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Thimphu-Punakha-Gangtey-Paro 
07 Days /06 Nights
Date: 2018

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 


Thimphu: Largest Sitting Budha, Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong Fortress, Takin, Authentic Craft Bazar, Post Office, Weekend Market, Simply Bhutan Museum, Nature Hikes.
Punakha: Hike to Kham Sum Yule Temple, Longest suspension bridge, Dochula Pass, Punakha Fortress, Fertility Temple, Talo village, Lamperi Botanical Park
Gangtey: Gangtey Monastery, Crane centre, Gangtey valley
Paro: Tiger’s Nest, Paro town, Farm House, Fortress, Archery.

DAY 1 2018: ARRIVE AT PARO AIRPORT – PARO. Altitude: 2280m/7524ft above sea level.

THIMPHU (1 Hour Drive). Altitude: 2320m/7656ft above sea level

Thimphu is a bustling town on the banks of the Thimphu Chhu and set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. It is home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government to several foreign missions and development projects. Bhutan’s only golf course, a nine-hole circuit is also located in Thimphu. Thimphu is the only capital city in the world that has no MacDonald, star bucks, bill boards and traffic lights. A must see city that has truly set an example. It is also a place for trekking, bicycling, motor biking and bird watching.

Memorial Chorten in Thimphu Scenic view of Thimphu valley from the view point
Meet and greet by our representative and drive to the capital city Thimphu.

Sightseeing: On the way visit Tamchog Temple where iron bridge is being built, In Thimphu, Kuenschholing View Point(Largest sitting Buddha), Weekend Market in Thimphu: Farmers gather to sell their products (vegetables, meat and fruits)Tashichho Dzong(Fortress), It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body.

Overnight in Thimphu.

DAY 2 2018: IN THIMPHU

Today you will hike about 1 hour 45 minutes to Kuensel Phodrang nature park: This hikes along the forest lets you enjoy the nature and the beautiful landscape of the Thimphu valley down below, visit Memorial Chorten, Hand Made Paper Factory: The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age old tradition originated in 8th century of Bhutanese history, Authentic Craft Bazar, Mini Zoo: Here you can see just one animal – Bhutan’s national – the Takin. Later stroll around the city Thimphu.

Overnight in Thimphu.

DAY 3 2018: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA/WANGDUE (3 Hours Drive). Altitude: 1350m/4455ft above sea level

Punakha narrates lots on the histories of Bhutan. It served as the capital of the country from 1637 to 1907 and the first national assembly was hosted here in 1953. It has the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of the most majestic structures in the country. On October 13, 2011, the wedding of the 5th King of Bhutan, was held at the Punakha Dzong. This place boasts of low altitude trek, rafting, kayaks, camping, bicycling and birdwatching.

Dochula Pass Gangtey valley
Today morning you will drive to Punakha/Wangdue. On the way you will stop by Dochula Pass: (Where you can see snow capped Himalayas and 108 stupas), continue your drive and you will come across beautiful passes, small villages, valleys. Later visit, The Royal Botanical Park: It is the country’s first recreational Park which is within accessible distance from the capital city, Thimphu. The park attracts lots of visitors which include birdwatchers, travelers, picnickers.

Punakha Dzong(Fortress): Built in 1637 this majestic fortress is built in-between two rivers. The fortress also boasts about displaying itself of unique Bhutanese architecture, Punakha Nunnery: Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangduephodrang, gleams the magnificent structures of Nunnery Temple.

Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.

DAY 4 2018: IN PUNAKHA/WANGDUE -GANGTEY (2 Hours). Altitude: 2800m /9240ft above sea level.

Morning take a hike to Kham Sum Yule Temple: The temple sits atop the hile and the hike takes around 45 minutes through the rice fields and forest. Reaching the temple, will give you a nice view of the valleys down belowOvernight in Punakha/Wangdue. Later drive to gangtey. Visit Gangtey Monastery.

Overnight at Gangtey

DAY 5 2018: GANGTEY– PARO. (6 Hours drive). Altitude: 2280m/7524ft above sea level.

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 Mount Chomolhari(7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. This is also the home to some of the famous Treks such as Jumolhari and Druk Path trek. It is also a destination for bicycling, motorbiking and birdwatching.

Today morning visit crane centre and stroll around the village. Later drive to Paro. On the way you will take a short hike to Fertility temple across paddy fields and villages: This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. His style of teaching was thought shocking, insulting and including obscene behaviour, Later in Paro visit National Museum: It houses a fine collection of Bhutanese art, relics, religious thankas, Paro Town: Stroll around a tiny Paro town, interact with the people and perhaps take pictures with children

Punakha Fortress Paro Fortress

Overnight in Paro.

