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Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days

Destination Covered : Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Takshang

Tour Activities : River Rafting, Hiking, Sightseeing

Tour Themes : Adventure Tours

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* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.

Thimphu, Paro and Punakha Tour Overview

The country which prides itself because of it’s Gross Happiness Index rightly has enough reasons to keep its citizens as well as the tourists happy. Featuring undulating topography, the little Himalayan nation is famous for its extremely high altitudes and precipitous mountains and pristine nature. With a number of rugged, untamed rivers meandering through its map, Bhutan offers the perfect destination for river rafting. Mo Chhu, Paro Chhu in Punakha, Sankosh River, Mangde Chhu, Wang Chhu, Puna Tsang Chhu and the Dangme Chhu are considered to be the best for rafting due to their easy access and safe course.

Thimphu, Paro and Punakha Tour Itinerary

Day 1
River Rafting 7 Days tour package
The flight into Paro presents stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari (7,314m) and Jyichu Drake (6,794m) peaks in Bhutan. Our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and drive you to Thimphu (52 kms).
The first stop on the drive is to view the beautiful Tachocho Lhakhang (monastery), the hereditary place of worship for Bhutan’s Iron Bridge Builder. The drive follows the course of the Paro Chu until Chuzom where it joins the Wangchu River flowing from Thimphu valley. You cross the bridge and follow the Wangchu to the nation’s capital. Along the way you will come across farms, village homes and highway stalls selling organic vegetables and fruits as well as hardened cheese, the Bhutanese candy that can give you a prominent jaw line.
In the evening, stroll through the small and unique capital of Thimphu and experience its colours and rhythms.
Day 2
River Rafting 7 Days tour package
Today is your tour of the capital beginning with a visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students train in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; Folk Heritage Museum which gives an insight into Bhutan’s rapidly disappearing rural past.
In the afternoon, you visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple, perched on a ridge above Thimphu and the place from where the people in valley get their names from; Takin Preserve to see the Bhutan’s national animal which is associated with the country’s religious history and mythology; and Buddha point to see the 138.6 foot-high seated Shakyamuni Buddha statue. Buddha point offers a bird’s eye view of Thimphu valley.
Then you visit Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which houses offices of the central government and the throne room of His Majesty the King. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot.
Day 3
River Rafting 7 Days tour package
Today you drive to Punakha, Bhutan’s old capital. The first stop is Dochu La, a 3050 meters pass, from where you can see the eastern Himalayan range on a clear day.
The pass is also home to the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens or stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother. From Dochula, you descend a winding road through lush forests of oak, fir, spurs, and rhododendron to the fertile valley of Punakha.
Day 4
River Rafting 7 Days tour package
These water sports are done along the tributaries of the main rivers. On this trip, you have options of rafting along the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River), which join to form the Punatshangchhu River, further downstream. The Pho Chhu is famous among enthusiasts. Rivers course suitable for water sports. The Pho Chhu (Male River) is famous among enthusiasts. Rivers suitable for water sports.

ption I: Upper Pho Chhu
Location: Punakha valley, Western/Central Bhutan
From/To: Wangthangka (a two-hour trek from the end of the road) – Samdingkha
Length: Approximately 7 km, 2 hours with scouting
Difficulty: Class III-IV Flow: 2000 -3000 cfs
Season: Mar/Apr, Oct/Nov. High water in this section will make this run very difficult.
Craft: Kayaks and Rafts.
Description:
The upper Pho Chhu is a great paddle through an open valley and worth the walking time to get there. There are a few good class IV rapids at the top, full of big boulders and big water moves. There is a good put in, just above the footbridge at Wangthangkha.
Immediately below the put in, the first class IV rapid can be scouted from the left. After this, we go around the comer and under the footbridge and scout the next class IV from the left. From here most of the rapids are boat scoutable, as the river eases up a bit, and there are lots of big, bouncy class III rapids and a few boulder gardens. Take out at the footbridge at Samdingkha, or continue another 7 km down to Punakha.

