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Happiness is an ease of living and a feeling of security, autonomy and continuity, alive that is full of relative freedom of choice to do what we like. We have many reasons to be happy in Bhutan. Our environment is pristine and we share our habitat over 150 species of mammals, many of them endangered. Bhutan is one of the 10 global hotspots in the world. Bhutan’s rugged geography and isolated, landlocked status makes infrastructure difficult and costly but we have farsighted vision for peace, prosperity and Happiness.

You are always in good care with Karmic’s best odyssey.

When you travel with families, you see things different way. When you travel as a part of a group, everything looks different. Our group featured travellers of different ages, backgrounds and nationalities; strangers who, by the end of their trip would become lifelong friends.

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Trip Type: Single travellers and Groups.

Group consisting of 2 to 15

Age Requirements: 12 plus

All travellers below 12 must be accompanied by parents or guardian

Physical Rating: 2 Easy

Easy but cycling on a high elevated mountains can be difficult activity.

Service level: Good

Will have experienced guide along with comfortable car.

Trip style: Family Trip

Home away from home is something that you will cherish throughout your lifetime.

Home away from Home.

Day 01, Paro Airport to Paro(2280m).

Our local representative will be there to receive you at the airport and transfer you to hotel. Towards the evening our local expert will show you around the town of Paro.And you can have dinner at a local place.
Meals included:Lunch and Dinner.

Day 02, Paro to Thimphu(2320m).

You can cycle all the way towards Thimphu for about 2 hours. You will be cycling along the river of Paro until you reach a confluence(Chudzomsa), where the river from Paro and the river of Thimphu joins together and becomes one called Wangchu,flowing towards south of Bhutan. After that you will be on the main highway for an about another hour.

Meals Included:Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner.

Day 03, Thimphu to Thimphu

Today you will be mostly doing outdoor activities with picnic Lunch. Morning hike to Tango and after your lunch you can always hike to another monastery Chari. After your breakfast drive towards the north of Thimphu for about 45 minutes to the head of the trail of Tango and Chari Monastery, along the crystal clear river flowing down from the base of virgin mounatin Jumolhari.

Visit to the Tango Monastery
The monastery was founded in 12th century by Phajo Drugom zhigpo.The monastery was however constructed to its present form by the temporal ruler,Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye in the year 1688.

Chari Monastery
According to Bhutanese history, the place was first visited by Guru Padasambhava in 8th century and as prophesised by Guru in 13th century Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, the Tibetan saint who first established Drukpa Kagyu tradition in Bhutan visted the site.But the actual monastery it was built in 1620 when he was only 27 years old to accommodate the increasing number of monastic student on the opposite Tango Monastery.It wa sin Chari in 1623 that he established the Drukpa(Dragon people) monastic order in Bhutan.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 04, Thimphu to Punakha(1050),Farmhouse Living.

You have option to cycle today via one of the pass Dochula, where you can take a break for rewarding tea or coffee. Tonight you will be spending time with some local people in a local farmhouse.

Dochula
It’s a beautiful pass decorated beautifully with 108 stupa in memory of some of deceased armies, during the war with Assamese Maoist in 2003,December 15.Therefore we will also hoist prayer flags to bring good luck to all the travellers alike.
On the other hand on a clear day you will be able to see some of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges.

Farmhouse living :Farmhouse living in Bhutan gives you the best way to experience the taste of not only local food but also local living by living in rustic farmhouse,passed down from generation to generation.Farmhouse living: Inclusive of the package.
Meals included:Breakfast,Lunch and dinner in a farmhouse.

Day 05, Punakha to Punakha

After your morning breakfast you can always take a leisurely walk through rice paddy fields or you could always assist the farmer in his kitchen garden. After your lunch you can visit local school for a quick conversation with local school kids or you have the option to kayak and river raft along the picturesque valley.

Rafting and Kayaking

The river courses available in Bhutan offr something for all the visitor, regardless of experience .There are easy routes for beginners and goose bump runs for the veterans. The rivers are plentiful with strong currents and varies between slow, gentle flows in some places and powerful raging rivers can also be found in Bhutan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 06, Punakha to Gasa

After driving on a scenic road for about 4 hours you will be camping near a hot spring place. And after quick dinner you can relax there for hour or two chatting with the happiest people in the world over some local drinks prepared for you by none other than your own cook.

Hot spring in Gasa.
Hot spring in Gasa is believed to have healing properties for backache, joint pains and sinus, therefore it attracts more than 7000 locals round the year.
Gasa Tsachhu has four main ponds of 3 feet deep, built of concrete, all roofed and each one meant for different ailments.

