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Tour of the Dragon

4 Nights / 5 Days

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Tour of the Dragon

Overview

Bhutan known as hidden paradise of Himalayan land. Bhutan is land of culture and extreme charm which exudes a special feeling of peacefulness.

Bhutan has preserved its ancient culture as their progenitor did. You watch their spinning of prayer wheels and the glow of butter lamps which shows that people are intensely religious. Bhutan is rich with flora and fauna, dazzling snowcapped peaks, lush valleys and unbelievably beautiful rural landscapes will leave all but the very hardened asking: That if there is a heaven on Earth? The Land of the Thunder Dragon it probably is.

 

Tour cancellation & refund policy

 

Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

 

  • 45 days or more prior to arrival date in Bhutan– no charges
  • 45-30 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – 20% of rate
  • 22– 29 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan - 30% of rate
  • 15-21 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – 50% of rate
  • Less than 15 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – No Refund
  • An Administration fee of USD75 will be applicable for all cancelled tours

In the event of cancelled or shortened trips due to unforeseen reasons after arrival in Bhutan, no refund will be made due to the company already having paid for hotels and other logistics.

No refund will be made for missed connections or no show at the airports.

 

 

Druk air booking and cancellation policies:

 

As per Druk Airways policy, tickets are subject to following cancellation charges:

NORMAL CANCELLATION DETAILS

  • USD 25 Per Person on one month prior
  • 50 % Cancellation from 30 to 10 days
  • 75% Cancellation from 10 to 04 Days
  • 100% cancellation within 04 Day to date of travel
  • DATE CHANGE- USD25
  • An administration fee of USD25 per ticket will be applicable for all cancelled tickets
  • Passengers who fail to show up for a flight will not be eligible for a refund
  • Rescheduling is permitted, but once rescheduled, tickets are non-refundable and non-reroutable.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THE TICKETS ISSUED ON YEEX12 (10% DISCOUNT FOR ROUND TRIP)

  • 25 % Per Person on month prior
  • 50 % Cancellation from 30 to 10 days
  • 75% Cancellation from 10 to 04 Days
  • 100% cancellation within 04 Day to date of travel
  • Not applicable for infant and child.
  • DATE CHANGE- USD25
  • An administration fee of USD25 per ticket will be applicable for all cancelled tickets
  • Passengers who fail to show up for a flight will not be eligible for a refund
  • Rescheduling is permitted, but once rescheduled, tickets are non-refundable and non-reroutable.

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Itinerary

Activities –

 

Day 1- After you arrive in Paro international airport, you will be received by our representative from Colorful Bhutan Travels.

 

The flight into Paro on Druk Air/Bhutan airlines (only international flight) is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of Bhutan. If the weather is clear you can see magnificent views of the peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land on arrival at Paro international airport.

 

From Paro, we drive to Thimphu, where you will check in to your Hotel and after lunch we will take a short trip to the north of Thimphu to visit the mini zoo which houses the national animal Takin. Later in the evening we will visit TashichhoeDzong the “Fortress of Auspicious Religion” where today like most of the other fortresses in Bhutan serves as the Administrative and Religious Center.

Evening at leisure in Thimphu town.

Day 2-After breakfast, we will drive towards the Kuenselphodrang, popularly known as the “Buddha Point” where a statue of the Buddha measuring 54 meters tall sits above the Thimphu valley where we can see the tallest sitting Buddha Statue. Then we will visit Memorial Chorten(temple) which was built in 1974 in memory of the Late Third King of Bhutan.  On any given day, you shall find people circumambulating this temple in order to gain merits for all sentient beings. Then we drive out of Thimphu and along the way you will drive by the Dochulapass, where 108 stupas were built as a war monument after the 2003 war in the southern Bhutan against Indian insurgents. On a clear day you will also see the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Later after lunch we will directly check into the hotel and later in the evening we will visit Punakha Fortress also known as PungthangDechenPhodrangDzong (meaning the palace of great happiness or bliss) which was built in 1637-1638 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structure. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

Day3–After breakfast drive back to Paro, returning to Chhuzom or confluence we catch a glimpse of three Chortens in Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese style which were built to ward off evil spirits near the check point. Time permitting the journey can break with the visit to TamchokLhakhang built by ThangthongGyelpo or the Iron bridge builder as he is known. This former saint from the 15th century introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains. After lunch we will be visiting Paro National Museum. It was established in 1968, in the renovated ancient Ta-dzong building under the command of His Majesty, the king JigmeDorjiWangchuk. It houses for some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art, including masterpieces of bronze statues and painting. Suitable galleries were constructed to house the extensive collections. The works of art is elegantly displayed on scientific lines. After the museum we will visit ParoRinpungDzong. Under the command of ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal the dzong was built in 1646 and it was established as administrative and monastic centre of the western region and it became known as RinpungDzong (meaning Heap of Jewels). The dzong is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

Then we will drive all the way towards DrugyelDzong. The dzong was built in 1649 under the behest of ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal to commemorate victory of an invasion from Tibet. In early 1950s, the dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

In 2016, to celebrate the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyelsay, as well as to commemorate two other significant events, namely, the arrival (400 years) of ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal to Bhutan in 1616 AD and the birth year of Guru Rinpoche.

Day 4- After early breakfast we will drive towards the base of Tigers nest. Taktsang is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan World. The temple itself is perched on a granite cliff that drops 2,000 feet to the valley floor. The name is derived from a legend that Guru Rinpoche flew across the mountains to this spot on the back of a tigress.

Later after lunch we will visit Kichu Monastery which is one of the oldest monastery built by Tibetan king in 7th century. 

 

Later in the evening we will arrange a Cultural Show. You will be witnessing our traditional folk dances and also mask dances which are usually performed during the famous festival called Tshechu here in Bhutan. Colorful Bhutan Travels arranges cultural show for their clients to take back home not only the memories of natural beauty of the kingdom of Bhutan but also some memories of our unique culture (songs and Dances) and traditions which you may cherish throughout your life.

Day 5- After breakfast, your driver and guide will drive you to the airport for your out bound journey.

Inclusions

Following are the Trip Inclusions: 

 

Cost Inclusion:

1. All meals - American plan include

2. Airfare

3. English Speaking Guide for the tour

4. All Entrance Fess of all Places of interest

5. Internal Transport within Tour Activity: Cultural/Hiking

6. Accommodations – minimum of 3* hotels or resorts

7. All Government Taxes

 

Cost Exclusion:

1. Travel Insurance

2. Laundry Services

3. Shopping and Telephone services

4. Tipping for service providers

 

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