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Western Bhutan Tour – 7 Days

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Country Bhutan Max-Altitude 3,180m/10,430 ft
Trip StartParo, Bhutan Trip End Paro, Bhutan
Group Size Min 2, Max 12
Meals All meals, tea and snacks throughout the trip
Accommodation A and B category hotel throughout the trip
Starting At $ 3,190 USD
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    Western Bhutan Tour takes you to the last Himalayan kingdom in existence, where inner happiness is more valued than material wealth. Embark on an overland tour and explore Bhutan's most popular tourist destinations - Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Gangtey.

     

    Drive past the picturesque Bhutanese countryside and savor panoramic views of the snow-covered peaks. Walk through the ornate traditional dzongs that house monasteries, government offices, and museums. These ancient dzongs or fortresses are a testimony to Bhutan's rich past. Experience Bhutan's rare and unique wildlife at the Royal Takin Preserve and Phobjika Valley.

     

    Your trip begins with an amazing flight over the Himalayan mountains to Paro. Enjoy views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan giants during your flight. From Paro, you take a drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

     

    Begin your sightseeing tour by visiting the popular tourist sites in the city- Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma, Tashichho Dzong, and Royal Takin Preserve. Learn more about the thirteen Bhutanese traditional arts and crafts at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum. Try your hand at traditional paper making at a paper factory which uses age old techniques of paper making.

     

    Explore the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan at Punakha. The majestic Punakha Dzong, which stands at the confluence of two rivers, is a sight to behold. Take a short walk past paddy fields and local farms to reach Chimi Lakhang or the Fertility Temple. Childless couples are blessed with a sacred wooden phallus at this miracle temple.

     

    Take a scenic drive to the valley of Gangtey or Phobjika. Nestled beneath the Black Mountains, this ecologically rich valley is the winter home of the endangered Black-necked Cranes.

     

    You end your Western Bhutan Tour in Paro with a thrilling hike to the clifftop monastery of Taktsang or Tiger's Nest. The trail meanders past a dense forest of pine, fir, and rhododendron and reaches an elevation of 3180 meters.

     

    This week-long tour is ideal for those looking for an unexplored destination and an exotic cultural experience. It is an easy tour suited for people of all ages and fitness levels. The hike to Tiger’s Nest can be skipped, if you are not used to hiking. An experienced and knowledgeable local tour guide will guide you during your stay.

    Why Do Trekkers Like You Love This Itinerary?

    • Visit the last hidden kingdom in the Himalayas
    • Experience ancient Bhutanese culture and tradition that has withstood the test of time
    • Explore the four most popular destinations in Western Bhutan – Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Gangtey
    • An immersive experience at a traditional handmade paper factory
    • Visit the nesting sites of the Black Necked Cranes and hike to the clifftop monastery of Taktsang or Tiger's Nest
    • Walk through the sacred and ornate monasteries and grand fortresses
    • Hear fascinating stories and local legends from our knowledgeable Bhutanese guide

    When Is The Best Time To Go?

    Western Bhutan Tour can be done whole year round. To make the most of your trip, you can time your visit during a festival or Tsechu (masked-dance festival).

    Each city has its own Tsechu that is celebrated on an auspicious day. While Paro and Punakha Tsechus are usually held in the spring season, Thimphu and Gangtey Tsechus fall during the autumn months of September or October.

    Traveling during late autumn or winter will also allow you to witness the endangered Black-necked Cranes roosting in the glacial valley of Phobjika or Gangtey and enjoy the Black-necked Crane festival.

    Is This The Right Trip For You?

