Classic Bhutan Tour
Classic Bhutan tour is a fast-paced tour that offers an experience of spellbinding beauty and traditional lifestyle of Bhutan with a wide range of exciting activities. It includes exploration of the bustling capital city of Thimphu dotted with medieval temples and monuments, extending to lush jungles and breathtaking landscapes of Paro, Punakha and Phobjikha. It also includes a hike to the country’s cultural Icon- The Famous Tiger’s Nest AKA Taktshang. This holiday brilliantly balances city tours with culture and nature, combining the ancient and modern all in one.
Day 01 Arrival at Paro. Welcome and transfer Thimphu.
Day 02 Thimphu sightseeing - Buddha Dordhenma Statue, National Memorial Stupa, Simply Bhutan Museum, Changangkha Lhakhang, the 13 Art School, Farmer’s Market, Trashichodzong & nightlife of the capital city.
Day 03 Early morning drive to Dochula Pass for Sunrise and Panoramic view of the Himalayas & drive to Punakha.
Day 04 Visit Punakha Dzong- The Palace of Great Happiness and drive to Phobjikha.
Day 05 Explore Phobjikha’s Black Necked Crane center, visit the community, drive to Paro & visit Paro town.
Day 06 Excursion to Chelala Pass & sightseeing- Kila Goemba Nunnery, Dzongdrakha & Kichu Lhakhang
Day 07 Hike to the Famous Tiger’s Nest AKA Taktshang & in the evening visit Drukgyal Dzong.
Day 08 Farewell & transfer to the Airport. Departure from Paro.
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.
The trip is guaranteed with minimum 2 participants and maximum 18.
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.
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.
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.
- Hotel TaraPhendeyling in Thimphu
- Merepuensum Resort in Punakha
- Gakiling Guest House in Phobjikha
- Bhutan Mandala Resort in Paro
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.
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.
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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