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Dragon Kingdom – Bhutan

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Route : Paro - Dzong (National Museum) - Thimphu - Changangkha Temple - Tashi Choe Dzong - Punakha - Paro

Take a cultural tour of Bhutan passing through the mystical Western Valleys where you will experience the Dragon Kingdom from the closest ever possible. Immerse yourself in the country’s unique hospitality, colourful landscapes and Buddhist traditions. Major highlights of the tour include Ta Dzong Museum, Rinpung Dzong (known for its cantilevered bridge) and the iconic Taktsang Monastery also famous as Tiger’s Nest located in the natural ambiance of Paro Valley, National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Temple which dates back to the 12th century and the National Library in Bhutan which stores ancient Bhutanese scriptures. Once you cross the Dochula Pass at an elevation of 3050m, you will be welcomed by the incredible views of Himalayas and the journey will take you to Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang which is also called the temple of the ‘Divine Madman’.

Highlights :

1.Explore the Dragon Kingdom from the closet ever possible.
2.Hike and trek through the country’s impressive landscapes, valleys and forests.
3.Witness the unique culture and heritage by visiting some of the oldest Dzongs, chortens and monasteries.
4.Experience how the city of Thimphu operates without any traffic light with three main streets.
5.Immerse yourself in the country’s unique hospitality, colourful landscapes and Buddhist traditions.
07 Days
06+ Age
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    Casual, Warm and Sports Wear

Tour Itinerary : - Dragon Kingdom – Bhutan


Day 01: Arrive Paro

The flight to Paro is perhaps among the most scenic flight journeys you will ever have above the mountains and valleys where the landscape keeps changing, giving you an aerial glimpse of some of the most giant mountains on our planet. The moment you arrive in Bhutan, you will be presented with fresh, cool and clean air to rejuvenate you from inside. This introduction of Bhutan is the most apt. The only commercial airlines that fly in and out of Bhutan are Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airlines) and Bhutan Airlines. Our welcoming team will be waiting to receive you at the airport.
Visit Ta Dzong (National Museum):
This museum offers a great orientation in Bhutan's history, cultural, religious, natural and economic life.
Later, we visit the Rinpung Dzong. This Dzong is a fortress and a large Buddhist monastery. We will see impressive paintings of Milarepa, who was a great saint and is known as the master of meditation. It is said that the saint had achieved enlightenment. Dzongs were strategic forts back in time in Bhutan. Now they house monasteries and district administrative centers.
Later proceed to Thimphu, which will take 01 hours. Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan, is made of just three main streets. It is the only capital in the world without a traffic light.
Overnight in Thimphu

DAY 02: Nov-Thimphu Sightseeing

Begin your day with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, completed by the Royal Queen Mother as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in 1972. Visit Kuensel Phodrang to see Buddha. Overlooking Thimphu Valley’s southern entrance, Buddha Dordenma statue is based on a hilltop in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park. This statue of Shakyamuni Buddha fulfills a prophecy that was announced in the 8th century AD. It was discovered by a religious treasure discoverer, Terton Pema Lingpa. People believe that the prophecy radiates happiness and peace in the whole world.
Hike from Kuensel Phodrang to Changangkha Temple:
Opened in 2016, this is also among the famous trekking places of Thimphu. At present, this place is among the most famed short hikes of Thimphu. The trek opens at Kuensel Phodrang and passes through a thin forest of Pine, Rhododendron and Oak.
12th Century Changangkha Temple:
This famous temple is located above Central Thimphu on a ridge, vibrating with sacred activities. In the first glimpse, the temple resembles a fortress. A Tibetan Buddhist Lama, Phajo Drukgom Shigpo (who reached Tibet from Ralung) chose a site for the temple in the 12th century and established it. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names.
If you are interested, you can visit the National Textile Museum. Opened in June 2001, the museum gives a glimpse of the living national art of weaving of Bhutan. Changing exhibitions introduce the major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles made by women and men.
Visit Tashi Choe Dzong, ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’.
Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel erected the temple in 1641. However, during the kingdom of the third king of Bhutan, the temple was reconstructed in the 1960s without any nails or plans with the complete traditional style of the country. Evening explore Thimphu City – The capital city of Bhutan is one of the most unparalleled capital cities of the world with a total population of a few hundred thousand. The city got the status as Bhutan’s capital in 1961.
Overnight in Thimphu

Day 03: Nov-Thimphu to Punakha (about 90km/3hr)

