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Mystic Bhutan Tour

Overview

This private tour of Bhutan is perfect for travelers looking for a romantic getaway to some of Bhutan’s most beautiful and interesting destinations, exploring four of Bhutan’s most culturally rich cities. Enjoy a balance of relaxation, in-depth cultural touring, and soft adventure while experiencing Bhutan’s scenic beauty.

 
Begin in Punakha, the ancient winter capital located in a sub-tropical valley where rhododendron and magnolia bloom and orange and banana trees flourish. Relax at your luxurious farmhouse-style lodge, set among rice terraces, chili and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. Enjoy a peaceful walk through rural farming villages, receive a blessing from a monk, opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley, and visit the stunning Punakha Dzong.
 
Drive past snow-capped mountains, protected valleys, fields and forests of rhododendron, juniper, and bamboo to Gangtey (locally known as Phobjikha). Visit the isolated valleys of Gangtey, which is home to the endangered and graceful black-necked cranes that fly in from northern China, Mongolia and Siberia. Its secluded monasteries and temples today represent a literary treasure trove that is largely unharmed and still unexplored.
 
Next you will be transferred to the capital of Bhutan. Enjoy comprehensive touring of Thimphu’s many cultural attractions and important Buddhist highlights. Meet local people, learn about local traditions, explore a bustling market, and visit various small museums specializing in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. If desired, enjoy a private hike to rural villages and monasteries.
 
The tour concludes in Paro, a resort town nestled among the Himalayas. Visit the National Museum, browse shops for Himalayan crafts and Buddhist items, and hike to Tiger's Nest, a breathtaking monastery clinging to a cliff that is one of the most important icons of Bhutan. Other activities can be incorporated based on your interests, such as a private archery lesson, yoga, a biking excursion, or traditional Bhutanese spa treatments, meetings with local specialists, farm visits, monastery visits, soft-adventure activities (hiking, biking, archery, rafting or golf), shopping, cooking classes, blessings and meditations led by monks, and more.
 
 
 
 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Paro and transfer to Punakha (140 km, 4 Hour drive)

 
In clear weather, Druk Air's flight to Bhutan provides a wonderful view of Himalayan scenery. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu it is a fascinating journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative. On completion of airport formalities, there will be an interesting drive of about 4 hour duration to Punakha. Your journey continues to Punakha through picturesque agricultural land and river valleys. The first stop will allow you to stop over Dochu La, 3050meters pass, snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day. Prayer flags will flutter you over the pass deeper into the essence of Bhutan. The beauty is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chorten 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother. Overnight at the hotel in Punakh.
 
 
Day 02: In Punakha
 
After a leisure breakfast at hotel in Punakha, you will be driven few minutes to the raft put - in point. Prior to rafting, river guide provides a through briefing about the safety measures and guidelines.  Thereafter, begins your rafting journey for about 2 hours down to raft put- out point. Once you are done with rafting, you can either return to hotel or continue your schedule tour of Punakha. (Supplement US$ 170/- per raft). Visit Punakha Dzong, which stands majestically between the two rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu like gigantic ship. The Dzong is said to be the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, it is an outstanding structure with intense artwork, and the winter residence of the Je khempo the chief abbot of Bhutan. Also, this is the second Dzong built in Bhutan by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the year 1637. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
 
 
Day 03: Punakha-Gangtey (78 Km, 3 Hour drive)
 
After breakfast visit the Famous Chimmi Lhakhang Temple. A beautiful walk through a small village where you can interact with Local Bhutanese in surely a different experience.The chimmi Lhakhang is a revered temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley “The divine Madman”, the temple is popularly considered to be a temple of fertility. Thereafter drive towards Gangtey. Gangtey & Phobjikha (alt. 3000m/9845ft) - The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression. Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey.
 
