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  • 1. Registered with the Tourism Council of Bhutan. Recognized by the Royal Government of Bhutan Member of Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO)
  • 2. Unspoiled and untouched, Bhutan, the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon' opened its doors to travelers in the 1970’s. Visitors are still few and the Bhutanese way of life, with its small colorful towns and villages, has remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Bhutan's landscape of mountains and green valleys and its strong Buddhist religion shape the kingdom's identity with monasteries and chapels scattered throughout the land. Traditional life is maintained, with the Bhutanese obliged to wear national dress in public, and festivals are colorful and noisy events, gathering together people from all over the country in a blur of music and dance. Bhutan is an extraordinary place, unlike anywhere else and you will never forget a visit to this ancient kingdom. Travel through Bhutan’s ethereal landscape on the way to the wild centre, past golden roofed monasteries and prayer flag covered hilltops, through emerald valleys and ancient forests surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. This is a truly magical journey through the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, with accommodation split between the luxury resort of Uma Paro, and carefully-sourced traditional hotels in the less developed regions. The adventure starts with an exploration of the bustling markets and colorful museums of the capital city of Thimphu, before heading over the spectacular Dochhula Pass and following the Mo Chhu (Mother River) to Punakha and the Chimmi Lhakhang (also known as the 'Divine Madman’s temple'). Absorbing this Himalayan kingdom’s Buddhist culture along the way, your journey continues through the Black Mountains past yaks grazing on dwarf bamboo to reach the sacred heart of Bhutan: the beautifully rustic and deeply spiritual four valleys of Bumthang. On the return journey you will stop over in Phobjikha, an unusually wide, beautiful alpine wetland valley where the rare Black Necked Cranes fly down from Tibet to spend the winter. Once settled into the 5 star Uma Paro, the main temples, monasteries and dzongs of the Paro Valley are on your doorstep with the awe inspiring walk up to the Tiger’s Nest monastery as a fitting highlight to end this exploration of the Land of the Thunder dragon.
  • 3. Principle: High value and low volume.  Bhutan is cautiously opening its Tourism products to the outside world through government regulated tariffs.  Government monitors tourism products, facilities and infrastructures. Visa Formalities:  Visa is required for traveling to Bhutan and is processed in Thimphu through a local Tour Operator such as Medieval Bhutan Tours.  All passport details should be forwarded to the Agent at least one month prior to the date of travel for visa processing.  Actual Visa is stamped in your passport only upon arrival in Bhutan with the support of the visa clearance, which will be sent to you in advance.  For all travelers, entering Bhutan visa Druk Air, visa clearance number is forwarded to the concerned overseas Druk Air Stations and without this clearance number, the passengers are not allowed to board the flight.  Visa fee is USD 20 per person and should be paid along with the Tour payment. Please download the visa form from our website www.medievalbhutan.com
  • 4. • Local partnerships • Work directly with service providers • Hiring of pack horses and yaks, trek assistants • Environmentally friendly/ culturally conscious • Practice responsible tourism • Travelers are well briefed on local culture • Sensitive to local and cultural etiquette and beliefs. • Value for money. • Secure, safe and comfortable journey-accommodations, meals and vehicles. • Experienced and knowledgeable guides. • Highly customized itinerary depending on interests and time frame. • Involve guides and service providers. www.medievalbhutan.com
  • 5. • Cultural tours. • Trekking. • Rafting and Kayaking. • Bird Watching. • Alpine Flower Tour. • Mountain Biking Tour. • Fishing Trip. • Textile Tour. www.medievalbhutan.com
  • 6. Trekking is an ideal way to get a sense of the country - the purity of natural beauty and purity of ancient civilization of Bhutan. Bhutan has been identified as ten of the biodiversity hot spots of the world. The best idea to be close with the biodiversity that confines of 770 species of birds, 50 species of rhododendron and variety of medical plants and orchids, variety of wildlife like snow leopard, takin, blue sheep, tiger, water buffalo, etc., is trekking. To feel the Cool Himalayas nothing is ultimately better than trekking. Get an unforgettable adventure with Medieval Bhutan Tours. You can even choose your own itinerary and we will do our best to accommodate that. www.medievalbhutan.com
  • 7. DrukPathTrek: It is a 5 day trek , and goes to a high altitude and is moderately strenuous. The trek route passes through some beautiful high altitude lakes. It starts in Paro and ends in Thimphu. The highest point is 3,800meters. Jumolhari Trek: This is a classic 9-day trek starting from (DrukgyalDzong) Paro and ending at Dodena near Thimphu. The route passes through two high passes from Jangothang .The views of Jumolhari mountain(7,314m) from Jangothang is spectacular. Dur Hot Spring Trek : This trek is particularly famous for its hot springs. During this trek, you will see spectacular mountain scenery, remote and dramatic monasteries and pristine Himalayan culture. Gangtey Trek: This is a 3-day trek at relatively low elevations, which visits several remote villages. Snowman Trek: The Snowman trek is considered one of the most difficult and the toughest trek in the world. The Combination of distance, altitude, remoteness, snow filled passes and weather conditions makes this trek very challenging but adventurous and thrilling.
