Youth Expedition to Bhutan 2015

 

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Bhutan Tsechu

Date: 4-10 July2015

Deadline: 4th June 2015

Age: 15-25 years old (proved by valid Student ID)

Group size: 20 persons for students

Language: English will be a primary language during the event

Accommodation: 3* accommodation and hotels approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan

Event contact point

Contact Person: Judy
e-mail: globaltourplanner@gmail.com

Line ID: 1236a

We Chat: globaltourplanner

Host:

Bangkok Thailand Office:

Global Tour Planner

Tourism Authority of Thailand License: TAT#11/06072

Bhutan Office:

Maebar TravelLicence No 1024254.

Tourism Council of Bhutan Registration No:TCB/ OPR-5/ 676

Document required for VISA application         (submit 1 month before travel date)

  • Color scanned in high resolution of valid passport (should be minimum of 6 months upon the return date)

  • 100% tour tariff

  • Information required for VISA application form

    • Permanent address

    • Present address

    • Occupation/Position

    • Work/Organization Name & address

    • Educational level

    • Place of passport issued (city + country)

  • Information for service

    • Allergic food

    • Underlying disease (if have)

    • Contactable Mobile number on travel date

Expenses:
(Good news! we got the special price for air ticket from Bangkok to Paro. So we had adjusted the price for you.)

  1. Student – 62,000 THB / 2,000 USD

  2. Parent/Relative – 64,000 THB / 2,070 USD

Donate 10USD to YDF

 The Cost is inclusive of the following:

  1. Air ticket + Taxes (Returns ticket Bangkok – Paro) – If you need to fly from other destination, please write to me. I can adjust the flight route and price upon your request.

  2. Transportation within Bhutan

  3. Local English speaking guide & staffs

  4. Deluxe Hotel for 2-3 persons per room

  5. Bhutan Visa

  6. Bhutan Tourism Development Fund

  7. Entrance fees to temples and monuments

  8. Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner as specified in itinerary

  9. Travel Insurance

The cost does not include:

  1. All expenses out of the itinerary

  2. Charge cost for luggage exceed weight

  3. Tips to Guide and Driver

  4. Phone calls, sim card

  5. Laundry bills

  6. Drinks and Beverages out of program

  7. Pony or Horse riding services

  8. Hot Stone Bath services

Complimentary: Coffee and Tea/ Mineral Water / Dress in Bhutanese traditional dresses (Kho for man and Kira for woman).

How to register:

  1. Send all document required to e-mail: globaltourplanner@gmail.com

  2. Remit your registration fee to:

You can do wire transfer to either Bhutan’s or Thailand’s Bank Account.

Bank Details:

Bhutan

Name of Bank: Bhutan National Bank Ltd.,

Address: Post Box No.439, GPO Building, Changlam, ThimphuBank Details:
SWIFT CODE : BNBTBTBT

Account Name:    Maebar Travel

Address: P.O. Box no.1650, Above RICB, Thimphu,

BhutanAccount no: 0000052814015

Account Holder’s CID : 11503000573

Fix Line : +975-2-337559

e-mail: globaltourplanner@gmail.com

Thailand

Name of Bank:    KASIKORNBANK PCL.,THAILAND

BRANCH: PHAHOLYOTHIN

BANK ADDRESS: 400/22 PHAHOLYOTHIN RD., SAMSENNAI, PHAYATHAI,BANGKOK 10400

SWIFT CODE: KASITHBK

TEL.: (662)273-1032-33 / FAX: (662)273-1011

Account Name: JUTARAT SUKSAEREESARP

Account Number: 799-2-27888-3

ADDRESS: 11/118 NGAMWONGWAN RD., A.MUANG, NONTHABURI 11000

TEL.: (668)66677011 / FAX: (662)9527714

E-MAIL: GLOBALTOURPLANNER@GMAIL.COM

  1. VISA ProcedureSend slip money transfer to e-mail: globaltourplanner@gmail.com

  2. Booking will be completed only when the full payment has reached us.

  • We will handle the visa procedure for you.

