Hidden Kingdom Bhutan Tour 6 Days

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Introduction:

Hidden Kingdom Bhutan Tour with Destination Holidays a short and fabulous holiday, guiding you towards Bhutan’s immense ancient culture and history where and past present glory exists in this small Hidden Kingdom Bhutan Tour in the comfort of nice traditional hotels with warm hospitality that Thundering Dragon of Bhutan has to offer.

Hidden Kingdom Bhutan Tour a short holiday of less than a week includes scenic areas of Bhutan covering remote and isolated villages with towns and cities of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha with its incredible landscapes and mountain views.

Hidden Kingdom Bhutan tour offers interesting culture and historical monuments and overwhelming sceneries that surround you. For a small country with dramatic landscapes with high snowcapped peaks where all types of vegetables, crops and fruits are grown in its varied climatic zones from sub-tropic, alpine to arctic temperatures in the midst of serene country with old traditional way of life.

Destination Holidays fabulous Hidden Kingdom Bhutan Tour starts on reaching at Paro Bhutan airport received by our native Bhutanese guide with warm welcome in traditional way then a short interesting drive to Thimphu capital city of Bhutan visiting places of cultural and historical sites, and then drive to beautiful warm areas of Punakha valley steeped with past Bhutan history.

Beside wonderful tour of Thimphu and Punakha Hidden Kingdom Bhutan Tour includes a short hike to famous Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest, 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, and Druk Gyaldzong. Our fascinating Hidden Kingdom Bhutan Tour concludes in Paro for the flight back to your respective countries or back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Reach Paro airport 2,00 m and transfer to Thimphu by overland drive
  2. Day 02: At Thimphu 2,280 m with exciting cultural and historical tour.
  3. Day 03: Drive to Punakha 1,350 m via Dochu-La 3,200 m – 03 hrs.
  4. Day 04: At Punakha with interesting tour and drive to Paro -04 hrs.
  5. Day 05: Sightseeing around Paro at places of interest
  6. Day 06: International departure towards respective countries.            

What Is Included in Trip:

  1. All arrival departure transportation as per the itinerary chosen with Kathmandu/ Nepal and in Bhutan.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation on full board in tourist standard and 4-5 stars hotels includes breakfast-lunch and dinner.
  3. Applicable travel / tour and entrance permits of designated places.
  4. Full guided tour and treks accompanied by DH expert native guides and staff or representative of Destination Holidays in Bhutan.
  5. Re-confirmation of international tickets and trip briefing and orientations.
  6. Wages-accommodation-transportation-medical / insurance allowance of all field guides and staff in every tours and treks.
  7. Domestic airfare and overland transportation as per the itineraries.
  8. Services of native guide with medical / first aid experience if required.

What Is Not Included in Trip

  1. Nepal /Bhutan entry visa, medical / travel insurance & international airfare. Expenses of personal nature hard / soft drinks, laundry and other extra personal services including gratitude.
  2. Personal tour and trekking gear / equipment and personal medical kit.
  3. Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Helicopter services if required on medical / personal problems.
  4. Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem where no refund will be entertained and extra cost that arises.
For single supplement in hotel / lodge / resort or in tents at extra cost:

Day 01: Arrival in Paro 2,280 m and drive to Thimphu 2,300 m – 02 hrs journey.

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 in the best hotels, afternoon at leisure with time for a walk around the market and observe the Bhutanese way of life.

Day 02: At Thimphu with exciting cultural and historical tour.

After refreshing breakfast 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, after lunch tour around 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.

Day 03:From Thimphu drive to Punakha 1,350 m- 03 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Thimphu 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.

Day 04:At Punakha with interesting tour and drive to Paro.

At Punkakha a short hike for less than 2 hours to Tashigang Hongtso Monastery, located into a clearing at the edge of a serene forested area overlooking the town of Hongtso, Tashigang has been one of our favorite visits for well over a decade.  In the surrounding buildings are pilgrims practicing silent meditation, and a peaceful calm pervades the area. 

The monastery houses about 40 orphans, who receive language, religious and general education from the monks an interesting tour of the Gompa (monastery), observe a private ceremony with chanting using ceremonial instruments in the main temple room, here you can interact with head lama.  A nice drive at the top of Dochu-la for superb views of Himalaya peaks, including the unclimbed peak Gangkhar Puensum, 7570 m (24,836 feet). 

Then back to Punakha Valley for the drive to Paro with superb scenery of Bhutan countryside and villages. On reaching Paro transfer into a nice hotel for overnight with rest of the afternoon at leisure for short walks around the market.

Day 05:   Sightseeing around Paro at places of interest

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.

Day 06: Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations.

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 Indian cities or to other next countries.

Duration = 6 Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person. A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail Us info@destholiday.com
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Bhutan Travel Information

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.

Clothing accessories:

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.

Food and drinks:

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.

Customs:

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.

Insurance Policy:

It is most advisable that clients should have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.

Booking formalities and visa:

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.

Equipments & Packing:

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)

Head wear:

Woolen tops, baseball caps or sunhats.

Body wear (this all required on your duration of Holiday):

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.

Foot wear:

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.

Equipments:

Daypack:

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.

Personal:

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.

Note:
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair since opticians are few on route trekking traveling remote areas. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

Vaccinations:

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.

Note:
Please don’t forget check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.

We also recommend:

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

Medical Supplies:

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.

List of some recommended items:

Band Aids / Bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile.

Currency:

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.

Accommodations:

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:

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 & Bargaining:

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.

Arriving in Bhutan & Transfers:

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 : info@destholiday.com, destholiday@gmail.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.

Travel Tip:

You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!

Passport:

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.

Visa Requirements:

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.

Restricted Travel:

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.

Safe Travel:

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.

eparture Tax:

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.

Time Zone:

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)

Cancellation:

Incase of any cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per the company’s rules and regulation shall be applied.

Risk and Liability:

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.

Package cost includes:

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.

Cost excludes:

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.

Voltage:

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.

Drug Policy:

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.

Water:

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:

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.

Contact details:

Destination Holidays Pvt. Ltd.
Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: Cell : Fax : +977-1-9851196875, 9841395310
Email : info@destholiday.com, destholiday@gmail.com
URL: http://www.destholiday.com

Note:
This tour is operated by Destination Holidays. Information provided in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is offered in good faith by the company, based on the latest information available with update while in publication.

Trips Highlights:

  1. The last and only world’s Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom, offering awesome views of high giant peaks, immense culture and historical monuments.
  2. Visit of famous landmark of Bhutan the Taksang Monastery of “Tigers Nest” tour of ancient forts and monasteries, exploring rural and remote traditional villages around Bhutan”
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