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5 nights and 6 days package of Bhutan

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Bhutan
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5 nights and 6 days package of Bhutan

5 nights and 6 days

$1548

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Day 01: Arrive Paro (Bhutan) & transfer to Thimphu (55km, approx. 1.1/2-hour drive)
Valid from 01st September’17 till 31st December’18
Arrive at Paro, on arrival you’ll be met by our ICS representative and will guide you to the transportation arranged for you for transfer to Thimphu.
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence.

On arrival in Thimphu, check-into the hotel.

The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.
In the evening visit King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

On the way back, take an evening stroll through the Craft Bazar recently established under patronage of Department of cottage & small industry and in collaboration with the department of culture, tourism council and the department of agriculture marketing and cooperatives, this market offers genuine Bhutanese arts & crafts thus contributing in promotion, protection and preservation of traditional arts and the main town of Thimphu.

Dinner at the Hotel.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu
Valid from 01st September’17 till 31st December’18
Morning after breakfast take a short drive to the north of town to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang).

Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.
Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu. The temple was established in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who came from Tibet. The central statue here is Chenrezig in a manifestation with 11 heads. From the temple courtyard, admire the fascinating view of Thimphu valley.

Followed by visit to the National Library which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.
Return to your hotel for lunch.

This afternoon there are plenty of opportunities to immerse in the rich culture this kingdom has to offer.
After Lunch National Textile Museum, these museums have been open in 2001 and provide a fascinating insight into Bhutanese material culture and art of textile. visit to Simply Bhutan - an exclusive project under the Bhutan Youth Development Fund. It is a living Museum and Studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people. The infrastructure portrays ancient Bhutanese architecture which is being lost to modernization.

Your final visit before returning to your hotel is visit Trashichhoe Dzong, an impressive fortress/monastery which houses the Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha (75 km, 3 hrs approx)
Valid from 01st September’17 till 31st December’18
Morning after breakfast, drive up to, Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Continue further to Punakha, which served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still the winter seat of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot). Blessed with a temperate climate and fed by the Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) Rivers, Punakha is the most fertile valley in the country.

In route visit the Royal botanical park spreads over 12,000 acres of protected land at Lamperi, on the Thimphu-Punakha highway. The park features a rhododendron garden, one of the hot spots for the bird watchers, a children’s playground, and an information center for visitors. It also has a cafeteria, short Hiking trails, a lake and fire camp place. Around 300 different plant species can also be found in the park.

Check in followed by Lunch.

After lunch, drive through Punakha town to the 17th Century fortress, Punakha Dzong. The fortress is located on the junction of the two rivers and is the 2nd oldest of Bhutan's Dzongs. For many years until the time of the 2nd King, it served as the seat of Government. During its life, it has survived six fires, two floods, two earthquakes and endless sieges from Tibetan armies.

Dinner at the Hotel.

Overnight in Punakha.

Day 04: Punakha – Paro (125km, 4.5 hrs drive)
Valid from 01st September’17 till 31st December’18
Morning after breakfast, transfer to Paro. The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country's only airport. Mount. Chomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro river). Paro is also one of the most fertile valley in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields. Stop at Dochu la Pass shortly for freshening up.

On arrival check in to your hotel followed by lunch.

After lunch, your first visit from Paro will be to Ta Dzong. Once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968. Today it holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious Thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. The museums circular shape enhances its varied collections displayed over several floors.
Drive to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong.

Visit Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century. The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in same original pattern.
Return to your hotel or take an evening stroll.

Dinner at the Hotel.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 05: In Paro
Valid from 01st September’17 till 31st December’18
Morning after breakfast, proceed for the day activities.

On arrival at trail-head point, embark on a walking excursion to Taktshang Monastery: It is one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.

Lunch will be enroute at the Taktshang Cafeteria.

Afternoon at leisure for personal activities / exploring the charming traditional architecture town in Paro, along with some shopping opportunities.

Dinner at the Hotel.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 06: Leave Paro
Valid from 01st September’17 till 31st December’18
Morning After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell

Our Rates for the Above program

Validity 01st September’17 – 31st December’18

 

Rates (3-star option) - 2017

 

Pax

September to November 

December

01 paying

USD 1548 in total

USD 1368 in total

02 paying

USD 1368 per person

USD 1188 per person

03 & Above paying

USD 1188 per person

USD 1008 per person

SRS

USD 210 per single

USD 180 per single

 

Rates (3-star option) - 2018

 

Pax

January to February / June to August

March to May / September to November

December

01 paying

USD 1368 in total

USD 1548 in total

USD 1368 in total

02 paying

USD 1188 per person

USD 1368 per person

USD 1188 per person

03 & Above paying

USD 1008 per person

USD 1188 per person

USD 1008 per person

SRS

USD 180 per single

USD 210 per single

USD 180 per single

 

Hotels Envisaged or Similar:

 

City

Hotel

 Nights

Thimphu

Hotel Kisa or Similar

 02

Punakha

Hotel Meri Puensum Resort Or Similar

 01

Paro

Tashi Namgay Resort or Similar

 02

 

**Rooms are subject to availability at the time of confirmation

 

Rates (4-star Standard option) - 2017

 

