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Dragon Kingdom

Trip Length

Trip Code

9 days PHDK

Countries Visited

Bhutan

Start City

End City

Paro Paro
Dragon Kingdom

Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious and diverse of all the Himalayan kingdoms, where for centuries a traditional Buddhist culture has thrived in isolation from the rest of the world. It is a land of contrast – with lush forested valleys, fortified monasteries, sacred mountains, art and architecture unique to the region. Our journey begins in Paro and we head straight to Thimphu, where we have two days to explore this charming and serene capital. We then venture out into the countryside to visit the beautiful Punakha, Bumthang and Gangtey Valleys. Here we explore the rural lifestyle and architecture of Bhutan before returning to Paro where, on one of the highlights of our tour, we visit Taktsang (the Tiger’s Nest) - a small monastery clinging to a rocky cliff 900 metres above the valley floor.

Why we love it:

Dragon Kingdom


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Paro - Thimphu

Travel time: Driving time: approx 1 hour 15 minutes - 53km

Meals included: 1 dinner

Accommodation: Riverview Hotel or similar, Thimpu

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Day 2: Thimphu

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Riverview Hotel or similar, Thimpu

Activities:

Day 3: Punakha

Travel time: Driving time: approx 2 hours 45 minutes - 76km

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Meri Puensum or similar, Punakha

Activities:

Day 4: Gangtey

Travel time: Driving time: approx 4½ hours - 83km

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Dewachen hotel or similar, Gantey

Activities:

Day 5: Bumthang Valley

Travel time: Driving time: approx 7 hours - 127 km

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Rinchenling lodge or similar, Bumthang

Activities:

Day 6: Bumthang Valley

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Rinchenling lodge or similar, Bumthang

Activities:

Day 7: Paro

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Janka or similar, Paro

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Day 8: Tiger's Nest Monastery - Paro

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Janka or similar, Paro

Activities:

Day 9: Paro

Travel time: Driving time: approx 1 1/2 hours

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.


What to know

Fitness

You may find the high mountain altitudes demanding. Familiarise yourself with the dangers of altitude sickness especially if you are trekking in remote areas.

 

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Bhutan
All nationalities require a visa for Bhutan. Travellers can only enter Bhutan as part of a group visa. Independent visas are not issued. The cost of the visa is covered in our tour. You must provide Peregrine at the time of booking with your full name, gender, date of birth, nationality, passport number & date of issue / expiry, plus a scanned copy of your passport and your email address that can access while travelling. If you have not booked flights to Bhutan with Peregrine, we also require your flight details to finalise the visa process, including flight numbers, arrival and departure times, and points of origin and arrival. Peregrine will then forward you the scanned copy of your Bhutan Group visa shortly prior to your trip start date. In some cases this may only be issued close to your date of arrival into Bhutan. You must show the copy of your Bhutan Group visa at the check-in for your flight to Bhutan and on arrival at immigration in Bhutan where you will have your Bhutan visa stamped into your passport.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Bhutan

Bhutan-Lonely Planet So Close to Heaven- the Vanishing Bhuddist Kingdoms of the Himalaya-Barbara Crossette The Raven Crown-Michael Aris


Important Information

Bhutan Visas & Additional Accommodation Bhutan Visas & Additional Accommodation Travel in Bhutan is strictly controlled and to do any independent travel outside of a group tour is extremely difficult and expensive to arrange. We provide a group visa for travellers on our tours in Bhutan, which stipulates that all travellers must arrive and depart on the same days that our tour program starts and finishes. For this reason we are generally not able to provide additional accommodation outside of our tour dates and advise all travellers to book flights in and out of Bhutan that correspond with the start and finish day of the tour. In the rare case that no flights are available and you need to arrive earlier or depart later we are only able to book additional accommodation for you in conjunction with a special individual visa which can add around AUD1000 to the cost of your tour, to be paid at the time of booking.

Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency Peregrine’s India office (for Bhutan) can be reached on +91 (124) 420 3022 or    during business hours (9.30am to 6pm) or after hours on +91 9910035322 or +91 9910065198

Smoking: Whilst not strictly illegal, smoking is frowned upon in Bhutan.

Medical facilities in the populated areas in Bhutan such as Thimphu and Paro are available but may be limited or unavailable in rural areas. 

General road conditions outside urban areas are poor, and emergency services generally are not available. Because of the mountainous terrain, roads tend to have steep drop-offs and blind curves. During heavy rains there is a risk of falling rocks and landslides which can block roads. 

 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

26 May 2014


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