Panorama Bhutan Tour

Panorama Bhutan Tour takes you across the country and offers a rare insight into Eastern Bhutan. The journey from East to West is one of the most beautiful in the Himalayas crossing 3,800 meters high Thrumshingla pass. Gushing waterfalls, steep cliffs with even steeper drops, blazing flowers and constantly changing vegetation combine to make the journey as varied as it is beautiful. Mongar marks the beginning of Eastern Bhutan. This tour is the complete package of everything from the ancient villages to the whirlwind of towns, panoramic Himalayan views to the lush, wildlife rich jungles guaranteed to provide a lifetime memorable experience.

Highlights

Duration

Places

  • The most authentic lifestyle of Eastern Bhutan.
  • Drive over 3,800 meters above sea level
  • Diverse and unique cultural experience.
  • Panoramic views of Himalayan ranges.
  • Visit various majestic Dzongs (Fortresses) of Bhutan.

  • 15 Days/14Nights
  • Paro
  • Thimphu
  • Punakha
  • Wangdue Phodrang
  • Trongsa
  • Bumthang
  • Mongar
  • Tashigang
  • Lhuntse
  • Tashi Yangtse

OVERVIEW

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival at Paro. Welcome and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Domestic flight to Yonphula and drive to hotel in Tashigang. Sightseeing- Radhi Village,
Rangjung Woesel Choeling Monastery, Mongling Goenpa, Khaling Natinal Handloom Center.

Day 3 Excursion to Tashi Yangtse. Sightseeing- Chorten Kora, Bomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Institute for Zorig Chusum (13 Arts) & Tashigang Dzong.

Day 4 Tashigang to Mongar. Sightseing- Gom Kora, Mongar Town, Mongar Dzong, Jarung Khashor Choeten, Yagang lhakang & Wenkhar Community Farming Center.

Day 5 Excursion to Lhuntse. Sightseeing- Guru Nangsa Zelnen Statue, Dungkar Nagtshang, Lhuntse Dzong, Jangchubling Monastery, Khoma Village, Kilung Lhakhang, & Gangzur village

Day 6 Mongar to Bumthang

Day 7 Bumthang Day Hike & Sightseeing- Kurjey, Jambay, Tamshing & Kenchosum Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong, Lhodrak Kharchu Buddhits School, Chamkhar Town & Local Beer Factory.

Day 8 Bumthang to Trongsa. Sightseeing- Domkha Palace, Prakar, Chummey Weaving Center, Tharpaling Monastery, Royal Heritage Museum, Trongsa Dzong & Town.

Day 9 Trongsa to Punakha Sightseeing – Sangey Tong Lhakhang, Chendibji Chorten, Yak herders valley, Wangdue Dzong

Day 10 Punakha Sightseeing- Punakha Dzong, the Longest Suspension Bridge, Khamsumyully Namgyal Chorten (White water rafting optional)

Day 11 Punakha to Thimphu. Sightseeing - Temple of the Devine Madman, Dochula Pass & Trashichodzong

Day 12 Thimphu Sightseeing- Buddha Dordhenma Statue, National Memorial Stupa, Simply Bhutan Museum, Changangkha Lhakhang, the 13 Art School, Farmer’s Market, Takin Preservation Center, Norzin lam street & nightlife of the capital city.

Day 13 Thimphu to Paro. Sightseeing- Paro National Museum, Rinpung Dzong, Dumtseg Lhakhang & Paro Town.

Day 14 Hike to the Famous Tiger’s Nest AKA Taktshang.

Day 15 Farewell & transfer to the Airport. Departure from Paro.

Included

Not Included

  • Private guided tour by a Professional Tour Guide
  • Bhutan Visa and permits
  • Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
  • All accommodations at government categorized 3 star hotels/resorts/lodges
  • 01 night at village homestay (optional)
  • Three meals per day with refreshments
  • Mineral bottled water
  • Tickets to all attractions
  • Exclusive luxury tour vehicle and driver
  • Sightseeing & excursions
  • Domestic Flight
  • Flight booking for Bhutan
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bank transfer charges
  • Tips for Guide & Driver

Passport and Visa

Your Visa is Guaranteed by us. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last day of your trip and there must be a blank visa pages for the visa sticker, entry and exit seals. We apply the Bhutan visa in advance for you and we will email you the approval 3 to 4 weeks prior the trip. Your passport gets actual visa seal upon arrival at the Paro airport. If you are traveling via Indian cities, you need to obtain Indian visa before your travel begins. If you are traveling via Bangkok (Thailland) Kathmandu (Nepal) or Singapore you can obtain visa upon arrival.

