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Bhutan Botanical Tour

Trip Length 9 Nights 10 Days
Group Size : 4-10 Person
Best Season April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start From : Paro, Bhutan
Trip Ends Paro, Bhutan
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Bhutan Botanical Tour


Despite its size, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the top botanical hot spots in the world. Like some suggests, Bhutan is indeed one big and beautiful park. The dense forests of Bhutan harbors a diversity of flora and fauna that include over 5,400 vascular plants, 360 species of Orchids, 46 species of Rhododendrons, and over 500 species of medicinal plants. An estimated 770 species of birds which include the Himalayan Griffon, the unique high altitude Wader, the Ibisbill, the spectacular Hornbill, Barbets, Sunbirds, Fulvettas, Yuhinas, Cuckoos, and many more can also be spotted here. Bhutan also sees a wide range of animal population. It is a safe haven for some of the endangered species like the Blue Sheep, Takin, Snow Leopard, Wolf, Marmot, Golden Langur, Red Panda and Musk Deer.
  • Day 01: Arrive Paro
  • Day 02: Paro,: Paro
  • Day 03: Thimphu – Thimphu
  • Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha
  • Day 05: Punakah – Gangtey
  • Day 06: Gangtey - Gangtey
  • Day 07: Gangtey – Wangdue
  • Day 08: Wangdue – Thimphu
  • Day 09: Thimphu – Paro
  • Day 10:Departs from Bhutan

Destinations :

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Wangdue

Activities :

Hiking, Visit Farm House , Monastery, Museums, Weekend market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) Stroll around the City etc.

Tour Highlights :

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries.
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshops, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more...

Bhutan Botanical Tour


Day 01

Arrive Paro

your Guide from Bhutan Majestic Travel will receive you at the airport and escort you to hotel. After short rest, explore the valley of Paro, paro Sightseeing and overnight Hotel in Paro Hotel.

Day 02

Paro,: Paro

Drive for 15kms and reach the base of Famous Tiger's Nest "TAKTSANG" Monastery and hike up which would take Two Hours up and approximately One Hour down. Stop at Taktsang Tea House "Cafeteria" for refreshment of Tea & Coffee and on your return back from monastery. Taktsang is at 2900mts. Hike for another half an hour and you reach the Great and Magnificent Taktsang where you will be greets by the monks who live there and Special Bhutanese Butter Visit the most important monastery were the Guru Rimpoche was flying on a Flaming Tigress from Singye Dzong in Eastern Bhutan to here and meditated for Three Months and flourishment of Buddhism in Paro started from 8th Century. Walk down to the Tea House for Vegetarian Lunch. After Lunch walk down hill and drive to Drugyal Dzong and on the way enjoys the view of the Taktsang Monastery, also known as "Tiger's Nest temple". Near the Drugyal Dzong, if the sky is clear we can see the Mt. Chomolhari on the background

Day 03

Thimphu – Thimphu

The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts, and the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). After lunch we drive to the Traditional Medicine Institute where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and to Lungtenzampa to observe the Royal silver smiths and Bhutanese paper factory at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). We drive to Simtokha Dzong; the oldest Dzong of Bhutan built by Shabdrung in 1627 and finally visit the Handicrafts Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Overnight in Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04

Thimphu – Punakha

Early morning drive to punakha via dochula pass: In punakha 55 orchid species (including Coelogyne corymbosa, Dendrobium nobile andDendrobium perardi) have been found in the vicinity of place and this morning we search these out on walks in the sub-tropical forests in the upper Mo Chu valley. We cross a narrow suspension bridge on foot and walk beside the river, with a picnic en route, then visit the enormous Pungthang Dechen Dzong, with its flowering jacaranda trees, golden spires, sacred Bo tree and busy monastic life.

Day 05

Punakah – Gangtey

Heading south and east, we pass the strategic junction at Wangdu Phodrang, guarded by an impressive 17C dzong and begin the climb to the Pele La (3,420 m), pausing to admire splendid trees and hopefully, more Dendrobiums. Keeping a look out for Himalayan griffon vultures we turn south to drop down into the Phobjika glacial valley (10,000 ft), extensively grazed by yaks and winter home of rare black-necked cranes. From Gangtey gompa we walk through scattered forest of red, pink and white rhododendrons (Rhododendron hodgsonii, R. keysii, R. kesangiae, R. ciliatum) to our simple traditional guesthouse, run in authentic Bhutanese style.

Day 06

Gangtey - Gantey

There are carpets of primulas as we make a circular walk in this remote, beautiful valley, meeting local people tending their crops and seeing yaks grazing on dwarf bamboo, tended by nomads living in black yak-wool tents. A visit to the local school may be possible and we call in at the WWF centre for the conservation of the Black Necked Crane, have the opportunity to buy locally woven carpets, and visit the recently restored Gangteng monastery with its extensive murals depicting the Thousand Buddhas.