Morning drive to Punakha over the Dochu-La pass (3,100 meters), which on a clear day offers an incredible view of Himalayan peaks before descending into balmy Lobesa valley (about 2 hrs total driving time from Thimphu).
Hike from Dochula to Lungchotsekha Lhakhang:
One of the natural trekking sites in Thimphu, Lungchotsekha Goemba trail opens at Dochula Pass which passes through a thin forest of hemlocks, birch and rhododendrons.
Lungchotsekha Goemba is a good place for short hikes in Thimphu. The views of Gangkar Puensum, Masagang and Jumolhari and Gasa Dzong are a photographer’s delight. It takes 2-3 hours on a round trip.
After that, proceed to Punakha valley. We will take a short walk to reach Chimi Lhakhang, a Buddhist monastery. Located in Punakha district, the temple is referred to as The Fertility Temple in the English speaking world. The 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Chogyal built the temple some half a millennium ago. The temple has meditation halls and stupa which were constructed by the eccentric Yogi, Drukpa Kenley, also known as ‘Divine Madman’. The Yogi is said to have blessed the entire ground. People have huge respect for the monastery in the country and it is said that whoever conceives here will receive guidance at the temple.
Every year, countless numbers of pilgrims come to the Fertility Temple in a wish to have a child, also to get blessings, wang from the saint who is supposed to have ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom.’

Day 04: Nov-Punakha Sightseeing

Today after breakfast, we will drive to Yabes village and will take a hike through the rice fields to reach Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The chorten was constructed by her Majesty the Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Situated on the top of a hill, at Mo Chu river’s bank, this chorten has an incredible collection of paintings which are related to Nyingmapa Traditions. ‘Palace of Great Happiness’ the Punakha Dzong was built by the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’ Zhabdrung in 1637, as the great Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) predicted.
Based on the confluence of two famous rivers of the country, Pho Chu and Mo Chu (Father and Mother Rivers), the Dzong serves as the winter headquarters of Je Khenpo. The Dzong also provides shelter to several monks who come here from Thimphu as the area is comparatively warmer. After visiting the Dzong, we will take a walk to Suspension Bridge also called Swing Bridge.
Overnight in Punakha

Day 05: Nov-Punakha to Paro (about 130km/4hr)

After breakfast, explore Punakha Valley and afterward proceed to Paro, visiting the Simtokha Dzong en route. Dzong, built in 1627, is the oldest in Bhutan.
Overnight in Paro

DAY 06: PARO (Hike to Taktsang Monastery)

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. After hiking uphill for around 1.5 to 2 hours, you will reach around one kilometer above the Paro valley floor (those who are not able to hike, we can arrange a horse ride for them to be transferred to the viewpoint.)
Around 900 meters above the Paro valley floor, the monastery is situated which offers panoramic views. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th century. A monastery was later constructed at the place where he meditated for three months in a cave. There is a teahouse near to the monastery where you can sit and relax for a while and can have tea-coffee. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Afternoon explore Paro Valley.
Overnight in Paro

DAY 07: Depart Paro

Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
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What to Wear

  •   Women:  We recommend women wear long, loose, conservative clothing such as sleeved shirts or trousers. For longer stays, consider purchasing a traditional sari, a kurta (a long shirt), or salwar and kameez (baggy pants). Scarves and shawls are worn throughout the year and can be fashionable as well as functional. Dressing in Indian attire shows cultural appreciation and will help avoid drawing unwanted attention.
  •   Men: Most Indians wear loose cotton shirts, polos, or button-ups with pants or jeans. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are uncommon, even during the hotter months.
  •   Traveling north or to the Himalayas: Bring warmer clothing like sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, or light jackets. Temperatures can dip down to freezing at times.
  •   Shoes: Bring durable shoes or sandals that can get dirty. Sandals, flip-flops, or flats are especially handy because they are easy to slip off when entering temples or homes.
  •   Places of Worship: Women should cover their heads, legs, and shoulders when entering a temple. Men should refrain from wearing shorts or they may not be permitted inside.
  •   Safaris: Early morning safaris can be chilly. We recommend wearing several layers including a sweater or jacket that can be removed as the day warms up. A thin hat or gloves may also help.

Passport and Visa

  •   Passport: Your passport is your most important travel document and must be valid for at least six months before arriving in India. If your passport is falling apart, make sure to replace it before coming.
  •   Visa: A visa is required for any visit to India. Contact your embassy or the Indian consulate to learn how to obtain one. If you are visiting India and a neighboring country, you must apply for a double or multiple entry visas from the Indian Embassy.
  •   Photocopies: Make sure to print and bring copies of your passport and visa with you. Store them separately in a secure place. Email yourself a scanned copy for easy access and be sure to leave a photocopy with someone at home. If your hotel has a safe, leave your passport and carry a photocopy with you. Also, be sure to bring a second form of identification.
  •   Lost or Stolen Passport: If something happens to your passport, immediately report the loss to the local police and get a written statement. Contact the nearest consulate for a replacement.