  • The Government of Bhutan will sanction the visa only after the receipt of the full payment in advance.

  • Visa fee is paid along with the tour payment and the actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped on your passport on arrival at Paro Airport.

  • Need full payment within 4th June 2015 to allow time for processing.

Conditions

  1. The Government of Bhutan will sanction the visa only after the receipt of the full payment in advance.

  2. Cancellation

    1. Before getting Bhutan Visa, charges 20% of tour price.

    2. After getting Bhutan Visa, no refund

  3. If you cancel any program during the trip, no refund.

  4. In case of denied by immigration officer either in Bangkok or Bhutan, no refund

  5. Air Ticket cancellation charge policy is upon the airlines’ policy.

Things to bring

Camera, battery, charger, memory card or film, sunglasses, high PH+ sun block lotion, warm jacket for temperature around 10 – 25C, comfortable walking shoes or sneakers, personal medicine, alarm clock, universal plug adapter, umbrella or raincoat.

Since you are on a vehicle-based cultural tour, it’s OK to bring a hard suitcase, though a soft bag is more versatile and easier to pack into the luggage space of a vehicle.  You will also want a small rucksack (back pack) or waist pack to carry your camera, water bottle and other essentials in the vehicle and when you are walking around town or visiting monuments. Please carry some extra batteries for your camera as well.

Dress code for enter to Bhutan’s Fortress are as follow: –

  • T-Shirts or full sleeves should be with collar or can wear Jacket on top of your short sleeves T-shirts. For woman, besides having collar, then the T-Shirt sleeves should be full sleeves too. Except for color T-Shirt, the sleeves can be at elbow length. Woman can just wear Jacket on top too.

  • For skirts, it has to cover till ankle. If wear knee length skirt, then need to have long john or full stockings.

  • No shorts/half pants/track pants allowed

  • No hats and caps permitted inside the fortresses (Dzongs in Bhutanese language)

Average Temperature

 

June

 

Town

Max(°C)

Min(°C)

Paro

25.0

15.0

Little rain

Thimphu

24.0

14.0

Wangdue

25.0

14.0

Punakha

25.0

14.0

Phobjikha

22.0

9.0

Haa Valley

22.0

9.0

Benefit of the Expedition:

  1. Culture ; Bhutan has been blessed with a rich cultural heritage inspired by Buddhism since the early 8th century that shapes everyday lives of the people. It’s common to see honesty, simplicity, friendliness and a willingness to help other people and animals in a Bhutanese society. The government and the citizens value inner wellbeing and happiness of oneself and others far more than material achievement hence the entire system and policy of the country in based on GNH (gross national happiness) rather than GDP (gross domestic product). Bhutan has lot to offer to the young mind of youths and the outside world in terms of family values, respect, good will, and compassion.

  2. Exchange program; We will be bringing many opportunity for close interaction with the youth of Bhutan and locals everyday during the tour and also a visit to certain museum, temple, fortress, public gathering and village homes would give you some direct experience of the Bhutanese way of life.

  3. All in English

Program Details:

Day

Route

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Overnight

D1

BKK – Paro – Haa

– Depart from BKK –Suvarnabhumi International Airport- Arrival Paro International Airport

– Visit National Musuem

– Rinpung Dzong- Drive to Haa Valley. En route stop at the highest motor way in Bhutan at Chelela Pass

– Continue driving to Haa

– Visit Haa Festival

Haa

D2

Haa – Thimphu

– Haa Festival in Traditional Dress

– Drive to Thimphu

– Takin Zoo- Thimphu Town

– Tachichodzong

Thimphu

D3

Thimphu – Punakha

– Dochula Pass- 108 Stupa- Drukwangyel

– Thinleygang School- Punakha Dzong

– Chimi lhakhang- Local Market

Punakha

D4

Punakha – Phobjikha

– Punakha – Phobjikha

– Gangtey Monastery-Black Necked Crane Info Centre

– Explore 300 years old traditional Farm House- Learn how to make Butter Tea in Traditional Bhutanese Style

