Meet & Greet upon arrival at Bagdogra Airport/ NJP then transfer to Phuntsholing (298Mts / 977Fts), a small town at the Indo-Bhutan borders. You will come across of many beautiful tea bushes and the jungle of Gorumara. Check into hotel and rest for the day. In evening leisure walk around Phuentsholing and Jaigaon local markets. Bargaining in Jaigaon local market can be done. Meanwhile we will apply for the visa for Thimphu and Paro. Overnight in Phuntsholing followed by dinner at hotel or outside restaurants. Phuentsholing (alt. 300m/985 ft) - The frontier town, it is a thriving commercial centre, situated directly at the base of Himalayan foothills. It is a fascinating place where different ethnic groups mingle prominently Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese. Being the border town, Phuentsholing serves as the convenient entry/exit point for Bhutan and also the important link to visit the Indian state of West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam.
After breakfast and permit formalities completed, move for Thimphu the capital town of Bhutan through lustourous valleys and mountains. Its elevation is an elevation of 2,250 mts. Check into Hotel. Thimphu (alt. 2400m/7875ft) - The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural.
After breakfast move for the full day local-sightseeing. Memorial Chorten-This stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Trashichhoe Dzong Also known as "fortress of the glorious religion", it was initially built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses, main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. The National Assembly Hall is housed in a modern building on the other side of the river from the Dzong. During the warmer summer months, the monk body headed by His Holiness, the Je Khenpo, makes its home in the Dzong. Simtokha Dzong This dzong, built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, stands on a low ridge 8 km down the valley from Thimphu. The Institute for Language and Cultural Studies is located here. The most noteworthy artistic feature of this Dzong is the series of over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard. National Library The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the National Library. Besides thousands of manuscripts and ancient texts, the library also has modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags. Institute for Zorig Chusum Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. National Textile Museum With the opening of Textile Museum, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden, Bhutanese textile have reached new heights as one of the most visible distinct art form. The textile museum has opened its exhibition on six major themes - warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibers and the royal collection. The crowns of Bhutan's Kings, namzas (dresses), the first version of Royal Crown and other accessories used by members of Royal family can be found in the museum. The goal of the museum is to gradually become a center for textile studies that will carry out documentation, research and studies on Bhutanese textiles. After completing move to Hotel. Overnight in Thimphu.
Your next Bhutan travel destination is Punakha, post breakfast we leave for Punakha a two hour drive from Thimpu. En route we will have a short coffee break at Dochula Pass (3150m). Dochula Pass: Stop at Dochula View Point which is the first stop after leaving Thimphu. Dochula Pass known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens- the construction of these 108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The pass is also popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists because an important (Druk Wangyal Lhakhang) temple is located on the crest of Dochula pass. 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 tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass. Bhutanese families enjoy visiting the pass during holidays and weekends to picnic and simply enjoy the scenery. For tourists this is ideal location to capture beautiful pictures of Himalayan mountain range during clear, warm days. After Lunch: 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. The wedding of the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his fiancé, Jetsun Pema, was held at the Punakha Dzong, on 13 October 2011. 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. It is about 30 minute walk across field from the road to the temple. The trail leads across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana, meaning "field". It then follows a tiny stream downhill to Yoaka and across more fields before making a short climb to Chimi Lhakhang. After visiting Punakha we will move back to Paro. Overnight at Paro.
After breakfast start for a full day sightseeing : Kyichu Lhakhang It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakahng in Bumthang). The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in original pattern. Inside this courtyard you will see the the orange tree, and if you blessed with orange accidentally then your desires will be fulfill, but you will not allow to pluck the fruits. It’s regarded as sin. Rinpung Dzong Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. It is also the venue of Paro Tshechu, held once a year in the spring. Ta Dzong One time watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 Ta Dzong is serving as the National Museum of the country. It holds fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. The museum circular shape augments its varied collection displayed over several floors. The administrative office, and Paro chhu - You can enjoy the river bed of Himalayas. Spend the evening at leisure wandering around Paro town for some souvenir shopping and to get a feel of the city. ONS at Paro.
