Explore the country of Mountains & Magic – Bhutan (8 Days Plan)

Event Start Date:
17th November 2019
Event End Date:
5th January 2020
Event Venue:
Bhutan

Explore the country of Mountains & Magic – Bhutan (8 Days Plan)

About Bhutan

Bhutan is no ordinary country. It is a Himalayan kingdom filled with tranquility and here’s why it’s on the definite bucket list of any avid traveller:

  1. It’s a country where progress is officially measured by happiness, rather than Gross National Product
  2. This is a country where the rice is red and where chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the main ingredient.
  3. There are no traffic lights in Bhutan.
  4. Smoking is illegal, and so are hunting and fishing.
  5. It is a land where monks still meditate for years in the sacred caves to the East.
  6. We were told that it’s forbidden to climb high peaks in Bhutan (where spirits dwell).
  7. Bhutanese proudly wear their traditional attire to school, college, work, and almost all occasions.
  8. It is a place where even the teenagers celebrate their culture with fiery passion.
  9. It is the first and only carbon-negative country in the world (Woooooah, this country absorbs more carbon than it emits).
  10. It is a law in Bhutan that least 60% of the country must remain forested for all future generations; it currently stands above 70%.
  11. This is a country with a population of less than one million; a place where time stands still, where legend is history and mountains reign supreme.
  12. The Bhutanese Himalayas are truly awe-inspiring; crisp, clear, empty and clean. Bhutan has preserved its mountains, forests and people on its journey to modernise, a feat that is totally unique in the history of this world.
  13. Did you know that Bhutan is the most expensive country for most travellers? Around 250$ per day per person (Rs.17500 per day) is the minimum cost a tourist need to pay to travel across Bhutan for guide, transport, accommodation, sightseeing, and food. But the GOOD NEWS is, this is not applicable for Indians.

Why Life Outside Cubicle or Why NOT

Life Outside Cubicle provides a platform where travellers can enjoy an unquestionably unique travel experience at affordable costs.
  • We plan our itinerary to include the best of everything - cities, offbeat places, nature, culture, countryside, and adventure. We do not settle with regular tourist destinations.
  • We are not travel-agents and we do not waste your time by adding fillers - shopping day, leisure day in our plans.
  • Our profit margin is minimum and we use those profits for the expenses of our representative.
  • We encourage people to travel responsibly, to travel together as one group, to be considerate, to respect everyone, to interact with locals, to understand the culture, to experiment with new cuisine, to explore the countryside, to appreciate little things, to capture loads of moments, to adapt to adversities, to step out of comfort zone, to cherish new experiences, and to form new friendships.
  • During our journey, we enable you to look beyond what is right in front of your eyes.
  • At Life Outside Cubicle, you will be a traveller and you will get to explore new horizons.
PS: We do not pamper, we do not provide step-by-step service, we do not entertain people who compare/complain/throw tantrums, and we are definitely not meant for tourists. So if you are one among those who expect too much and take too little responsibility, please excuse us.

Fixed Departures

  • Sep 22-29, 2019 [Completed]
  • Oct 27 - Nov 03, 2019 [Completed]
  • Dec 8-15, 2019 - Festival Edition ----> Exclusive Itinerary, reach out to us for details.
  • Dec 22-29, 2019 - Winter Edition
  • Dec 29, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020 - New Year Celebrations
If you want custom batch with your family/friends, reach out to us through the form in bookings tab. Mention your dates in the options or email us on [email protected]

Short Itinerary

  • Day 0 - Flight from your City to Bagdogra (reach before 3 PM) - Pick up from Airport - Drive to Border Town - Stay
  • Day 1 - Permits - Phuentsholing Sightseeing - Drive to Thimphu - Stay
  • Day 2 - Thimphu Sightseeing - Stay
  • Day 3 - Drive to Punakha - Sightseeing - Stay
  • Day 4 - Drive to Phobjikha - Sightseeing - Stay
  • Day 5 - Drive to Paro - Sightseeing - Stay
  • Day 6 - Hike to Tiger's Nest - Drive to Phuentsholing - Stay
  • Day 7 - Drive to Bagdogra - Drop to Airport
 

