7D6N Majestic Bhutan Bumdra Tour & Trekking

Package incl: Return economy airfares with taxes and fuel surcharges by Drukair as per itinerary, Airconditioned transport, 6 nights 3-4* accommodations (Twin Sharing), Daily Breakfast, Entrance Fees, English Speaking Guide, Tour & Meals as per itinerary.

*Prices are subject to changes based on travel dates and package requirements

PACKAGE ITINERARY 
DEPARTURE:  THURSDAY to WEDNESDAY // SUNDAY to SATURDAY // TUESDAY to MONDAY
DAY 1: SINGAPORE – PARO – THIMPHU
HOTEL: Galingkha Hotel or Dorji Elements or similar class

Get ready for your Bhutan Holiday! Your travel journey begins with a flight into this exotic country. The Druk Air flight into Paro is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. Upon arrival at Paro, our representative will receive you at the Airport. Drive to Thimphu for 1 hour. After checking in at the hotel you can rest for a while. 
After lunch Visit the Memorial Chorten Stupa which was built in the memory of our beloved 3rd King in1974. And then in the evening free stroll around the capital city to see the life of urban Bhutan. Overnight halt stay at the hotel in Thimphu.  

DAY 2: THIMPHU
HOTEL: Galingkha Hotel or Dorji Elements or similar class

2nd Day of your Bhutan Travel journey. After your breakfast drive to the Buddha Point to see one of the largest Buddha statues in the world with the panoramic view of the whole Thimphu city.  Visit the Folk Heritage museum which is a replica of a medieval farm-house, and we still have this kind of house in some of our rural parts. Afterwards visit the School of Arts and Crafts which was established to preserve and promote our 13 age old arts and crafts. Visit the Takin Zoo to see our national animal. Visit our local weekend Market to see how people sell their goods. Overnight stay at same the hotel in Thimphu. 

DAY 3: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
HOTEL:  Punatshangchu Cottages or similar class

3rd Day of your Bhutan Tour. After breakfast, drive to Punakha with short stop at Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, you could have a superb view of the Bhutan’s Himalayas. This great Dochula Pass is similar to mountain passes (Gyatso La Pass, Geu La Pass, Dikpa La Pass, Dorma La Pass) in Tibet on the way to Tibet Everest Base Camp and Mount Kailash

Upon your arrival in Punakha, you will be taken to your hotel for checking in. Have lunch in Punakha town and visit beautiful Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Based on the prophecy of Guru Padmasambava the dzong is situated between two famous rivers, Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River).
In the evening, hike for an hour to Chime Lhakhang, this temple was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who is known as Divine Mad Man. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt". The Temple is also known as "the Temple of Fertility". It’s believed that the childless women can be conceived after they are blessed from the temple. Night halt stay at the hotel in Punakha.

DAY 4: PUNAKHA – PARO
HOTEL: Tashi Namgay Resort or Mandala Resort or similar class

4th Day of this Tour Package. Drive to Paro for 4 hours and have lunch in Paro town. After lunch, visit Kyichu monastery dating back to the 7th Century. This is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built by Tibetan king Songtshen Gempo to pin down the ogress. Overnight halt stay at the hotel in Paro. 

DAY 5: PARO – BUMDRA TREK (DAY 1)
CAMP

5th Day of this Bhutan Trip. After your early breakfast drive for 20 minutes to Sang Choekor Buddhist University in the Paro valley (2,800 m) and hike to a beautiful Yak pasture where we camp below Bumdra Monastery (3,800 m)
Your short and easy adventure begins from Sang Choekor to meet our ponies; while they are being loaded we may pay our respects at the college. The first one to two-hour ascent of a shady, forested ridge brings us to a clearing with prayer flags and stunning views down into both the Paro and Do Chhu Valleys. Above and ahead the Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple) nestles on the mountainside a further one to two hour’s walk away. The trail undulates before the last steep section up to the pretty temple which offers commanding views south over Paro and northwards to the snowcapped Himalayas.
After a final 20-minute climb through ruins and fluttering prayer flags, we plunge back into ancient forest, and, after traversing for about 40 minutes, we come out onto a high wide meadow dotted with sacred Chortens and prayer flags. Your camp for the night is tucked away just under Bumdra Monastery (Cave of a Thousand Prayers) and offers unimpeded views of the Himalayan ranges. After lunch we can visit the monastery and also climb the peak to the north (about 4000 m) for even better views, returning in time for a very good dinner at your camp and take rest. 

