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Bhutan West to East Adventure


14 days 13 nights

Code BCT38

Category Bhutan Classic Tours

  • Group Size 1-16 Persons
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Non-Touristic
  • Highest Altitude 12, 497 ft.
  • Trip Starts From Paro, Bhutan
  • Trip Ends At Guwahati, India
  • Accommodation Hotels and resorts
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Paro Takstang Chele La Pass Thimphu Punakha Phobjikha Jakar (Bumthang) Mongar Khoma Village Trashigang Trashiyangtse Samdrup Jongkhar Guwahati
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Overview

A complete journey of Bhutan from west to the east with no backtracking! This trip has easy activities that include culturing touring, soft hikes, attending the local weekend markets and festivals, and visiting the arts and craft centers. This odyssey across the peaceful Dragon Kingdom commences in the west from towns of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue. It traverses through the cultural heartland of Bumthang in the central Bhutan and advances east via Mongar, Tashigang, Tashiyangtse, and Samdrung Dzongkhar. It concludes by exiting to Guwahati which is in Assam, a northwestern state of India. You will enjoy the vegetation, the mountain sceneries, culture, and the languages which all change thoughout but what remains unchanged is the friendliness of the people! Absorb the distinctiveness of each corner of the country. As you slowly advance in the east, you will realize that you are taken back in time as you witness everything is so pure, natural, and authentic. This intricate tapestry of an adventures offers a rich experience of the last Himalayan kingdom.

Highlights of the trip

  • Explore the historic dzongs (fortresses), Lakhangs (Temples), and Goembas ( Monasteries) built with rich Bhutanese architecture.
  • Hike to the ridge top Monasteries, partake in a discourse with monks over a cup of tea, learn some Bhutanese phrases and in return teach them some English.
  • Trips are timed with the tsechu festivals of Bhutan. It is a great opportunity to witness the centuries old traditions and culture.
  • Attend the local weekend markets and archery matches. Experience the traditional hot stone bath and the ancient Singing Bowl Massage Therapy and meditation practice.
  • Visit the arts and craft school, traditional handmade paper factory, an incense factory, and learn the traditional arts.
  • Hike to the remote villages where you will visit farmhouses and meet textile weavers. Enjoy the spectacular views of the valleys and the snow capped mountains from the high passes.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Paro, Bhutan

Paro Altitude: 2200m or 7216 ft.

Flights to Bhutan arrive from Kathmandu, Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Singapore and Dhaka. Most preferred route is Bangkok as there are minimum two flights a day from Bangkok. Bhutan visa is pre-arranged by us. Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, complete immigration and custom formalities and meet your guide and driver at the arrival gate. Following introductions, you are transferred to the hotel for check-in.

After lunch, your guide and driver will take you for an introductory tour of Paro. Most likely, you will begin from a small but significant Dungtsey Temple situated atop a hillock that's believed to resemble with a turtle head shaped hillock. The legend goes that the temple was built there to pin down the head of the demon. The next stop will be at the National Museum housed at Ta Dzong. The Ta Dzong was the former watch tower for Paro Ringpung Dzong. The museum’s collection includes a range of holy scriptures, paintings, textiles, crafts, arms, utensils, stuffed animals, insects, and a gallery of philatelic (stamp) collection.

From here, you will descend to the impressive Rinpung Dzong. This is the district headquarter and also the seat of the district monastic body. The fortress is believed to stand on the heap of jewels!

In the evening you will get to take a leisurely stroll though the tranquil township of Paro.

Overnight: Khangkhu Resor or similar 3*
Meals : Lunch, Dinner
Day 02~Hike Takstang Monastery

This morning, you will hike to the legendary Taktsang Monastery also known as the Tiger's Nest. Takstang Monastery is precariously perched on the edge of a 4000 ft high cliff above the valley floor. It creates an impressive sight, and is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. A two-hour steep uphill hike brings us to a cafeteria located on a ridge across from the Monastery. It provides us the first welcome view of the Monastery and an opportunity to take a rest and purchase refreshments and snacks. You may take a pony ride up to this point with prior arrangement but, for the rest of the hike (further 45 or 60 minutes) and return trip down, pony ride is not recommended.

