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The Land Of The Dragon- Bhutan Trip 7 Nights

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Bhutan Trip

Bhutan, often revered as ‘The Land of the Dragon’, is still regarded as one of the last Shangrilas in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries.

It is in the relatively unexplored pockets of Asia which allows only limited number of discerning travellers to enter the country in order to protect its fragile environment and culture. Bhutan, a purely Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom, is unsurpassed in its scenic majesty and vibrant culture. The Kingdom shares with Nepal, has the world’s greatest concentration of mountains and living heritage of Buddhism.

1st Day

ARRIVE NEW JALPAIGURI / BAGDOGRA * ON TO PHUENTSHOLING (APPROX 170 KMS / APPROX 6 HOURS)

On arrival at the railway station in New Jalpaiguri / airport in Bagdogra, begin your tour to the land of the dragon.  You will be met by our Cox and Kings representative and driven to Phuentsholing, the border town in southern Bhutan. On arrival, check into the hotel.
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Phuentsholing (D)

2nd Day

DRIVE TO THIMPHU ( APPROX 171 KMS / APPROX 6 HOURS )

After breakfast, we proceed for Thimphu which is approx 8 hours drive. On a short drive, we visit Kharbandi Gompa to get a breathtaking view of Phuentsholing also the Indian plains. We stop our journey on the way, time to time, to see and feel the Bhutan Himalayan scenery. On the way, we will reach the highest point of about 2800m/9,185ft. On arrival at Thimphu, you check into the hotel.
Overnight in Thimphu (B, D)

3rd Day

THIMPHU

This morning after breakfast, we proceed on a city tour of Thimphu visiting National Memorial Chorten, Motithang Mini Zoo, National Library (Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Govt Holidays), Buddha Point, Folk Heritage Museum, Tashichodzong.
Overnight in Thimphu (B, D)

4th Day

ONTO PUNAKHA / WANGDUE (APPROX 77 KMS / APPROX 3 HOURS)

After breakfast drive to Punakha with a stop at Dochula Pass (approx. 3080m). Here, we can view and admire the Chorten, Mani wall, and prayer flags which decorates the highest point on the road. If the sky is clear, the following peaks will be visible from this pass (left to right):
Masagang (7,158m), Tshendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongphugang (7,060m),a table mountain dominates the isolated region of Lunana- finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Post lunch, visit to Chimi Lhakhang which is a short hike.
Chimi Lakhang Temple lies in the fertile Lobesa village of Punakha Valley. The temple is dedicated to the divine madman-Saint Drukpa Kuenley and the temple is also known as the Temple of Fertility. On arrival, you check into the hotel.
Overnight in Punakha (B, D)

5th Day

ONTO PARO ( APPROX 143 KMS / APPROX 4 HOURS 30 MINUTE

Early morning, we will go on a visit to Punakha dzong. It is situated near two rivers – the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River.) Asia has a rich tradition of river personification. Punakha Dzong is one of the largest Dzongs in Bhutan. We take the suspension bridge to arrive at the Dzong.
Punakha Dzong was initially called Druk Pungthang or Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness), for many years until the second king of Bhutan assumed power. Punakha Dzong happened to be the seat of the Government for a long time.
Later, drive to Paro. On arrival, check into your hotel.
Overnight in Paro (B, D)

6th Day

PARO

After an early breakfast, you will proceed for an excursion to the famous place called Taktshang Monastery or Tiger Nest (5hrs to 6 hrs hike {up and down}).
Note:- For clients who will not be able to visit Tiger Nest, we have some other places to visit as follows
1. Kyichu Lhakhang:(open till 5 pm) It was built sometime in the mid 7th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. It is believed to be one of the 108 temples built to subdue a demoness residing in the Himalayas. It is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
2. Drukgyel dzong: Drukgyal Dzong was one of the four principal Dra Dzongs (defense fortress). Accounts differ on the founder of Drukgyal Dzong. It is said to have been caused by the fire when a butter lamp fell in the central tower. Only the ruins of giant walls, charred gigantic wooden posts, beams and watch towers can be seen of what was once an important fortress that repelled several invasions from the north.
3. National Museum:(open till 4 pm) housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom.
Overnight in Paro (B, D)

7th Day

ONTO PHUENTSHOLING ( APPROX 170 KMS / APPROX 6 HOURS)

