Taktsang monastery, Bhutan
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7D6N Best of Western Bhutan Tour

4.75 out of 5
(4 customer reviews)

Package incl: Return economy airfares with taxes and fuel surcharges by Drukair as per itinerary, Airconditioned transport, 6 nights 3-4* accommodations (Twin Sharing), Daily Breakfast, Entrance Fees, English Speaking Guide, Tour & Meals as per itinerary.

From S$2,885.00 per person

Type: Flight + Hotel + Tour

Package incl: Return economy airfares with taxes and fuel surcharges by Drukair, Airconditioned transport, 6 nights accommodations with breakfast, Entrance fee, English Speaking Guide, Tour & meals as per itinerary.

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PACKAGE ITINERARY 
DEPARTURE:  THURSDAY to WEDNESDAY // SUNDAY to SATURDAY // TUESDAY to MONDAY
DAY 1: SINGAPORE – PARO
HOTEL: Tashi Namgay Resort or Mandala Resort or similar class

Get ready for your Bhutan Holiday! Your travel journey begins with a flight into this exotic country. Our representative will receive you at the Airport. You will be taken to the hotel for checking in with your Welcome tea. And then visit Kyichu monastery dating back to the 7th century, and it’s one of the oldest monastery in Bhutan. Overnight halt at the hotel in Paro. 

DAY 2: PARO – THIMPHU
HOTEL: Galingkha Hotel or Dorji Elements or similar class

2nd Day of your Bhutan Travel journey. After breakfast visit National Museum which houses numerous collections of arts and artifacts. The museum was built in the mid of 17th century as a watch tower for the dzong below. Visit Paro Ringpung dzong after the museum and walk down to the cantilever bridge which lies below the dzong. Have lunch in one of the restaurants in the town and take a stroll around the town for a while. And then drive to Thimphu for about an hour. Overnight in Thimphu. 

DAY 3: THIMPHU
HOTEL: Galingkha Hotel or Dorji Elements or similar class

3rd Day of your Bhutan Tour. After your breakfast drive 10 minutes to the Buddha point to see Bhuddah Dordenma, the largest statue of the Buddha Sykhamuni in the world. Also the Thimphu city is best viewed from the Buddha point as well. Visit the School of Arts and Crafts which was established to preserve and promote our age old arts and crafts. Visit the Folk Heritage museum which is a replica of a medieval farm-house, and we still have this kind of house in some of our rural parts. And visit the Takins mini zoo to see the Takins which is our national animal. Have lunch in town and visit our Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in 1974 in the memory of our beloved 3rd king. And then visit the Handicraft Emporium for your souvenir shopping and in the evening walk around the city. Night halt in Thimphu. 

DAY 4: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA
HOTEL: Punatshangchu Cottages or similar class

4th Day of this Tour Package. Drive to Punakha for 2 ½ hours with short stop at Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, you could have a superb view of the Bhutan’s Himalayas from the pass. Upon arrival in Punakha, check in at the hotel first. And have lunch in Punakha town and visit beautiful Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) two famous rivers of Bhutan. And Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan, and winter capital for the central monk body at present. After wards visit a farm house in one of a typical village in Punakha, to see how people live in rural Bhutan. You will be served some Bhutanese local distilled wine (Ara), tea and snacks at the farm house. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha. 

DAY 5: PUNAKHA – PARO
HOTEL: Tashi Namgay Resort or Mandala Resort or similar class

5th Day of this Bhutan Trip. After your breakfast drive to Paro via Thimphu for maximum 4 hours drive. On the way take a short walk for an hour to Chime Lhakhang (temple of no dogs), which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as Divine Mad Man. He subdued the demons with his "Magical Thunder bolt". The Temple is also known as "the Temple of Fertility". Childless women come here to get the special blessing. So they can conceive and have child. Have lunch in Thimphu and drive to Paro for the night halt. 

