QUICK OVERVIEW

Date

April 13 - 19

Arrival Airport

Bhagdogra ( IXB )

Accommodation

3 star hotels

Duration

7 nights

Meals

7 breakfasts

Group size

12-22

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SHORT ITINERARY :

DAY 01 : BAGDOGRA AIRPORT ARRIVAL. TRANSFER TO PHUENTSHOLING

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Upon your arrival at the airport, a cab will transfer the group to Phuentsholing – the Bhutan border town, 3.5 hours away from Bhagdogra. Enroute, we pass through a beautiful stretch, flanked by tea plantations and national parks on both sides of the road.

We will reach the border by evening. The moment you step into Bhutan land, literally, when you take those footsteps, you will immediately see how different the two towns on either side of the border are.

DID YOU KNOW ?

The word “Bhutan” translates to “Land of the Thunder Dragon” It earned the nickname because of the fierce storms that often roll in from the Himalayas.

DAY 02 : ROAD TRIP FROM PHUENTSHOLING TO THIMPU

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After breakfast, we shall go to the permit office. The permit take some time processing and we shall leave Phuentsholing by 11 am. The drive to Thimpu is long, about six hours with stops including lunch. But it is very beautiful.

DAY 03 : VISIT BUDDHA POINT & POST OFFICE. CAMPING IN OUTDOORS.

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We'll first go to Golden Buddha Point. Then, visit the pretty which is a great place to click some photographs, see a lot of locals, and observe some Bhutanese traditions. We are here to celebrate our new years. Lets relax a bit today, Sit in a cafe. Get to know the local Dishes like:

  1. Ema - datsi : Ema means chili and datsi is a kind of cottage cheese, so ema-datsi is a kind of spiced-up Welsh rarebit.
  2. Kewa-datsi. A potato, cheese and chili dish.
  3. Shamu-datsi. A mushroom, cheese and chili dish.

We can also go to the post office and buy postcards. The fantastic thing here is that you can get yourself clicked, and get a customized stamp from the same place and send a post card to your loved ones.

CAMPING IN OUTDOORS & RIVER RAFTING 

we make our way to Dochula Pass, an hour from Thimpu. Here, we are going to stop at the pretty 108 Dochula Chortens, which was built on the orders of the Queen Mother, as a sign of respect for the soldiers who died fighting the insurgents in the 2003 war. The area is beautiful, overlooks some of the highest mountains of Bhutan, and is usually shrouded in mist, giving the entire place a mystical surreal feeling.

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Later, we head to a river side Camping. The route is beautiful, and as soon as you reach the campsite , it’s almost as if you have been transported to a different world.

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DAY 04 : RIVER RAFTING & CHELE LA PASS (ONE OF THE HIGHEST PASSES IN BHUTAN)

After Breakfast , we can also visit the village Chimi Lhakhang, the Fertility temple of Bhutan, Punakha before we start our journey to Chele la pass.

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Chele La Pass is one of Bhutan's highest passes at 3880 odd metres above sea level (13,000 odd feet). On the way, there are prayer flags dotted on top of the hills, and they are fluttering away madly in the wind.

The alpine flowers, the lush greenery, the prayer flags, the views of the valley make the views breathtaking. The wind is quite strong here, and if you spread out your arms you can almost feel as if you are flying.

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We shall stop enroute at Paro river, near a beautiful hanging rope bridge. A trip is not just about checking off sightseeing points, but also about the smaller prettier little moments that come along the way.

DAY 05 : TREK TO TIGER NEST MONASTERY

It is the most exciting day of the trip, as we hike up to Tiger Nest Monastery. Built on the very edge of the cliff, it is a good 2 and a half hour hike up from the base. Dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava (widely regarded as the Second Buddha), Tiger Nest Monastery or Taktsang Monastery is easily Bhutan’s symbol of pride and respect.


The trek is not too difficult, and the best way to do it is to walk at a steady, comfortable pace. Most of the walk is through a hilly forest and as you keep walking, you will see rhododendrons, pines and a lot of prayer flags.

