Glimpses of Bhutan Tour

Duration: 4 Days

Glimpses of Bhutan Tour is the perfect option for those who have limited time. Adventure Club Trek’s four-day-long Glimpses of Bhutan Tour itinerary makes your trip easier, more enjoyable and hassle-free. Glimpse of Bhutan Tour lets you experience the lust in nature and the culture of Bhutan. Quench your thirst for serene nature and well preserved Buddhist culture as you hike up to the vantage points nearby and pay your visit to some popular monasteries and dzongs. Visit the national museum and get enlightened with the unique culture, history, and origin of Bhutan and Bhutanese people.

On our Glimpses of Bhutan Tour ', we will visit popular Bhutanese landmarks in Thimphu and Paro. In Thimphu, we tour some of its popular landmarks including the Memorial Chorten, nunnery Temple, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum and others. In Paro, we visit Rinpung Dzong, national museum and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple before hiking to the amazing Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery the next day. 

For those who want to explore Bhutan in a longer span of time and even trek in the country, Adventure Club Trek offers Bhutan Cultural Tour with Three days Bumthang Trek- 12 Days, it is a complete tour with three days of trekking in one of the greenest countries in the world, Bhutan.

 

Trip Highlights:

  • RinchenDzong- built-in 1644 on orders of ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal on the foundation of a monastery made by Guru Rinpoche to defend the Paro Valley against invasion from Tibet. RinpungDzong means Fortress on a Heap of Jewels.
  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) is one of Bhutan's fantastic attractions. Located at an altitude of 3,120 m, the monastery hangs on a cliff which makes it a must-visit the place.
  • Visit the mini zoo, MotithangTakin Preserve to see the national animal of Bhutan, Takin.
  • Explore the Weekend Market if you visit Saturday or Sunday.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Paro & transfer to Thimphu (2,320m) : 54 km, 1 hour
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu & Transfer to Paro (2250 m) : 54 km, 1 hour
  • Day 03: Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery (3,120m)
  • Day 04: Final Departure
  • Day 01: Arrive in Paro & transfer to Thimphu (2,320m) : 54 km, 1 hour

    As your flight nears Bhutan, you can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Adventure Club Trek who will take you to your hotel in Thimphu for a good night's sleep. However, if your flight arrives early and you want to visit a few places in Thimphu then it can be arranged too
    Overnight at hotel. Dinner Included

  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu & Transfer to Paro (2250 m) : 54 km, 1 hour

    After breakfast, you will visit Memorial Chorten (built-in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changangkha Monastery, Nunnery temple, School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school) and Folk Heritage Museum. After relaxing lunch, you will visit the traditional paper factory, Majestic Tashichhodzong and giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest Buddha Shakyamuni in the world. In the evening, you can stroll freely in Thimphu city and absorb the lifestyle of the people.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 03: Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery (3,120m)

    After an early breakfast visit the Tiger’s Nest(Taktshang)Hike up to the famous cliff-hermitage called Taktsang, the “Tiger’s Nest.” This monastic retreat is built into a sheer cliff face, high above the Paro valley. The Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and landed here, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful pine forest and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. After having lunch we will continue to visit the major attraction of Paro city.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 04: Final Departure

    Today we leave the Land of the Thunder Dragon. A representative from Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule.
    Breakfast Included

    Tour Departure Note. This tour can be undertaken round the year for any independent travelers according to their chosen traveling dates as private departures. Should you wish the tour can be easily customized as per your interest. Contact us with your requirements.

Cost Includes

  • All arrival and departure transfer in a private tourist vehicle.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance
  • Government-approved A and B category hotels on a twin- shared basis
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the tour
  • Safe drinking water will be supplied during the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Cost Excludes

  • Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days
  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, bar bills, internet, laundry)
  • Travel and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

        

 

Bhutan Travel FAQS

1. When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

Every season has its own charm. But, the most popular time to visit Bhutan is autumn and spring seasons which fall on the month from September -November, and March-May respectively. The weather is warmer and skies are clearer on this season and many of the dramatic festivals fall on this period.

2. Do I need a visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a visa for Bhutan?

Bhutan Visa is essential for every foreigner who is planning to enter Bhutan. The visa has to be processed by local tour operators, such as our company Adventure Club Trek. No foreign mission or embassy abroad grants a tourist visa. For the visa, a passport is required which must be valid for at least 6 months after you leave Bhutan. The Druk Air allows boarding only if it has got your visa clearance from the Bhutan Government.

