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It’s a country where the lands worth is measured in Gross National happiness instead of Gross Domestiec Product. Now you can also be part of that happiness surrounded by the myths of yeti and magic of Divine Madman’s amazing stories, where you will hear the unheard and eat the untasted. Beauty and the wisdom of the country is revealed by its typical Dzong and Goemba and through the eye of every smiling children.

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Trip Type: Single travellers and Groups.

Group consisting of 2 to 15

Age Requirements: 12 plus

All travellers below 16 must be accompanied by parents or guardian

Physical Rating: 3 moderate

Some high elevated hikes and mountains can be strenuous activity.

Service level: Good

Will have experienced guide along with comfortable car.

Trip style: Classic

All the highlights of the country in one trip.

Adventure Bhutan

Day 1. Paro airport(2280m) to Thimphu(2320m).

Settle in and view the scenery of the valley from the convenience of a private vehicle as we drive from Paro to the capital of Bhutan Thimphu. Enjoy brief walk (1hr) with our local expert. He will give you basic idea of whereabouts’ of supermarkets, main squares and ATM.
The adventure to this wonderful country begins by tonight’s brief introduction and a welcome speech laid by our friendly guide. After the introduction, your guide will review the details of your tour. 40 mins to 1 hr.

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner.
Private Vehicle

Day 2. Thimphu to Thimphu(2320m).

Visit National memorial stupa,Buddha point and Takin reserve.In the evening visit Tashichoe dzong. But when it comes to sightseeing you can ask our local expert to customize it depending on your interests.

The Memorial chorten
The memorial chorten was built in memory of our 3rd King is one of the most prominent religious structures in Thimphu and for local Bhutanese it is a popular place to make their daily prayers. Watch locals walk around the Chorten, spinning the prayer wheels and socialising in this lovely and peaceful spot.

Buddha Dordenma
Also known as the “Buddha Point”, it’s is a massive Buddha statue built strategically on the mountain,So that it could be seen from all the corners of Thimphu,made from gilded copper. It.houses temple within the body of the Buddha.

Motithang Takin Preserve

The preserve was not only made to protect our national animal Takin (mixture of a goat and a cow) but also to protect some of our endangered species of animals like Barking deer and Samber.

Tashichho Dzong
Enjoy the visit to Tashichho Dzong fortress. It is constructed in a typical Bhutanese architectural style using no nails, with whitewashed walls and a golden roof. The original structure was built in 1216.Now it houses the main secretariat building, the central monk body and the office of the king.

Meals included:Break fast,Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3. Thimphu to Punakha(1050m)

Today our drive is through one of the beautiful pass Dochula, where you can take a scenic break.And after reaching Punakha the ancient capital of Bhutan,enjoy a short hike through the rice field to the fertility temple and visit the Punakha Dzong.
Dochula
Its elevation is about 3150m above the sea level and it beautifully decorated with 108 stupas. If you are lucky you will also get to see the eastern Himalyan mounatian ranges of the world.

Chimmi Lhakhang
Take a short hike to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the “Divine Madman” through paddy field. It was Built in 1499 by his cousin brother Ngawang chogyal to commemorate his visit, it is mainly visited today by women as it is known as the temple of fertility.

Punakha Dzong
Visit Punakha Dzong which was built in 1636, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the central monastic body, remarkably located between in the island of river Mo Chu and Pho Chu. It is the second oldest fortress built in exemplary architectural style of Bhutan .

Meals includedBreakfast,Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4. Punakha to Gasa,local cuisine class.(4500m).

The road to Gasa can be winding but you will be driving through one of the beautiful national park with choice to stop for picture.Later this evening you can visit the fortress,Tashi Tongmon Dzong.And after your Dinner enjoy your hotspring bath.

Gasa Dzong.
Gasa Tashi Tongmon Dzong wasbuilt in 17th century by Tenzin Drukdra the second Druk Desi over the site of a meditation place established by Drubthob(Yogini) Terkungpa in the 13th century.The dzong was built as a bulwark against the attacks from the north of Bhutan.

Gasa Hot spring
Has four main ponds built with modern amenities. Local believes that it has healing properties ,for broken or fractured bones and for sinus.
Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5. Gasa to Punakha,farmhouse,local living.(1050m)

After reaching Punkaha,you will notice how delightful it is to be with a Bhutanese family,Granny chanting mantra and kid smiling with red cheeks and father chopping wood.

Exclusive Inclusions: Local living, Farmhouse.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6. Punakha to Haa(3988m).

It will be the longest journey in this trip of yours,driving through windy road but beautiful picturesque valley .As the name says, it’s the expression of surprise as no one knew when the two most popular temples black and white temple (Lhakhang Nagpo and Karpo)was built. Therefore naming the remote valley as Haa and the people are called Haaps.

Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo (White Temple)
Explore the beautiful Lhakhang Karpo and Nagpo, which was opened to tourists only in 2003. It is said that both the temples was built in a night by a black and a white pigeon who was believed to be the emanation of the Tibetan Buddhist king known as Songtsen Gambo in around 7th century.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7. Haa to Paro(2280m).

After reaching Paro, you can sort out things to take along with you to the trek and rest you can leave it to the safety of driver or you can ask the driver to drop it at the office.

Day 8. Paro to Bumdra.(Tramping 3900m).

Trek through beautiful fluttering prayer flags and coniferous forests to reach Bumdra campsite at 3900m.walk for about 6hours.

Bumdra
Inside the temple one can clearly see the hundred thousands of footprints left by the dakinis or called sky walkers. But the main statue inside is that of Vajra Yogini believed to be one of the emanation of Khandru Yeshey Tshogyel, one of the foremost Tibetan consort of Guru Rimpochhe.

Meals included:Packed lunch with refreshments and Dinner.

Day 9. Bumdra via Taktshang(3200m) to Paro.

Trek downhill through grassy meadows and trees covered in Spanish moss. After walking down the gorge with clear stream you can visit Taktshang(Tiger nest).
Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

It’s considered to be the most venerated pilgrim sites in Bhutan. It is where Guru Padmasambhava flew to Bhutan for second time from Tibet riding on the back of the Tigress. 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,

Meals included: Breakfast,Packed Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10. Paro to outbound.

Airport transfer included.Our expert will accompany you till the airport to bid you farewell and trashi delek.
Meals included:Breakfast.

Tour duration: 10 days tour

Trip Type: Single travellers and Groups.

Group consisting of 2 to 15

Age Requirements: 12 plus

All travellers below 16 must be accompanied by parents or guardian

Physical Rating: 3 moderate

Some high elevated hikes and mountains can be strenuous activity.

Service level: Good

Will have experienced guide along with comfortable car.

Trip style: Classic

All the highlights of the country in one trip.

Whats included?

  • Local Living: Farmhouse Stay, Punakha
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Local sightseeing
  • Trekking and camping (2 days)

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

Meals : 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners.

Transportation:  Private vehicle.

Staff & experts: Local guide with cook and staffs for the trek.

 

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.