Bhutan Short Tour 3 Nights /4 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 4 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Destination Bhutan
  • Transportation Private Comfortable Transportation
  • Activity Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Best Season Feb - May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Paro Bhutan
  • Max Altitude 3,180m/10,434ft

Highlights

  • Rinchen Dzong- was built-in 1644 on orders of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal 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 place.
  • Visit the mini zoo, MotithangTakin Preserve to see the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin.
  • Explore the Weekend Market if you visit Saturday or Sunday.

Bhutan Short Tour 3 Nights /4 Days Tour  Overview

This tour is perfectly designed to offer you an insightful cultural fascination in the last Shangri-La of Bhutan. This is a lovely kingdom that follows the idea of Gross National Happiness that stresses more paying attention to the good welfare of a human being. You are encouraged to visit this country yourself to see what it’s like to believe what you hear. As you begin to digest the relentless succession of astonishing cultural wonders, you travel from Paro to Thimphu and from thereon to Wangdiphodrang. The journey is silhouetted by outstanding panoramic views. Drugyel dzong majestically towers Paro with dominating views of Mount Chomolhari. The spectacular hillock of Chomolhari perched high overlooking the entire valley of Ta-Dzong houses distinguishing cultural monuments and artifacts that reflect a long and varied history.

In Thimphu, you get to experience indigenous culture in its most genuine form by visiting monasteries, a museum, stupas, a library, chortens, and many such sites of cultural importance. You can explore the local market souks for a good selection of crafted artifacts, ceramics, basketry, traditional wood carvings, and contemporary paintings. Wangduephodrang and Punakha Dzong further acquaint you with the deep-rooted cultural values of Bhutan that remain unchanged today. The main highlight of the tour is the hike to one of Bhutan’s most venerated pilgrimage sites, the Taktshang Gomba (Tiger's Nest)

Your trip to Bhutan will be great and there’s so much you will learn about this beautiful kingdom. And oh yes, we must mention that Bhutanese food is really good and everyone must try the food when you get there. They have some truly good restaurants that are clean and real hygienic for a meal and you can relish the Bhutanese cuisine to your heart’s content.

Itinerary

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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

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,320m//8,382ft

After breakfast, you will visit Memorial Chorten (built-in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-to 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 the 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.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,250m/7,382ft

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 a 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.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,180m/10,434ft

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.

  • MealsBreakfast

Cost Details

Price 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

Price 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.

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: WednesdaySeptember 07, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdaySeptember 10, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: ThursdaySeptember 15, 2022End DateEnd: SundaySeptember 18, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: WednesdaySeptember 21, 2022End DateEnd: SaturdaySeptember 24, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999
Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 27, 2022End DateEnd: FridaySeptember 30, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $999

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.

Useful Info

Visa Information

Indian, Bangladeshis, and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC). For other tourists, you will to need to acquire visa clearance in advance. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Tourists are also required to book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. The tour operator will take care of Visa arrangements for visitors.

You are required to send the photo page of your passport (passport scanned copy) to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours. At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, and the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

Weather Information

There is no appropriate season as which is go say that Bhutan’s warm and temperate climate, never-ending festivals and rich and abundant heritage sites provide visitors with a wide array of experiences throughout the year across the country. Bhutan has all four seasons and the climate varies widely depending on the altitude.

Spring (March, April & May)

This time is considered the most beautiful time of the year, resplendent and ablaze with a spectacular array of bright colors. This is the time when the valleys are green with fresh vegetation and fruit trees are blossoming – the time when locals are naturally mirthful and cheery; when visitors are most welcome. Also, you can witness the famous Paro tsechu festival.

Autumn (September, October & November)

Autumn is lovely with clear and crisp blue skies, providing a grand view of some of the tallest unclimbed mountains in the world. It is the best time for trekking and traveling. The climate is cool and temperate and you can get lovely photography opportunities of willows shedding their golden brown leaves, the solitude of parks, and somber views of dzongs and monasteries.

Monsoon (June, July & August)

During these months, Bhutan receives more rainfall than any other region in the Himalayas. Glorious sapphire skies and warm weather is a pleasant time to spend visiting places of cultural and historical interest though this season is not the best time for trekking. Enjoy a cup of warm, aromatic tea while watching the rainfall from your hotel window. Or if you possess an adventurous spirit, grab an umbrella/raincoat while it is raining and take a day tour through the town.

Winter (December, January & February)

Winter in Bhutan is sunny, cool, and agreeable to say the least. Much of the east-west highway remains snowbound during winter. It is the best time to tour the western districts of Paro, Wangdue, Punakha, Thimphu, and Haa. One of the chief attractions in winter is the beautiful Gangtey (Phobjikha) valley where you can expect to see a wide expanse of rolling plain with bamboo shrubs.

Safety Guidelines

Credit cards are not a convenient source of payment in Bhutan as only a handful of hotels in a few places provide this facility. Also, only MasterCard and Visa. US dollars are the most convenient currency and are cashed by most banks.