DAY 6: TAKTSHANG HIKE (Tiger's Nest)
HOTEL: Tashi Namgay Resort or Mandala Resort or similar class

6th Day of this Bhutan Itinerary. The hike will take about 5 hours for a round trip with lunch stop. It’s an uphill hike. Taktsang monastery is perched on the face of a cliff 800 Mts, above the Paro valley. It is a memorable spiritual journey. It was here that the great Tantric master, Guru Padmasambhava flew in from Tibet on the back of a flying tigress to propagate his teachings in Bhutan. Lunch at the cafeteria or you will be served catering lunch from a restaurant. Walk back down hill to your hotel. Take rest or drive to the town for your last minute shopping. Overnight at the hotel. 

DAY 7 : PARO – SINGAPORE

7th Day of this Tour Package. Our guide and driver will take you to the airport and bid you good bye for your departure back home.

 
Please email us at enquiry@lokopoko.travel to customized your itinerary.

 

FLIGHT ITINERARY (15 May to 31 Aug 2016)
DEPARTURE FLIGHT 
DAY FLIGHT NO SECTOR ETD ETA
Thursday
Sunday
KB501 SINGAPORE (SIN) to KOLKATA (CCU) 0630 0830
  ******40 Minutes Layover in KOLKATA (CCU)******    
    KOLKATA (CCU) to PARO (PBH) 0910 1050
RETURN FLIGHTS 
DAY FLIGHT NO SECTOR ETD ETA
Wednesday
Saturday
KB500 PARO (PBH) to KOLKATA (CCU) 0750 0830
  ******40 Minutes Layover in KOLKATA (CCU)******  
  KOLKATA (CCU) to SINGAPORE (SIN) 0910 1610
**Flight Itinerary may be subjected to changes and availability.

 

FLIGHT ITINERARY (01 Sep to 29 Oct 2016)
DEPARTURE FLIGHT 
DAY FLIGHT NO SECTOR ETD ETA
Sunday
Tuesday
Thursday
KB501 SINGAPORE (SIN) to KOLKATA (CCU) 0630 0830
  ******40 Minutes Layover in KOLKATA (CCU)******    
  KOLKATA (CCU) to PARO (PBH) 0910 1050
RETURN FLIGHTS 
DAY FLIGHT NO SECTOR ETD ETA
Monday
Wednesday
Saturday
KB500 PARO (PBH) to KOLKATA (CCU) 0750 0830
  ***40 Minutes Layover in KOLKATA (CCU)***    
  KOLKATA (CCU) to SINGAPORE (SIN) 0910 1610
**Flight Itinerary may be subjected to changes and availability.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Paro: Kyichu monastery, National Museum, Paro Ringpung dzong, Taktsang monastery
Thimphu: Buddha point, School of Arts and Crafts, Folk Heritage museum, Takins mini zoo, Memorial Chorten
Punakha: Dochula pass, Punakha town, Punakha Dzong, Chime Lhakhang

 

