Best of Bhutan tour a short and fascinating trip covering the best of the country around Bhutan cities and villages with incredible landscapes and mountain views.
Best of Bhutan with Destination Holidays takes you to observe in depth of Bhutan ancient culture and its simple way of life as it was form many centuries with strong influence of Tibetan Buddhism and Tantrisim which is Bhutan’s own special identification practiced through ancient time to this day.
Best of Bhutan tour a fantastic short trip of 5 days in one and only Himalayan Kingdom that exists today, traditional the country known as the land of thundering Dragon, which is slowly opening its door to the outside world after centuries of self imposed remoteness and isolation from outside world of modern technology and civilizations.
This unique setting of old Buddhist culture makes Bhutan an exotic country of destination to observe and to explore its past centaury treasure of ancient culture, religion, architecture and its simplicity as it existed for many centuries, Bhutan’s past is still its present with touch of tantric practice and Buddhism culture similar to Tibet but with a difference and its way of life.
Best of Bhutan tour with Destination Holidays begins after your arrival in Paro airport with interesting tour at places of interest around Bhutan includes overnights in Thimphu capital city of Bhutan visiting places of immense interest and towards Punakha a beautiful countryside steeped with historical background and then with fascinating tour around Paro for two days includes famous Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest, 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, and Druk Gyaldzong.
Our fabulous Best of Bhutan tour concludes in Paro for the flight back to respective countries or back to Kathmandu.
On arrival at Paro-Bhutan’s international airport after going through visa formalities our Destination Holidays native guide of Bhutan and representative will receive you with warm welcome and then drive for two hours through countryside dotted with farm villages and terraces with typical Bhutanese landscapes and Buddhist culture architecture villages.
On reaching Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan, interesting to know that Thimphu the only city in the whole world without traffic lights, all the traffic controlled by traffic police with their whistle. In Thimphu check into the best hotels, after refreshment and lunch our guide will take you on a tour of memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and the painting school. Tour of Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King of Bhutan.
Visit of Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a nice view of the valley, a short scenic drive for a visit of the largest and recently built statue of Buddha with wonderful view of entire Thimphu valley. After an interesting tour around Thimphu return back to hotel with afternoon free at leisure.
Second day in Bhutan starts with a morning tour to traditional Hand Made Paper Mill, School of Arts and Crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library and the Traditional Institute of Medicine. Drive to the Zilukha nunnery to meet the nuns and interact with them.
After lunch at the hotel a scenic short drive to Punakha through Dochu-la pass at 3,200 m, in fine clear weather a fantastic view of Bhutan’s highest mountains Chomolhari / Jumolhari can be seen with other snowcapped peaks extending almost 180 degrees. Walk around 108 stupas and continue drive to sub tropical valley of Punakha, on arrival, if time permits hike to the temple of Chimi Lakhang, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.
Morning begins with an interesting drive to visit around Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. This is a fine example of Bhutanese rich art and architecture.
After a pleasant morning sightseeing tour around Punakha, our drive leads back to Paro with few stops and a visit of 1927-29 AD fort built by King Shabdung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified the Kingdom of Bhutan. After a pleasant drive and interesting moment reaching back at Paro, with time for another short tour of Paro visit of Fort ‘Simtokh Dzong’.
Morning after breakfast, our expert guide will take you on a pleasant walk or short drive with an hour uphill hike to Bhutan’s famous landmark old Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest.
A place for retreats and meditation of many Buddhist monks and high priest of Bhutan, the monastery located within the overhanging rock cliff with superb views of Paro town and snow capped peaks towards north, from here with steep downhill a short drive to visit 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, later converted into the National Museum in 1967, afternoon free at leisure for stroll around Paro shops and markets.
As per the flight time to respective countries and destination after an amazing time in Bhutan with great service of Destination Holidays our guide will transfer you to Paro airport for the flight to connecting others cities or to other next countries or Kathmandu.
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Travel in Bhutan is restricted by the Government where visitors can enter in a group wise with proper travel agencies of Bhutan, where Destination Holidays works along with our Bhutan counterpart agents to make your travel safe and secure, minimizing flow of mass tourist Bhutanese Government allows foreign travelers to spend minimum of US$ 200 per day / per person to make the country sustainable form eco and friendly tourism.
To support your travel in the area chosen in Bhutan we have listed information which will provide you with sustainable help and ideas.
Depending upon the season of travel and trip chosen as per altitude, Bhutan a small country with varied temperature range from subtropical, alpine to arctic climates in the higher Himalaya Mountains above 4,000 meters. In addition on booking with Destination Holidays provide you with much information as per the season of travel in Bhutan.
