Price per Person: $ 2,998
Single Supplement: $ 984

Valid From: September 2018 to April 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01  :   Arrive Kolkata
Day 02  :  Kolkata
Day 03  :  Fly Kolkata – Paro & drive to Thimphu
Day 04  :  Thimphu
Day 05  :  Thimphu / Punakha
Day 06  :  Punakha / Paro
Day 07  :  Paro
Day 08  :  Paro / Guwahati
Day 09  :  Guwahati / M.V. Mahabaahu

Day 1: Saturday: Arrive Kolkata

After clearing immigration and customs, we step into the receiving area where we will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

Overnight at the Taj Bengal hotel (No meals)

Day 2: Sunday: Kolkata

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for guided sightseeing tour of Kolkata.

Drive past British Kolkata seeing the colonial buildings. Stop for a visit of the interesting flower market located on the bank of the Hoogly River – it is a colorful market located very near the famous Howrah Bridge. Drive on for a visit of the Jain temple.

After lunch (lunch on own), visit the Victoria Memorial. Later see the St. Paul’s cathedral. End the day with a visit to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Overnight at the Taj Bengal hotel (No meals)

Day 3: Monday: Kolkata / Paro by Flight & drive Paro / Thimphu (Approx. 65 kms / 40 miles 2 hours)

This morning, we leave for the airport to take the flight to Paro (For early morning flight we will depart with packed breakfast). The flight into the Himalayas reveals breathtaking views of the world’s highest peaks, taking you right into the Dragon kingdom’s cloud scraping airstrip in the lush green valley of Paro (alt. 7000 ft).

  • Flight KB-121           Sector: Kolkata/Paro                       Dep: 06:50 hrs.          Arr: 08:30 Hrs.
  • Flight KB-211           Sector: Kolkata/Paro                       Dep: 12:40 hrs.          Arr: 14:40 Hrs.

Upon arrival in Paro, we will met by our Bhutanese tour director and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Late afternoon/early evening visit Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and the King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4: Tuesday: Thimphu

After breakfast we leave for sightseeing of Thimphu. We visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

Later we drive to the Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here we see, students at work producing intricate designs on cloth. We also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing methods are still practiced. Later we visit the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese culture and living traditions.

After lunch we visit the Handicrafts Emporium which displays a wide assortment of beautifully handwoven and crafted products. We then drive to the Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5: Wednesday: Thimphu / Punakha (Approx. 77 Kms / 48 miles – 3.5 hours)

After breakfast, we drive to Punakha with a short stop enroute at the Dochula pass (3,050m) that offers enchanting views.

We arrive in Punakha and check into our hotel.

Later we visit the Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played an important role in building up of modern Bhutan. This is followed by a visit to the local market. We then visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built stupa.

After the visits in Punakha, we drive to the nearby town of Wangduephodrang and visit the local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6: Thursday: Punakha / Paro (Approx. 136 km/ 5 hours)

After breakfast, we drive to Paro en-route visiting the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for religious studies.

We arrive in Paro and check into our hotel.

In the afternoon we visit the Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as a Watch Tower, since 1967 it is serving as the National Museum of the country and holds a fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. We then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7: Friday: Paro

After an early breakfast, we leave for an excursion to the Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence it is called the “Tiger’s Nest”. The trek/hike to the view point takes about 5 hours for a round trip.

(Special Note: Ponies are available to go upto 1st view point only,  however to return back guests will have to walk)

In the afternoon, we drive north of Paro valley to the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong. From this fort the Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies. Later we visit nearby traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers a good insight into the lifestyle of the local people. On our way back, we visit the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 8: Saturday: Paro / cruise port by flight

Today morning at leisure and enjoy sumptuous breakfast later in time transfer to the airport to board flight to Guwahati.

On arrival at airport, meet and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 9: Sunday: Board M.V. Mahabaahu

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Pandu Port to board the M.V. Mahabaahu cruise ship on the Brahmaputra River.

(B)

Pricing

Price per person Sep, Oct & Nov 2018 Dec 2018 Jan & Feb 2019 Mar & Apr 2019
2 pax on twin sharing USD 3,332 USD 2,998 USD 3,184 USD 3,575
Single Supplement USD 1,032 USD 984 USD 1,034 USD 1,086

Validity

Valid From: September 2018 to April 2019

Hotels With Meal Plan and Numbers of Nights:

Day Days Itinerary Hotel/ Similar Room Category Meals
Day 1 SAT Arrive Kolkata Taj Bengal Deluxe N/A
Day 2 SUN In Kolkata Taj Bengal Deluxe B
Day 3 MON Kolkata / Paro / Thimphu Hotel Druk Deluxe Room B,L,D
Day 4 TUE Thimphu Hotel Druk Deluxe Room B,L,D
Day 5 WED Thimphu / Punakha Zinkham Resort Standard Room B,L,D
Day 6 THU Punakha / Paro Naksal Boutique Resort Superior room B,L,D
Day 7 FRI Paro Naksal Boutique Resort Superior room B,L,D
Day 8 SAT Paro / Guwahati Radisson Standard room B
Day 9 SUN Guwahati / MV Mahabaahu B

Airfare Supplements:

 

SECTOR FLT. NO. SCHEDULE
Kolkata / Paro (Option 1) KB–121 0650/0830 HRS
Kolkata / Paro (Option 2) KB–211 1240/1440 HRS
Paro / Guwahati KB-140 1600/1625 HRS
Guwahati / Jorhat
(for Downstream Cruise)
9W-903 1235/1325 HRS
  • Flights are in economy class, subject to availability.
  • Instant purchase fare is subject to availability at the time of purchasing the ticket
  • The airfare and schedule subject to change by airlines without prior notice. The above Air fare supplement is the Special Fare available as of now which are subject to change at the time of issuance.

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on Twin sharing room basis as per the above mentioned hotel OR Similar in base category room
  • Meal plan – As mentioned above against each day
  • Arrival & departure transfers with assistance at the airport.
  • Porterage at the airport.
  • Entrance fees at monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Pony for the hike to Taktsang monastery in Paro (upto 1st view point only – going upward)
  • Services of accompanying English speaking guide in Bhutan as per the itinerary.
  • Government Royalty, Taxes & Bhutan Visa Fee.
  • All currently applicable taxes as of this date.
  • Sightseeing in Kolkata as per the program with services of an English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Transportation by Air-Conditioned vehicle in Kolkata
  • Transportation by NON Air-Conditioned Vehicle in BHUTAN
  • Service tax 5%

Exclusions:

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any Tipping.
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified in the above inclusions.
  • All other air fares.
  • Brahmaputra cruise, which is priced separately
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
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