FAV 12 - BHUTAN

Region:  Bhutan, the land of thunder dragon
Duration: 8 days
Grade: Easy
Best season: : Mar –Jun & Sep – Dec
Start/end point: Paro/ Paro
Highest altitude: Taktsang(3120m)

Bhutan is undoubtedly the most exotic region in the entire Himalayas. What sets it aside from the other Himalayan regions, other than its stunning landscapes, is the presence of an extremely rich culture & the beautiful & ever welcoming people that inhabit this land. The experience Bhutan presents is magical, very different from anything else and one which lingers on for a long period. Everything here has a past and an interesting story around it. So for people who love mountains and the stories that have existed within these mountains for centuries, this is a perfect destination

One visit to Bhutan and the word Lush Green would have a completely different meaning for you. Just six hundred thousand people within its boundaries and a culture which loves conservation has ensured that the forests and foliage is absolutely untouched and pristine. The land is blessed with several high valleys characterized by vast flat undulating meadows which play host to quaint villages. The wide valleys here are something very rare in other regions of the Himalayas
This multi activity cultural exploration trip to Bhutan is a unique combination of cultural exploration and a variety of engaging activities thrown in to keep the excitement level high throughout. This is an intoxicating 8 day trip and covers the popular Paro, Haa&Punakha valleys in Bhutan. Within these valleys lies a treasure of culture, beauty and mystery. We explore these valleys on foot, on cycles and on a raft. As part of the trip we hike up to Bhutans most famous sight and monastery, Taktsang or tigers Nest. We visit 3 majestic Dzongs (forts) in Thimpu, Paro & Punakha& also explore the beautiful towns of Thimpu&Paro, which surely are the most beautiful Himalayan towns across the Himalayas. As part of the tour you get to stay in a local farm based home stay and experience the rural Bhutanese life at close quarters. We have included archery and dart shooting in the trip for you to experience the two most famous activities in Bhutan.    
 

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Activities : Hiking, Rafting, Nature Walks, Orienteering, Sightseeing, Archery

Accommodation :
Day 1: Overnight stay in hotel/guesthouse ( Paro )
Day 2: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse (Paro )
Day 3: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse (Paro )
Day 4: Overnight stay in homestay (Haa)
Day 5: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse ( Thimphu)
Day 6: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse ( Thimphu)
Day 7: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse ( Thimphu)
 
Please Carry :  Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you start the trip so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

1.    Shirts / T-shirts
2.    Jeans / Trekking Pants
3.    Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
4.    Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
5.    Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
6.    Woolen cap
7.    Woolen gloves
8.    Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
9.    Scarf/muffler (optional)
10.    Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
11.    Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
12.    Raincoat / Poncho
13.    Small light weight towel
14.    Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
15.    Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
16.    Sun glasses
17.    Walking stick / Trekking pole
18.    Sunscreen Lotion
19.    Lip Balm
20.    Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
21.    Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
22.    Personal toiletries
23.    Book, if you like reading
24.    Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
25.    Carry rain cover for your bags
26.    Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

All the items : Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling.

Registration : Please fill up the registration form and pay 7,500/- per person to confirm your booking.The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Cheque or DD should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.payable at Ahmedabad only.

Food :
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 : Breakfast

Medical Facilities : First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Disclaimer : While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.
ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.
 

Dates For : – 2017 & 2018

MONTH November December March April May June
DATE 11th 25th 30th 21st 12th 2nd

We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Paro and drop them on the last day at Paro.

Rates : Family of 3 : Rs  1,31,800/-
              Family of 4:  Rs  1,54,300/-

Registration : Please fill up the registration form and pay 7,500/- per person to confirm your booking.The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Cheque or DD should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.payable at Ahmedanad only.

Package Cost Includes :  
Accommodation  as mentioned

Meals:
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Breakfast

Professional Guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.

Transport will be provided as per the itinerary. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. Your transport costs are inclusive of all fuel charges, driver charges, state taxes, tolls and permits and are planned as per the itinerary of the trip.

All Adventure Activities as mentioned in the itinerary would be supported by our experienced team of Instructors using State-of-the-art equipment. This ensures safety for any activity and is the lynchpin of the trip.

An Experienced Trip Leader would accompany you on the trip. These leaders have many years of experience in leading family groups and are usually people with an intimate knowledge of the mountains. They are also experienced instructors on one adventure sport or the other and are sure to keep you charged with many interesting stories.

A Number of Activity Experts would be joining the team as and when required. These people are domain experts in various fields like water activities, rope sports, wildlife, birds, mountaineering, etc. and are the flavour of this trip. They bring an intimate knowledge of each aspect of the trip and go beyond just getting you to do an activity and rather give you a deep insight of the whys and whats of the activities by sharing their knowledge. Guests, especially kids, tend to become best friends with these experts and end up picking up essential life skills that aid them in moving into the outdoors.