You should avoid drinking tap water altogether, but it is okay to use it for brushing your teeth. Bottled water is widely available and is best for drinking. It is also wise to carry water purification tablets when trekking in remote locations of Bhutan.

The local currency is the Ngultrum, which is pegged to the Indian Rupee. Note: The Indian Rupee in denominations of 500 and 1000 is no longer accepted in Bhutan.

Bhutan is the only country in the world that has banned the consumption and sale of tobacco, resulting in smoking being largely disallowed in public places. Having said that, consumption is not completely prohibited in Bhutan so if you want to smoke, bring your own cigarettes and ask your guide where you can light up. (seal opened pack only)

Tuesdays are considered the national 'dry day,' with the sale of alcohol prohibited.

When taking photos/filming inside Dzongs, monasteries, temples, or any religious institutions, check with your guide whether it is permitted as some areas do not allow it.

FAQs

  • Q1. What’s the food like in Bhutan?

    Bhutanese cuisine includes some of the spiciest dishes in the world. For this reason, if you are ordering any food items, make sure to let them know the amount of chilly you want in your dish. Chilly is a requisite part of Bhutanese culture.

    Dishes Ingredients

    Momo Dumplings (can be of vegetables, cheese/chicken/beef)

    Ema Datshi mix of chilies and cheese, mushroom, beans, potatoes

    Jaju Bhutanese milk and vegetable soup

    Shakam Paa Dried beef and dried chilies/radish

    Paksha Paa pork with spicy red chilies

    Jasha Maru Spicy minced chicken dish with tomatoes

    Red Rice looks dry and pink when cooked

    Yaksha Shakam Dried yak meat with fermented yak cheese

    Khur-le Buckwheat Pancake

    Puta Buckwheat Noodles

  • The tourist visa fee for Bhutan is US$ 40 per person. However, the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) sets up the daily fees for travelers who visit Bhutan- the land of Dragon. The trip cost depends on a single person basis or on a group basis, ranging from US$ 200 to 300 each day.

  • In three working days (72 hours), you will receive a Visa clearance number from the Tourism Council of Bhutan to the registered travel agencies. You will not get the stamped visa at the beginning. Instead, you will get a visa clearance number once your payment is made so, the tour package should be confirmed with full payment. Based on the number, your visa will be stamped at the immigration terminal.

  • The land of Dragon- Bhutan has got 4 airports in the country, but Paro International Airport (PBH) is the only gateway for international travelers if they travel to Bhutan by air. It has got two airlines in operation- Druk Air, which is a government-owned airline, and Bhutan Airlines, which is a privately-owned airline company. The international airport of Paro is about a 1.5-hour drive from the capital city- Thimpu. The airlines operate flights to various destinations like:

    Country City

    Thailand Bangkok (BKK)

    India New Delhi (DEL), Mumbai (BOM), Kolkata (CCU), Bagdogra (IXB), Bodh Gaya(GAY), Guwahati (GAU)

    Nepal Kathmandu (TIA)

    Bangladesh Dhaka (DAC)

    Singapore Changi (SIN)

    Note: It takes about 1.10 hours to fly from Kathmandu to Paro, which is a rewarding trans-Himalayan flight.

  • You can take USD or Indian rupees to Bhutan. Major shops, restaurants, and hotels accept major foreign currencies and Indian rupees (INR). Bhutan's unit of currency is called Ngultrum (BTN). A Ngultrum has the same value as the Indian rupee. One US dollar equals roughly 67 Nu.

    Although most of the travelers carry either USD or Indian rupees, local banks offer exchange services on the following foreign currencies like US Dollar, G B Pound, Euro, Indian Rupee, Canadian Dollar, and Singapore Dollar.

  • Bhutan has banned smoking in the public arena. By law, smoking in Bhutan is prohibited, according to the Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan 2010. In some of the private places like some of the indoor bars and the inside hotel parts allow smoking, but in parks, restaurants, markets, public transportations, you are not allowed to smoke.

  • With the extension of the 3G network throughout the country, WIFI connection is easily available in the major town of Bhutan. Also, in some of the rural towns, you can use the internet facility. However, some of the countrysides still doesn't have internet facilities, which you will experience if you go trekking. This is a beautiful side of this country to keep some of their territories mysterious.

  • Bhutan has got a good electricity supply. There are three plug types- C, D, and G.

    Plug C- which has two round pins

    Plug D- which has three round pins in a triangular pattern

    Plug G- which has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern

    Bhutan operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. If you are from the US, Canada, and countries in South America, you might need a voltage converter in Bhutan because the standard voltage in these countries ranges from 100V-127V.

