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    Happiness & Bliss

Day 1 –  Arrive in Bagdogra. Drive to Bhutan. Overnight at Phuentsholing
Day 2 – Road trip to Thimphu. Exploring Bhutan on the way. Clock Tower Market.
Day 3 – Explore Thimpu. Museum. View points. Markets. Monasteries
Day 4 – Drive to Punakha. Suspension Bridge. Punakha Dzong. Fertility Temple
Day 5 – Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Paro via Dochu La
Day 6 – Trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Day 7 – Road trip back to India. Overnight at Bagdogra
Day 8 – Fy out.
Arrive in Bagdogra on 1st June 2024 by 12 Noon and depart from Bagdogra, anytime on 8th June

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Did you know that apart from being one of the happiest places on the earth, it is also the only country with negative carbon footprint? Bhutan has preserved its history beautifully and embraced a progressive outlook. Let’s embark on breathtaking journeys of high passes, beautiful valleys and majestic fortresses.

Come with us on this road trip from India to Bhutan. Meet the locals and learn about a culture that is a little known and a little mysterious. With Bhutan’s outlook towards preserving its forests and natural reserves and limiting the tourism volume, it is truly a blessing to be able to visit this beautiful nation. Welcome to the Last Shangri La!

This trip is only for Indian Passport Holders / Indian Voter Card holders.

Price – INR 79,900 + 5% GST

Single Occupancy Surcharge – INR 27,500 + 5% GST

Arrive in Bagdogra on Day 1 by 12 Noon and depart from Bagdogra, anytime on Day 8

Day 1 - 01 Jun 2024

Reach Bagdogra by noon and start for Phuentsholing. We are doing this road trip to avoid uncertainities and scarcity of flights to Paro. Check in to your stay and relax. While we process the route permit, explore the little border town on foot. Overnight at Phuentsholing. 

Day 2 - 02 Jun 2024

After breakfast, start your journey for Thimphu, stopping at the villages and scenic spots to enjoy and photograph the landscape which is replete with bounties of nature. Thimphu has a thriving local culture. Upon arrival in Thimphu, check in hotel. Take a walking tour in capital city visiting Bhutanese Crafts market and Clock Tower Square area. Overnight at Thimpu.

Day 3 - 03 Jun 2024

Explore Thimphu today. Visit Simply Bhutan – a living Museum/studio showcasing the age old culture and traditional heritage. Fine peace at Buddha Dordenma Statue and Changangkha Lhakhang. Visit the incense factory and witness the fragrant process.
Visit the National Post Office and get stamps with your pictures on. You can use these to send postcards home!
Overnight at Thimphu

Day 4 - 04 Jun 2024

After breakfast, start for Punakha. On the way, visit a handmade paper factory.  From Thimphu, road climbs up to Dochula pass (3,050m), where you have opportunity to view the peaks of the eastern Himalayas.
Descend into the Punakha valley(1450m above sea level).

Visit Richengang village, unique for cluster of houses connected with each other, followed by short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang temple or the fertility temple, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, popularly known as ‘the divine madman’, a folk hero and a cultural icon around whom countless yarns of stories and legends have been spun. Later visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, built at the confluence of two major rivers in Bhutan, the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, which converge in this valley. Walk on the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan.
Overnight in Punakha.

 

Day 5 - 05 Jun 2024

In the morning, drive short distance through the idyllic countryside and walk short distance uphill to Khamsum Chorten on Nyenzangang hill. The view of the terraced rice fields, dotted with traditional houses, the river and the valley surrounded by mountains is amazing!

Start your  journey towards Paro, crossing the Dochu La and visiting the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest in Bhutan. Arrive in Paro and walk around the market. Visit the National Museum, if time permits. Shop and relax. Overnight in Paro.

 

Day 6 - 06 Jun 2024

We will be climbing to the most identifiable and spiritual icon of Bhutan – the Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is blessed and sanctified as one of Bhutan’s most sacred religious sites. It hangs on a cliff and stands above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons. The trek will take up the whole day.
If for some reason, you are not able to hike, your guide can arrange other interesting alternatives.
You can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the first viewpoint & cafeteria but you must be able to walk back downhill. While some will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, it is worth getting till the first viewpoint.

Return to the stay and indulge in a hot stone bath if you like. Overnight at Paro.

Day 7 - 07 Jun 2024

After breakfast, start your return journey to Bagdogra. This will be a long drive and we will make stops on the way to make this journey comfortable and interesting. Overnight at Bagdogra.

Day 8 - 08 Jun 2024

Catch your return flight from Bagdogra airport. Trip ends.