3. What documents will you provide that I have to take with me to Bhutan?

Visa confirmation letter: We will organize your visa for Bhutan prior to the start of your trip. For the visa procedure, you have to send us two passport size color photographs and a color copy of your passport.

Itinerary: Please take a copy of your tour itinerary with you.

4. How to enter Bhutan?

There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from.  At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines.

By Air the Entry Points are:

Bangkok to Paro.

Dhaka to Paro.

Katmandu to Paro.

Kolkata to Paro.

Delhi to Paro.

Singapore to Paro.

By Land, the Entry Points are:

Also, there are three land border crossings in which you can travel into the kingdom overland.  All crossings are along the Indian border only - Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar.

Bagdogra to Phuntsholing.

Bagdogra to Gelephu.

Guwahati to Samdrup Jongkhar.

Note: Exit can also be done through the same Entry Points.

5. Can I have a private tour?

Sure. We can arrange a private tour. We also organize private tours as per the demand. We have been flexible as per the wish of our customer and will be in the coming days also.

6. How much does the visa cost?

The visa fee for foreign travelers is US$ 40. The fee can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian Passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and people from the Maldives, there is no cost incurred.

7. Is it safe to drink tap water in Bhutan?

Tap water is not considered safe for drinking and also ice cubes should be avoided. Mineral water is easily available throughout the country (but make sure that seal is not broken). At the same time, it is better to go with a trusted brand rather than picking the local brands.

8. Do I have to worry about altitude sickness in Bhutan?

The altitude in Bhutan is higher than many people are habituated to. Although many people might not have any problem adjusting, altitude sickness may be a problem for a few ones. If visitors do some simple preparations before leaving for Bhutan, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape, before you arrive in Bhutan will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local doctor about AMS and medicines in case of an emergency.

9. Can I use my credit cards in Bhutan?

Credit cards are not accepted in Bhutan generally. But, there is some handicraft shop that accepts credit cards while purchasing goods.

10. Are there ATM s counter in Bhutan?

ATM facility has recently been opened in Bhutan, but it is available for the local people only for the time being.

11. What’s the food like in Bhutan?

The most unique feature of Bhutanese cuisine is its sharp taste. Chillis are an important ingredient of nearly every plate and are considered so essential that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy. Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It comes with one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Beef, Pork, and Chicken are the meats that are taken most frequently. A wide range of western and Indian cuisine is also accessible in many of the restaurants across the country.

12. What are the accommodations like?

Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B, and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels located throughout the globe. Western Bhutan (Thimpu, Paro, Wangdue and Punakha)has the best hotels but as you head to eastern and central regions, the quality decreases a little bit. All the hotels/lodges/guest houses in western Bhutan have pretty good electrical heating systems. While the hotels in the central and eastern part of Bhutan have wood-stoves for heating.

13. What is the electricity supply in Bhutan and what plugs are used?

240 volts AC – Flat round 2-pin plugs are most common and a universal adapter is an important travel item. Power cuts are quite frequent in central and eastern Bhutan while western Bhutan has a stable power supply.

14. Are there internet facilities for foreign travelers?

Bhutan's main and only Internet Service Provider (ISP) is Druknet, owned by Bhutan Telecom. It provides a dial-up service, at a reasonable cost. There are several internet cafes and communication centers in the Thimphu and other various parts of the country. Tourists only need to find a place they are most comfortable with to use the facilities to keep in touch with home. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels.

15. Can we smoke in Bhutan?

The sale of tobacco products is banned throughout the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. However, smoking in Bhutan is not banned but acting without an import receipt issued by the Department of Revenue and Customs is banned. Therefore, if you wish to smoke in Bhutan you can carry cigarettes up to 200 pieces with you but duty has to be paid for them and also can smoke only on private zones like room or residence. It is recommended to smoke only on claimed zone otherwise it will be considered a crime if you smoke on prohibited areas like public places and offices and may even have to go jail for 3months also.

16. What currency shall I carry?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Most currencies are exchanged by banks here. The most commonly accepted currencies are Ngultrum, US dollars, and Indian rupees. However Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable. Most handicraft shops accept the US dollar. You can even exchange currencies in some local shops. They give you a better exchange rate than the banks.

PRICE FROM US$ 719 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 719

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-30
  • Trip Duration 4 Days
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Trip Difficulty Leisure Holidays
  • Trip Style Hotel
  • Accomodation Standard Hotels
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