BHUTAN TRAVEL TIPS
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO BHUTAN??? Spring season starting from March to May is the best time to visit Bhutan. Towards the end of April and May, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers at full bloom all around Bhutan. Take note that this is peak season for the hotels and tours so prices will be relatively higher. Autumn starting from September to November is also popular among tourists as the weather makes it a comfortable and perfect time to visit Bhutan. Festivals are usually ongoing during this season. The Summer months of May to August are considered the low season in Bhutan due to the monsoon season starting in mid-June but this is also the period where you will get the best rates. Take note that this period will be cloudier with higher chances of rainfall although, you could still try your luck with the low tariffs in early June before the monsoon sweeps in. To experience Bhutan winter and avoid the tourist crowd, travelling in the winter season between December and February could be for you. Amidst the cold weather, enjoy the clear blue skies with the Himalayas as the backdrop.
SHOULD I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE BEFORE VISITING BHUTAN: We know that a lot of things can happen from the time you book your holiday to the actual travel date.So it would be good precaution to have travel insurance purchased once you have confirmed your travel plans with us. 
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DO I NEED TO USE A TOUR OPERATOR TO BOOK MY TRAVEL? As advised by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, it is a government regulation that you must use a license Bhutanese Tour Operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners. At Lokopoko we only source and work with the best and most reliable licensed operators to chaperone our guests.
WHAT TIME WILL I ARRIVE AT THE HOTEL? The flight from Singapore is usually scheduled to arrive in Bhutan in the late morning. However, on the first day, the tour will usually cover several attractions before arriving for check-in at the hotel. Usually, you should arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon / early evening. Of course, the exact arrival time would be subjected to the tour itinerary. As our packages are all based on private arrangement, it would depend on your individual itinerary. You can always request the guide to return back to the hotel earlier, if you have that preference. 
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? A layered wardrobe would be recommmended for a destination like Bhutan where it could be sunny and rainy at the same moment. Because of the altitude, the UV rays tend to be stronger, hence, do bring along a good pair of sunglasses and generously apply on sun block. Good walking shoes or hiking shoes are a must even if hiking is not on your itinerary. In the Spring and Autumn season, do bring along good selection of warm clothes for layering on as the wind can be rather strong in the evenings. Bring along some mosquito repellent when travelling during the summer.
IS BHUTAN SAFE? Bhutan is one of the most peaceful countries and is perfectly safe to travel to. Crime rate is low and locals are friendly and helpful. Nevertheless, having said that, while travelling, it is always good to practice good travel sense and caution, store your valuables in a safe place and avoid walking alone in dark places.
WHAT KIND OF ELECTRIC OUTLET IS USED IN THE BHUTAN? Most, if not all, sockets use either 2 pins round plugs, 3 pins round plugs or a standard UK 3 pin flat plugs. The electric current is 220-240 volts. It is recommended to bring along a travel power plug adapter for convenience. 
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED? The currency used in Bhutan is Ngultrum (Nu). Since the Ngultrum is pegged to the Indian Rupee, India Rupee is also widely accepted all over Bhutan. However, Indian Rupees in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable. Credit cards can be used in international hotel chains but there is limited acceptability amongst the local market and handicraft establishments. 
DO I NEED A VISA? All International tourists visiting Bhutan will require a visa. Lokopoko will arrange the visa for you upon confirmation of your booking with our Bhutanese partners. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry. 
WHAT IS BHUTANESE FOOD LIKE? Two important ingredients in a Bhutanese meal is Chili and Rice. Chilies are the most essential condiment in a meal and most Bhutanese would not be able to go without having Chili in their meal. Spicy green chili with cheese sauce called emadatese is a National Bhutanese dish. Rice that is usually accompanied with side dishes of meat or vegetables is the staple main body in most meals. For guests that are usually selective with food, we recommend that they do bring along snacks or packed food as some of the meals may be too exotic for your liking. For bookings made with Lokopoko, we usually try to cater Asian style meals for our guests. Nevertheless, there will still be a couple of local meals for the guests to experience local Bhutanese cuisine. If you have a certain dietary restriction or requirement, please do inform us in advance, so that preparation can be done to ensure that your meals are taken care of when you are in Bhutan. 
WHAT HAPPENS UPON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT? You will be met by our airport representative, holding a board with your name on it at the arrival area. They will then assist you with your luggage and escort you to the transportation. 
THINGS TO NOTE? Travellers should be cautious when planning their tours with the local Bhutanese operators as there are many operators out there but few with consistent in-flow of guests throughout the year. Also, beware of operators that are pricing tour packages at low rates of less than US$200 per day (low season) and US$250 per day (high season) as stipulated by the government Minimum Daily Package requirement. These operators usually manage the tour with lower earnings and compromise on the tour quality that they should offer. It is important that you travel with a reliable operator in a destination like Bhutan, as safety may be a cause for concern more often than not.
BHUTAN FACT SHEET Offical Country Name: Royal Kingdom of Bhutan
Capital: Thimphu
Population: 745,153 (2014)
Area: 38,394 sq km
Major Industries: Tourism, Agriculture, Hydro electric Power
Religion: Buddhist 75%, Hinduism 25%
Currency: Ngultrum (Nu) Click HERE for exchange rate.