From October till March, warm clothes such as thermal underwear are required. April till September, light clothes for the day and a warm jacket or a sweater is must for the evenings. The other recommended items are: personal medical first aid kit, water purification tablets (though mineral water can be bought), toilet & tissue papers, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, sleeping bag, dust mask, sun hat, sun glasses and sun block cream.
Bhutan due to its culture, religion and customs similar to Tibetan, so much of the main foods and cuisine are almost the same with few varied types of meals. It is always handy to carry dry food and biscuits or anything that can be brewed with hot water such as coffee and drinking chocolate.
No prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with custom officials and are of personal use. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Bhutanese Government are prohibited.
It is most advisable that clients should have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.
Minimum two weeks required on booking trip from Kathmandu to travel in Bhutan, Destination Holidays requires advance payments along with deposit of your passport for visa process and full payment of the tour. From overseas, minimum of two weeks with all your personal, passport details are required with payment required as per the company’s rules and regulations.
The main necessary and important that one needs to prepare with seasonal clothing and the trip selected with Bhutan varied climate as per seasons.
If you are doing trekking and going above 3000m you need warm clothing all year round.
clothing list (especially for trekking)
Woolen tops, baseball caps or sunhats.
Please bring all your necessary daily wear as per the duration of the holidays in Bhutan / Nepal and as per the season regarding clothing and other wear Destination Holidays provides you with clothing list before trip departure to Nepal and Bhutan.
For normal tours and sightseeing a runners and sports shoes is the best, as this involves short walks and climbing on steps also.
For trekking it obvious that you need a good comfortable walking boots if possible water proof (wax polish to be carried on other leather boots and shoes against wet areas and snow) with warm woolen shocks and for leisure walk soft cotton socks.
A small rucksack as day to carry your necessary and valuable items; camera, water bottle, money, passport, towel, toiletries items, water proof for the walk and Sleeping Bags and walking poles as options.
Camera and batteries, spare passport photos, water bottle, money belt, Torch / Flash Lights, Sewing kit, Sunhat/ Sunglasses, Ipods, Books, Wet Ones, Detergents to wash clothes, Writing materials, Swiss Army knife, Calculator, Personal toiletries, including tampons, Contraceptives, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen.
Your doctor might suggest you while traveling in Asia or any 3rd world countries, as in Nepal / Bhutan vaccinations are not compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas. For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.
Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.
You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical centre for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.
A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking
In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.
Band Aids / Bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile.
The Bhutanese currency is the ngultrum, which is pegged to the Indian rupee and thus trades with the currency. There are no coins, and you can expect to be handed wads of cash. The smallest note is for 1-ngultrum, and its worth only about $0.02 USD. As of April 2013, USD1 is equivalent to about 53 ngultrum if you are using USD50 or USD100 notes. Please take note that USD50 and USD100 notes are given a better exchange rate than USD20 notes or lesser. The smaller USD notes fetch about 5% less.
If you plan to bring $100 U.S. notes be aware that the banks in Bhutan do not accept notes printed in 1996 does to counterfeiting that took place in that year. So go through your notes carefully–also, no tears, ink marks, staple holes etc.
Bhutan is a cash economy! Visa and MasterCard are not accepted at smaller shops, but bigger shops and some hotels accept MasterCard. There is an American Express office in the capital, and Amex is accepted in a few rare instances. More important, an Amex office means you can get your travelers’ checks replaced if necessary. If you bring in cash, best option is to change dollars or whatever you bring into ngultrums at the airport. The exchange rate is the same as in the banks in town. Keep in mind that banks get much harder to find outside the capital. You can also change your money at the hotels in Thimphu, but the rate is not as good. For a stay of two weeks 100-150$ will cover your expenses, inclusive drinks with meals, and some souvenirs. However, this will certainly not be enough to cover tips.
In most of the world, currency exchange is a fairly straightforward process. In Thimphu, it involves several lines and just waiting around until you’re called. Do not be surprised if you invest more than 30 minutes just exchanging money. It’s best to avoid doing this more than once, so get what you need the first time. Another way of avoiding long waiting times is to ask your guide to assist in changing money. Since you are arranging your tour with a local tour company ask them to bring an envelope to the airport with $100 U.S. in ngultrum and exchange that for a crisp $100 note and you’re all set. Locals do not have to give their passport details, etc and thus save time. If you go, you’ll mainly need money for some beautiful handcrafted souvenirs. The philatelic bureau also sells some nifty stamps in Thimphu. Everything else is included in the price of the tour, from meals to hotels to gasoline, so it’s best not to get too much money at the bank. You may find yourself with souvenir cash later. Because Indian money trades at par with the ngultrum, rupees are generally accepted in Bhutan and may be occasionally given as change. But since 2012 there have been shortages of Rupee notes due to Bhutan’s high import economy so if you can, bring and spend Rupees–you will be doing your guide and driver a big favor.