  •   Malaria and Dengue: All year long in areas below 2000 meters of altitude, there is a chance of contracting mosquito-borne malaria and dengue. You can prevent potential mosquito bites by wearing long clothes and frequently applying mosquito repellent. Make sure to consult with your doctor before coming.
  •   Travel Insurance: If you fall ill, treatment or transportation home can be extremely expensive. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
  •   Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required. However, if you are staying longer than 30 days, we recommend you receive the following shots: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, polio, diphtheria, rabies, measles, mumps, rubella, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, yellow fever, and meningococcal.
  •   High Altitude Sickness: When visiting high altitude areas, be sure to ascend slowly and take enough time to acclimatize. You should be physically fit before venturing on any strenuous climbs.


  •   Currency: The national currency is the Indian rupee. Check the latest exchange rates before you arrive so you have a better idea of how much you are spending.
  •   Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted in India, but keep in mind they’ll be of no use in remote areas. It’s helpful to carry a mix of cash and traveler’s checks.
  •   Bills: Be sure to always have smaller denominations of rupees (1s, 5s, 10s, 100s, etc.) as stores and rickshaw drivers will not always have exact change.

Eating & Drinking

  •   Eating: Try to consume cooked foods during your stay. Avoid street food, raw vegetables, and unpeeled fruit. Food in India can be incredibly spicy. So, be cautious when ordering hot curries.
  •   Drinking-Water: Drink only sealed bottled or filtered water. Avoid putting ice in your drinks as the water may be from the faucet.
  •   Alcohol: The legal drinking age is 25. It is uncommon and sometimes prohibited to drink alcohol in India, especially in sacred places.


  •   Haggling: Bargaining is commonplace in this part of the world and should be taken with humor and an open mind. Remember, you have no obligation to purchase something you have been haggling on. If you are uncomfortable with the price, politely decline and walk away.
  •   Respect: Locals work long, hard hours for only a few coins. So,  please make sure you always pay a fair price. The work of an Indian craftsman is just as valuable as the work of any other person.
  •   Touts: Some locals and public drivers may try to lead you into shops to receive a commission for your purchases. Should you not wish to visit a particular shop, firmly and politely state your disinterest and walk away.
  •   Responsibility: Epiconic Travel will not be held liable for any shopping purchases or shipping costs.


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  •   Frequency: 50 Hz
  •   Plug Types: C/D/M
  •   Socket Types: C/D/M


We recommend the following:
  •   Airport Assistance: 300 INR per transfer
  •   Restaurants: 5-10% of the total bill
  •   Baggage Handlers: 20 INR per piece of luggage
  •   Guide/Escort: 400-500 INR per day
  •   Drivers: 250-300 INR per day
If traveling in a group, please confer with your tour leader before tipping.  


  •   Show Respect: Taking pictures of day-to-day life is possible in most places. However, we request that you respect the privacy of those who do not wish to be photographed. Please ask when possible to avoid any uncomfortable situations. Furthermore, please respect the rules of religious institutions and check before taking photos in temples, mosques, and other places of worship.
  •   Being Photographed: Strangers may request to have their picture taken with you even if you have never met before. While this may seem strange, remember that as a foreigner, you are just as exotic to them as they are to you. If you feel uncomfortable having your picture taken, politely decline and walk away.
  •   Meet the People: Take time to get to know a person before snapping their photos. Most likely, this will make them more willing to have their photo taken.
  •   Security: Note that photography is strictly prohibited in and around airports, military installations, and other sensitive areas. Please check for notices before taking photos.
  •   Photograph Scams: Some people may approach you and ask to have their picture taken. While this may seem like an excellent photo opportunity, don't oblige them unless you are willing to pay the fee they request afterward. Be especially wary of snake charmers and people in costume who earn a living this way. It's best to avoid these situations by politely declining and moving away.
  •   Photograph Journeys: Contact Epiconic Travel to learn more about our special photography journeys.


  •   Beggars: You will encounter a large number of beggars around temples and tourist areas. It may seem distressing, but in India, they form an integral part of the alms-giving process, which has roots in religious practices.
  •   Keep in Mind: Beggars who congregate around hotels and monuments do so because they can earn more than the average daily wage by targeting sympathetic foreign visitors.
  •   How to Give: Epiconic Travel recommends you do not give money to beggars, especially children. Giving money or small gifts encourages begging and future harassment of other travelers. If you wish to help alleviate their suffering, please let us know and we will put you in touch with a registered charity.