 
Day 04: In Gangtey
 
Right after breakfast  your  guide will  take you  to  the  archery  ground  and help you to interact with  archery  player. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan. You will see tournaments taking  place  all  over the  country , the  high  spirit  competitions  being  colourful, noisy affairs  with two teams in traditional  dress  shooting  at small  targets up to  140 metres  away. The archery fields are known as ‘Bha cho ‘. After that, visit Gangtey Goempa- Perched on a small hill that rises from the valley floor, the Gangtey Monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain’s Gangtey valley, Bhutan and also the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery. After lunch walk for an hour on the trails and  visit  Black Necked Crane Information Centre- Situated on the edge of the forest and wetland along the main road of Phobjikha valley, the black-necked crane information Centre has an observation room equipped with high power telescope and spotting scopes for catching the best view of the cranes. The centre also offers display information that outline the natural and cultural history of the area. There is a small gift shop, which sells handicrafts produced by the local people. Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey.
 
 
Day 05: Gangtey-Thimphu (130 Km, 04 Hours’ drive)
 
Right after breakfast you can   proceed towards Thimphu and you can reach Thimphu by lunch time. After lunch   visit Budhha Point - Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Later visit Motithang Takin Preserve, located in the Motithang district of Thimphu, Bhutan is a wildlife reserve area for takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Originally a mini-zoo, it was converted into a preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free. The reason for declaring takin as a national animal of Bhutan on 25 November 2005 (Budorcas taxicolor) is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kinley. Return to your hotel in the evening for a comfortable stay. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
 
Day 06: In Thimphu
 
After breakfast, you can proceed to monastery was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa in the 12th century and the present building was built in the 15th century by the "Divine Madman", Lama Drukpa Kunley. In 1616 Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal visited Tango and meditated in a cave near the monastery. His meditation helped ensure the defeat of an invading Tibetan army. The head Lama, a descendent of Lama Drukpa Kunley presented the Goemba to Shabdrung, who carved a sandalwood statue of Chenrezig which he installed in the monastery. The picturesque three-storey tower and several surrounding buildings were built in the 18th century by the eighth Desi, Druk Rabgye and Shabdrung Jigme Chhogyel added the golden roof in the 19th century. Situated north of Thimphu, one way it takes about 30 minutes’ drive and one hour walk through shaded rhododendron forests to reach the monastery. Later visit Cheri Goemba. This monastery was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620. A silver chorten inside the monastery holds the ashes of Shabdrung's father. The Goemba is situated about half an hour walk from Dodena (alt. 2,600m). The trail commences by crossing a traditional wooden bridge that spans the Thimphu Chhu, and then climbs steeply to the monastery. Being the place where the Shabdrung spent many years in meditation, Cheri today has numerous hermitages and small temples located on its slopes, commanding spectacular views. The one way walk to the monastery is approx 4.5 km, taking about 2 hours. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
 
Day 07: Thimpu- Paro (64 Km, 01 Hour drive)
 
After breakfast, drive to Paro with a short stop at Simtokha Dzong. This dzong, built in 1627 is the oldest in Bhutan. Drive further to Paro. On arrival visit Ta Dzong, which in the past served as watchtower for Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) and now houses the National Museum. Then walk down towards Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. After the Dzong, one can walk to the parking area through a traditional bridge called Nemi Zam from where one can see a view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong. After the visit, our representative will check you in to your hotel in Paro.
 
Day 08: In Paro
 
After breakfast, drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong (now ruins), built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644. Then take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery view point by riding on horse (optional supplement US$ 12 per mule). It is one of the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. While returning to hotel visit en route, Kyichu Lhakhang built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
 
Day 09: Departure 
 
This day after breakfast, proceed to the airport to board your flight to back home.
 

