JUNGLE SAFARI IN BHUTAN

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JUNGLE SAFARI IN BHUTAN

WILDLIFE TOURS
13 Nights / 14 Days
includes:
  • transports
  • sight seeing
  • food
  • hotels

Jungle Safari Tour in Bhutan - Bhutan is a country that is profoundly rich in wildlife that consists of both fauna and flora species with rare and endangered species. The country has 72% of the area under forests cover. The species that you can come across or witness when you are amidst the wildlife enrichment of Bhutan include, Royal Bengal Tigers followed by other species like the national animal of Bhutan Takin, Red Panda, Langur, Himalayan Black Bear, Samba deer, Wild Pig, Barking deer, Blue Sheep, and Musk Deer and so on. To conserve them, the government has taken firm steps along with the organization of the yearly park festivals that are aimed at creating awareness for the conservation of the wildlife.

DAY 1: Arrival in Paro- Thimphu (1.5 hrs drive)

Fly on the wings of the Dragon to Bhutan, on arrival in Paro International Airport, complete the immigration formalities and exit through only one arrival gate where HBT dedicated team who will be holding placard, no one will be missed. We welcome with khaddar and proceed to Thimphu which will take about an hour and half. The route will follow Paro River until Chuzom from where we will bend towards Thimphu river taking us to the heart of capital city Thimphu. The entire stretch of drives is very scenic and picturesque as we pass by some of the beautiful villages of Bondey, Shaba, Isina etc until we enter welcome gate in Thimphu. Tachongang Lhakhang- En-route to Thimphu, stopover for little leg stretch walk crossing Paro River or enjoy the views from the roadside depending your arrival time. Chuzom- Meeting point of two rivers (Thimphu & Paro) this is tri junction of highway leading to Thimphu, Paro and Phuentsholing into three directions. Enjoy the lovely picture of beautiful portrait our King and Queen placed at chuzom which is so welcoming to all who visits Bhutan.  Overnight in Thimphu, altitude 2400m

DAY 2: Thimphu Sightseeing

Thimphu- This bustling little city is the main centre of commerce, religion and government in the country. Thimphu is the most modern city with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers. However it still retains its cultural identity and values amidst the signs of modernization, often referred as world only city without traffic lights. Buddha Dordenma- The Buddha Dordenma is located at a top of the hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the southern entrance to Thimphu valley. The Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic 51.5-meter tall statue, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. Arts and Crafts Vocational School- Arts and Craft School is where student learn 13 different techniques to master in Bhutanese Arts. Some of the skills required eight years to graduate. You can see live carving, painting, sculpture etc. You are allowed to take the pictures/make video. Products made by students are on display at the showroom for sales as well. The school is closed in July and December to February, beside their exams and events. Folk Heritage Museum-This museum was established in 2001 and provides visitors with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life, especially the life of Bhutanese in remote parts of Bhutan. Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar- Bhutan’s first ever craft bazaar showcases wide range of authentic Bhutan-made arts and craft products with reasonable price range. Handicraft Emporium- Realizing the importance of socio-economic growth, handicraft emporium was set up with the command of His Majesty 3rd King, this was the first step to showcase the authentic Bhutanese handicraft products in Bhutan. You can still find some of the fine products available here at reasonable cost. Witnessing Archery Match- Archery is the national game of Bhutan, it is amazing to see Bhutanese archers hitting target from a distance of 145 meters range. Bhutan has top archers on some categories on Olympic games. Weekend Market/Centenary Farmers Market- An interesting well organized permanent set of stalls built for vegetable vendors across the country. It is open from Wednesday to Monday and closed on Tuesdays. One can find wide range of local vegetables and fruits. Other side of the river is place for indigenous goods and handicrafts section, where locally produced goods, including religious objects, cloth, baskets and hats etc from various minority groups are sold here. These shops are open from Friday to Sunday only. Clock Tower Square- Situated in the heart of town, Clock Tower Square is a popular venue for open ground events such as cultural festivals, concerts, fund- raising events, live shows and trade fairs. The place is bounded by shops, cafes, souvenir shops and restaurants, making it one of the main attractions in the Thimphu town. Overnight in Thimph

