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Explore of Bhutan

Explore of Bhutan

Rs.114200 / per person
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During this tour we will be visiting to the west of Bhutan. We start with capital of Bhutan” Thimphu”. With the touch of all modern facilities they tried to keep their tradition as it is and following it. We drive to Punakha, which has the Punakha Dzong dominating the valley floor. From here we drive to Gantey, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. From here we arrive to the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, Bumthang that offers the most ancient and precious Buddhist sites Lastly we will drive to Paro, probably one of the biggest and most fertile valleys. Besides visiting the museum and Dzong we hike up to Takstang monastery built on a sheer rock face.

09 Nights / 10 Days

Tour Plan

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Day 01: NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport – Phuentsholing

(Distance: 170 kms. / Driving Time: 5 hrs. / Altitude of Phuentsholing: 293 mts.)Meet & Greet on arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport and transfer to Phuentsholing (961 ft.) - The Gateway of Bhutan by Road from India. It is a thriving commercial center on the northern edge of the Indian Plains. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Phuentsholing.
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Day 02: Phuentsholing – Thimphu

(Distance: 176 kms. / Driving Time: 6 hrs. / Altitude of Thimphu: 2350 mts.)After breakfast complete the immigration formalities and transfer to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). Overnight stay at Thimphu.
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Day 03: Thimphu Sightseeing – Punakha / Wangdue

(Distance: 77 kms. / Driving Time: 3 hrs. / Altitude of Punakha: 1310 mts.)After breakfast visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue), National Memorial Chorten (Monument) & Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon transfer to Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang (4,300 ft.), via Dochu-La-Pass (10,170 ft.) to view the higher Himalayas. The pass also has 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chorten which is believed brings multi fold merit to all sentient beings and which make the pass a must visit place. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang.
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Day 04: Punakha – Bumthang

(Distance: 212 kms. / Driving Time: 8 hrs. / Altitude of Bumthang: 2600 mts.)After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Trongsa across Pele-La-Pass (11.120 ft.) traditional boundary between east & west Bhutan, there is an adrupt change in vegetation, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stop Enroute Chendbji Chorten - built in the style of the great Bodhanath Choten of Nepal. Further ahead visit Trongsa Dzong – It was the seat of power over central & eastern Bhutan and Ta Dzong - An ancient watch tower. The chapel inside is said to be dedicated to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal. Then drive further to Bumthang over the Yutong-La-Pass (11,155 ft.).  While in Chumey valley in Bumthang, visit the Yathra Weaving Factory - It is the most famous textile product of Bumthang. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Bumthang (8530 ft.).* Please note that the road condition after Punakha/Wangdue is poor due to road widening work going on. Travel time may be more than the standard time mentioned above.
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Day 05: Bumthang Sightseeing

After breakfast, 1st half visit Jakar Dzong: Literally meaning the Castle of White Bird. The current structure was built in 1667. Lamey Goemba: A large palace and monastery built in 18th century by Dasho Phuntsho Wangdi Jambay Lhakhang: built by King Srongsen Gampo of Tibet. In October one of the most spectacular festival, “Jambay Lhakhang Drup” is staged here. Chakhar Lhakhang:  Literally meaning the Iron Castle, the original palace was made of Iron and hence the name “Chakhar”. Kurjey Lhakhang: Named after body print of Guru Rimpoche. Afternoon 2nd half Visit Tamshing Lhakhang: Literally meaning the Temple of the good message, established in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. Membarstho: Literally meaning, The burning Lake”. The evening ends visit a local handloom weaving house and Interact with the weavers. Overnight stay at Bumthang.
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Day 06: Bumthang – Punakha / Wangdue

(Distance: 212 kms. / Driving Time: 8 hrs. / Altitude of Punakha: 1310 mts.)After breakfast drive to Punakha (4298 ft). Reach Punakha by late afternoon. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Punakha/Wangdue.
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Day 07: Punakha / Wangdue Sightseeing – Paro