  • 8. Bhutan Medieval Tours will take you to the modern ancient Bhutan and showcase the culture which our forefather has carefully guarded in its purest form. Bhutanese believe that other than the preservation of the culture and revered values. The cultural tours organized by Bhutan excursion gives you insight into the people, the culture, tradition, ecology and religion of the country. Cultural tours into Bhutan will take you to the picturesque arts and architectures of Bhutan. One will witness the unique festivals of Tsechus which are conducted in almost all the dzongs, monasteries and in important cultural places. The dzongs, monasteries, chortens and traditional Bhutanese houses provides you the spectacular splendor of Bhutanese architecture.
  • 9. WESTERN HEARTLANDS TOURS: The Majestic Kingdom, nestled high in the tranquil Himalayas is a haven to rich bio-diversity, vibrant religion, unique arts, rich history, cultural splendor, heritage and scenic grandeur. MAGICAL EASTERN TOURS: This tour provides an insight into the remoteness of the country’s Far East, a region famous for hand woven textiles, the people completely different from other region. SACRED CENTRAL TOURS: This tour will take you deep into the heart of the beautiful Bumthang valley, crossing three high mountains passes: Dochula at 3100m, Pelela at 3300m and Yotongla, the highest at 3400m. GLIMPSE OF LAST SANGRILA: This short tour gives the visitor an introduction to Bhutan, with a chance to see parts of the fertile Paro Valley, as well as Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital.
  • 10. Be a part of few westerners who have enjoyed the fascinating Tsechu festivals of Bhutan. The Tsechus are Buddhist religious festivals where masked dances depicting the events from the life of Padmasambhava, the eighth century Nyingmapa Buddhist teacher, are staged. The Tsechu festival, provide the local populace with a wonderful occasion to dress up, gather together, and enjoy, in a convivial light-hearted atmosphere. It is also an occasion to renew their faith and receive blessings by watching the sacred dances, or receiving ‘empowerment’ from a lama or Buddhist monk. At Paro, a large and beautifully appliquéd ‘thanka’ scroll known as a Tongdrol is exhibited for a few hours, at day break of the final day of the festival, enabling the people to obtain its blessing, as this holy scroll ‘confers liberation by the mere sight of it’. www.medievalbhutan.com
  • 11.  Druk Air: The only airline that operates in Bhutan and operates 2 Airbus (with 150 capacity) and flies to and from the following destinations: Bangkok, Delhi, Bagdogra, Calcutta and Kathmandu.  Note: Please contact us for the Druk Air fares for different sectors or visit our site www.medievalbhutan.com  By Road: Enter via Phuntsholing Geylegphu and Samdrup Jongkhar in southern Bhutan. Exit via Phuntsholing Geylegphu and Samdrup Jongkhar. When to visit Bhutan: PEAK SEASON MONTHS: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December. LEAN SEASON MONTHS: July and August. Note: We have different tariff for Peak and Lean seasons.
  • 12. The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:  The Tariff given below is valid till 31st December 2009.  High Season Tariff–US$200 per person per night halt  (January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December).  Low Season Tariff–US$ 165 per person per night halt (July and August).  Surcharge: Individual tourist and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:  Single individual US$ 40 per night.  Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night.  The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge. www.medievalbhutan.com
  • 13.  The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.  The minimum daily package rates shall be inclusive of the following: a)Royalty b)Charges for accommodation c)Food and Beverages as per the ‘minimum meal Entitlements’ d)Service of Guides e)Transport within Bhutan f )Riding ponies and pack animals on treks  The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis. The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. List of hotel and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation updated from time to time shall be issued by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. www.medievalbhutan.com
  • 14.  There shall be on charge for children up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders/guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates.  Full time students below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discounts on daily rates.  A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.  A discount of 10% on the daily rates shall be provided for halts between 11 to 20 nights and 20% discount on halts beyond 21 nights.  Visitors availing discounts under Section A, B & C shall not be eligible for discount under E. www.medievalbhutan.com
  • 15. The Royal Government of Bhutan has approved accommodations to be used for the International Tourists. These accommodations are categorized in to Class A, B, C & D depending on the facilities available. Class A being the best and D being the lowest category. We use A Class Hotels and Resorts in different locations. Luxury Hotels & Resorts: Which do not fall under government categorization of Hotels (They have their own price structures), some of which are: Uma Resort(Paro), Aman Resorts (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Bumthang), Zhiwaling (Paro), Taj Tashi(Thimphu), Termalinca(Thimphu).
  • 16.  Imported Japanese SUV s for small group (1–2pax).  Imported Japanese Mini bus for 3 pax–7 pax.  Imported Japanese Coaster bus for 8 pax and more.  We use Toyota Land Cruisers and Toyota Prado for High-end clients.
  • 17. As a part of the Service industry and dedicated to showcase the unique culture and products of Bhutan, we are committed to offer you the best of Bhutanese hospitality. Hope you will enjoy your stay in Bhutan whether you will be coming for a relaxing holiday or a business trip. THANK YOU AND TASHI DELEK E mail : druk_t@medievalbhutan.com Medieval Bhutan Tours druktshe@gmail.com Below JDWNRH Phone : +975-2-332229 Po box : 300 Mobile : +975- 17636615 Thimphu, Bhutan Website : www.medievalbhutan.com