Exploring Bhutan Group Tour – Drive In Drive Out
9 Night 10 Days – Ex Mumbai
Visit : Thimphu – Punakha – Wangdi – Phobjika – Paro – Taktsang
Tour Dates : 20th, 29th Oct and 11th Nov 2019 Bookings Started
Reviews 4 Reviews5/5
Vacation Style Holiday Type
Snow & Ice
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
No Of Days: 9 Days / 10 Nights Visiting Months: Starts April and can visit till end of October
Nothing could be more striking than the pristine, haunting beauty of the landscape of Bhutan, or the atmosphere of peace and sacredness, which pervades the land from end to end.
Bhutan holds many surprises. This is a country where the rice is red and where chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the main dish. It’s also a deeply Buddhist land, where monks check their smartphones after performing a divination, and where giant protective penises are painted beside the entrance to many houses.
Customization and Group Booking
This Tour can be customized to suit your Travel need and requirements. If youre a Group of more than 6 Travellers – we can offer you a Discounted price.
- Meet & greet upon arrival.
- Accommodation as per the itinerary on plan as specified above on Twin Sharing Basis.
- Extra Person Sharing the room on mattress / cott.
- Daily Buffet Breakfast and Dinner.
- Services of a Trip Leader will be as per the itinerary for Bhutan Portion only.
- Transfer & Sightseeing as per the itinerary by NON AC COASTER BUS (For Maximum 15 + 02 SEATS (driver + guide) + 04 back seats Pax)as specified above (NOT AT DISPOSAL)
- International and Internal Airfare
- Alcoholic/Aerated beverages, bottled water
- Camera and Entrance fees at all tourist attractions mentioned in the itinerary
- Any Medical and travel insurance
- All personal expenses, optional tours, Tips and extra meals
- Guide Services @ 1500/- Per day for Domestic Clients , @ 1800/- Per day for Foreigners
- Any kind of Insurance
- Oxygen Cylinder
- Any joy ride (Water Rafting, Camel Safari)
ARRIVAL AT BAGDOGRA (IXB) AIRPORT/ NJP RAILWAY STATION - PHUNTSHOLING
Arrive at NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport and reach the designated Meeting Point to Board your Coach for Transfer to Phuntsholling (165 Kms, 03 to 04 Hrs). Meet & Greet upon arrival at Phuntsholling (298Mts / 977Fts). Depending on your arrival time our Trip Leader will assist you in procurement of your permit to Bhutan. The permit issuance takes time depending on the rush one has to stand in queue for procurement of permit. In case the permit is not processed on the day of arrival then it can be issued next day before you start for next destination. Overnight at Hotel
PHUNTSHOLING – THIMPHU
After breakfast and after completing your Visa / Permit formalities assisted by our Bhutan representative who will assist you in boarding your vehicle for transfer to Thimphu(2320Mts / 7656Fts, 180Kms / 06 to 07 Hrs). Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfasts go for Thimphu sightseeing covering Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodong), Changangkha Lhakhang (Monastery) (Closed for Renovation), Motithang Takin Preservation Centre (Closed on Every Monday), Drupthob Goemba / Zilukha Nunnery, National Library (Closed on Saturday , Sunday & National Holiday), Institute for Zorig Chusum (Traditional Art & Craft School-Closed on Saturday , Sunday, National Holiday & During Summer & Winter Vacations), Textiles Museum (Handicrafts Shops –Closed on Saturday, Sunday & National Holiday), Zangthopelri Lhakhang (Monastery).Overnight at Hotel.
THIMPHU – PUNAKHA / WANGDI
After breakfast drive to Punakha(1200Mts / 3936Fts, 77 Kms / 03 to 3½ Hrs) / Wangdi (Wangdiphodrang) (1350Mts / 4430Fts, 70 Kms / 03 to 3½ Hrs). Punakha / Wangdi is the last town on the highway before entering Central Bhutan. The drive is over Dochu La pass (3080Mts / 10102Fts) which is very scenic with fascinating view of mountains of Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong, If time permit visit the Suspension Bridge and then proceed to Chimi Lhakhang (Monastery). Overnight at the Hotel in Wangdi.
PUNAKHA / WANGDI - GANGTEY EXCURSION – PUNAKHA / WANGDI
Today the day start early for full day excursion to Gangtey & Phobjikha Valley (3000Mts / 9845fts , 85Kms / 3 to 3½ Hrs One way ) The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. At Gangtey visit Black Necked Crane Information Centre ,Gangtey Goempa (Monastery),Back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel
PUNAKHA / WANGDI – PARO
After breakfast transfer to Paro(2134Mts /7000Fts, 135 Kms / 05 Hrs). Enroute Stop at Lamperi to visit Royal Botanical Garden. On arrival Paro, check in to the hotel. Afternoon Ta Dzong (National Museum-Closed on National Holiday), Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery.Overnight at Hotel.
