Treasures of Bhutan

The Happy country, according to Gross National Happiness, Bhutan is a beautiful mountainous nation that lies between China and India. Besides breathtaking views of mountains, hills, monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes, Bhutan is a culturally rich country where people live in peace and harmony. Because of its beauty and pristine environment, Bhutan is also known as ‘The Last Shangrila’. Despite being sandwiched between two giant nations; India and China, this country offers a unique flavor to travelers around the world. Swotah Travel presents you the best of Bhutan tour with a short visit to Nepal. This 12 days Bhutan and Nepal tour is cultural extravaganza in South Asia that you can enjoy in a brief period of time.
Trip Code: TOB22
Starts: Kathmandu
Finishes: Paro
Duration: 12 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep,Nov
Elevation: 3880m/ 12729.7ft
Trip Views: 621
Activities: Trekking Overland Tours
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 10
Lunch: 6
Dinner: 8
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Hotel: 8 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 3 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • The Kingdom of Bhutan is also known as "The Land of the Thunder Dragon".
  • The country has currently no UNESCO World Heritage Sites but it has eight declared tentative sites for UNESCO inclusion since 2012.
  • Bhutan has been referred to as The Last Shangri-La because of the unspoiled natural environment and cultural heritage.
  • Scenic walk through paddy fields and traditional villages and enjoy views of the magnificent mountains.
  • Discover Buddhist monasteries, dzongs (fortresses and castles) and sacred shrines.

 

Why this Trip

  • Because the right time to see 'The Last Shangrila' before it gets crowded is now.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • 25% payment required while confirming the tour for the land part. • The balance payment for the land must be paid one month prior to the arrival date. • Bhutan Visa will be approved by the government only after we deposit full payment received.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL AT KATHMANDU
    Welcome to Nepal, Our representative will be waiting for you at the airport. You then will be escorted to hotel. At evening, we will invite you for traditional Nepali Dinner at cultural restaurant with cultural dance programs.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick up
    • Thamel Tour
    • Cultural Dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    today we will take you for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley. A cultural awakening around the city of 7 UNESCO world heritage sites (2 Buddhist Pagodas including Monkey Temple, 2 famous Hindu Temples and 3 main Royal palaces). We'll choose some of the sites.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transportation for sightseeing
    • Entrance fee
    • local food taste
  • placeDAY 3 : DEPART FOR PARO
    According to the flight schedule we would transfer you to Airport to depart for Paro. On arrival in Paro international airport you will be received by our guide and transfer to hotel by private car. Later in the Evening we will visit National Museum, 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. Just a short walk downhill lays the dominating ParoDzong, fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. . Evening explore Paro town

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • City Sightseeing
    • Airport Drop and Pick up
  • placeDAY 4 : PARO – JELELA DZONG (DRUK PATH TREKKING)
    Although today’s trekking day is short, we keep slow and steady pace as altitude gain is significant. After breakfast, you will drive to the road head at the National Museum (2487m) above Paro from where you will start your trek. We will walk from the Museum heading up hill through apple orchards, smallholdings of Damchena village and pine forests. Visit JeleDzong (3,490m), perched on a whaleback ridge. JeleDzong is mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. On a lear day, the views of Paro town far below and of mount Jomolhari (7,314m) are breathtaking. Overnight camp at 3480 m.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : JELELA DZONG TO TSHOKAM
    Begin with gradually ascent and then descend below the ridge line to walk through the trail of thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You may see yak herders in the area. There are fascinating views of Jhomolhari and other snow-capped mountains and you can also hear some monal peasants during the day. We continue our uphill walk to reach a yak herders’ pasture at Jangchulakha (3,780m) with outstanding views of the Himalayan range, pass Jangchulakha to today’s campsite called Tshokam.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TSHOKAM TO SIMKOTA
    The trail follows the ridge and at times through juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. The views of the mountain valleys are sensational. After making an ascent and then a steep descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,880m). The lake is famous for their giant sized trouts. Near the camp, you can have great views of 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro and pass we will reach our campsite for the day. Overnight camp at Simkota 3880M

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : SIMKOTA TO THIMPHU
    The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetsho. You may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Trail winds and undulates with magnificent view of the Himalaya across deep valleys. Simkotatsho Lake (4,110m) can be seen below after crossing one final spur. We continue our trek until we reach Phajoding. From here, you will enjoy great view of Thimphu city far below. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajodhing (3,870m). Walk way downhill to Thimphu through forests of blue pine and juniper until you arrive the road head of Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu valley. Overnight in Thimphu | Altitude 2400m.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING TO PUNAKHA
    After breakfast, We visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue) world largest sitting Buddha statue which gives awesome views of Thimphu valley, National Memorial Chorten (Stupas) which remembers the father of modern Bhutan. Later visit Changangkha Monastery the oldest temple in the valley, Sangaygang View Point often known as BBS tower and lovers point. Later, we will prepare to drive to warm valley of Punakha over the most beautiful pass in the country called Dochula pass at 3150 m. 108 DrukWangyal Chortens built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important and beautiful thus the pass is one the must visit passes in Bhutan. If the weather permits, we can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a photo break, we will continue our drive downhill from the pass. Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful PunakhaDzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan. Overnight in Punakha, altitude 1350m.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : PUNAKHA TO PARO
    After the breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and retrace the drive to Paro. On arrival in Paro, will hike to Taktsang Monastery or often called Tiger Nest Temple which is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth century old monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 900m above the valley floor. Overnight in Paro.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    Our representative from Bhutan will drop you to the airport, after few hours of flight you will arrive at Kathmandu. You'll be immediately transferred to hotel for rest. Today you can enjoy complimentary service of Trekkers' massage and spa treatment for relax your tired body from constant moving.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport drop and pick up
    • Massage
  • placeDAY 11 : BHAKTAPUR SIGHTSEEING
    Today we take you the ancient city of Nepal named bhaktapur also known as 'City of Devotees'. This historical city of Bhaktapur is filled with artistic culture , architecture, traditions that have been preserved from hundreds of years. Return back to Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transportation
  • placeDAY 12 : DEPARTURE
    On this day, we’ll probably have energy left for shopping around in the city . We’ll have breakfast together and leave to the Airport for a flight back home.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Farewell Breakfast
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Visa arrangement for the stay in Bhutan.
    • 35% Government SDF for social welfare and development of the country(Bhutan).
    • Accommodations in the above hotels or in similar hotels on twin sharing basis.
    • A Shape sleeping tents for the trekkers, including Dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, table, chair, all meals, horses, horseman, cook, waiter, trek guide, tea/coffee, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat.
    • Breakfast in the above hotels, whereas, lunch & dinner in tourist standard restaurants.
    • English speaking knowledgeable-guide.
    • Transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary based on group size.
    • Museum and park fees indicated in the itinerary only.
    • A bottle of drinking water per day.
    • Complimentary: wearing Gho/Kira and playing Archery in Paro.
    • One day farmhouse visit with lunch.
    • 3 Nights' accommodation and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Photos and videos of the trip.
       
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).


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