession/occupation and

5) postal address and contact numbers.

Once you send your personal information, Adventure Speed(P) Ltd submits an online visa application. The visa is not issued until the Tourism Council of Bhutan has checked that the full tour payment has been received into its bank account.

The confirmation and reference number is then sent to Adventure Speed(P) Ltd, and a copy will be forwarded to you. You have to show this at the check-in desk for Druk Air. You cannot board the Druk Air flight without this document, so it is very important to have it along with your passport.

Upon your arrival in the country, either at Paro Airport or at Phuentsholing/Samdrup Jonkhar/Gyelephu (if you are entering by road) the real visa is stamped on the passport.

Please keep in mind that the visa is issued for exactly the same number of days and dates as booked for touring. If situation arise for a visa extension once you are in Bhutan, it can be arranged.

PERMITS

Route permits are necessary when moving between all districts in Bhutan, except from Paro to Thimpu. Adventure Speed(P) Ltd obtains a permit for the places mentioned in your itinerary, and this permit is checked and endorsed at the immigration checkpoints tactically located at important road junctions.

Tourists to visit the courtyards of dzongs and, where feasible, one designated lhakhang (temple) in each dzong but only when accompanied by a licensed Bhutanese tour guide. This provision is subject to certain restrictions, including visiting hours, dress standards and other rules that vary by district. Note that dzongs are open to all during the time of a festival. You may visit the courtyard, but not the inside of the temples, if your trip coincides with a festival.

ACCESSIBILITY

The most convenient way of entering Bhutan is by Druk Air, the country’s national flag carrier. As flights can be delayed due to weather conditions it is advisable to allow 24 hours before any onward connection.

* Two A319 aircraft with 20 business class seats and 94 economy class seats.

* Bhutan has only one international airport and it is situated at an elevation of 2,200 meters in Paro, Bhutan.

The gateway cities into Paro, Bhutan are:

* Bangkok

* Dhaka, Bangladesh

* Kolkata, India

* Gaya, India

* New Delhi, India

* Bagdora, India

* Guwahati, India

* Katmandu, Nepal

Baggage weight limits are:

* 30 kg for Business Class

* 20 kg for Economy Class

Extra luggage cost per kilogram is:

* US $5.00 / kg from BKK

* US $4.00 / kg from DEL

* US $2.50 / kg from all others

GATEWAY BY LAND:

Arrival or departure by land is also possible through the southern border town of Phuentsholing. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, West Bengal, about 4 hours drive away. Phuentsholing allows entry/exit for travelers wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal along with Bhutan. It is possible to arrange land exit through the southeastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar, which is approximately 3 hours drive from Guwahati, capital of the Indian state of Assam. Please check with Adventure Speed(P) Ltd if you are interested in this route.

FLIGHT CONNECTION

It would be very convenient if you arrive at Bangkok, Delhi or Kathmandu, one day earlier to the Druk Air departure for Bhutan. Druk Air flights usually depart early in the morning. We cannot be held responsible if you miss the connection to Bhutan, though we will do our best to help you get on the next flight and to extend your visa. All additional costs incurred will be borne by you. Similarly, on the return journey, we would not advise you to book a flight which connects on the same day unless you have a ticket that allows some flexibility. Druk Air flight schedules are subject to weather conditions in the mountains and are often altered at the last minute.

FLIGHT FREQUENCY AND AIR FARES

Our national airline flies several times a week between most of its destinations, but flight timings and frequency vary according to season. Druk Air’s website www.drukair.com.bt includes details of current flight schedules and airfares (airfare cancellation policy). Please check the website or contact Adventure Speed(P) Ltd for the latest information when planning your travel arrangements. Please let us know if you would like the current flight schedule.

The magnificent mountain landscape en route is seen at its best in the winter months, when skies are generally very clear. While flying via Kathmandu to Paro you experience the most impressive view of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges, including the Everest region. Mountain Kanchenjunga is visible for some time on all routes when the weather is clear. Flying to and fro from Bhutan is a lifetime experience to be cherished.

CUSTOMS

Visitors have to complete a passenger declaration form which will be checked by custom officials at the exit point.

After collecting your baggage, you must decide which channel to take – Green Channel (nothing to declare) or the Red Channel (goods to declare).

As per international risk management practice, random checks on your baggage may be conducted by the Customs official, even if you are proceeding through the Green Channel.

The following articles are exempt from duty: –

* the visitor shall be allowed to import temporarily free of Customs duty his/her personal effects and articles required for the visit, provided that items imported are for personal use and that the items will be re-exported on their leaving Bhutan.

* 1 bottle of Spirits not larger than one liter.

