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Phuentsholing-Thimphu-Wangdue/Punakha-Paro of Bhutan Drive tour 9D/8N

Thimphu, Thimphu
INR 25,072.00
Holiday Overview

Thimphu is a bustling town on the bank of Thimphu Chu & set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley heading towards Paro, the beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries & temples. The countries only airport situated is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7300 meters.) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier, water forms the Pa Chu which is flowing through the valley. Heading towards Wangdue/Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It’s the winter seat of the Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) & the monk body. It has a temperate climate & its rich fertile valley is fed by the Pho Chu & Mo Chu rivers. Then head towards Phuntsholing and visit Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, Kharbandi Goemba, and famous Bhutan Gate.

Start Point NJP Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport
End Point Phuentsholing
Trip Grade Relaxed
Holiday Highlights
  • Visit Kuensel Phodrang
  • Visit Folk Heritage Museum
  • Visit Punakha Dzong
  • Visit Royal Botanical Park
  • Visit Rinpung Dzong - Meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels
  • Visit Drukgyel Dzong
  • Visit famous Taktsang Monastery - called “Tiger's Nest”
Getting There
By Rail

Though Bhutan does not have any rail link but it is conveniently connected by the Indian Railway to the nearest border city of New Jalpaiguri (Siliguri), Hasimara, Alipurdwar, & Guwahati they are well connected to the all major cities of India.


Day 1
NJP Rly Station / Bagdogra Airport-Phuentsholing (Approx 170 Kms/5 Hrs)

Meet & Greet on arrival at NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport and transfer to Phuentsholing - The Gateway of Bhutan by Road from India. It is a thriving commercial center on the northern edge of the Indian Plains. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Phuentsholing.

Meals - No meals
Day 2
Phuentsholing–Thimphu (Approx 176 Kms/6 Hrs)

After breakfast complete the immigration formalities and transfer to Thimphu (7,710 ft.) the capital city of Bhutan. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). Overnight stay at Thimphu.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 3
Thimphu Sightseeing–Punakha / Wangdue

After breakfast visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue), King's Memorial Chorten (Monument) & Folk Heritage Museum. Afternoon transfer to Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang (4,300 ft.), via Dochu-La-Pass (10,170 ft.) to view the higher Himalayas. The pass also has 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chorten which is believed brings multi fold merit to all sentient beings and which make the pass a must visit place. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Punakha / Wangdue Phodrang.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 4
Excursion to Gangtey (Phobjikha)

After breakfast, start for full day excursion trip to Gangtey (9,840 ft.). Gangtey is the home of Black Necked Crane which migrates from the arid plains of Tibet in the north. It is a beautiful valley of Bhutan. You can also visit Gangtey Gompha. Evening return back. Overnight stay at Punakha / Wangdue.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 5
Punakha / Wangdue Sightseeing–Paro

After breakfast check out from hotel with bag & baggage’s and visit the Punakha Dzong - built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. For many years until the time of the second king, it served as the seat of the Government. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952. After that take a short excursion trip to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang - The Temple, also known as “The Temple of Fertility” was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, “The Devine Mad Man”. After noon drive to Paro. On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at Paro.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 6
Paro Sightseeing

After breakfast start full day sightseeing covering Ta Dzong - National Museum with an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities, Rinpung Dzong - the administrative seat of the district of Paro. Afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong - The Dzong was destroyed by fire in 1951 and is now preserved as heritage site & Kyichu Lhakhang - one of the oldest Buddist temples in Bhutan . Overnight stay at Paro.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 7
Excursion to Taktshang Monastery

After breakfast visit Drukgyel Dzong. Also visit famous Taktsang Monastery - called “Tiger's Nest” (2 hrs hike from the base camp) & Kitchu Monastery. Overnight stay will be at Paro.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 8
Paro-Phuentsholing

After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Phuentsholing. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Phuentsholing.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 9
Phuentsholing-NJP Rly station/Bagdogra Airport/ Departure

After breakfast check out from the hotel and take the departure transfer to NJP Railway Station / IXB Airport for your onward journey.

Meals - Breakfast
Dates
Tour Validity Valid From Valid Upto
Validity 01/06/2017 31/12/2018
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Prices
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Accommodation Options
Destination Standard Deluxe Super Deluxe Luxury
Phuentsholing
  • Hill View
  • Hotel Namgay
  • Hotel Orchid
  • Hotel Damchen
  • Hotel Druk
Thimphu
  • Hotel Shantideva
  • Hotel Taktshang
  • Dorji Elements
  • Hotel Riverside
  • Hotel Phuntsho Pelri
  • Pedling
  • Hotel Ariya
  • Namgay Heritage
Wangdue/Punakha
  • Hotel Kingaling
  • Hotel Kingaling
  • Punatsangchhu Cottage
  • Pema Karpo
  • Drubchhu Resort
  • Zhingkham Resort
Paro
  • Nivvana Resort
  • City Hotel
  • Dewachen Resort
  • Namsay Choling Resort
  • Janka Resort
  • Olathang
  • Drukchen
  • Mandala Resort
  • Tashinamgay Resort
  • Metta Resort & Spa
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Whats Included
  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • Accommodation in well appointed rooms
  • Welcome drink on arrival at Hotel
  • Meals inclusive of Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • All transportation by Indigo/similar car for 02 -03 Pax & Xylo/Innova/similar for 04-06 Pax
  • All Sightseeing & Transportation as per the Itinerary, inclusive of all toll, taxes and driver allowances
Whats Excluded
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Guide, camera charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as meals, tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
Important Information
  • Remember to carry sufficient woolens including hand gloves.
  • Credit cards are accepted in selected establishments in Bhutan.
  • Indian nationals do not require any visa for Bhutan. A permit will be issued at the entry point on production of a passport or Voter ID and 04 passport size photographs.
  • Restricted Area Permit is required to visit Punakha / Wangdue from Home Ministry of Bhutan. No charge will be applicable for this permit. Please bring 02 passport size photographs and Voter ID card or Passport of each person including child. This special permit is given only after guest has entered Bhutan. Permits are not issued on Saturday, Sunday & Govt. holidays.
Cancellation Policy

