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04 Nights 05 Days Central Bhutan Tour

Trip Description


Exploration of the urban Bhutan with its spectacular and stunning ancient architecture and monasteries.

Central Bhutan Tour of 4 nights 5 days is designed to give full insight of the art & architecture, tradition & culture of the Dragon Kingdom, Bhutan. The tour includes prime tourist destination of Bhutan such as the colorful city of Paro including Thimphu and the old capital of Bhutan – Punakha. And the interesting feature is the hike to the Taktsang Monastery, popularly known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’, perched in the vertical cliff. Dochula La pass located at an altitude of 3140 meters commands spectacular panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains towards the north which can be witnessed during a clear day. Get a stunning view of Thimphu city from Buddha’s point, visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong, Kyichu Lhakang- one of the oldest temples in Bhutan and there are other historical & religious monasteries, temaples to witness. Our package of Central Bhutan Tour takes you around Paro, Thimphu then back to Paro witnessing traditional lifestyle and culture of the centuries.4 nights’ 5 days Central Bhutan tour is feasible to carry out all round the year to experience the spirituality and culture in Bhutan.

Trip Overview
Primary Activity cultural tour inside central cities of Bhutan, fabulous view from Dachula-La Pass
Duration 5 Days Trip Code HNCBT005
Meals All meals Accomodation Hotel
Group Size Min:2, Max: 10+ Transportation Private Vehicle
Trip Start Paro Trip End Paro
Route Paro-Thimpu-Dachula-La Pass- Punakha-Paro
Best Season Throughout the year
Trip Notes Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.
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Outline Itinenary:

Day 01: Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu (Meal: D):
Day 02: Sightseeing of Thimpu valley and drive to Punakha crossing Dochula Pass (3080m). (Distance: 75 Km, Drive: 3 Hours; Meal: BLD)
Day 03: Drive Wangdue Phodrang, then to Paro (Distance: 150 Km, Drive: 5 Hours; Meal: BLD)
Day 04: Excursion to Taktsang Monaster-Tiger’s Nest, sightseeing around Paro (Meal: BLD)
Day 05: Depart Paro (Meal: B)

What is included?

Airport transfer with an escort in a private vehicle in Paro arrival, and departure trasnfer 
All necessary travel permits
Guided sightseeing tour by English speaking local guide
Accommodation on single/twin room based on group sized in 3 star hotel
Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
All meals during tour (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

What is not included?

Flight to Paro & Return ( You could fly to Paro from Kathmandu, Culcutta, Delhi and Bangkok)
Insurance of any kind.
Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.

Day 01: Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu (Meal: D):

If you are flying Paro from Kathmandu, you will be receive by our office representative to transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport. Upon arrival in Paro, you should clear customs and immigration. You should keep your copy of the visa clearance letter handy. Passport size photos are no longer required and your visa has been paid.
Your Guide and driver will be waiting you outside the terminal building. They will transfer you to Thimphu. Stroll around the city in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Thimpu valley and drive to Punakha crossing Dochula Pass (3080m). (Distance: 75 Km, Drive: 3 Hours; Meal: BLD)

Visit Trashichhoe dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit National Library which has vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that drive to Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate design on cloth. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After lunch visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is pupil and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Late afternoon drive to Punakha crossing Dochula-La pass (3140m). Dochula pass is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 Chortens gracing the mountain pass. From the Pass, you will descend through varied forest and finally enter into the Punakha, a highly cultivated Valley. Spend overnight at Hotel in Punakha.

Day 03: Drive Wangdue Phodrang, then to Paro (Distance: 150 Km, Drive: 5 Hours; Meal: BLD)

After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong, Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored. Then, drive to Wangdi Phodrang visiting Dzong and local market. The district of Wangdi Phodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. After lunch, drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. En route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for Buddhist studies. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 04: Excursion to Taktsang Monaster-Tiger’s Nest, sightseeing around Paro (Meal: BLD)

After breakfast, you will be taken for excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to monastery takes about 5 hours for round trip. Afternoon, you will visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower; since 1967, it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, Thanka paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then, walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 05: Depart Paro (Meal: B)

After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination, taking beautiful memories of Bhutan.

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

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Visa
Except the citizens of Bangladesh, Maldives and India, require VISA to enter Bhutan. The VISA processing for Bhutan requires a readable color copy of passport via email that must have at least six month of validity from the date of exit from Bhutan. The file (Scan Copy) should be forwarded via email in JPEG or PDF format. The passport number and picture of the applicant should be visible in the e-document.

The application should be processed at least 10 days prior to the date of entry to Bhutan. The tourism council of Bhutan then issues a VISA clearance letter and fax or email it to the local travel agent. Please note that the VISA service is not offered in Bhutan, travelers have to buy full service package from the local tour operator. Travelers traveling by air are required to produce a printed VISA clearance copy at the time of check-in for Druk Air flight. People traveling by land to enter Bhutan via Phuentshoking or Samdrup Jonkhar are required to produce a VISA clearance letter at the immigration center. The actual VISA is stamped in your passport on your arrival in Bhutan.

