“Bhutan” the land of Thunder Dragon' and ‘the Last Shangri La' on earth, is situated in the lap of Eastern Himalayas between India and the People's Republic of China. Covering an area of 18000 sq miles, the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most isolated nations in the world. Spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and unique ancient Buddhist monasteries have made Bhutan an exemplar tourist destination, it is bestowed with rich bio-diversity harboring around 300 medicinal herbs and 165 endangered species. Each part of Bhutan has its own, historical, geographical, cultural, traditional and religious significance.
It is Known to the natives as Druk Yul (The land of the Thunder Dragon). Bhutan is regarded as the last paradise on Earth. It is isolation, spectacular mountains varied flora and fauna, ancient Buddhist monasteries, vibrant culture and mystic aura have made it so. It is small in size. The kingdom's topography is one of the dramatic contrasts from the near-tropical southern border with India at an altitude of 300m,the land rises to culminate in the over 7000m peaks of the Himalaya in the North which from a natural frontier with Tibetan region of Bhutan's Northern neighbors China.
The capital of Bhutan is Thimpu. There are many places to see in Bhutan, these are: Memorial Chorten (dedicated to the late king Jingme Dorji Wangchuk), Traditional medicine Hospital, Paro and other places like: Bumthang, Thongsa, Punakha etc.
Blue Lake travels and Tours offers you an opportunity to have an insight into the religion, culture, ecology and life in this beautiful country. These tours will take you through some of the most picturesque landscapes of spectacular mountain ranges to the lush green valleys. Moreover, one is likely to enjoy the distinct architecture, the intricate paintings, unusual handicrafts and the cottage industries which are very impressive and inspiring. The tour, in addition, introduces its visitors to the unique architectural splendors of the Dzongs, monasteries and the traditional Bhutanese houses and witnesses some intriguing religious festivals
Access: Druk Air (The Bhutan's Airlines) operates flights to Paro from Bangkok, Kolkata, Dhaka, New Delhi and Kathmandu also. The overland entry point is in the Indian state of West Bengal into Phuntsholing in the south west Bhutan. Phuntsholing is four hour drive from Gangtok (sikkim) and Darjeeling. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimpu takes six hours.
Tariff: Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB) has set minimum tariff which are different for high and low seasons. Individuals and group of less than four persons must pay sur-charge. The rates are the same for both cultural tours and treks.
Seasons: March to May and September to November are the high season months while June /July and December- February comprise the low season. During summer maximum 30 degrees Celsius and in winter minimum 1.1 degrees Celsius.
Adventures: Trekking, Tour and Mountain Biking
Accommodation: Modern hotels are available in Kathmandu, Thimpu, The outlying areas have comfortable resorts and lodge.
Visa: You will need a visa to enter Bhutan. You cannot travel to Bhutan without going through a licensed Bhutanese travel agency who will apply for a visa on your behalf. Visas must be approved prior to arriving in the kingdom and may take up to 30 days to obtain, as such planning ahead is very important. Visas are granted for a two week period for a one-time fee of $20 USD per person. If you wish to stay longer than two weeks, we can apply for an extension of up to two additional weeks for a fee of $15 USD per person. In addition to the visa fee, there is also a one-time fee of $10 USD per person tourism development fee charged by the government.
Once you decide to travel through us, all you will have to do is send us a clear copy of your passport and we will apply for your visa on your behalf. Once your visa is approved, we will e-mail you a copy of the approval. You will have to carry a copy of the approval when you check in at the airport and at immigrations in Paro. The actual visa will be stamped on your passport on arrival in Paro.
For your visa application, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your date of departure from Bhutan.
Day 01: Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Day 03: Fly to Paro from Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. O/N (Overnight ) at Hotel.
Day 04: Morning drive to the old ruins of Drukyel Dzong and a visit to the Ta-Dzong, National Museum. After lunch a 2 hour drive to Thimphu. On the way visit the Simtokha Dzong built in 1627 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel. O/N at Hotel.
Day 05: Sightseeing tour of the memorial chorten, Indigenous Hospital, Dupthop Nunnery. Lunch at Plums Cafe. After lunch visit the Handicraft Emporium and then Tashichodzong. A fare well party will be hosted.
Day 06: Early morning drive to Paro for departure. Be-Yul's representative will bid you fare well at Paro airport. Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel.
Day 07: Final Departure or Joint another trip
Price: Contact us
Note: Every trip depends on group size, interest, time and required services.