The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked South Asian nation situated between India and China. The landscape ranges from the subtropical plains to the Himalayan heights, an elevation gain of more than 7000 m.
Bhutan is no ordinary place and one of the most isolated countries in the world. This is a country where buying cigarettes is illegal, where the rice is red and where chillies aren’t just a flavor but the entire dish. It’s also a deeply Buddhist land, where men wear a tunic to work, where giant protective penises are painted on the walls of most houses, and where Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than Gross National Product. Tourism in Bhutan is also unique. Visitors famously have to pay a minimum of US$200 per day, making it one of the world’s most expensive countries to visit, but this fee is all-inclusive. What you won’t find in Bhutan is backpacker-style independent travel.
Cradled in the folds of the Himalayas, Bhutan has relied on its geographic isolation to protect itself from outside cultural influences. In this way, Bhutan has successfully preserved many aspects of a culture which dates directly back to the mid-17th century. Bhutanese culture derives from ancient Tibetan culture. Dzongkha and Sharchop, the principal Bhutanese languages, are closely related to Tibetan, and Bhutanese monks read and write the ancient variant of the Tibetan language known as chhokey. Both Tibetans and Bhutanese revere the tantric guru Padmasambhava the founder of Himalayan Buddhism in the 8th century.
Its economy is based on subsistence agriculture (emphasizing corn and rice) and animal husbandry. Small, terraced farms predominate. Forestry, hydroelectricity, cash crops, tourism, and development aid (the latter mostly from India) are also significant. Population estimates range from 750,000, to 2.23 million. Thimphu is the capital and largest town.
If you do visit Bhutan, you will become one of the few who have experienced the charm and magic of one of the world’s most enigmatic countries – the ‘last Shangri La’. So why spend your money to come here? Because most of all, Bhutan offers an opportunity to peek at another way of living, an alternative vision of what is truly important in life.
The Himalayan Unforgettable Adventures organize recently open “Bhutan tours and trekking” any time all over the year except snowing season with our highly experienced guides and staffs according our Clients requirement and holiday schedule. But the best time is September, October, November and March, April, May. This is recommended only for highly qualified and adventurous people who love to test adventure travel in Bhutan Himalaya adopting real rural lifestyle
You will find our tours to Bhutan in the section TOURS. Alternatively feel free to contact us and we will draw up an itinerary together. As the documented Nepal visinears the end, the spotlight has been refocused on this beautiful Himalayan country as it continues to recover from April 2015's catastrophic earthquake. For many travelers, reaching Nepal's.!!
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Cost of Bhutan Tours Package
What is the cost of Bhutan Tours Package?
The Himalayan Unforgettable Adventures organize recently open “Bhutan tours and trekking” any time all over the year except snowing season with our highly experienced guides and staffs according our Clients requirement and holiday schedule. But the best time is September, October, November and March, April, May. This is recommended only for highly qualified and adventurous people who love to test adventure travel in Bhutan Himalaya adopting real rural lifestyle. The standard tourist tariff imposed by the Royal Government of Bhutan is US$250 per person per night with effect from January 2012, without any surcharge as was there before. However considering the fluctuation of currency rate, Single Individual traveler may be charged some small amount if necessary. One time Visa fee and Tourism Development Fee remained same.
Single Individual: US $ 250 per night per person
Groups of 2 persons: US $ 250 per night per person
Visa Fee US $ 40 per person
Tourism Development Fee US $ 10 per person
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Day 01Arrive Paro (Altitude 2,280m) by flight and transfer to Thimphu, approx. 1 hour & 15 minutes drive)The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, the journey offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. Bhutan’s first gift, as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. Thimphu Paro TourAfter immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be met by our representative, and afterwards drive to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan with en-route stop at Chuzom, the confluence of Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas ; Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see on your left Tschogang Lhakhang, ‘the temple of the excellent horse’. It is a private temple, built in 15th century, as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha. On arrival, in Thimphu check-into the hotel. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of Government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With the population of about 1,00,000 it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light. Later visit to Trashichhoedzong. This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Evening an exploratory walk around Thimphu city centre. Also visit the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. (Altitude 2320m) One of our representatives will receive you at the airport and take you to the hotel. After lunch, visit the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. It is 16 km northward from Paro proper. The dzong was built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. The dzong was destroyed by fire and left in ruins. It was built to commemorate victories over Tibetan invasions. On a clear day, you can see magnificent Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang. It was built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo. Kichu Lhakhang is one of the 108 monasteries the Tibetan king built across the Himalayan region to subdue the demons.The rest are found in other neighboring countries. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 02Paro sightseeing – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m, 54 km)A special day with an excursion to the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. After breakfast, a short drive takes us to Satsam Choeten, from there a 2- hour walk till the viewpoint of the monastery. The trail climbs through a beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop to rest and for light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see the clear view of Taktsang monastery. The main Lhakhang at the monastery was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgye. This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tigress said to be his favorite consort. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels,”) built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong across a traditional cantilever bridge. Little farther, there is one of the innumerable archery grounds. Archery is the national game of Bhutan. If we are lucky, we may catch a match in action. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping center. Then, drive to Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m)The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Choeten (built in 1974 in honor of the late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk) and the Dupthop Lhakhang, a nunnery. We then visit the National Library stocked with ancient Buddhist scriptures and the Institute of Zorig Chusum. It is here where the tradition of Bhutan’s 13 arts and crafts are kept alive. After lunch, we drive to the National Institute of Traditional Medicine where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and to Lungtenzampa to see the Royal silver smiths at work and Bhutanese paper factory. Other highlights include a visit to Tashichho Dzong. The dzong houses the office of His Majesty the king and is the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body. The dzong also serves as the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Finally, visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the capital city. Over night in Hotel.
