Isolated from the outside world for centuries, the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan with just about 700,000 people has become the most sought-after travel destination for high-end travelers. Unfortunately, only a few thousand visitors are able to make it each year as the country follows a tourism policy that is aimed at ensuring that its pristine environment and age-old culture from which it draws the essence of its nationhood and identity are not compromised.

But for those who have been to Bhutan, the experience has been truly rewarding. It is a country that has chosen to follow a development path that is as bold as it is unique. Bhutan believes that the relentless material pursuit is anathema to the future wellbeing of mankind and so should instead strive to achieve Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product.

Happiness is Adventure

Here is how you find happiness in Adventure

  • Enjoy bicycling on some of the world’s highest road passes
  • Plough a field with a pair of oxen
  • Challenge yourself in paddy plantation
  • Hit the bullseye with the traditional bow and arrow
  • Bike through medieval trails
  • Meet monks on hilltop monasteries
  • Experience the lesser traveled areas of Bhutan
  • Learn the art of preparing traditional tea, Suja
  • Experience bolted rock climbing Romance the untamed rivers

Happiness is Culture

Here is how you find happiness in Culture

  • Sleep under the rafters of an ancient’s farmhouse
  • Cook Bhutanese dishes and lose your palate to the taste of Emadatsi
  • Savour the locally brewed alcohol, Ara, fried in eggs
  • Rest by a bonfire to drift away to the soothing melody of folklore music
  • Make a wish by building a miniature stupa out of mud or flour
  • Get married in Bhutan like a royal couple
  • Renew your wedding vows the Bhutanese style
  • Milk a cow and try your skills in cheese and butter making

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  Happiness is Festival

Here is how you find happiness in Festival

  • Join the locals in their finest attires and relish their festival meals
  • Realize the meaning of life through the acts of dance
  • Meet and take selfies with the Atsara, the life of the festival
  • Let the sight of giant scroll (Thongdrel) enliven your spirit
  • Receive blessing from rare displays of sacred relics
  • Dress in Bhutanese costume by choosing your favorite colour

 

Happiness is Spirituality

Here is how you find happiness is Spirituality

  • Spread merit by hoisting prayer flags
  • Practice yoga amid the serene environment
  • Sooth your soul reading your favorite book by the riverside
  • Sit with monks through the chanting of prayers
  • Discover your inner-self with meditation
  • Take part in annual rituals with the locals
  • Take lesson on Buddhism from a Buddhist master
  • Light thousand butter lamps and make a wish

Happiness is Wellness

Here is how you find happiness in Wellness

  • Rejuvenate with herbal and hot stone bath
  • Heal your mind with yoga and meditation
  • Immerse in natural Himalayan hot spring
  • Try our indigenEditous therapies
  • Experience undisrupted calmness of nature
  • Try your skills with favourite organic food
  • Enjoy a session on meditation with a renowned master
  • Treat your lungs with a breath of fresh air everyday

Happiness is Trekking

Here is how you find happiness in Trekking

  • Unwind at a yak herder’s camp with hot butter tea
  • Wade through fresh mountain creeks
  • Experience the medieval ambience of nomad lifestyles
  • Embark on the thrills of Himalayan trek routes
  • Traverse the trails of wild blossoms
  • Earn a reward of breathtaking landscapes
  • Challenge yourself on the Snowman trek
  • Find happiness by having a meal by a river



Happiness is Nature

Here is how you find happiness in Nature

  • Feel the fresh grass under a blanket of stars
  • Add 565 + species of birds in your ornithology dictionary
  • Spot wildlife from a boat on the Manas River
  • Take a leisurely walk through the pristine forests
  • Hike through
  • The tapestry of Bhutanese colour
  • Explorer the wild array of flora and fauna
  • Scroll through protected national parks
  • Relieve city stress in nature’s lap

Luxury Bhutan Package

Destination : Luxury Bhutan ( In & Ex Paro )
Duration : 04 Nights & 05 Days

Itinerary ::
Day 01 :: Arrive Paro. Transfer to Thimphu hotel.
Pick-up from Paro airport & transfer (65 kms – 1.15 hrs drive) to Thimphu. Check in at the hotel. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 02 :: Thimphu sightseeing .
After breakfast visit Takin Zoo, BBS Tower , Chang Gangkha Monastery, Buddha Point, Changlimthang Stadium & Archery ground. Afternoon visit Tashichho dzong ( Outside view), National Memorial Chorten, Government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops. Overnight stay at Thimphu .

