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Journey to the Dragon Kingdom - 12 Days

Bhutan, the Dragon Kingdom is Himalayan paradise like Nepal. Unspoiled, a very far from the modern technology and traditional way of living of the Bhutanese is something more than the Nepalese life which will really attract the tourist more. From the thick alpine forests to the culture and friendly people, this pristine country exudes the colors of life and jest, typified by the yells from the zealous archers. The Drugyel fortress and the ancient Taktsang monastery of hermits, which hangs on impossible cliffs are some of the fascinating historical places to visit in Paro.

Bhutan is a mountain kingdom plunged in the heart of the Himalayas, nestled between Tibet and India’s Assam Plain. Within its 18,000 square miles, Bhutan offers a variety of climates from the hot and humid jungles of the southern foothills to the more temperate central region and to the icy-cold snowcapped peaks in the north. The crystal beauty of Bhutan and its century old traditions are still alive and untrodden. The visit to Bhutan is regarded as "a millennium tour" guarantor for those who love unexplored nature and antique traditions.

 

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 02: Sightseeing Day in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Paro (2200m) and drive to Thimphu(2350m/1 hour)

Day 04: Thimphu valley sightseeing.

Day 05: Thimphu – Punakha (1310/2.5 hours)

Day 06: Punakha – Gangtey (2900m/5 - 6 hours)

Day 07: Gangtey – Trongsa (2300m) – Bhumtang (2600m/3 - 4 hours)

Day 08: Sightseeing in Bhumtang.

Day 09: Bhumtang – Wangdue (1350m) – Punakha (1310m/7 hours)

Day 10: Punakha – Thimphu (2350m) – Paro (2200m/3 - 4 hours).

Day 11: Paro  to Kathmandu.

Day 12: Final Departure

                               Journey to the Dragon Kingdom Elevation Chart

Journey to the Dragon Kingdom  Elevation Chart

 


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Arrival in Kathmandu Int’l airport, Marron Treks’ airport representative meets greets and transfers towards your designated hotel. Upon arrival in hotel you are served with a welcome drinks. Check in your room and rest of time free for your own exploration.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing Day in Kathmandu
Full day sightseeing around UNESCO world’s heritage sites like Bhaktapur/ Kathmandu and Patan. Throughout the tour, you will be escorted by our guide and you can visit many other places of interest. In the evening, sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner hosted by Marron Treks. Overnight in Hotel.
 
Day 03: Fly to Paro (2200m) and drive to Thimphu (2350m/1 hour)
A spectacular descent through mountainous valleys brings you into the Kingdom of Bhutan. The beautiful airport is your first glimpse of what's ahead. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your driver and guide. A short drive along the valley brings you to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. This very picturesque drive past rural homes, hillside monasteries and chortens only takes 1.5 hours. Settle into your hotel and after lunch at a local restaurant start your sightseeing, visiting the Textile Museum, a traditional paper making factory and the Post office to see Bhutan's beautiful stamps which also depicts about our country’s myths, traditions etc. Alternatively you can do less formal sightseeing and walk around the town with your guide. Dinner at a local Bhutanese restaurant. Overnight at Thimphu.
 
Day 04: Thimphu valley sightseeing Thimphu Valley Sightseeing
After breakfast drive at Sangaygang, a field of Bhutanese prayer flags, perched high above the city. Colored flags send prayers to the heavens and white flags honor the dead. Visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see the National animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. Walk to the Zilukha Nunnery and then drive to the Tango Monastery for a picnic lunch. The hike to the monastery takes about 45 minutes. It is a 13th Century structure and today is home to about 150 monks studying Buddhist Philosophy and meditation. Thimphu sightseeing continues with the Folk Heritage Museum (a beautifully restored Bhutanse farmhouse from the last century) and the National Painting School. In the evening visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our 3rd king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (a wonderful opportunity to mix with the local population). All the buildings in Bhutan conform to national building principals and are beautifully carved and decorated. Dinner at Royal Golf Club. Overnight at Thimphu.
 
Day 05: Thimphu – Punakha (1310m/2.5 hours)
Depart Thimpu and drive over the Dochu La Pass (3116m) to Punakha. The teahouse at the pass offers beautiful views of the Himalayan range in the distance. Overnight at hotel Zangto-Pelri. Afternoon visit the magnificent Dzong spanning the .This is the winter residence of the monastic body and the Je Khenpo (chief Abbott). Overnight at Punakha.
 