Pax

September to November 

December

01 paying

USD 1893 in total

USD 1708 in total

02 paying

USD 1567 per person

USD 1383 per person

03 & Above paying

USD 1387 per person

USD 1203 per person

SRS

USD 355 per single

USD 324 per single

 

Rates (4-star Standard option) - 2018

 

Pax

January to February / June to August

March to May / September to November

December

01 paying

USD 1720 in total

USD 1904 in total

USD 1720 in total

02 paying

USD 1392 per person

USD 1577 per person

USD 1392 per person

03 & Above paying

USD 1212 per person

USD 1397 per person

USD 1212 per person

SRS

USD 330 per single

USD 360 per single

USD 330 per single

 

Hotels Envisaged or Similar:

 

City

Hotel

 Nights

Thimphu

Hotel Ariya or Similar

 02

Punakha

Hotel Namgay or Similar

 01

Paro

Raven Nest Resort or Similar

 02

 

**Rooms are subject to availability at the time of confirmation

 

Rates (4-star Deluxe option) - 2017

 

Pax

September to November 

December

01 paying

USD 2562 in total

USD 2187 in total

02 paying

USD 1947 per person

USD 1665 per person

03 & Above paying

USD 1767 per person

USD 1485 per person

SRS

USD 646 per single

USD 522 per single

 

Rates (4-star Deluxe option) - 2018

 

Pax

January to February / June to August

March to May / September to November

December

01 paying

USD 2228 in total

USD 2615 in total

USD 2228 in total

02 paying

USD 1690 per person

USD 1975 per person

USD 1690 per person

03 & Above paying

USD 1510 per person

USD 1795 per person

USD 1510 per person

SRS

USD 540 per single

USD 670 per single

USD 540 per single

 

Hotels Envisaged or Similar:

 

City

Hotel

 Nights

Thimphu

Hotel Druk or Similar

 02

Punakha

Dhensa Boutique Resort or Similar

 01

Paro

Naksel Boutique Hotel or Similar

 02

 

**Rooms are subject to availability at the time of confirmation

 

Rates (5-star option) - 2017

 

Pax

September to November 

December

01 paying

USD 3800 in total

USD 3132 in total

02 paying

USD 2673 per person

USD 2274 per person

03 & Above paying

USD 2493 per person

USD 2094 per person

SRS

USD 1157 per single

USD 860 per single

 

Rates (5-star option) - 2018

 

Pax

January to February / June to August

March to May / September to November

December

01 paying

USD 3252 in total

USD 3899 in total

USD 3252 in total

02 paying

USD 2346 per person

USD 2729 per person

USD 2346 per person

03 & Above paying

USD 2166 per person

USD 2550 per person

USD 2166 per person

SRS

USD 906 per single

USD 1200 per single

USD 906 per single

 

Hotels Envisaged or Similar:

 

City

Hotel

 Nights

Thimphu

Le Meridien or Similar

 02

Punakha

Uma Como or Similar

 01

Paro

Hotel Zhiwaling or Similar

 02

 

**Rooms are subject to availability at the time of confirmation

 

Festival Supplements

 

Festival

4* Standard Hotel

4* Deluxe Hotel

5* Hotel

Paro Festival

USD 12 per person/ per night

USD 30 per person/ per night

USD 40 per person/ per night

Thimphu Festival

USD 12 per person/ per night

USD 30 per person/ per night

USD 40 per person/ per night

 

Dates for 2017 Festival in Paro: 28th September’17 till 05th October’17

Dates for 2018 Festivals not yet Announced, (please re-confirm with the office before quoting)

 

TOUR LEADER FOC POLICY:   In Bhutan 3 pax and above is considered group and there is a flat rate from 3 pax onwards to any number of pax traveling.   However, in normal A Level Hotels, in 10 full paying pax, the 11th pax will be given 50% FOC in land, and in 15 full paying pax, the 16th pax will be given 100% FOC in Land, however he / she will have to pay Visa Fee of US$ 40 and applicable Airfares and Airport Taxes in full.

 

 

Our prices are inclusive of following services:

·         Accommodation for 05 nights on full board Basis.

·         All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary

·         English speaking accompanying guide

·         Governmental royalty and taxes

·         Entrances

·         Bhutan visa fee

 

Our prices Doesn’t include the following services:

·         Insurance of any kind / medical expenses

·         Beverages (alcoholic / non – alcoholic)

·         Expenses of personal nature (like tipping, laundry, Telephone/fax calls, camera/video fees etc)

·         Airfares and Airport Taxes

  

BHUTAN VISA  

In order to process Bhutan visa, we require clear readable color copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be minimum 6 months from the date of entry into Bhutan (excluding the travelling month).

* Guests are required to have multiple entry visa for India if they are travelling to Bhutan from India and again re-entering into India from Bhutan. Please also check if your Indian visa has ‘2 months re-entry restriction’. If restriction has been stamped in your Indian visa, then you will have to get it endorsed from the Indian embassy in Thimphu for a nominal charge. For this however, you will need to be in Thimphu on working days, Mon – Fri during office hours excluding Govt holidays. You will be asked to provide you’re travelling documents like passports, Air tickets etc) . Our Bhutan Office will assist the clients.

 

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