Meals and Accommodation
While travelling to Bhutan, you will buy full service package. Here, you be serve all meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

If you are interested to taste food available in Bhutan then, Ema Datshi is best featured food of Bhutan. It is quite spicy and is cooked with a lot of cheese. Steamed rice with varieties of spicy curries are widely available in Bhutan. The restaurants in Bhutan serve Chinese, continental and Indian foods. Special menus listed with food items and cost is available in the restaurants. Tibetan dumplings aka momos is a well accounted food in Bhutan.

Hotels, we use in Bhutan is best standard (Government approved 3 star) with comfortable, clean and offered all the amenities required and meets the recent standardization policy set by the government. Upon suggestion, the hotel accommodation can be upgraded from 3 star to 5 star ranges hotels and resorts. The star rated hotels are located in the cities of western Bhutan like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang etc. Most of the hotels in these cities are easily accessible and lies in the heart of the cities. The hotels and lodges are decorated with traditional Bhutanese arts and paintings.

Transportation
We use comfortable and well-maintained tourist vehicle based on group size. We ensure before leaving on a trip that our vehicle are double-checked properly. Your security is our main concern and you can be sure to have a safe trip with us.

Climate
The weather in Bhutan varies from place to place depending upon the altitude of the region. In general the weather is warm during summer; you might get little rainfall especially in the south of Bhutan. Spring and autumn are very pleasant with warm days and cool nights. Winter is usually cold in Bhutan with chilling mornings and evenings. The temperature level may go down even below zero. You may get warmth of the sun during the day in winter. Due to the vivid geographical condition of the kingdom Bhutan experiences subtropical climate.

Vaccinations
As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the commencement of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

Insurance
Before joining the tour, we recommend you take out travel insurance. This should include adequate cover for baggage, medical expenses, cancellation, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. If you do not have travel insurance, you must have a credit card with at least a US$5000 limit.

Personal expenses
We don’t pay for your personal expenses and recommend you to bring extra money to cover meals not included in the tour, extra activities, souvenirs, tips etc.

Currency
The currency of Bhutan is called Ngultrum with currency sign Nu. 

There are several banks and money exchange centers in Bhutan that change your local currency to Ngultrum. The exchange rate may differ in times due to fluctuation in US dollars. The ngultrum does not exchange independently with other nations' currencies but is interchangeable with the Indian rupee. Major debit and credit cards service is available in the major cities bit it is advised to carry ample cash and travel cheque for your convenience.

Communication
Most of the major towns and cities in Bhutan are equipped with basic communication facilities that include telephone, fax and internet service. Most of the bigger hotels provide email, internet and WiFi facilities within the hotel premises. You can also buy the Bhutanese cell phone service if you need it. If you want to send or receive a parcel then you can use Bhutan postal service which is commonly found in most of the places in the country. For express services people can use DHL or FedEx which are located in the capital city.

Clothing
While travelling to Bhutan, you need to be careful with your cloths and travel equipment. You need to know the season and weather condition before packing your things while traveling in Bhutan. The temperature and climatic condition varies in various regions of the country due to geographical condition and altitude differences. You therefore need to be very careful about selecting your dresses during your trip to the kingdom of Bhutan. 

Meantime, Bhutan being a religious country following the proper dress etiquettes would be a good idea. You are advised to avoid shorts, skirts, tight clothing while visiting the religious sites like monasteries and temples. Any clothing that express vulgarity is strictly prohibited while traveling in the temples and monasteries. You are also advised to remove the sun caps if you are visiting temple of Dzongs. 

Dos and Don’ts 
Bhutan opened its territory for the international tourists only after 1947, when the government of Bhutan decided to promote the country through tourism. Bhutan is a religious country so there are many things that are considered taboos. The tourists visiting Bhutan should be aware about some basic dos and don’ts while traveling in Bhutan.

Dos

  • Have a printed VISA clearance copy at the time of check-in for the flight to Bhutan
  • Follow the proper dress etiquettes. Please make sure your dress code doesn’t harm the religious sentiments
  • Be courteous to old people and treat then with respect
  • Carry enough cash as many business do not accept credit cards
  • Respond to the assigned tour guide and follow their instruction
  • Do register your expensive personal belongings at customs as you need to show the proof of their existence while exiting the country.
  • Do follow the traffic rules and regulations

    
Don'ts

  • Avoid tight/skin revealing clothes while visiting religious sites as they might be considered vulgar
  • Remove sun caps while visiting temples or Dzongs
  • Avoid slangs while visiting religious sites
  • Do not feed birds/animals while visiting natural sites
  • Do not smoke anywhere you like. Look for the designated smoking zone
  • Do not point finger at people or art.

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