Bhutan Entry Charges & Permits

Basic First Aid for the group

Forest Entry Charges & Permits

Package Cost does not Include :

  • GST
  • Accommodation in any other location not mention above
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance

Payment terms & Condition : All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.

Cancellation Policy : In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances. We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)

Cancellation charges will be as follows :

  • Minimum: 10%
  • Between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
  • Between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
  • Last 15 Days: No refund

*Cancellation charges will be applicable on total programme cost.

Please Note: Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you. Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.

 

Highlights

  • Hike to Taktsang (Tiger Nest) Monastery
  • Cycling in and around Paro along Parochhu( river)
  • Exploring the exotic culture of Bhutan
  • Exciting activities like river rafting and archery tailor made for families
  • Nature walks in the spectacular Haa valley

Sketch Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro( 2195m)
Day 2: Paro – Taktsang (3120m) - Paro( Hike  / 3 - 4 hrs )
Day 3: Cycling & hiking in Paro (Cycle/ 3 hrs& Hike/ 2-3 hrs)
Day 4: Paro- Haa( 3056m)(Drive / 2 - 3 hrs& Hike / 3 hrs)
Day 5: Haa –Thimphu( 2334m)(Drive / 3 – 4  hrs )
Day 6: Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 7: Thimphu – Punakha (1310m) – Thimphu( Drive / 5hrs)
Day 8: Fly out of Paro

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Paro( 2195m)
Arrive in Paro and spend your day resting. Overnight in hotel/ guesthouse.

Day 2: Paro – Taktsang(3120m) -Paro ( Hike  / 3 - 4 hrs )
Today is a special day as you hike up to one of the most famous sight & monastery in Bhutan, Taktsang (Tiger Nest) monastery. After an early breakfast we take a short drive to the starting point and from there take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery. Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche did his meditation here for 3 months. The hike takes about 3 – 4 hrs (both ways) depending on the capability of the hikers. This is also a photographer’s delight; the monastery is adorned with prayer flags and the stands in the cave of granite rocks 300m above the valley floor. Tea/Coffee will be served in the viewpoint cafeteria. We finish the trek and on the way back to the hotel visit the Kichu monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King SongstenGenpo who built 108 monasteries around the region with the last being Lhasa in Tibet. In the second half today we try our hand at Bhutan’s national sport, archery and also enjoy dart shooting in an archery range. Overnight in hotel/ guesthouse.

Day 03: Cycling & Hiking in Paro (Cycle/ 3 Hrs) ( Hike/ 2-3 Hrs)
After breakfast we get familiarized with our cycles and after a short practice run we ride on the road leading to DrugyalDzong at the end of the Paro valley. This ride will be of around 18kms and is mostly on moderate incline which even first timers can manage. There will be a back up vehicle for keeping the cycles just in case someone doesn’t feel like riding. This is a fantastic ride mostly along the Parochhu (river). We will spend some time in the ruins of Drugyaldzong and later set out on a hike inside JigmeDorji National Park. This is a super walk in the beautiful Bhutan outdoors. After the hike we head back to our hotel. Overnight in a hotel / guesthouse.

Day 4: Paro- Haa( 3056m)  (Drive / 2 - 3 hrs& Hike / 3 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to another spectacular valley called the Haa Valley which is surely one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. We will cross the 4000m Chelila Pass which has great views all around especially of underlying valleys. Haa valley is characterized by its surrounding rugged and mountain terrain unlike other parts of Bhutan. Today we will stay with a local family in their farm house. This home stay has a truly rural feel with apple orchards and fields all around. After a short rest and home cooked Bhutanese lunch with the family we set out on an exploratory hike from Haa town to Juneydrak Hermitage.  The walk is through rhododendron forest with some very nice views. You will en route cross the quaint Katsho village. Up ahead you reach a chorten that marks the entry to a Hermitage.  The walk to the temple is very interesting with beautiful views back towards Haa valley from the temple. You will also be able to visit a local farmhouse during your walk and meet with the local families. Overnight in a home stay.

Day 5: Haa -Thimphu( 2334m)( (Drive / 3 – 4  hrs )
Early morning after tea we drive to the border village of Damthang (30 mins). This is a breathtaking drive and a great place for photography. Later return to the homestay and have breakfast. Post breakfast we enjoy a short hike and depart for Thimpu via Chunzum.  We get to Thimpu and check into the hotel. Evening at leisure. Walk around Thimphu city, one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. Overnight in a hotel/ guesthouse.

Day 6: Thimphu Sightseeing
Thimpu is truly culturally and scenically blessed and today we spend time exploring it. We will visit SimtokhaDzong, Kingdom’s oldest Dzong built by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal. Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased, memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Third King of Bhutan. After lunch we relax for some time and later explore the small but extremely charming Thimphu city and the curio shops around the city. We also visit TashichhoDzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang Chhu. It houses the King’s Throne room and it is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot. Overnight in a hotel/ guesthouse.