Depending on your interest, there is an opportunity to go off the beaten track further up to the Zangtopelri temple (Paradise Monastery) that is on the hill above the Tiger's Nest. It is about a one hour steep hike from the Taktsang Monastery. To go back down, you will follow a different path that takes you through the pristine thick forest of oaks and rhododendrons festooned with Spanish mosses to join the main trail near the Taktsang Cafeteria.

Once down, meet your transport and transfer to the hotel or time permitting and if you are interested, your guide and driver will take you on exploration of few other cultural attractions. You may visit the historic Drukgyel Dzong which was built in the 16th century to mark the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders. The next stop will be at the ancient Kyichu Temple which is one of the 108 temples that it is believed that Tibetan King Songtsen Gambo had miraculously built over a single night in order to subdue the demoness!

You will also stop at a typical Bhutanese farm house. Bhutanese Farm Houses are colorful, attractive, and built in a traditional architectural style without the use of any nail. All houses follow more or less the same architectural plan. The houses are picturesque and the locals are friendly and hospitable. You will have the opportunity to go into the house and meet the family and learn about their lifestyle.

Optional: Experience the traditional hot stone bath.

With advance notice, you can experience a traditional hot stone bath in a farmhouse. Hot stone bath is purely a Bhutanese traditional method of curing arthritis, skin ailments, joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders, arthritis, and many other minor diseases. Even you don’t have any of these issues, after a laborious hike of the day, you will feel relaxation from the hot stone bath. It costs around US$ 30 per person and an advance notice is required.

Overnight: Khangkhu Resort or similar 3*
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Transfer to Thimphu with a side trip of Chele-La pass and Kila Nunnery

134km or 84 miles, 4 or 5 hours

Today, we travel to Thimpu with a side trip to Chele-la pass and Kila Nunnery. Shortly before the road forks out to Chelila Pass, we stop in Bondey and visit a family-run Tshenden Incense Factory. Here you can see the boiling, dyeing, and drying processes of traditional incense making.

A little more than 20 miles drive on the highway (75 minutes) brings you to the Chele-la pass at 3810m (12, 497 ft.). The pass offers panoramic views of the snow capped mountains including Mount Jhomolhari and the serene Haa Valley down the hill. From the pass, we take a hike to the Kila Gompa nunnery, situated on a cliff below Chele-la pass. There are seven small temples and several retreat huts built into a dizzying sheer cliff-side. Currently there are about 70 nuns who live in self-imposed isolation. It can take about one hour to get here and another one hour down to the main road. If you are not interested, you can just visit the pass and skip the hiking part.

Late afternoon, we arrive in Thimphu-the capital city of Bhutan. Check into your hotel and balance of the day is at leisure.

 

Overnight: Khang Residency or similar 3* hotel.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Explore Thimphu

Today you will embark on a tour of the Himalayan capital. If you happen to be in Thimpu during the weekend, you will get the opportunity to visit the colorful weekend market. Farmers from the villages come to sell their fresh produces as well as dried fish, herbs, yak butter, fermented cheese, arts and crafts that includes fabrics and wooden bowls. Usually, there will be archery matches in the neighboring ground that you don't want to miss. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and is played by the Bhutanese men with pride and glory.

From here, you will proceed to the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory where you will learn the traditional paper making method. The next stop will be at the Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Center. It produces traditional hand-woven textiles on site and has a selection of cloth and ready-made garments for sale. During the week days, you can visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum which provides a 6 years course on Bhutan's 13 traditional arts and crafts which includes painting, wood carving, embroidery, and statue making.

Other attractions of Thimpu includes the Folk Heritage Museum, a three-storied rammed mud and timber building which is a replica of a century old traditional farmhouse, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine which prepares and dispenses traditional herbal and other medicines, Zilukha Nunnery in Drubthob Goemba, a residence of 40-65 nuns, National Memorial Chorten, a memorial to the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, National Library which houses a large collection of Bhutan's traditional books and manuscripts, Textile Museum where you can learn a bit more about Bhutan's living and national art of weaving, Motithang Takin Preserve where Takin, the national animals are kept. Depending on your interest and available time, you may visit all or a few of selected sites. 

For the hiking enthusiasts, Thimpu has a number of short hiking destinations. The one we recommend is Tango Goemba Monastery, which is about a 45 minutes to a 1 hour easy hike. The monastery functions as the college for some 280 monks and is the residence of Gyalse Rinpoche who is an important reincarnated Lama. If the monks are at recess, we may have chance to join them over tea.