DAY 3: Thimphu- Tsirang (5 hrs drive)

The route from Thimphu to Tsirang is quite scenic; one will see Dochula Pass & one of the largest hydro power projects in the country being constructed. After the break at Dochula Pass, the road descends into Wangdue & further to Tsirang taking us to one of the warmest places of Bhutan. The few minutes’ drive through the tunnel will fascinate you. Dochula Pass- The pass is at a popular location as it offers a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of the Great Himalayan mountain ranges. The view is especially scenic and very clear on winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass. The valley of black necked cranes and rhododendron and often referred as Asian Switzerland. Bird watching at Lamperi Botanical Garden-  The Royal Botanical Park is the country’s first nature recreational park, to preserve the rich natural biodiversity of the area. You will be able to spot some rare Himalayan birds such as Great Parrotbill, Darjeeling woodpecker , streak-breasted scimitar babbler, eurasian jay, strong-footed bush warbler, chestnut-crowned and spotted laughing thrushes. Rigsum Pemai Dumra- This recreational park is located in the Heart of the Damphu town. the park serves as a rejuvenating getaway for many tired souls, and also promises to offer you the chance to develop an intimate connection with nature. Overnight in Tsirang, altitude 2000m

DAY 4: Tsirang Sightseeing- Gelephu (3 hrs drive)

Tsirang District is located in the southwestern part of Bhutan on the Wangdue-Gelephu highway. Tsirang is noted for its gentle slopes and mild climates. The dzongkhag is also noted for its rich biodiversity; however, it is one of the few dzongkhags without a protected area. Tsirang is one of the fastest developing dzongkhags in Bhutan. Explore villages of Tsirang- Today we will explore the beautiful valley and meet with the farmers. Start the day to explore the authentic villages of Tsirang. We will start our journey by exploring Chachey village, Tsirang toe, Sergithang. We will have lunch in the beautiful valley of Serithang and continue our village trip to Burichu Doban and further drive to Gelephu. Farm House Visit- To reach this village, you need to drive for 4 hour from Sarpang. This experience is a particularly fun and spontaneous way to connect with the local community of Southern valley and learn about their culture and way of living. Overnight in Gelephu, altitude 450m

DAY 5: Gelephu Sightseeing

Enjoy the drive through warm valley. Road side bird watching is possible along the route in the forest.  Gelephu comprise of sub-tropical broadleaved forest. Norbugang Guru Nye- One needs to hike for 1.5 hrs to reach this holy place. This is a very sacred nye of Guru where he meditated during his first visit to Bhutan. This nye was founded by one of the local people of Norbugang when he was meditating there for 7 days. One can see the footprints & hat print of Guru. If interested, once can offer butter lamps, lit the incense, offer white scarf (khader) and can do meditation in the cave. Bird watching & Wild Life- Along the route, you will get the chances to sight some birds like horn bill, white crested laughing thrush, and animals like deer, wild boar and langurs. Tali Dratsang- Tali Dratshang- Tali Dratshang is located at 10 minute’s drive from Gelephu Town. Lam Therchung is credited with the institution of the Dratshang in 1971. Statues of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Buddha and Guru Rinpoche adorn the Lhakang. Overnight in Gelephu

DAY 6: Gelephu- Manas (3.5 hrs drive)

Enjoy the scenic drive towards Manas. Royal Manas was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1966 making it Bhutan’s oldest protected area. The area was upgraded to a National Park in 1993.Manas is also extremely rich in wildlife species & more than 365 species of birds have been officially recorded in Royal Manas National Park with an additional 200 believed to be in residence. Many of the park’s more than 900 types of plants have commercial, medicinal, traditional and religious significance. Gelephu Tshachu- Gelephu Tshachu- Gelephu Tshachu is a popular hot spring and wondrous tourist destination in the spiritual kingdom of Bhutan. Dip yourself in the hot and sparkling waters of the Gelephu Tshachu. Roadside sightseeing: The drive towards Manas will pass through dense jungles full of golden langurs and various bird watching including hornbills. Continue the drive towards South to Manas. Overnight in Manas,