Day 7: Thimphu - Punakha (1310m) – Thimphu( Drive/ 5hrs)
After breakfast we drive towards Punakha  via the Dochula Pass (3150 m). We take a break here for tea/coffee and some great views of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. From here we continue towards Punakha. Depending upon the river conditions and the experience / inexperience of the group we will either raft on the Pho Chu or Mo Chu. The stretch on Pho Chu is approximately of 16 kms with about 15 rapids of class 2-4. It is the most popular river for rafting in Bhutan.  Stretch on the Mo Chu river is of 10 Kms and has around 10 rapids with 2-2+ grade. We have lunch post river rafting and then set out to explore the PunakhaDzong (fortress). Punakha used to be the capital of Bhutan between 17 – 19’th century. The PunakhaDzong (fortress) is surely the most spectacular Dzong in the country and is built between two rivers known as "Phochu" (Male River) and "Mochu" (Female River). This is the winter residence of Bhutan's spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body Later drive back to Thimphu for overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse.

Day 8: Flight out from Paro
Post breakfast; head out for your onward destination. Trip ends here.
 

Reporting : Participant has to report at Paro on the day first at given time. and we will drop back to Paro on the last day of the Trek.  

Food : Wholesome & Hygienic vegetarian Food will be served, including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Special Jain / Swaminarayan food is also served at the campsite if mentioned in the application form.

Toilet & Bathing facilities : Each room has attached toilet with Western Commode, Flush & Jet Spray and bathroom with running water.
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Please Note :

  • If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. Same will be applicable if a guest decides to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons Anala Outdoors will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons Anala Outdoorswill not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund.
  • For a family of 3 or 4 members,  1 extra bed will be provided in the same room
  • Children have to be below 17 years of age. In case of a family of 2 children, 1 of them has  to be below 12 years.
  • In case a family wants to take an extra room for the children extra charges will be Applicable.
  • For fixed departure trips transport will be provided in Tempo Travellers or mini coaches, all good quality. For customised trips transport is provided in Swift Dzire or similar vehicles for family of 3 and for family of 4 in Xylo/Innova. If required one can ask for an upgraded vehicle at an extra price.
  • Trip leader will travel in the same vehicle with the family.
  • One can decide not to take part in a particular activity and depending upon availability replace it with some other activity.
  • Options for trip extensions can be provided for interested people
  • All fixed departures are confirmed and will run even if there is one family. In this case, we will use smaller vehicle
  • We run only small group departures with a maximum of 6 families on any one trip

Transport Options (ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FROM PARO)

  • For travel to Paro& back one can choose between air and rail. For air travel, Paro is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways and other commercial airlines. Train travel is also recommended with a number of options available with the closest railway station being New Jalpaiguri. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.


Loads of Enthusiam!! And a  pledge to leave no trace.

  • Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.
  • Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling.
     

●    Cheque/Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of ‘ANALA OUTDOORS PVT. LTD.’
 
●    Outstation cheques shall not be accepted.
 
●    Payment against dishonoured cheque/s shall have to be paid in cash with additional charge of Rs.200/- per cheque.
 
●    The balance payment is to be paid atleast 30 days before the departure of the batch. If the balance payment is not made on time, it would automatically be considered cancelled    without any prior intimation and no refund would be given in this regard.
 
●    Camp may be cancelled if there is not enough strength, actual amount paid by the participant towards the camp will be refunded by A/c payee cheque only. No other claims will be entertained.
 
●    No refund shall be given if the participant terminates the camp at any point due to any reason.

●    Anala outdoors reserves the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant on camp in event of unreasonable behavior at any time and no refund will be given in this regard.
 
●    The amount paid once is not-transferable to any other programme or to any other person.
 
●    Jain food may be served on specific request, subject to availability.
 
●    In case the camp duration is extended due to unforeseen circumstances, each participant will have to pay Rs. 400/-per head, per day to the group leader.
 
●    It shall be the participant's responsibility to collect the necessary travel documents from our office on time.
 
●    The organisers or any individual connected with the camp shall not be held responsible in case of any accident or any unforeseen natural calamity.

●    In any case of injury or severe illness where upon the participant has to be admitted to the hospital or sent back by flight or any other means of transport, then those charges shall be entirely borne by the participant .

●    Organisers will not be responsible towards any internal disputes arising with fellow participants.
 
●    We are not bound to provide name address or any other personal details of other participants.
 
●    The organisers shall not be held responsible for loss/theft of the participant’s luggage and belongings.
 
●    Anala outdoors has the right to use the participant's name, information and photographs in promotional materials, brochures and press releases.

Disclaimer: While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.
ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.