• The trip
  • The plan
  • The cost
  • Payment
The trip

 We are organizing our signature trip to Bhutan in March 2018, after a highly successful trip in October. It is a fixed date departure (22 – 31 March). During the trip, we will explore Bhutan together with others who are as keenly interested as us to find out what makes Bhutan the happiest place in the world!
We will experience culture, see all the sights, stay with a Bhutanese family, undertake mild hikes and trails, have a picnic lunch by a river, experiment with local food and drinks etc. We will also provide access to a special event held only in Paro during the festival which is a treat for photographers.
The trip includes tours to Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Haa and Phobjika valley.

The Group

We believe in mixed groups and men & women from all walks of life are welcome to join. Our group size doesn’t exceed 15.
We do recommend a certain level of fitness among our guests due to the altitude of the country and the few climbs we would undertake.
In addition to an English speaking guide, the group is led by EIT’s charismatic Trip Leader, Ritu. She is the founder of our company and an avid traveler herself. She will offer you diverse and deep perspectives on Bhutan, a country she has been visiting since 2012. She also keeps the group together as a cohesive unit while looking after individual needs (even whims, sometimes).

Hotels

We lodge our guests in 3-4 star category hotels on twin sharing basis. They will have heating, hot water and provision for extra blankets. Wi-fi may or may not be available given weather conditions.

Food

All breakfasts will be buffet style and lunches will be Bhutanese fare and buffets in most places. Dinner may be in-house in some places and in the town at others.

Travel

We will travel by an 18 seater Coaster Bus/10 seater Hiace (depends on group size) through the country. Since it is a mountain country, traveling time between two districts (say, Thimphu & Punakha) is quite high (we will cover about 25-30km per hour).

The plan

22 March:

Arrive 10:30AM or near about.
Transfer to Thimphu – 1.5 hours Stop at Suspension Bridge on-route.
Lunch at 2 pm – 3 pm Sightseeing – Changankha Lhakhang, Buddha Statue, Takin Reserve, Memorial Chorten.
Check in at Hotel.
Evening, visit the Post office for personalised stamps.
Overnight in Thimphu.

23 March:

  Guests to be ready by 9 am.  
Climb to Tango Monastery after breakfast.
Mild hike that will take only 45 minutes up.

  Picnic lunch by the riverside after coming down from Tango.
  Evening, a visit to the Thimphu Dzong – seat of the government.
  Shopping in the main market.
 Overnight in Thimphu

24 March:

  Check out at 9 am after breakfast. Transfer to Punakha – 2 hours.
  Stop at Dochu-La pass and proceed to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Divine Madman.
  Lunch at the Chimi Lhakhang Restaurant or equivalent 
  Evening Sightseeing – Punakha Dzong & longest suspension bridge of Bhutan.
 Overnight in Punakha

25 March:

  Guests to be ready by 8 00 am. After breakfast, leave for a hike to Khamsum Yulley Chorten. Mild Hike will take 1-2 hours.
  Lunch: a packed picnic lunch.

Visit to local Talo Festival after lunch
Overnight in Punakha

26 March:

  Guests to be ready by 8 00 am. Leave for Gangtey valley after breakfast.
  Drive time – 3- 4 hours.

Sightseeing – Gangtey Monastery
  Lunch at restaurant in Gangtey
  After lunch, Gangtey Nature Trail – This 4 km trail will take about 1 hour and will open into the magnificent glacial valley called Phobjika
 Overnight at Gangtey

27 March:

Guests to be ready by 9 am.
Travel from Gangtey to Thimphu. 

Stop at Simtokha Dzong on the way
Overnight at Thimphu

28 March:

Thimphu to Haa – 4-5 hours. Arrive at Chele-La Pass, highest motorable pass in Bhutan and take off on mild hike to nunnery (time – about 1.5 – 2 hours).
  Lunch at restaurant on the way/packed 
  Evening, a hot stone bath (at extra cost).
  Dinner in homestay

29 March:

Breakfast by 9 am. Early breakfast and sightseeing – Wangchuklo Dzong, Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo
 Leave for Paro. 
Lunch –2 pm at designated café/restaurant in town
  Evening Sightseeing – Dungtse Lakhang, Kichyu Lakhang
  Overnight at Paro

30 March:

Breakfast by 8 am.
 Climb to Bhutan’s most iconic monastery – Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest. Tough climb, will take between 2 – 4 hours depending on fitness levels

  Lunch at Taktsang Cafeteria
  Evening for Rest/shopping in town
  Overnight at Paro

31 March:

Departure day. Check out and departure after.

The cost

The price for this 9 nights & 10 days package is Rs 70,000/- per head.

What’s included:

Accommodation on twin sharing basis, all travel inside Bhutan, breakfasts & lunches, all sightseeing, entry fees to monuments, museums, driver and guide remuneration etc.

What isn’t

1. Dinners, beverages, snacks, shopping, expenses of a personal nature, laundry etc.
2. Domestic and International air tickets

NOTE:

*We book air tickets to and from Paro International Airport 

Cost for foreigners:

1. Dollar paying tourist 1 pax – $3190/head– including $40 USD, per day, solo traveler surcharge – excluding USD $40 one time visa.
2. Dollar paying tourist group of 2- $3080/head– including $30 USD, per day, double traveler surcharge – excluding USD $40 one time visa.
3. Dollar paying tourist group of 3 and above- $2750/head – excluding USD $40 one time visa.
4. Includes all meals
5. Air tickets not included.

Payment

50% advance before the trip, to book a seat.
Payment to be made by cheque or online transfer methods.

Bank details:

Bank Name – Punjab National Bank
Branch – Pashan Road
City – Pune, India
Account Holder – Ease India Travel
Account No. (Current) – 049500 21000 13728
IFSC Code – PUNB0049500

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