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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)
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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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