In Bhutan most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour. It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Bhutan trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.
If you wish to spend a few additional days in your start city before the departure of your tour, then we can arrange accommodation for you. On the last day of the tour we usually arrive at our final destination in the late afternoon, when the tour ends. If you would like to book accommodation for that night or even stay additional nights, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you as well. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable.
Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Destination Holidays trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trekking & Tours in Bhutan.
Tipping in Bhutan is not compulsory but it is a way of traditions handed by earlier visitors this might be expected by the guides, porters and Tour Driver, any gratuities for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour. Bargaining is kind of culture, especially in markets when hiring the Local Vehicles, Buying the Jewelries and Local Clothing.
Before you depart for Bhutan please send us your flight details so that we can arrange a complementary transport from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu, where our staff and representative will have a sign board with “Destination Holidays “, please look for it when reaching outside the main terminal, please note our phone numbers if incase of flight delay and change in time & Schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival in case of emergency: Please notify on +977-1-9851196875 or Email us : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Please be aware of hawkers at the airport who will try to carry your bags for you and direct you to specific guesthouses. Please carry your own luggage and “don’t give any money who ever ask for it”. Luggage Standard commercial airline baggage restrictions apply. Usually this is 20 kg for economy passengers and one piece of carry-on luggage. It is advisable to check with your airline before traveling.
You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!
Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.
All Travelers except Indian residents requires visa, to obtain the visa at 20 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan with PP details and photo’s. Visa only service is not entertained in Bhutan one should have to join for full tour package services from local tour operator which includes guide, accommodations, food, tours and transportation.
Visa fee of US$ 40 (increased from Jan 2013 AD) which is mostly included in the trip package.
Guests require multiple entry visas for India, Nepal if they are traveling to Bhutan and back to India or Nepal.
Traveling into Bhutan must be obtained from Nepal through Bhutan counterpart agents. Please note that; Once the visa is issued, it will not be amended, revalidated and visa fees will not be refunded. Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance which will be e-mailed or Fax to your local travel agents to Bhutan and to Destination Holidays. Travelers are required to produce visa clearance copy at the time of check in for Druk Air flight, entering by overland must produce Visa clearance letter at the entry point. Actual Visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.
To enter Bhutan, foreigners are issued with Entry Permit valid for Thimphu and Paro only. Rest of the Bhutan considered as restricted area, and foreign travelers requires special permits to enter immigration checkpoints located at main / major junction around the country.
Do not take unnecessary valuables with you, a money belt, or similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.
Do Not leave any valuables in hotel rooms, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk. Pickpockets are not common in Bhutan but it can happen, especially in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care. Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.
International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket from Nepal. However If you are flying with in the country, there are some departure tax inclusive with air tickets.
Bhutan Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 5:30 Hours).
The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Bhutan – winter, spring, summer and autumn. The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season commences from early March and continues until late May. Even though the days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.
Bhutan Average Temperatures in Degree Celsius High/Low)
Incase of any cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per the company’s rules and regulation shall be applied.
Bhutan tours are run strictly under BHUTAN TOURISM BUREAU, we or our agents shall not be responsible for any changes or cancellation of the programs due to road blockade, cancellation of flight, sickness or accident, political unrest etc. Any extras cost thereof shall be borne by the clients.
Flight fare Kathmandu-Bhutan -Kathmandu, hotel/guest house accommodation on full board basis, sightseeing tour as per the itinerary, An English speaking guide, transportation by private vehicle during the tour and monastery entrance fee.
Nepal / Bhutan visa and entry fees, International airfare beside flight to Bhutan and back to Kathmandu, personal medical / travel insurance, emergency evacuation or any charges in case, if required, expenses of personal nature etc.
Electricity in Bhutan is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adepter which will be useful to charge your batteries.
Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.
You should not drink the water from the tap in Bhutan because of bacteria.
You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a day, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos. Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.
Destination Holidays Pvt. Ltd.
Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: Cell : Fax : +977-1-9851196875, 9841395310
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com