Bhutan is a landscape of fluttering flags and majestic monasteries.
Dates: 1-6 June 2019
Bhutan is a landscape of fluttering flags and majestic monasteries. It is also famous for its essentially undisturbed ecology and traditional ways of life. The serene atmosphere is a perfect setting for adventures and exploration. This Bhutanese holiday would commence with your arrival in Paro. Then you would be transferred to Thimphu on a shared basis in a cab. This journey from Paro to Thimphu would be an amazingly scenic drive with views of mesmerizing mountains and flowing rivers. On the way to Thimpu, on the opposite side of the river, you will see a temple owned by the descendents of Dubthob Thangtong Gyalpo (Iron Bridge Builder). He was responsible for building numerous iron bridges throughout Bhutan. The distance between Paro and Thimphu is 70 km and would take approximately 1.5 hours to cover. On reaching Thimphu, after your check-in at the hotel, you have rest of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing.
After breakfast local sightseeing you would be picked up from your hotel, at a
tentative time of 8.30 am, for local sightseeing on a cab. You would visit the Simtokha Dzong - a monastery
built in 1627 that today houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. Then, you would go to
the Memorial Chorten (Entry Fee Not Included) which is the most visible religious structure in Thimphu and
the Buddha View Point. The view of the valley from this point is as magnificent as the statue of Lord Buddha
that resides on the premises. You could grab lunch here (own expense) at one of the local eateries and sample
the local delicacies of Bhutan. After lunch, your sightseeing would continue as you proceed to the Takin Mini
Zoo. The Zoo houses the Takin - the national animal of Bhutan that looks like a cross between a cow and a
goat. Legend has it that it was created by the great Buddhist yogi - Drupa Kunley. The animal is indigenous to
Bhutan and its surrounding regions. After the zoo, you would be taken to - Trashi Chhoe Dzong, a strikingly
large structure, surrounded by manicured lawns and beautiful gardens, which houses the throne room, offices
of the secretariat and the King. After taking in the sights of Thimphu, you would be dropped off at the hotel
where you can enjoy a delicious dinner. Overnight in Thimphu.
DAY3: Thimphu - Punakha
Today after enjoying a lovely breakfast, you would be transferred to Punakha. The tentative pick-up time
would be 8.30 am. The distance between Thimphu and Punakha is 75 km and would take approximately 3
hours to cover. En route, you would be making stops to do some sightseeing. The first stop on the roster
would be Dochula view point. The Dochula pass is 45-minutes from Thimphu and is perched at 3100m,
offering a glimpse of the Himalayan range. As you come closer to Punakha valley, you would stop at Chimi
Lhakhang or the Fertility Temple. This sacred temple was made in honour of Lama Drukpa Kunley. Childless
women go to the temple to receive a blessing or empowerment from the saint. It is a 20-minutes long
pleasant walk from road at Sopsokha to the temple. En route, you would also cross an archery ground.
Then, you would visit the Punakha Dzong. It stands majestically on an island between the confluence of the
Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers and is one of the most photogenic of all of Bhutan's ancient fortresses. The
dzong joins the mainland by an arched wooden bridge and houses many precious relics from the days when
successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley.
In the evening, return to the hotel in Punakha for a comfortable overnight stay after a delectable dinner.
Day 4: Punakha - Paro
Set out for Paro. Overnight in Paro.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, head off to Paro - the gateway to the Himalayan Kingdom. The journey to
Paro will be on a shared basis in a cab/coach (seat in coach) and will take about 5 hours to cover the distance
of 150 kms.
Upon reaching, you can enjoy a local lunch (own expense) and then spend the rest of the day at leisure. Later,
You will visit the popular attractions of Paro such as the National Museum of Paro that displays antique items
gathered from different parts of the country in a revamped Ta-dzong building. Another interesting site would
be the Kyichu Lhakhang. It is believed that this temple was built in 659 to subdue a demoness residing in the
After marveling at the beautiful attractions of Paro, make your way to a Brewery. Discover the heritage of the
locally produced beer and browse the many selections provided. And also get a chance to taste some of the
local varieties and relish some snacks (limited). Please note that limited snacks and beer will be served.
