On our 'Glimpses of Bhutan Tour', you will be visiting popular Bhutanese landmarks in Paro and Thimphu. In Paro, visit Rinpung Dzong, national museum and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple before hiking to the extraordinary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery the next day. In Thimphu, you will visit some of its popular landmarks including the Memorial Chorten, nunnery Temple, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum and others. By the end of our 4-day short tour in Bhutan, you will have been acquainted with the country's rich culture and landscape.
As your flight nears Bhutan, you can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal who will take to our hotel. You will visit the Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the District Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. You will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Drugyal Dzong, built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. Overnight in Paro.
After breakfast, hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, hike down to the valley floor. At afternoon, you will drive to Thimphu, and spend the night.
In the morning, visit the Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. You also visit other landmarks of Thimphu, including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if you are in Thimphu during the weekends, explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimphu.
After a few days of fun and excitement, the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to the Paro International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
This was my first trip to Nepal and Bhutan. As I understood in this trip it is very important who will organize your stay in these countries. It was a group trip. And we were very pleased that the Luxury Holidays Nepal’s director personally took care of us in Nepal. We felt ourselves relaxed and safe. Also their partners in Bhutan were perfect. I want to express my gratitude to the Luxury Holidays Nepal Company and personally to their Director! Thank you so much for your care! I recommend this company for trips to Nepal and Bhutan!
Visited October 2016
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of booking, you will be accommodated in A grade hotels in Paro and Thimpu and B grade hotel in the rest of the places we stay. We use Hotel Amodhara in Thimphu and Hotel Peling in Bumthang and Mandala Resort in Paro. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. If you want the luxury accommodation of 5 star then contact us for cost detail.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.
3. Water Facilities:
We will provide mineral water throughout your trip.
4. Transportation on Journey:
Luxury Holidays will provide you private luxury vehicle throughout your trip.
5. Trip Start Dates:
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.
6. Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays will facilitate you with the trained travelling guide in your group. The most significant thing that makes this tour enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader. Our trip will be led by only the best and most professional leaders. All of Luxury Holidays leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Luxury Holidays only employ local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions.
7. Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).
9. Bhutan Passport and Visas:
All clients must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the return date. As you are unable to obtain visas to Bhutan you need to send your passport details to Luxury Holidays Nepal for visa applications at least 30 days prior to the departure date. (For more information about Bhutan visas)
10. Bhutan Travel Group Size:
Luxury Holidays don’t require a minimum and maximum size of the group for any private tours to Bhutan. If travelers like to travel in Bhutan with friends, families, colleagues are welcome to choose any tour packages at your convenient time frame. We will be happy to organize a small group like minded people to give them an unforgettable experience and opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment.
11. Access to Travel Bhutan:
Bhutan’s national flag carrier Druk Air operates flights to Paro from Bangkok, Kolkata, Dhaka, Kathmandu and New Delhi. Travelers can fly to Bhutan International Airport in Paro as per their convenient destinations and departure tax will cost Ngultrum (Nu) 300 about US$ 7 for any destinations.
The overland entry and exit point is from the Indian state of West Bengal into Phuntsholing of southwest Bhutan. Phuntsholing is 4 hrs drive from Bagdogra, the nearest Indian airport, and 6-7 hrs drive from both Gangtok (Sikkim) and Darjeeling. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimpu capital city of Bhutan takes about 6 hrs.
Note: Flight cost is not included in the trip price. Flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. Druk air offer flights from the following location. We recommend you to book your flight to Bangkok as they have an everyday flight to Paro and from Paro as well.
Please let us know which route is more convenient to you, the cost of the flights are as below.
12. Personal Travel Insurance:
We highly recommend you to secure by personal travel insurance. Which should adequate to cover the loss of baggage or other personal belongings, medical expenses, cancellation, helicopter evacuation and other emergency costs, etc. If you do not have travel insurance you must have a credit card with at least a US$5000 balances. (See travel insurance page)
13. Trip Extensions/ Add on trips:
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal and Bhutan like Everest Trek, Bhutan Trek, Annapurna Trek, Manaslu Trek, Peak Climbing, Nepal Tours, etc.
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During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.