Day 06: Punakha – Gangtey (2900m/5 - 6 hours)Punakha In Bhutan
This morning we travel to the Probjikha Valley stopping at Wangdue en route, a typical rural town, where locals buy and sell all manner of produce! We turn off the main road for the Probjhika Valley, arguably the most beautiful in Bhutan. The scenery changes dramatically and your will see dwarf bamboo and possibly grazing yaks. Continue to the bottom of the valley and see the Black Crane Institute and Research Centre. The migratory crane arrives in the valley in late October each year. Dinner and overnight at Gangtey.
 
Day 07: Gangtey – Trongsa (2300m) – Bhumtang (2600m/3 - 4 hours)
Today our drive is spectacular and passes over many valleys. We stop at the Chendibji Chorten at the top of a highest pass of the Black mountains and then continue into Central Bhutan. The golden roofed Trongsa Dzong spans the valley that divides east and west Bhutan and is another architectural feat, which can be seen for 20 tantalising and winding miles before it is finally reached. Afternoon visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong and then drive to Bhumtang. Enroute visit the joint Australian/Bhutanese wool project at Chumey valley. Watch the single loom weaving process and buy yak wool rugs or scarves if you wish. There is also a wonderful selection of textiles from all over Bhutan on display and for sale at this roadside stop. You will probably see Yaks on the high passes on the way to Bhumtang. Eventually the road winds down into the beautiful Bhumtang valley, the cultural heart of Bhutan. Rice paddies give way to fields of barley and potatoes as the climate is too cold for rice. Dinner and overnight at Bhumtang.
 
Day 08: Sightseeing in Bhumtang
Bhumtang is said to be one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Here many great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders), have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley. In the morning we visit Tamshing Monastery (one of the oldest monastic schools built by Terton Pema Lingpa) and Kurjey Lhakhang (where the Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock). We also visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temple in Bhutan built in 7th century) and Jakar Dzong (seat of the district administration). In the afternoon we visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century. Dinner and overnight at Bhumtang.
 
Day 09: Bhumtang– Wangdue (1350m) – Punakha (1310m/7hours)
Depart the Bhumtang valley and retrace our route back out of the valley and back to Wangdue. This is a long day's drive - a necessary evil in order to see the Festival. Dinner and overnight at Punakha.
 
Day 10: Punakha– Thimphu (2350m) – Paro (2200m/3 - 4 hours)
An early departure from Wangdue to Paro via Thimphu for a break and a chanceto buy any textiles or artifacts that you may not have picked up elsewhere on your travels. We visit Ta Dzong (an ancient watchtower) which now houses the National Museum. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. We also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration centre and school for monks. Later evening take a walk around the main street of Paro’s main shopping district. Dinner and overnight at Paro.
 
Day 11: Paro  to Kathmandu
In the morning our agent escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport and arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. O/n hotel.
 
 
Day 12: Final departure
Marron Treks Airport representative drops as well as farewells you at airport or if time permits you, extend your trip for  Bunjy Jumping, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting etc. with us.

Accommodation:
While you are in Kathmandu, we opt to accommodate you in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star), Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star), Yak & Yeti (5 star) or similar.
During the trek, you will be accommodated in a Tea House/ Lodge or Trekking Inn. Most of these lodges and teahouses cater good services and are equipped with modern amenities. We will endeavor to provide you the best accommodation available along the route so that you get a good night’s rest in a hygienic milieu.
 
While in Bhutan, you will be accommodated in 3-4 Star lodges and hotels in Paro, Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha etc as per your requirement.
 
Meals:
We never compromise with the quality of food, as we are concerned about the health of our clients as well as staff members. Generally, we opt for the locally available fresh and nutritious community food, viz. dried meat cooked with hot chilies, Ema Datshi (vegetarian dish made out of cheese and chili) etc, so that you have the opportunity to taste something new and also get a real sense of the native culture and life patterns. Besides, a wide range of Continental, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisines like Pizza, Spaghetti, French Fries, Soups, Breads etc. are also available at the restaurants for your retreat.
 
Best Season
The month of Spring (March through April) and Autumn (September through November) are considered to be best time for Bhutan Tour.
 
Our Guides:
Guides play the most significant role in trip. Marron Treks has literate, experienced and helpful guides who are multilingual speakers and are very well versed to the culture, language, location and every single detail pertaining to Bhutan. Hence your trip becomes informative as well as entertaining.
 
Access to enter Bhutan
Bhutan is well connected to the outside world through Druk Air (Royal Bhutanese Airlines), the national carrier which is the only airline operating flights in and out of the kingdom. The country's only airport is situated at Paro and two flights a week from Kathmandu (Nepal).
 
Travel Insurance:
It is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure that your insurance covers you for both medical as well as evacuation costs. Having a travel insurance with you makes you trip safe and hassle free.
 
