4.0 SPECIALIZED TOURS:

4.1 BIKING & WALKING TOUR IN THE LAND OF GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS 2012/13
Duration: 13 days/12 nights
Season: Throughout the year except December, January and February.
Tour brief:

Day 01: - Arrive in Phuntsholing (Gateway to Bhutan). O/n in hotel
Day 02: - Drive in a car from Phuntsholing to Tshimakothi town (100 km) – 3 hrs. O/n in hotel - Bike Tsimakothi to Paro - 67 Km. O/n in hotel
Day 03: - Walking excursion to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest monastery) in Paro, our national icon. O/n in hotel
Day 04: - Bike Paro to Thimphu - 54 Km. (O/n in hotel) - Sightseeing and walking tour in Thimphu (O/n in hotel)
Day 05: - Bike Thimphu to Punakha over Dochola pass (10,000 ft) -79 km. Visit Punakha dzong which is the grandest and historically one of the most important dzong. - O/n in hotel
Day 06: - Bike 40 km upstream through pristine nature. Return to Punakha for lunch and then bike 12 km downstream along Puna Tsangchhu river to Wangdue valley. - O/n in hotel
Day 07: - Bike Wangdue to Nobding (40 Km) and drive over Pelela pass at 11,000 feet to Nikachhu. (O/n in camp) - Bike Nikachhu to Chendebjee stupa (15 km). - O/n in camp at Chendebjee stupa
Day 08: - Bike Chendebjee to Trongsa viewpoint (50km) - Drive in a car from viewpoint to Trongsa (18km). O/n in hotel
Day 09: - Drive in a car from Trongsa to Yotongla pass at 11,500 feet and then bike 38 km to Jakar valley in Bumthang. O/n in hotel.
Day 10: - Sightseeing and walking tour in Jakar valley at 8,700 feet. Drive in a car back to Trongsa. O/n in hotel.
Day 11: -Drive in a car from Trongsa to Wangdi and partly by bike. (O/n in hotel)
Day 12: -Drive in a car from Wangdi to Thimphu and continue to Paro biking. - O/n in hotel.
Day 13: -Drive in a car to Paro international airport for your next destination

Attractions:
Low traffic all-weather roads, clean air and breathtaking landscapes Offers unique experiences, unique places and real stories
Offers range of biking opportunities from an enjoyable easy biking to the more challenging ones for the more adventurous types.


4.2 Bhutan, a Paradise for Birdwatchers 2012/13
(15days/14 nights itinerary)
Duration: 15 days/14 nights
Best season: October, March and April

Bhutan has over 72% under forest cover. Its’ rich forests cover harbour an estimated 770 species of birds. Examples are the Himalayan Griffon, the unique high altitude Wader, the Ibisbill, the spectacular Hornbill, Barbets, Sunbirds, Fulvettas, Yuhinas, Cuckoos, and many more.

Bhutan has about 464 resident bird species. The non-resident birds are migratory, moving up and down the mountains depending upon the seasons and weather conditions. Around 50 species are known to be winter migrants. Examples are Ducks, Waders, birds of prey, Thrushes, Finches and Buntings. About 40 species of summer visitors or partial migrants to Bhutan exist. Examples are Cuckoos, Swifts, Bee-eaters, Warblers, Flycathchers, and Drongos.

The country has more than 28 species, of internationally endangered birds. Examples are the Pallas Fish Eagle, White-bellied Heron, Satyr Tragopan, Grey Belied Tragopan, Ward’s Tragopan, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Yellow rumped Honeyguide, Rufous throated Wren Babbler, Red-headed Parrotbill, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Ward’s Trogon, Wood Snipe, Dark rumped Swift, Grey-crowned Prinia and the beautiful Nuthatch, all of which breed in Bhutan.

The country also has great variety of endangered species like the Styr Pheasant, Peacock Pheasant, Raven, and Rufous necked Hornbill. Greater spotted Eagle, Baer’s Pochard, Imperial Eagle and Hodgson’s Bush chat are also found. The country is also an important wintering ground for the vulnerable Black-necked Crane.

Tour brief:

Day 01-04 : Arrive in Paro and Sightseeing (2200 m altitude)
Day 05 : Drive Paro to Thimphu (2250 m) – 54 km.
Day 06-07 : Drive to Punakha & Sightseeing (1200 –1300 m) – 79 km
Day 08-09 : Drive to Phobjikha & Sightseeing (2900 m) – 88 km. : Drive to Trongsa
Day 10-11 : Birding along the strech before Kuenga Rabten palace (1700m) – 120 km
Day 12 : Drive Trongsa to Bumthang (2900 m) – 68 km
Day 13-14 : Drive Bumthang to Yongkola (140 km) and sightseeing
Day 15 : Drive Mongar to Trashigang (3 hrs.) – 90 km
Day 16 : Drive Trashigang to S/Jongkhar (6 hrs.) – 189 Km
Day 17 : Drive to Guwahati airport (2 hrs.) – 115 km


4.3 Traditional Medicine Group tour itinerary in Bhutan in 2013
(12 days/11 nights itinerary)
Duration: 12 days/11 nights
Best season: June, July and August

Bhutan is traditionally referred to as “Lhojong Menjong,” meaning the land of medicinal plants because of its richness in bio-diversity and extent. Today as many as 300 species of plants and animals are used for medicinal purposes in forming nearly 200 different traditional medicines. Recognizing its benefits and the importance, the Government has accorded top priority in the development of traditional medicines as an alternative choice for treatment.