DAY 6 2018: IN PARO.

Sightseeing: Hike to Tiger’s Nest (This is Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff.), Later visit Farm House visit (Picturesque farm houses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers.). Play archery and dip into a traditional hot stone bath after a tiring hike (Additional Cost).

Overnight in Paro.

DAY 7 2018: DEPART FROM PARO AIRPORT

You representative/guide will drive you to the airport and bid you farewell for your onward journey.
We wish you a safe flight with a good memory of Bhutan…

WHAT TO BRING DURING YOUR TRIP TO BHUTAN

– Sun hat
– Hiking pants
– Warm Jackets
– Hiking socks and liner socks–2 pair of each
– Long sleeve shirt–good for protection against the sun when hiking but it can also be another layer.
– Wicking T-shirts (2)
– Sun hat
– Sunglasses
– Sunblock cream
– Hiking boots
– Umbrellas or Rain coat
– Summer clothes
Farmer at the Tiger’s Nest Temple Dinner with the family at the Farm House

CHECK LISTS TO BHUTAN

Passport (valid for six months from the date of travel) and a photocopy of the picture page to carry separately.

One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute passport).

Copies of e-Tickets.

Copy of Visa (to submit to the Immigration on your arrival)

MasterCard, Visa and debit cards are accepted in Bhutan. However traveler’s cheques and some cash are highly recommended. ATM’s are available in Thimphu and Paro.

Mobile Phone: if your cell phone is from T-Mobile USA or AT&T (USA) then your phone will work in Bhutan.

DRESS CODE FOR VISITING FORTRESS AND MONASTERIES

Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
Full pants/long skirts
Any type of shoes with socks
No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers/sandals, No t-shirts, No short skirt and No half-pants
Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING YOUR TRIP

Max: 30 Degree Celsius
Min: 18 Degree Celsius

 

CITIES

HOTELS

HOTEL CATEGORY

ROOM TYPE

PARO

TASHI NAMGAY RESORT/SIMILAR

3 STAR HOTEL

DELUXE

THIMPHU

TASHI YOEDLING/SIMILAR

3 STAR HOTEL

DELUXE

PUNAKHA/WANGDUE

ZHINGKHAM RESORT/SIMILAR

3 STAR HOTEL

DELUXE

GANGTEY

HOTEL DEWACHEN/SIMILAR

3 STAR HOTEL

DELUXE

Price Includes:

Accommodation under twin sharing with breakfast.
Lunch and Dinner in local restaurants and hotels.
Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Private transport within Bhutan (Toyota coach / Tucson / Santafe / Land cruiser / Prado) as per itinerary.
Museum & Monuments entrance fee.
Bottled water during the tour.
Visa Fee USD 40 Per Person
Sustainable Development fee USD 65 per person per night
Tourism Development Fee USD 10 per person
Raven Tours and Treks Personal Care and Attention.
Cultural Show
Dress up in Bhutanese dress
Play Archery
Taste Bhutanese cuisine at authentic Bhutanese restaurant

Service not included in the above mentioned costs

Air ticket(flight fare)
Lunch and Dinner at 4 and 5 star
Bank fee of US$30 only
Travel Insurance.
Gratuities, bar bills, telephone bills, personal expenses, and laundry.

GENERAL REMARKS:

– The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
– Extra supplement will be charged if the rooms are to be upgraded.
The complete tour payment must be made no later than one month prior to your trip in US$ as per the wire payment instructions. This is to ensure that we secure visas, hotel reservations, transportation and guides.
The complete flight payment must be made before the expiry date of the flight reservation done on behalf of you. You have the flexibility to send either both the payment together or the trip payment later.
Our Tour Cancellation Policy:
Please note that the cancellation of your tour is subject to the following cancellation charges.

 

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Amazing Bhutan Experience

Dear Rajan,
I can't thank you enough for all your help to make my trip to Bhutan an amazing experience. You always responded to my (many) questions so quickly that it almost seemed that you really weren't half a world away. You were wonderful through all the changes that I and other sources through at you; through it all you planned the perfect itinerary. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and courteous; I feel I have made new friends with each and every one of them. The accommodations were outstanding everywhere and you were able to get me into all the special events I want to attend, with your guidance it really was the trip of a lifetime!
As the COO of a major travel company I will make sure my agents and clients know to contact you for the perfect Himalayan journey.
Again, many, many thanx for everything!

