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Did you ever thought of traveling to a land of peace and harmony? A place where almost everyone is happy, satisfied and warm to travelers. It’s not a dream. Welcome to Bhutan - Land of Thunder Dragon.

See Bhutan like never before. DarkGreen Adventures (#DGA) invites you for the ultimate backpacking trip to Bhutan.

 

Fees: Rs.33,000 (Ex-Bagdogra)  

Non-refundable advance: Rs.8000

Remaining amount to be paid during trip in cash

 

Highlights:

- Excursion to Tiger’s nest, Trongsa Dzong and other famous monuments

- Ride through the heart throbbing valleys of Western and Central Bhutan

- Hot water springs in remote hills of Punakha

- Visit Phobjikha Reserve, famous for the rare black necked cranes

- Wander in the remote villages and homestays

- Stimulate a new traveler inside you seeking for new landscapes and get transformed into a storyteller

 

Little info: (Source: Lonely Planet Book and some other websites)

Bhutan holds many surprises for open-minded traveller. This is a country where buying cigarettes is illegal, rice is red, and chillies are not just seasoning but a main ingredient of dishes. It is a deeply Buddhist land where school kids wear the Gho and Khira (traditional male and female garment, respectively).

Pristine nature, virgin forest, spectacular mountain and valleys, fascinating trekking trails, stately museums, sublime monasteries, formidable dzongs, exciting archery competition, pulsating markets, intricate textile handicrafts - all this in hospitable and peaceful country.

 

Brief Itinerary

26th November, Sunday (10th December for Batch 2)

Reach Bagdogra airport (by 2pm max) and have Introduction. Later take jeep to Jaigaon. Some local snacks on the way

 

27th November, Monday

Walk past the border Gate to Phuentsholing. Be ready for immigration formalities before 9AM.

We will start for Thimpu in a bus or cab after initial immigration formalities.

Reach Thimphu in evening. We are free to roam around the capital city. Get acquainted with places of Bhutan as the thrilling trip has just begun. Try some local restaurants food.

 

28th November, Tuesday

Visit Buddha Dordenma and nature trail at Thimphu. Finish remaining immigration formalities in Thimphu office and then visit the textile museum. Lunch at some new restaurant and then visit Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten

Reach Paro in evening

 

29th November, Wednesday

Visit the most famous place of Bhutan - Tiger’s nest and then the Kyichu Lhakhang. Tiger’s nest hangs on a precipitous cliff at 3,120 m elevation and about 900 m above the valley. The temple at the highest level has a frieze of Buddha. Each building has a balcony, which provides lovely views of the scenic Paro valley.

 

30th November, Thursday

Visit Paro Dzong, National Museum etc. The charming town of Paro lies on the banks of the Paro and remains one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore on foot. After Lunch travel to Haa Valley via Chelela pass. If the weather is clear then you can get excellent views from Chelela pass.

 

1st December, Friday

Today is the day of exploration. We travel to little known Tergola pass and then trek to Laptsa Teng. If the weather is clear you will see Bhutan’s highest mountain (Gangkhar Puensum – elevation 7543m) and other peaks such as Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsherim Gang. We can try to stay in a farmhouse at remote Dorikha village

 

2nd December, Saturday

Travel to Punakha via Dochula pass at 3050 metres. We will stop here to enjoy the Panoramic view of Eastern Himalayas. View the architecture of Druk Wangyal Lhakhang with 108 Stupas at Dochula. Later take a halt at Royal Botanical garden. Overnight at Nalanda University

 

3rd December, Sunday

Learn more about monks and their curriculum at Nalanda University Hostel.

Visit famous landmarks of Punakha like Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, Punakha Dzong, Suspension bridge, Namgyal Chorten

 

4th December, Monday

Travel to little known Chubu Tshachu in remote village of Punakha. A trek of 2 hours through evergreen forest will take you to the hot water springs. You will see many fruit trees on this trek. Soak yourself in the naturally hot waters of Himalayas.

Travel to Wangdue in evening.