Day 03 :: Morning transfer to Paro. Paro sightseeing .
Morning transfer to Paro (65 kms – 1.15 hrs drive). Check in at the hotel. Later visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) and then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.Afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress from where Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. Later visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Return at hotel. Overnight at Paro.

Day 04 :: Excursion to Haa valley via Chelela pass ..
Early morning drive to Haa via Chele-la pass. After driving through blue pine & rhododendron forest for 45 km, reach Chele-la pass ( 4200 meters). From this point one can have a superb views of Mount- Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey. This is a very good place to walk around for few minutes enjoying the view. Drive on to Haa, descending all the way for another 22 km (Approx 01 hr drive)), finally reaching Haa.Explore the sightseeing at Haa. Later in the afternoon drive to Paro same way back. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 05 :: Drop to Paro international airport. Depart Bhutan. Tour Ends .
After breakfast drop to Paro airport.

Hotels Recommended Or Similar

Thimpu Paro
Le Meridian Le Meridian

Service Include

 

Service does not Include

 

1. Accommodation With Daily Breakfast & Dinner.

2. Exclusive NAC Vehicle for all transfer & Sightseeing as per Itinerary (2-4 Pax Santa Fe/Tucson/Create / Prado & 5-8 Pax Hiace).

3.All Hotel Taxes & Permit Charges except GST

1.Extras of personal nature such as personal tips,

   laundry charges, additional tour charges.

2.Insurance, Medical & Emergency rescue costs.

3.Does not include Entrance fees at monuments,

monasteries,   museums etc.

4.Does not include Hard drinks or liquor.

5.Does not include Guide

 

Luxury Bhutan Package

Destination : Luxury Bhutan ( In & Ex Paro )
Duration : 04 Nights & 05 Days

Itinerary ::
Day 01 :: Arrive Paro. Transfer to Thimphu hotel.
Pick-up from Paro airport & transfer (65 kms – 1.15 hrs drive) to Thimphu. Check in at the hotel. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 02 :: Thimphu sightseeing .
After breakfast visit Takin Zoo, BBS Tower , Chang Gangkha Monastery, Buddha Point, Changlimthang Stadium & Archery ground. Afternoon visit Tashichho dzong ( Outside view), National Memorial Chorten, Government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops. Overnight stay at Thimphu .

Day 03 :: Morning transfer to Paro. Paro sightseeing .
Morning transfer to Paro (65 kms – 1.15 hrs drive). Check in at the hotel. Later visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) and then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.Afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined fortress from where Bhutanese repelled several invasion by Tibetan armies. Later visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Return at hotel. Overnight at Paro.

Day 04 :: Excursion to Haa valley via Chelela pass ..
Early morning drive to Haa via Chele-la pass. After driving through blue pine & rhododendron forest for 45 km, reach Chele-la pass ( 4200 meters). From this point one can have a superb views of Mount- Chomolhari & Jichu Drakey. This is a very good place to walk around for few minutes enjoying the view. Drive on to Haa, descending all the way for another 22 km (Approx 01 hr drive)), finally reaching Haa.Explore the sightseeing at Haa. Later in the afternoon drive to Paro same way back. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 05 :: Drop to Paro international airport. Depart Bhutan. Tour Ends .
After breakfast drop to Paro airport.

Hotels Recommended Or Similar

Thimpu Paro
Taj Tashi Le Meridian

 

Service Include

 

Service does not Include

 

1. Accommodation With Daily Breakfast & Dinner.

2. Exclusive NAC Vehicle for all transfer & Sightseeing as per Itinerary (2-4 Pax Santa Fe/Tucson/Create / Prado & 5-8 Pax Hiace).

3.All Hotel Taxes & Permit Charges except GST

 

1.Extras of personal nature such as personal tips,

   laundry   charges, additional tour charges.