DAY 7: Manas Sightseeing

Bhutan’s Crown Jewel, the Manas National Park represents the largest example of tropical and sub-tropical ecosystems in Bhutan. This park offers thousands of animal and plant species, many of which are globally endangered, it is not only the most diverse protected area in the Kingdom but also noted as one of the world’s biologically outstanding parks. River Rafting: It can be done throughout the year and they offer multiple levels of difficulty to choose from. Elephant Safari: The elephant will take you uphill to scenic view point from where you can see Indian plateau and Manas river meanders. Bird Watching: More than 365 species of birds have been officially recorded in Royal Manas National Park with an additional 200 believed to be in residence. Overnight in Manas.

DAY 8: Manas- Tingtibi (5 hrs drive)

The road towards Manas is mix of bumpy and smooth road. Tingtibi is an area much sought after by bird watchers from across the world.  The place is also home to the critically endangered white-bellied heron. Duenmang Tshachu/hot spring- This healing spring is famous for curing joint pains, sinusitis, gastric, rheumatism and tuberculosis. It takes 45 min- 1 hour to reach the tshachu from the road. Bird Watching in Tingtibi- Tingtibi is recognized as a potential area for bird watching because of large number of native bird species found there. Some of the birds seen are it serves as nice habitat for Rufous-necked and Great Hornbills, varieties of Cool Laughing Thrushes, Cutias, Scarlet Minivets, Pin-tailed Green Pigeons, Woodpeckers, Chestnut-headed, Grey-bellied Tesias, Spotted Wren Babblers, etc. Overnight in Tingtibi

DAY 9: Tingtibi- Phobjikha (5.5 hrs drive)

You will have another round of birding in the morning and then drive back to Phobjikha with birding along the way. The natural beauty of the Phobjikha, beautiful home stays and nature adds more value to experience the living style, food habit and culture of the Bhutanese people. Kuenga Rabten Palace- During the first half of the 20th century, the palace served as winter residence for the second King, Jigme Wangchuck and his senior Queen, Ashi Phuntsho Choden. Due to this heritage, the Kuenga Rabten Palace is surrounded by stone walls that have spy-holes, which were used by the royal guards. Chendebji ChortenLocated at 2430mbuilt in the style of the great Bodhanath Temple of Nepal, was constructed by Tshering Wangchuk son of Yon-Say and the Mahasiddha Zhidag in accordance with the prophecy of the second Gangteng Tulku Tenzin Lekpai Dhundrup in order to subdue harmful demons. Black Necked Crane Information Centre- This place is run by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) and has an observation room with high-power telescopes and good scope for spotting the famous Black Necked Cranes which migrates to the region during winter. It also displays information about the history of the region. Overnight in Phobjikha, altitude 2900m

DAY 10: Phobjikha Sightseeing

The valley of black necked cranes and rhododendron and often referred as Asian Switzerland.  The landscape is breathtaking and the valley sits on a quiet mountain. Gangtey Nature Trail- It is a short and relatively easy trek with several beautiful villages and monasteries en route. It offers beautiful views of the country with mostly gentle, forested slopes. The best time for this trek is between September-May, walk not recommended on rainy days. Gangtey Gompa - The temple built over hill top, headed by Gangtey Tulku the reincarnation of Pema Lingpa. Annual festival of Gangtey is preformed in the temple courtyard every year. This is also the place for black necked crane’s festival held every year on 11-Nov, coinciding with His Majesty’s Fourth King’s Birthday. Farm House Visit- This experience is a particularly fun and spontaneous way to connect with the local community and learn about Bhutanese culture and way of living.  Overnight in Phobjikha

DAY 11: Phobjikha- Punakha (3 hrs drive)