High Season Cancellation (March, April, May, August, September, October and Nov)

        *    Cancellation made within 31-60 days from the date of arrival: 50%
        *    Cancellation made within 30 days from the date of arrival: 100%

Low Season Cancellation (Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Dec)

         *     Cancellation made within 11-30 days from the date of arrival: 50%
         *     Cancellation made within 10 days from the date of arrival: 100%

** Cancellation against Premium and Signature Categories such as (Uma Paro, Zhiwa Ling, Nak-Sel, Aman Group, Taj Tashi, Le Meridiean & Others As Mentioned Case Wise) is as follows: ** * No refunds on the advance/ prepayment made for holding the booking. * In case of confirmed bookings full payment has to be made 35 day prior otherwise the booking against advance / prepayment will be auto cancelled. * 100% cancellation will be charged for all bookings falling under 30 days from the date of arrival. * No refunds will be extended for early departures or any king of amendments.

Terms and Conditions
  • Packages are valid upto 31st Dec 2018 ** (Except Long Weekend) **
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Vehicle and Transportation will be as per itinerary only and not at disposal.
  • Refund on cancellation depends upon the above cancellation policy.
  • The Seller Reserves the right to change/modify or terminate the offer any time at its own discretion and without any prior notice.
  • Supplementary charges will apply for booking falling during Long weekends, Public Holidays and Festival time such as Diwali, Christmas & New Year period.
  • As per Govt. norm Guests are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
  • Holidaymine and its suppliers will assist you to the best of their ability with any Query, clarification, changes or customizations – prior to conforming the booking. Your confirmation of this package and included hotels indicate that you have read and understood the following
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    • Holiday Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Cancellation policy and Terms & Conditions
    • Agree to the hotels offered and accepted their service quality.
  • In event of any changes done in Hotels or Room Categories or any Deviation is taken from the confirmed itinerary‚ By the Clients‛; Any expenses incurred from such changes will have to be paid in full by clients directly to local operators / Hotels / activity providers.
Areas Covered

Phuentsholing The frontier town, it is a thriving commercial centre, situated directly at the base of Himalayan foothills. It is a fascinating place where different ethnic groups mingle prominently Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese for the major attractions such as: Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, Bhutan Gate, and Kharbandi Goemba.

Thimphu is a bustling town on the bank of Thimphu Chu & set gloriously in the hills of the Thimphu valley. The capital has an interesting combination of tradition and modernity, and includes some of the most advanced and remotest parts of the kingdom. It is the home of the Bhutanese Royal family, Civil servants & Expatriates. We will take you through temples, dzongs, chortens, museums, handicraft stores, nunneries, parks and many more.

Paro The beautiful valley is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries & temples. The countries only airport situated is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mount Chomolhari (7300 meters.) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier, water forms the Pa Chu which is flowing through the valley.

Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. It’s the winter seat of the Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) & the monk body. It has a temperate climate & its rich fertile valley is fed by the Pho Chu & Mo Chu rivers.

Shopping And Entertainment

People: Bhutanese are friendly & hospitable people. The large majority of Bhutanese people are a homogeneous group divided linguistically into three broad sub-groups. These are Sharchops, Ngalong & Lhotshampa.

Currency: Ngultrum, the currency of Bhutan, has the same value as Indian rupee, which is also a legal tender.

Food: Staple diet is red rice, buck-wheat, wheat, maize, pork, beef, chicken, yak meat, cheese & chilies (taken as vegetable – not as spice).

Arts & Crafts: Bhutan is known for handicraft items in bronze, silver & other metals. Sculpting of religious figures is widely practiced & every temple, houses are large brightly painted & gilded statues of the Buddha & other saints.

**Dress: **Bhutanese men wear “Gho”, which are longish robes tied around the waist by a cloth belt known as “Kera”. The women’s ankle-length dress is known as “Kira”, which is made of bright colored fine woven fabric with traditional patterns.

Sports: The national sport of Bhutan is archery. Other traditional sports include Digor-a kind of shot put, darts, & wrestling.

Architecture: The castle-like Dzongs, with their gently tapering walls classic lines, large courtyards & beautiful galleries, are among the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture.

Living Culture: In almost every Dzongs (fortresses that house both the monastic & the Govt. administrative wings) there is an annual traditional festival (tsechus) that normally spans 3-4 days. Colorful & well choreographed mask dances are performed during the tsechus. Due to the nature of the lunar calendar, exact dates for tsechus vary from year to year.

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