Always Bhutan Bhutan

Always Bhutan Bhutan

Always Bhutan Travel is a full service private touring company, The company was inspired by a thirst to share renowned and hidden corners of Bhutan. The vision of Sonam, Always Bhutan Tours was built upon a foundation of creativity and passion for travel and adventure, culinary delights, and discovering the sophistication and the pleasures of Bhutan. Always Bhutan Travel offers a range of carefully crafted itineraries and also provides guests with the opportunity to fully customise their experience to suit their individual needs. Tours are suitable for individuals, families and groups. At Always Bhutan Travel, its our aspiration & endeavor to provide the best possible travel suggestions & prices to our clients with no hidden costs. Our travel experts are avid travelers and they keep themselves updated with the latest information and developments regarding tourism in Bhutan.

ENCHANTING BHUTAN

Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon—Druk Yul, is a small Buddhist Kingdom, hidden in the folds of the great Himalayas and nestled between two big nations, China and India. It is a thrilling land of towering peaks, pristine forests, and admiring landscape. Known for very rich flora and fauna and flourishing green valleys and cool breeze of fresh air. More than 70 per cent of the total area is covered with forest and the Constitution, adopted in 2008 mandates the minimum of 60 per cent forest coverage in all times to come.

Bhutan’s unique culture and traditions are originated from Buddhism which is prevailed the religion in Bhutan.  For the Bhutanese people, Buddhism is not just a religion, but a philosophical practice inherent and ingrained in their daily lives. The approach to development is based on the philosophy of Gross National Happiness—the development with values. The government advance with developing holistic and enabling amenities considering the sustainable avenues for the people enjoy happiness.

This cultural tour through the mystical Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese hospitality, admire the ever-changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich Buddhist culture. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpung Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and after crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.


Tour Information

Duration
7 Days
Departure
Price per Participant
112,666.67+ TIIM
Languages
Group size
2 - 20 people
Transportation
Airplane
Car
Bus
Includes
Private guided tour A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure. Guaranteed Bhutan visa Airport transfers Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels Accommodation at 3 star hotel (Our partner hotels) A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide An experienced driver An imported SUV tour vehicle Entry fees & road permits Mineral bottled water Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
Excludes
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan Meals at 5 stars restaurants Tips for the guide and driver Alcoholic drink Expenditure of personal nature Flights into Bhutan with Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines
Cancellation
Tour Booking cancellation & refund policy For payed trips, full refund will be made for the tour cancelled 45 days or more prior to arrival date. 30% penalty on total tour cost for tours cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival date for both payed and un-payed trips. 50% penalty on the total tour cost for the tour cancelled less than 21 days prior to arrival date. This is because by this time hotels would be already booked and company is subject to cancellation charges for rooms cancelled in less than 21 days for both payed and un-payed trips. 50% cancellation charge for the tour canceled before 21 days of arrival date for both payed and unpayed trips. Duration lost or trip shortened due to unforeseen reasons after arrival in Bhutan, no refund will be made – because we will already have had paid for the hotels and other logistics. Drukair/Bhutan Airlines Flight Booking cancellation & refund policy 100% refund permitted for tickets cancelled more than 40 days from the date of travel. 50% refund permitted for tickets cancelled between 30 days – last 15 days from the date of travel. No refund will be made for missed connections or “no show” at the airports. Additional fee of US $25 is levied for every date change once the tickets have been issued. For every cancelled ticket, an administrative fee of US $50 is levied.

About the creator
Always Bhutan Bhutan

Always Bhutan Bhutan

Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon—Druk Yul, is a small Buddhist Kingdom, hidden in the folds of the great Himalayas and nestled between two big nations, China and India. It is a thrilling land of towering peaks, pristine forests, and admiring landscape. Known for very rich flora and fauna and flourishing green valleys and cool breeze of fresh air. More than 70 per cent of the total area is covered with forest and the Constitution, adopted in 2008 mandates the minimum of 60 per cent forest coverage in all times to come.

Bhutan’s unique culture and traditions are originated from Buddhism which is prevailed the religion in Bhutan.  For the Bhutanese people, Buddhism is not just a religion, but a philosophical practice inherent and ingrained in their daily lives. The approach to development is based on the philosophy of Gross National Happiness—the development with values. The government advance with developing holistic and enabling amenities considering the sustainable avenues for the people enjoy happiness.

This cultural tour through the mystical Western valleys of Bhutan is an ideal introduction to the Dragon Kingdom. Experience Bhutanese hospitality, admire the ever-changing landscapes, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich Buddhist culture. Highlights include Ta Dzong Museum, Rimpung Dzong with its wooden cantilevered bridge and the infamous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) in the beautiful Paro Valley, The National Memorial Chorten, 12th century Changangkha Temple and the National Library exhibiting ancient scriptures in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, and after crossing the 3050m Dochula Pass with spectacular Himalayan views, a journey into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley featuring the incredible the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.

