The Last Shangri-La: Bhutan

3 –10 March, 2019 | 8 Days/7 Nights

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Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, sandwiched between Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, is a bewitching country full of quirky surprises.

This is a country where the absolute monarch voluntarily and peacefully ceded power to the people, where well-being and happiness trump income and wealth, where forests can never cover less than 60% of the country by law, where buying cigarettes is illegal, where the national dress is compulsory at work and in school, and proudly so, and where the ultimate ambition is not to be the world’s top exporter in this or that, but to be the first nation to become 100% organic.

This deeply Buddhist land opened its doors to limited tourism only in 1974, and continues to keep everybody (except, happily, Indians) at arm’s length or more. Which is why it is still commonly referred to by jealous Westerners as the ‘Last Shangri-La’.

Bhutan – with its tree-covered hills and snow-bedecked mountains, its verdant valleys dotted with whitewashed wood and stone cottages, its cliff-hugging monasteries manned by lamas of all ages and sizes, and its charming towns filled with friendly, mirchhi-eating people – is a bucket-list topper and will remain so for years to come.

If you love the mountains as much as we do, come and experience Bhutan with us in March 2019, and take back a little bit of its happiness with you.

Wonderful World helps like-minded women to see the world in ways they can never dream of with husbands, or kids, or parents in tow. We keep our group sizes small so that you can make new friends and yet find your own space. So that when you get to the serene destinations, the dictates, dynamics, and timetables of a large group don’t dent your enjoyment.

We have been to Bhutan a few times now and it is one of our most successful trips.

Here is why you should join us:

March is a great time to visit Bhutan. The weather is great – the winter is on its way out it is not too hot. Skies are clear and the vistas of the Greater Himalayas will blow your mind away.

The standard of the 3-star hotels in Bhutan is a mixed bag.

I have personally picked some of the better hotels available and I can assure you the standard is superior to those being used by some of the other travel outfits.

Our itinerary includes a trip to Gangtey in Phobjika Valley, a beautiful, quiet valley, not included in most itineraries to Bhutan. A must do.

 

Additional Note:

If you are booking connecting flights, the flight timings are as below:

DEL – PBH – DEL:
3rd March: Delhi – Paro: Dep. 7:40 am; Arr. 11:15 am
10th March: Paro – Delhi: Dep. 11:10 am; Arr. 14:05 pm

CCU – PBH – CCU:
3rd March: Kolkata – Paro: Dep. 8:15 am; Arr. 9:55 am
10th March: Paro – Kolkata: Dep. 10:35 am; Arr. 11:55 am

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PRICE

64,900.00

₹64,900 Ex Kolkata, ₹69,900 Ex Delhi

Payment & Cancellation Policy
INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis
  • Round trip airfare from Delhi or Calcutta
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation within the country in a mini bus
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Bottled mineral water only in the vehicle
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
EXCLUSIONS
  • GST at 5% (GST will be applied on the package only – not the flight cost)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities like rafting (roughly INR 6,000 per raft for 8 people – it can be booked closer to the departure date)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Any beverages during meals – alcoholic or non-alcoholic or bottled water during meals
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather,

ITINERARY

Day1
Day 1 – Sunday, 3rd March (includes dinner) Arrival – Thimpu
  • Fly in to Paro.
The flight provides opportunities to see spectacular views of the great Himalayan peaks, the highest being Mount Everest. (For an unobstructed view, grab a seat on the left side of the aircraft.)  
  • Drive to Thimphu (1 hour).
  • Check-in to the hotel.
  • Relax, stroll around Thimphu, and we can do some sightseeing, if time permits.
  • Visit Memorial Chorten, the temple built in the memory of the late third king.
  • Visit Thimphu Dzong.
  • Visit the post office and get a personalized stamp.
Overnight at Hotel Pedling or similar
Day2
Day 2 – Monday, 4th March (includes breakfast and lunch) Thimpu  
  • Post breakfast, drive about 30 minutes to the base camp of Cheri Monastery and hike up to the monastery.
The hike up will take 50 to 90 minutes, depending on your speed. The view from Cheri Monastery is breathtaking.  
  • Treat yourself on packed lunch after the hike.
  • In the afternoon, you will have ample time to roam the streets of Thimphu City or cover any of the sights left out on Day 1.
Overnight at Hotel Pedling or similar
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