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Bhutan Tigers Nest Tour 2018-02-06T11:06:54+00:00

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TIGERS NEST TOUR, BHUTAN

TIGERS NEST TOUR, BHUTAN

Bhutan is no ordinary country; unique for its culture and traditions amongst others.

Reputed to be the last traditional Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom, just to view their spartan way of life (as well as the Tigers Nest) is an experience. Any traveller has to visit Bhutan at least once. This 9 day trip UK – UK, visits Thimphu, Paro, Punakha/Wangdue and of course the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (locally known as Taktsang).

Highlights

  • Fly into Bhutan straight passed Mt Everest
  • The ‘must see’ Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Visits Thimphu, Paro, Punakha/Wangdue
  • Transit through Kathmandu, Nepal

We recommend using Kathmandu as the access point to fly to Bhutan as the 55 min direct flight into Paro flys straight past Mt Everest. You’ll be pushed to get a better view! See How To Get To Bhutan.

Our tour arrives into Paro and transfers straight to Thimphu (90 min drive), where you will spend 2 nights; plenty of time and things to explore. It’s then over the 3000m Doche La Pass by road (great views of the Himalaya) and into the lush valley of Punakha, home to one of the best Monastery’s in the country. You will spend a night here.

The following day the drive goes back over the Pass, stopping in Thimphu for lunch before continuing on to Paro. There is time to explore the mighty Paro Dzong and museum before retiring. On your final full day, you have the opportunity to visit a local school before heading up to the Tigers Nest Monastery. It is a stiff walk up and will take anything between 90 mins and 2 hrs. There is a convenient rest place half way up with good views of the Tigers Nest across the valley. To get to the Monastery and see its precarious position is well worth the effort.

You depart the following morning, back to Kathmandu and onto to London.

At A Glance   

Flight inclusive cost, from £2445
Land Only £1080
Trip Duration 9 Days UK - UK
Trip Length 5 nights inside Bhutan
Max Altitude 3000m (road Pass)
Grading Not applicable
Accommodation Hotels
All meals in Bhutam. B'fasts in hotels Kathmandu

Bhutan is no ordinary country; unique for its culture and traditions amongst others.

Reputed to be the last traditional Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom, just to view their spartan way of life (as well as the Tigers Nest) is an experience. Any traveller has to visit Bhutan at least once. This 9 day trip UK – UK, visits Thimphu, Paro, Punakha/Wangdue and of course the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (locally known as Taktsang).

Highlights

  • Fly into Bhutan straight passed Mt Everest
  • The ‘must see’ Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Visits Thimphu, Paro, Punakha/Wangdue
  • Transit through Kathmandu, Nepal

Our tour arrives into Paro and transfers straight to Thimphu (90 min drive), where you will spend 2 nights. It’s then over the 3000m Doche La Pass by road (great views of the Himalaya) and into the lush valley of Punakha, home to one of the best Monastery’s in the country. You will spend a night here.

The following day the drive goes back over the Pass and onto Paro. The majority of the final full day is spent walking up to the Tigers Nest. It is a stiff walk up (90 mins to 2 hrs). To get to the Monastery and see its precarious position is well worth the effort.

You depart the following morning, back to Kathmandu and onto to London.

At A Glance

Flight inclusive cost, from £2445
Land Only £1080
Trip Duration 9 Days UK - UK
Trip Length 5 nights inside Bhutan
Max Altitude 3000m (road Pass)
Grading Not applicable
Accommodation Hotels
All meals in Bhutam. B'fasts in hotels Kathmandu

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Trip Information

Trip Information

This itinerary uses Kathmandu as the access point into Paro, Bhutan. This can be adjusted to use other airports served by Drukair such as Delhi OR you can choose Land Only.

For Land Only, we meet you on arrival at the airport in Bhutan; you organise your own flights.

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Kathmandu

Day 2. Arrive Kathmandu (Nepal), Transfer to hotel

Day 3. Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu

Day 4. Thimphu Sightseeing

Day 5. Drive to Punakha/Wangdue

Day 6. Drive back to Paro

Day 7. Paro (Tigers Nest)

Day 8. Depart Bhutan, Fly Paro to Kathmandu, overnight

Day 9. Depart Kathmandu for London

This itinerary uses Kathmandu as the access point into Paro, Bhutan. This can be adjusted to use other airports served by Drukair such as Delhi OR you can choose Land Only.

For Land Only, we meet you on arrival at the airport in Bhutan; you organise your own flights.

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Kathmandu

Day 2. Arrive Kathmandu (Nepal), Transfer to hotel
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay at the comfortable Manang Hotel (3*).

