The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan -
the Land of The Thunder Dragon is another delight in our
offerings. Small in size, big on happiness would be a
good way to describe this lovely gem of a country.
Almost completely Buddhist, the erstwhile monarchy
protects its culture emphatically, restricting the
number of visitors each year.
Unlike most nations, Bhutan
is a full service destination, where when you book you
get accommodation, transport, tours, meals and guides,
all included in your price. There are levels of
accommodation available to cater to individual needs and
there is really no off-season for the country. The deep
valleys, which are home to most of the towns and cities,
provide great opportunities for trekking. The beautiful
monasteries are mostly open to visitors all day, so you
can visit, help, chant and participate in the daily life
here. From discourses to debate, prayer to meals, the
life in the monasteries is based on the principals of
simple living. The highlights of this little kingdom are
the colorful festivals that are celebrated across the
monasteries and those associated with the Royal Family.
Masked dances are common and accompanied by traditional
folk music. The food includes staples of rice, meat,
cheese and chilies.
Come to Bhutan for its
precariously perched Dzongs and its bountiful rivers,
its tiny mountainous trails and of course its immensely
happy people! Visit Bhutan with our pasrtners, Sacred
Dot Tours, a premium Destination Management Company and
ground service provider. Our partners at Sacred Dot
offers creative journeys to this verdant Himalayan
Kingdom. From trekking tours to cultural immersions,
monastery visits and in-depth religious tours, we offer
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timeline keeping our ethos of excellence in service
Arrive Paro (by flight) - Paro – Thimpu (By Surface - 2
make your own way to the Delhi International airport to
board your flight to Paro. As the aircraft enters into
the Paro valley, you can get a view of the Paro Dzong on
the hillside overlooking Paro Chu (the river) with Ta
Dzong (formerly a watchtower and now the National
Museum) above it. On arrival in Paro you will be met by
a representative of Sacred Dot and driven to Thimphu. On
arrival in Thimpu you will check in at hotel.
2300m) is Bhutan's capital city and center of
government, religion and commerce and is about two hour
drive from Paro. Thimphu maintains a strong national
character in its architectural style. It was a wooded
farming valley until 1961 when it became Bhutan's
official national capital. The massive Tashicho Dzong,
about 700 years old, was carefully revamped in the 1960s
by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk to house the royal
and main government offices. Rest of the day is at
Day 02 -
This morning after
breakfast you will be taken for a sightseeing tour of
Thimpu Valley. 0900 hours: visit the National Library,
which houses a priceless collection of Buddhist
manuscripts. Also visit the Memorial Chorten – Thimpu’s
landmark which, was built in 1974 in the memory of third
King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk - theFather of Modern Bhutan.
It is a four-storey tall white building, containing
statues and iconography of deities from complex tantric
teachings and serves as an important place of worship
for locals. Then visit the Tashichho Dzong, the central
monastic body of Bhutan. Also visit the visit the crafts
center to see some of Bhutan’s main art and crafts.
(B, L, D)
Thimpu – Punakha (By surface 3 hours)
breakfast at the hotel is followed by departure to
Punakha with a photography stop en-route at Dochula.
Dochula Pass which is the best known pass in Bhutan, is
just 19 odd mile drive from Thimpu on the way to central
Bhutan. Dochula is around 3150 meter above sea level and
mostly cloud covered. On a clear day you can see
spectacular views of the mighty Himalayan mountain
range. Dochula pass serves as wonderful stop for
pictures and a cup of hot coffee. After this stop
continue your drive to Punakha.
the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter
residence of the central monk body. It is located on the
island of Pho-chu and Mo-chu Rivers and is located at an
elevation of 1,300 metres. With its temperate climate,
this valley is the market garden of the country, where
produce grows year round and many Bhutanese reside
during the cooler winter months. Punakha has an
interesting history, it was the winter capital of Bhutan
for a period of 300 years until Thimphu was made the
official capital in the 1950’s. It is the site of one of
Bhutan’s most historically important dzongs, the
magnificent 17th century Punakha Dzong.
in Punakha, check in to your hotel. After check in and
lunch, enjoy a walk to the Punakha Dzong. The walk which
starts from the hotel continues over the countryside
along the river upto Punakha Dzong. Straddling the
confluence of the Mother (Mo) and Father (Pho) Rivers,
like an ancient ship stranded by the tide, the Dzong’s
first courtyard functions as the administrative
headquarters for the Punakha district. Twenty-one
temples are contained within the area of the Dzong.
