Masutake Festival Tour

Description: Bhutan has a very rich flora and fauna. The habitats found here range from the tropical climatic zone to the high altitude temperate zone. The country has a high percentage of land under forest, with 72% tree cover. The forest from 1200m to 4800m elevation has an abundance of rhododendron species.

During the months of April to July, the forests become enchanted with the brilliant display of blooming rhododendrons. Many species of rhododendron are found to exist in assemblages that vary according to changes in altitude, aspect and longitudinal east-west axis. There are more than 1200 species of rhododendrons worldwide, with diverse forms, ranging from creeping shrubs to moderate sized trees. Flowering with shades of pink, red and yellow, rhododendrons occur in the temperate regions of the world with about 700 species in cultivation, most being Sino-Himalayan species.

In Bhutan, of the 46 species recorded so far, four species have found to be endemic. You can explore one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers, on this three-week trip that will enthrall you by its natural beauty, mystical religion, vibrant culture, and charming people. 

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

•    Visit  Paro Ta Dzong
•     RinpungDzong

Day2 :Thimphu Sight Seeing

Things to do
•    Change money at the Bhutan National Bank.
•    Visit the Memorial Chorten,
•    Buddha statue at Kuenselphrodrang.
•    Purchase world’s most beautiful postage stamps.
•    Visit the Painting School
•    Visit the Textile museum
•    Visit TashichhoDzong
•    Visit the weekly sunday market.
•    Drive up to viewpoint
•    Evening: downtown Thimphu on foot visiting Handicrafts Emporium and other Arts & Crafts stores.

Accomodation
•    Tashi Taj
•    Tara phendeyling

Day 3 : Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdiphodrang

Things to do
•    drive to Punakha and Wangdiphodrang.
•    Hike to ChimiLhakhang
•    visit the PunakhaDzong,

Accomodation
•    Amonkora
•    Vara

Day4 : Punakha – Bumthang

Things to do
•    drive to Bumthang valley,
•    Sightseeing

Accomodation
•    Peling

Day 5: Bumthang Sightseeing Matsutake Festival.
Things To Do

•     drive to Ura Valley for the Masutake Festival.
•    Visit the member Tso “The flaming Lake
Accomodation
•    Jakar lodge

Day 6: Bumthang Sightseeing

Things to do
•    visit the historical JakarDzong
•    Visit the Jambaylhakhang,
•     KurjeyLhakhang,
•    Kencho Sum Lhakhang,
•    Tamshing
•    Bhutan swiss farm

Accomodation
•    Peling
•    Jakar lodge

Day 7: Early Breakfast, Drive To Gangtey ( From Bumthang).

•    Drive to Phobjikha
•     visit the Trongsa Dzong
•     Visit ta Dzong

Accomodation
•    Wangchuk lodge
•    Dewachen

Day 8: Gangtey Gompa Sightseeing And Drive To Paro.

Things to do
•    visit the Nature Education Center,
•    the carpet factory
•    sacred GangteyMonastery,

Accomodation
•    Amonkora
•    Tashi Namgay

Day 9. Visit Taktsang Monastery (10 Kms) From Paro Town.

Things to do
•    Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
•    visit the 7th century KyichuLhakhang
•    Evening: Casual stroll through Paro Town for shopping or visit some village homes.
•    Fare well dinner and Private Cultural programs in the evening.

Accomodation
•    Le Meridien
•    Mandala

Day10 – 28th August: Morning Departure From Paro Airport.

After the breakfast the tour guide and driver will drop you to airport for the departure flight.

we hope to provide the ultimate best value for all our guests. We choose some of the finest hotels, offer free upgrades to make our visitors feel the most welcomed and well-taken care of while traveling in Bhutan. We take pride in providing first class accommodations for our travelers.

A wide variety of accommodations are available ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to cozy little hotels, homestays in traditional Bhutanese homes to camping under the stars. Visitors can be assured of comfort, ambiance and hospitality.

The types of accommodations can be divided into:

  • Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels and Resorts
  • Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains
  • Village Homestay
  • Camping
  • Government Categorized 3 Star Hotels & Resorts

Hotels in Bhutan are rated according to a National 5 Star rating System. All Tour Operators are required to provide their guests with Government Categorized Hotels and Resorts, a minimum of 3 Star accommodations so you can be assured of your comfort. Most hotels provide their guests with Basic Necessities, Room Service, Free Wi-fi, Television and some of them also have Fitness Centers and Spas

Luxurious 4 Star Hotels & 5 Star International Hotel Chains

The luxury packages are based on 4 star luxury hotels and 5 star International Hotels Chain (Aman Kora, COMO Uma, Zhiwaling, Le Meridien and Taj Tashi) with extra charges in addition to the Mandatory Daily Tariff of USD $250/person/night.

Village Homestay

Visitors also have the option of spending a night in a traditional Bhutanese Farm House with a Bhutanese family. Agriculture is still one of the major sources of livelihood among the Bhutanese people and a farm-stay will give you an excellent glimpse into the day-to-day life of a typical Bhutanese family. You’ll be able to observe age old Bhutanese farming traditions as the family goes about its daily tasks. You’ll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.

Camping

There’s nothing like camping in some of the most breath taking landscapes of Bhutan. Visitors embarking on long treks will be provided with tents and whatever other camping equipment is deemed necessary. Regardless of where you stay, visitors can be assured of their comfort and traditional Bhutanese hospitality.

What is included in this tour?

  • Wedding ceremony in Bhutanese style
  • Tours specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4 star hotel/ Complimentary Deluxe rooms.
  • Meals (Breakfast; lunch; dinner, mineral water) as per your choice
  • Transportation within Bhutan (Toyota Hiace Bus/High roof)
  • Services of experienced and licensed culture tour guide
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees
  • US $ 10 per pax for Tourism Development Fund
  • Visa fee of US$ 40 per person
  • Tax and government royalty

 

Whats not included in this tour.

  • Air fare
  • Travel and health Insurance( All medical facilities in Bhutan is free )
  • Laundry, telephone, mobile, fax and Internet bills (Hotels in Bhutan provide free wifi facilities)
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Alcohol, beverages in resorts.
  • Shopping and Entertainment

How can we confirm our Bhutan visa and tour?

Your Bhutan Visa and Bhutan tour will be 100% confirmed once the company receives your full payment. You will receive you Bhutan Visa and confirmed tickets 24-48 hours after you transfer us the full tour payment.

 

When is the best time to travel Bhutan?

You can visit western Bhutan (Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang) anytime of the year. Avoid central and eastern Bhutan during the monsoon months of July and August when the weather is sometimes a little wet for sightseeing

 

Would we need travel insurance?

All visitors in Bhutan are advised to get their insurance coverage from their own country.

 

Is a tipping standard practice in Bhutan?

Yes, tipping is a standard practice in Bhutan and it is part of a Bhutanese culture. All your service staff such as guide, driver, hotels staff will expect tips from you at the end of the service.

 

What kind of travel guides can we expect?

Licensed Bhutanese travel guides will introduce you to the many facets of this interesting country. The English-speaking guides undergo regular training and, where required, specialized guides will lead you on bird watching, botany or other special tours.