(Distance: 140 kms. / Driving Time: 5 hrs. / Altitude of Paro: 2280 mts.)After breakfast check out from hotel with bag & baggage’s and visit the Punakha Dzong - built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952.  After that take a short and easy hike to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang - The Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Devine Mad Man”. After noon drive to Paro (7483 ft.). On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at Paro.
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Day 08: Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast start full day sightseeing covering Ta Dzong - National Museum with an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities, Rinpung Dzong - the administrative seat of the district of Paro. Afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong - The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 1951 and is now preserved as heritage site & Kyichu Lhakhang - one of the oldest Buddist temples in Bhutan. Overnight stay at Paro.
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Day 09: Paro – Phuentsholing

(Distance: 200 kms. / Driving Time: 7 hrs. / Altitude of Phuentsholing: 293 mts.)After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Phuentsholing. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Phuentsholing.
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Day 10: Phuentsholing – NJP Rly Station / IXB Airport

(Distance: 170 kms. / Driving Time: 5 hrs. / Altitude of NJP/IXB: 89 mts.)After breakfast check out from the hotel and take the departure transfer to NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport for your onward journey.
For packages:
NO OF PAX(COST PER PERSON)PREMIUM+(MAP)PREMIUM(MAP)CLASSY(MAP)LUXURY(MAP)SUPERIOR(MAP)DELUXE(MAP)
02 PAX1,14,20099,90091,80070,90065,90061,300
04 PAX1,00,40086,10078,00057,20052,10047,500
06 PAX94,50080,20072,00051,20046,20041,600
08 PAX91,40077,10069,00048,10043,10038,500
EPSR56,40047,30038,80026,70025,10020,100
CNB22,60021,80020,60015,00013,20011,500
 MAP: Breakfast and dinner included
Includes:
  • Accommodation on twin Sharing Basis.
  • Meal Plan (as per mentioned above).
  • Exclusive Non a/c vehicle for transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • All permit fees & hotel taxes (as per itinerary).
  • Guide charges (Only Bhutan Portion).
  • Rates are valid for INDIAN NATIONALS only.
Excludes:
  • Air Fare/Train fare.
  • Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity, mineral water, soft & hard drinks, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, porterage.
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance Fees.
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
  • GST & Travel Insurance.
  • Anything which is not include in the inclusion.
About Vehicle:
All the vehicles provided, unless otherwise specified will be Non-A/C Vehicles. Supplement Charges will be applicable for A/C vehicles.
VEHICLE CAPACITY & DETAILS
CAPACITYBHUTAN PARTINDIA PART
1 – 2 Pax including ChildSUV like Santa Fee / TucsonNA
3 – 6 Pax including ChildToyota Hiace / Hyundai H1NA
7 – 8 Pax including ChildToyota High Roof HiaceNA
 Note - In case the number of heads including child increases, then the guest will have to take bigger vehicle with an additional cost. For instance, for 3rd adult or child traveling together with 02 Pax, the guests would have to pay supplement charges for Toyota Hiace/ Hundai H1 instead of SUV. The details of supplement costs are given below:
SUPPLEMENT VEHICLE COSTS
VEHICLEPARTICLARSSUPPLEMENT AMOUNT
Toyota Hiace / Hyundai H1Instead of SUV18100
Toyoto High Roof HiaceInstead of Toyota Hiace / Hyundai H119800
 