    • You will love this trip if you are interested in history, art, architecture, and culture
    • Most of the time, you will be visiting old monasteries, fortresses, and heritage sites
    • Transfers between cities and heritage sites will be via a private vehicle
    • The ascent to Tiger's Nest involves hiking up a steep hill to an elevation of 3,180 meters

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    What’s Included

    Price Includes
    • Bhutan Visa Fee
    • Government's Sustainable Development Fee USD 200 per night per person
    • Government-approved 3-star deluxe hotels with breakfast
    • All transport by comfortable private vehicle and bottled water in car
    • English speaking government license holder Bhutanese guide
    • All necessary travel permits, entrance fees for museums, monuments and sightseeing
    • Company services charges and all government taxes
    What's Not Included
    • International Airfare to/from Bhutan
    • Personal expenses, drinks and beverages, laundry, phone, insurance
    • Tips for guide/driver
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Other services which are not in services included section

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    Accommodation and meals

    During your travel, you will be staying at Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro, Namgay Heritage Hotel in Thimphu and The Four Boutique Hotel in Punakha, All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 350. 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 the booking, A and B category hotels will be provided in this tour. You will be accommodated in A category hotel in Paro and Thimphu and B category hotel in Punakha.

    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.

    Important notes ( Read before you book )

    Some important things to know before you go
    • Visa & Passport Information

      All foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Bhutan. A Bhutanese Visa must be obtained prior to your arrival i.e. before entering in Bhutan because Druk Air allows boarding only after your visa clearance from Bhutan government. Since, no embassy abroad or foreign mission can grant a tourist visa, your visa needs to be processed by local tour operator, thus we will be assisting you to obtain tourist visa. Your passport must be at least 6 months valid after you leave Bhutan. Please send us a copy of your passport in order for us proceed to apply for the visa. Also, bring at least 3 recent passport photos (for your Bhutan Visa, Entry permit, etc.)

      For further information please visit http://www.mfa.gov.bt/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/b...

    • Travel Insurance

      All foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Bhutan. A Bhutanese Visa must be obtained prior to your arrival i.e. before entering in Bhutan because Druk Air allows boarding only after your visa clearance from Bhutan government. Since, no embassy abroad or foreign mission can grant a tourist visa, your visa needs to be processed by local tour operator, thus we will be assisting you to obtain tourist visa. Your passport must be at least 6 months valid after you leave Bhutan. Please send us a copy of your passport in order for us proceed to apply for the visa. Also, bring at least 3 recent passport photos (for your Bhutan Visa, Entry permit, etc.)

      For further information please visit http://www.mfa.gov.bt/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/b...

    • Extra Expenses and Exclusions

      You need to keep extra money to cover miscellaneous expenses. It is advised to carry US$ for personal expenses. This would be for travelers’ spending money for requirements like beverages both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, purchasing toiletries, souvenirs, paying for laundry service, bar bills, phone bills, extra porters, bottled water, tipping, and other services not listed and recreational expenses. You need to consider your own spending habits when it comes to using money for the above mentioned expenses. There could be unforeseen circumstances like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government regulations, flight cancellations etc that are beyond Extollo Adventures' control, for which emergency funds will be highly recommended.

    • Solo Travelers

      Generally, we do not charge solo travelers any extra charge. You will be paired up with another traveler of same gender and hotel room will be provided on twin sharing basis in Bhutan. On request, you will be provided a single room in Bhutan with a single supplement charge.

    • Couple of Rules

      Dress Code: One should remember to dress appropriately while visiting Dzongs, monasteries and temples.

      Must wear:

      Collared shirt (either full or half sleeve)

      Full-length pants/long skirt

      Shoes with socks

      * Tie is not required.

      You will not be allowed to enter if you are wearing:

      Hats/caps

      Shorts/short skirt

      Slippers/sandals

      T-shirts

      Photography: Bhutanese in general pose for photographs. However, make sure to ask for permission from the concerned person before you take a shot. Taking pictures inside dzongs, temples, monasteries and museums are prohibited.

      Smoking/Tobacco prohibition: Bhutan bans smoking in public places, and prohibits growing or importing tobacco. You must always be able to produce proof of purchase of products such as Invoice or bill at the airports or entry points (borders). On demand, you must also produce a receipt of tax payment, failing to adhere to this rules will result in third degree felony punishable by three years in prison.

      The maximum number of tobacco or tobacco products a person can carry for personal consumption at a single time includes:

      200 sticks of cigarette or

      30 pieces of cigar or

      150 grams of other tobacco and tobacco product

      *Tobacco products imported from India shall pay 100% Sales Tax and from countries other than India shall pay 200% duty.

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