6 Days, 5 Nights
Duration

CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF BHUTAN-AUSTRALIA FRIENDSHIP

Journey to the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan – known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ – and experience a once in a lifetime trip to a quaint and charming world.
Come with us and enjoy the unique culture and pristine natural beauty of Bhutan, where progress is measured by the ‘Gross National Happiness Index’. Though modernity has touched some facets of life; the people remain true to their cultural heritage by preserving the traditions and beliefs passed on by their forebears.
This delightful tour will allow the visitor a unique glimpse of this majestic kingdom – small in size but beautifully magical. Our Ekno Travels journey to Bhutan is not to be missed!
VISA : For Bhutan visa Asian Encounters – Bhrikuti Himalayan Treks will apply and get it after receiving pax passport details : full name, nationality, date of birth, passport no, issue date / validity, occupation and address (city and country).  Please send coloured passport copy scan by email attachment.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS ONLY

CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF BHUTAN-AUSTRALIA FRIENDSHIP

 

TOUR DATES

June – August 2018

TOUR COST

PER PAX COST / NO OF PAX 1 pax 2 pax 3-5 pax 6 -10pax
Per pax on twin share room U$ 1020 U$ 940 U$ 900 U$ 880
Per pax Single supplement U$ 200
EXTRA please add airfare cost per person to above land rates
Airfare Kathmandu / Paro / Kathmandu* U$ 250
Airfare Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok* US$ 550
Airfare Singapore/ Paro / Singapore* US$ 680
Airfare Delhi / Paro / Delhi* US$ 395
Airfare Kolkata / Paro / Kolkata* US$ 260

*Airfares subject to change without notice

DURATION

06 Days, 05 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit to the architectural marvel of Paro Rimpung Dzong
  • Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan
  • Picturesque valley of Gangtey
  • Tiger’s Nest Monastery

TOUR ROUTE

 Paro – Punakha – Thimphu – Paro

* Prices are based on a minimum of 2 people with an English speaking guide

TARIFF : Please note these rates are only applicable for Australian citizens per pax in U.S.Dollars, nett, valid from 01 June to  31 August 2018.

Day 1

Arrive Paro

Arrive in Paro, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. You will have some time to rest and acclimatise to the altitude before touring Kyichu Lhagang, one of the most holy Buddhist sites, followed by a visit to the architectural marvel of Paro Rimpung Dzong, which towers over the town.
Overnight: Hotel, Paro
Day 2

Paro – Punakha

After breakfast we will take a spectacular 4 hour drive to Punakha, the former capital. On the way we will pass through several picturesque villages and cross the Dochula Pass at 3200m. If it is a clear day you will be able to see Mount Gangkhar Punsum (7541m), the highest mountain in this region.

The beautiful Punakha valley is home to the scenic Phochu and Mochu (Male & Female) rivers and has a pleasant warm climate. The local villagers grow rice and fruit such as oranges, mangoes and bananas. When we arrive we will visit Punakha Dzong, which was once home to over 500 monks. It is also the Winter home of His Holiness Jhey Khenpo, the Chief Monk of Bhutan, as well as the wedding venue of their Majesties the King and Queen.
Overnight: Resort, Punakha

Day 3

Punakha – Thimphu

After breakfast we will take an early morning walk through lush farmland to visit the Chimmi Lhagang monastery, famous as the home of the monk Drukpa Kunley.

We will then drive to Thimphu, the present capital of Bhutan. When we arrive you will be able to freshen up at the hotel before we visit the Memorial Chorten, built in honour of 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. After this we will tour the impressive Tashichho Dzong, which houses the Royal Government of Bhutan as well as a religious centre.

In the evening we will visit the handicraft emporium and take a walk down the main road of this busy capital city.
Overnight: Hotel, Thimphu

Day 4
Today we will set of on a sightseeing tour of Thimphu and its surrounds. Firstly we will visit the Takin nature enclosure to see the unusual national animal of Bhutan. We will then visit the Dordenma Buddha, a stunning 51m statue that heralds the entrance to the Thimphu valley. In the afternoon we will tour the Heritage Museum, the carpet weaving centre and a traditional paper making workshop.
Overnight: Hotel, Thimphu
Day 5

Thimphu – Paro

Today we will drive to Paro, stopping along the way to visit one of the most impressive sights in Bhutan, the Taktshang Monastery. This spectacular monastery, also known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest Monastery’ is perched 900m up a sheer cliff face that overlooks the Paro valley. We will transfer to the base of the Tiger’s Nest walk and hike to cafeteria view point or up to the monastery at the height of 2980m. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche flew here on a tiger’s back to make the first monastery in Bhutan.

After visiting the monastery and enjoying the stunning views we will continue on to Paro. In the evening you will have the option to enjoy a hot stone bath in a traditional Bhutanese bath house.
Overnight: Hotel, Paro

Day 6

Depart Paro

After breakfast we will transfer you to Paro airport for your departure.
We hope you enjoyed your time with us in Bhutan and hope to see you again on another Short Escapes journey.

INCLUDES

All transfers by private vehicle
English speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
Standard tourist hotel accommodation for 5 nights
Breakfasts, lunch & dinner
Entry fees to all sights and monuments as per the itinerary
Bhutan Dev Fee
Bhutan Visa fee

EXCLUDES

International flights to and from Bhutan
Tips
Any expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, telephone calls, souvenirs etc.
Any expenses caused by factors beyond our control such as flight cancellation, road blocks, vehicle malfunction etc.
Compulsory travel insurance

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