Phobjikha

D5

Phobjikha – Thimphu – Paro

– Phobjikha – Thimphu

– Post Office- TamchokLhakhang

Paro town for souvenir

Paro

D6

Taktsang

Tiger’s Nest Excursion

Farewell Party with Cultural show

Paro

D7

Depart to BKK

The program is subject to change without prior notice

About Bhutan

Bhutan’s appeal lies in the simplicity of warm and friendly people, rich culture and tradition, exotic landscapes, stunning architecture of Dzongs(fortresses), monasteries and temples.

Nestled in the heart of Himalayas between India and china, Bhutan has remained an enigma to the outside world owing to its self-imposed isolation. Despite opening its windows to the outside world by introducing tourism in 1974, Bhutan has retained its distinct identity and culture in an age when identities are in state of flux.

Bhutan as it may seem almost invisible on the world map is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

Bhutan has balanced modernization with its ancient culture and traditions under the guiding philosophy of Gross national Happiness (GNH). Rampant destruction of the environment has been avoided. The government takes great measures to preserve the nation’s traditional culture, identity and the environment. In 2006, Business Week magazine rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia, citing a global survey conducted by the University of Leicester in 2006 called the “World Map of Happiness”.

Currency

Ngultrum, the currency of Bhutan, has the same value as the Indian rupee, which is also a legal tender. One US$ is roughly equal to 45 NU. And 1 NU = 0.7 THB or 1 THB = 1.5 NU.

Time

The timing of Bhutan is one hour behind Thailand. For example, 9am. in Bhutan is 10am. in Thailand.

The timing of India is 1 hr 15 min behind Thailand. For example 9am. in India is 10:15am. in Thailand.

Electricity

Bhutan: 220V, 50Hz

Bhutan Plug

Recommended: Please bring universal adapter with you.

Telephone

Bhutan country code is 975

Thailand country code is 66

 Internet in Hotel

Most hotels have WiFi services for free.

 Shopping List: 

– Thagzo – the fine woven fabric with traditional patterns about 30 – 3,500 USD

– Bhutanese traditional dress – ready made one is around 20USD

– Bhutanese Stamp – world famous stamp – can buy in the post office in Thimphu and some souvenir shops in Thimphu and Paro. In post office, there will be more collection of stamp to sell. There is special showroom for stamp in Thimphu Post Office.

– Thangka – is a Tibetanpainting with embroidery, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, famous scene, or mandala of some sort. Price is vary for 30-700 USD depends on the material.

– Jewel & Silver & Stone accessories

– Wood crafts e.g. Buddhist deity’s mask.

– Wickerwork

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Import regulations

Bhutan

– Cigarettes and any other tobacco related products are forbidden in the kingdom. For personal consumption passengers are permitted to bring in 200 cigarettes (10 packets – 1 ctn) on payment of 100 per cent custom duty and 100 per cent sales tax.

– Alcohol beverage upto 1 litre for personal consumption

Any excess in quantity will be subject to confiscation.

A tourist shall be allowed to import temporarily free of Customs duty his/her personal effects and articles required for the visit, provided that the items imported are for personal use and that the items will be re-exported with them when they leave Bhutan.

 Thailand

Each passenger holding a passport of his/her own, irrespective of age is allowed:

– 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco or equal weight of cigars.

– 1 litre of alcoholic liquor

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Rules for taking Liquids, Aerosols and Gels through Suvarnabhumi Airport (Thailand).

If you wish to take liquids, aerosols and gels which include items such as drinks, creams, perfumes, sprays, gels, toothpaste, lipstick, lip balm and similar substances. Items through the screening point as “carry on” make sure:

– Each item is 100ml or less

– All items fit in a transparent, one liter bag. (about 20x20cm)

– The bag is sealed.

