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Bhutan Vista Tour

Bhutan Vista Tour

Group size: 

Min 1 Pax

Max-Altitude: 

4000

Trip Grade:
 
Easy

Experience is not necessary for taking part in an easy trek, anyone fit and healthy enough to walk for 4-6 hours a day can manage easy treks. These treks only involve lower altitude with daily ascents of around 300-600m on a generally good weather, well-maintained paths and with easy access to local amenities.

Destination: 

Bhutan

Best Season: 

All Year Around

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
Twin Shared Basis

Overview

Bhutan Vista Tour is one of the best picturesque and popular tour activities done in Bhutan which provides you the delightful and exclusive traditional and culture of Bhutan. The name Bhutan seems to derive from the ancient Indian term "Bhotanta" which means the end of land of the Bhots, it could also lengthen from the Sanskrit word Bhu'uttan or the highland. Bhutan is one of the few countries in the world still safe and sound, one of the paradise cities for those tourists who are interested in Buddhism culture and philosophy, flora and fauna, trekking and mountaineering. As being a truthfully Buddhist country, the Kingdom has the supreme beautiful magnificence and vivacious culture. On the basis of tour to Bhutan outlooks trip will be round Thimpu and Paro, which offers the respectable impression of Bhutanese folks. The main magnetisms of the trips are Paro Dzong and National Museum in Paro, and Taktshang Gumba, a breathtaking Tigers Nest, Punakha Dzong and other many gumpas.

This Paro monastery has an old history myth which was first constructed on the site by Padma Sambhava at the beginning of the tenth century, but it wasn't until 1644 that Ngawang Namgyal built a larger monastery on the old foundations, and for centuries this impressive five storey building served as an effective defense against numerous invasion efforts by the Tibetans. For currently Paro remains one of the well-known Bhutanese towns to sightsee on foot. In Paro, there are masses of dzongs, such as Rinpung Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang and Drugyal Dzong which we will be visiting .There are many other prehistoric gumbas where you get to stopover and get the picturesque of the ancient gumbas and experience the culture of the Bhutan. There are only around 600, 000 populations living in Bhutan. Plus we will be we will explore Chorten, nunnery temple, folk heritage museum and other stimulating places.

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) are giving you this opportunity to capture this untouched place of Bhutan where you will be exploring the culture and traditions of the Dukpa people and the ancient historic monuments where you have never experience the whole trip like Bhutan so, one must visit this place once in a lifetime. By booking this trip you want be regret because this trip is the best choice for those people who want to experience the historic places and their monuments.  

 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) then transfer to Thimphu

Day 2 - Sightseeing in and around Thimphu

Day 3 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing and return to Thimphu

Day 4 - Leaving Thimphu we drive towards Paro with sightseeing along the way

Day 5 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest)

Day 6 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) then transfer to Thimphu

You can take a flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offers an everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air does not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

The flight to Bhutan offers scenic views of some of the highest peaks in the world.

Paro is at an altitude of 2280m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal area for rice, apple, wheat, potatoes, and vegetable growing. Our Bhutanese tour guide will meet you at Paro airport, traditionally welcomed with silk scarves and after completion of arrival formalities we take we take an hour-long scenic drive to the capital (Thimpu) past rice fields, hamlets & wayside mountain villages, Brief stop at the confluence where Thimpu River meets the Paro river with the three styles of stupas commonly found in the Himalayas.

These kinds of monuments are built to ward off evil spirits believed to be haunting the places where rivers and spurs meet. These kinds of monuments are also used as trail markers. Most of these monuments are built by high monks or by layman contains holy Buddhist relics.

After a brief rest at your hotel in Thimpu, we embark on a leisurely exploration/walking tour of the Thimpu Market Area. We will also take some moment to witness a game of the national pastime, archery- at the local archery range. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Overnight in Hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2
Sightseeing in and around Thimphu

In the morning we first stop at Bhutan’s National Bank to exchange currency as well as visit the post office to view and purchase elaborate and exquisite Bhutanese collector item stamps. We then will visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king. Also, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Takin Reserve which protects the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch visits the Textile Museum and the Arts and Crafts School. A visit to the House of Incense and House of Paper are always favorites as well. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing and return to Thimphu

Leaving Thimphu we drive about 3 hours, with the road climbing steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We drive onto Lobesa to take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Driving North to the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. After our day of sightseeing, we head back to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4
Leaving Thimphu we drive towards Paro with sightseeing along the way

An early morning drive towards Paro we stop to visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, along the way down we cross the 16th-century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kilometers from the Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day, one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farmhouse and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5
Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest)

The trail to the Tiger's Nest climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up-close views of the Tigers' nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see the Taktsang monastery. Built in the 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6
Transfer to international airport for your final departure

After breakfast, our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
(Breakfast included)

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Included in the Price

    • Visa fee for Bhutan
    • All Transfer between airport hotels
    • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities and camping (tents) during trekking on twin- shared basis
    • All Meals, Breakfasts and Snacks during the days of the trip
    • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
    • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
    • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
    • Full board camping
    • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
    • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Not Included in the Price

    • Service Not mentioned in Includes section

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