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4N/PBH/ESSENCE | 4 Night(s) Package

4 Nights Essence of Bhutan (Departs: Tuesday or Thursday only)


Bhutan Tour Package - Private Touring - Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a dazzling tour destination where ancient eastern cultures coexist with a western democratic way of life. It's a Buddhist hamlet, to begin with, a tiny nation-state that talks of happiness like no other country does.

Inclusion


~ Return economy airfare to Bhutan on Druk Air from Singapore (via Kolkata) on Tuesday or Thursday.
~ Bhutan Visa arrangement service (USD$40)
~ A qualified & licensed English speaking guide in Bhutan
~ An experienced driver in Bhutan
~ Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
~ Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
~ All meals inclusive at selected local restaurants in Bhutan
~ 4 nights Accommodation at standard hotels in Bhutan as per itinerary
~ Hot Stone Bath in Paro
~ Bottled drinking water throughout the journey
~ Government royalty and all the taxes (Except airport taxes)

SUGGESTED ITINERARY (This is a private tour, itinerary as indicated below is flexible and you are allow to discuss with us to work on your preferred way of touring Bhutan)

DAY 1 – SINGAPORE > PARO > THIMPHU (Elevation: 2280m) [LUNCH / DINNER]

Welcome to Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatise to the altitude. The drive to Thimphu is about an hour. Upon arrival, we will have our first taste of Bhutanese cuisine! In Bhutan, chilli peppers are eaten as vegetables and also used in large quantities to flavour dishes [Do inform us in advance if you prefer not to have too much of spicy food].

Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers, however it still retains its’ cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization. Thimphu is one of the few towns in Bhutan that have been equipped with ATM banking facilities and is a good place to stock up on some currency.
One of the most curious features of Thimphu is that it is the only capital city in the world that does not use traffic lights. Instead a few major intersections have policemen standing in elaborately decorated booths (small pavilions), directing traffic with exaggerated hand motions. The juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity make Thimphu the ideal location for visitors to break away from their tour itinerary and just immerse themselves in the lifestyle of contemporary Bhutanese.

After lunch, your half day Thimphu tour includes visit to the followings;
* The National folk Heritage Museum - The museum gives you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, in addition to artefacts from rural households; it also displays an impressive collection of typical household objects, tools and equipment.
* Buddha Doredenma Statue - This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.
* National Memorial Chorten - Visitors will find elderly Bhutanese people circumambulating the Chorten throughout the day. Chorten literally means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha’. The chorten is an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture and artwork with its gorgeous paintings and intricate sculptures.

The chorten is a large white structure crowned with a golden spire. It is located close to the center of Thimphu city and is one of its most iconic monuments.
* The Centenary Farmer’s Market (Only open from Thursday evening till Sunday) - This weekend market is one of the largest domestic market for Bhutan farmers. The weekend is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. Farmers from all over the country come to sell their farm products in the market!

Overnight in Thimphu: Dorji Element Thimphu or similar

DAY 2 – THIMPHU > PUNAKHA (Elevation: 1300m) [LUNCH / DINNER]

The day start with a drive to Punakha and after 45 minutes we come across Dochu La pass The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquillity of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.
Moving next to Chimi Lhakhang - The Chimi Lhakhang, situated on a hillock in the centre of the valley, is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, who in the late 15th century used humour, songs and outrageous behavior to dramatise his teachings and due to this also known as "Divine Madman". This temple is also known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon. This small 16th century temple of fertility is dedicated to the Lama Drukpa Kunley, the ‘Divine Madman’, decorated with colourful phalluses.

Next, we will visit one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan, the Punakha dzong:_Built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. The Dzong is open for visitors during Punakha festival and in summer months when the monk body moves to Thimphu.

Overnight in Punakha: Meri Puensum Resort or similar

DAY 3 – PUNAKHA > PARO (Elevation: 2280m) [LUNCH / DINNER]

This morning, we will head back to Paro. This area has many monasteries, temples, dzongs and natural wonders that make Bhutan such a breath-taking country. Not to be missed will be the Rinpung Dzong. It is also known as the fortress on a Heap of Jewels as it was built with stones rather than clay. It is considered one of the most impressive dzongs in the country and the finest example of both 15th and 17th century Bhutanese construction. Located on the Paro Chhu just north of the airport, the fort was used to protect against Tibetan invasions. In 1907, it was damaged by fire and in 1969, the cantilever bridge was washed away by a flood. The restored dzong now houses monastic, government, and judicial offices. Nearby is Ta Dzong, a cylindrical seven-story watchtower built in 1649 that is now the National Museum of Bhutan. This museum houses artefacts, weapons, textiles, and fine Bhutanese art from 4000 BCE to the present. The building is a conch shape with spiral construction inside and out.