– Only one bag per person is allowed.

– If the items weigh more than 100ml, place them in your check-in baggage. Kindly adhere by the rules as items once seized are not returned.

Remark: All the information mentioned above are based on those valid at the time of printing and are therefore subject to change.

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Airlines regulations

Check-in

The reporting time is three hours prior to flight departure. All countries are closed 30-45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of the flight. Check-in counters at Delhi will close one hour prior to the scheduled departure of the flights.

Baggages

FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

The free baggage allowances on scheduled international flights are as follows:

BUSINESS CLASS 40 kg (68POUNDS)
ECONOMY CLASS 30 kg (44 pounds)

Please observe that the weight of your unchecked baggage/cabin baggage is part of you free baggage allowance.

 

The following Articles may be carried free of charge over and above the Free Baggage Allowance

  • A lady’s handbag, pocket book or purse, which is appropriate to normal traveling dress and which is not being used as a container to carry articles which would otherwise be regarded as baggage.

  • An overcoat wrap or blanket

  • An umbrella or walking stick

  • A small camera and/or a pair of binoculars

  • A reasonable amount of reading matter for the flight

  • Infant’s food for consumption in flight and infant’s carrying basket

  • An invalid’s fully collapsible wheelchair and/or crutches or other prosthetic device for the passenger’s use provided the passenger is dependent on them

All other articles – such as flight bags, briefcases, typewriters, ladies vanity cases, large size cameras, etc… – will be weighed and, if applicable, excess baggage charges will be levied.

Unchecked Baggage/cabin Baggage – Special Regulations

  • Your cabin baggage must be placed under the seat in front of your own. Therefore the overall dimensions are limited to 45 + 35 + 20 cm (17 ½ + 13 ½ +8 inches). The weight must not exceed 5 kg (11 pounds)

  • These regulations shall ensure that the cabin baggage will not impede evacuation of aircraft cabin in case of emergency.

  • Please consider this when packing your baggage and kindly ensure that any item exceeding the above limitations is sent as checked baggage.

  • Spot checks will be performed during embarkation to ensure that these regulations are being followed

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 TRAVEL INSURANCE

We have bought travel insurance for you for the whole trip mentioned above.

Insurance company: Muang Thai Insurance Public Co., Ltd.

Insurance coverage: 1,000,000 THB

Insurance Agreement under this Insurance Policy

  1. The person who has been covered or the Insured person means the tourist who buys the sightseeing ticket from the Insured and is in the period of using the service provided by the Insured with a maximum period not more than 15 days.

  2. The policy shall be effective immediately upon departure up to the end of the journey as per the schedule set out for the tourist in each trip.

  3. This insurance does not cover the Insured Person in case of murder or assault.

  4. This insurance has been extended to cover the Insured Person while driving or riding on the motorcycle but not include motorcycle racing or aped testing.

  5. This insurance does not cover terrorism, strike, riot, snorkeling, scuba, medical treatment, dentistry, back pain, food poisoning.

  6. In case that the Insured Person suffered accident caused by vehicle or motorcycle shall request the indemnification in respect of medical expenses from the Motor Compulsory Third Party Insurance (C.T.P) first which can be pain within 7 days.

  7. The age limit for this insurance is from 1 year old up to the maximum age of 85 years old.

Benefit

100% claimable when:

Loss of Life, two sides Dismemberment, Loss of sights (two side), or one side Dismemberment plus loss of sight (one side) or Total Permanent Disability….all above are due to Accident

60% claimable when:

One side Dismemberment, Loss of sight (one side)

For this insurance, the Company will indemnify the Medical Expenses which the Insured has actually paid but not exceeding 100,000 THB and will increase the limit of Medical Expenses in case of I.C.U. by another 25% of the limit of Medical Expenses but not over 125,000THB per occurrence in case of accident and needs to be admitted to I.C.U.