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There is an aura around the monastery, and spend an hour or two by yourself, observing the monks, the rituals, the beautiful rooms, and listening to the stories of Bhutan’s most favourite monastery. This day is easily the highlight of the trip. As we descend back and reach the base, there is a small meadow and horses grazing.

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We will also head out to Archery: the national sport of Bhutan. Get ready boys and girls.

DAY 06 : PARO DZONG. DRIVE FROM PARO TO PHUENTSHOLING

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After breakfast, we head to Paro Dzong, sitting prettily on a hillock, looking over the entire town.

In the sixteenth century Dzong was once the centre of administration of all of Bhutan. Later, we leave back for the border town of Phuentsholing.

DAY 07 : FLY BACK FROM BAGDOGRA

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We leave for the airport at Bagdogra, and go back to our home cities . Hope you had a great trip, and we shall meet some where some time gain soon!

FUN FACTS

  1. Bhutan is the only country in the world to officially measure national happiness. The index is known as GNH (Gross National Happiness). Rather than placing emphasis on GDP, Bhutan attempts to track the happiness of its population.
  2. Bhutan is still negotiating parts of its mountainous border with China. Aside from land disputes, the Bhutanese have very little diplomatic relations with their biggest neighbor. In 2005, Chinese soldiers began constructing roads and bridges — without Bhutan's permission — to gain better access to disputed territory. China also improved roads in Tibet before occupying.
  3. Bhutan's economy is growing very rapidly. Bhutanese currency, the ngultrum, is fixed to the Indian rupee — which is also widely accepted in Bhutan
  4. The Bhutanese Army consists of around 16,000 soldiers. The force is trained by the Indian Army and has a total annual budget of approximately $13.7 million. In comparison, a single M1A2 tank used by the United States costs $8.5 million.

TRIP REVIEWS

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Monali Pardeshi

Traveling with Vyshakh is super fun. He is not just a superb organiser but an awesome human being as well. I had been to my very First trip with him to Bhutan and I am still awe struck. The whole journey was filled with so much fun and excitement which is difficult to describe in words. we had 5 birthdays on the trip n Vyshakh had ensured he planned each birthday and is celebrated uniquely in a unknown land, which was truely amazing. Going on trip with Vyshakh you are rest assured to be in happy space throughout. He has that zest to create small moments in your life which you will be carrying with you forever like strolling around deserted roads to find perfect place to cut the cake, sitting by the river (which is not part of the itinerary), to new year celebration to having long night sessions of Mafia n connecting in the bus to assuring that he is there for each one of us... all this is just the part of the unsaid itinerary... Just awaiting for the next trip together... As he always says "See you in the mountains".

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Ankita Khandelwal

I recently went on a trip to Bhutan with OJ. This was my first solo trip and I was really nervous on how would the trip be, the crowd, safety etc. But right from the start, the OJ team assured me that I will find my tribe. And on the new years night, I did find my tribe 🙂 Neha, my trip leader, also the one with whom I shared my room; I saw the background work she had put to ensure everyone in the trip were having a good time. It was not easy to manage a group of 24 people, but Neha did it so effortlessly. She could have just stuck to her job and followed the itinerary as planned, but what stood her out was the personal connection she made with everyone. Am sure everyone of us on the trip have at least one good memory with Neha involved 🙂 Right from picking us on the airport, our immigration, recommending us the best local cuisines to eat, clicking photos of every single person, spending time with all of us together and alone, being patient every time we were late, Neha was truly commendable as a trip leader. Also the smile our local Bhutan Guide Kinzang(King) had constantly on the trip and his genuine effort in showing us his country gave us a glimpse of the warmth Bhutanese ppl carried 🙂 He had answers to all our questions related to the country and otherwise. I also want to specially thank the OJ team for our rooms and travel. We stayed in rooms with beautiful views and the cars and buses along with their drivers were very good. This was my first solo trip, but not even once did i feel alone. Everyone in the trip were mesmerised by the beauty Bhutan held. The culture and heritage the country carried is very rare in today's fast paced world. Rafting in those freezing waters is an experience you cannot miss. Thank you OJ for making sure I made beautiful memories. Cant wait to travel again with OJ and Neha especially. Neha - Thank you for being an amazing trip leader and roomie, and now an awesome friend 🙂