All the treatment and therapy services under traditional medicines are aimed at promoting balance of the five elements of Sa (earth), Chu (water), Me (fire), rlung (air) and Namkha (sky) in the universe and neutralizing the three mental poisons known as Dod-chag (desire, attachment), Zhel-dang (hatred, aggressiveness), and Timug (delusion, mental darkness) respectively.

Tour brief:
Days
Programme
Accommo-dation

Day 1
- Arrive in Paro. Transfer to hotel in Paro for check in and reshments
- Lunch at 1200 hrs.
- Drive to Tadzong, the national museum (12 km) and Paro Rinpung Dzong
- Orientation on Bhutan for the following day
Hotel in Paro

Day 2
- Medicine Buddha empowerment in the morning between 0900 - 1100 hrs. by His Holiness Ngawang Tenzing at the community monastery in Namker, Paro. (Fees US$15 per head for empowerment).
- Continue by HH on the topic “monastery’s role” in Bhutan
- Traditional farm-cooked lunch served at 1200 hrs
- Leave for Thimphu (2300 m) to visit the Thimphu crematorium followed by a short talk on death rituals in Bhutan
Hotel in Thimphu

Day 3
 - Visit Zorig chusum or 13 Bhutanese traditional Arts and Crafts School.
 - Visit the ITM to observe treatments of patients at the clinic;
 - Learn about how pulses are read in traditional medicines.
 - Attend to an introductory lecture on history & developments of traditional medicine in Bhutan, its setup and how doctors/staff are trained
- Visit the traditional paper making factory 
- Entertain yourself to a complimentary cultural show of mask and folk dances held in your honor
Hotel in Thimphu

Day 4
- Attend to a lecture by an astrologer on the role of astrology in Buddhism and traditional medicines.
-Leave Thimphu for Punakha– 1100 hrs.)
 -Enroute, visit Horticultural Research Centre at Yusipang where about 40 species of medicinal plants are being raised in greenhouse.
- Further 10 km up, visit the 108 stupas at Dochola (10,000 ft.) besides enjoying beautiful views of mountain peaks as high as 22,000 feet.
-Continue journey to Punakha. Enroute, visit the Botanical garden at Lam Pelri.
Hotel in Punakha

Day 5
- Visit Punakha High School and Punakha Dzong, a fortress built in 1637 AD. It was one time the capital of Bhutan in the 1950s.
- Drive to Phobjikha (2800 m) - 3 hrs.
Hotel in Phobjikha

Day 6
- Spend day in Phobjikha where you can find atleast 10 medicinal plant species in an area predominantly occupied with coniferous and dwarf bamboo vegetations.
- Drive Phobjikha to Trongsa (2000 m) - 3 hrs.
Hotel in Trongsa

Day7
- Visit the Royal Heritage museum
- Drive Trongsa to Langthel (2 hrs.) along the highway towards south.
- Walking 2 to 3 hrs. from the road head, observe several of those low altitude medicinal plant species.
- Pack lunch served as no restaurants exist in the vicinity.
 -Visit the medicinal plant collection center at Langthel
Hotel in Trongsa

Day 8
- Drive Trongsa to Wangdue (1300 m) - 5 hrs.
- Drive Wangdue to Thimphu (2300 m) - 3 hrs
Hotel in Thimphu

Day 9-10
- Trek Thimphu to Phajudhing (3000 m) - 3 hrs. walk. Look for among several others, the blue poppy species.
In camp.

Day 11
- Day excursion to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest monastery) at 2900 m), our national icon. A trip to Bhutan is incomplete without a visit to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest monastery).
- Lunch at Taktsang Cafeteria.
Hotel in Paro

Day 12
- Departure from Paro for Bangkok


Your tariff covers:

  1. 3 full meals and 2 light refreshments of tea/coffee with snacks a day.

  2. Lodge in standard hotels on twin sharing basis.

  3. A resourceful licensed guide who speaks your language.

  4. Local transport in imported coasters/landcruisers/vans/cars depending on group sizes.

  5. All access fees to museums, parks and other entry fees related to the tour including visa and tourist development fees (TDF).

  6. Secure visa for Bhutan and flight reservations connecting to all druk Air destinations in Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkatta, Kathmandu and Dacca with no additional costs.  


What is NOT covered:

 1.  Any air tickets

 2.  Any expenses incurred on medical emergencies and evacuations

      but medical consultations and treatment in local hospitals is free

      of charges.

 3.  Any liabilities due to cancellation of flights, roadblock, etc.

             4.  Any kind of personal expenses.

 5.  Any supplement costs.

 6.  Any tips and gratitude to hotels & tour staff.

 7.  Anything not mentioned above.


Note: While groups with 3 pax and above do not pay surcharges, individuals pay Eur 28 per night and couples Eur 21 each.