DAY 6: BUMDRA – TIGER'S NEST – PARO
HOTEL: Tashi Namgay Resort or Mandala Resort or similar class

6th Day of this Bhutan Itinerary. Hike downhill from Bumdra Monastery camp via Zangto Pelri Monastery and Taktsang Monastery. After a hearty breakfast, it is time to either head straight back into the valley or spend a little extra time enjoying the view. Eventually we have to drop back into the ancient pine and rhododendron forest on the monks’ zigzagging trail.
After one to two hours of descent we catch glimpses of the golden roofs of temples below. The path snakes across the mountainside between these monasteries before reaching the gardens of Zangto Pelri (Heaven on Earth) from which you can, if you are brave, peer over the edge, straight down onto the ornate rooftops of Taktsang Monastery perched against the cliff-face far below.
An hour later and we are across the gorge from Taktsang Monastery. Follow a steep descent to a waterfall then go up for 10 minutes and you’ll reach the Tiger’s Nest. Retracing our steps we begin the final descent of about 45 minutes to Paro Valley floor to reach our vehicle from where you will be transferred by road to your overnight stay at the hotel in Paro. 

DAY 7 : PARO – SINGAPORE

7th Day of this Tour Package. Our guide and driver will take you to the airport and bid you good bye for your departure back home.

 
Please email us at enquiry@lokopoko.travel to customized your itinerary.

 

FLIGHT ITINERARY (TBA)
DEPARTURE FLIGHT 
DAY FLIGHT NO SECTOR ETD ETA
Thursday
Sunday
KB501 SINGAPORE (SIN) to KOLKATA (CCU) 0630 0830
  ******40 Minutes Layover in KOLKATA (CCU)******    
    KOLKATA (CCU) to PARO (PBH) 0910 1050
RETURN FLIGHTS 
DAY FLIGHT NO SECTOR ETD ETA
Wednesday
Saturday
KB500 PARO (PBH) to KOLKATA (CCU) 0750 0830
  ******40 Minutes Layover in KOLKATA (CCU)******  
  KOLKATA (CCU) to SINGAPORE (SIN) 0910 1610
**Flight Itinerary may be subjected to changes and availability.

 

FLIGHT ITINERARY (TBA)
DEPARTURE FLIGHT 
DAY FLIGHT NO SECTOR ETD ETA
Sunday
Tuesday
Thursday
KB501 SINGAPORE (SIN) to KOLKATA (CCU) 0630 0830
  ******40 Minutes Layover in KOLKATA (CCU)******    
  KOLKATA (CCU) to PARO (PBH) 0910 1050
RETURN FLIGHTS 
DAY FLIGHT NO SECTOR ETD ETA
Monday
Wednesday
Saturday
KB500 PARO (PBH) to KOLKATA (CCU) 0750 0830
  ***40 Minutes Layover in KOLKATA (CCU)***    
  KOLKATA (CCU) to SINGAPORE (SIN) 0910 1610
**Flight Itinerary may be subjected to changes and availability.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Paro: Kyichu monastery, Sang Choekor Buddhist University, Sang Choekor, Chhoe Tse Lhakhang, Bumdra Monastery, Taktsang monastery, Zangto Pelri Monastery
Thimphu: Buddha point, School of Arts and Crafts, Folk Heritage museum, Takin Zoo, Memorial Chorten Stupa, Local Weekend Market
Punakha: Dochula pass, Punakha town, Punakha Dzong, Chime Lhakhang

 

