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Bhutan Cultural Experience and Hiking Trip - Plan The Unplanned

Bhutan Cultural Experience and Hiking Trip - Plan The Unplanned


The Land Of Thunder Dragon" - as it is rightly called, Bhutan is a little Himalayan hamlet that has gained the title to be the "Happiest Country". And you shall feel the vibes of happiness all around you - as soon as you'll entire Bhutan. With lofty Himalayan mountains, gusty rivulets crossing the valleys, the aroma of Momos and Datshi in the air, colourful prayer flags and huge Dzongs - Bhutan can never fail to mesmerize the visitors. This 7 - days road trip through the towns and countrysides of Bhutan will get to see the country's diverse sides. Witness the popular Tsechu Festival, visit the numerous old forts and hike up to one of the highest monasteries in the world - and you shall return back home, being a lot happier!

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TREK DATE: 18th Sep 2018 - 25th Sep 2018

Here's the Brief Itinerary

Day 0 -17th September Reach Phuentsholing from Bagdogra. Stay at a Hotel (Self - Sponsored )

Day 01 - 18th September: Arrive at Phuentsholing (Transfer to Thimphu)
Phuentsholing can be rightly called as the Gateway to Bhutan and as soon as you'll cross the border, you'll be able to feel the difference in the air! Immigration procedure to be completed and drive to Thimpu, the capital town of Bhutan with an en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro Rivers.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2/ 19th Sep - Explore Thimpu
The day will start with a village walk, followed by a visit to the Buddha Point (where one of the highest Buddha statues in the world stands) and later, we'll take a tour of the Takin Reserve (Takin - Bhutan's national animal), Tashichho Dzong, and the Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu, an institution where children receive formal education in the art of traditional painting, sculpting, and woodcarving.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 03/ 20th Sept: Thimphu Tshechu Festival
Perhaps Holi is the most colourful festival that you've seen till date, but we can bet that Tsechu is far more colourful than that!
Today, we'll watch the glorious dance festival, which is also Bhutan's National Festival, at the Dzong.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04/ 21st Sept Punakha (Thimphu – Punakha)
Today, post-breakfast, we shall head towards Punakha by car, crossing the Dochula Pass (one of the highest points in Bhutan). On our way, we will stop at Lobesa Village to visit the Divine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine. We’ll visit the impressive Punakha Dzong as well.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 05/ 22nd Sept: Wangdue Tsechu
This occasion for merriment and revelry is attended by the people of Thimphu and Punakha.
Originally held in the Wangdiphodrang Dzong, this festival now takes place at Tencholing Army
ground due to the fire in the dzong. During the 3 days, there are masked performances and folk
dances. One the last day, a huge “thangka” or a Tibetan Buddhist painting is displayed for public
veneration. This cultural festival is one of the biggest in Bhutan.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 06/ 23rd Sept: Paro (Punakha-Paro)
We shall head out for Paro from Punakha today, It'll be another beautiful journey crossing the Dochula Pass, and then, if you are lucky enough to have a clear sky, you can get a quick glimpse of the Chomolhari Mountains, one of the highest Himalayan mountains in Bhutan.
After reaching Paro, we'll also visit the Paro Dzong and the National Museum of Bhutan on this day.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.

Day 07/ 24th Sept Paro (Taktsang Hike)
Today would be a lovely day, as you'll hike up to see one of the most gorgeous monasteries in the world! It'll take around 2 hours to reach the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest, as a myth reveals that Guru Padmasambhava rode to this monastery on a Tiger’s back, who then took rest there in a dark cave below the monastery!
We'll also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Paro.


Day 08/ 25th September:
Depart after breakfast at the hotel, drive to Phuentsholing.
Trip ends.

Cost: 36999/person ( exclusive of GST)
Earlybird: 32999/-person (exclusive of GST)

Rs10,000/- to be paid as a Booking Fee ( Non-Refundable)

Remaining Amount to be paid by 1st August 2018

Inclusions:
· Accommodation in Rooms (Twin/Triple Sharing Basis) (18th September - 24th Sep)
· Breakfast (Buffet)
· Transportation pick/drop and local sightseeing
· Guide Charges
· Pick and drop is from Phuentsholing and to Phuentsholing only

Exclusions:
· Monuments fee
· Beverage (Drinks)
· Lunch and Dinner
For pick up and drop from India (Bagdogra/Siliguri) charges will be extra.

People need to reach Phuentsholing by 17thSeptember 2018.

NOTE:
1. It is mandatory to reach Phuentsholing on/by 17th September 2018

2. You need to carry Original Passport and 3 Passport size Photographs

3. Personal expenses are to be borne by you
Travel Insurance isn’t required for your trip to Bhutan
Currencies of INR 10, 20, 50, 100, can only be used! 500 INR AND 2000 INR notes will not work in Bhutan. You can also exchange currency while in the country

4. Pick up from Bagdogra can be arranged for an extra cost
Alternatively, one can take a Bus from Siliguri to Phuentsholing. The timing of the bus is 2 PM and it would cost about INR 150- 250/person

5. If anyone is taking a flight directly to Paro, transport can be arranged at an additional cost. You should just inform us about your timing and plan so that we can arrange everything accordingly

6. Return Flights to be booked for 26th Sept 2018.



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