On the way back, we stop to visit the impressive Trasichoe Dzong. This impressive fortress is the administrative and religious center of Bhutan. The fortress houses the Royal Throne and Bhutan's National Assembly but, you will only have access to the religious section only. This is also the venue for Thimpu's Tsechu festivals that are in September or October.

Overnight: Khang Residency or similar 3* hotel.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Simtokha Dzong, Dhochula Pass and Punakha

77km or 48 miles, 3 hours

After breakfast, we leave for Punakha-the former winter capital of Bhutan. Shortly after Thimphu, near the junction of the roads to Paro and Punakha, we will stop to visit the Simtokha Dzong which is believed to be the oldest monastery in Bhutan. The monastery now serves as the Institute for Language and Culture Studies; the students being both monks and lay people.

As we leave Simtokha Dzong, the road climbs through apple orchards and blue pine forests, past a small village to the Dochula pass (Alt. 3010m/9,872 ft). The pass is marked by an impressive group of 108 small shrines. On a clear weather day (between October and February), the pass offers a wonderful panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains. We stop here briefly to enjoy the views and then continue on our journey. Now, the road drops down gradually with changing vegetation from alpine to subtropical as we enter the lowland of Punakha.

Check into your accommodation and after lunch, proceed for the exploration of the valley. We drive through the town of Khuruthang and continues along the banks of the Mo Chu River, passing the Punthsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the royal family. In the upper end of the valley, a 30-minute pleasant hike across a suspension bridge through terraces of rice, chilies, and cabbage, leads you to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. The monument was recently built by the Queen Mother while the present King was still a crown prince. So the temple was previously also known as Crown Prince Chorten.

On the way back, we stop to visit the Punakha Dzong which is among the most impressive fort architectures of Bhutan. All Bhutan monarchs are crowned in this Dzong first before they ascend the throne in Thimphu.

Time permitting, we may take another short hike to Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the fertility temple. It was dedicated to the Saint Drukpa Kunley also known as the Divine Madman for his humors and sexual approach to his teachings.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06~Rinchengang Village and Phobjika Valley.

78km or 49 miles, 3 hours. Phobjikha altitude: 3000m or 9840 ft.

Shortly after Punakha, we stop to visit Rinchengang Village which is less than 20 minutes hike from the road. It's an interesting village of about 45 compact mud-houses and is one of the oldest villages in Bhutan.

We hike back down and continue to Phobjikha. Now, the road winds up through oak and rhododendron forests, over the Lowa-la pass (3,360 m or 11, 020 ft.) and down into the picturesque Phobjikha Valley. We stop to visit the Gangtey Gompa which is the only Nyingmapa Monastery in this region. The beautiful glacial valley bowl below the monastery is interspersed with villages, potato fields, temples, hiking trails and if you are visiting during the winter months (November to February) you will get to see the nesting pairs of black-necked cranes and also 13 other vulnerable species of birds at the conservation area or habitat. Stop by the Black-Necked Crane Information Center.

Check into your accommodation and if time allows, take leisurely walk to explore the village.For hiking enthusiasts, if time permits there are a number of short hiking trails in Phobjikha Valley.

Overnight: Dewachen Hotel or similar 3*
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07~Drive via Trongsa to Central Bhutan

(188 km/118 miles, 6-7 hrs, Jakar Altitude 2,800 ft or 9,184 ft).

Rejoin the main highway to cross the Pelela pass (3,420m/11, 218 ft) which is marked by a chorten and an array of prayer flags.The pass divides Western Bhutan with the rest of the country. The road drops through hillsides with bamboo bushes, follows the river, and then through rhododendrons, blue pines, spruces, oaks, and dwarf bamboos to the village of Chendebji. Not so far from the village, you stop to visit the; Chendebji chorten. It is a large white chorten patterned after Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu.

Above the Chendebji Chorten, the valley widens and the road enters to the broad Mangde Chhu Valley. You will have stops at the Potala Lakhang in Tashiling and at a view point about 10 miles before Trongsa. Trongsa is a sleepy and pleasant town, lined with whitewashed shops decorated with pot plants and boasts the impressive Dzong. It was the ancestral home of the Royal Family of Bhutan.