Option II: Lower Pho Chhu
Location: Punakha Valley, Western/Central Bhutan
From/To: Samdingkha – Punakha (directly below the Mo Chhu confluence)
Length: 7km, 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Class III with one IV at the bottom Flow: 2000 -3000 cfs
Mar/Apr, Oct/Nov. should be runnable at high water.
Craft: Kayaks and Rafts.
Description: The lower Pho Chhu is much easier than the upper section, with plenty of class III and a good class IV finale. This is currently the most popular rafting tour, since it is not too difficult and a beautiful half-day raft trip. From Samdingkha, the river meanders through a wide-open valley, full of rice fields and farmhouses. About 4 kilometers down is Strainers Paradise, a class III boulder choke. From here, there are some nice wave trains until the grand finale. Right below Bhutan’s longest footbridge is Wrathful Buddha, a class IV. Take out is right after the confluence with Mo Chhu, next to the impressive Punakha Dzong.

Option III: Mo Chhu – Tashithang Devil’s Gorge Section
Location: Punakha Valley, Western/Central Bhutan
From/To: Tashitang (end of the road, about 2-hour’s drive from Punakha) – Punakha Dzong (directly below the Pho Chhu confluence)
Length: 12 km, 5 -7 hours with scouting
Difficulty: Class V Flow: 1000 cfs, Feb/Dec. Higher than medium flows will make this run dangerous. A high water run is not recommended.
Craft: Kayaks only, this is much too difficult and steep for a raft.
Description: The upper Mo Chhu from Tashithang has lots of class V, with a gradient of about 300 feet per mile. There is a short stretch of flat water about six kilometers down, the end of which marks the start of the Devil’s Gorge, a step up from the whitewater above. There is little access to the road, so paddlers attempting this section of river should be ready to commit to the whole thing. For those, not wanting to bite off such a big chunk of hard whitewater, check out the alternative put in for the upper stretch, described below (Mo Chhu – Upper Run).

Option IV: Mo Chhu – Upper Run
Location: Punakha Valley, Western/Central Bhutan
From/To: 14 km above Punakha – Sonam’s Put In Length: 3 km, 1.5 hours with scouting Difficulty: Class IV -V Flow: 1500 – 2000 cfs, Mar/Apr, Nov/Dec
Craft: Kayaks only, too difficult for a raft.
Description: From this put in the gradient reduces slightly, although the rapids are still continuous class IV with several class Vs, which may need scouting. At the put in, the first rapid, Whiplash, can be scouted from river left. After Whiplash, the river continues to drop away in horizon line after horizon line. After about two kilometers, there is a short piece of flat water, recognizable because it is the only flat water on this section. This marks the start of a long, two-part class V rapid called Paula Jones. About one kilometer of class IV remains after Paula Jones, and the section ends with Baba Raj, a class IV that can be scouted from the left. Take out here, or continue downstream.
Day 5
River Rafting 7 Days tour package
On the return journey, stop at Dochu La for lunch. On the way visit Semtokha Dzong the first Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629. Spend the evening exploring Paro town.
Day 6
River Rafting 7 Days tour package
You will hike about 2 hours uphill to the Taktsang monastery, which clings to a huge granite cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came here in the 8th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave. It is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese.
In the afternoon, visit Drugyel Dzong, the fort that defended the Paro valley from invasions from the north in the early 17thcentury. On a clear day, you can see Mount Jhomolhari 7314 meters from here. You can either drive to Drugyel Dzong (14 kms) or cycle there following the highway.
Later, visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gempo. This is one of the 108 monasteries built across the Himalayan region by the Tibetan King to subdue the Demoness that lay across the Himalayan region. The rest of the monasteries lie in other neighboring countries.
Day 7
River Rafting 7 Days tour package
You will drive to the Paro International Airport for your onward journey.

More Details about Thimphu, Paro and Punakha Tour

Inclusions

  • MAP (Room + Breakfast + Lunch/Dinner)
  • Hotel
  • Transfers
  • Pickup-Drop
  • Private Guide
  • Sim Card
  • Welcome Drink
  • Accommodation
  • Mineral Water
  • Veg & Non Veg Meals
  • Minimum of 3 star rated accommodation
  • All meals (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • All internal transportation (excluding domestic flights if any)
  • Airport pick-drop
  • Professional English-Speaking guide and driver
  • All road permits and entry fees
  • Government fee, royalty and surcharges
  • Adventure Equipment
  • Camp Assistances
  • All services and assistance before, during and after the trip

Exclusions

  • 1 Gratuities, bar bills, telephone bills, personal expenses, and laundry.
  • 2 Horse charge for Tiger’s Nest Hike
  • 3 Bhutanese traditional hot stone bath.
  • 4 Flight/Train Ticket.
  • 5 Monumental Entry fees