Following that, we will head for Kyichu Lhakhang - a Buddhist temple in Paro. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the country built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. The story goes that a giant demoness lay across the whole area of Tibet and the Himalayas and was preventing the spread of Buddhism.

Overnight in Paro: Khangkhu Resort or similar

DAY 4 – PARO – TAKSHANG (Elevation: 2280m) [LUNCH / DINNER]

Starting very early on this final day – we will be doing the highlight of this trip – Trek to The Tiger Nest Temple (Taktsang Lhakhang). Taktsang Lhakhang is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. This temple is one of the most holy sites in the kingdom and clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 hundred meters above the Paro Valley.

It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated in the 7th century A.D. Legend states that Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for 3 years, 3 months, 3 days and 3 hours in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have travelled to meditate in it. Taktsang Lhakhang is located approximately 10 km north of Paro town at an altitude of 3120 meters. In order to arrive at the temple visitors must trek for around 4 hours through beautiful, shady pine forests.

No trip to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to this remarkable heritage site!

After the trekking, you will be rewarded with traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone bath before heading back to the hotel.

Overnight in Paro: Khangkhu Resort or similar

DAY 5 – PARO - SINGAPORE
We bid farewell to the magical kingdom in the sky and head back to Singapore.

Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
Flight Details (subject to change without prior notice)

Singapore - Paro via Kolkata on the same aircraft
Available on Tuesday (from 04Aug16) / Thursday / Sunday
Singapore - Kolkata / KB501 / 0630-0830HRS / A319
Kolkata - Paro / KB501 / 0910-1050HRS / A319

Paro - Singapore via Kolkata on the same aircraft
Available on Monday (From 04Aug'16), Wednesday and Saturday only
Paro - Kolkata / KB500 / 0750-0830HRS / A319
Kolkata - Singapore / KB500 / 0910-1610HRS / A319
 
Upgrade Supplement to Business Class Price per ADULT in SGD$ Price per Child in SGD$
Travel between 01 Feb 17 - 31 Oct 17742497


Important Notes


~ Valid for travel to be completed by 31Oct'17.
~ A deposit of S$2000 is required at time of booking.
~ A minimum 10 days advance notice is required for booking.
~ Above package is subject to the following airfare conditions:-
* Druk Air is the only airline that flies in and out of Bhutan. Druk Air fares are subject to change.
* Air tickets are refundable for cancellation.
* On receipt of payment for the full fare, you will be sent a copy of your E-ticket via email. No cancellation is allow once ticketed.
* Date change is subjected to SGD$100 per change per ticket (Subject to availability).
~ Fare Code: PA-1172A785C
~ Strict cancellation fee will applies once booking is confirmed.
~ Price excludes tips for guide and driver, alcoholic drinks and expenditure of personal expenses.
~ Our guide will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall. Both your guide and driver will be with you throughout the trip until you step into the departure hall. We will send their number together with Visa. Do feel free to inform your guide of any adjustments/changes that will allow yourself a comfortable trip and he will try his best.
~ Price excludes airport taxes, security tax and other applicable surcharges.
~ Payment may be made in Singapore Dollars by cash, NETS, cheques and credit cards.
~ Due to fluctuation on currency exchange and changes on airfare, prices are subject to change without prior notice.


Surcharges (Airlines / Hotels)


(Not Applicable)

TRAVEL START DATE


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Room Type
Hotel Rating
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Passenger(s) Bedding and Room(s)

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Room Type 4 Nights Essence of Bhutan (Departs: Tuesday or Thursday only)
Adult (A) Child (C)
1A 2A 3A 4A 5A 2A1C
2017-02-14 ~ 2017-10-31
Standard Hotels/Guesthouse 3245 3050 2720 2585 2585 2280
Price per person in SGD$

Additional Information / Supplement

(Subject to change without prior notice)
Flight Details (subject to change without prior notice)

Singapore - Paro via Kolkata on the same aircraft
Available on Tuesday (from 04Aug16) / Thursday / Sunday
Singapore - Kolkata / KB501 / 0630-0830HRS / A319
Kolkata - Paro / KB501 / 0910-1050HRS / A319

Paro - Singapore via Kolkata on the same aircraft
Available on Monday (From 04Aug'16), Wednesday and Saturday only
Paro - Kolkata / KB500 / 0750-0830HRS / A319
Kolkata - Singapore / KB500 / 0910-1610HRS / A319