Inclusions

  • Permits for Bhutan
  • Sustainable development fee of INR 1200 per day for Indians travelling to Bhutan
  • Group Travel Insurance (mandatory for Bhutan)
  • Accommodation for 7N on double sharing basis.
  • All transportation in an AC vehicle as per the itinerary – we will change the vehicle at the border.
  • Entry tickets
  • Dedicated Bhutanese guide along with your F5 trip lead
  • All meals (B,L,D) starting from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
  • Tolls and Parking
  • All Bhutanese taxes

Exclusions

  • Food, snacks other than mentioned in inclusions.
  • Alcohol
  • Camera charges
  • Activity charges other than mentioned
  • Hot stone bath ranging from INR 1800-2000 per person. If the whole group wants it, we can get you a group price for that.
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Medication
  • Flights to Bagdogra and back

Terms & Conditions

REFUNDS/CANCELLATION:

  • 15% of the trip cost if cancelled 90 days or more in advance.
  • 25% of the trip cost if cancelled 89 – 60 days in advance.
  • 50% of the trip cost if it is cancelled 59 to 16 days in advance.
  • Last 15 days – no show – the entire amount will be forfeited.
  • If you use our services to book flights, cancellation charges will apply

Disclaimer

  • All our trips are well-researched, including identifying access to medical facilities. In case of a medical emergency, F5 will assist the traveler in getting medical attention.
  • F5 Escapes is in no way responsible for any untoward incident happening due to the ignorance/negligence of the guests, natural/man-made calamities, accidents or any other events that are out of human control during the trip.
  • F5 reserves the right to cancel the trip under certain conditions – in such a case, the amount will be refunded in full.

Arrival & Departure details

This trip is to Ex-Bagdogra. Joining us from a different city?
Reach Bagdogra on Day 1 by 12 PM and book your return journey anytime on Day 8.

Weather

You can expect moderate temperatures during the day, 13-22 C, Punakha will be warmer Expect odd pre-monsoon showers in the first half of June.

*Please note that now a days, climate/ weather is dependent on many factors and unpredictable hence above information might be subject to change during your actual travel days

 

Stay

Phuntesholing – A well reviewed hotel located in the heart of Phuentsholing city.

Thimpu – A well reviewed hotel located near the city center for easy access to the museums and cafes.

Punakha – A charming resort atop a hill with great views of Punakha valley

Paro – A well reviewed comfortable hotel close to the river.

Bagdogra – A 4-star property conviniently located for airport access.

Note about Smoking and Alcohol

Everyone joining is an adult and we realize that we cannot dictate the behavior on how you should enjoy the trip. All we ask is to drink responsibly. Hangover delays are going to cost a lot, and will not be tolerated at all. So please do not test your limits and enjoy in moderation. Also, do respect your roommate’s comfort levels with the alcohol smell and avoid drinking in the room if she is not comfortable. If you smoke, please do so outside the room, even if the rooms have ashtray.

Fooooood!

  • Bhutanese food at the hotels. We will try a lot of local delicacies.
  • Cafes in Thimpu and Paro will serve continental food as well. Indian food will be available in Thimpu and Paro, but not always.

Note > Prepare > Accept > Embrace:

  • Please read the itinerary thoroughly. Consider asking questions if needed. We do not promise what we cannot deliver and we like our guests to know what they are signing up for.
  • Indian do not require visa for Bhutan but a permit is required. We will be arranging the permit for you. You need to have documents required for the issuance of route permit: Valid Passport or Indian Voter’s identity card. Aadhar, Driving License or OCI etc are not valid. 
  • Passport validity should be more than 6 months at the time of travel. We will need two passport size photos.
  • For  kids below 17 years of age with no Voter cards and passports, Birth certificate and school identity card is imperative.
  • Hike to the Tiger Nest is steep in parts. This is a 6km one way hike. The last part of the trek consists of climbing at least 400 stairs. Please reconsider if you have knee issues. Although there is nothing else planned for the day and we will take it on our own pace, you will need stamina. If you do not exercise regularly, this may be a problem for you.
  • At the base of the Tiger nest trek, there are horses available for rent for a fee. You can sit somewhat comfortably on horseback to reach the cafeteria about mid-way up the trail, then continue hiking from there. To descend the mountain though, you’ll have to do it on foot – horse rides are not available for descent.
  • In case you want to skip the trek, we will plan an alternate sightseeing expedition for you. It will be charged if it is outside Paro city limit. Within the city, it would be free of charge but without a guide.
  • This is East, so the sun rises early and sets early. We will start our day early to finish all that we planned.
  • Bhutan is a carbon negative country and while there will be geysers in the bathroom, if there is no electricity in the remote areas, the water will be heated on wood stoves and not through diesel generators. Please be patient.
  • Bhutan is filled with gompas, lhakhangs (temples), dzongs (fortresses) and stupas(chortens). We are not trying to visit all of them in every destination we go to. We are doing different things at different places and while we cover the most famous and magnificent ones of them, we are not ticking a checklist.
  • You cannot wear shorts while visiting monasteries, temples, and Dzongs, though they’re fine for trekking.

‘F5 Escapes’ is a Bangalore-based, experiential travel company, with a focus on redefining the way women travel in India. The premise of F5 is an ambitious dream –  to put India on the global travel map as a preferred destination for women from across the globe.

F5 Escapes offers fixed departure all-women group tours, customized itineraries for families, groups and solo travellers. We also do in-city engagements which include #JustGo travel meetups, workshops to educate women on travel safety, sustainable menstruation, motorbiking etc.

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