Trip Facts

Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Festival Tour
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Can it be Customized? : Yes
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The BRTT
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old

Check Festival Dates

Upcoming Events

  • URA YAKCHOE, Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang, 30th April-4th May
  • NIMALUNG TSHECHU, Nimalung Dratshang,chummy, Bumthang, 24th-26th June
  • KURJEY TSHECHU, Kurjey Lhakhang,Choekhor,Bumthang, 6th June
  • TOUR OF THE DRAGON (BICYCLE RACE), Bumthang to Thimphu, 5th September
  • THIMPHU DRUBCHEN, Tashi choedzong,Thimphu, 18th -22nd September
  • WANGDUE TSHECHU, Tencholing Army Ground, Wangduephodrang, 21st -23rd September
  • TAMSHING PHALA CHHOEPA, Tamshing Lhakhang, Chhoekhor, Bumthang, 22nd -24th September
  • THIMPHU TSHECHU, Tashi chhodzong,Thimphu, 23rd -25th September
  • PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU, Pemagatshel Dzong,Pemagatshel, 20th – 23rd October
  • CHHUKHA TSHECHU, Chhukha Dzong,Chhukha, 21st -23rd October
  • THANGBI MANI, Thangbi Lhakhang,Choekor,Bumthang, 27th – 29th October
  • JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP, Jambay Lhakhang,Chorkhor,Bumthang, 27th -31st October
  • PRAKHAR DUCHHOED, Prakar Lhakhang,Chummi,Bumthang, 28th -30th October
  • BLACK NECKED CRANE FESTIVAL, Gangtey Gonpa,Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang, 11th November
  • MONGER TSHECHU, Monger Dzong,Monger, 18th -21st November
  • TRASHIGANG TSHECHU, Trashigang Dzong,Trashigang, 19th -22nd November
  • NALAKHAR TSHECHU, Ngaa Lhakhang,choekhor,Bumthang, 25th -27th November
  • DRUK WANGYEL TSHECHU, Dochula,Thimphu, 13th December
  • TRONGSA TSHECHU, Trongsa Dzong,Trongsa, 20th -22nd December
  • LHUENTSE TSHECHU, Lhuentse Dzong,Lhuentse, 20th -22nd December
Details

Single Travellers

Bhutan Festival Tour

Commencing our trip in the beautiful alpine valley of Paro, we take time to explore the areas rich cultural history and stunning scenery, including a day walk to the famous Taktsang Monastery. This prepares us for our trek, which winds through old growth forest Paro, where the annual festival takes place. Bhutan is host to many cultural and religious festivals, and the ParoTshechu is a spectacle of colorful celebration where onlookers are believed to be blessed with good fortune. Taking place over five days, there are a number of culturally and religiously significant dances. It is an exciting time to be in Bhutan, and the local people turn out in their best traditional dress and jewelry for the occasion. At the conclusion of the festival, we depart to our respective destination with the sad farewell to BHUTAN

* Hike to Tiger’s Nest, the country’s most photographed monastery

* Attend the Paro Festival – the country’s most popular event featuring   the unfurling of the country’s largest thongdrel (banner)

* Drive over Himalayan Mountain passes (11,000+ feet)

* Take light hikes in the peaceful beauty of the Himalayan foothills

* Visit Punakha Dzong – considered the most beautiful temple in Bhutan

* Experience Bumthang, believed to be the birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan

* Learn about the Kingdom’s approach to Gross National Happiness

  • Day 01:  Arrive in Paro, Bhutan – Thimphu (Meals: L, D)
  • Day 02:  Thimphu – Punakha (Meals: B, L, D)
  • Day 03:  Punakha – Trongsa (Meals: B, L, D)
  • Day 04:  Trongsa – Bumthang Valley (Meals: B, L, D
  • Day 05:  Bumthang Valley – Tang Valley (Meals: B, L, D)
  • Day 06:  Bumthang – Ura Valley (Meals: B, L, D)
  • Day 07:  Bumthang – Gangtey (Meals: B, L, D)
  • Day 08:  Gangtey – Wangdue (Meals: B, L, D)
  • Day 09:  Wangdue – Thimphu – Paro (Meals: B, L, D)
  • Day 10:  Paro Attend Paro Festival(Meals: B, L, D
  • Day 11:  Paro Hike Taksang (Tiger Nest)(Meals: B, L, D)
  • Day 12:  Paro – Bangkok (Meals: B) Following breakfast, you’ll leave for the airport.
Accommodations and facilities:
    There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available.
    Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.
Guide and Escorts
    Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.
Vehicle:
    We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.
International and Internal Flights:
    All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.
Visa and Permits:
    Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 40 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.
Trip Activity Level:
    This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.
Note on Itinerary:
    We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.
Booking:
    When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.
Cancellation:
  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.
Final Trip Dossier:
    A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan:

TARIFF FIT / GROUP
Peak Season(Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov)

No. of Pax

Price Per Person

Single Supplement

T/L Discount

 1 Pax

USD 275 per night / person

N/A

N/A

 2 Pax

USD 265 per night / person

USD 50 per room/night

N/A

 3-9 Pax

USD 240 per night / person

USD 50 per room/night

N/A

 10-15 Pax

USD 240 per night / person

USD 50 per room/night

50% for one person in a group per night

 16 & above

USD 240 per night / person

USD 50 per room/night

100% for one person in a group per night

TARIFF FIT / GROUP 
Off Season (June, Jul, Aug, Dec, Jan, Feb)

No. of Pax

Price Per Person

Single Supplement

T/L Discount

 1 Pax

USD 230 per night / person

N/A

N/A

 2 Pax

USD 220 per night / person

USD 50 per room/night

N/A

 3-9 Pax

USD 195 per night / person

USD 50 per room/night

N/A

 10-15 Pax

USD 195 per night / person

USD 50 per room/night

50% for one person in a group per night

 16 & above

USD 195 per night / person

USD 50 per room/night

100% for one person in a group per night

Price Includes:
  • Accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotel, twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Lunch and Dinner in local restaurants and hotels.
  • Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
    Private transport within Bhutan (Toyota coach / Tucson / Santafe / Land cruiser / Prado) as per itinerary.
  • Museum & Monuments entrance fee.
  • Bottled water during the tour.
  • Government Royalty
  • Tourism Development Fund
  • Bhutan Red chillis Tours and Travels Personal Care and Service

Service not included are as follows:
  • Air ticket (flight fare)
  • Bank fee of USD 30 only
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities, bar bills, telephone bills, personal expenses, and laundry

Discounts:
  • There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders/ guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily royalty.
  • Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on royalty.
  • A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
  • Those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders/ guardians shall be given 33% discount on the airfare.
  • Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 30% discount on the airfare.
BUMTHANG CULTURAL TREK This is a fairly easy three-day trek that takes you through beautiful valleys and along clear, trout-filled rivers. Bumthang is often known as the ‘cultural heartland’ of Bhutan and there are plenty of ancient temples to visit during the hike. In addition to the numerous lhakhangs there are also a number of small villages where you can stop and rest. The only segment of the trek that may prove challenging is a 500m ascent to Pephe La pass. The best time to embark on this trek is in spring or autumn.
  • DAY 1: TOKTU ZAMPA – NGANG LHAKHANG
  • DAY 2: NGANG LHAKHANG – TAHUNG
  • DAY 3: TAHUNG – MESITHANG