All Women’s Tour to the Last Shangri L-
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Bhutan - Last Shangri La - 17th-24th mar 2018 8 Days / 7 Nights

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All Women’s Tour to the Last Shangri La – Bhutan

Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, sandwiched between Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh is a bewitching country full of quirky surprises.

This is a country where the absolute monarch voluntarily and peacefully ceded power to the people, where wellbeing & happiness trump income & wealth, where forests can never cover less than 60 % of the country by law, where buying cigarettes is illegal, where national dress is proudly compulsory at work and in school and where the ultimate ambition is not to be the world’s top exporter in this or that but to be the first nation to become 100 % organic.

This deeply Buddhist land opened its doors to limited tourism only in 1974, and continues to keep everybody (except happily; Indians) at arm’s length or more. Which is why it is still commonly referred to by jealous Westerners as the Last Shangri La.

Bhutan with its tree covered hills and snow bedecked mountains, its verdant valleys dotted with whitewashed wood & stone cottages, its cliff hugging monasteries manned by lamas of all ages & sizes, and its charming towns filled with friendly mirchhi-eating people, is a bucket list topper and will remain so for years to come.

So if you are a woman who loves the mountains as much as we do, come and experience Bhutan with us in March 2018 and take back a little bit of its Happiness with you.
We have been to Bhutan a few times now and it’s one of our most successful destinations

Wonderful World helps like-minded women see the world in ways they can never dream of with husbands, kids and parents in tow.
We keep our group sizes small so that you can make new friends and yet find your own space. And so that when you get to our serene destinations, the dictates, dynamics and timetables of a large group don’t dent your enjoyment.

You should come with us and here is why:
March is a great time to go – the weather is great, the winter is on it’s way out it’s not too hot.

The standard of the three star hotels in Bhutan is a mixed bag.
I have personally picked some of the better hotels available and I can assure you the standard is superior to those being used by some of the other travel outfits

Our itinerary includes a trip to Gangtey – Phobjika valley – a beautiful, quiet valley, a must do as per us and not included in most itineraries to Bhutan

Itinerary

1st day – March 17th (includes dinner)

– Land in Paro and drive to Thimphu (1 hour)
The flight provides oppurtunities to see spectacular views of the great Himalayan Peaks, the highest being Mount Everest
(For unobstructed views try and get a seat on the left side of the plane)

  • – Check into the hotel
  • – Relax, stroll around Thimphu and there are some sightseeing options, time permitting
  • – Visit Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King
  • – Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley offering a good view of the valley
  • – Visit Thimphu Dzong
  • – Visit the post office and get a personalized stamp etc.

Overnight at Hotel River View or similar

2nd day – March 18th – Thimphu (includes breakfast and lunch)

  • – After breakfast, drive about 30 minutes to the base camp of Cheri Monastery and hike up to the Monastery.
  • – The hike up will take approximately 50 minutes – 90 minutes depending on your speed. The view from Cheri Monastery is breathtaking.
  • – Packed lunch after the hike

In the afternoon, you will have ample time to roam the streets of Thimphu City or cover any of the sights that we couldn’t on the 17th

Overnight at Hotel River View or similar

3rd day  – March 19th Drive to Gangtey (7-8 hours) (includes breakfast and dinner)

Leave for Gangtey post breakfast at the hotel
We drive past Dochula Pass, which offers magnificent vistas of the Himalayan range on a clear day

Lunch enroute

Overnight at Hotel Dewachen

4th day– March 20th Gangtey  – (includes breakfast and dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel

Gangtey is a beautiful, serene valley and perfect to get a feel of rural Bhutan

We start the day with a visit to The Gangtey Monastery.
Then an easy hike around Gangtey.
There are a few lunch options – would like to discuss these when we meet

Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Dewachen

5th day – March 21st – Drive to Punakha (3 hours) (includes breakfast and dinner)

– Leave for Punakha after breakfast at the hotel
Visit Punakha Dzong – built at the confluence of the MoChu (female river) and PhoChhu (male river) in 1637

– A session of rafting in the Punakha river

– Traverse the Punakha countryside walking through paddy fields to the Pana Village to see Chimi Lakhang – temple of fertility

Overnight at Zhingkham Resort or similar

6th day– March 22nd – Paro (4.5 hours)

Leave for Paro after breakfast

Upon arrival in Paro, visit Paro Dzong on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use.

Continue further to stroll around the old Paro town

Dinner and overnight at Tashi Namgay Resort or similar

7th day –March 23rd   – Paro (includes breakfast and dinner)

Hike up to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest) – Bhutan’s most iconic landmark and religious site.
The trek offers great views of this sacred monastery perched precariously on a sheer rock face 3000 ft above the valley floor

In order to avoid hiking under the day sun it is best to start the hike by 7:30 am. At a very moderate pace you can be up there by about 10:30 am and back by 2:30 pm

Stop at the mid way cafeteria for lunch on the way back or carry packed lunch with us

Evening at leisure or if you have the energy visit Kyichu Lakhang one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, which marks the beginning of Buddhism in the country

Overnight at Tiger’s Nest Resort

8th Day – March 24th (includes breakfast)

Fly back to destination

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COST

Cost :

  • 68900 – ex Delhi on a twin sharing basis
  • 64000 - ex Calcutta
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Includes

  • - Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • - Round trip air-fare from Delhi or Calcutta
  • - Taxes (GST at 5%. If this changes – we will have to revise the cost)
  • - Meals as given in the itinerary
  • - Transportation within the country in a Mini Bus
  • - English speaking guide throughout the trip.
  • - Rafting in Punakha
  • - Bottled mineral water in the vehicle (only in the vehicle)
  • - All entrances to sites as mentioned in the itinerary.

Excludes

  • - Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Health insurance
  • - Tips for guide and driver
  • - Any beverages – Tea / coffee / alcoholic beverages / or bottled water at meals.
  • - Any other personal expenses

Payment plan

  • - Please pay a booking deposit of 5000 Rupees to confirm your spot.
  • - Flight ticket will have to be paid the day we book the flight for you
  • - Request for the balance payment by the 10th of January

Cancellation policy

  • - Booking deposit is non refundable
  • - If you cancel up to 60 days before departure – full refund (except booking deposit)
  • - If you 45 days – 60 days before departure – 75% refund
  • - If you cancel 60 days – 30 days before departure – 50% refund
(Except booking deposit)
  • - If you cancel between 30 days – 15 days before departure – 15% refund
  • - No refund post that
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