After the visit to the dzong, walk back to the hotel for
lunch. The entire trip takes about three hours and
covers a distance of three and a half miles. This
evening you are at leisure. (B, L, D).
Punakaha - Paro (By Surface – 1- 2 hours)
After an early breakfast, you will check out of the
hotel and be driven to Paro. En route, also visit the
Simtokha Dzong which is the oldest Fortress in Bhutan
and now houses the School for Buddhist Studies. On
arrival in Paro, check in to your hotel. 1330 hours:
This afternoon visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum that
was originally built as watchtower, which now houses
National Museum. The extensive collection includes
antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons, household
items and a rich assortment of natural and historic
down to Rinpung Dzong, is a fortress monastery and has a
long history. The name means (“fortress of the heap of
jewels”), as it was built of stone and not clay, but the
original Dzong and all its treasures were destroyed in a
fire in 1907. In the monastery you can see wooden
galleries lining the inner courtyard adorned with fine
wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. This evening
enjoy a walk through the market before returning to your
hotel for dinner. Paro is Bhutan’s most fertile valley
and houses the only airport in Bhutan. It is also one of
the largest cities in the country and has amazing
architecture. (B, L, D)
Day 05 Paro
After breakfast, drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined
fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan
invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred
Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all
her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. En route
take a short stop at Satsam Chorten for a view of the
famous Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest monastery (5
hours round trip). Thereafter trek upto the monastery
and return back. Later along the way, visit the 7th
century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in
the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The
building of this temple marks the introduction of
Buddhism in Bhutan. Return to your hotel for an evening
at leisure. (B, L, D)
Depart Paro (By Flight)
after breakfast you will be met and assisted and
transferred to the airport to board your International
flight back home. (B)
END OF OUR
• Base category room
accommodation in respective hotels for 5 nights – 2
nights each in Thimpu and Paro respectively and 01 night
• Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner in
the respective hotel's restaurant.
Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfers and Intercity transfers.
• Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary with a guide
cum escort and entrance charges.
• Pony ride charges
up-to the cafeteria (one way) while visiting Tigers
• Transportation by private Non A/c private
• RGoB Royalties and Taxes.
Water during the drives.
• Presently applicable hotel
taxes and service charges.
• Visa fee of USD 40 per
• Any Airfare.
other than those specified.
• Any Christmas and New
• Festival period surcharge during
Thimpu festival, Punakha festival and Paro festival.
• Expenses of personal nature viz. Tips, Porterage,
Laundry, Beverage etc
• Anything not specifically
mentioned in the clause, “The cost shall include”.
Any deviation in the tax component.
1) Bhutan is a Tobacco Free
country and hence Tobacco is not legally available. One
can carry up to 250 cigarettes for personal use by
declaring at customs upon arrival and paying appropriate
duty @ 200%.
2) Most of the hotels have both smoking
as well non-smoking rooms however hoteliers prefer no
smoking in the rooms because most of the hotels are made
3) Most of the hotels in Bhutan have twin
rooms instead of double rooms (majority) though a
limited number of double bedded rooms are also
available. Rooms booked for our guests are double
4) One bottle of liquor per person is allowed
to be imported Duty Free into Bhutan.
Price:- From $1,600 per person sharing. Superior
Accommodation. Please contact
us for seasonal rates and availability
Price:- From $4,266 per person sharing. DeLuxe
Accommodation. Please contact
us for seasonal rates and availability