 

Package Rates

TOTAL PRICE - AED 9,245 PER PERSON

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure by representative
  • Transfers, Driver, Sightseeing & Excursions by non - air conditioned vehicle in Bhutan 
  • Hotel accommodation is on twin sharing and full board basis
  • 2 nights stay at Tashi Namgey Resort/ Tenzinling Resort/ Olathang Paro or similar
  • 2 nights stay at Meri Puensum / hotel Vara / Damchen Resort Punakha or similar
  • 2 nights stay at Namgey Heritage / peaceful Resort/ hotel Gakyil Thimphu or similar
  • 2 nights stay at Hotel Wangchuk / Dewachen or Farm Houses Gangtey or similar
  • Private & exclusive sightseeing tours as per programme with an accompanying English speaking guide in Bhutan
  • Entrance fees to all monuments as mentioned in the programme
  • Government royalty and taxes
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Complimentary mineral water in your vehicle on tour
  • Complimentary use of our national roaming mobile phone
 
Exclusions
  • International air fares
  • Camera/Video fees at various monuments
  • Visa expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in inclusions
 

 

Terms & Conditions

There are no direct flights to Buthan from UAE, the best possible connections are via Khatmandu or Dehli. Guests are required to have multiple entry visa for India or Nepal if they are travelling to Bhutan from India or Nepal and again re-entering into India or Nepal from Bhutan (If Applicable as per nationality).

Rates valid till 31st December 2018
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on Peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS And PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
 
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability any changes will be informed at the time of booking. Bhutan visa -In order to process Bhutan visa, we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of entry into Bhutan (excluding the travelling month). Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for Druk Air flight.
 

 

AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 

As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.

·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines

·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses

·         Package Holidays

·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire

·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers

·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation

·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions

·         Individual and Group Tours

·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)

·         Live Shows

·         Travel Insurance

·         UAE and International Visas

Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.

BOOKINGS

A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.

PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.

We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.

A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.

PRICING

We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.

The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.

All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.

Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.

AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.

Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.

GOVERNING LAW

Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

Cancellation Policy

45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost

There are no direct flights to Buthan from UAE, the best possible connections are via Khatmandu or Dehli. Guests are required to have multiple entry visa for India or Nepal if they are travelling to Bhutan from India or Nepal and again re-entering into India or Nepal from Bhutan (If Applicable as per nationality).

Rates valid till 31st December 2018
Rates are in AED currency
Rates are not valid on Peak dates EID, NATIONAL DAY, ISLAMIC HOLIDAYS And PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
 
The packages (rooms and airfare) are subject to availability any changes will be informed at the time of booking. Bhutan visa -In order to process Bhutan visa, we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of entry into Bhutan (excluding the travelling month). Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for Druk Air flight.
 

 

AL MAJID TRAVEL & TOURISM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions form the basis of your contract with Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC.  Please read them carefully as they contain important information.  By asking us to confirm your booking, we assume that you have read these terms and conditions and agree to them. 

As an Agent, Al Majid Travel & Tourism LLC arranges travel experiences and transportation with a large number of suppliers in the United Arab Emirates and around the world. These suppliers provide the following list of services.

·         Scheduled, Low Cost and Charter Airlines

·         Hotels, Villas, Apartments and Guesthouses

·         Package Holidays

·         Self-drive and chauffeur-driven car hire

·         Airport, Port and Resort Transfers

·         Luxury and Standard Rail Transportation

·         Ocean, Fjord and River Cruises plus Shore Excursions

·         Individual and Group Tours

·         Sightseeing and Attractions (including Theme and Water Parks)

·         Live Shows

·         Travel Insurance

·         UAE and International Visas

Each of these suppliers will have their own individual terms and conditions that will be explained to you prior to the booking being made. Copies are also available upon request.

BOOKINGS

A booking will only be made if the lead name in the booking is aged 18 years or older. The lead name assumes full responsibility for ensuring that all members of the travelling party accept the supplier’s terms and conditions. This person is also responsible for ensuring that all requested information is 100% correct. Failure to do so may result in the booking being rejected by any of the suppliers with no refund on any applicable cancellation charges. The information generally required includes the residency for each individual member of the party as well as the correct spelling of names, title, sex and age as per their passports.