PARO-THIMPHU

Welcome to Bhutan, Land of Thunder Dagon. Your Journey begins flying on Druk Air or Bhutan national Airlines meet the representative from Always Bhutan at Paro Airport. Transfer to Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan, passing through hills and some astounding countryside. Thimphu is situated in a large valley traversed by the Wangchu River and overshadowed by high peaks. En-route- view Tachogang monastery “temple of excellent horse” built by Thangthong Gyalpo“ the (Iron chain builder in Bhutan and visit the Iron Chain Bridge which is one of the most visible ancient craft work in the middle Ages.) before reaching to Chunzom You will Afternoon visit some cultural sites and walk through the main street of Thimphu.

THIMPHU

Participate in a wide variety of interesting activities, which represent many diverse aspects of Bhutanese culture. Drive to visit Kuensel Phodrang to visit the Buddha Statue, 169ft, symbolizing indestructibility and one of the most religious monuments built in recent times. The view of Thimphu valley from the Kuenselphodrang is spectacular. National Memorial Chorten: Built in honor of third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Elderly devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels. Drive to visit Takin Enclosure to see the National Animal of Bhutan. Visit Art and Craft Institute, a vocational training Institute for students learning some of the 13 arts, preserving and producing skilled man power. Lunch at one of the local restaurant in Thimphu. Afternoon you will drive to visit Textile Museum “living art of Bhutan” which houses old Bhutanese Textiles and artifacts from the various regions and tribes of Bhutan. Take a short trip Tashicho Dzong. The Fortress of glorious religion,” seat of the national government and the central monk body.

THIMPHU-PUNAKHA

Depart early morning to Punakha and drive takes about 3 hours over 3050m/10,000ft Dochula pass, Dochula Pass offers a spectacular view of the eastern Himalayas from this pass on a clear daymany colorful prayer flags and chortens also dot the pass. Walk around the pass and stop for light refreshment at Dochula cafeteria. Descend through the forest of rhododendrons and magnolia passing through villages of Lumitsawa; Thinleygang and the fertile valley of Lobesa. You will take a gradual hike through the rice fields about an hour to Chime Lhakhang, a monastery, which is built in 15th Century and dedicated the famous saint Drukpa Kuenley, also popularly known as “Divine Madman. One of the popular pilgrimage point for all Bhutanese and visitors and is especially revered by women for its fertility powers. Drive for lunch at Lobesa.  Afternoon you will drive to visit the Dali Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan and will have an opportunity to interact with monks to know more about their experience. Walk back and you will stroll through forest of Rhododendrons and drive to your hotel.

PUNAKHA/WANGDUE VALLEY

Morning drive through Punakha valley to visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngwang Namgyel and was named as Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, “Palace of Great Happiness, Punakha Dzong is the former capital of Bhutan and played a vital role in shaping the political history of Bhutan. Located ideally between two rivers Pho Chu “Male River” and Mo Chu “Female River”. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot” and central monk body. Drive for lunch at one of the restaurant. Afternoon you will drive to visit Wangduephodrang Dzong built in 1638. The entire Wangdue Dzong was destroyed by fire on the 24th June 2012 and the restoration works are still going on to rebuild into its full glory. Depending on the availability of time you can either take a short walk in the valley. Evening at leisure.


PUNAKHA-PARO

Transfer to Paro via Thimphu and drive takes about 4 -5 hours over Dochula pass. Descend to Thimphu and continue your drive to Paro. Depending on your time schedule, you will either have lunch at Thimphu or drive to Paro and takes less than 2 hours. Paro retains its bucolic nature in spite of the existence of development projects. Fields of green or brown covers most of the valley floor while hamlets and isolated farms dot the landscape. En-route you will view Tachogang monastery, “the temple of excellent horse” built by Thangthong Gyalpo (Iron chain builder in Bhutan) and visit the Iron Chain Bridge which is one of the most visible ancient craft work in the middle ages Continue your drive to Paro and on arrival you will check at the hotel.


PARO

Drive to the north of Paro valley to Ramthangkha and hike to visit Taktsang monastery, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of tress festooned with moss and an occasional grove of fluttering prayers flags. This monastery is one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights around the world, the legend has it that Guru Rinpoche (founding saint of Buddhism) flew from eastern Bhutan on a tigress and meditated for three months. After visiting the monastery, walk down to cafeteria for lunch. Afternoon walk down to the base and drive to Paro town.


DEPARTURE

Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.

Tashi Delek!


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