10D9N Magical West & Central Bhutan

Package incl: Return economy airfares with taxes and fuel surcharges by Drukair as per itinerary, Airconditioned transport, 9 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 SATURDAY // SUNDAY to MONDAY
DAY 1: SINGAPORE – 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. You will have a wonderful view of the mountains of Nepal and Bhutan while you fly into Bhutan. Upon arrival at the Paro airport, you will be received by the representative and then drive to Thimphu for an hour. After checking in at the hotel, you could have lunch.
After lunch you will visit the School of Arts and Crafts where you can see students learning 13 types of arts and crafts of Bhutan. 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. Drive to Buddha point to see one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. In the evening you can stroll around the Thimphu city to see the life of people in Bhutan’s capital. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu. 

DAY 2: THIMPHU – GANGTEY VIA WANGDUE (132 km, 4 ½ hrs drive)
HOTEL: Dewachen Resort or similar class

2nd Day of your Bhutan Travel journey. After breakfast drive towards Gangtey with short stop at Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, you could have a superb view of the Bhutan’s Himalayas from the pass. This breath-taking 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

On the way, you will visit Gangtey monastery founded in the 15th century. This is one of the Nyingmapa monasteries in the country, and it was renovated by his holiness Gangtey Trulku Rimpoche, and was reconsecrated only in November 2008. A beautiful Phobjikha valley below the monastery is a roosting place for the Black Necked Cranes in winter. After checking in at the hotel you can have tea or coffee. And then if you want, you could also take a little walk around the beautiful valley. Night halt in Gangtey. 

DAY 3: GANGTEY – BUMTHANG (135 km, 4 ½ hrs drive)
HOTEL: Gongkhar Guest House, Yugarling Hotel, or similar class

3rd Day of your Bhutan Tour. Depart Gangtey for Bumthang. You can see Chendipji chorten (stupa) on the way, the chorten which is in Syambunath design of Nepal. Your lunch will be served in Trongsa and continue drive to Bumthang. On the way if you like you can have a short stop at Chummey Yathara shop, a place where you can find the woolen fabrics woven from sheep’s wool. From this place drive another ½ an hour to your hotel in Bumthang. 

DAY 4: BUMTHANG
HOTEL: Gongkhar Guest House, Yugarling Hotel, or similar class

4th Day of this Tour Package. The Bumthang valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the kingdom. It is also the religious heartland where many saints and masters meditated leaving their imprints as sacred places of worship and pilgrimage Tales of Padmasambhava dominate these holy shrines. In the morning, visit Jampa Lhakhang one of the oldest monastery which was built by Tibetan King Songtshen Gempo in the 7th century to pin down the left Knee of the ogress.
And then visit Kurji monastery were body imprints of Guru Rimpoche from the 8th century remains preserved upon a rock. Then short walk to Tamzhing Monastery. While walking you will enjoy the view of green valley dotted with hundreds temples, thousand flags and beautiful chamkhar river flowing through the valley. The valley is also called mini Switzerland of Bhutan. After Lunch, drive to visit Tang Member Tsho (Burning Lake), Saint Pemalingpa had discovered several hidden treasure from the Lake. Later visit the old Wanduecholing Palace, used during our first and second king’s reign.  The palace is now converted into a monastic school.  Night halt stay at the hotel in Bumthang. 

DAY 5: BUMTHANG – TRONGSA (69 km, 2 ½ hrs drive)
HOTEL: Yangkhil Resort or similar class

5th Day of this Bhutan Trip. Drive to Trongsa. And check in at the hotel and have lunch. After lunch visit Trongsa Dzong, this was the seat of successive Trongsa Penlop (governer) and ancestral home of the kings. You can also visit the Trongsa museum. Though the museum is new but the museum has elaborate collections of our Royal family’s belongings and on Bhutanese iconography especially. Overnight at the hotel in Trongsa.  

DAY 6: TRONGSA – PUNAKHA (127 km, 4 ½ hrs drive)
HOTEL: Punatshangchu Cottages or similar class

6th Day of this Bhutan Itinerary. After your breakfast drive to Punakha. Have lunch on the way. Have a rest at your hotel in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

DAY 7 : PUNAKHA – WHITE WATER RAFTING
HOTEL: Punatshangchu Cottages or similar class

7th Day of this Tour Package. After your breakfast you will drive to Samdingkha village for about 45 minutes and then raft downward the Punakha Phochu valley which will take around 2-3 hours depending on the rapid of the river. Your rafting will be ending below the Khuruthang town of Punkha district.
Later visit a farm house to see how people live with their subsistence farm in the rural village. You can taste their traditional Butter tea with local homemade snacks, and taste Ara which is a distilled local wine. Nighthalt stay at the hotel in Punakha. 

DAY 8 : PUNAKHA – PARO (3 ½ hrs drive)
HOTEL: Tashi Namgay Resort or Mandala Resort or similar class

8th Day of this Tour. After breakfast visit beautiful Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The dzong is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) two famous rivers of Bhutan. Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan, and winter capital for the central monk body at present. Drive to Paro with lunch stop at Dochula pass.
Upon arrival in Paro, visit the Kyichu Monastery which was founded by Tibetan King Songtshen Gymepo in the 7th century. This is one of the oldest monasteries founded with the introduction of Buddhism to Bhutan.  Night halt at the hotel in Paro.  

DAY 9 : PARO TIGER's NEST HIKE
HOTEL: Tashi Namgay Resort or Mandala Resort or similar class

9th Day of this Package. The hike to Tiger Nest will take about 4 hours for a round trip with lunch stop. It’s an uphill hike.
Taktsang monastery is perched on the face of a cliff 800 Mts, above the Paro valley. It is a memorable spiritual journey. It was here that the great Tantric master, Guru Padmasambhava flew in from Tibet on the back of a flying tigress to propagate his teachings in Bhutan. Lunch at the cafeteria and then walk back all downhill. Enjoy your last night in Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

DAY 10 : PARO – SINGAPORE

10th Day of this Trip. Our guide and driver will drop you at the airport and bid you goodbye for your flight departure.

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

 

FLIGHT ITINERARY (15 May to 31 Aug 2016)
DEPARTURE FLIGHT 
DAY FLIGHT NO SECTOR ETD ETA
Thursday KB501 SINGAPORE (SIN) to KOLKATA (CCU) 0630 0830
Sunday   ******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, Taktsang monastery
Thimphu: Buddha point, School of Arts and Crafts, Folk Heritage museum
Punakha: Dochula pass, Punakha town, Punakha Dzong, Samdingkha village, Punakha Phochu valley, Khuruthang town
Gangtey: Gangtey monastery, Phobjikha valley, Chendipji chorten, Chummey Yathara shop
Bumthang: Bumthang valley, Jampa Lhakhang, Kurji Monastery, Wanduecholing Palace
Trongsa: Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa museum

 

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 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 
Please liaise with our consultants for hotel upgrades.
Per pax per night (SGD)
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
SINGAPORE (SIN) to KOLKATA (CCU)

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