SLOTS AVAILABLE :

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GROUP TRIP DATES:

FLIGHTS CONSIDERATION :

Onwards : Before 3 pm to IXB

Outwards : After 3 pm from IXB

COST ( excluding 5% GST )

Rs. 35,500 / Pax ( Before March 10 )

Rs. 36,500 / Pax ( After March 10)

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You are loosing Rs.500 by not referring this trip to your friend ( Refer to 2 friends who might join you & all of you gets Rs.500 off each while you book together )


HOW TO BLOCK A SLOT ?

Step 1 : Block the slot

You can block the slot by paying a token amount of 5000 INR for this trip either by UPI , credit card/ EMI or by Bank transfer.

Be Proud Of You. A Trip Is Gift To Self. When Was The Last Time You Gifted Yourself ?

Step 2 : Refer 2 people to get a Discount

You are loosing Rs.500 by not referring this trip to your friend ( Refer to 2 friends who might join you & all of you gets Rs.500 off each while you book together )

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE THE INCLUSIONS ?

1. Accommodation on Twin Sharing Basis
2. Visa costs
3. Camping costs
4. All Transport within Bhutan by Minibus
5. Transportation : IXB to IXB airport
6. Sdf ( Sustainable Development Fee )
7. Tiger Nest Trek
8. Fees for archery
9. Government taxes and services charges except tips for tour guides and drivers
10. All Breakfast
11. Permits
12. Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in the itinerary unless mentioned in the exclusions
13. A Trained Outdoor leader to keep you safe. I Promise 🙂

WHAT ARE THE EXCLUSIONS ?

1. Flight Tickets
2. Lunch and dinner
3. Any expenses due to deviation from itinerary
4. Fertility temple Entrance
5. Rafting
6. Room service charges and Tips

Can I do Regular Bank Transfer

Sure . Here are the bank details:) : once done , don’t forget to email us on : [email protected]

BANK DETAILS :

A/C HOLDER’S NAME: Orange Jacket Adventures LLP
A/c No : 169105000957
RTGS/NEFT IFSC CODE : ICIC0001691
BANK NAME AND BRANCH: ICICI , Thoppumpady
Account type : Current account

UPI : 9746721789.ibz@icici

DO YOU HAVE A CANCELLATION POLICY ?

1. Before 45 days of trip, there will be 10% cancellation charge.
2. Before 30 days and within 44 days of arrival, there will be 25% cancellation charge.
3. Before 15 days and within 29 days of arrival ,there will be 50% cancellation charge.
4. Within 14 days of trip there will be 100% cancellation charges. All this been said if you or me can find a replacement for the slot. I will be happy to refund the entire amount. 🙂

HOW SAFE IS IT , IN REGARDS TO COVID-19 ?

Here is our 9 point checklist that we follow with regards to OJ trips.

1. Our trippers will be asked to get -ve RTpcr certificate before they arrive.
2. You will staying at a hotel where we are the only guests. its more like a guesthouse.
3. Your tempo traveller will be sanitised before it reaches you.
4. Your driver is also tested -ve RTpcr before our trip starts.
5. We ask our trippers to keep themselves away from any crowded space 2 weeks before the trip.
6. We ask our trippers to be careful of the restaurants and hotels that they might go before and after your trek.
7. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, cold, shortness of breath or fever ) are being asked to reschedule their trips/ treks.
8. On treks, we are providing hygiene sleeping bags to everyone. You will be using this throughout the trek and only return on the last day
9. On treks, every tent will have only 2 people compared to 3 ( which is the usual number at pre-covid era )

PACKING LIST FOR BHUTAN

For summers/ Autumn ( May- Oct )

Here’s a list of things to pack for the bhutan trip. The lowest temperature that we might get would be around close to 15 . Temperature will wary from 15-25 degrees through out the trip for may group trip.