* 1 carton of Cigarettes (containing 200 pieces) subject to 100 percent customs duty and 100 percent sales tax

* device, equipment or appliances for professional utilization

* photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic gadget for personal use.

The articles mentioned under (d) & (e) must be declared on the declaration form. If these items are disposed of in Bhutan by sale or gift, they are liable for customs duty. Visitors are required to surrender their forms to the Customs authorities while departing.

IMPORT/ EXPORT

Import/export of the following goods is prohibited

* Arms, ammunitions and explosives

* All narcotics and drugs excluding medically prescribed drugs

* Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species

* Antiques

Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be cleared on arrival. Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, as such items cannot be exported without a clearance certificate.

How to Book your Bhutan trip?

It is advisable to book your holiday several months in advance, in order to ensure the smooth planning of your trip. Since tourism started relatively recently in Bhutan (1974), tourist infrastructure is still limited. There are also a limited number of flights in and out of the country. This means that peak season can be quite busy, so the earlier you book, the better chance we have of securing flights and good hotel rooms for you. Some hotels are already filling up for March – April and October – November 2011. The festival times you need to book around four or five months ahead to get flights, especially if you are unable to be flexible and are tied to particular dates. Please find the simple step to book your Bhutan tour here.

 Bhutan Tariff Revision

As per the announcement of the Tourism Council of Bhutan, the Bhutan tour tariff is revised to USD250/- per night per person, starting the 1st of January, 2012, with mandatory implementation of Bhutan tour operators for peak months March, April, May, September, October and November and US$200 low-season months January, February, June, July, August, and December. The Bhutan travel cost provide equivalent service (e.g. entrance to attractions, cultural shows, accommodation twin sharing room, all three meals, transportation, guide services, etc.).

How do I confirm my booking?

Payment for your trip is made via a bank transfer to Bhutan, through the Tourism Council (TCB) of Bhutan. We will provide you with bank details once your choice of the trip is confirmed. Please note that it is not possible to make payments by credit card, as the payment has to be routed through the government’s account, and is not paid directly to us. Payment should be made in advance to allow us to confirm Druk Air seats, and other necessary tour arrangements. Once we receive notification from the bank that your payment has arrived, we will send you a formal trip confirmation and receipt.

Payment shortfalls

If your payment is sent in any currency other than US$, it is not uncommon for there to be a small shortfall on receipt of the funds. The reason for this may be that intermediary banks deduct charges en route, but also because your bank will work out the other currency equivalent of the dollar amount on sending, but the money is converted on arrival in Bhutan at the prevailing dollar rate, which may be different. If there is a shortfall we will confirm to you the exact amount received (and if requested, send you a copy of the receipt from our bank showing the dollar amount received) and will ask you to make up for the shortfall in US$ cash on arrival.

Flights

Once your funds arrive, we will instruct the bank to transfer the part of the payment which relates to flights directly to Druk Air on your behalf. Druk Air will then issue your ticket in the form of an e-ticket and we will forward this to you on receipt to print out and take with you when you go to check in.

Security

The TCB (Tourism Council of Bhutan) will continue to hold the money you have sent for your tour until your trip has taken place. It will not be released to Adventure Speed(P) Ltd until you have left the country on your return flight. This provides you with the security of knowing that your money is safe until your holiday takes place. If for any reason the trip doesn’t take place, then the government will not give your money to Adventure Speed(P) Ltd but will return it to you (subject to any cancellation charges which apply if you have cancelled the trip). So, in the unlikely event that we do not run your trip for you, you would not be out of pocket.

Cancellation Policy

Bhutan tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follow:

  1. Before 50 days of start of the tour program ~ no charges
  2. within 50 and 45 days ~ 20% of rate
  3. within 45 and 30 days ~ 30% of rate
  4. within 30 and 25 days ~ 40% of rate
  5. within 25 and 20 days ~ 50% of rate
  6. less than 20 days or without notice ~ 100% of rate

Delayed Arrival

There are no charges for delays in arrivals and departures because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

Accommodation and food

Tourist accommodation in Bhutan is generally comfortable and characterful, but can be fairly basic, especially as you travel further east. Most hotels in the main tourist destinations have rooms with private bathrooms, hot water (at least at some stage during the day), telephone, Internet and electricity. Plumbing is not always up to the standard you may be used to, and there are no hotels with central heating. Heaters of some sort will generally be provided, but you may find yourself making good use of thermal underwear and thick socks!