Day 0 - Bagdogra to Border Town

  • Take flight from your respective city to Bagdogra (IXB).
  • Pick up will be arranged from Airport.
  • Drive to Bhutan Border.
  • Stop at few scenic spots.
  • Stay the night at Phuentsholing.
Inclusion - Pickup from Airport | Travel | Journey Time : 4-5 hours

Day 1 - Phuentsholing

  • Breakfast.
  • Immigration Formalities.
  • Phuentsholing Sightseeing - Visit Zangtopelri and the Indian side of the border.
  • Scenic drive to the capital of Bhutan - Thimphu.
  • Evening around Thimphu Market.
Inclusion - Stay: Accommodation at Thimphu | Meals: B, D | Travel | Journey Time : 5 hours

Day 2 - Thimphu

  • Breakfast.
  • Thimphu Sightseeing - Visit Buddha Dordenma, Simply Bhutan, Tashiccho Dzong, and few other offbeat places.
  • Enjoy the Karaoke Night.
Inclusion - Stay: Accommodation at Thimphu | Meals: B, D | Travel

Day 3 - Punakha

  • Breakfast.
  • Drive to Punakha.
  • Punakha Sightseeing - Punakha Dzong, Suspension Bridge, and few other offbeat destinations.
Inclusion - Stay: Accommodation at Punakha | Meals: B, D | Travel | Journey Time: 3 hours

Day 4 - Countryside of Bhutan

  • Breakfast.
  • Drive towards the countryside of Bhutan into the no network zone.
  • Lunch.
  • Sightseeing of offbeat places
  • Unwind in the middle of tranquility and peace
Inclusion - Stay: Accommodation at Farmhouse | Meals: B, D | Travel | Journey Time: 2.5 hours

Day 5 - Paro

  • Breakfast.
  • Drive towards Paro.
  • Paro Sightseeing - Visit National Museum of Bhutan, Rinpung Dzong
  • Evening around Paro Market
Inclusion - Stay: Accommodation at Paro| Meals: B, D | Travel | Journey Time: 5 hours

Day 6 - Tiger's Nest Hiking

  • Wake up early morning by 4 AM.
  • Pack the breakfast and energy snacks.
  • Start hiking the Tigers Nest. It is a 5 Km one way hike which is a moderate climb.
  • Meditate inside the Monastery.
  • Descend down.
  • Souvenir Shopping.
  • Lunch.
  • Drive towards Phuentsholing.
Inclusion - Stay: Accommodation at Phuentsholing| Meals: B, D | Travel | Journey Time: 4 hours

Day 7 - Drop to Bagdogra

  • Drive from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra
  • Drop to Airport
Inclusion - Travel | Journey Time: 4 hours PS: If you have return flight after 5 PM, you can plan to visit the Bengal Tiger Safari in Siliguri. It costs 200 INR per person and we can help you book it.

Inclusions

  1. Pick up from Bagdogra Airport
  2. Assistance with all Entry Permits.
  3. Transportation from Day 0 – Day 7.
  4. 2 Star or 3 Star Accommodations from Day 1 – Day 6. [Price differ based on selection]
  5. Breakfast and Dinner from Day 1 – Day 6.
  6. Bhutanese Tourism Council Certified Driver.
  7. Well maintained Traveler/Mini Bus.
  8. Guide Charges.
  9. Drop to Bagdogra Airport.
  10. Access to Basic Medicines.

Exclusions

  1. Flights.
  2. Accommodation and Dinner on Day 0.
  3. Lunch.
  4. Travel Insurance.
  5. Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.
  6. Any additional cost due to change in plan / flight reschedule / flight cancellation / bad weather / health issues / roadblocks / landslides and/or any other factors beyond organizers control.

Important Information

  • Document Needed: Passport with minimum 6 months Validity or Voters ID Card.
  • Flight Option: Currently the return flights are priced between 9500 - 11000 from Bengaluru. Please do not search for flights as it will result in increase in prices.
  • We will try our best to group everyone from same location together and assist you with your flight bookings for hassle free experience.
  • This trip is family and children friendly. Prior experience in adventure or trekking is not needed.
  • For children aged 0-5, no charges. For children aged 6-10, 50% cost.
  • Food will be VEGETARIAN Friendly.
  • Accommodations will be either in double rooms or in family rooms depending on the gender ratio.
  • We have limited slots left for fixed departures.
  • If you are really interested, please fill the details in registration form and we will revert back to you with further details.

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