This Nabji Korphu Community-Based Ecotour falls within the Monpa community of Jangbi, Wangling and Phumzor and the Kheng villages of Nabji, Korphu and…
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During the trek, you will also visit important historical, cultural, and national monuments of Bhutan besides visiting various Community Based eco-tours. As such the tour will expose you to the Bhutanese art, livelihood, activities, cuisine, and ethnicity. The local people will showcase their traditions, customs, and way of living with nature.
Paro Arrival and Travel to Thimphu
Arrive Paro International Airport and pick up by our team members and drive around 1 hour to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Thimphu sightseeing includes the visit to Semtokha Dzong, the first Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel the Founding Father of Bhutan, Buddha Point (the tallest Buddha in Bhutan), Tashi Chodzong ( the present day Head Quarters of the King and also summer residence of the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body). Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Visit various places of historical, traditional and cultural sites as listed; National Library, Folk Heritage Museum, Institute of Traditional Arts and Crafts, Royal Takin Preserve, Memorial Chorten (stupa), Changangkha Lhakhang (monastery), Zilukha Nunnery and BBS Tower. Towards evening visit some handicraft stalls. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Thimphu to Phobjikha
After breakfast drive to Phobjikha. En-route visit Dochula pass to view the sites of Himalaya Mountain Ranges as well as to visit 108 beautiful Druk Wangyal Chortens (stupas) built on a mound. Later visit to Chimi Lhakhang (Fertility temple founded by divine madman - Drukpa Kinley). Arrive Phobjikha valley which is home to Gangtey Goempa (Monastery) and the winter habitat for Black Necked Cranes coming from China. Phobjikha is a perfect place for a taking a nature hike through conifer forests and vast grass land while enjoying the panoramic views of Phobjikha valley. Halt at home-stays in Phobjikha.
Phobjikha to Jangbi
After breakfast, you'll move towards Trongsa visiting Chendebji Chorten en route. At Trongsa, you will visit the Ta Dzong Heritage Museum. Afterwards, you'll continue your journey towards Tongtongphey from where your local trekking guide will join. This marks the starting point of the community-based ccotourism trek and you will stay in campsites for the next 3 days
Trek from Jangbi to Kubdra
The mild trail to Kudra is especially interesting as it passes the stone imprints of Guru Rinpoche’s footprints, dagger and phallus. There will be stops along the way whenever there are special landmarks. Lunch will be provided as a packed lunch during the trek and overnight at Kubra campsite.
Trek from Kubdra to Nabji
This part of the trek is a wilderness trek and you may encounter a lot of mammals and birds, while the scent of wild orchids will freshen your mood as you walk. A packed lunch will be provided during the trek. After settling into the Nabji campsite, you will be treated to an array of cultural performances put on around a campfire by the local people of the Nabji community. Overnight at Nabji Campsite.
Day Hike to Korphu and Return Back to Nabji
You'll hike to Korphu, which is located slightly above Nabji. Although they are quite near to each other, there are many marked differences between the two prospering villages of Korphu and Nabji. You'll be welcomed into the Korphu community with singing and dancing. You'll have lunch in one of the community houses, and visit the Korphu Lhakhang before heading back to Nabji. In the evening, you can enjoy a hot stone bath. Overnight at Nabji Campsite.
Nabji to Trongsa
Your driver will pick you up and you'll begin your journey towards Trongsa. Enroute you will pass through Nyimshong village, and later pay a visit to a nunnery and Kunga Rabten Palace, formerly the winter residence of the Second King of Bhutan, now a monastic institute home to over 50 monks. Overnight at hotel in Trongsa.
Trongsa to Punakha
After breakfast visit Trongsa Dzong, longest Dzong in Bhutan that played a critical role in bringing all the Eastern part of Bhutan under one rule. Built during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the Dzong stands to be an architectural masterpiece and marvel, and served as the seat for the governor of Eastern region of Bhutan. Still the Kings of Bhutan has to first assume the seat of Trongsa Penlop (Crown Prince) before becoming the King. Arrive Punakha and do some sight seeings. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
Punakha to Paro
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel (the Founding Father of Bhutan) at the confluence of two rivers.. This majestic Dzong served as both the religious and the administrative centre of Bhutan in the past. It is still being used as winter residence for the Central Monastic Body, headed by the Chief Abode (The Jekhenpo) and still all the Kings of Bhutan are crowned here. We shall pass through Thimphu again and arrive Paro. At Paro visit will be made to National Museum and Paro Rinpung Dzong (Fortress). Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Hike
Visit Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery , built on a steep cliff is one of the most iconic place where Guru Rinpochhe is believed to have flown here on the back of a tigress to spread Buddhism in 746 A.D. The round trip takes about 4 hour hike. Later visit Drugyel Dzong (Castle of the Victorious Drukpa) and Kyichu Monastery (one of the oldest Moastery built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo). Towards evening you can have a relaxing traditional hot stone bath to rest your tired body after the hike and all the trips. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, our team will drop you to the airport for your onward journey.