ACCOMMODATION
DESTINATIONSPREMIUM+(MAP)PREMIUM(MAP)CLASSY(MAP)LUXURY(MAP)SUPERIOR(MAP)DELUXE(MAP)
PhuentsholingThe Druk Hotel / Tashi Namgay Grand (DLX) / SimilarThe Druk Hotel / Tashi Namgay Grand (DLX) / SimilarBhutan Ga Me Ga/ The Druk Hotel / Tashi Namgay Grand / SimilarBhutan Ga Me Ga / The Orchid Hotel/ SimilarBhutan Ga Me Ga / The Orchid Hotel/ SimilarHotel Damchen/ Legphel / Tsheringma / Similar
ThimphuLe Meridien (Classic)/ SimilarLe Meridien (Classic)/ SimilarHotel Ariya  / Ramada / Hotel Osel / SimilarHotel Ariya  / Ramada / Namgey Heritage / SimilarDorjee Elements / Kisa  / Pedling /Migmar /  SimilarAmodhara  / Bhutan Kubera / River Side / Om Tara /  Similar
Punakha / WangdueDhensa Boutique Resort / SimilarRKPO Green Resort / SimilarDrubchhu Resort / Zhingkham / SimilarDrubchhu Resort / Zhingkham / SimilarPunatsangchhu Cottage / Dragon Nest / Punakha Residency / SimilarKingaling (Dlx)/ Pema Karpo / Similar
BumthangYu-Gharling Resort / Jakar Village Lodge / SimilarYu-Gharling Resort / Jakar Village Lodge / SimilarYu-Gharling Resort / Jakar Village Lodge / SimilarUgyenling (Suite) /Village Lodge/ River lodge (Sup. Dlx) / SimilarUgyenling (Suite) / Lhasa Guest House / Hotel Peling / Kichu Resort / SimilarUgyenling (Dlx) / Samyae Resort/ Wangchuk Lodge / Similar
ParoLe Meridien (Deluxe) / SimilarLe Meridien (Classic) /  SimilarLe Meridien (Classic)/  SimilarTashi Namgay ResortTenzinling (Balcony Room) / Metta Resort / Golden Roots /  SimilarHotel Olathang / Dewachen Resort / Tashi Phuenshok / Bhutan Mandala Resort / SimilarNamsay Choling Resort / Taktsang Paradise/ Yanki Resort / Khamsum /  Similar
Hotel Category Details:
Premium+ Packages : 5* Hotel with Breakfast & Dinner.Premium Packages   : 5* Equivalent hotel with Breakfast & Dinner.Classy Packages         : 4* Deluxe hotel with Breakfast & Dinner.Luxury Packages        : 4* Equivalent hotel with Breakfast & Dinner.Superior Packages     : 3* Deluxe hotel with Breakfast & Dinner.Deluxe Packages       : 3* Equivalent hotel with Breakfast & Dinner.Please note packages with Highend Hotels like Uma Group of Hotels, Taj Tashi, Amankora rates are also available on case to case basis.Hotels serve both Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian food which would be basic & freshly prepared. Specific regional Indian cuisine will not be available. Only the basic Indian Vegetarian / Non – Vegetarian food can be arranged.
Permit for Bhutan:
Indian nationals do not require visa to travel in Bhutan. Only a valid passport or Voter Id card are the valid documents for obtaining entry permit.
Advance Online Permits
If you are traveling with an Indian Passport (with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of departure from Bhutan), you can avail advance online permits by sending us clear colour scanned passport copy. It should reach us before 10 working days. We shall not be responsible for any rejections or similar issues in regards to the permits due to improper documents or delay in arrival of documents.
NOTE:
  • The above mentioned hotels will be confirmed as per the room availability. Otherwise we will confirm similar category.
  • The rates quoted in the packages are on per person basis & valid for Indian nationals from 01st March 2019 to 30th Jun 2019 (High seasons surcharge will be applicable during the Festivals & Peak season).
We believe in giving value for money and we believe that quality comes with a price tag. We at Neptune promise to provide the best of our services and keep by our commitments towards quality and the sensitivity of the services.
DO'S:
  • Adults must carry original & valid Passport or original Voter ID card. Children must carry original & valid Passport or original birth certificate & school photo ID card.
  • Remember to carry and other packings as per seasons and personal requirements (including hiking shoes)
  • Please check with your mobile service provider for charges related to Bhutan.
DON'TS:
  • Tobacco & Tobacco products are banned in Bhutan.
  • Do not bring any plant or agricultural product out of Bhutan. It is illegal.
  • Credit cards are accepted in selected establishments in Bhutan.
  • Usage of Drones is strictly prohibited in Bhutan.
  • Photography is not allowed inside temples and Dzongs.
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