Day 04Thimphu - Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m, Distance 76 km, Drive Time 3 hours)After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while to get a glimpse of the towering Himalayas. In Punakha, visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It is situated at the confluence of Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). The place was once the capital of Bhutan. The construction of the Dzong is believed to have been foretold by Guru Rinpoche. The small dzong called Dzongchung that exists even today housed a statue of Buddha. It is said that Zhabdrung ordered the architect, Zowe Palep, to sleep in front of the statue. While Palep was sleeping, the Zhabdrung took him in his dreams to Zangtopelri (Paradise) and showed him the palace of Guru Rimpoche. From his vision, the architect conceived the design for the new Dzong. The design was never put on paper. The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je Khenpo. The third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, convened the first National Assembly in Punakha in 1952. In the evening, visit Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m)After breakfast, we leave for Trongsa via Gangtey. On the way, we will see Wangduephodrang Dzong. The dzong was built in 1638. Legend has it that as people were searching for the site of the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign representing the spread of Buddhism in the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Dang Chu rivers. Drive farther to Gangtey. visit Gangtey Gompa. Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the temple in 1613. And Tenzin Legpai Dhendup, the second reincarnation, built the temple. The present abbot, Kunzang Pema Namgyal, is the ninth re-incarnation. Gantey Gonpa is a Nyingma monastery and is affiliated to other Nyingma monasteries including Tamshing in Bumthang. Explore the Phobjikha valley. It is the winter roosting place for the rare Black-necked cranes. Dinner and overnight at Guest House.
Day 06Gangtey – Trongsa - Bumthang: (Altitude 2800 m, Distance 188 km, Drive Time 6 hour drives)After breakfast, leave for Bumthang. En route visit Trongsa Dzong, one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan. It was built in 1644 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, who was sent by Zhabdrung to unify the eastern Bhutan, and was enlarged at the end of the 17th century by Desi Tenzin Rabgye. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the present Royal Family. The first two hereditary kings ruled Bhutan from this Dzong. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watch tower. Recently, it was turned into the Monarchy Museum. The chapel inside the Ta Dzong is dedicated to Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal. Drive to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 07Bumthang Sightseeing: (Altitude 2800 m)After breakfast, visit Jakar Dzong which literally means “The Castle of White Bird”. The dzong was built in 1667. Visit Jampa Lhakhang. It is said to have been built by King Srongtsen Gempo of Tibet in 659 A.D on the same day of Kichu Lhakhang in Paro. The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang. Underneath the temple, it is believed there is a lake in which Guru Rinpoche hid several terma (religious treasure or relic). One of the most special and spectacular festivals called called Jampa Lhakhang Drup is held in every October. It is here where naked dance is performed to ward off evil spirits. After lunch, visit Tamshing Lhakhang (temple of good message). It was established in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa and is one of the most important Nyingmapa temples in the country. In the evening, visit Mebartsho. Literally, it means “The Burning Lake”. The lake is located en route Tang valley. Here, Terton Pema Lingpa displayed his supernatural power by diving into the lake with a butter lamp and came out with the lamp still lit and a treasure. And it is believed that Pema Lingpa discovered several religious treasures hidden by Guru Rinpoche from the lake. Overnight in Hotel
Day 08Excursion to Ura valley & back to Bumthang (Altitude 3100 m, Distance 51 km, Drive Time 1 hour drive)After breakfast, excursion to the beautiful valley of Ura. Visit Ura village. It is a typical cluster of houses. And visit Ura Temple. Dinner and overnight in Hotel
Day 09Bumthang – Thimphu (212 km)After an early breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel
Day 10Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m).After breakfast, excursion to Cheri Monastery. After lunch, visit mini zoo. Here you can see takin, the national animal. Just above the zoo, from a hill top called Sangaygang, you can see an exquisite view of the capital city sprawling on the narrow wang valley. And have a glimpse of the tallest Buddha statue in Bhutan.
Overnight in Hotel
Day 11Thimphu – Paro: (Altitude 2280 m)After breakfast, drive to Paro and hike to Drakarpo. Picnic lunch will be served. In the evening, visit a farm house. Over night in Hotel.
Day 12Departure Early in the morning, drive to the airport for departure.
Arrive at Tribubhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu
Welcome you to Nepal and transfer to the hotel, welcome dinner in the evening.Overnight at hotel