Bhutan Visa Requirement
Unlike other countries, Bhutanese Visa can be obtained only after entering the country itself as it does not have any embassy abroad. Hence, after Marron Treks receives your booking confirmation, you need to send us the details below along with the copies of your valid passport and recent PP sized photograph. We will then initiate your visa processing. It takes about 2 weeks for the visa to be granted. The visa application has to be submitted to the Department of Tourism in Bhutan and then finally it is approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But we do not want you to get into the rigmaroles of doing this all by yourself. All you need to do is send us the details below (along with the copies of passport and recent pp sized photograph) and we will take care of the rest in coordination with our agent in Bhutan. You will get the visa upon your arrival at the airport in Bhutan. You are entitled to pay the nominal visa fee of US $20. Visa extension fee for a period not exceeding six months is NU510 (US $ 8.24). Since the tourist visas are issued for the full period of stay in Bhutan, it is very unlikely that you would need a visa extension. Please note that the above conditions apply to all the nationalities except the Indians. The Indian citizens do not require a visa or a passport, but they need to provide some form of identification such as a copy of driving license, citizenship etc. along with five copies of PP sized photographs. Generally, they are issued a permit of 14 days which can be extended as necessary.
 
 
Full Name: ……………………………………………………….. …
Permanent Address: ………………………………………………….
Place of Birth: ………………………………………………………..
Date of Birth: …………………………………………………………
Nationality:…………………………………………………………….
 
Nature of Passport: Diplomatic/Official/Ordinary/UN Laisser-Passer.
Passport Number: ……………………………………………………...
Date of Issue: …………………………………………………………..
Place of Issue: ………………………………………………………….
Date of Expiry:………………………………………………………….
 
Occupation/Profession
Period for which visa is required: ………………………………………
Point of Entry/Exit into Bhutan: Entry: ………………Exit: ………….
Purpose of visiting Bhutan: …………………………………………….
Is this first visit to Bhutan? YES /NO. If not, give details of your earlier visit.
 
 
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Starting Price:  US $ 2890.00
Price per person in twin sharing accommodation basis.
Please feel free to contact us for your any special requirements or bigger group deals.
 
Cost Includes
Airport pick up and drop services by private transportation.

Accommodation in Bhutanese government approved tourist standard hotels or lodges during the trip.

Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in a three star category hotel on BB Plan.

Kathmandu city sightseeing by a professional city tour guide as per the itinerary.

Full-board basis meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks, including drinking water) during the trip in Bhutan.

Bhutanese government certified English speaking local tour guide

Private transportation during the trip. The luggage may be transferred by horses, mules or yaks in higher elevation when required.

Monument and museums entrance/permit fees as per the itinerary in Nepal and Bhutan.

Cultural programs for group.

Bhutanese government’s royalties, taxes and tourist service charges.

 

Cost Excludes

International airfare round trip (Kathmandu – Paro - Kathmandu)

Travel Insurance.

Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry.

Alcoholic and cold drinks/beverages.

Lunch and dinner at hotels in Kathmandu.

Personal clothing and equipments.

Tip for tour guides, driver, and hotel lobby staff and waiters. (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).

Other expenses not mentioned in the “Price Includes” section above.

 

Note: Kathmandu - Paro- Kathmandu Airfare = US $ 520 / subject to change.


Since we are not trekking to soaring altitudes, we do not actually have to travel with a cartload of gears. Traveling light is the best way to travel, but yes we need to make sure that we don't miss out the necessary items. Here's a suggestive list for you, but you needn't be so strict about it and can always have your own checklist.
 
CLOTHING​​ Equipment Photo
T-shirts
A neck warmer (for winters)
Fleece jacket
Hiking shorts
Pants/Hiking trousers
Undergarments (avoid cotton)
Full sleeved shirts
Rain suit(hooded)
Light wool glooves
 
Equipment Photo
 
FOOTWEAR​​
Hiking shoes/Running shoes
Light wool socks
Sandals/ Flip-flops

 

MISCELLENOUS
Day pack
Map and Guide Book
Water and Water purifying tablets ​
Water bottle(s) Equipment Photo
Processed foods / Chocolate bars / Crisps
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sun Cap/Hat

 

 
TOILETRIES
Equipment Photo
Soap
Detergent bar
Toilet paper
Perfumes
Deodorants
Hand sanitizers
Air freshener & Insect repellents
Moisturizers and antiseptic creams

 

OPTIONAL CARRY​
Equipment Photo
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items in this list asthey are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret as they might just come handy during the tripCamera, memory card and battery charger
GPS unit Altimeters
Binoculars Books and magazines

 

 

 

Departure Date

Marron Treks has developed fixed departure dates for all the tour areas. We operate group tours as well as individual tours per your convenience. So,if you are interested choose your best available date from below and book your trip now or you can directly contact us for new trip schedule as per your requirement.





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