- Twin share/double in Bhutanese 3-star hotel accommodation (4/5 star entails extra charge).
- All meals, tea, snacks and bottled water.
- A licensed professional tour guide.
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights).
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
- All entrance fees and visa fees (USD40/-).
- A Sustainable Development Fee (SDF of USD 65 per person per night included within the costs except for Eastern Bhutan).
- On the day of departure, the local agents shall be limited to providing breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on usage basis.
- International flights, stopover accommodation or domestic.
- Items of a personal nature, phone calls, laundry, hard drinks, etc.
- Tipping for guide & driver.
- Wire transfer fee for transferring tour payment from your bank to Bhutan.
- Travel Insurance.
Notes on price
- The price quoted is for twin/double share in 3 star hotel and for single room supplement it is USD 25/night
- The price quoted is for minimum of 3 pax and above. If the pax is 2 and below surcharges is applicable as; for 2 pax = USD30/day/person and for 1 pax =USD40/day
- There are various discounts for children, students and depending upon the number of days ((refer to FAQs No.6).
- There are group discounts as well if you come in a group (refer to FAQs No.6).
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Bhutan (Druk - a dragon Kingdom) with approximate size of Switzerland is a Buddhist Kingdom located between China and India, and is known for its peace loving people. It has been increasingly seen as tourist hotspots due its Dzongs (fortress), snow capped mountains, valleys, rivers, good forest cover and many historical and natural heritage sites that were preserved as Bhutan remained in self imposed isolation until 1960s.
Our Government regulation mandates that all tourists have to arrange the visit through the registered tour operator of Bhutan. All International tourists visiting to Bhutan (except Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian who need to obtain permit at entry port) must obtain a visa clearance. Visas are processed online by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, upon receiving full tour costs.
According to the suitability of season there are two seasons with different rates to visit Bhutan. The rate is inclusive of Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) of $65 per person per day, accommodation, food, English speaking guide services and land transportation within Bhutan.
i. Peak or high season months are March, April, May, September, October and November = USD250/person/day
ii. Low season months are December, January, February, June, July and August = USD200/person/day
There are two ways
1. You can use your Master and Visa Card to directly send the tour costs. Online card payment will charge you 3.5% on the total payment, (2% will charge by the Card Company, 1% by your bank, 0.5% by the bank in Bhutan).
2. You can directly wire the money using the banks in your corresponding countries (the list will be provided based on your country). After remitting the payment to Bhutan in our account, we have to request our bank in Bhutan to transfer it to the Tourism Council of Bhutan Account. The transfer fee vary according to the bank which you have to bear it.
- SDF is Sustainable Development Fee and amounts to USD65/day/person that is deducted from the daily rate (say USD 250/- during peak and USD 200/- during low season). SDF is paid directly to government and are used for providing free health care, education and infrastructure development.
- The daily rate is the amount inclusive of SDF.
Yes, there are discount as listed below; Individual and Group discount.
- Children between 0-5 years old, no charge
- Children between 6-12 years old, no SDF charge and 50% discount on daily remaining rate
- Full time student under 25 years old with valid student card gets 25% discount on daily rate
- 50% discount on SDF after the 8th nights
- 100% discount on SDF after 14th nights
- 50% discount on daily rate is given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
- 100% discount on daily rate is given to one member in a group exceeding 16 people.
Surcharge apply if the group size is 2 pax and below
- Single (individual) – US$ 40 per night
– Group of 2 person – US$ 30/person/night
Surcharges are determined by Government and is directly deducted from the tour costs.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum and has same value as the Indian currency of Rupee. As such Indian currency note is also used widely in Bhutan. But the international tourists must make payment in the dollar.
ATMs are located through out the country and you can easily withdraw the amount in Bhutanese currency.
Bhutan has been gaining popularity as a peace loving nation and is everyone’s dream to visit Bhutan. The slogan of Tourism Council of Bhutan is "Bhutan-a happiness is a place?"
No, there won't be any language barrier as lmost all the Bhutanese can speak English. Moreover English is used as a medium of learning and is also used for communication purpose.
No, there are SDF (Sustainable Development Fee of USD65/day/person) waiver if you visit Eastern parts of Bhutan comprising of Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang, Pemagatshel, Trashiyangtse, Mongar and Lhuntse). That waiver is until December 2020 only.
We will be glad to provide answers on any front to enable you to enjoy your visit to Bhutan,