Land of Thunder Dragon Tour - 5 Days

Thaksang Monastery in Paro Bhutan

Highlights: Scenic flight to Paro, Most welcoming Bhutanese people and their unique culture, Takin Sanctuary, Zilukha Nunnery, Dzong. 108 grand stupas, Chimmi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, Mo Chu River, Paro Dzong, also named Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger's Nest, the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, view of Mt. Chomolhari, 

Bhutan Land of Thunder Dragon Tour offers one of the most unforgettable great trip including visiting famous palaces and monasteries in Bhutan. The tour encompasses the Bhutan's most beautiful valleys of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha Valleys This spiritual and cultural experience in Bhutan within four nights and five days is possible to conduct throughout the years in territory of Bhutan.

Your journey starts with scenic flight from Kathmandu to Paro, which offer aerial view of Mt. Everest & Kanchenjunga. Another highlight of trip is to explore typical lifestyle of local people from Bhutan. Moderate four nights five days Bhutan Tour is feasible to carry out throughout the year in order to provide cultural and spiritual experience in Bhutan. General itinerary of Bhutan Tour for four nights and five days is briefly listed below with name of Monastery in Bhutan and other day-to-day itinerary. For more detail of Bhutan Tour for costing and other details do mail us at info@wildernessexcursion.com

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Visit Nepal's ancient old temples and monuments
Day 03: Fly in to Paro and drive to Thimphu, explore around Thimpu
Day 04: Drive to Punakha and sightseeing in Punakha
Day 05: Drive to Paro and tour around Paro
Day 06: Paro Hiking, excursion Tiger's Next Temple
Day 07: Departure from Paro 


A short note: This trip can be customized as per your requirements. The trip price USD 1105 per person we offered here is on double occupancy basis for 4 Nights 5 Days Bhutan Tour including 2 nights stays in Kathmandu. Accommodation in Kathmandu will be deluxe room with continental breakfast in Hotel Radisson on double occupancy basis. All the hotels in Bhutan will in 3 star hotels with full board meals though the group size, staying 4/5 star hotels and the season you visit will differ the tour cost. So please kindly provide us your tour requirement details for customized tour package.
Namaste and Tashi Delek from Wilderness Excursion team!

Day 01: Kathmandu 1300m
Arrive in Kathmandu and you will be received by our company representative and transferred to the selected hotel. Welcome evening dinner is held in the hotel for all clients arriving today. And a short brief about your trip. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
City sightseeing tour to world heritage sites; Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath(known as a monkey temple among westerners).The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 03: Arrival in Paro - Thimphu
Upon arrival at the Paro International airport, our guide will meet you and transfer you to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After checking in at the hotel, we will head for the Buddha Dordenma Statue, which is under construction and will be the largest Buddha in Bhutan after completion. We will visit the Takin Sanctuary where you can observe this unique national animal at close range, a must see for all visitors to Buhtan. From there we will visit the Zilukha Nunnery and the Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, where travelers like to have stamps made with their photos on them. To avoid having to stand in line to have your pjcture taken, we recommend that you bring an SD card or USB with the photo you want to use. It will cost you $4 (US) for 12 stamps. Today's last destination is the Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu, which now houses the offices of the King.

Day 04: Thimphu - Punakha
Today we visit Punakha, the former capital city of Bhutan. It is 77 kilometers from Thimphu and it takes around 3 hours to drive there. On the way, we will stop at Dochula Pass, for a coffee break and to admire the 108 grand stupas. On a clear day there are great views of the Bhutan Himalaya from the cafeteria. As we continue, we see Chimmi Lhakhang, a Buddhist monastery standing on a round hillock that was blessed by the Devine Madman. Now it is a sacred place, particularly for women seeking blessings to have children. Continuing we reach today's highlight Punakha Dzong, the second of Buddhist's dzongs with majestic structures. Located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha valley, the dazong is a six-storied structure with a scenic and mountainous background. It was the seat of Bhutan's government until 1955 when the capital was moved to Thimphu. Nearby we will visit the longest bridge in Bhutan, a Suspension Bridge spanning the Mo Chu River. We will spend the night in Punakha.

Day 05: Punakha - Paro
After breakfast, we drive back to Paro, which will take about 3 hours. Today's sightseeing tour starts from Paro Dzong, also named Rinpung Dzong. It is one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan and the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. It was built in 1644 as a fortress and Buddhist temple, and is now the local religious administrative center. The annual Paro Tshechus, held here in spring, is the most important local religious festival and attracts thousands of visitors. Later we visit Ta Dzong at the top of the hill above the dzong. It was originally the watch tower of Paro Dzong, now it houses the National Museum with over 3000 art treasures. Our next stop is the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan where the royal family's most important celebrations are held. Our last stop of the day is a typical local farmhouse where you can have some homemade wine and chat with the family members to learn more about their life.