If you are hankering after a bit of luxury (particularly at the end of an arduous trek) you could treat yourself to a stay at one of the 5-star establishments. These are Uma Paro, Hevan Resort and Hotel Zhiwaling (in Paro), Taj Tashi and Termalinkha Hotel in Thimphu and Amankora (in Paro, Punakha, Thimphu and Gangtey and Bumthang). These are owned by foreign companies, and they are the result of a recent decision to allow limited foreign investment in Bhutan. All offer something quite different from any local accommodation – but be prepared to pay for the privilege! If you are interested in sampling the delights of these hotels let us know and we can arrange it for you.

Tourist hotels throughout the country tend to provide meals buffet-style, which gives you the opportunity to try a variety of Bhutanese dishes. In the larger hotels a la carte service is also available, although they may not always have everything on the menu. Many restaurants, especially in Thimphu, also offer Chinese, Thai, Indian or Nepalese dishes. Thimphu even has a pizza restaurant (The Seasons) and if you are craving western food, there is a particularly good café in the centre of Thimphu (near the Swiss bakery) called the Art Café which serves sandwiches, pasta and cake. If you want to try local food, you can ask your guide to take you to a local restaurant, or to be served the food that is served to guides and drivers when you stop on the road. As you go further east you should be prepared for less choice and variety, but just see it as a chance to sample the local cuisine!

Thimpu Festival Tour 7 Days

Tour Name: AS-Thimphu Festival

Tour Type: Culture & Festival Tour

Activities :Hiking & Walking

Duration :7 Days

Period : 2012 is from 25th September – 27th September

About Tour

Thimphu Tsechu is one of the prime festivals in Bhutan, it is celebrated at the courtyard of the Trashichoedzong on attendance of His holiness the Je khenpo, member of monk and the civil servant, in capital. The festival was first started by Desi Tenzin Rabgay the 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan. He introduced the Tsechu to celebrate the birth of Guru Rinpoche on 10th -12th Day of Bhutanese calendar.

Thousands of people turn up for four days dances and prayer, colorful and well choreographed mask dances are performed during Tshechu. moreover you will find the opportunity of photograph an exotic mask dance, a happy welcoming people, the colorful traditional dances and unique architecture, tour western Bhutan like Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang exploring important cultural sites and monuments.

Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVE To PARO (2280m) & DRIVE TO THIMPHU: 65KM/APPROX 1HR
Flight into Paro is spectacular. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest peaks ,Mt Everest(8848m). As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now National Museum, above it. On arrival you will be welcomed by our representative and drive to Thimphu.

The first stop will permit us to outlook the magnificent Tachocho Lhakhang, the traditional place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder and further drive we will reach to Chuzom marks by the confluence of Paro Chu and the Wang chu. Reverse of us, at the meeting, are three defending chortens each built in a different style. Evening stroll through the market and mingle with the local people, visit shops and weekend market. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 2: THIMPHU (2320m)
Today’s discovery of Thimphu begins. we will take with visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the Kingdom’s rich culture at the National Library; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.

After lunch visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Taken Preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan. This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology. A further drive towards the BBS tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 3 & 4: THIMPHU FESTIVAL
It is not necessary that whole three days you have to spend in Thimphu festival we can tailor the itinerary depending on your interest and requirement. Please ask us, we are happy to amend your itinerary. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 5: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA EXCURSSION (1300m): 77KM/APPROX 2 ½HR
Your journey continues with travels to the east onwards to Punakha through some of the Kinddom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys. En route you will stop over Dochu La, the 3050meter pass; snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day. Prayer flags will flutter you over the pass deeper into the essence of Bhutan. The beauty is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chorten – 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother. Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley.

After lunch visit Punakha Dzong which stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers- Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). The Dzong is said to be the most beautiful of dzong in Bhutan; it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork, and the winter residence of the Je khempo (chief abbot). Also this is the second dzong built in Bhutan by Shubdrung Nawang Namgyel in the year 1637. Evening drive back to Thimphu. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 6: PARO TIGER’S NEST HIKE
Today’s day will begin driving back to the Paro valley to take on a stunning hike on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Our hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well maintained path which is quite uphill and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria.

This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort.

We will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, a scared monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries; Drugyel Dzong the imposing fortress which was the strategic vantage point for numerous defeat of invading Tibetan armies and here in clear weather can view the spectacular view of mount Jomolhar 7314m.

In the afternoon will drive to the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

DAY 7: PARO DEPARTURE
Morning drive to Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

Peak Season Rates

For The Months of January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December

US$250 per person per day for 3 or more in a group

US$280 per person per day for 2 in a group*

US$290 per day for a single individual*

Off Season Rates

For The Months of July and August

US$200 per person per day for 3 or more in a group

US$230 per person per day for 2 in a group*

US$240 per day for a single individual*

*These rates include government mandated Fully Independent Traveller (FIT) surcharge of US$40 per day for one person and US$30 per day per person for a group of two.