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» Payment Terms & Methods: By any possible mode of transfer. » Cancellation & Refund Policy: CANCELLATION POLICYn * if any booking gets cancel due to any reason within 15 days prior to tour start date charges will apply as below.n * 15 – 7 days 25% of total package cost charged, 7 – 3 days 50% of total package cost charged & within 3 days no refund full retention charged.n Note : In case of landslide and any other natural calamity, if needed to change the vehicle or to hire another vehicle from the middle of the way all charges shall be paid by the guest on the spot. The Company shall not be responsible for any Flight Miss, Any loss, injury or damage to person or property in connection with the transportation, or caused by acts of strikes, pilferage, breakdown of machinery, accidents etc. Company reserve to rights any hotel & Vehicle changes without any prior notice. All Sightseeing depends on Permits, weather & road condition.n n Child Policy:n Above 9 years / Extra adults with an extra bed sharing room are same & charged as per.n n Payment Terms: n 50% of payment has to deposit after the package confirm.n Rest of the 50% deposit before arrival / tour begins.n n Important Notes about Car and Hotels: n Since your tour covers different districts and states one single vehicle for the entire trip cannot be used. Local sight seeing tours in the above places are arranged in separate car (Maruti Van or Sumo Jeep as per availability and local taxi syndicate rule). These cars are used exclusively for you and take you to all the points mentioned in the package.n n There is a restriction of vehicular movement in Gangtok Town after 8AM. If your hotel is in the town we request you to move from the hotel before 8AM for your Tsongo Lake excursion or transfer to next destination, or else the car has to leave the hotel and have to wait at the Taxi Stand. n The car service for the specific package is on time limit contract basis as per given schedule and not for full day. The full day availability of car can also be arranged on request with an additional cost. n Due to high traffic restrictions in the hill stations (mainly in Darjeeling and Gangtok) the drivers remain under pressure. They can not stop on the road while driving through the city or can not go to certain places even if desired by the tourists. In the hill towns the car parking places are very limited. In some hotels cars are not allowed to go. We have selected such hotels where the car has a direct access, but the same can be changed following sudden traffic rule imposition in some specific time. In such cases our driver will take you to the nearest taxi stand and help you to reach hotel. We request you to kindly understand these issues and cooperate with the drivers and maintain the timings. n We suggest you visit the market areas in the afternoon by foot and avoid car unless the hotels are outside the city. Where the hotels are far from the city we can arrange extra car for visiting market. The cost for this service is extra. n The hotels in Darjeeling or Sikkim are not air conditioned as this is not required here because of climatic condition. Also there is very few hotels having elevator and you may have to climb 3 to 4 story in some hotels. Rooms on higher floor have better view of the surroundings. However, we can arrange your room in the lower floor if you so desire. n In case of any specific requirement of bed arrangement (Twin Bed or Couple Bed) we should be intimated in advance in order to book the rooms as per choice.n n Permit: n People visiting Tsongo Lake and/or Nathula Pass and/or North Sikkim (Lachen-Lachung) are required to send photocopy of their valid Photo ID Proof of all (Passport or Voter Card or Driving Lenience or Pan Card for adult and school / birth certificate for children below 18 years) with 4 copies of Passport size Photographs to our office in advance in order to arrange the necessary permits. The original copies may be required to be shown on spot and should be carried during the tour. Please use this as an important note with Tsongo Lake visit. n * People visiting to Tsongo Lake – please note there are two Baba Mandirs beyond Tsongo Lake. We will arrange your visit to New Baba Mandir which is 8kms away from the lake. Please check if this is already included in your package. If not then you can pay an additional Rs. 500 per car to include this in the itinerary and we will arrange extra permit for you. However, there is another Old Baba Mandir on the way to Jelepla Pass. Please do not get confused with the Old Baba Mandir and the New Baba Mandir. We do not arrange this in our package, as permit is not given for this sector. Sometimes, drivers take tourists on their personal capacity to Old Baba Mandir and Jelepla Pass. If you are willing to go there please negotiate the rate with the driver directly. The company is however not responsible for this extended-tour.n Climate: Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalayas experience a climate that varies right from Tropical to Tundra. This change can be felt in a matter of 5 to 6 hours journey. The temperature in the lower foothills varies from 4 D C in winter up to 35 D C in summer. Regions above 1500M up to 2500 M have an average temperature of Minimum 2 D C and Maximum 12 D C in winter and Minimum 12 D C and Maximum 25 D C in summer. The region above 6000m in Northern, Eastern and Western Sikkim remains under permanent snow throughout the year. Winter period in the hills Mid October to March and summer period is from May to July. Monsoon starts from July and continues till Mid September. Occasional rainfalls occur in early May and June. It is also one of the rainiest regions with an average rainfall of 350cm per annum. Best time to visit this region from September to December and March to June. n Clothing: n Heavy to very heavy woolen garments form Oct to March and light woolen garments during the rest of the year. Carrying rain proof jackets or umbrella at any time of the year will be beneficial. n Altering the confirmed plan before tour starts:n We can make changes in the tour plan based on your requirement before the final tour confirmation without any extra cost. However, to change a confirmed tour plan between the confirmation and arrival date a processing charge of INR 250 to INR 900.00 will be applied on the new tour cost (the final processing charge will depend on the type of alteration). The charge is not applicable for extension of tour and related services. n Altering the confirmed plan during the tour: We can extend or alter the itinerary during an ongoing tour as per guest’s specific requirement. The cost for the changed program is payable separately and adjustment of cost with the original service is not possible.n Declaration: The general geographical information provided above is collected from various sources and from field experiences. We do not guarantee 100% accuracy on it but try to be as close as possible. We are in a constant process to give you the actual information and welcome any suggestion and correction on that. We are committed to provide you all promised service as detailed in the tour plan.n The detailing of the itinerary aims to give you a basic idea of what you can do during the trip. We are not strict to rules and will treat your preference as a priority. In case you need any change this should be discussed in advance with us and there will be full cooperation from us to arrange an ideal trip you are looking for. There will not be any extra cost for the alteration/addition unless it is really required. However, it will be tour operator’s discretion to determine the cost for alteration / addition according to service requirement. This will be informed to you and our official will collect it from you in cash. n Any alteration or addition in the program is subject to the availability and feasibility of the specific service requirement.n We will try its best to maintain the schedule but circumstances beyond human control may change the same. n Any legal dispute is subject to the jurisdiction of Sub Judicial Magistrate Court Siliguri. n We hope you have read the entire program thoroughly along with the terms and facts and you have understood and accepted the same.