This cultural tour covers western Bhutan and also offers the visitor a brief moment to discover the history of some of the Dzongs (fortresses) and monasteries of Bhutan’s prominent areas.
The itinerary takes you around Thimphu which is the capital city of Bhutan allowing you to discover the history, arts, architecture and traditional life of the Bhutanese people which still remains amidst the vast development activities taking place in the country. Other places of visits are Paro where the
Taktsang Monastery is “nested” and Punakha – once the old capital of Bhutan and now the winter home of the Central Monastic body of Bhutan.
The journey leads through the twisting mountain roads and through one of the highest passes in Bhutan called the Dochu La. Weather permitting, one can experience a beautiful sight of the mountain ranges located far up in the northern territory of Bhutan.
The hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery is definitely the highlight of this trip presenting a memorable trip to Bhutan.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis (in standard hotels).
- All meals (buffet system /include evening tea/snacks per person each day).
- All hotel tax & service charges.
- Bhutan visa processing.
- All inland travel permits.
- Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) Royalties and taxes.
- Inland transfers: SUV Vehicles (Hyundai Tucson /Hyundai Santa Fe/ Toyota Sedans), Toyota Hiace, Toyota Coaster, Hyundai Motor Buses – based on group strength.
- Local sightseeing with entrance fees where applicable.
- Services of an English speaking local guide.
- Druk air fares and taxes.
- Travel & Medical insurance coverage.
- Communication charges, laundry, tips, porters at hotels.
- Other expenses of personal nature.
It is difficult to accurately generalize the climate of Bhutan due to its variations in elevations and seasons. Generally From June to September is the Monsoon season in Bhutan, with heavy rains and high humidity, it is the hottest in the south. During this period the temperatures can go up to 20 -25 °C during the day, and fall to 15-18 °C at night. From mid September to November is Autumn, basically sunny with some snow at higher altitudes. Late November to early March can be very cold across much of the country. Mid March to May is Spring and Mid April to June you will find beautiful flower blooming and pre monsoon showers starting in June.
Best times to visit Bhutan are March to Mid June and September to November when it's basically warm, dry and sunny. Temperatures are usually around 20 °C, however the nights can be relatively cool, so bring along some clothes.
Comfortable and warm clothing is recommended clothing and sturdy, soft-soled shoes are necessary for your Bhutan trip. Down jackets and woolen sweaters are advised all year round except for summer month; heavy cottons and lightweight woolens is appropriate in summer.
Huge temperature disparity from day to night is the case in Bhutan all year round due to altitudinal difference. Therefore layering system on clothing is suggested to better adapt to the changing conditions; you can start with thermal underwear and add to a shirt, pile jacket and windbreaker or parka as necessary. Make sure you are packed with below items before you set out for a Bhutan Trip:
- Back pack
- Woolen/Cotton trousers (warm clothes for mornings and evenings)
- Down jacket (wind stopper) - especially for higher altitudes
- T - shirts or long sleeved shirts (not sleeveless)
- Sandals or flip flops
- Sun hat
- Comfortable shoes (sneakers)
- Pairs of socks and vests
- Torch (flashlight)
- Sunglasses, spare glasses and contact lenses
- Sunscreen lotion
- Insect repellent cream and your personal medical kit
- Thermal underwear
- Sun cream and some lip protection - you will be outside a lot where strong sun and wind are quite usual.