  •   Spiritual Offerings: Sometimes locals who look like holy men will try to put a Bindi (red dot) on your forehead or tie yarn around your wrist before requesting payment. If you don't wish to pay for this service, politely decline any attempt to do so and remove yourself from the situation.
  •   Handshakes: A simple handshake can quickly turn into a palm reading or an offer to paint your hand with henna. Instead, give the traditional "Namaste" prayer greeting when encountering strangers. This also conveys respect.
  •   No Such Thing as Free: You may be told some service or a small gift is free only to be asked for payment or a "donation" later. Be smart and use good judgment.

Respecting the Culture

  • Keep in mind that India may not have the same standards of living or traditions as your home country. Please be respectful of these differences and embrace everything that India has to offer.
  • Please show respect by refraining from public displays of affection, coarse language, and other inappropriate behavior.


  • In general, follow the same basic ecological rules you have in your country while traveling.
  •   Water: Pure water in India is a luxury, so please use it sparingly. In remote areas, stick to neutral soap to avoid any negative environmental impact.
  •   Batteries: Return home with any dead batteries as India lacks a dedicated battery recycling system.
  •   Camping: Campgrounds should remain clean after your departure to minimize human impact.
  •   Keep Your Volume Down: While visiting nature reserves, please make sure to keep quiet and respect the wildlife.
  •   Trash: Please properly dispose of any garbage by placing it in a wastebasket.
  •   Animals: For health and safety reasons, keep your distance and avoid contact with any animals you encounter.

Traveling by Train

  •   Delays: More often than not, your train will be delayed; sometimes by more than an hour. Relax and rest assured you will make it to your destination. Always assume your train will arrive on time and show up at least 30 minutes beforehand.
  •   Food: Resist the temptation to purchase meals on the train or at the railway station as it may upset your stomach. Make sure any food you buy is packaged and only drink bottled water. Also, it is best to take the skin off the fruit before eating it.
  •   Toilet Types: Indian trains offer squat and seated bathroom facilities. It is smart to bring your toilet paper and hand sanitizer in the off chance the bathrooms run out. Train toilets empty directly down onto the track so be courteous and only use the bathroom while the train is in motion.
  •   Insects: It’s not uncommon to see insects around the bathroom areas and trash receptacles. A train worker can spray insect repellent if you encounter any bugs in your cabin.
  •   Open Doors: Most Indian trains allow passengers to open the entry doors while the train is in motion. Be cautious when passing them on your way to the bathroom area. Epiconic Travel recommends you avoid venturing near the open doors.
  •   Epiconic Provisions: To make your train experience even more enjoyable, Epiconic Travel provides clients with their own linen sheets, pillow covers, snacks, and basic toiletries.

Women Travelers

  •   Clothes: See the “What to Wear” section on page one.
  •   Swimsuits: Normal swimwear is fine at beach resorts. Otherwise, wear long shorts and a t-shirt when swimming in public.
  •   Jewelry: Avoid wearing expensive-looking jewelry and/or giving off the impression of wealth.
  •   Taxis: Though Epiconic Travel will provide a driver for your journey, be cautious when venturing out on your own. Avoid taking cabs home alone at night and never agree on having another male in the car with you besides the driver.
  •   Common Misconceptions: It is common for Indians to direct their conversations toward males, even if questioned by a woman. Men do this to show the woman respect since speaking to her can be perceived as flirtatious.
  •   Staring: As a foreigner, you will naturally stand out. Although people will take extra notice of you, it is usually a harmless curiosity. Still, it is always best to travel with a male or in a group and make safe travel decisions.
  •   Be Home Before Dark: Avoid walking around town at night, especially if you are alone or in an isolated area.


  • India is home to over 400 living languages that vary from region to region. English is a second language for most people and some do not speak it at all. Remember to be patient and avoid using slang in conversation. This will make communicating easier and less frustrating.


  • There are numerous Wi-Fi spots in major cities and many hotels have Internet. Be aware that not all Internet areas will have a broadband connection.

Making Phone Calls

  •   Cell Phones: There is cell phone coverage throughout India. Be sure to check with your service provider before calling, texting, or web browsing to avoid expensive roaming charges.
  •   Prepaid Phone Cards: These are available throughout India though you can also purchase one before you arrive. Phone cards are generally more cost-effective than using your mobile phone.
  •   Country Code: +91

What to Bring

  • Weather appropriate, conservative clothing
  • Insect repellant
  • Multiple forms of identification
  • Money belt
  • Any necessary medications such as Tums, Ibuprofen, or prescriptions (Though most are available in India)
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • Earplugs (if you’re a light sleeper)
  • Tampons
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Power converters
  • Sturdy, durable shoes and sandals
  •   For Fun: Camera, book, journal, MP3 player, cards, travel games

For Trekking

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking shoes
  • Raincoat
  • Warm clothing

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