Day 07

Gangtey – Wangdi

This morning we walk through extensive stands of rhododendron (R. thompsonii, R. cinnabarinum) and up to a pass marked by prayer flags, then descend on an old trading route through high montane forest with plentiful lichens and tree orchids. Regaining our vehicle we continue to a charming riverside lodge where we stay the night. Here we are at lower altitude (around 2,000 m), verging on the tropical zone, and we can appreciate the warmth and the plentiful bird and butterfly species.

Day 08

Wangdi – Thimphu

We drive back over the high passes (with botanical stops en route) to Thimphu, where we visit Tashi Chodzong, the grand seat of the Bhutan government, its series of ornately carved courtyards decorated with striking murals and relief sculptures. Our hotel has modern facilities but is built, like everything in Bhutan, in traditional style, and each room has a balcony with views over the Thimpu river valley. There is time to shop for handicrafts, especially woven silk, tangkha scrolls and masks, before we have an invitation to a private Bhutanese home for dinner and an introduction to classical Bhutanese music and dance.

Day 09

Thimphu – Paro

Drive to paro, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning "Heap of Jewels", built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. Overnight Hotel in Paro.

Day 10

Departs from Bhutan

Early morning drive to Airport and board flight, wishing you safe journey and thanks for visiting Bhutan with us and wishing to visit Bhutan Again.

Bhutan Botanical Tour


Cost Includes:

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Donations to Monasteries
  • Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • International Telephone Calls
  • Round Trip Air fare
  • Inbound Airfare

Accommodations and facilities:

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. With a few exceptions of highly over priced international chain properties, hotels in Bhutan are small with 15 to 20 rooms. The hotels have been categorized by local authorities as Star 1, 2 and 3, with 3 Star being on the top level 1Star at the bottom and naturally we have pick the 3 Star category hotels and resorts which are local architecture with Bhutanese décor, well maintained and staffed with the friendly locals. There is disparity in the rooms in most of the hotels and travelers of the same group may end up in two different types of rooms although you have paid the same amount. You will have private bathroom with 24 hour running cold and hot water. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies but hair dryers, iron and ironing board etc may not be available. Hotels in Paro and Thimphu do have internet access in office or reception areas. There are some new deluxe properties and international chain resorts which are above the traditional classification criteria and in the higher side in terms of price and can be booked with supplemental cost. Hotel listed on the itinerary are suggestions only and during peak season and tours timed with festival, we may not get the same hotels and in that case, we will book you in the similar property or upgrade you to the higher level.

Guide and Escorts

Our Tour Guides are local individuals with college degree, government certification, experienced and with knowledge on the destination, history, culture and religion and most importantly they are easy going, detailed oriented, patient and high level of customer service skills. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations for you which you would never find on your own. They ensure that everything goes well with your tour without a hitch.

Vehicle:

We use good condition Toyota SUV and Toyota Coaches for all transfers and tours. Driver and guide is not the same person. Driver may speak little or no English but they know the road and are skillful to fix the problem in case of mechanical breakdowns. Depending on group size, we will use Japanese made Sedan cars, SUVs or minivan for entire transfers and tours.

International and Internal Flights:

All internal flights are part of travel plan and are locally booked by us. You will be emailed e-ticket receipts once the reservation is booked and tickets issued. But you have liberty to book your international airfare on your own. We can certainly help you book international flight if that originates from the city that you live in. Once you receive itinerary, it's your responsibility to verify the itinerary and reconfirm the schedules.

Visa and Permits:

Passport should be valid for 6 months or more at the time of travel. We will take care of Bhutan Visa and permits. Bhutan Visa Fees of USD 20 which will be collected with the Tour Payment in advance. You will need to provide a copy of your passport which should be sent to us by email for Bhutan Visa Processing. Bhutan visa is preprocessed by us and we will provide you a copy the Visa Approval Letter before your trip which you will need to present at Druk Air counter at the time you check in for flight to Bhutan. You will get actual visa seal on your passport upon arrival at Paro airport.

Trip Activity Level:

This trip is basically motor vehicle based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits and suitable for all travelers with regular health conditions. When we are driving from one city to another, we will be driving from 3-6 hours with occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads are narrow and some portions may be rough and damaged. The itinerary allows enough acclimatization for you and it's advisable that you should keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics about 2-3 months ahead of the trip. It's your responsibility to determine that you are fit for this trip and if you have any health conditions, please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions.

Booking:

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A 100% of both the Tour and Airfare is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport.

Cancellation:

  • 100% Refund if tour canceled within 60 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 50% Refund if tour canceled within 45 Days from the start of the tour.
  • 25% Refund if tour canceled within 30 Days from the start of the tour.
  • No Refund if tour canceled less than 30 Days from the start of the tour.

Final Trip Dossier:

A final trip dossier with local contacts, hotel lists, check lists, travel notes and relevant information will be sent about a month ahead of the trip.

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