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About the Activity
Fixed Departure: 11th August 2016

  • Ladies, buckle up and head out on this women only tour of the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan on this 6 day 5 night tour.
  • The tour starts on arrival at Paro airport where a travel representative will help you get transferred to your hotel in Thimphu.
  • The tour will cover Thimphu, Dochu-la Pass, Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang among others.
  • This tour will give you a very unique and fulfilling experience of this quaint but beautiful country.
  • The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and a lot of sightseeing and activities.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    You will be greeted by a travel representative as soon as you arrive at Paro Airport.

    Sit back and relax as you’re driven in a private coach to reach Thimpu, the smallest capital city in the world (1–1.5 hours).

    Enroute, visit the Tachog Lhakhang Bridge built by Thangtong Gyalpo, a saint from the 15th century who introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains -truly a sight to behold.

    You'll also drive past Chuzom, the meeting point of the Paro and Thimpu rivers. Here, you’ll see shrines built to ward off evil spirits that the Bhutanese believe lurk beneath the water.

    The last part of the journey is just a short 15-minute stretch from Simtokha to Thimpu, your home for the next three days.

    A welcome dinner with a live folk dance performance is waiting for you at the hotel. Once you’ve relaxed and eaten your fill of traditional Bhutanese dishes, you’ll be ready to hit the sack with images of the drive to Thimpu as the backdrop.

    Meals included: Dinner

  • Day 2 -

    After breakfast embark on a 3 hour guided tour of Thimphu.

    Visit the National Library and The Institute for Zorig Chusum before lunch.

    Post lunch, continue your tour, stopping first visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, a striking stupa decorated with golden spires, wrathful deities and elaborate mandala paintings, that serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace.

    Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops. (Note: Best not to test your bargaining power here; it’s simply not customary.)

    On the way back to the hotel, you’ll drive past the Trashi Chhoe Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), the site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot, where all important government and religious decisions are made.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 3 -

    After an early morning breakfast, depart for the 10,130 ft Dochu-la Pass. You'll stop here briefly so you can take in the view - steep mountains dense with rhododendron forests, green valleys, monasteries, 108 chortens (Lamaist monuments), mani wall and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

    Next visit Punakha Dzong, another confluence but with two different rivers – Mo Chhu (Mother) and Pho Chhu (Father) via Wangdiphodrang.

    Afterwards, you’ll walk to Chimi Lakhang, a fertility temple nestled in the countryside, and said to have been built by a Tibetan saint known as the Divine Madman.

    Head to Punakha for the night.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 4 -

    After breakfast, prepare yourself for an archery competition!

    You will spend some time learning the skills and then try hitting some targets for a fun time.

    Then, it’s time for a drive to Paro from Punakha.(4 hours)

    Overnight in Paro.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 5 -

    This morning you’ll drive up the valley to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, which was built in a bid to control the routes to Tibet and to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibet-Mongol forces.

    Later on the way back to Paro, you’ll visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom, which houses an original 17th century statue of Jowo Shakyamuni that represents the Indian prince Gautama Siddhartha becoming Buddha after reaching enlightenment. It is considered to be the valley’s greatest treasure.

    Dinner will be a homemade meal with a local family, a truly authentic Bhutanese experience.

    Overnight in Paro.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Day 6 -

    Check out will be after breakfast and you will be transferred to the airport for your return journey.

Stay

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  • Double sharing basis stay
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  • 4 star hotel stay
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  • For 2 nights in Paro at the Udumwara Resort (or similar)
  • 7
  • 2 nights in Thimpu at the Ariya Hotel (or similar)
  • 7
  • 1 night in Punakha at the Drubchhu Resort (or similar)

Meal

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  • Dinner Included- Day 1 to Day 5
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  • Breakfast Included- Day 2 to Day 6

Activity

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  • Archery
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  • Sightseeing
  • 7
  • Hiking up to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • 7
  • Day excursions to Bhutan’s most interesting and intriguing sites, including Dochu-la Pass, Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lakhang, Drukgyel Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang

Other Inclusions

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  • Entrance fees to the sites specified in the itinerary
  • 7
  • A local English-speaking female guide to accompany you from the Paro International Airport to Paro
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  • Taxes included

Transport

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  • Inter-city transfers in a private, non A/C Toyota Coaster
  • 7
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers
  • 7
  • Airfare from Delhi to Paro on Druk Air/Bhutan Air
  • 7
  • Airfare from Paro to Delhi on Druk Air/Bhutan Air

Things To Carry

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  • Sunscreen
  • 7
  • Camera
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  • Sunglasses
  • 7
  • Hat
  • 7
  • Comfortable footwear
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  • Basic medication
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  • Important travel documents
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  • Inner Line Permits- an official travel document issued by the Government of India to allow travel of an Indian citizen into a protected area for a limited period. It is obligatory for Indian citizens from outside certain states, to obtain such a permit.

Advisory

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  • Do carry Inner Line Permits.
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  • Exclusions:
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  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • 7
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • 7
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as tips, porterage, laundry, beverages etc.
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  • Taxes

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • Cancellation after confirmation with payment before 30 days of the commencement of tour: 10% of the value of the tour package or Rs5000, whichever is less
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  • Cancelling the tour 30 to 20 days before commencement of the tour: 25% of the value of the package.
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  • Cancelling 19-15 days before commencing of the tour: 50% of the tour cost.
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  • Cancelling 14-11 days before commencement of the tour: 75% of the tour cost.
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  • Cancelling before 10 days or less before the tour date: No refund for the tour.
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  • For the flight tickets booked along with the trip being cancelled, the cancellation policy of the airline will apply.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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