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The Land of Thunder Dragon – Bhutan – 2017

Dates : 5th October to 15th October 2017

Let us take you to the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, a country of rolling hills and towering crags exuding a charm that would mesmerize you for a long time. Bhutan – is a place on earth that even the most seasoned travellers consider a privilege to visit, though very few manage to make it. This is the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” or Druk Yul. This is also the land of Dzongs (Fortress) and monasteries. This is the land of the endangered Black Necked Cranes and the land of beautiful scenic Himalayan mountain ranges. Bhutan’s beautiful and largely unspoilt Himalayan setting, its rich flora and fauna and its vibrant culture have made it an increasingly popular tourist destination.

 

Nestled in the mighty Himalayan ranges, this small monarchy represents one of the world’s most remote lands. The small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has defied globalisation and chosen to remain a hidden paradise. Untouched by the outside world Bhutan offers an insight into its unique lifestyle, culture and customs.

 

Economists the world over have argued that the key to happiness is obtaining and enjoying material development. Bhutan however, adheres to a very different belief and advocates that amassing material wealth does not necessarily lead to happiness. Even the mandate of the modern Bhutanese state is Gross National Happiness. Bhutan’s Brand tagline “Happiness is a place” simply assures that the happiness can be found in simple things and these simple things can be found anywhere and in anything. This small country of about 750,000 people has also set some impressive environmental benchmarks. Bhutan is not merely carbon neutral, it’s also a carbon sink—making it one of the few countries in the world to have negative carbon emissions. Bhutan Isn't Just Carbon Neutral... its Carbon Negative!!

 

Bhutan is swiftly developing its reputation as a premier destination for adventure sports. Set amongst the majestic Himalayas, Bhutan is a perfect location for all exciting activities including Hiking, Trekking, Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Fishing. The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike. There are variety of biking routes available ranging from smooth journeys on paved roads to challenging off-road dirt trails that wind through rough terrain. Biking trails mostly meander through small towns and villages and rural areas; it’s just you, your bike, the tour group and the agrarian and natural scenery.

 

Itinerary for Cycling & Sightseeing Tour of Bhutan (10 Nights & 11 Days)

Day – 1

Early arrival at Paro International Airport (2,200 m. / 7,200 ft.) from Kolkata, Drive to Thimphu. (2,320 m. / 7,656 ft.) 48 Kms. In evening visit The Largest and Tallest Statue of Buddha in the world, Buddha Point & stroll around Thimphu town.

Night stay at Thimphu in Hotel Amodhara or similar.

Day – 2

Day Trip of Thimphu. Visit Tango and Cheri Monasteries. Cycle to Trashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress / monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room.

Night stay at Thimphu in Hotel Amodhara or similar.

Day – 3

Cycle / drive from Thimphu to Punakha. (2,200 m. / 3,937 ft.) 87 Kms. Visit to Punakha Dzong. Then visit, Chimi Lhakhang.

Night stay at Lobesa in Hotel Puna Cottage or similar.

Day – 4

Punakha Day Trip. Visit Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yulley and Namgyal Chorten. Cycling / driving to Wangduephodrang. 19 Kms.

Night stay at Wangduephodrang in Hotel Pema Karpo or similar.

Day – 5

Biking / Driving to Gangtey. Afternoon excursion to Phobjikha valley which is a designated conservation area and famous for black-necked cranes. 65 Kms.

Night stay at Gangtey in Dewachen Resort in tented accommodation or similar.

Day – 6

Cycle / Drive to Trongsa, crossing 3,300 m high Pelela pass. 83 Kms.

Night stay at Trongsa in Yangkhil Resort or similar

Day – 7

Visit Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong and then Cycle / Drive to Bumthang, crossing Yotongla pass and Kiki la pass while reaching to Jakar. 64 Kms.

Night stay at Jakar / Bumthang in Valley View Lodge or similar

Day – 8

Bumthang –Wangduephodrang. Drive to Wangdue. Evening visit to Wangdue local market. 203 Kms. 7 hours Drive

Night stay at Wangduephodrang in Hotel Pema Karpo or similar.

Day – 9

Wangduephodrang – Paro. 113 Kms. 3 hours Drive to Paro. Visit Rinpung Dzong.

Night stay at Paro in Metta Resort or similar

Day – 10

Full day sightseeing in Paro.  Excursion towards Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. After lunch Drive to Chelela Highest Motorable road in Bhutan.

Night stay at Paro in Metta Resort or similar

Day – 11

After breakfast Transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward journey

 

TOUR COST: (Ex – Paro)

  • Rs 50,000/- per person (For Indian Passport Holders) (Minimum of 10 paxs) 

  • For booking the tour pay deposit of Rs 16,000/-

  • We could conduct the tour for smaller numbers as well, but the cost would change slightly.

  • For NRIS and Foreign Passport Holders cost would be quoted on request.

TOUR STARTING DATE: (Ex – Paro)

  • 5th October 2017.

ABOVE COST INCLUDES:

  1. Accommodations in good 3 star hotels on FB & twin sharing basis. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

  2. All meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  3. Transportation in Luxury Toyota Coaster Bus as backup vehicle for Rider and for sightseeing. (In non A/C coach)

  4. Arrival / Departure transfers from Paro airport in non A/C coach.

  1. Backup Vehicle for Cycles (Mahendra Bolero Camper)

  2. English speaking tour guide and professional biking guide.

  3. A mechanic all along the trip with necessary repair kit etc.

  4. Basic first aid kit.

  5. Processing and issuing charges for permit to enter Bhutan.

  6. Sightseeing and monument fees.

COST EXCLUDES:

  • To and fro International travel cost to Paro.

  • Insurance Charges, Evacuation and any medical treatment cost.

  • Major repairing charges for the cycle including spares.

  • Cycle hiring charges, if one needs a cycle.

  • Transportation cost for the cycle to and from Paro; if you are getting one.

  • Any expenditure of personal nature like drinks, mineral water, hot water for drinking, beverages, hot shower, phone charges, any tips to drivers, hotel staff, laundry, porters, sherpas etc.

  • In the event of any delays due to flights, weather condition – the cost of extra days would be required to pay by the participant directly on the spot for accommodation and food.

  • Any additional expense caused due to any reason beyond control of Add-venture India and its associates; like change in itinerary due to flight delays, road blockage, landslides, bridge breakage and any other natural calamity or incidence like strike, curfew etc. on which Add-venture India and its associates do not have any control.

  • Anything which is not mentioned in the “Cost Includes”.

Govt. service tax applicable at prevailing rates. (At present 9%)

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