Flight and Airfare

Airfares are not included. You need to book and purchase your return international flights from your home country to Bangkok/Kathmandu/Delhi/Kolkatta/Singapore. Please click here to check out the flight schedules. We will book your return flights for Bhutan and invoice you separately.

Group Size

The trip is guaranteed with minimum 2 participants and maximum 18.

Booking/Deposit

When you are sure you are going to Bhutan, it will be wise to put your reservation in line as early as possible as Bhutan flight reservation is quite a tricky matter. Druk Air is the only airlines flying into and out of Bhutan and operates with 2 A 319 craft with capacity less than 100 passengers and gets filled up quickly. Paro-the only airport of Bhutan is connected with Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkatta, Kathmandu and Singapore but with limited operations.

A deposit of 20% on land plus the cost of airfares is requested along with booking application and passport photocopies.

Balance Payment

The balance and final payment is due 60 days prior departure. The payment schedule may vary with customized and private trips on case-to-case basis. All payments as of now has to be made through wire transfer. Credit card payments facilities are yet to be introduced to Bhutan.

Accommodations

In Bhutan, majority of the hotels are 3 stars (by international standard), which are small properties with 20-30 rooms. They are built in traditional Bhutanese architecture. You will have en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water. The hotels exhibit Bhutanese decor and are generally comfortable. All the hotels provide free Wi-Fi. The lobbies and receptions are cozy. They are staffed with friendly locals.

  • Bhutan Mandala Resort in Paro
  • Druk DoethJung Resort in Tashigang
  • Wangchuk Hotel in Mongar
  • River Lodge in Bumthang
  • Yangkhil Resort in Trongsa
  • Wangdue Eco Lodge in Wangdue
  • Meripuensum Resort in Punakha
  • Hotel Taraphendeyling in Thimphu

Note: The hotels listed are our preferred properties but they are subject to change. This is because the hotels in Bhutan have few rooms and demands are high most of the time but our objective is to provide the best in the category. With our reputation, and many years of good relationship with the hotels, we normally get our preferred hotels.

We have a few luxury 4 & 5 star hotels in this region, accommodation upgrade may require an additional top up.

Meals

Our tour features 3 meals a day with evening tea and refreshments. Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chili and cheese. It is varied and each region has its own specialties. You’ll find lots of dairy, a wide variety of fresh organic vegetables, and spices such as cardamom, ginger, caraway and turmeric. Meat and poultry dishes are usually served in the form of stews or curries and all meals are accompanied by either white or red rice. Buckwheat and maize are sometimes substituted for rice. All the hotels, resorts and local restaurants serve delicious local food and some of them also serve Chinese and Indian cuisines.

Tour Guide

Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services.

Road and transportation

Anyone with regular health condition can sign up for this trip, as this is largely a motor vehicle based tour with some optional hikes. There are a few hiking excursions on this trip. If you are not into hiking, you can stay back with the driver and explore other stuffs. Traveling from one city to another requires 2-3 hours driving. On this trip the roads are perfectly paved and are often carved into hills and follow rivers. We travel in SUV, Mini Van and Japanese coaster bus, depending on the group size. Drivers are skilled and know the Bhutan roadways very well. Driver may speak little or no English. The guide and driver are not the same person.

Travel Protection Plan

While we do our best to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as planned, there is always a chance of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed connection, or loss of baggage etc. which may cause interruption, delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Our trip cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavourable conditions.

Cancellation and Refund

Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form. Cancellation fee structure has been listed below:

  • 90 days prior departure-No charges
  • 60-89 days prior departure-US$ 150 (Administrative Fee)
  • 45 days to 59 days prior departure-20% of the land cost
  • 30 days to 44 days prior departure-50% of the land cost
  • 20 days to 29 days prior departure-80% of the land cost
  • Less than 20 days-100%
  • Airfare cancellation fee will be as per airlines policy. Some hotels may ask a non-refundable deposit which will be communicated to you accordingly.
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