PASSPORT, VISA & HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the responsibility of the lead name to provide current copies of all passports for the party and to notify us if any member of the party has a passport (or UAE residence visa if applicable) due to expire with  6 months of the arrival back in the UAE post-travel. You must check visa and health requirements prior to confirming your travel arrangements, including transit visas if your flight in not direct. If a booking is made and confirmed at any time prior to visas being granted, this is done at your own risk. Neither we nor our suppliers accept any responsibility for either denied boarding or denied entry to a country for any reason, not limited to non-compliance of passport, visa and health requirements.

We recommend that you contact your Doctor or Medical Centre for the latest inoculations and malaria medication. We strongly advise pregnant woman and young families to avoid countries where malaria is present.

A booking can only be made once the deposit or full payment has been received. All bookings made within 12 weeks of departure will be subject to full payment. All services are subject to availability at the time of booking, which may differ from the time of quotation. Prices are also subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received and the booking confirmed. For air travel, this means tickets issued. For hotel bookings, this means accommodation vouchers issued. It is important that all vouchers are read carefully for additional supplier information.

PRICING

We offer you the flexibility to create your own holiday from the range of accommodation, airlines and other services available. Because of this wide choice, it is not possible to list every price on every date. A ‘from’ price is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel, number of people sharing a room, choice of accommodation and airline availability.

The rates at some hotels may vary depending on your residency and therefore it is important that you confirm the residency and nationality of everyone travelling at the time of quotation.

All prices are subject to availability and final confirmation from the supplier. Certain airlines permit us as their agent to hold reservations for a certain amount of time without tickets being issued. It is important to note that in these instances, the fares are only guaranteed until 2359 that day and we are not liable in the event of an increase. We, therefore, recommend that tickets are issued on the same day as the reservation. Some airports charge a departure tax, which is payable locally. These charges may not be claimed back from us.

Additional information on our supplier's pricing policy can be found in their booking conditions.

AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

All flight timings are provisional and subject to change. However you will be advised in advance of any major change as per your supplier's booking conditions. Only in extreme cases will an airline offer a full refund or date change should you not accept the change. On occasions your supplier may find it necessary to alter your any aspect of your holiday. Their policy regarding alterations is set out in their booking conditions.

Should you find it necessary to cancel or amend your holiday, please contact us without delay. Cancellations and amendments require written confirmation by the lead name in the party. Prior to making any changes, please verify any charges bearing in mind that these generally increase the closer you get to departure. In most cases, late cancellation will result in 100% charges.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend Travel Insurance as protection against financial costs or losses in connection with medical treatment and travel inconvenience i.e. cancellation or curtailment and delay, damage or loss of baggage/personal effects.

GOVERNING LAW

Any matters that arise between you and us are governed by the laws applicable in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is also conditional on your agreement that any dispute that arises between you and us will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Dubai, except that we also we retain the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms and conditions in your country of residence or any other relevant country.

 

Inclusions

  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure by representative
  • Transfers, Driver, Sightseeing & Excursions by non - air conditioned vehicle in Bhutan 
  • Hotel accommodation is on twin sharing and full board basis
  • 2 nights stay at Tashi Namgey Resort/ Tenzinling Resort/ Olathang Paro or similar
  • 2 nights stay at Meri Puensum / hotel Vara / Damchen Resort Punakha or similar
  • 2 nights stay at Namgey Heritage / peaceful Resort/ hotel Gakyil Thimphu or similar
  • 2 nights stay at Hotel Wangchuk / Dewachen or Farm Houses Gangtey or similar
  • Private & exclusive sightseeing tours as per programme with an accompanying English speaking guide in Bhutan
  • Entrance fees to all monuments as mentioned in the programme
  • Government royalty and taxes
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Complimentary mineral water in your vehicle on tour
  • Complimentary use of our national roaming mobile phone
 
Exclusions
  • International air fares
  • Camera/Video fees at various monuments
  • Visa expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Any sort of personal expenses
  • Any services or meals not mentioned in inclusions
 

 

45 days or more prior to departure – Free cancellation
44 days – 31 days to departure : 25% of the tour cost
30 days – 15 days to departure : 50% of the tour cost
14 days & less –100% of the tour cost