The road now winds up to the Youtongla pass (3,425m/11,234 ft) and then descends through blue pine, firs, and bamboo to Chumey valley, which was the first of the four Bumthang valleys. You stop at the roadside village of Zugney to see the weaving of Yathra (deep colored wool textile, a pattern typical to these parts of the country). A few miles before Jakar town, you can go for a 10 minute hike to Prakhar Goemba and if you want to go a further 20 minutes on a steep hike you will reach Nimalung Goemba.

Upon arrival in Jakar town, check into the lodge and balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Rinchenling Lodge or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08~Explore the attractions of Bumthang Valley.

Today, we explore the cultural attractions of Bumthang- the cultural hub of Bhutan. We start from the Jambay Lhakhang which was the first Buddhist temple built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, even before the arrival of Guru Padmasambhava. A little further is an interesting Chakar temple(iron castle) at the site of the palace of the Indian King Sindhu Raja whom first invited Guru Rinpoche to Bumthang. Next, you will visit Kurjey Lhakhang which is built around the cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated and left the imprint of his body on a rock. Kurjey Lhakhang is among the holiest places in Bhutan.

After visiting Kurjey, you start a gentle leveled walk across the suspension bridge over the Chamkhar Chu River to Tamshing Lhakang. It is one of the most important Nyingma Goemba and is a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Just 400m below Tamshing is a small but rural looking temple called Kunchoksum temple that has some interesting stories. You will continue walking through the farmlands to a Swiss Cheese farm area where you meet your transport and transfer to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, you visit the new monastery of Namhai Nyingpo, the traditional hospital, Jakar Dzong, Lamay Gompa and other sights as per available time.

Late afternoon, take a relaxed stroll in the town. The town of Jakar is a bustling one-street town with a goldsmith, tailors, butchers, cafes, restaurants, and handicraft stores. It's worth taking stroll around town in the evening.

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Drive Via Membartso Lake and Ura Village to Mongar.

(6-7hrsdrive, 193km/129miles, Altitude 1,600m/5,200ft)

It's going to be a long day drive today and so you will need to get an early start. Not so far from the town, we will take a short detour of Membar Tsho-the burning lake in Tang Valley where some of Guru Rimpoche’s treasures were found in the 15th century by famous Pema Lingpa. On the way, you will enjoy the scenery, the beauty of snowcapped mountains, flowers, grazing yaks, and the dense forest. Our next stop will be in Ura valley where we visit the village and its temple. Ura Village has a medieval look with compact houses lined up alongside the cobblestone streets and is known for the women's typical sheepskin shawls.

As we leave the Ura Village behind, the climbs to the Trumshing La pass (3,750m/12,300 ft.) that officially divides central Bhutan with the Eastern Bhutan. The road now gradually descends to Sengor and we will see some cascading waterfalls along the way. Once we cross the bridge over the Kurichu, then the road begins to climb again and goes through pines, maize fields, and eastern hamlets to Mongar town.

Arriving in Mongar marks the beginning of our eastern Bhutan experience. Mongar was the first town built on a mountainside instead of in a valley. Enjoy and evening by taking a stroll through quaint Mongar village.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Excursion of Lhuentse and Khoma Village

(2-3hrs drive, 75km/50miles, Altitude 1700m/10048ft)

Today you will set out on the mountainous road along side cliffs, above the river valley to Lhuentse which is the original home of Bhutan’s royal family in the remote and ancient region of Kurtoe. You stop briefly to visit the Lhuentse Dzong, built in 1600’s and then continue further on to the Khurbazam Village from where you begin a hike to the Khoma Village. Almost all 30 houses in the village have blackstrap looms for “kushutara” or brocaded dress. Motifs are created by four supplementary wefts interworked around the warp elements so that they appear to ride the surface of the cloth like embroidery.

The landscape of Khoma is spectacular, with stark cliffs towering above river gorges and dense coniferous forests. We also travel to Takilia to visit the 154ft tall statue of Guru Nangsa Zelnan, situated 15km or 9.4 miles from Tagmochhu Chazam (bridge) on a hill above Tangmachhu village. Late afternoon, we retrace our drive to Mongar. 

