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Explore Bhutan - The Land of Thunder Dragon

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Thu, 21 Mar 11:00AM - Fri, 29 Mar 8:00PM
Bhutan (Bagdogra International Airport)
Rs 31999 onwards
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Thu, 21 Mar
, 11:00AM
- Fri, 29 Mar
, 8:00PM
Per Person
₹ 32,999
Trip 6 ( 21st - 29th Mar)
₹ 31,999
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The Land Of the 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, colorful 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 let to see the country's diverse sides, visit the numerous old forts and hike up to one of the highest monasteries in the world and you shall return back home, a lot happier!

 

 

Trek Dates: 25th Feb - 4th Mar 2019

 

Cost: Booking Fee: 10,000 Plus 5% GST

32999/- Plus 5%GST Early Bird till Oct 15th, 2018

 

You could choose any of the above two to reserve your slot

Actual Price: 37750 Plus 5%GST

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 0: 24th Feb 2019

You will have to reach Bagdogra before 12 pm so that you do not miss out the bus that departs to Phuentsholing from Siliguri town to phunetsholing town at 2 pm. Alternatively, there are cabs that you could hire and reach Phuentsholing on 15th November.

You will meet the Tour Leader at Phunetsholing town!

 

Day 1: 25th Feb Phuentsholing - Thimpu

Our day will start at the immigration office, and once we get hold of our permits, we shall start our journey from Phuentsholing towards Thimphu. The capital of Bhutan, Thimphu is a unique city with an unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Once we reach Thimphu, we shall relax for some time, get freshened up and head out for a market tour in the evening.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 2: 26th Feb Explore Thimpu - Hike to Tango Goemba

Today we travel towards the northern end of Thimphu valley to reach Tango Monastery.

 

The hike up to the Monastery follows a zig-zag trail through forests filled with oak and pine trees. Keep a look out for the magnificent rhododendron flower trees as well which will be in full bloom during the spring season. The Tango monastery built in 1689, is presently the center for higher studies for monks and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding regions and is guaranteed to help you find your inner peace.

 

Day 3- 27th Feb - Dochula Pass, Lobesa Village, and Punakha Dzong

 

After a good breakfast, we will move ahead on our journey by driving to Punakha through the Dochula Pass. Look out the window and witness perfect panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges that will take your breath away. Explore Punakha

 

Day 4 - 28th Feb Explore Punakha

 

After breakfast, we will go on a short hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions and stands out on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha valley. This temple has been dedicated for the well being of the kingdom, its people and all sentient beings and offers a beautiful view of the Punakha Valley.

 

Once here, you have the option to raft back on the Mo Chhu River (On the spot reservation).

 

The latter half of the day will be spent visiting the Sangchchen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery which is a large temple complex located on a ridge amidst pine trees and offers one much opportunity to explore.

 

Day 5 - 1st Mar - Gangtey Valley

 

Our next stop is the Phobjikha or Gangtey valley. From the small hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goemba, we will head downhill through flower meadows to Semchubara village and from here through beautiful forests and into the open valley. The trail ends with a community school and a 15th-century Buddhist temple called Khewa Lhakhang which features three two-story statues of the past, present, and future Buddhas.

 

In the valley, we will visit the Gangteng Monastery. During winter, black-necked cranes visit central Bhutan to roost, circling the monastery three times on arrival and repeating the same when returning to Tibet.

 

We will stay the night in this culturally rich valley.

 

Day 6 - 2nd March - Paro Valley

 

Apart from it being home to the sole international airport in Bhutan, Paro Airport, Paro is a historic town with about 155 temples and monasteries. Rinpung Dzong a fortress-monastery overlooking the valley houses within it a collection of sacred masks and costumes. The national museum, Ta Dzong, is also set in Paro. Hence, Paro preserves the rich cultural traditions of the country.

 

Day 7 - 3rd March- Trek to Taktsang Monastery, the Tigers Nest

The last day of our wonderful Bhutanese backpacking trip starts with an early morning excursion to the most breathtaking spot in Bhutan. The Taktsang Monastery or the Tigers Nest perched majestically on a cliff which is 2,950m above sea level defies all engineering logic. The energetic can take a two-hour hike up to the cliff or a pony ride can be arranged at an additional cost. We will also visit one of the oldest temples in Bhutan called Kyichu Lhakhang and interact with the locals at a farmhouse. The evening will be spent exploring the outskirts of the town of Paro together.

 

Day 8 - 4th March - Depart to Phuentsholing from Paro. Reach Bagdogara by 10 PM

 

Inclusions:

- Accommodation in 2/3 Sharing in Hotels/Lodges ( Certified by Tourism Council Of Bhutan ) (25th Feb -3rd Mar Nov)

- Breakfast ( 25th Feb- 4th Mar 2018)

- Travel ( Phuentsholing to Phuentsholing) ( 25th Feb - 4th Mar )

- Guides, Visa and Permits

- Tigers Nest Hike Permit

- Experience That you Gain

 

Exclusions:

- Anything not included above

- Personal Expenses snacks, water bottle, etc

- Lunch and Dinner On all days

- Entrance Fees to any monuments

- Airport Pickup and Drop

- Accommodation At Bagdogara

- Any kind of Insurance

 

Note:

1. Min number of travelers required for the event to happen is 5.

2. Plan The Unplanned would be not responsible for any flight cancellation charges/any other cost.

3.  It is mandatory to reach Bagdogra on/by 24th Feb 2019 before 12 PM.

4. You need to carry the Original Passport and 5 Passport size Photographs. Make sure your passport has a validity of min 6 months.

5. 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, and 500 can only be used! 2000 INR notes will not work in Bhutan. You can also exchange currency while in the country.

6. 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.

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

8. You can check the cancellation policy by clicking on the cancellation tab.

9. You may book your return ticket for 5th March 2019

 

Cancellation Policy:

-10000/- INR (Booking Fee) is not refundable.

-If you have paid the total amount that is 32999/- [Early Bird] or 37750/-[Regular] before Jan 25th, 2018 and cancel for any reasons, then there would be a 45% refund

-If you cancel the plan after Jan 25th, 2018 No Refund.

 
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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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