In the evening, return to the hotel for a warm and comforting dinner before you retire for the night.
Note: Beer will not be served to people below 25 years of age. Limited servings for beer and snacks will be
Day 5 - Paro.
Get set to explore Paro after a delicious breakfast at the hotel; start from the hotel at about 8.30
am on a shared basis in a cab /coach (seat-in-coach) to visit the famous Tiger’s nest temple (entry fee not
included), also known as the Temple or Taksang Monastery. One of the most famous Bhutanese monasteries,
it is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at the monastery. Perched
precariously on the edge of a 1200 m cliff, this monastery is an impressive sight and the unofficial symbol of
Bhutan. Do note that the up-hill hike would take around 2 hours, so it is recommended you wear comfortable
walking shoes and carry light refreshments with water. An option to ride a horse from the parking lot to the
monastery is also available. Alternately, you could also hike for about an hour to reach a cafeteria - a wooden
tea-house restaurant which offers a good view of the monastery.
After that thrilling excursion, make your way to a local farmhouse to get a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a
typical Bhutanese family. Here, you could take part in Bhutan’s national sport - archery. Deck-up in Bhutan's
national dress (gho and kira) to click pictures and also gulp down Ara, a local beverage made of rice.
In the evening, you would be dropped at the hotel, with dinner and a comfortable overnight stay to end the
Day 6: Morning departure from Paro Airport.
- All transfers / excursions in Bhutan
- Local English speaking guides for sightseeing
- Flight from Delhi to Paro and back
- All stays inclusive of breakfast and dinner on all days
- rooms on double sharing basis in all hotels
- Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, outside eatables, drinks (Mineral Water, Aerated/ Alcohol Drinks), laundry, tips, etc.
- Cost of any form of insurance, rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
- Any change in the itinerary, stay on account of flight/ train cancellation due to bad weather, ill health and road block etc... Factors which are beyond our control.
- Any other expense not mentioned in the 'cost includes' column.
- Once confirmed/issued non refundable.
PAYMENT, REFUND AND CANCELLATION TERMS
- Eligibility for this Outdoor trip is 5 years, however for some adventures the age criteria may differ kindly check before you enrol yourself or children.
- We do not have a child rate for our trips unless mentioned.
- We will try out best to follow the itinerary of the trip shared with you but bear in mind those factors out of our control that may change the schedule.
- You will be required to make the full payment at the time you confirm your enrolment for the trip.
- In case you opt for cancellation, no requests for transfer or postponement will be considered.
- Please note that SHEWANDERS reserves the right of refusal and the right to cancel any booking (for example when the basic feasible quota of people required has not been met). In such an event, as a participant you will be entitled to a refund.
INR 40,000 (w/o flights)
INR 60,000 (with flights Delhi - Paro - Delhi)
BASIC POINTS TO KEEP IN MIND
- Nature is fun to explore but not a toy to exploit. Respect its harmony and maintain the balance needed
to retain its beauty and treasures. Please abide the specific guidelines we share with you on the trip.
- This trip is not a regular excursion / exercise with family and friends. It unlocks the wonderful world of
nature and brings its magic alive. Do choose the trip to be nature’s special guest.
- You will be responsible for taking care of your personal belongings.
DISCLOSURES ON MEDICAL CONDITION
- It is mandatory that you visit your personal physician before enrolling for the trip if you suffer from any illness of any kind. Please disclose any medical condition / history to the organizers of the trip so that the best possible arrangements can be carried out post approval.
- As organizers of the trip, we will be responsible for providing basic first aid throughout the trip. In case of unexpected mishaps or accidents, we will arrange for the injured patron to be taken to the nearest medical hospital wherever possible. The medical expenses will have to be borne by the patrons themselves.