*Things to pack *
1. *2 Fleece jacket
2. *3-4pants
3. * 5-6 shirts / t shirts
4. * Sunhat, cap
5. * Towel
6. *Goggles
7. * Shoes and socks: Proper sports shoes, 6 normal socks , slippers
8. * A day pack for the day outings
9. * Skin care essentials : Sunglasses with UV protection ,Lip balm Cold cream, Sunscreen lotion
10. * passport ofcourse
11. * 12-15 INR cash for lunch, dinner and any other extra expenses ( You can use INR itself there, most of your card wont work in bhutan , so bring cash )

For winters ( Dec- March )

1. You need to bring your voters ID / Passport (with at least 6 months validity remaining) for getting the permit along with 2 passport size photographs.
2. Clothes : 2 Fleece jacket , 3 Synthetic / cotton pants ,4 Full sleeves tees , Sunhat , Woollen head-scarf/ muffler ,Towel , 2 pair of thermals , 1 down jacket ( zero degree equivalent ), Water proof jacket or poncho.
3. Shoes & socks: High ankle shoes , cotton socks
4. Skin care essentials : Sunglasses with UV protection ,Lip balm Cold cream, Sunscreen lotioniv)Other accessories : LED Torch/ headlamps (If already bought)

I AM COMING SOLO. IS THAT A PROBLEM ?

Most people come alone for my trips. About 25% of the people bring a friend or partner.Honestly It really doesn’t matter. I have seen on all the batches I have lead. Most people really gel with everyone, even the ones who thought wouldn’t gel up, surprise themselves always with the way they got comfortable with everyone.

YOUR ITINERARY LOOKS DIFFICULT FOR ME. CAN I DO IT ?

Each trek/ trip is rated according to the number of days we spend outdoors . If you aren’t sure where to start, go with an easy trip or trek.

For trips,
I dreamed of trips where we could go out hike , get exhausted , come back to hotel and have a great evening. This is exactly why some of my trips have Day hikes in it. It is a perfect chance for people who have never hiked in their entire life. Don’t worry, We are there :).

For treks,
You can start with Sandhakphu or Chandrashila . You can also benchmark yourself for the treks.
#If you can run for 30 mins and cover around 3-3.5 km , then you can go ahead with an easy trek
#If you can run for 30 mins and cover around 3.5-4 km , then you can go ahead with an moderate trek
#If you can run for 30 mins and cover around 4-5 km , then you can go ahead with an difficult trek

If you have never done a high altitude trek, then start with a easy or Easy- moderate trek. That way you will understand how your body reacts to high altitude and you can check you cardio strength too.

WHAT ARE TRIPS LIKE ?

Usually, most batch sizes are between 12-20 people who are aged between 16-38. Most people come alone or with a friend. The trip would feel like you are travelling more with college friends than strangers. We tend to do more outdoorsy things than regular trips .

For example : If we find a very pretty waterfall/ a beautiful sunset / Rainbow on the way. We would stop the vehicle right away to catch the beauty of it.

We usually sleep very late on these trips as we play a lot of group games and most people feel they will miss the precious time with the group members and decides to stay awake.

I HAVEN’T HEARD ABOUT THIS COMPANY BEFORE, WHERE CAN I READ MORE ?

Here are few places you can read more about the brand and trips

#About me
#Testimonials
#Instagram page

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BHUTAN BACKPACKING
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Get ready to explore Bhutan with One in the Orange Jacket. You’ve seen Bhutan in films & You’ve read in blog posts. Now it is time to live your own adventure in our Bhutan backpacking trip

Product Currency: INR

Product Price: 35500

Price Valid Until: 2023-12-25

Product In-Stock: InStock

Editor's Rating:
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WANT A PRIVATE TOUR ? ( NOT GROUP TOUR )

Take a private trip with your partner, close friends or family by booking private Bhutan trip with us:

Cost for 2 people : 48500

Cost for 4 people: 37500

Cost for 6 people: 35500


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