Day 3. Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu
You will be greeted by your Guide at the airport and dependent on your arrival time (you may have lunch in Paro first), drive straight to Thimphu (just 90 mins) and conduct some sightseeing there if time permits. Take the time to stroll around the town to familiarise yourself with the general lie of the land! Overnight Thimphu. LD

Day 4. Thimphu Sightseeing
This day is dedicated to the Thimphu area. There is enough in this area to keep you busy throughout the day and depending on the weather and your wishes, you can visit and/or see the following:
The huge and imposing Thimphu Dzong, the Radio Tower, the many craft shops, the numerous interesting Govt buildings (the Library is good), Traditional School of Arts and Craft, Indigenous Hospital, Textile Museum, Handicraft Emporium and the Hand-made Paper factory and the Zilukha Nunnery (one of the very few monasteries for female monks still in existence).
Perhaps ask your Guide to take you to one of the local restaurants (no additional cost).
Overnight Thimphu. BLD

Day 5. Drive to Punakha/Wangdue
In the morning you will drive across the Doche La Pass (over 3150m) and down to the Punakha/Wangdue valley. Approx 3hrs.From the Pass, there are some great views of the Eastern Himalaya on a clear day; be sure to stop for tea! Visit the Punahka Dzong, once the capital of Bhutan (until 1955). This impressive building has survived four big fires and an earthquake, which destroyed many historic documents. It is now, as with many Dzongs, the administrative centre for the District. In the afternoon, visit Wangdue and the local market there. Overnight Punahka or Wangdue. BLD

Day 6. Drive back to Paro
After breakfast, drive back to Thimphu (stop for coffee or lunch) and then onto Paro. Visit the ‘Watch Tower’, which is now the National Museum. Explore the streets of Paro or relax. Overnight Paro. BLD

Day 7. Paro (Tigers Nest)
If you wish, you can witness a local school assembly where children sing the National Anthem and also visit the Rinpung Dzong. The afternoon is spent getting to and visiting the Tigers Nest monastery. This iconic Monastery is perched 900m off of the valley floor and takes around 90 mins – 2 hrs to trek there. The path can be quite steep in places. It is well worth the effort. Overnight Paro. BLD

Day 8. Depart Bhutan, Fly Paro to Kathmandu, overnight
Your Guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will transfer to your hotel for the night. B
Note, that you can elect to remove this overnight stop and connect to a flight straight back to London in the evening but please read the information in the Trip Notes.

Day 9. Depart Kathmandu for London
You will be transferred to the airport for your day flight back to london, arriving same day. B

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
1 - 9 Sep 2018 £2445 £1080
3 - 11 Nov 2018 £2445 £1080

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 1 – 12 (see below).

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

The above prices are the based on the relevant travel months and an overall min group size of 3. If the overall group size is less than 3, the price will be adjusted; ask for a quote.

See The Cheapest Way To Visit Bhutan.

Low Season months: Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec
High Season months: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Kathmandu return and Kathmandu – Paro (Bhutan) return
  • 2 x overnight hotel stays Kathmandu (B&B basis) including all airport transfers
  • Guide, dedicated vehicle and driver in Bhutan
  • All hotel accommodation in Bhutan
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • All entrance fees to local sights, Monasteries
  • Tourist visa for Bhutan

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese visa
  • Tips for Guide and driver
  • Personal spending

What the Price Includes:

  • Guide, dedicated vehicle and driver in Bhutan (you will be met at the airport on arrival)
  • All hotel accommodation in Bhutan
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • All entrance fees to local sights, Monasteries
  • Tourist visa for Bhutan

What the Price Does Not Include:

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese visa
  • Tips for Guide and driver
  • Personal spending

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £140.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
2 hotel nights in Kathmandu
5 nights hotel in Bhutan

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex).

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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It’s All In The Detail

Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter Bhutan. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Bhutan.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Bhutan and it is the Tour Operator (us) that is responsible for doing it. It is included as part of the trip. Our confirmation to you will explain the process further but in short, we apply for it and we will provide you with it when the time comes.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

We will provide all of the details you need for the Drukair flights.

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

This is a touring holiday as opposed to a trekking holiday and therefore no fitness level is specified.

The amount of walking is commensurate with visiting markets, Monasteries and similar sights expected on such tours.

The exception is the Tigers Nest Monastery. It is a stiff 90min – 2 hrs uphill and quite steep in places. There is a resting place approx half way up from where you can see the Tigers Nest Monastery. It is however, well worth the effort to get there.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • All meals are supplied in Bhutan, b’fasts in hotels in Kathmandu.
  • Bhutan Hotels – all meals tend to be served buffet style so you can vary what you eat throughout. They eat a lot of rice and vegetables.

Note – Bhutan is primarily a Buddhist country so they have no slaughterhouses and therefore meat is not in abundance.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.

International Flights – Our default flights are:

  • London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.
  • KTM to Paro, Bhutan (PBH). Drukair is Bhutan’s National carrier and the only scheduled airline to fly into Bhutan.

There are good reasons why we use KTM as the access point, but there are alternatives such as Delhi. Please ask for details.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

  • Usually advised: Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/bhutan.aspx#immunisations
  • Malaria – there is a low to no risk to Paro, Thimphu. It very much depends on where else you go on your travels. Consult the fitfortravel website link above for a malaria map coverage. If required, please consult your GP or Medical Practice for advice.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £300 – £400 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip but bear in mind, everything you need in Bhutan is paid for.

Miscellaneous expenses may include alcoholic drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs. It will also include meals in Kathmandu (other than b’fasts).

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Bhutan’s currency is the Nulgrum. The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival. Its value is linked to the Indian Ruppee. Indian Rupees are accepted in Bhutan but not the other way around. US$ are widely accepted in Bhutan but any change given is likely to be in Nulgrums and the exchange rate certainly in their favour. Your Guide will take you to a bank to exchange currency.

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival. You can change all major currencies for NPR at the airport, the hotel or on the streets of Thamel (official money changers). Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted in Nepal.

Note that in both cases, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s but do not rely on them.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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