 

HOTEL UPGRADES (Per Pax Per Night SGD)
Please liaise with our consultants for hotel upgrades.
GROUP SIZE –  1 Pax  2 Pax   3 Pax < 
Amanresorts, Bhutan, Suite Room 2571 1210 1210
Uma Resorts, Paro, Superior Room 756 378 378
Taj Tashi Hotel, Thimphu, Deluxe Room 756 378 378
Termalinca Resort, Thimphu, Deluxe Room 454 227 227
Le Meridian, Thimphu, Classic Room 454 227 227
Zhiwaling Hotel, Paro, Junior Suite Room 409 212 182
Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel &Spa, Paro, *Superior Room 212 106 91

Product Includes and Excludes

PACKAGE INCLUDES
1. Return economy airfares with taxes and airline fuel surcharges by Drukair
2. 6 nights 3-4* accommodations (Twin share)
3. Daily breakfast
4. Transport by private air-conditioned coach
5. Entrance fee, tour & meals as per itinerary
6. English Speaking Guide
7. One Time Tourist Visa Application and Fees.
 
PACKAGE EXCLUDES
1. Optional tours, travel insurance and personal expenses.
2. Driver and guide tipping recommended at 25 USD per day to be paid during the tour (not complusory)
 
 
TERMS & CONDITIONS
1. Flight details, itinerary, hotel and meals which stated on the itinerary above are subject to change according to different departure date without prior notice. Any changes after booking will inform accordingly.  
2. The sequence of itinerary, meals and hotel arrangement are subject to the final adjustment of the local ground operator.
3. Principally tour commentary will be conducted in English. However, others languages can be arrange on request basis. 
4. Triple room sharing will base on extra roll in bed basis.
5. We strongly recommend you to purchase travel insurance before departure.
6. To ensure the benefit of consumer, please refer to our standard terms & conditions

Pricing Table

Validity: 05 May 2016 to 28 Feb 2018
Weekday: Monday , Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday , Friday
Weekend: Saturday , Sunday
Number of nights for package: 6
Child Age: 2 to 10
Number of days to book before departure: 8
Max Rooms per booking: 5

Package Validity: 05 May 2016 to 28 Feb 2018
Selection: Mar to May // Sep to Nov
Room Type: 3-4* Accommodation
 One AdultTwo AdultThree AdultChild w/ Bed.Child w/o Bed.Infant
Package (All Weekdays) Per Pax36843594332125411710232
Weekend Add-On/Night Per Pax------

Package Validity: 05 May 2016 to 28 Feb 2018
Selection: Jun to Aug // Dec to Feb
Room Type: 3-4* Accommodation
 One AdultTwo AdultThree AdultChild w/ Bed.Child w/o Bed.Infant
Package (All Weekdays) Per Pax32763185291322541566232
Weekend Add-On/Night Per Pax--0---

Package Validity: 05 May 2016 to 28 Feb 2018
Selection: Jun to Aug 2016 (SPECIAL PROMO)
Room Type: 3-4* Accommodation
 One AdultTwo AdultThree AdultChild w/ Bed.Child w/o Bed.Infant
Package (All Weekdays) Per Pax29762885261321541466232
Weekend Add-On/Night Per Pax------

4 reviews for 7D6N Best of Western Bhutan Tour

  1. Mona
    5 out of 5

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    Bhutan is such a beautiful country, with many parts of it still very undeveloped and untouched at the moment – but perhaps not for long. This is definitely not the typical tour where you travel to stay in comfort, whereas, there is so much more that you can experience in Bhutan as a destination. This tour is a must go, if you are keen on exploration, trekking and immersion in the Bhutanese history and culture. The trip that i took with Lokopoko was indeed and eyeopener and value was well worth for the unique experience that you will not encounter any where else. Guide was very reliable and we felt that we were in safe hands throughout the trip especially during the trekking. Highly recommended for a once in a lifetime experience.

  2. Wesley Goh
    4 out of 5

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    1 word: Amazing! I love this country. People were kind and the whole place seems so peaceful so tranquil. Felt like i was in a different world. Exotic is another word for it. The dzongs look pretty similar but a visit to 2-3 of them is fine as the surrounding setting is different. Highlight was definitely the Tiger's Nest! No words can describe it. Totally worth the soft trekking up there! Thank you for the arrangement. We all had a blast!

  3. Willis
    5 out of 5

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    Fell in love with the rustic atmosphere of this country. The weather was really nice and the scenery was spectacular all the way. Almost perfect english by the guide. Will be back to Bhutan for the real trekking!

  4. Kev Tan
    5 out of 5

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    Tour guide was very knowledgeable. I feel that we could do more exploring to rural places. The himalays was perfect! Great belated honeymoon with my wifey!

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