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Bhutan Cultural and Hiking Experience - Trip 4

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 6:00AM - Tue, 25 Sep 2018 10:00AM
Rs 36999
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The Land Of Thunder Dragon" - as it is rightly called, Bhutan is a little Himalayan hamlet that has gained the title to be the "Happiest Country". And you shall feel the vibes of happiness all around you - as soon as you'll entire Bhutan. With lofty Himalayan mountains, gusty rivulets crossing the valleys, the aroma of Momos and Datshi in the air, colourful prayer flags and huge Dzongs - Bhutan can never fail to mesmerize the visitors. This 7 - days road trip through the towns and countrysides of Bhutan will get to see the country's diverse sides. Witness the popular Tsechu Festival, visit the numerous old forts and hike up to one of the highest monasteries in the world - and you shall return back home, being a lot happier!


TREK DATE: 18th Sep 2018 - 25th Sep 2018

Here's the Brief Itinerary


COST: 36999/-(Regular),




Day 0 -17th September Reach Phuentsholing from Bagdogra. Stay at a Hotel (Self - Sponsored )


Day 01 - 18th September: Arrive at Phuentsholing (Transfer to Thimphu)

Phuentsholing can be rightly called as the Gateway to Bhutan and as soon as you'll cross the border, you'll be able to feel the difference in the air! Immigration procedure to be completed and drive to Thimpu, the capital town of Bhutan with an en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro Rivers.


Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.


Day 2/ 19th Sep - Explore Thimpu

The day will start with a village walk, followed by a visit to the Buddha Point (where one of the highest Buddha statues in the world stands) and later, we'll take a tour of the Takin Reserve (Takin - Bhutan's national animal), Tashichho Dzong, and the Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu, an institution where children receive formal education in the art of traditional painting, sculpting, and woodcarving.


Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.


Day 03/ 20th Sept: Thimphu Tshechu Festival

Perhaps Holi is the most colourful festival that you've seen till date, but we can bet that Tsechu is far more colourful than that!

Today, we'll watch the glorious dance festival, which is also Bhutan's National Festival, at the Dzong.


Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.


Day 04/ 21st Sept  Punakha (Thimphu Punakha)

Today, post-breakfast, we shall head towards Punakha by car, crossing the Dochula Pass (one of the highest points in Bhutan). On our way, we will stop at Lobesa Village to visit the Divine Madmans Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine. Well visit the impressive Punakha Dzong as well.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Punakha.


Day 05/ 22nd Sept: Wangdue Tsechu

This occasion for merriment and revelry is attended by the people of Thimphu and Punakha.

Originally held in the Wangdiphodrang Dzong, this festival now takes place at Tencholing Army

ground due to the fire in the dzong. During the 3 days, there are masked performances and folk

dances. One the last day, a huge thangka or a Tibetan Buddhist painting is displayed for public

veneration. This cultural festival is one of the biggest in Bhutan.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Punakha.


Day 06/ 23rd Sept: Paro (Punakha-Paro)

We shall head out for Paro from Punakha today, It'll be another beautiful journey crossing the Dochula Pass, and then, if you are lucky enough to have a clear sky, you can get a quick glimpse of the Chomolhari Mountains, one of the highest Himalayan mountains in Bhutan.

After reaching Paro, we'll also visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum of Bhutan on this day.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.


Day 07/ 24th Sept Paro (Taktsang Hike)

Today would be a lovely day, as you'll hike up to see one of the most gorgeous monasteries in the world! It'll take around 2 hours to reach the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest, as a myth reveals that Guru Padmasambhava rode to this monastery on a Tigers back, who then took rest there in a dark cave below the monastery!

We'll also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.



Day 08/ 25th September:

 Depart after breakfast at the hotel, drive to Phuentsholing.

Trip ends.




·        Accommodation in Rooms (Twin/Triple Sharing Basis) (18th September - 24th Sep)

·        Breakfast (Buffet)

·        Transportation pick/drop and local sightseeing

·        Guide Charges

·        Pick and drop is from Phuentsholing and to Phuentsholing only



·        Monuments fee

·        Beverage (Drinks)

·        Lunch and Dinner

·        For pick up and drop from India (Bagdogra/Siliguri) charges will be extra.




1. It is mandatory to reach Phuentsholing on/by 17th September 2018


2. You need to carry Original Passport and 3 Passport size Photographs


3. Personal expenses are to be borne by you

Travel Insurance isn't required for your trip to Bhutan

Currencies of INR 10, 20, 50, 100, can only be used! 500 INR AND 2000 INR notes will not work in Bhutan. You can also exchange currency while in the country


4. Pick up from Bagdogra can be arranged for an extra cost

Alternatively, one can take a Bus from Siliguri to Phuentsholing. The timing of the bus is 2 PM and it would cost about INR 150- 250/person


5. If anyone is taking a flight directly to Paro, transport can be arranged at an additional cost. You should just inform us about your timing and plan so that we can arrange everything accordingly