Payments Terms

  • * 100% Advance Percentage of total booking amount

Price & Rates

No of pax Age Limit Price per pax (Rs)
No of pax Adult Age Limit Above 12 years Price per pax (Rs) $ 1 / Adult

Accommodation

City Hotel Name Star Rating
City Paro Hotel Name Nirvana Inn Star Rating 3
City Thimphu Hotel Name The BD Hotel Star Rating 3
City Punakha Hotel Name Damchen Resort Star Rating 3

Terms and Conditions

  • Reservation Policy:
  • For reservation of the hotels,guides and vehicles:
  • 100% of the Quotation payment has to be made to enable us to book the hotels, guides and vehicles well on time.
  • Cancellation Policy:
  • We genuinely hope that your trips to Bhutan will be blissfully enjoyable,successful with pleasant sight of plethora of signs and symbols,flora and fauna, warm greetings by the peace loving simple Bhutanese people, spiritually peaceful environs of the land of the peaceful Thunder dragon, milieu of the landscape,mountains,foothills and slightly plain areas of Bhutan. We assure you to provide every effort to make your trips experience blissfully enjoyable one. We do realize at time due to unavoidable circumstances a trip to Bhutan may need to be cancelled or postponed.
  • Thus we have a judicious cancellation policy to protect the interest of parties/your trips to Bhutan.While confirming your Bhutan Tour package with us, we require 100% advance amount. Rest of the payment is a week before your travel date. In case of cancellation the following terms apply:
  • • 100% Refund will be made within 50 days of the start of the tour program
  • • 75% Refund will be made within 35-50 days
  • • 50% Refund will be made within 20-35 days
  • • 25% Refund will be made within 25 days or cancellation without notice.
  • • Less than 25 days or after arrival in Bhutan 100% no refund will be made inasmuch as by this time everything will be ready and hotels are fully booked.
  • • Payment can be made by wire transfer viz. RTGS, into our account, pay by online (using your credit card) paying by credit card is more than 4 percentage or more.
  • Visa processing tips:
  • 1. Indian tourists do not require Visa.
  • Bhutan entry permit is processed by the travellers at the immigration counter for which you need to have a copy of your more than 6 months valid passport or Voter ID. You need to print and carry to fly to Bhutan, provide at immigration check point authorities who will stamp on your passport.
  • 2. Your passport must be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel in Bhutan.
  • For those coming via Phuntsholing:
  • While coming via Phuntsholing entry permit will have to done manually done. For this you need to carry one number of passport sized photograph, copy of either passport or Voter ID card and wait for immigration formalities while the driver or guide will do the same on your behalf as per the following”
  • Indian Nationals Travelling to Bhutan
  • Guidelines for Indians visiting Bhutan
  • a) Indian nationals visiting Bhutan do not require visa. However, they will be issued an entry permit. ‘Entry Permit’ will be issued by the Department of Immigration in the Pedestrian Terminal at Phuentsholing on the basis of a valid
  • b) Travel Document. Tourists/visitors from India are required to carry the following Travel Documents:
  • c) Original Indian Passport (with minimum six months validity) or Original Voter ID card;
  • d) For children below 18 years, Original birth certificate (in English language) or passport, and must be accompanied by a legal guardian;
  • e) 2 passport size photographs are required.
  • f) Tourists should have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. There is also an option to purchase domestic travel insurance from Bhutanese insurance providers at the Pedestrian Terminal at Phuentsholing. Details are available on Bhutan Insurance Limited website: https://www.bhutaninsurance.com.bt/index.php?Page_id=112 .
  • g) For more information, visitors can visit the website of Department of Immigration: https://www.doi.gov.bt/?lang=en and Department of Tourism website: https://www.tourism.gov.bt/ .
  • 2. (SDF)Sustainable Development Fee:
  • India tourists are required to pay Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of INR 1,200/- per person per night. Children aged 5 years and below are exempted of SDF and children between the age of 6-12 years are given 50 % concession on SDF. Tourist visiting Samtse, Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar towns for 24 hours need not pay Sustainable Development Fee (SDF).
  • 3. Requirement of vaccination:
