Bhutan tour is a good choice to know different culture and people not as far. Bhutan is also land locked county between China in the north and India in the East, West & South. Bhutan has an approximate area of 47,000 sq.km, and is a mountainous country that stretches from the foot hill in the south to the towering peaks of the inner Himalayas in the north with varying climatic conditions ranging from the hot and humid tropical type sub-temperate and alpine. Bhutan has a population of roughly 750,000 comprised of three main groups, the Ngalongs in the north western part, Sharchops in the eastern part and Lhotshampas in the south. They are collectively called the Drukpas, who speak Dzongkha the national language of Bhutan. Bhutan is the only country in the world to adopt Mahayana or Tantrik Buddhism as its official religion, Bhutan is purported to be the last bastion of the Vajrayana Strain of Mahayana Buddhism that lays fundamental emphasis in births and rebirths.
Popular Places in Bhutan:
4 Night 5 Day Western Bhutan Tour
Day 01: Paro Airport – Thimphu
The flight into Bhutan is one of a kind giving you a taste of the adventurous with Himalayan mountain ranges. On arrival, you will be received by our guide and will head to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Evening tea in a local restaurant and free time to walk around Thimphu town. Dinner at hotel.
Overnight at Thimphu | Altitude: 2400m
Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
Visit National Library, Arts and crafts school, National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), National Memorial Chorten that is both a memorial to the Late King (“the father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace, Tashichho Dzong, Folk Heritage, National Textile Museums and Handicrafts Emporium. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at Thimphu | Altitude: 2400m
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha – Thimphu
After Breakfast drive to Punakha, the drive takes about 3 hrs on route crossing the Dochula pass. If we are lucky with the weather, we can see the entire Bhutanese Himalayas; east of Chomolhari to Gangkhar Puensum. On arrival in Punakha visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong Fortress, the winter seat of the Head Abbot built at the confluence of the two rivers pho chu n mochu. Drive to Wangdi town. Explore Wangdi town and visit Wangdi Dzong (fortress). Evening drive back to Thimphu.
Overnight at Thimphu | Altitude: 2400m
Day 04: Paro sightseeing
After breakfast drive to Paro and hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest temple. Lunch in the cafeteria on the way back. After lunch hike back till the road and drive back to the hotel. On the way back to the hotel visit the national museum and the fortress of Paro. Evening back to hotel.
Overnight in Paro | Altitude: 2200m
Day 05 : Departure
Early morning flight from the Paro International Airport to onward destination.
Highlights of this Trip:
Bhutan Tour 6 days
Day 1:- Take overnight bus / Car to Siliguri via Kakarvitta from Kathmandu. Overnight hotel in Silguri. (Or you can take early morning flight to Bhadrapur and drive to Siliguri (4 hrs via Kakarvitta.) and further onwards to Phuntsoling (150kms from Silguri). Overnight stay in Phuntsoling. From Delhi, you will fly to Bagdora, near Silguri.
Day 2:- Arrival in Silguri. Take bus to Phuntsoling. Overnight in Phuntsoling.
Day 3:- After immigration formalities, you will drive to Thimpu (179kms, 9-10 hrs.).
Day 4:- Sightseeing in Thimpu. Drive to Paro (52kms). Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 5:- Sightseeing tours in Paro. Overnight hotel.
Day 6:- Fly to Kathmandu or Delhi or Bangkok.
Bhutan Tour 10 Days:
Day 1:- Arrival at Paro Airport. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2:- Sightseeing tours in Paro Valley. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 3:- Visit Ringpung Dzong & Ta Dzong in the morning. Picnic lunch at Satsam Chorten and
Excursion to the Taksang Monastery.
Day 4:- Early in the morning, drive to Mendegang with breakfast at Dochula, from where a great
view of the Bhutanese Himalayans can be seen on clear days. A short visit to the Wangdi
& Punakha Valley.
Day 5:- Drive to Jakar early in the morning, enroute views the Chendebje Chorten.
Day 6:- Bhumthang valley sightseeing.
Day 7:- Ura Valley excursion, drive back to Jakar.
Day 8:- Drive to Thimpu.
Day 9:- Thimpu Valley Sightseeing. Afternoon cultural program and drive to Paro.
Day 10:- Transfer to airport and departure to Kathmandu or Delhi or Bangkok.
Aroma- Bhutan Tour (8 Night / 9 Days)
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to PARO – THIMPHU:
Arrival Paro, receiving by tour representative & transfer to Thimphu. Later sightseeing of the valley; evening at leisure in town. Dinner & overnight Hotel
Day 02: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING:
Full day sightseeing of Thimphu including visit to Changangkha Monastery, Zilukha Nunnery with Dup-Thop Monastery, Memorial Chorten, Takin (national animal) Preserve Center, Sangyegang view point, National Library and Tashichhodzong. Dinner & overnight Hotel
Day 03: THIMPHU-PUNAKHA:
Sightseeing to continue – visit Buddha Point with an option to hike through the nature trail (appx.1 hr.); visit Bhutanese Hand Made Paper factory, Folk Heritage Museum, Textiles Museum and Painting School; after lunch transfer to Punakha, evening visit Punakha town. Dinner & overnight Hotel.
Day 04: PUNAKHA SIGHTSEEING –BUMTHANG:
Following early breakfast, drive to take a short hike to Khamsum Yulley Monastery and later visit Punakha Dzong and stroll around on foot in the valley and transfer to Bumthang; lunch stop at a highway restaurant. Enroute view of Rukubji & Chendabji village; dinner & overnight Hotel.
