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Bhutan General Information

BHUTAN…An unspoiled hidden kingdom…

Discreetly, but wonderfully hidden in the eastern Himalayas between India & China (Tibet), Bhutan is a meagerly populated country of one million people. This quiet little sleepy kingdom is also considered to be the last surviving Mahayana Buddhist state. Bhutan is a fantastic country cutely nestled within the majestic Himalayas, a unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, in an architectural style like no others, a land full of warm hearted and friendly people; & this reveals a true paradise in a lost era of the present century.

Bhutan, the last paradise on earth reflects age old religion, culture, arts and architecture with its golden peaks in the background of deep green valleys and lush green hillsides, the vivid blue of the rivers and the sky, the white of the snow above the brown-gold alpine pastures speaks a tranquil language of silence – an integral part of Himalayan Buddhism for meditation and worship enabling believers to reach closer to the goal of enlightenment.

This is a unique land, having survived the centuries by maintaining a distinct identity. Bhutan often referred to as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon` is still regarded as one of the last Shangri-La’s in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness. It’s spectacular mountain terrain, with varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. It is in the relatively unexplored pockets of Asia which allows only limited number of discerning travelers to enter the country in order to protect its fragile environment and culture. Bhutan, a purely Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom is unsurpassed in its scenic majesty and vibrant culture. The Kingdom shares with Nepal the world's greatest concentration of mountains and & the living heritage of Buddhism.

The fifty minutes flight from Kathmandu to Paro can truly be described as an enchanting flight of fantasy. During the flight a first hand close up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchanjunga and other famous peaks become reality. Biweekly flights between these two kingdoms have made easier travel to the long isolated Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan.

EncountersNepal.com, a specialist in BHUTAN tours, can make your Dragon tour dreams come true through its exciting & affordable packages. We also offer a variety of programs to suit various interests; they include: culture, history, nature, wildlife, bird watching, treks & expeditions both for groups and individuals. Travel with us to the Land of the Thunder Dragon & covet the quiet & peace of an old world charm that’s there to cherish for a lifetime.  Our sample packages are as follows…..

RISK & LIABILITIES:

While EncountersNepal.com Pvt. Ltd will put in every effort to make your journey & holidays as smooth & pleasant as possible, we would like you to know that all the programs in BHUTAN are conducted strictly under the rules & regulations of the BHUTAN TOURISM AUTHORITIES. Therefore, ENCOUNTERS NEPAL or its Bhutanese counterpart shall not be responsible for any changes and alterations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockades due to floods & snow, or political disturbance, cancellation of flights, arrival delays, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurred thereof shall be borne by the clients on the spot. Encounters Nepal strongly advises all its clients to get full insurance against medical and personal accidents when traveling far from home. Cancellation insurances are also highly recommended.

FESTIVALS OF BHUTAN & THE PLACES THEY OCCUR IN…this is a regular feature throughout the year…

1 FEB 18TH – FEB 22ND - PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN
2 FEB 23RD – FEB 25TH - PUNAKHA TSHECHU
3 FEB 28TH – MAR 15TH - TRASHIYANGTSE CHORTEN KORA
4 MAR 23rd – MAR 25TH - TRASHIGANG GOMKORA
5 MAR 26TH – MAR 30TH - PARO TSHECHU
6 MAR 28TH – MAR 30TH - CHUKHA - CHUKHA TSHECHU
7 APRIL 24TH – APRIL 28TH - BUMTHANG URA TSHECHU
8 JUNE 19TH –JUNE 21ST - BUMTHANG NIMALUNG TSHECHU
9 JUNE 21ST - BUMTHANG KURJEY TSHECHU
10 SEPT 12TH – SEPT 16TH - THIMPHU - THIMPHU DRUBCHEN
11 SEPT 15TH – SEPT 17TH - WANGDUE HODRANG WANGDI TSHECHU
12 SEPT 16TH – SEPT 18TH - BUMTHANG TAMSHINGPHALA CHOEPA
13 SEPT 17TH – SEPT 19TH - THIMPHU - THIMPHU TSHECHU
14 SEPT 22ND – SEPT 24TH - BUMTHANG TANGBI MANI
15 OCT 22ND – OCT 26TH - BUMTHANG JAMBAY LHAKHANG DRUP
16 OCT 23RD – OCT 25TH - BUMTHANG PRAKHAR TSHECHU
17 NOV 13TH – NOV 16TH - MONGAR - MONGAR TSHECHU
18 NOV 13TH - NOV 16TH - PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU
19 NOV 14TH – NOV 17TH - TASHIGANG - TASHIGANG TSHECHU
20 NOV 21ST – NOV 23RD - BUMTHANG NALAKHANG TSHECHU
21 DEC 15TH – DEC 17TH - TRONGSA - TRONGSA TSHECHU
22 DEC 15TH – DEC 17TH - LHUNTSE TSHECHU
19 NOV 14TH – NOV 17TH - TASHIGANG - TASHIGANG TSHECHU
20 NOV 21ST – NOV 23RD - BUMTHANG NALAKHANG TSHECHU
21 DEC 15TH – DEC 17TH - TRONGSA - TRONGSA TSHECHU
22 DEC 15TH – DEC 17TH - LHUNTSE TSHECHU

Cost

Cost per person per night Group size
USD 250.00 2
USD 240.00 3-4
USD 220.00 5 or more
USD 40.00 per night Single supplement

Tour package includes

Twin sharing accommodation at the best available hotel or tourist cottage, meals on full board basis, ground transfers, sightseeing as per the itinerary with English speaking guide, monastery entrance fees and necessary permits.

During trek

Tented camp accommodation with mattresses, dining/kitchen and toilet tents, camping crew, meals on full board basis, English speaking guide and pony/horse riding (on request) supported by skillful and experienced crew.

Tour package excludes

Airfare, airport taxes, Bhutan visa fee (US$ 20.00 payable upon arrival in Bhutan), Nepal re-entry visa fee, travel insurance and personal expenses such as bar bills, laundry, tips etc.

Flight service

Druk Air flies every Monday and Thursday between Kathmandu and Paro. Cost for one-way trip is US$ 200.00 and US$ 412.00 for round trip.

Group size

A minimum of 2 persons is required for obtaining permits to trek in Bhutan. For tours 1-3 persons are considered FITs and a special discount is available if you are travelling in a group of 4 and above.

Tax

A tax to the Government of Nepal will be applicable on top.

Photography

16mm Film camera is prohibited in Bhutan. Photography in some of the Monasteries and Dzongs is not allowed.

Terms and conditions

  1. All foreign nationals other than Indian nationals intending to visit Bhutan should apply for visa at least three weeks before the expected date of arrival, with all requisite information.  Request a visa application form including your fax number.
  2. Following details are to be given in order to obtain a visa:
    (a) Permanent address
    (b) Date and place of birth
    (c) Nationality
    (d) Passport No.
    (e) Date and place of issue
    (f) Date of expiry
    (g) Profession / occupation
    (h) Expected arrival date and duration of visit
    (i) Entry / exit points
  3. All type of tour is to be paid in advance in the form of Demand draft, telex / bank transfer. E-mail us for bank details.
  4. Payments should be made in US Dollars.
  5. There will be a cancellation charge of 50% for confirmed booking up to 7 days prior to departure whereas, no refund thereafter. Refund won’t be made for no shows and delay arrivals of the clients’ whatsoever reasons.

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