Today, after breakfast drive back to Phuentsholing – the western gateway to the south and thriving commercial trade centre on the northern edge of the Indian plains.
On arrival, you will check into your hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Phuentsholing (B, D)

8th Day

DEPART PHUENTSHOLING * ONTO NEW JALPAIGURI / BAGDOGRA ( APPROX 170 KMS / APPROX 6 HOURS)

Today, bid farewell to your ‘Super Saver Bhutan’ tour as you are transferred to the railway station in New Jalpaiguri / airport in Bagdogra for your onward journey

Phuentsholing : The Orchid Hotel Or Similar
Thimphu : Wangchuk Resort / Phuntshok Pelri / Or Similar
Punakha : Hotel Vara / King Galling Or Similar
Paro : Base Camp / Reema Resort / Pelri Cottage Or Similar
Phuentsholing : The Orchid Hotel Or Similar

INCLUSIONS

Accommodation in the hotels listed or similar hotels.

Meals – Daily buffet Breakfast and Dinner as per the itinerary .

Transportation: Transfers / Sightseeing by Non – Air Conditioned Toyota Coaster Bus / Coach or similar (for 18 – 20 adults) as per the itinerary. The vehicle is not at disposal. India Part: 3 Nos Ac Innova (Pick up and drop)

Permit / Immigration charges

Cox and Kings tour coordinator Ex Bagdogra.

All current applicable taxes i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax

EXCLUSIONS

Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.

Any meals / en route meals unless specified.

Items of personal nature viz, tips, porterage, room service, laundry, mineral water, alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages, phone calls, pony / horse rides, rafting, cable car / ropeway rides, helicopter rides, additional sightseeing tours / excursions not included in the itinerary, still or video camera fees etc.

Entrance fees and guide charges, where ever applicable.

Any increase in fuel cost, government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes etc, the tour price will be amended in accordance.

Travel Insurance.

Any items / services not specifically mentioned in the ‘Tour Price Includes’ column

Supplement charges applicable for festive Season/ Long Weekends

 Govt. Service Tax.

Cox and Kings Terms and conditions apply.

Arrival into and departure from New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra would be on your own arrangements.

Please do not touch any religious artifact or antique.

Purchase of religious items especially antiques is prohibited.

Please take off hats while entering Dzong, temples or monastery.

Shorts / half pants are not permitted while entering a Dzong, temple or monastery.

Before entering a Dzong, temple, monastery, please switch off all mobile phones or keep in the silent/vibrating mode.

Please speak softly within the religious premises.

Please remember not to point with a single finger but use an upturned flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place.

Package valid for Indian Nationals Only

Please refrain from touching any ritual objects or mural paintings.

Please do not walk over any clothes, books, hearth or materials left open in religious sites.

Please refrain from smoking or drinking while visiting religious places.

If you are not sure please ask the local people or the guide.

Water supply in the hills during the peak season is restricted due to shortage and water is supplied area wise at specific times. Please co-operate with the hotel on same.

Do carry comfortable walking shoes.

The hotel confirmed will be as per the brochure or an alternate hotel of similar category

Visas are not required for Indian Nationals.

INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.

All the prices are for Indian Nationals only, unless specified.

The hotel confirmed will be as per the brochure or an alternate hotel of similar category.

It is mandatory to carry a valid photo identity card (Passport / Voter ID card – passport should have a validity of minimum 6 months).

There may be certain surcharges applicable at the time of booking. All above rates are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and can be changed without prior notice

Actual ROE is charged at the time of confirmation.

All tours are subject to weather conditions and will operate only if weather permits, no refund will be given if services are not operated due to weather or natural problems.

Please make sure you follow the timings given by the driver and guide for all the services and transfers. In case you fail to follow the timings, the Driver will leave for which no refund will be given.

Hotel and airline cancellations to be applied.

Hotels suggested in the itinerary can be changed and will be equivalent or more to the one given to you in terms of price as per the official rate sheet of the hotel.

Please note to take care of the visa processing and its time as we will not be responsible for any kind of delays or refusal of visa from the concerned consulate and the cancellation policy of the holiday will be applied.

The above tour cost is calculated as per the current taxes, visa charges and other charges as per the current date. Any change till the time of departure and any additional cost of such nature will have to be taken care by the client.

Service tax extra as per new GST rules

Any kind of delays in flight such as fog or technical problem is not the responsibility of Trip Tap Toe and any kind of hotel cancellations and no shows will be the responsibility of the client.

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