Meals Included:Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner.

Day 07, Gasa to Paro

It will be the longest journey in your trip, involving drive for about 8 hours approximately. Towards the evening you will be challenged by local team for the Khuru(dart) competition.

Khuru Competition
Khuru is a traditional Bhutanese dart sport. It involves two team consisted of eleven members, playing for 3 alternate winning rounds. The distance of target is not less than 20 metres.

Day 08, Paro to Paro

Early morning after breakfast, drive about 30 minutes to the base of the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). You will walk gradually uphill through the pine forests to this incredible location. And once you reach the entrance to the monastery you will be frisked by the police to make sure that nothing illegal is being brought in or taken outside.

Taktshang(Tiger nest)

It is considered to be the most holy pilgrim sites in Bhutan. It is where Guru Padmasambhava flew to Bhutan for second time from Tibet riding on the back of the Tigress,which again was also believed to be his spiritual consort. And after meditating for 3 months he was able to subdue all the malevolent spirits and thus flourishing tantric Buddhism for the first time in the history of western Bhutan. But the actual temple was only built in 17th century by the second Druk Desi Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, Walking distance 5hrs.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 09, Paro and outbound.

Today our representative will drop you at the airport and will bid you farewell and Trashi Delek.
Meals included: Breakfast.

Trip Type: Single travelers and Group.

Group consisting of 2 to 15

Age Requirements: 12 plus

All travellers below 12 must be accompanied by parents or guardian

Physical Rating: 2 Easy

Easy but cycling on a high elevated mountains can be difficult activity.

Service level: Good

Will have experienced guide along with comfortable car.

Trip style: Family Trip

Whats included?

Home away from home is something that you will cherish throughout your lifetime.

Accommodations : 3 star Hotels (7 nights), camping (1 night).

Meals : 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners.

Transportation:  Private vehicle.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Local sightseeing.

Staff & experts: Local guide.

ENTRY POINTS (via Air) Flights

The best way to enter Bhutan is by Air. Because driving from Indian border can be quite tiring and strenuous, if you are not used to the quick bends of the road but we can say that the view is much better along the road.

Flights

Bhutan has two airlines that operates flights in and out of Bhutan. Drukair is a national carrier and Bhutan Airline is a private airline which started operating in 2011 and has brought in some needed competition. There is only one international airport at Paro and takes about an hour and half drive from Thimphu. There are also some new domestic routes in operation connecting Badbalathang in Bumthang, Yonphula in eastern Bhutan and Gelephu in southern Bhutan.
Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines flights can now be booked directly by yourself online, but usually it is preferable for you to ask us to make the flight booking for you. We can hold the seats for you for a period without commitment as we discuss your itinerary and you can take time to finalize your travel plans. But shall not be held liable for the change in the costs of the airfare due to unforeseen circumstances.

It is always advisable to plan one day overnight stay or to have 5 to 6 hours in excess after reaching to your chosen point of entry to Bhutan. Because the schedules for Bhutan flights are subject to frequent change, due to unpredictable weather condition and often in very short notice.

Routes

The routes taken by our airlines are Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Kolkata and Singapore. There are also flights from Dhaka, Gaya, Baghdogra, Guwahati and Mumbai.
Bangkok flights come in and out every day with both airlines during the peak season but flights on the other routes are not as frequent. Delhi and Kathmandu flights tend to be 5 times a week. Kolkata flights run around 5 times a week with Druk Air and daily with Tashi Air and Singapore flights are twice a week with Druk Air. Tashi air also has future plans to fly to Singapore.

Flight Timings
Flight timing Varies on whether it is a direct flight or has a stopover:

  • Singapore-Paro: 6 HOURS
  • Bangkok-Paro: 3 hours 30 minutes (5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Katmandu-Paro: 45 minutes
  • Delhi-Paro: 2 hours
  • Dhaka-Paro: 55 minutes
  • Guwahati-Paro: 1 hour

Prices

The current rates for both entry and return flights are around US$450 (Kathmandu), US$700 (Delhi), US$750 (Bangkok), US$450 (Calcutta) and US$1150 (Singapore). They are charged in US dollar, as the price and value of the currency keeps on fluctuating on daily basis and therefore it can be only confirmed after issuing the tickets.
***Please note that Airfare of Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines is charged on top of the tour price***

CUSTOMS

Visitors are required to complete the Customs form and hand it over on arrival. The following articles are should be declared:

Personal/Tourists allowance.
Alcohol-1 bottle not larger than 1 litre bottle
200 sticks of cigarettes, 50 pieces of cigar, 250 grams of other tobacco products. But they are all subjected to 100% customs duty and 100%sales tax. If found excess in quantity mentioned then above it will be confiscated.