  • There are no Covid-19 vaccination requirements for adults or children to enter Bhutan from September 23, 2022. However, it is advised to carry the Vaccination Certificate. Individuals above 12 years may be randomly subjected to RT-PCR testing at points of entry. No fee shall be charged for the RT-PCR testing for surveillance.
  • 4. Pedestrian Terminal at Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border:
  • The Pedestrian Terminal at Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border remains open for 24x7. Entry Permit is not required for daily visitors who will be visiting Phuentsholing only. An online pre-registration system has been developed to pass through the pedestrian terminal at website https://bms.doi.gov.bt. On successful registration, a QR code will be generated. The registered person is required to present the QR code at the immigration counter along with the required identity document. Pre-registration is one time and there is no need to register again. Daily visitors can visit until Rinchending Check Post. SDF will be applicable beyond this point and they will also have to obtain a permit from the Regional Immigration Office. Casual visitors who make night halt beyond 24 hours in Phuentsholing will have to pay SDF. For daily visitors, a User Fee of Nu.10 per person (Bhutanese as well as foreigners) is charged for entering through the Pedestrian Terminal each time, no User Fee charged on exit.
  • 7. Other entry/exit points:
  • Other entry/exit points on the southern Indo-Bhutan border are in Samtse, Samdrup Jongkhar, Sarpang/Gelephu.
  • B. Department of Immigrations and Tourism:
  • i) Indian tourists who are planning their trip to Bhutan are advised to make following arrangements through the certified travel agent:
  •  Obtain entry permit online [to apply please visit ‘visa section on website www.bhutan.travel]
  •  Accommodation: It is mandatory to stay in Department of Tourism certified accommodation for the whole duration of trip.
  •  A tourist Guide
  •  Travel insurance
  •  Transportation around the country with SUV Car, Hiace Bus and Coster Bus only
  • II) Sustainable Development Fee:
  • India tourists are required to pay Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of INR 1,200/- per person per night. Children aged 5 years and below are exempted of SDF and children between the age of 6-12 years are given 50 % concession on SDF. Tourist visiting Samtse, Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar towns for 24 hours need not pay Sustainable Development Fee (SDF).
  • Monument entry fees per person
  • Slno Monument Place Fees
  • 1 Tashichhodzong Thimphu 500.00
  • 2 Memorial Chorten Thimphu 500.00
  • 3 Takin Reserve Thimphu 300.00
  • 4 Textile Museum Thimphu 250.00
  • 5 Institute of Zorig Chusum Thimphu 200.00
  • 6 Simply Bhutan Thimphu 1,000.00
  • 7 Folk Heritage Museum Thimphu 250.00
  • 8 Punakha Dzong Punakha 500.00
  • 9 Chimi Lhakhang Punakha 500.00
  • 10 Namgay Artisanal Brewery Paro 300.00
  • 11 National Museum Paro 500.00
  • 12 Kyichu Lhakhang Paro 500.00
  • 13 Tiger Nest Paro 1,000.00
  • 14 Hot Stone Bath(Optional) Paro 1,500.00
  • Total expenses for direct payment 7,800.00
  • Flight ticket cost information. NB: The air fares are subject to fluctuation ups and down.
  • Sector
  • Delhi /Paro / Delhi (DEL/PBH/DEL)
  • Kolkata/ Paro/ Kolkata (CCU/PBH/CCU)
  • Bagdogra/ Paro/ Bagdogra (IXB/PBH/IXB)
  • NB: If you want us to reserve the flight ticket for the sectors mentioned above please let us know, we can obtain or issue the e_tickets that are subject to availity for the above mentioned sectors. The flight tickets are subject to fluctuation ups and down too.
  • If the flight can be included in the itinerary please clearly specify in your requirements to avoid unnecessary stranding/blockage of the flight. The flight tickets costs are subject to fluctuation.
  • India Rupee Remittance from India to Bhutan
  • Bank detail:
  • The payment for Rimso Travels and Ticketing can be made directly to our company account styled
  • “Rimso Travels and Ticketing” with Bank of Bhutan Ltd. Bhutan from India for booking the flight bookings only. The payment will have to come directly to us as per the Banking detail as follows:
  • India Rupee Remittance from India to Bhutan:
  • 1)Correspondent Axis Bank Ltd., Siliguri, India.
  • Beneficiary Bank: Bank of Bhutan Limited
  • Thimphu Bhutan
  • A/c No.035-010-200-003-460
  • IFCS Code: UTIB0000035
  • Beneficiary/Ultimate Beneficiary :
  • Account No. 202079039 of Rimso Travels and Ticketing, Bank of Bhutan Ltd. Babesa Branch,Thimphu, Bhutan.
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  • * Refund will be made within 15 working days from the date of receipt of the cancellation.
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