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Striking Bhutan


8 Nights and 9 Days


Striking Bhutan

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Striking Bhutan

Places To Visit

  • Thimphu
  • Punakha
  • Jakar
  • Phobjikha
  • Paro

Striking Bhutan

Day Wise Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival in Paro & transfer to Thimphu (65 km/ 02 hour drive approximately)
Once you arrive in Paro, you will be received by our representative and guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Thimphu. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.
After taking some rest get ready for the amazing Sightseeing’s
Trashi Chhoe Dzong: Also called Fortress of the Glorious Religion, situated on north of the city on west bank of the Wang Chhu, the Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth King in 2008 and hosts the city’s biggest annual bash, the colourful tsechu festivities. The opening times 5-6 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-6 PM Sat & Sun.
Overnight stay in beautiful hotel in Thimphu
Day 2: Thimphu sightseeing
In the morning after the Breakfast, we will visit handmade paper mill, School of Arts and crafts (closed on Sundays, government holidays) where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan.
Textile and Folk Heritage Museum-A fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.
National Library: Housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) is where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.
Drive pass by memorial chorten built in memory of the 3rd King.
Memorial Chorten – This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King, His Late Majesty, and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Buddha Viewpoint - Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.
Changangkha Lhakhang-The oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery.
Overnight stay in Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha (72 km/ 03 hour drive approximately)
After the lovely breakfast in the morning check out from the hotel and drive through Dochula pass the most beautiful pass in Bhutan. Enroot Visit:
108 Druk Wangyel Chortens - Built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important than another passes. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees.
After a photo break, we will continue our drive to warm valley of Punakha.
On arrival in Punakha, check into the hotel. After some rest,
We will visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan.
Overnight stay in Punakha
Day 4: Punakha to Jakar (197 km/ 07 hour drive approximately)
Early morning after breakfast check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus.
Drive over Pelela Pass which forms the part of Black Mountain Range that divides the country into east and west. Drive through Trongsa and pass by Yotongla pass.
En route stop at the weaving place where “Yatha” (wool weaving) is made which Bumthang is famous for.
Overnight stay in Jakar
Day 5: Jakar sightseeing
After the early morning breakfast, get ready for the amazing sightseeing’s
Jampay Lakhang - The one of the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performed annually.
Kurjey temple, the site where the royals are cremated. One can either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing on foot or drive there.
End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss Farm. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles.
Overnight stay in Jakar
Day 6: Jakar to Phobjikha (188 km/ 06 hour drive approximately)
Retrace and enjoy the drive to Phobjikha, the valley of black necked cranes.
En route stop to visit the majestic Trongsa Dzong (fortress), home of the royals and the watch tower which house a museum now.
We will visit Gangtey Gompa - Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain’s Gangtey valley, Bhutan and also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery, and take 2 hours natural trail walk down hill before we drive to our hotel.
Overnight stay in Phobjikha
Day 7: Phobjikha to Paro (192 km/ 06 hour drive approximately)
After the early breakfast in the morning, check out from the hotel and drive to Paro.
Check in the hotel in Paro and after some rest get ready for other beautiful sightseeings
National Museum - The first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings.
Paro Dzong (Fortress) - Dzong (fortresses) are Bhutanese architectural masterpieces built in the past to serve a number of purposes. They served as administrative centers and as houses for the clergy.
Kichu Lhakhang - One from the two oldest temples built in 7th century. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores.
Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 8: Paro sightseeing
In the morning, we will hike to Tiger’s Nest Temple, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro valley at 900m above the valley floor. The temple is associated with Guru Rimpoche who visited in 8th century and believed to have meditated three months in this cave and converted entire valley into Buddhism. It is 2 hours walk up hill for an average hiker; however it can take our almost entire day too. Evening back to the hotel and relax.
Overnight stay in lovely hotel in Paro
Day 9: Departure
Take away the sweet memories of Bhutan .Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport

Striking Bhutan


Inclusion


 Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned hotels
 Round trip transportation (SUV/Hiace/Coaster) depending on group size, including airport pick up/drop
 Sightseeing as per the itinerary
 Daily Breakfast in the hotel
 All applicable hotel and transportation taxes
 Services of a professional Escort / English speaking guide
 Museum visiting frees those included in the itinerary
 Internal permits for visiting temples and municipal areas