PARO - FULL DAY HIKE TO TAKTSANG LHAKHANG (TIGER`S NEST)
Start the day early for a day hike to Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)-The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours one way through pine forests. Afternoon at leisure for go for shopping in the market. Overnight at Hotel.
PARO – HAA VALLEY EXCURSION – PARO
Start the day early for a full day excursion to Haa via Chele-la pass (3800Mts / 12465Fts, 65 Kms / 02 to 03Hrs – One way) with packed or early breakfast. Visit Haa Dzong, Lhakhang Karpo, Lhakhang Nagpo, Wangchulo Dzong.Depending on the weather, Road conditions and time Haa excursion could be either taken from Chele-la Pass or from Chozum side one can also opt for going from Chele-la Pass and returning from Chuzom side or vice versa. Evening you drive back to Paro. Overnight at the hotel.
PARO – PHUNTSHOLING
After breakfast transfer to Phuntsholing(298Mts / 977Fts, 176 Kms / 06 to 07 Hrs). Overnight at Hotel
PHUNTSHOLING - NJP RAILWAY STATION / BAGDOGRA (IXB) AIRPORT
After breakfast, Drive to Njp Railway Station / Bagdogra (IXB) Airport (165 Kms, 03 to 04 Hrs) the services end. One can take their onward connection.
|Location||Hotels on Tour (Category B2)|
|Thimphu||HOTEL MIGMAR (DELUXE)|
|Paro||TENZILING RESORT (DELUXE) / METTA RESORT(DELUXE) / UDUMWARA RESORT (DELUXE|
|Punakha – Wangdi||KICHU RESORT (STANDARD) (VEG ONLY) / DRAGON NEST (DELUXE)|
Note: Under unavoidable circumtances Hotels are subject to change, in such condition substitute hotel of similar category is provided.
On this Tour, breakfast and dinner are included on all days as specified in the Whats Included section. The menu for Breakfast and Dinner is regular Indian Cuisine in veg and addition of a local specialty on select days. We also add a Non-veg Dish to the menu on one of the days depending on availability.
Yes. Its a personal choice.
Once registered we will send you a detailed list of Things to Carry which includes minute details from Toiletries to essential Medicines.
The vehicle used on Tour depends on the number of Persons traveling together and also on availability. Generally for group tours we use Toyota Hiace for 8 people or Coaster for 10 and more. Vehicles are used according to the seating capacity to provide max comfort in your Travel.
High Season (Mar–May, Sep–Nov)
- The weather is ideal in spring and autumn. Book flights well in advance; accommodation options can fill up.
- Himalayan views are best in October, while rhododendron blooms peak in March and April.
Shoulder Season (Dec–Feb)
- Bhutan has seasonal tariffs so there’ll be fewer tourists and good savings to be made by traveling outside the high season.
- The weather is still pleasant, though it can be cold in December and January.
Low Season (Jun–Aug)
- Monsoon rains and leeches put an end to most treks, although high-altitude flowers are at their peak.
Bhutan has a fairly formal dress code for both Bhutanese and visitors. A shirt with a collar, preferably long sleeves, and long trousers are required to enter a temple or monastery. For women. a skirt or trousers are fine. One set of slightly smart clothes is good for hotel dinners and during festivals when everyone wears their finest threads. Remember to dress in layers as temperatures vary a lot during the day, especially in spring and autumn. A swimming costume is useful for hot-stone baths and hot springs. A compact umbrella or rain jacket is useful any time of the year. Bring slip-on shoes, as you’ll need to take them off at every temple or monastery.
Children aged under five are exempt from Tour charges and five-to-12-year-olds get a 50% discount, so it needn’t break the bank if you bring kids along. Kids may become bored with long, monotonous drives, limited availability of TV and the internet, and little other entertainment available. On the other hand, they will be immediately accepted by local kids and their families, and they could make many new friends.
If you’re an Indian Citizen then you don’t need a Visa to enter Bhutan. Entry Permits are obtained at the Immigration counter at the Airport/Pheuntsholing Border.
All NRI, OCI & PIO passport holder will be considered foreign nationals & will have to pay the Visa Fee in USD RATE as fixed by the Bhutan Government.
For more details on Entry Formalities please refer to this Article : Entry formalities for Bhutan
Though we try to keep all such onformation uptodate the same might have changed, Hence we advise to also Visit the Bhutan Immigration Website for uptodate Visa Rules and Formalities.
For Indian citizens a Passport isn’t compulsary. Indian citizens can usePassport or Election Card to get entry permits to visit Bhutan. As of January 2019 Indian citizens of age less than 15 years and above 50 can also use Aadhar Card for visiting Bhutan.
For Citizens of all Foreign countries and Indians with statues PIO, NRI, OCI, strictly need a Passport and need a valid Visa to enter Bhutan.
For more details on Entry Formalities please refer to this Article : Entry formalities for Bhutan