07 Days Kingdom in the sky

Paro Airport

Thimphu

Punakha

Paro

Taktsang Monastery

EXPERIENCE LUXURY CAMPING IN BHUTAN

Shower tent is available at campsite!

‘Kingdom in the Sky’ explores the heritage and traditions of Bhutan’s timeless culture that still thrives today. This tour is specially tailored to provide a deeper insight into the lives of the diverse people of Bhutan, and includes a night of luxury camping at Bumdra.

Tour code: BHU-KITS_07
Style: Culture, trek
Grade: Easy to moderate to hard
Date: 7-13 June 20

DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU DAY 02: THIMPHU DAY 03: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA DAY 04: PUNAKHA – PARO DAY 05: PARO – BUMDRA CAMPING DAY 06: BUMDRA – TIGER NEST MONASTERY – PARO DAY 07: DEPART PARO
Itinerary (Subject to changes)DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our Bhutan representative will meet you at Paro airport exit doors following customs formalities.After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum housing many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centres, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards, drive to the capital, Thimphu (1.5 hours) following the Pachu River. Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.DAY 02: THIMPHU Begin your day with a short drive to Kuenselphodrang, a popular vantage point, with the biggest Buddha statues in the world. This site offers a panoramic view of the capital below and also has several walking trails, which ranges from leisurely to moderate. Then visit the National Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of the Third King and for world peace. Continue on to the picturesque 12th century Changangkha Temple and Nunnery at Zilukha .Afterwards visit the Folk Heritage Museum featuring an exhibition of items and artifacts of Bhutanese villages and rural households. After visiting the museum we will walk to School for Arts & Crafts which is located close to the museum. This is one of the interesting schools where young boys & girls learn 13 different skills of arts & crafts in Bhutan. If your visit to Thimphu coincides on a weekend, you can visit the weekend vegetable market (open from Friday To Sunday).Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.DAY 03: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA Drive over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Punakha valley (about 3 hrs total driving time). The drive through the countryside affords a glimpse of everyday life in this most remote of Himalayan kingdoms. In the Dochu-La area there are vast Rhododendron forests that grow to tree size and bloom in late April/early May covering the mountains in a riot of glorious spring colour.Punakha was the ancient capital of Bhutan. On arrival, visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness” built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. It was here in 1907 that Bhutan’s first king was crowned.After lunch, enjoy a walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who is also known as the Divine Madman. He inherited the Divine Madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He taught the people that religion is an inner feeling and it’s not necessary that one should be an ordained monk. He is also considered a symbol of fertility and most childless couples go to his temple for blessing.Overnight at your hotel in Punakha.DAY 04: PUNAKHA – PARO Today we drive back to Thimphu on the same road crossing over Dochula pass at 3150m. If the weather is clear we will stop for few minutes to enjoy the scenic view of snow covered mountains. Later in Thimphu we can visit handmade paper factory. The papers are made from the bark of the Daphne plant, a dark woody paper fiber found only in Bhutan. Visits the National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century and the Institute of Traditional Art & Crafts. Later in the afternoon drive back to Paro visiting Semtokha dzong, the oldest in Bhutan.Overnight at hotel in ParoDAY 05: PARO – BUMDRAK MONASTERY TREK Hike from Sang Choekor Buddhist College (2,800m) to yak pastures below Bumdra Monastery (3,800m). The adventure begins with an early morning drive up to the Sang Choekor to meet our ponies and while they are being loaded we may pay our respects at the college.Above and ahead the Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple) nestles in the mountainside 1-2 hours walk away. Our home for the night is tucked in under Bumdra Monastery (cave of a thousand prayers) making the most of the awesome views of the Himalayan range. After lunch we can visit the monastery (if it is occupied) and also climb the peak to the north (about 4000m) for even better views, returning in time for a slap up dinner.Duration: 4-5 hours to camp 2-3 hours return trek to peak (optional) Difficulty: Easy to Moderate; Hard (to peak). Overnight at Bumdra Wilderness Camp.DAY 06:  PARO (TAKTSANG MONASTERY HIKE) Hike from Yak Pasture below Bumdra Monastery (3,800m) via Zangtopelri Monasteries to Taktsang Monastery (2,900m). Get to enjoy the beautiful sunrise from the jaw dropping landscape of bumdrak. After a hearty breakfast, it is time to either head straight back into the valley or linger awhile soaking up the view and perhaps hang some prayer flags of our own. Ascending the steps on the other side, you are passing into the Tiger’s Nest itself. Drive further up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1644 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to control northern route to Tibet. The route is picturesque, and the site of the dzong, magnificent (from here, it is only a two- day hike to the border with Tibet, China dominated by Mt Jhomalhari).Overnight Hotel in Paro Duration: 5 – 6 hours depending on time taken in monasteries Difficulty: Easy to ModerateDAY 07: DEPART PARO Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
7 Days Kingdom In The Sky LAND Price per person in SGD
Tour Code:BHU-KITS07123-78-15Single
Economy3998381833383228288
Business4828464841584058288
Price is subjected to changes without prior noticePrice includes
  • Return Airfare + taxes by Druk Air (Singapore – Paro – Singapore) in Economy or Business Class as per choice
  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees
  • All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
  • Experienced driver.
  • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.
  • All camping equipment
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • All entrance fees and permits.
  • Briefing prior departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries
Price excludes
  • All other airfare & taxes not mentioned
  • Personal gears
  • All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone and tips.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Hotel Upgrade such as COMO Uma Hotel
  • Meals and drinks in the upgraded hotel such as COMO Uma Hotel
Notes
The itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Be aware that all times stated are approximate, and may vary with individual and group fitness.If you have any special dietary requests, please let us know in advance.Throughout your stay you have the option to participate in a range of extra Outdoor Activities at an additional charge.
Travel Insurance
It is strongly recommended that you be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services) and that you also take out cancellation insurance and Travel Agency Insolvency.You should be aware that some policies restrict coverage or do not cover travel to Bhutan and may not cover activities such as trekking (and mountain bike). Please ensure that your policy provides a sufficient level of protection and covers you for the activities involved. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you to Bhutan.
Travel to Bhutan
X-Trekkers handles the whole booking process on your behalf, including Druk Air / Bhutan Airlines flights. However, the price of flights may or may not be included in the package and it is therefore advisable to book well in advance to secure seats. We also handle visa application processing (included in the package). It normally takes 2 to 3 weeks to process the visa but under some circumstances, we can accelerate the process.
Hotel
CITYStandardUpgrade Option
ThimphuBhutan Suites / Hotel JumolhariHotel Druk Namgay Heritage
PunakhaMeri Puensum Hotel or option for homestayUma
ParoTenzinling Resort / Tashi Namgay ResortUma / Hotel Zhiwaling
Upgrades to 4 & 5 Star hotels can be booked for an additional nightly charge.
Flight Schedule
Singapore – Paro        Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays KB501   SINGAPORE (SIN) – PARO (PBH)          0630   1050  (1 stopover)Paro – Singapore        Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays KB500    PARO (PBH) – SINGAPORE (SIN)        0720   1540  (1 stopover)
Terms & Conditions
For Bhutan trip booked and subsequent cancellation, the following applies.• More than 30 days from date of travel ~ 25% of total price • 15-29 days from date of travel             ~ 50% of total price • 1-14 days                                             ~ 100% of total priceA SGD 200 administration fee will be payable for each traveller’s cancellation. Please note there will be additional cost for airticket amendments.