The maximum amount of cover does not exceed 20,000,000 THB per occurrence.

Document required

1) Original Receipt 2) Medical Certificate 3) Notice from Police (If have)

Send the document to globaltourplanner@gmail.com, Tel.+66866677011

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Attractions in the program

National Museum (Ta-Dzong).Once the watch tower for the RinpungDzong( Fortress), it was converted into the national Museum in 1968 (one of the best museums of Asia). The museum stands on a promontory overlooking the Paro valley in all its glory.Today, the museum is under renovation because of the heavy impact from earthquake in October 2011.All the treasures had moved to show at the temporary building nearby.

Rinpung Dzong (fortress of the “heap of jewels”). A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guard houses to the Dzong. Today, this massive fortress built in 1645 AD is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the most beautiful in the nation.

Haa Valley, which was opened to tourism only in 2002. The pristine Haa Valley is surrounded by forested hillsides full of ancient shrines, while the narrow valley floor is dotted with fields of millet, barley, and potatoes. Its farmhouses are adorned with intricately painted wooden cornices and ornately carved window frames. This is a beautiful, somewhat wild place high up in the mountains.

The animal sanctuary(Takin Zoo) Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. It is considered Endangered Species.

TashichhoDzong – the main Secretariat Building.  This massive structure houses part of the Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room.  It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot.

Dochula passis located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.

108 Stupa or 108 Chortens known as the Drukwangyal Chortens- the construction of these 108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The pass is also popular spiritual destination for both locals and tourists because an important temple is located on the crest of Dochula pass.

The DrukWangyalLhakhang(temple) was built in honor of His Majesty the fourth DrukGyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The past and future appears to merge in the details of the lhakhang (temple) and its structure tells the story of a supreme warrior figure, whose vision pierces the distant future in a fine blend of history and mythology.

PunakhaDzong, “Palace of Great Happiness”. PunakhaDzong is the former winter Capital and at present day hosts the administrative seat of the district. Also the winter residence of the central monastic body and its Chief Abbot. The Dzong lies between two rivers, the Pochu and Mochu, male and female river.  It was built in 1637 AD It was here on 17th December 1907, Bhutan’s first king was crowned. It’s named as the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan.

ChimiLhakhang

After lunch take a short hike through  beautiful rice field to ChimiLhakhang  to visit the temple of one of Bhutan’s foremost saint, Lama Drukpa Kunley, also known as the “Divine Madman”.  This temple is called the Temple of Fertility as it is believed that childless couples who come here to pray for a child is usually blessed with a male child. Childless couples from all over come to seek blessings for progeny.

Phobjikha

As you enter Phobjikha, “the valley of the Drawf bamboo shoots” you will find it as one of the most beautiful valleys in the country. This place is the winter home of the endangered black necked cranes who migrates from Tibetan plateau and China.

GangteyGomba, one of the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan.

Phobjikha Farmer House

Interact with the villagers and have traditional tea & snack at their home

Postage stamps of Bhutan is the world class quality stamp.

Tamchok Lhakhang Bridge built by ThangthongGyelpo or the Iron bridge builder as he known. This former saint from the 15th century.

Taktsang Monastery (10 km) from Paro Town.The name Taktsang Means “Tiger’s Nest”.  The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m.  And overlooks the Paro Valley and river.  It is believed during the second half of the 8th century Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress.ury introduced the art of building suspension bridges with iron chains.

Activitities

Archery / Bhutanese Dance / Bhutanese Farm House / Outdoor Activities / Traditional Dress / Interact with Bhutanese Youth

Archery in Bhutan

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Video about Bhutan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kIQHoFMP1Q

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzJDZoYpcY02SjpM8BxPSNzv-qhyaveiG

Photo Gallery of Bhutan

https://www.facebook.com/BhutanbyGlobalTourPlanner/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums

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