  • types of accommodation facilities are available in Bhutan. From Home-Stays to the luxurious 5+ star accommodations are available in Bhutan. Traveling through authorized tour operators, they provide a minimum of 3-star hotel accommodations. However, you can upgrade the hotel category by asking them to include, which is highly comfortable with luxurious facilities like yoga, meditation, spa, and massage if you cover the extra cost. If you are in Bhutan for trekking, you will be sleeping in tents. You will feel the warmth and hospitality during your trip to Bhutan.

  • Bhutan is a landlocked country located between the giant countries- of India and Tibet. It is situated in the east of Nepal and north of Bangladesh. Bhutan occupies an area of 38,394 km², its general elevation is 8000 feet.

  • You will find ATM booths around the major cities and towns of Bhutan. They include different banks of Bhutan like Druk PNB Bank, Bhutan National Bank, and Bank of Bhutan. Most of them accept visa cards and master cards with a daily limit of 40000. Instead of digital chips, magnetic chips are used in Bhutan, which may not be allowed by some of the banks of the foreign countries. Sometimes, if fraud cases are seen, the ATM services may be shut down temporarily.

  • Bhutan has facilitated the service of using credit cards in major cities. Even souvenir shops, restaurants, handicraft shops, and other places accept card payments. But you need to know that the charge can be up to 5% in addition if you pay by your card. Accepting credit cards has made it easy to travel to Bhutan, especially in recent days.

  • Altitude sickness is not a problem while traveling below 2700 meters according to the experts. Bhutan has got an average altitude below this point unless you do some high passes of this country, so altitude sickness is a rare case in Bhutan.

    Area Altitude

    Paro City 2,250 m / 7,382 ft.

    Thimphu City 2,350 m / 7,710 ft

    PunakhaTown 1,310 m / 4,300 ft

    Bumthang Valley 2,800 m / 9,185 ft

    La Pass (Mountain Pass) 3,150 m / 10,334 ft

    A mild altitude symptom can be experienced, especially while passing some of the high passes, but you don’t need to worry about it. You will get detailed information from the guide before heading towards any destination.

  • You are not recommended to drink tap water in Bhutan as it is not considered safe. Either you drink boiled water or use some purifying liquid or tabs. You don't need to worry about safe drinking water because safe mineral water bottles are available in hotels and shops. So, you should be aware while consuming raw fruits and vegetables as they might have been washed by the water outside.

  • Independent travel is not allowed in Bhutan and even issuing plane tickets is not possible individually. Bhutan does not welcomely FIT (Free Individual Traveler). However, by booking a tour package through an authorized travel agency, you can have a private tour, which we know as a solo trip. Or it can be your private group of friends, family, or loved ones. The private trip is much more flexible and confidential, which is more exciting and enjoyable. Enjoy your privately organized Bhutan tour package.

  • Bhutan is accessible in various ways. With the trans-Himalayan flight of Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines, you can enter Bhutan via Paro International airport from Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Changi, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bodh Gaya.

    You can also enter Bhutan by road. Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar are the mainland gateways. If you want to take a roadway to Bhutan from Kathmandu, you need to drive to Kakarvitta, which is a border region with India. Then you need to find Phuentsholing after driving for a few hours.

  • You will get a clearance number in the form of a letter, which you need to show at the immigration terminal of Paro airport. You will get your passport stamped at the immigration based on your clearance number.

  • Sneets
    SneetsGermanyDate: May 19, 2013

    Great people and as helpful as it can get

    I've been to Nepal a while ago, and Birendra & his team helped me a lot to have a smooth trip. They booked flights for me, organized  a trip to Bhutan, gave a lot of helpful advice, etc.

    To make it short: If you are in Thamel and need someone to help you get things sorted out, I can only recommend coming here!

  • J
    jeanmorrisonAustraliaDate: March 31, 2012

    Outstanding service

    We “met” Birendra, the owner of Adventure Club Treks & Expeditions, long before we ever arrived in Nepal and well before we realized he was involved in tourism. We spent a great deal of time talking to him online via Skype and also email. We asked Birendra countless questions over many months about what to see in Nepal. He never ceased to amaze us with his endless patience and prompt responses to our queries. We never even wanted to do any trekking in Nepal because we were far more interested in the culture and in sightseeing. We felt we trusted Birendra so when it came time to book day trips, accommodation, Everest flights, etc we knew who we wanted to do the job for us. He also organized our day tours to Boudhanath and Monkey Temple. He was the person who suggested we stay in Bhaktapur, in the World Heritage Area, for a couple of nights at the Vajra Hotel. We were so glad he suggested it. It was one of the highlights of our stay in Nepal. It was at his suggestion we stayed at the Sacred Valley Inn in Pokhara for a couple of nights and that was another highlight of our trip. We are now such good friends that we are frequently in contact via the internet. We found him to be a very conscientious person who genuinely likes helping people. He was always concerned with our welfare whilst we were in Nepal to the point where he insisted we borrow his mobile phone so we could keep in contact with him at all times. We can thoroughly recommend him if you need the services of an organized and professional person for your tours in Nepal.

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