 

Overnight: Wangchuk Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Tashigang, Rangjung and Radi Villages

(2-3hrs drive, 91km/61miles, Altitude 1,100m/3,250ft)

The road crosses the Korila pass (2,450m/8,036 ft.) and follows a river valley and then climbs to Trashigang town. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation and soon we embark on bumpy rides to some picturesque weaver's villages. Our first stop will be at Rangjung Village where you visit Yeozerchholing, a large Nyingma Monastery. Continue further east on a gravel road and dirt track, absorbing the rich culture of eastern Bhutan, to Radi village, the rice basket of the east. It also is famous for producing beautiful supplementary warp patterned fabrics or aikapur (textile patterns) and raw silk bura the most popular and prestigious textiles made in eastern Bhutan. Woven of cotton, wild silk, or cultivated silk in five color combinations these textiles are so admired that weavers who knew this technique where once retained by the noble households. Prized for generations aikapur cloth has been saved for special occasions. You will have opportunity to experiment with vegetable dyes with the help of weavers.

Afternoon, you drive back to the hotel in Trashigang. After wash and change, you may take a leisurely stroll through the town and visit its Dzong

Overnight: Druk Deothjung Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Excursion of Gomphu Kora and Trashiyangtse

(2-3hrs drive, 55km/37miles, Altitude 1550m/4960ft)

We back-track about 6 miles on Trashigang-Mongar Highway and then the road forks out to the north, leading us to Trashiyangtse. We stop on the way to visit Gomphu Kora, an extraordinarily picturesque temple, surrounded by terraced rice fields, where the Guru Rinpoche meditated and left a body impression on the rock. A few miles past Gomphu Kora is Duksum, a small weaver's town where you will find a fair amount of weavers producing some very nice work. At Trashiyangtse, you will visit the Dzong and Chorten Kora, a large white stupa patterned after Boudhanath Stupa of Kathmandu.

If you missed the National Institute for Zorig Chusum in Thimphu, you will have an opportunity to visit its branch in Trashiyangtse.

Late afternoon, retrace our drive back to our hotel in Trashigang.

Overnight: Druk Deothjung Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13~Border town of Samdrup Jongkhar via Khaling.

(6-7hrs drive, 180km/120miles, Altitude 450m/1440ft)

The road winds down to the Samdrup Jongkhar which is the southeastern border town of India. At Kanglung (13 miles from Trashigang, 45 minutes), you may want to stop to visit the Sherubtse College which was the only college in Bhutan in the 70s. The road then climbs through fields of corn, potatoes, it crosses Yongphula pass (2190m/7184ft.) offering the last glimpse of the Himalayas, and then enters the large valley of Khaling. Here you will stop to visit the National Institute for Disabled. Further 2 miles down is National Handloom Development Project which is one of several royal government initiatives to stimulate weaving as a national art and a source of livelihood for women. Wild silk yarn imported from Assam is dyed with vegetable colors and synthetic dyes. Khaling silk is sought after by Thimphu women for their own weavings.From here, it's a further 3-4 hrs drive and there are a few small temples and villages but not largely significant.

Upon arrival in the town,check into the hotel and take rest for the day. Samdrup Jongkhar is largely a frontier town and has very little cultural importance.

 

Overnight: TLT Guest House
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14~Exit Bhutan

You bid farewell to the Bhutanese driver as you do this portion of the drive by Indian taxi. Taxi fare is not included in the trip but your guide will help you to find one. It will take almost two hours to get to the airport. From Guwahati, you can fly to Kolkatta or New Delhi and then on to your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

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Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Three star hotel ccommodation in the cities and best available guesthouses where choices are limited.
  • English speaking certified guide
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
  • 3 meals a day
  • Bhutan visa
  • All sightseeing admission fees as per itinerary.
  • Service of airfare reservation.

Trip Does Not Include

  • All international airfares arrival and return to the gateway city
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone, internet, laundry etc.
  • Extra expenses or loss due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show, emergency evacuation, etc.
  • Taxi from Bhutan border to Guwahati

Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport

This is basically motor vehicle based trip doable by all travelers with regular health conditions. You attain the highest altitude at Chelela (3810m, 12,497 ft.) but you will sleep in lower elevations and so you don’t have to worry about the risks of high altitude. The trip requires some soft walking and easy hikes but they can be skipped if you are not keen on. In Bhutan, roads are usually on hillsides and often follow the rivers. The roads are narrow, winding with switch backs and at times are bumpy. Currently, road widening works are at progress and travel delays are expected. The road condition deteriorates as you advance to the east. We use good conditioned Japanese or Korean SUVs, minivan, or minibuses depending on the group size.