Day 05: BUMTHANG SIGHTSEEING:
Full day sightseeing including Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjee Monastery, Tamsing & Kenchosum Monasteries, Jakar Dzong and a visit to Swiss farm; later visit a weaving center in Chummy valley. Dinner & overnight Hotel.
Day 06: BUMTHANG-GANGTEY:
After breakfast transfer to Gangtey/Phobjikha valley which is the winter home of the rare endangered species bird ‘Black Neck Crane’. Enroute visit Trongsa Dzong and the Monarchy Museum at Trongsa. Continue drive and visit Gangtey Monastery. Dinner & overnight Hotel/Guest House.
Day 07: GANGTEY SIGHTSEEING-PARO:
Early breakfast hike around the wide valley on foot along the nature trail. After lunch, transfer to Paro. Enroute, Tea/coffee stop at Dochula cafeteria. Dinner and overnight Hotel
Day 08: PARO SIGHTSEEING:
Following early breakfast drive to visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and visit the 7th century Kyichu Monastery; later transfer to Ramathangkha for excursion to Takshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Lunch at Takshang cafeteria and afternoon visit the National Museum and Rimpong Dzong; dinner & overnight Hotel.
Day 09: DEPARTURE:
Early breakfast and transfer to Paro Int’l Airport for departure to Kathmandu or Delhi.
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Bhutan Visa Information:
The citizen of Bangladesh, Maldives and India do not require VISA to enter Bhutan. People from other countries except from Bangladesh, Maldives and India need a VISA permit while traveling to Bhutan. The VISA processing for Bhutan requires a readable color copy of passport via email that has at least six month of validity from the date of exit from Bhutan. The file Scan Copy should be forwarded to via email in JPEG or PDF format to Aroma Nepal Treks.
The application should be processed at least 10 days prior to the date of entry to Bhutan. The tourism council of Bhutan then issues a VISA clearance letter and fax or email it to our office. Please note that the VISA service is not offered in Bhutan, travelers have to buy full service package from the local tour operator. Travelers traveling by air are required to produce a printed VISA clearance copy at the time of check-in for flight. People traveling by land to enter Bhutan via Phuentshoking or Samdrup Jonkhar are required to produce a VISA clearance letter at the immigration center. The actual VISA is stamped in your passport on your arrival in Bhutan.
Flights to Bhutan:
There are two airlines Druk air and Bhutan airlines running the flights to Bhutan. Druk air is the national carrier of Bhutan. With its fleet of Airbuses A319-115 and ATR 42 the airlines fly from different Asian countries to the Paro international airport, Paro (PBH) including Kathmandu, Nepal; which is only the international airport in Bhutan. There are daily direct flights from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Paro International Airport.
Note: The flight schedule and timings are subject to change. If you want to know more about the flight schedules and tour to Bhutan please feel free to contact us. We can also help to find you the cheapest fares available.
Best time to visit Bhutan:
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan lies in south Asia between China and India. Climate and weather vary according to the altitude, season and place of visit. Bhutan is open all year around for the visitors but it is better to make the travel arrangements as per your preference and nature of visit.
The ideal time to visit Bhutan is spring (March-May) and Autumn/fall (September-November). These are considered to be the best time to visit Bhutan to get the maximum adventure and trouble free experience. Summer and winter also have their own specialties that could draw the attention of tourists during these seasons. During the spring the weather mostly remains clear and climate is fantastic. It is also the best time to visit for the nature lovers to experience the mystifying beauty of nature. Varieties of flowers and plants bloom in this season that makes your adventure an exotic one. The route opens for Jomolhari and Druk Path treks from mid-April to May.
Summer (June-August) in the other hand could get tricky at times due to the early arrival of monsoon. The month of June would be great for traveling if the monsoon is pushed further. Usually monsoon is in full swing by early July. Travelers who would strive to get some trekking experience on muddy trail while witnessing swollen rivers, green forests and flourishing paddy field could choose late summer to plan their adventure. The view of open clear blue sky after the rain is something that strikes you with its mystifying beauty.
September-November is another favorable and crowded season after spring. The weather gets mild despite cold mornings and evenings. Tourists from all around the world thong to Bhutan during this season to witness Black-Necked-Crane festival. The month of October has its own significance and the valley turn into a shade of gold as the farmers prepare to harvest their rice crops during this month.
December to February (Winter) is not that crowded with tourists in comparison to other seasons. Planning your adventure during the winter could be a better idea if you want to avoid the hustle-bustle of the peak season. During the winter Bhutan may see some snow fall. The temperature level goes down (even below freezing point) during some winter days.
VACCINATION FOR BHUTAN:
No vaccinations are presently required However, the following vaccinations are recommended:
Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver. The disease is distinctly unpleasant, with profound nausea, loss of appetite, and weakness.
Tetanus: Tetanus bacteria can infect small wounds and cause a fatal infection.
Typhoid Fever: Typhoid fever is caused by infection with Salmonella typhoid bacteria, passed in human feces and acquired by eating contaminated food or water.
WEATHER IN BHUTAN:
Bhutan lies in South Asia between China and India in the Himalayas, weather in Bhutan depends upon the altitude. In the northern parts of the country where mountains rise up to 7,000m, weather conditions are similar to arctic. Southwards, closer to India, the weather is hot and humid in the summer and cool in winter. The monsoon rains are usually heavy. Winters can be a good time to visit the lower parts, but then the highest areas are freezing.
The best times to visit Bhutan are spring (March-May) and autumn (late September – November) when the weather is warm, dry and sunny but always throw in a couple of warm clothes into your travelling gear when you travel to Bhutan regardless of the season.
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