Exclusion


 Any Air or Rail fare.
 Any other meal not mentioned in price includes.
 Any other destination not mentioned in itinerary.
 Any expenses of personal nature.
 GST @ 5%

Striking Bhutan


Terms & Conditions


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Payments:

For all the services contracted, certain advance payment should be made to hold the booking, on confirmed basis & the balance amount can be paid either before your departure from your country or upon arrival in INDIA but definitely before the commencement of the services. Management personnels hold the right to decide upon the amount to be paid as advance payment, based on the nature of the service & the time left for the commencement of the service.

Apart from above in some cases like Special Train Journeys, hotels or resorts bookings during the peak season (X-Mas, New Year), full payment is required to be sent in advance.

Mode of Payment: Overseas advance payment can be made through Wire Transfer to our bank.

Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows:

  • 36 days prior to arrival: 25% of the Tour / service cost
  • 15 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost
  • 07 days prior to arrival OR No Show: No Refund

Note:  Written cancellation will accept on all working days, except Sunday, Any cancellation sent on Sunday's will be considered on next working day (Monday).

For the X-mas and new year period from 20 Dec to 05 Jan the payment is non-refundable.

In case you cancel the trip after commencement, refund would be restricted to a limited amount only which too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.

Wildlife Safaris cancellation: All the wildlife safaris booked into any of Indian Wildlife National Park/Sanctuaries are non refundable. Even date change request will be considered as cancellation and no payment will be refunded/ adjusted against it.

Our Liabilities & Limitations: Please note that after the finalization of the Tour/ service Cost, if there are any Hike in entrance fees of monuments / museums, Taxes, fuel cost or guide charges – by Govt of India, the same would be charged as extra.

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All itineraries are sample itineraries, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before the tour or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change any schedule in the interest of the trip participants' safety, comfort & general well being.

Our rates are based on the prevailing rates as negotiated by us with the hotels, airlines etc. Hotels and Airlines retain the right to modify the rates without notice. In case of such changes the rates quoted before the modification, can be changed by us according to the modifications by hotels or airlines. All hotel bookings are based on usual check in and check out time of the hotels until unless indicated in the itinerary.

We shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the programme or expenses incurred – directly or indirectly – due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, accident, breakdown of machinery or equipments, breakdown of transport, weather, sickness, landslides, political closures or any untoward incidents.

We shall not be responsible for any loss, injury or damage to person, property, or otherwise in connection with any accommodation, transportation or other services, resulting – directly or indirectly – from any act of GOD, dangers, fire, accident, breakdown in machinery or equipment, breakdown of transport, wars, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferages, epidemics, medical or custom department regulations, defaults, or any other causes beyond our control.

We do not have any insurance policy covering the expenses for accident, sickness, loss due to theft, or any other reasons. Visitors are advised to seek such insurance arrangements in their home country. All baggages & personal property/s at all times are at the client's risk.

 

Passports & Visas (This condition is only valid for International Packages)

To travel to India from overseas countries except for the citizen of Nepal & Bhutan, one needs a 06 months valid passport and a valid Visa. And processing of Passport and Visa are not included in the tour cost.

Early Check-in / Late Check -out

Please note that standard check-in / Checkout time in most hotels is 1500 hrs/12 noon Local time. Therefore cost of early check-in or Late check-out is not included in the tour cost. We can always make a request for early check-in or late checkout if required but we do not guarantee that, that entirely depend upon the policy of the hotel, time of the year and availability of the room.

Extra Uses of our Vehicle

Please note that cost of the vehicle (car / coaches with the driver) does not include extra usage of vehicle like after transfer or after sightseeing until or unless it is mentioned in the itinerary.

Rights to amend the itinerary if required

Tour once commenced will strictly go as per the itinerary finalized. In case of events and circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to change all or parts of the contents of the itinerary for safety and well being of our esteemed passengers.

 

Please Note :  We will not be responsible for any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.

 

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