A Family Holiday in Bhutan

We have created the perfect holiday for a family of 4 adults and 2 children who'd like to explore Bhutan together. There are two itineraries which are completely customisable and pricing will change accordingly.

Option 1

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Paro and transfer to Thimphu. Undertake sightseeing as per preference –  National Memorial Chorten (iconic temple in the heart of Thimphu built by the Queen Mother), Buddha Statue and the Thimphu Dzong (it is the fortress where the country’s parliament is located and is open to tourists in the evenings for an hour amidst tight security) and the Clock Tower. 
  • Another exciting place is Thimphu’s post office where one can see the stamps that Bhutan is famous for. One can also get personalised stamps made.
  • Day 02 – More sightseeing today – Takin Reserve (the only place in Bhutan where you can see their National animal, the Takin), National Textile Museum (a veritable treasure trove of Bhutanese textile history), and Changankha Lhakhang (where the Bhutanese go to seek blessings for their new born children).
  • After lunch, head to Simply Bhutan – an endeavour of the 3rd Queen Mother to showcase Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage and history to tourists. It is a unique experience.
  • Evening free to roam in the city. You’ll probably also cross the country’s only traffic island manned by a traffic policeman.
  • Day 03 – Check out of Thimphu and head to Punakha district. If the breakfast is had early, then we could stop at a fortress called the Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest in Bhutan, has about 15 steps). Next stop would be the Dochu-La (a high altitude pass where 108 chortens have been constructed). See the famous Fertility Temple called Chime Lhakhang and the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan. 
  • Relaxed evening.
  • Day 04 – After an early breakfast, leave for Paro. Visit Kichyu Lhakhang (one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan), National Museum and Paro Dzong (fortress) as well. You may also visit Dungtse Lhakhang which is a unique circular shaped temple that has no lights inside. 
  • Evening free for hot stone bath/shopping on the main street.
  • Day 05 – Departure day from Paro after breakfast.

Note

  • An English speaking guide is a friend on the trip as there are many things about the country only a guide will be able to tell you. Since most foreign tourists in Bhutan are accompanied by a guide (due to the 250 USD per day, per person embargo), you will also notice that they have few signboards inside temples and monasteries and absolutely no archeological or cultural history written any where
  • Hotels – We lodge our guests in 3 star category hotels. They will have heating, hot water and provision for extra blankets. Wi-fi may or may not be available given weather conditions. These hotels have good service standards. You may read the reviews online. Hotels are subject to availability.
  • Thimphu – Thimphu Tower/City Hotel
  • Punakha – Hotel Lobesa/Drubchhu Resort
  • Paro – Tashi Namgay Resort/Khangkhu Resort/Dharma Resort
  • Food – All breakfasts will be buffet style. Your guide will give you restaurant recommendations for lunches and dinners based on your preference
  • You will travel by a comfortable 8 seater Toyota Hiace bus through the trip. Since it is a mountain country, travelling time between two districts is quite high as you cover about 25-30 kms per hour.
  • Bhutan has hospitals and medical centres across the country. Thimphu, the capital city, where you spend 2 days has the main hospital. All hospitals have emergency service as well. Treatment to tourists is rendered free of cost as per the policy of the Government of Bhutan.
  • A return air fare from Kolkata to Bhutan’s Paro International Airport is Rs. 16,500 per person, in economy & Rs. 23,000 from Delhi. This is an approximate cost and may vary by 5% during booking.
  • We need full payment of air tickets in advance to book them as well as scans of Indian passports for all travellers with minimum 6 months validity. You can also travel on a Voter’s ID, if you don’t have a passport or if the passport doesn’t have enough validity
  • If you take the Kolkata route, you may also be required to stay at Kolkata for one night. For the return leg, you can take a flight back on the same day.
  • Children will be eligible for a student’s/child discount and the infant, for infant fare. Student’s ID is a must to avail the said discount.
  • At Bhutan, Indians get a permit on arrival for Paro and Thimphu and permits to other districts have to be applied for separately. However, we apply for and give you an ePermit from inside Bhutan to enable smooth transfer within the country.
  • We need 75% advance to book the hotels etc. and 25% three weeks prior to arrival in Bhutan. Cancellation rules apply.

 

Option 2

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Paro and transfer to Thimphu. Undertake sightseeing as per preference –  National Memorial Chorten (iconic temple in the heart of Thimphu built by the Queen Mother), Buddha Statue and the Thimphu Dzong (it is the fortress where the country’s parliament is located and is open to tourists in the evenings for an hour amidst tight security) and the Clock Tower. 
  • Another exciting place is Thimphu’s post office where one can see the stamps that Bhutan is famous for. One can also get personalised stamps made.
  • Day 02 – More sightseeing today – Takin Reserve (the only place in Bhutan where you can see their National animal, the Takin), National Textile Museum (a veritable treasure trove of Bhutanese textile history), and Changankha Lhakhang (where the Bhutanese go to seek blessings for their new born children). 
  • After lunch, head to Simply Bhutan – an endeavour of the 3rd Queen Mother to showcase Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage and history to tourists. It is a unique experience.
  • Evening free to roam in the city. You’ll probably also cross the country’s only traffic island manned by a traffic policeman.
  • Day 03 – Check out of Thimphu and head to Paro. Visit Kichyu Lhakhang (one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan), National Museum and Paro Dzong (fortress) as well. You may also visit Dungtse Lhakhang which is a unique circular shaped temple that has no lights inside. 
  • Evening free for hot stone bath/shopping on the main street.
  • Day 04 – Early breakfast followed by hike to Tiger’s Nest (or Taktsang), Bhutan’s most iconic monastery. From base to the top, the hike takes about 2-3 hours. It is steep in parts. Once you’ve visited the temple and you come back down, you can shop for knick knacks at the stalls. Your parents can relax and enjoy hotel amenities.
  • Day 05 – Departure day from Paro after breakfast.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in 3 star properties in 2 standard double rooms + 1 extra mattress
  • All breakfasts
  • Registered English speaking Guide
  • Vehicle at disposal (explained below)
  • Driver charges, parking charges etc.
  • One 500ml bottle of mineral water, per person, per day 

Exclusions

  • Air tickets (domestic & international)
  • Beverages, snacks, etc. 
  • Shopping, laundry, expenses of a personal nature etc.
  • Entry tickets to Simply Bhutan, monuments etc. (you pay as you go)
  • Hot stone bath etc.
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