Accommodations

The suggested hotels in the itinerary are 3 star properties by local standard. You will have en-suite bathroom with running hot and cold water. The hotels are usually small properties, built in a local architectural style with traditional decor and ensures essential amenities and facilities. However, hotel standard deteriorates as you advance to the east. There is often a disparity in rooms and sometimes, members of the same group may end up getting a different type of room. You may get a better room than other group members or vice versa. While the hotels ensures essential amenities and facilities, hair dryers, iron and ironing tables may not be available in some hotels. You will have to be prepared to adjust your normal routine and mentally be OK with things that may not work or be available when you want them to.

As there are limited hotels in Bhutan, the hotels listed in the itinerary are suggestions only. There will be huge demand of accommodations during October and again in April and in case we fail to secure reservation in the suggested hotel, we will book you in the next best available property. Your final trip dossier that Far & Highl will send you will be about a month ahead of the trip containing the final list of hotels. There are some international chain resorts like Uma, Taj, and Aman Resorts which are luxury properties in which our tour cost does not include. If you are interested staying at these properties, we can most certainly book them for you while making an adjustment to the total cost.

Meals

This Bhutan trip features 3 meals a day and you will eat most meals at the hotel. They are usually served in a buffet style that include rice, vegetables, noodles etc. Our guide can arrange dinner at the local restaurants but beware: traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies and the most popular dish is ema datse made with large, green hot chilies in a cheese sauce.

Guides

The guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by the local tourism authorities. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services. They are always willing to show you the wonders that you may never have been able to find on your own. Every evening, you are advised of the next day's schedule and as to what your expectations and preparations should be like. This is also the opportunity to ask for any changes in the schedule if need be and your guide will do his or her best to accommodate your requests.

International and Internal Airfares

The trip dates are planned with Bangkok as gateway city for flights into and return from Bhutan. There are daily flights between Bangkok and Paro. Depending on availability and Druk Air Schedule, you can also chose to depart from New Delhi or Kathmandu. Druk Air is the National Carrier of Bhutan and is the only airline that flies into Bhutan. The internal flights are booked by us locally in Bhutan or in the gateway city. So as for the international airfare from your hometown to the departure city, you can book the reservation on your own but if you need any help with this regard, we are always willing to help you through the air ticket consolidator we work with. Airport taxes at the gateway city and Paro are prepaid with the ticket cost.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel and there should be enough blank pages for the entry and exit seals. Bhutan visa is pre-processed by us and we will get your Visa Approval Letter for you before your flight into Bhutan. Your passport gets the actual visa seal upon arrival at the Paro airport. If your travel starts from India, you need to obtain an Indian visa beforehand as India does not grant a visa upon arrival.

Best time for this trip:

This trip can be undertaken throughout the year but most definitely October and November are the best months as this is when temperatures are mild, skies are clear, and there is clear visibility. The second best season is from March through early May.

Note on Itinerary

Although Far & High will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control such as weather, road conditions, flight delays etc. The sights and activities listed in the itinerary indicates the scope of activities and opportunities during the trip, rather than an inflexible schedule of events. Itinerary order might change depending on the local conditions, time availability, your pace and interests. Every evening, the guide advises of the following day's schedule and explains about what your expectations and preparations should be like for the day. This is also the opportunity to request changes in the itinerary and our guide will do his or her best to accommodate the changes.

Booking/Deposit.

When you are certain about traveling to Bhutan, it will be wise to initiate your reservation process to secure rooms in preferred hotels. There are also limited flights to Bhutan and so an early reservation helps to ensure your flight. A deposit of US$ 300 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with booking application and passport photocopies.

Balance Payment.

The balance and final payment is 90 days prior departure. The payment schedule may vary with customized and private trips on case to case basis. Payments made within 60 days prior departure may be subject to a late fee and are required to make through wire transfer or cashier’s check. Credit card payment attracts additional 3% fee.

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: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee)
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation or missed connection, or loss of baggage etc. that may cause interruption or 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. Far & High’s tour 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 any unfavorable conditions.

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