BHUTAN TRAVEL TIPS
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO BHUTAN??? Spring season starting from March to May is the best time to visit Bhutan. Towards the end of April and May, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers at full bloom all around Bhutan. Take note that this is peak season for the hotels and tours so prices will be relatively higher. Autumn starting from September to November is also popular among tourists as the weather makes it a comfortable and perfect time to visit Bhutan. Festivals are usually ongoing during this season. The Summer months of May to August are considered the low season in Bhutan due to the monsoon season starting in mid-June but this is also the period where you will get the best rates. Take note that this period will be cloudier with higher chances of rainfall although, you could still try your luck with the low tariffs in early June before the monsoon sweeps in. To experience Bhutan winter and avoid the tourist crowd, travelling in the winter season between December and February could be for you. Amidst the cold weather, enjoy the clear blue skies with the Himalayas as the backdrop.
SHOULD I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE BEFORE VISITING BHUTAN: We know that a lot of things can happen from the time you book your holiday to the actual travel date.So it would be good precaution to have travel insurance purchased once you have confirmed your travel plans with us. 
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DO I NEED TO USE A TOUR OPERATOR TO BOOK MY TRAVEL? As advised by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, it is a government regulation that you must use a license Bhutanese Tour Operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners. At Lokopoko we only source and work with the best and most reliable licensed operators to chaperone our guests.
WHAT TIME WILL I ARRIVE AT THE HOTEL? The flight from Singapore is usually scheduled to arrive in Bhutan in the late morning. However, on the first day, the tour will usually cover several attractions before arriving for check-in at the hotel. Usually, you should arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon / early evening. Of course, the exact arrival time would be subjected to the tour itinerary. As our packages are all based on private arrangement, it would depend on your individual itinerary. You can always request the guide to return back to the hotel earlier, if you have that preference. 
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? A layered wardrobe would be recommmended for a destination like Bhutan where it could be sunny and rainy at the same moment. Because of the altitude, the UV rays tend to be stronger, hence, do bring along a good pair of sunglasses and generously apply on sun block. Good walking shoes or hiking shoes are a must even if hiking is not on your itinerary. In the Spring and Autumn season, do bring along good selection of warm clothes for layering on as the wind can be rather strong in the evenings. Bring along some mosquito repellent when travelling during the summer.
IS BHUTAN SAFE? Bhutan is one of the most peaceful countries and is perfectly safe to travel to. Crime rate is low and locals are friendly and helpful. Nevertheless, having said that, while travelling, it is always good to practice good travel sense and caution, store your valuables in a safe place and avoid walking alone in dark places.
WHAT KIND OF ELECTRIC OUTLET IS USED IN THE BHUTAN? Most, if not all, sockets use either 2 pins round plugs, 3 pins round plugs or a standard UK 3 pin flat plugs. The electric current is 220-240 volts. It is recommended to bring along a travel power plug adapter for convenience. 
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED? The currency used in Bhutan is Ngultrum (Nu). Since the Ngultrum is pegged to the Indian Rupee, India Rupee is also widely accepted all over Bhutan. However, Indian Rupees in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable. Credit cards can be used in international hotel chains but there is limited acceptability amongst the local market and handicraft establishments. 
DO I NEED A VISA?

All International tourists visiting Bhutan will require a visa. Lokopoko will arrange the visa for you upon confirmation of your booking with our Bhutanese partners. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.

Tip: The same applies for going to Tibet. You'd need a Tibet Travel Permit on top a Chinese Visa in order to enter Tibet. And this travel permit can only be applied through a local Tibetan tour company (directly or indirectly). Lokopoko can also arrange this on your behalf. 

WHAT IS BHUTANESE FOOD LIKE? Two important ingredients in a Bhutanese meal is Chili and Rice. Chilies are the most essential condiment in a meal and most Bhutanese would not be able to go without having Chili in their meal. Spicy green chili with cheese sauce called emadatese is a National Bhutanese dish. Rice that is usually accompanied with side dishes of meat or vegetables is the staple main body in most meals. For guests that are usually selective with food, we recommend that they do bring along snacks or packed food as some of the meals may be too exotic for your liking. For bookings made with Lokopoko, we usually try to cater Asian style meals for our guests. Nevertheless, there will still be a couple of local meals for the guests to experience local Bhutanese cuisine. If you have a certain dietary restriction or requirement, please do inform us in advance, so that preparation can be done to ensure that your meals are taken care of when you are in Bhutan. 
WHAT HAPPENS UPON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT? You will be met by our airport representative, holding a board with your name on it at the arrival area. They will then assist you with your luggage and escort you to the transportation. 
THINGS TO NOTE? Travellers should be cautious when planning their tours with the local Bhutanese operators as there are many operators out there but few with consistent in-flow of guests throughout the year. Also, beware of operators that are pricing tour packages at low rates of less than US$200 per day (low season) and US$250 per day (high season) as stipulated by the government Minimum Daily Package requirement. These operators usually manage the tour with lower earnings and compromise on the tour quality that they should offer. It is important that you travel with a reliable operator in a destination like Bhutan, as safety may be a cause for concern more often than not.
BHUTAN FACT SHEET Offical Country Name: Royal Kingdom of Bhutan
Capital: Thimphu
Population: 745,153 (2014)
Area: 38,394 sq km
Major Industries: Tourism, Agriculture, Hydro electric Power
Religion: Buddhist 75%, Hinduism 25%
Currency: Ngultrum (Nu) Click HERE for exchange rate.

 

HOTEL UPGRADES (Per Pax Per Night SGD)
Please liaise with our consultants for hotel upgrades.
GROUP SIZE –  1 Pax  2 Pax   3 Pax < 
Amanresorts, Bhutan, Suite Room 2571 1210 1210
Uma Resorts, Paro, Superior Room 756 378 378
Taj Tashi Hotel, Thimphu, Deluxe Room 756 378 378
Termalinca Resort, Thimphu, Deluxe Room 454 227 227
Le Meridian, Thimphu, Classic Room 454 227 227
Zhiwaling Hotel, Paro, Junior Suite Room 409 212 182
Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel &Spa, Paro, *Superior Room 212 106 91

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