- 5 nights first class (3-4 star) hotel accommodation, based on double occupancy.
- Meals: Full board (3 meals a day).
- All transfers and sightseeing as on itinerary.
- English-speaking local guides.
- Bhutan visa fee and government royalty.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Service of in-tour airfare booking.
Trip Does Not Include
- Drinks, tips and other personal expenses such as phone, laundry etc.
- Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events beyond the control of our management.
- Travel Insurance.
- International airfares and airport taxes.
- Hotels in the gateway cities before and after the trip.
Note on Itinerary
We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions. As we continuously work to improve the tour, the final tour itinerary may be different which will be sent to you about 2 months before the trip date.
Trip Activity Level.
This trip is basically motor vehicle-based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits; it is suitable for all travelers in general good health. Hiking to Takstang Monastery in Paro can be strenuous, but ponies can be provided with prior arrangement. Some sights are high on the hillock and require climbing stairs.
The longest drive in this trip will be four hours, from Punakha to Paro which can take from 4 to 5 hours. Otherwise, drive times are short. We will certainly have occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads in the Himalaya are narrow, and some portions may be rough and damaged. While in Tibet, we stay in an elevation of 3,500m (11,480 ft.) . It is nonetheless advisable to keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics in the months before the trip. It’s your responsibility to determine that your fitness for this trip. If you have any health conditions, please consult your physician before you sign up for this trip.
Accommodations and facilities
The hotels are comfortable three star properties by local standard. Most hotels are locally managed small properties with traditional decor and friendly services and ensure adequate comfort. You will have en suite bathroom with 24-hour running hot and cold water. There may be disparity in the rooms and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount.
Now, there a few up market four star and five star properties and we can book them on your request.
Our Tour Guides are local people with college degrees, government certifications, and experience with knowledge of the destinations and their history, culture and religion. Our guides are, just as importantly, easy-going, detailed oriented, patient, and committed to a high level of customer service. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations that you would never find on your own, and make sure your tour is without a hitch. Your guide will also deal with the bureaucracy and passport or permit control, carry all necessary documents and vouchers, and stay alert to road and weather conditions. Note: Guides will change in each country, due to local licensing requirements
We use clean, reliable, comfortable vehicles for all transfers and tours, often the Toyota Hiace microbus (capacity 8-9 persons) and Toyota Coaster Bus (capacity up to 20 persons); depending on group size, we might also use Japanese-made sedans, SUVs or minivans. We provide separate drivers and guides. Our drivers might speak little or no English, but they know the roads and are in a pinch, mechanically skillful.
Altitude sickness and health Concerns
The chances of altitude sickness on this trip are very slim. There are two occasions when you are exposed to the high altitude; Dhochula Pass (10,171 ft.) and Taktshang Monastery (10,240 ft.) but you will be acclimated before that and we do not spend long time there. All the towns where we overnight are below 8,000 ft. where there is no risk altitude.
There are no mandatory vaccinations required for traveling to Bhutan. However, you may consider vaccination against rabies and Hep A. We recommend that travelers with cardiac-pulmonary issues or any other medical conditions consult their physician before departure.
You’ll be glad if you start some physical exercises in the weeks before leaving; jogging, swimming, cycling, hiking, and aerobics are all helpful. Fitness makes for a better trip and helps you accommodate the altitudes. You should have a good sleep the night before you fly in to Lhasa and take complete rest on the first day. It's also advisable to drink three or four liters of water daily, and consume liquid food. Hydrate!
International and Internal Flights
The trip starts and completes in Paro, Bhutan. Flights to Paro arrives from Bangkok, Kathmandu (Nepal) or Kolkata and New Delhi, India. Most travelers prefer to fly from Bangkok as there are more flights than from elsewhere. We will book the airfare from Bangkok to Paro and return for you and bill you separately. We are also able to help you with the international airfare booking and stop over hotels or sightseeing in the gateway cities.
Visa and Permits
Your passport must be valid for at least for six more months at the time of travel. Bhutan visa is a part of the tour package and is applied by us. We will obtain visa clearance document 3-4 weeks prior to the trip date and will email you a copy of this which is good for travel to Bhutan. You will get actual visa sticker on your passport upon arrival. Make sure you have one blank visa page and spaces for arrival and departure seals for other countries on the way.
Booking and payment schedule
When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A deposit of US$300 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport. Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Reservation booked within 90 days prior departure requires making full payment at the time of booking. Balance payment must be paid by personal check or wire transfer. Final payment on credit card attracts 3.5% additional fee.
Cancellation and refund
Cancellation request must be received by us in written form. Cancellation fee of the landcost will be as below.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 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%.
- Visa fee is non-refundable.
Cancellation and refund of air tickets will be as per airline policy and $25 will be levied by us to process refund. For details, please view booking and cancellation terms and conditions