Glimpse Of Bhutan Tour 4 Days

Tour Name :Glimpse of Bhutan Tour

Tour Code: AS Glimpse Of Bhutan

Tour Type: Cultural Tour

Activities: Tour/Sightseeing

Duration :4 Days

Season:All Year Round

Cost Include:

Airport pick ups and drops

Transportation on comfortable vehicle by private car or Hiace as per the group size

All necessary travel permits

Experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide and local staff.

Accommodation on twin sharing room basis

All city tour with Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.

All the meals during the trip full board basis (B/L/D),

All government taxes

Bhutan Visa fee

Cost Exclude:

Airfare To/From Paro, Bhutan

Travel Insurance, Personal equipment, telephone calls, internet, laundry

Personal expenses such as a drinks, beverages, tips and gratitude

About Tour:

Situated in the heart of the great Himalayas, Bhutan saunters towards modernization, while intensely protecting its ancient culture and it’s deeply Buddhist way of life. Glimpse of Bhutantour will bring you the opportunity to see the Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan perhaps which is the only city without traffic light. The highlights of this tour include exploring of beautiful Paro valley a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of mythology and legends. It is home to many oldest temples and monasteries.
Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVR PARO (2280m) & DRIVE TO THIMPHU: 65KM/APPROX 1HR

Flight into Paro is spectacular. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest peaks ,Mt Everest(8848m). As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu with Ta Dzong, formerly a watch tower and now National Museum, above it. On arrival you will be welcomed by our representative and drive to Thimphu.

The first stop will permit us to outlook the magnificent Tachocho Lhakhang, the traditional place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder and further drive we will reach to Chuzom marks by the confluence of Paro Chu and the Wang chu. Reverse of us, at the meeting, are three defending chortens each built in a different style. Evening stroll through the market and mingle with the local people, visit shops and weekend market. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 2: THIMPHU (2320m)
Today’s discovery of Thimphu begins. we will take with visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the Kingdom’s rich culture at the National Library; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.

After lunch visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Taken Preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan. This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology. A further drive towards the BBS tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.
DAY 3: PARO TIGER’S NEST HIKE
Today’s day will begin driving back to the Paro valley to take on a great hiking on foot to visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Our hike to Taktshang from the road point will take through the well maintained path which is quite uphill and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees decorated with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. You stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria.

This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort.

You will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, a scared monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. This Monastery is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries; Drugyel Dzong the imposing fortress which was the strategic vantage point for numerous defeat of invading Tibetan armies and here in clear weather can view the spectacular view of mount Jomolhari 7314m.

In the afternoon drive to the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town.
Overnight stay at Hotel, Paro.

DAY 4: PARO DEPERTURE
Early morning, drive to the airport, your journey begins and a future pilgrimage to further explore the hearts and lands of the Kingdom’s charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders awaits.

Peak Season Rates

For The Months of January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December

US$250 per person per day for 3 or more in a group

US$280 per person per day for 2 in a group*

US$290 per day for a single individual*

Off Season Rates

For The Months of July and August

US$200 per person per day for 3 or more in a group

US$230 per person per day for 2 in a group*

US$240 per day for a single individual*

*These rates include government mandated Fully Independent Traveller (FIT) surcharge of US$40 per day for one person and US$30 per day per person for a group of two.

Cost Include:

Airport pick ups and drops

Transportation on comfortable vehicle by private car or Hiace as per the group size

All necessary travel permits

Experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide and local staff.

Accommodation on twin sharing room basis

All city tour with Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.

All the meals during the trip full board basis (B/L/D),

All government taxes

Bhutan Visa fee

Cost Exclude:

Airfare To/From Paro, Bhutan

Travel Insurance, Personal equipment, telephone calls, internet, laundry

Personal expenses such as a drinks, beverages, tips and gratitude

Druk Path Trek 8 Days

Trip Name: AS Druk Path

Level: Moderate
Altitude: High 3400meters, & low 2200meters
Number of Days: 8
Season: March to June and September to November

About Trek:
This is an excellent choice for those with a tight schedule. A short 4 days trek crossing the chain of mountains which separates two district, Paro & Thimphu or vice versa. This is a classic walk along high, windy ridges, past ruined forts, which long ago guarded against Tibetan invasion. Although the route is sparsely inhabited there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in spring. The views of the Himalayas can be seen in late autumn and winter.