Day 06: Paro Hiking
This morning we visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries. It has long been recognized as a holy place as it was said that in the 8th century, the Guru Rinpoch flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a tiger and then meditated in a cave here. This site is located in the rocky cliffs over 900 meters above the floor of Paro Valley. It is about a two-hour strenuous hike to get there, however, it is worthwhile for the spectacular view and historical interest. After that we go to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, which was built to honor the memory of Bhutan's victory over the Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, you can appreciate the stunning distant view of Mt. Chomolhari behind the ruins.

Day 07: Departure from Paro
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport and see you off. Thanks for choosing our Bhutan vacation package. Hope you have a nice trip home!

Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers in Nepal and Bhutan
  • 2 Nights deluxe room with breakfast in Hotel Radisson with continental breakfast on double occupancy basis.
  • Guided tour to UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Bhutan Government Royalty of US$ 65/person/night.
  • 4 Nights deluxe room at 3 star hotels in Bhutan.
  • 3 Times meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner & light refreshments) with standard menu at 3 star hotels in Bhutan.
  • English speaking Bhutan and Nepal tour guide service
  • All transfers and excursions by private vehicles in Bhutan
  • All entry fees to museums and monuments in Bhutan
  • All internal taxes and fees in Nepal and Bhutan
  • Mineral drinking water

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Single room supplement charge.
  • Visa fee (USD 40 person (must be paid in advance with tour cost)
  • Airfares (optional, we can handle Kathmandu to Paro flight on request)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • 4 star and 5 star accommodations and meals (optional)
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry etc.
  • Trip booking advance deposit transfer fee from client's home country.
  • Tips for your guide, driver, bell boy or helpers (not mandatory but expected)

Bhutan Travel Packing List

This packing list is just a suggested advice for your reference. Everything is optional for you to select yourself. Extra luggage can be left at your hotel or our office. It's best to leave all unnecessary valuables and jewelry at home. Print a copy of your booking and place it inside your checked baggage for identification purposes while you are traveling.

Clothing

  • Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferably moisture-wicking and non-cotton.
  • Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer, Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts, Undergarments
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Rain jacket and/ or rain poncho depending the season you travel
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap, Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)

Footwear
your daily activities may get your shoes dirty or muddy. Streets can be uneven. Light sandals are not good for daily tours and hikes, but they are nice for relaxing at your hotel.

  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks

Baggage

  • Suitcase or duffel (check weight restrictions for internal flights)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
  • Waterproof plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (Ziplocs and garbage bags work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, clear toiletry bag for airplane
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer

Electronics

Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Cell Phone, Camera, lenses, memory disks
  • Video camera, tapes/disks, Tripod, Spare Batteries and charger
  • Electricity converter/adapter, Alarm clock


Toiletries

  • Soap, Shampoo, conditioner, gel, Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss , Deodorant, Moist towelettes (hand-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer, Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful), Sunscreen, Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Small towel and washcloth, Toilet paper, Facial tissue, Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, file, brush, Insect repellent, Q-tips, sewing kit
  • Feminine products, Cosmetics

First Aid

You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.

  • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen
  • Bandaids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Throat losenges, Vitamins
  • Diahrea medicine, Antihistemines
  • Ace bandage, Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (if necessary, talk to doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to doctor) Prescription drugs (talk to doctor)

Documents

  • Document organizer
  • Passport (make sure it is valid 6 months after your trip)
  • Visas for all countries as necessary
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Copy of AWR travel itinerary, Medical insurance card
  • Address book, Business cards

Make copies of passport, visas, driving license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), traveler's checks numbers, frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion's luggage and email them to yourself (or store in Cloud).

Other

  • Sunglasses, straps, Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
  • Binoculars, Pocket knife, Notebook, pencil and pen
  • Books, playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, frisbee, football, kite (optional)
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
  • Guide books, maps, language books (Optional)
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • Gifts for guides and local children (Optional)
  • Banner/flag/sentimental item to hold up in an important place, santa hats for your holiday photo
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Water bottles and or Camel back
  • Steripen, water filter, or purification tablets
  • Bottled water is also available for purchase at hotels and stores

Packing for the flight

  • Passport, flight e-tickets, travel itinerary, Books, magazines, e-reader
  • U-shaped neck pillow (optional)
  • Eye shades, ear plugs (optional)
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An old Bhutanese man spins his prayer wheel
Tiger nest temple in Paro
Mount Jomolhari in Bhutan
Punakha Valley

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 3136m
  • Destination : Nepal & Bhutan
  • Group Size: Minimum 3 Pax
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Low Season Cost: 1099
  • Single Supplement: USD 40 per night

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