2.Insurance, Medical & Emergency rescue costs.

3.Does not include Entrance fees at monuments,

   monasteries,   museums etc.

4.Does not include Hard drinks or liquor.

5.Does not include Guide

PLACE

Thimphu

Paro

Punakha

Gangtey

Phuentsholing

3 STAR DELUXE

Hotel Phuntsho Pelri

Olathang Hotel

Meri Punesum Resort

Dewachen Hotel Spa

Hotel Druk

4 STAR

Namgay Heritage

Tashi Namgay Resort

Zhingkham Resort

Dewachen Hotel Spa

Hotel Druk

4 STAR PREMIUM

Druk Hotel

Kichu Resort

RKPO Green Resort

RKPO Green Resort

Hotel Druk

5 STAR

Le Meridie Thimphu

Le Meridien Paro

Dhensa Boutique

RKPO Green Resort

Hotel Druk

INCLUSIONS   

  • Accommodation on twin/double sharing basis as
  • per hotel selection
  • Daily breakfast and dinner in staying hotel/resort
  • Exclusive chauffeur driven luxury air conditioned
  • vehicle for all transfers and sightseeing
  • Accompanying English speaking licensed
  • Bhutanese Guide for entire tour
  • Bhutan Permits
  • Clean drinking water for guests
  • 24/7 Assistance during the tour
  • All Bhutan service charge and taxes

EXCLUSIONS

  • Any international/domestic flight
  • All other meals/ drinks
  • Expenses of personal nature like – telephone/Internet, shopping, laundry, etc.
  • Tips & Gratuities (optional)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any tourist activity

Travel By Land

Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas open to tourists.

The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra. Though Bhutan does not have any rail link but it is conveniently reached by road from nearest Indian Railway stations at New Jalpaiguri (Siliguri), Hasimara, Alipurdwar & Guwahati. After crossing Phuentsholing, you begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city with travel time of about six hours for the 170 km stretch. Gelephu, in south-central Bhutan, is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 kms from Thimphu and the journey will take you through the sub-tropical areas of Bhutan before entering the alpine zone and then finally into Thimphu. One will have to traverse across three districts and the travel time will be about ten hours. The district of Samdrup Jongkhar in south-east Bhutan borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150 kms away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about three hours. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, and from there over the lateral route to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and then finally into the capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 kms and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.

Travel By Air

There are flights to destinations that include Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai. Paro is situated at a height of 2,225 m (7300 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan; Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. There are also domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan. Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Airport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga at their best.

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VISA/ENTRY PERMIT

With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors traveling to Bhutan need a visa.

Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card). Child below 05 years required Original Birth Certificate and child between 06 to 17 years require academic School Identity Card along with Original Birth Certificate.

If you are entering Bhutan via land, it is to be noted that the permits are issued only during working days (Monday to Friday between 9 am to 4 pm during winters and till 5 pm during summers). It is suggested that the travelers arrive a day prior in Phuentsholing so that they can get the permits done.

No permits are issued on Saturday, Sunday and Bhutan government holidays.

Online Regional Permit System

In order to streamline and facilitate smooth visitation by tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives, the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Council of Bhutan have launched the Online Permit System. The system facilitates the Online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered Bhutanese tour operators like Wind Horse Tours. The facility is offered as an optional channel to process permits for visitors from the region and is applicable for entry from Paro and Phuentsholing. Visitors who use this facility will be able to obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists. You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your e-permit.

Visa (Foreign Nationals)

All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an Online system by licensed Bhutanese tour operator like Wind Horse Tours directly or through a foreign travel agent. You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours. At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

From

Paro

Thimphu

Punakha/Wangdue

Gangtey/Phobjikha

Phuentsholing

To

Thimphu, Haa Valley

Punakha, Gangtey

Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang

Trongsa, Bumthang

Thimphu, Paro, Bagdogra (India)

Distance/Time

65km/1hr, 80km/3hrs

85km/3hrs, 135km/5hrs

70km/2-3hrs, 140km/5hrs, 215km/8-10hrs

80km/3hrs, 160km/5-6hrs

165km/4-5hrs, 160km/4-5hrs, 165km/4hrs

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