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrive Paro: The flight into Paro brings breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. If the weather permits you will be able to see Mountain Everest (8848 meters) and other Himalayan mountains. The landing, flying through the Paro valley between the 4000 meters high mountains, starts your day in an unforgettable way! Your Bhutanese representative from Yeoong Travel will greet you on arrival and drive you through the beautiful valley of Paro to the hotel you will be staying.

This beautiful valley is home to many Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and temples. The country’s only airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mountain Chomolhari(7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley.

Afternoon you will visit Ta Dzong (watch tower) it served as a watch tower during the 17th century to guard the region from the Tibetan invasion. It was converted to the National Museum in 1968. It houses a fine collection of Bhutanese art, relics, religious thankas, Kichu Lhakhang(Monastery) it is one of the two most sacred and the oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, Rimpung Dzong (fortress of the heap of jewels) it was built during the time of Zhabdrung (deeply revered to this day as dynamic political and spiritual leader) in 1644. It houses both administrative and monastic bodies. Overnight Paro Hotel.

Day 02

In Paro: Morning hike to Taktsang monastery. Horses can be arranged with an extra payment. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 to 3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 900 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. It is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Afternoon visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attract visitors due to the strategic location of the fort, the fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mountain Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. The third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck housed it into the National museum in the 1960s. The seven floor museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. A short walk downhill to the Rinpung Dzong which serves as the administrative center and school for monks, and walk further down crossing the traditional bridge into Paro Town. Overnight Paro Hotel.

Day 03 – Trek start

Paro to Jangchulakha via Jele Dzong: After an early breakfast we drive to the trek start point which is situated a little above Ta Dzong overlooking the Paro valley. From here the path is gradually uphill through pine forest and scattered villages. After walking for about an hour and half we finally enter the thick wooded forest and the path starts to gradually become a little steeper uphill. As you gradually keep climbing you will reach Jele Dzong a camp site for most trekkers. The dzong (fort/monastery) was renovated recently & has is very interesting stories about the Dzong. Continue walking after a short rest to Jangchulakha. After descending a short distance the path begins uphill through huge rhododendron trees. You may encounter yak herders during the winter season. Walking time 5 to 6 hours. Overnight Camp.

Day 04

Jangchulakha to Jigmelangtsho: The trail follows the ridge and on clear weather you will have perfect view of the mountains. The path descends for sometime and camp will be near the lake at 3600 meters. The lake is filled with giant salmon trout’s. Walking time 5 to 6 hours. Overnight Camp.

Day 05

Jigmelangtsho to Pahoding: The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron shrubs passing two lakes. After passing the second lake ascend gradually. From the top you can enjoy the majestic view of Mountain Gangkar Punsum (7520 meters), highest mountain in Bhutan, then gradually straight for one and half hour till the steep descend to Phajoding camp at 3500 meters. At night you can see Thimphu city glittering in a bowl shaped valley. Walking time 6 to 7 hours. Camp

Day 06 – Trek end

Phajoding to Thimphu: Today is the easiest day of trekking. Three hours all the way down hill through pine forest. Upon reaching Motithang, you will drive you to Thimphu and check into Hotel. After refreshments or lunch we begin sightseeing. Visit the Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers. Overnight Thimphu Hotel.

Day 07

Thimphu to Paro: Full day Thimphu sightseeing. Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare “Takin” national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley. Visit the new Drupthob nunnery temple and free time in the market. Later in the evening drive to Paro. Overnight Paro Hotel.

Day 08

Departure: Transfer to airport for departure. Your escort from Adventure Speed(P) Ltd will assist you with exit formalities and bid you farewell.
Peak Season Rates

For The Months of January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December

US$250 per person per day for 3 or more in a group

US$280 per person per day for 2 in a group*

US$290 per day for a single individual*

Off Season Rates

For The Months of July and August

US$200 per person per day for 3 or more in a group

US$230 per person per day for 2 in a group*

US$240 per day for a single individual*

*These rates include government mandated Fully Independent Traveller (FIT) surcharge of US$40 per day for one person and US$30 per day per person for a group of two.

Cost Include:

Airport pick ups and drops

Transportation on comfortable vehicle by private car or Hiace as per the group size

All necessary travel permits

Experienced English speaking Bhutanese guide and local staff.

Accommodation on twin sharing room basis

All city tour with Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.

All the meals during the trip full board basis (B/L/D),

All government taxes

Bhutan Visa fee

Cost Exclude:

Airfare To/From Paro, Bhutan

Travel Insurance, Personal equipment, telephone calls, internet, laundry

Personal expenses such as a drinks, beverages, tips and gratitude