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My First Solo Trekking Trip with Plan The Unplanned - Sometimes even though you are surrounded by known persons you feel lonely and sometimes travelling with unknown persons makes you feel complete.So when I was going through this pain of loneliness , i decided to overcome my fear of travelling alone and discover myself. Through an ad which was coming on instagram , I came across PTU (Plan The Unplanned) that on 8th March , They were going to organize trek just for women . I was confused as I dont have any idea about this Travel Planner and plus i was travelling alone for the first time. So i contacted them, Jatin with whom I was talking from Day 1 is such a helpful and humble person that i got convinced to go wirh them finally. He not only motivated me but also answered my all queries even at midnight. Thank u so much Jatin for all your help.I have travelled several times with my family members and friends and with different travel organizers but the way these people take care of your each minor details is so impressive.Our Trek leaders Amit and Rakshita , both were supportive, caring, humble and knowledgable.Amit had lot of patience and he is a very sensitive , caring and matured person. We could make it out from the fact that he even saved other people From drowning who were even not in our trek. And those who were drowning , their leader were so careless and irresponsible that he just cared for showcase but not lives of his people. So here you can make out the difference in leadership.Rakshita is a sweet and helpful girl.She will take care of each need of yours and will not let you feel lonely at any point of time.PTU have organized each and everything in an organized manner like sending details of everybody who is travelling with you , plus proper itinerary . They also make sure to introduced each traveller with each other so that everybody could mingle up. They will not let you be alone and will make sure you enjoy each and every moment. - by Ankita Das for All Women Gokarna Beach Trek and Camping organized by Plan the Unplanned .
October 27 & 28, 2018. Marking these days as ONE AMAZING TIME OF LIFE ?? A huge thanks to the whole team of Plan the Unplanned to have organized this trek. This was my solo trip and I only got courage because it was all women trek. I remember taking my luggage on the first day, boarding the bus with so much anxiety and choosing to sit at the last so that no one could easily notice. On the contrary, I ended up being recognized by everyone by the third day. All thanks to the trek leads, they make you mingle with everyone possible and make it so happening that I remember each moment spent. I must take these names: Sushma, Daman, and Mounika who were the leads giving us one beautiful journey to look back on. There were women from age 21 to around 50 and the leads were equally supportive of each one of them, making sure we all had the best we could.I am not going to address them as leads anymore because they were so good even on a personal level, found some new really good friends??I am a person who loves to jump around places where it is not easy and have some adrenaline feel for a moment. Huge thanks to Sush and Daman for letting me do it and sometimes doing it along with them. I am looking forward to every other trek with the same leads.ABSOLUTE BLISS. First trip but definitely not the last. Please do not keep an upper age limit because I want to continue to do this for as many years as possible.TO TRAVEL IS TO LIVE!!!!! - by Nagashri U Rao for Gokarna Beach Trek & Camping | Plan the Unplanned organized by Plan the Unplanned .
We went for this trek on 19th-21st Oct 2018. We were amazed to see the rich biodiversity at Kotagiri. It's a very good place for birding enthusiasts. There is a lot of wildlife in these Nilgiri Hills. Weather was excellent and we did not face much rains during the trek. We did not take the overnite bus ride provided by the organisers. We went on our own one day earlier and stayed at a homestay and joined the group at the camp on Saturday morning and stayed there for the night at camp and left on Sunday morning. +ves - The group was very energetic and fun. The trek leads were keen to make us explore as much as we can in the limited time we had. They were also very enthusiastic about making the whole trip fun for people by trying to organise fun activities in the evening.-ves - My overall review is negative so obviously there are more -ves than +ves. Will make it objective for future trekkers to keep these in mind as they chose this place for a trekking/camping experience1. The camps are set up in a tea estate down the valley. There is one big campsite started by a tea estate owner and then there are a couple small ones which mushroomed around it. We were in one of the smaller campsite. This was the first major concern. the site was barely enough to pitch 3-4 tents and have max 10-12 people. There are 2 restrooms (which were filthy by the way). The organisers booked 27 people for this trek (+3 trek leads) and there was another group of 10 at the same campsite. So in all we were 40-45 people at a such a small place and there were 12-14 tents pitched next to each other. There was hardly any place to even walk or sit outside comfortably. This was a major dampener in our camping experience.2. Food - the food and camping is provided by the people who own the camping site. Plan the unplanned is just taking bookings and taking people to this campsite and making a margin out of this. The food was very average. I have been to multiple treks and lot of them at very high altitudes. The food is far far better than what was offered here. 3. Lack of experience of trek leaders - The trek leaders had very little or no experience in managing a trekking group. They were not able to assess risks, they had no first aid kits, they had no mode of communication to check the progress, whereabouts and safety of such a large group, and they were not able to guide the group to move at a pace which was required to cover the treks in time. After reaching sites, people were just left on their own to spend as much time as they want. This led to the group missing going to dolphin peak as it got dark. 4. Respect for nature/jungles - Lot of trekkers were first timers and they did not have much awareness on conduct in forests and treks. Some basic rules are avoiding being too loud, making lot of noise, playing loud music etc. What was surprising was trek leads also lacking these basic principles. The whole campsite was very loud specially in the evening and the dance, music and party continued till 11 PM disturbing the wildlife/birds in that area. This was led and initiated by trek leads themselves. Moreover, during the trek, trek leads were playing music on their mobiles which set the example for other youngsters also and they thought thats an ok thing to do. This was really really disappointing. Having fun is important but at the same time, in these zones, we have to respect the forests and the wildlife there and be sensitive. Fellow trekkers - chose this trek if you are a nature lover, contact local campsites on your own and do it the proper way. Do not expect the organisers to add any more value than arranging a shared transportation for you (and making a huge margin on that).I dont have any trust in capabilities of these organisers especially because they don't seem to be nature lovers and have poor planning and execution skills. - by Yogendra for Kotagiri Trek - Camp Amidst The Nilgiri Hills organized by Plan the Unplanned .

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