Instruments or appliances for professional use.
Tourists shall be allowed to import temporarily free customs duty for his /her personal effects and articles required for visit like photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods for personal use only and that items will be re-exported with them when the leave Bhutan.

The Import and Export of the following goods are strictly prohibited:
Arms, ammunitions, explosives and military stores. All narcotics and drugs, except medically prescribed drugs. Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species. Antiques(any household items).
All visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items. Custom authorities will not allow any old/used items to be taken out of the country if they have not been certified as non-antique. The import of plants, soil etc. is subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be cleared on arrival.

Entry point (via Land)

Entry to and exit from Bhutan is also possible through Phuentsholing and Gelephug through the southern Bhutan border town. Bagdogra, in the state of West Bengal (India) is the nearest airport to the bordering towns, if you wish to travel by road it will take you least 4 hours’ drive to reach the border of Bhutan.

Now entry and exit from Bhutan can also be made through Samdrup Jongkhar (Eastern Bhutan). This frontier Bhutanese town is also the main trade hub for the people living in east of Bhutan and it is approximately 3 hours’ drive from Guwahati on a traffic free day, the capital town of the Indian north- eastern state of Assam, which too has an airport. Samdrup Jongkhar is also an authorized exit point for tourists who wish to visit other north eastern Indian states.

CLIMATE

The southern part of Bhutan is tropical, and in general the east of Bhutan is warmer than the west. The central valleys of Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuntse enjoy a semi tropical climate with very cool winters, whilst Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Trongsa and Bumthang have a much harsh climate, with heavy monsoon in the summer and heavy snow-falls in the winter, which often blocks the pass on the highway connecting to central and then to the eastern Bhutan. Winter in Bhutan starts from mid-November until mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry, with day time temperatures falling below zero. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June to end of September, with the rain falling mainly in the afternoon and evening. In autumn which starts from October, most of the trees growing in sub-tropical region suddenly changes their colour marking the arrival of beautiful clear sky and a good weather for die hard trekkers, until the mid-November.

ACCOMMODATION

There are comfortable hotels, lodges and farm houses throughout the tourist destinations in the country. The Western and Central Bhutan has better hotels, while in the eastern parts of the country, it’s more of a pure untouched lands in other word one would find rustic beauty establishments. The hotels that we provide is categorized as 3 star hotels , hotel. bt and we have few luxury five star hotels but with it comes the extra costs.

 

FOOD

Bhutanese delicacies are rich in cheese and spicy with chilies, in bhutan we use chilli as vegetable rather than spice. The hotels and restaurant in the list of Karmic’s Best Odyssey offers delicious local Bhutanese, Continental, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese food. Even on the trek, our cook prepares palatable dish suitable for western tastes. Most meals are provide in buffet style during peak season but we can also do ala carte depending on the size of the group and the time availability.

MONEY

Bhutanese unit of currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.), with 100 Chetrums = 1 Ngultrum. The value of Ngultrum is pegged with the value of Indian rupee. Presently, US $ 1 = Nu. 60 (the value keeps on fluctuating as does any other currency). Visitors are advised to carry their money in the form of travelers’ cheques, with a little cash (US dollars) which might be needed for incidental expenses.

ELECTRICITY

In Bhutan, electricity runs at 240 volts, 50 Hz. If you do bring electrical appliances, bring along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.

TIME

Bhutan is 6 hours ahead of GMT and 30 minutes ahead of Indian standard time. There is only one time zone throughout the country.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The photography opportunities on all trips are immense. It is said that, you cannot take any bad pictures in Bhutan, provided if you have a good camera with extra batteries and charger. You will wish to take pictures of the local people, their houses and shops, etc. Please always seek your guides help or ask by gesture if it is acceptable to do so or not. And, while visiting religious institutions and Dzong’s you won’t be allowed to take pictures or record a video therefore please make sure you follow your trip leader’s instructions carefully.

Local Expert (Guide)

The local experts (Guide) provided by Karmic’s Best Odyssey works on regular basis with us and all of them does speak fluent English, they are knowledgeable, certified by the Tourism council of Bhutan under Royal government of Bhutan.
We plan, design carefully because we don’t compromise on the quality of the service that we provide. Kadrinchey La.