Start the most scenic journey to Punakha which is one of the warm place in Bhutan. Punakha is often referred as second capital having best Dzongs of Bhutan. Punakha has the perfect place to awaken the nature lover, take in the splendid views of the Himalayas, listen to the sounds of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu rivers that simply soak up the serene beauty of this gorgeous valley. Chimi Lhakhang- This temple is known as the temple of fertility. It is widely believed that childless couples can visit this temple to pray for better fertility to conceive the child. There are stories and incidences that many visitors dream came true however one must truly need to believe and follow the lama’s instruction. The hike though the lovely villages of Mesina gives truly amazing experience. Enjoy the gentle walks from the road head. Punakha Dzong- Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo religious head of Bhutan. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the first National Assembly here in 1952.  This is one of the finest and must see Dzongs of Bhutan. The Dzong stands inbetween meeting point of two rivers, Phochu and Mochu making the most photogenic Dzongs of Bhutan. Punakha Suspension Bridge- Punakha suspension bridge is considered one of the longest of its kind in Bhutan. The bridge connects the dzong with the villages Shengana, Samdingkha and Wangkha on the other bank of the Po Chhu river. In these small villages, locals sell their wares in tiny, traditional shops. Visitors can stop here for a quick and authentic view of true Bhutan.  In order to access the suspension bridge from the dzong, one must walk past the King’s palace and the cremation ground. Overnight in Punakha, altitude 1350m

DAY 12: Punakha- Paro (4 hrs drive)

As we proceed to Paro, we will retrace the journey crossing over Dochula, up until Chuzom and further to Paro. The entire stretch of drive will refresh your mind and give you second chance to enjoy the great snowcapped mountain views of the Himalayas from Dochula.  Paro Town- Tiny Paro town actually can offer lot more, there are many authentic handicraft shops, readily available Bhutan made products, grocery and imported garment shops beside having many small restaurants around. Rinpung Dzong- 'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’, is ranked one of the best Bhutanese architecture. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley, particularly when landing at Paro Airport.  The Dzong also offers administrative seat of the district of Paro. The Dzong was built in 1644 under the order of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. National Museum of Paro- Perched above Paro Dzong it was watchtower built in 1649 to protect the undefended Paro Dzong located below, renovated in 1968 to house the National Museum. Today this museum houses the best collections of all time historical items making worth for a visit. Overnight in Paro, altitude 2200m

DAY 13: Paro Sightseeing

This picturesque region in the kingdom is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley. Paro has more of historical sites, high-end tourist resort and many souvenir shops for shopping including world famous Takstang.  Taktsang Gompa/Tiger’s Nest Temple- is Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious Buddhist site in the world. The name Taktsang translates to “The Tiger’s Nest”. The temple is one of the holiest sites in Bhutan which clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley. Although good trekkers can make it to the top in two hours, most of the guests take whole day to complete the hike. Outdoor Activities- Nicely made and well maintained activity place attached to whole sell Buddha statue store, offers wearing Bhutanese dress, playing archery and darts for guests visiting Bhutan. The center is maintained and operated by HBT herself and its free of cost for all HBT guests. Overnight in Paro

DAY 14: Departure

Transfer to airport in time for your international flight back home.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation in 3 stars approved hotels
  • US$ 40 per person visa fees (single entry only)
  • Visa arrangement for your stay in Bhutan as per the itinerary
  • 35% SDF – Sustainable Development Fees
  • Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • English speaking Heavenly Bhutan licensed guide
  • Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary, check vehicles
  • Entrance, museums and park fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the journeys

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Flight Fares of any kind (domestic or international)
  • Personal Expenses, phone calls, laundry, shopping, etc
  • Gratitude or Tipping
  • Single Room Supplement
  • 4 stars & 5 stars Hotels/Resorts
  • Language Speaking Guide
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Extra Activities Cost (Cycling, Motorbike, River Rafting, Horse Ride, etc)

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  • 30 days & prior to arrival – 10% of the tour/service cost.
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Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.

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In case you cancel the trip after commencement refund would be restricted to a limited amount that too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation and missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.

Where as in case of Cancellation before the commencement, it will take atleast two weeks time to refund the said amount.

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To travel to India from overseas countries except for the citizen of Nepal & Bhutan, one needs a 06 months valid passport and a valid Visa. And processing of Passport and Visa are not included in the tour cost.

Health

Any person who has a contagious disease is forbidden to travel, any person found during the tour with such a disease will be asked to leave the tour and will have to make their own arrangements to return home.