 

5th December, Tuesday

Travel to Gangtey where you can see the rare black necked cranes. If you are lucky then you may get a chance to try archery in local village. Visit Gangtey Gompa, one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries.

Later travel to Trongsa region via Pelela pass. We will stay at Trangsibji village homestay with a Bhutanese family at night.

 

6th December, Wednesday

Visit Trongsa Dzong. Set amidst spectacular scenery, Trongsa Dzong commands the eye from miles away. We will stop at the viewpoint opposite the Dzong and then take the 2 hour Mangdue Foot Trail down the valley side, walking through thick mixed forest, across a traditional cantilevered bridge over the river and up the other side of the valley, entering the Dzong at its western gate. If you are lucky you might see the rare golden langur.

Visit the Museum tower of Trongsa. Back to Trangsibji at night

 

7th December Thursday

Explore Trangsibji village in morning. Travel back to Thimphu (6 to 8hrs)

 

8th December, Friday

Extra day

 

9th December, Saturday

In morning we can go for some more sightseeing in Thimphu or final shopping from Bhutan. In afternoon, travel back to Jaigaon.

 

10th December, Sunday (24th December for Batch 2)

Jaigaon to Bagdogra by Jeep. Flight from Bagdogra in afternoon.

 

Fees: Rs.33,000 (Ex-Bagdogra)  

Non-refundable advance: Rs.8000

Remaining amount to be paid during trip in cash

Expected Flight Expense from Mumbai to Bagdogra and back: Rs.12000 (flight cost info may be outdated by the time you read this itinerary).

 

Includes:

- Virtually all expenses from Bagdogra

- Two weeks breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and refreshments

- Two weeks accommodation expenses

- Travel expenses in bus, jeep etc from Bagdogra onwards for two weeks

- Entry charges at various monasteries or other place

- Travel guidance in Bhutan

 

Excludes:

- Basic fee does not include travel fare till Bagdogra

- Any exotic or expensive food, alcoholic drinks etc.

- Any personal expenditure.

 

Contact:

Email – kuya.krishna@gmail.com 

Mobile – 9820285295 (Also available on WhatsApp)

 

--- Send your advance money to following account ---

Name - Krishna Kuya

Bank - IDBI, New Panvel

Account no - 1171 0400 008 0556

Account type - Savings

IFSC code - IBKL0000023

 

For payment through UPI

Virtual Address - kuya@hdfcbank

 

Expectations from this trip:

- This is a backpack trip and likely to be flexible. We may improvise the trip if needed

- We will choose place of accommodation based on group’s opinion and the expertise of group leader.

- Drinking is not allowed during trekking.

- You may drink or smoke on other days but not recommended. Please note that you need to pay 200% import duty on cigarettes you bring from India.

- Our daily schedule during trip may differ from our usual daily life schedule with respect to day chores, tea timing, food timing etc. Please don’t complain about these petty issues.

- On most of the days we will wake up early to travel comfortably and enjoy the serenity of morning. Though we may take rest in latter part of the day

- Always respect the local people and their culture. We try to learn more from them about the place.

- Most of our decision will be based on group’s opinion but the decision of group leader will be final.

 

 

Things to be carried

Compulsory:

- Medical and consent form -https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwDsRRLH0uscR1J1VWJ1aHhPV3c/

- Passport and 5 photocopies of passport

- 5 passport size photographs

- Jacket or sweater and other warm clothes like muffler, gloves, winter caps etc. Temperature at some places may be below zero degrees

- Rechargeable Torch

- Sport shoes or trekking shoes. Extra pair of sleeper or sandal

- At least two personal PET water bottles all the time during trip.

- Personal medical kit, soap, paste etc. Please don’t expect to get medical stores everywhere.

- Carry your cash only in denomination of 10, 50, 100, 500 etc. 2000 rupee note are not accepted.

 

Recommended but not compulsory:

- Sunscreen, sunglasses, cap etc.

- One bedsheet or blanket (if you are concerned about the hygiene)

- Juice packets, Dry fruits, Ready to eat food etc.

 

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