Daniel Hanes
COO
Morrison International, A Travel Corporation
San Mateo, CA 94401, 32 East Third Avenue
E-Mail:- danielh@morrisontravel.com
Phone: - (+1) 650-274-6112


Bhutan’s Best Tour

Dear Rajan;
Thank you for the most amazing trip to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, your itinerary was a very good one, well planned and had all the needed components: from spiritual, to culture, to accommodations and many others.
Beyond all that your friendly and cooperative attitude made our trip an unforgettable one. Please pass our regards and thanks to all three companies in Tibet Nepal and Bhutan.
Special thanks to yourself, and to Yontan in Bhutan and Lapka in Tibet. Hope we could meet in the near future again.

Anyone who wants to ask me more about this trip feel free to contact me
E-mail - saulakry@aol.com | Shaul & Orly, Los Angeles


Excellent Trip

Dear Rajan,
My wife, son and I want to thank you for providing us with an excellent trip to Bhutan . Your company was very organized with all of the necessary plane and hotel reservations made well in advance of our trip. Your company arranged all the necessary Visas and the guides in each country were knowledgeable and helpful. My wife appreciated the Bhutanese guide's assistance in walking her safely down the steep hill from the Tiger's Nest monastery Thanks again.
Sincerely,

Richard, Jacqueline and Scott Swanberg
Los Angeles, Ca, USA
cell 818 497-8692
E-mail- rjsswan@sbcglobal.net


Bhutan – land of happiness

From USA,
In February and March 2015, my wife and I were able to visit Bhutan. Our best tour trip was arranged with the assistance of Rajan and his company. We were extremely pleased with the accommodations, tours, guides and drivers which served us during this three-week holiday; and can highly recommend this company and its owner to anyone who is considering traveling in these beautiful countries.
We also visited Nepal and Myanmar. Thanks again for everything.
Sincerely,
Chip & Madeline Thomas
Mercer Island, Washington

best tour
Chip & Madeline Thomas,
USA

We will certainly be recommending the “Bhutan experience”

Our time in Bhutan was particularly enjoyable, perhaps partly by contrast with Delhi and Kathmandu. If all of the guides and drivers you employ in your company are of the same quality as Ngawang and Bhim then you must receive many critiques praising their performance. Bhim's skills as a driver were manifest any number of times from congested traffic in Thimpu to the rugged road between Thimpu and Punakha. He also has good English and a sense of humor. We felt very secure in his car.

Ngawang is a perfect blend of calm (perhaps even serene) and knowledge. He patiently explained and reexplained some very difficult (for us) aspects of life in Bhutan and Buddhism. He was flexible (we wanted to skip the Paro Dzong) as you said he would be. Highlights of our time in Bhutan had to be our hike to the Taktshang Monastery and the meal we had on the last evening with the rice farming family.  I don't know if it was coincidental, but we had commented earlier that we were tiring of continental cuisine for seemingly every lunch and dinner. This entirely Bhutanese meal was a perfect way to end our visit.

All hotels were excellent. We especially enjoyed the view from the veranda of our hotel in Punakha.
In short, not much to complain about. We will certainly be recommending the "Bhutan experience" and your company to our friends.
Good luck and all the best.

Jim Reese,
Atlanta, United States

Exciting and an adventurous trip

Hello Deepak
We have come back last Sunday from and exciting and an adventurous trip to your country. It was exciting climbing and trekking those mountains .We stayed at some decent hotels, however the food was average. The guide and the driver you provided were excellent. Nawang was a font of knowledge , both local and international, the driver Jeevan was very good and careful, and he made the journey very comfortable.We enjoyed all the sights we visited and every day we looked forward to a ne destination. The downside to the trip was the condition of the roads, I understand that the Government has undertaken the road widening project from Thimphu to Bumthang . We found it extremely tiring because of the many bad road conditions on the way.Bhutan is unspoilt and we would visit again.The whole experience was well worth the visit.

John Pereira ,
USA

Our unforgettable trip!

Dear Rajan,

Many thanks for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. This will remain our unforgettable trip! We felt so lucky that we were able to visit your beautiful country during the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Bhutan and Japan.

We spent one night in Thimphu, two nights in Phunakha, and two nights in Paro. Phunaka's Lobesa hotel became one of the most impressive splendid hotels we have ever stayed! Its view from the window was just gorgeous and took our breath away.

Nawang was a knowledgeable, kind and caring guide and we learned a lot about your beautiful country from him. Ugay was a safe driver and we felt so comfortable in the lovely Nissan four wheels.

The tour was both very informative and fun. In addition, Nawang accommodated many of our requests and re-arranged the original schedule to our satisfaction. Going to the weekend market in Thimphu became one of the highlights of this tour for us !

We'd like to visit Bhutan again in the future and we will definitely ask you again to organize tour for us.

Finally, we would like to thank Rajan for being such a friendly coordinator. Your responses were always so prompt!!

Nory and Mayuri,
Tokyo, Japan

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