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What would be the recommendation for a trip in late February? Bhutan or Vietnam -- and the pros/cons to each.
Also, if you could give the top places to visit with the recommendation would be helpful; and, with a tour group or on our own with a few guided tours?
Thank you in advance.
Despite being on a budget, I'd really like to go to Bhutan. I'll be coming from Nepal. When I added up the airfair ($380), the $200 per day charge, the extra $40 as a solo traveler, the $20 VISA charge, and other taxes and fees I came across- I figure it'll be about $650 (minimum- not counting the cost of a soft drink, etc). I guess I have a few questions 1) Is it possible to fly in and out of Paro in one day? 2) Can I actually see enough in one day to feel like I've gotten a decent taste of Paro? 3) Are there extra fees I'm not considering?
I think it's completely ridiculous (considering my budget) that I'm even considering Bhutan, but I want to leave no stone unturned when considering visiting or skipping visiting the country.
If anyone has info to share, I'd be very grateful!
.WANGDIPHRODRANG DZONG DESTROYED BY FIRE Sunday 24. A very sad day for Bhutanese and Buddhists all over the world.We hope for the rebuilding work to start as soon as possible . Every Citizen of this National shall render all assistance possible.We shall Bring the Wangdi Dzong back to its former Glory. His Majesty at the site right now fighting the fire.But; Since the Dzong was under renovation before the fire, most of the sacred relics, which were relocated, have been saved.
is the link to a Bhutan news website
Are there buses everyday and do they often book out in advance? Also where do they leave from. I am flying to Kolkata on 21st Aug and want to go to Bhutan straight away. I'm looking for a tour company at the moment so any recommendations would be great.
I have travelled to Bhutan 2 times and it will not be a destination that i will be going back to.
1st time I was sexually offended by a guide, Pema wangda, and reported this to the Tourist Council of Bhutan.He is still doing guiding, as a free lance guide.
2nd time I trekked and payed an awful lot ot money for 3 weeks. Had a really bad guide, he is not even registred with tourist council of Bhutan neither as trekking or as coultoural guide.
you cannot trek or travel as an indepent person in Bhutan, so you need the help of your tour tour operater in Bhutan more than in any other destinations.
I'd love to visit Bhutan this fall, maybe late Sept or October. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of Tour Operators and and options. Would also love to avoid paying the single supplement if I could get on with another small group. I hope to arrive by air and leave by land to India, or the other way around depending on the timing. Interested in trekking and festivals and finding a good value with a great guide. Any advice helpful. Thanks!!
I'll be in Bhutan for a week in March 2013. Below is suggested itinerary from a tour operator. ( First time in Bhutan, so I'd love to see what's possible in a week :major sites, festival, archery tournament, I'm very interested in crafts, especially textiles..)
I understand dates for PARO TSHECHU are 23rd – 27th March, which days should I try to attend- beginning, end, all..??
I'll stay overnight in Kathmandu before flight to Paro, but on my way back my tkt Paro-Kathmandu is 7 am and then Kathmandu-Doha 23:30 same day..Is it safe or should I plan overnight again?
Please make any comments or suggestions. Any input is greatly appreciated!
" 23.10.13 - KATHMANDU – PARO BHUTAN - THIMPHU: flight to Paro Bhutan. On arrival you will be received by our guide who will bring you to Thimphu tha capital city of Bhutan approximately 50 minutes drive. Depe... more »
Hi all, I'm planning on a solo woman trip to Bhutan this June end. Hoping to cover Thimpu, Paro, Punakha/Wangdue, Bumthang unless land slips and rains play a spoil sport. I am an Indian national so I intend to travel independently, i.e. guideless. I'm in a bit of a fix, can't decide which place to get off, Bagdogra (n take the road to Phuentsholing) or New Jalpaiguri (continue by train to Hasimara and then by road to Phuentsholing). How's the Bagdogra to Phuentsholing journey, is it safe for a single woman traveller, how long does it take and cost? NJP to Phuentsholing route seems relatively uncomplicated but i still don't have train tickets to NJP! And should I prebook hotels or can I just land at the respective places and get acco. I'll probably be opting for budget or mid range hotels, depending on their state and mine! Any advice would be welcome, thanks!
My husband and I are planning a trip to Bhutan last week of September / first week of October. We are indians and im very confused on the daily rates.
By now i have understood that Indians are not charged the daily rates of $200. So what are the charges for Indians? Do we need to book everything on our own / through tour operators?
Also, am i right in assuming that Indians don't need a visa to enter Bhutan?
Please help! :P
I don't see a date in the online LP for this country. Is there any progress in the availaibility of ATMs in Bhutan? I noted a reference to travellers cheques - I haven't seen or used one in yonks. And I note a reference to the difficulty of using credit cards.
I am going there for business (though my wife is keen on being a tourist for some of the time).
Any current advice would be appreciated.
Of course, I can carry a stack of US dollars, as I had to do in Kabul but I would rather not.
I suppose there are a lot of travellers to Bhutan who have travelled there using two flight tickets. One to India or Nepal and one for Druk Air. What I need to know is if your baggage was checked in all the way to Paro or if you had to check it in at the airport you transfered at too?
I have a ticket from Tehran to Kathmandu via Doha and Delhi. From Kathmandu I have a Druk Air ticket to Paro. The problem is that Druk Air just changed their departure time to three hours earlier than when I booked the flight! This means I will only have 50 minutes between landing in Kathmandu and the departure to Paro.
Thanks for any help.
Hi, I am going to Bhutan and will have a shortened time (like most.)
My question is time balance in Paro vs. Punakha. I can either do two nights in each place, or 3 nights in Paro and 1night in Punakha. My tour company says most of one day in Paro will be done doing the Tiger's Nest, and that's why they suggested more time in Paro.
Does anyone have any input or suggestions?
Thanks in advance!
I want to go by bus from Siliguri to THE border of Bhutan. Is there anybody who knows how long THE trip takes?
Can I take THE lokale bus?
Who else is down with the DrukAir hold music? Every time I call and am placed on hold-- which is every time I call-- I get the pleasure of hearing Scott Joplin's the Entertainer in 1980s style video game music. I love it!
getting into katmandu 16th nov till 2nd dec .
looking to share trip costs etc with anybody around at this time .....
any advise about company`s used in bhutan would be great .
thank you .
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