Category Archives: Nov 2016

Kenyan Safari

Day 1

Nairobi

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these to give to your leader. If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum or the highly recommended Bomas of Kenya where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed at an outdoor village.

Notes: Petty theft is common in Nairobi. As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt. Your hotel room or reception may also have a safe in which to store things. If you do decide to go exploring, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn’t safe to walk – particularly for later in the day. Be careful not to leave bags unattended on chairs or the floor when you’re in a bar or restaurant. Without being paranoid, appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be thieves. Also, make scans of important travel documents and email them to yourself – this will save you hours of time in paperwork if anything does happen.

Day 2

Lake Nakuru

Drive north-west past splendid views of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha and Elementaita to Lake Nakuru National Park (approximately 3–4 hours). Situated in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park’s small and compact area, based around the often flamingo-filled lake, makes a great location for spotting wildlife. Along with the other members of the Big Five game, Lake Nakuru is home to rhinos, and there will be a good chance of spotting and photographing one of these magnificent beasts. Your exclusive camp, outside the park, is well situated and has flush toilets and showers. Accommodation upgrades and WiFi are not available.

Day 3

Lake Naivasha

Head to a nearby village with your guide. This is a fantastic opportunity to interact with the local folk and get a feel for everyday life here. Then you’ll drive from Lake Nakuru to your camp near Lake Naivasha (approximately 3 hours). One of the few freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha has floating islands of papyrus reeds and a border of flat-topped acacias. It’s also home to a healthy population of hippos and a tremendous variety of birds. There will be an opportunity to access an ATM and visit a market today to stock up for the remainder of the trip. Your campsite tonight is basic, with showers and flush toilets. Depending on availability, there may be the option to upgrade to a room. WiFi is available at the bar.

Day 4

Lake Naivasha

Enjoy some free time today. There are various optional activities to choose from. Perhaps venture to Hell’s Gate National Park, which boasts beautiful cliffs, gorges, rock towers, volcanoes and a range of geothermal phenomena. Another great choice is to take a boat trip across Lake Naivasha – perhaps the best way to take in the atmosphere of this lush area. If you’re looking for something active, perhaps hire a bike for the day and make some of your own discoveries, venturing beyond the cacti and olive trees.

Day 5

Loita Hills

Depart Lake Naivasha, making a short stop in Narok to do a spot of food shopping. Continue to Loita Hills (approximately 5–6 hours), stopping for lunch en route. Today’s drive crosses the Great Rift Valley, Africa’s immense and spectacular great divide, and takes you into the remote region of Loita Hills. This is the home of the traditional Maasai people. You will visit the Maasai, who are known for their vibrant red dress and elaborate jewellery, and gain an insight into the culture and ancient ways of this proud East African community. After setting up your tent, meet your Maasai hosts. A local elder will deliver a fascinating talk about the Maasai and their history and culture. You’ll be shown around a traditional Maasai home and see where the resident cattle are kept. Showers, upgrades and WiFi are not available at tonight’s bush camp.

Day 6

Masai Mara National Reserve

Travel from Loita to Masai Mara (approximately 1–2 hours). The road is dusty when dry, and could be slippery and soft when wet, so the going may be slow. The Masai Mara is the quintessential African experience, with sparse open plains, dramatic skies and some of the world’s most tremendous animals. After setting up camp, sit down to some lunch. Then it’s time to jump back on board the truck and go for a game drive through the wilderness of the Mara. You campground tonight is located outside of the national reserve and has flush toilets and showers. There is an option to upgrade, depending on availability. WiFi is not available here however.

Day 7

Masai Mara National Reserve

Venture into the Masai Mara National Reserve for a full day’s game drive. You’ll explore this diverse environment and most likely see a multitude of wildlife. An optional balloon ride over the Mara at sunrise is an unforgettable experience. If you have pre-booked this activity (see the ‘Important Notes’ section) you will be picked up before dawn and driven to the launch site for a safety briefing from your pilot. Then you will glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, which provides amazing photo opportunities. Sometimes you will ascend, getting an overview of the enormity of the plains and of the early morning movements of the teeming herds. After landing, you’ll be treated to a bush breakfast, then be returned to your campsite.

Notes: The balloon ride is offered as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a place. If you would rather wait and try to get a better price by booking this locally on the ground, you are welcome to, but keep in mind that this is a popular activity and places are limited.

Day 8

Nairobi

Say goodbye to the open expanses of the African bush and return to the bustling metropolis of Nairobi (approximately 5–6 hours). No accommodation is provided for tonight, but this can be arranged – please enquire at the time of booking this trip. You can be dropped at your hotel upon arrival in Nairobi.

Notes: It’s important not to book any outgoing international flights for earlier than 6 pm today.

Inclusions

Meals – 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport – Overland vehicle

Accommodation – Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Included activities

Lake Nakuru – Game Drive
Lake Nakuru – Village walk
Loita Hills – Cultural talk and village visit
Masai Mara – Game drive

Get in touch

For more details, send us an inquiry.

Write to us on tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or dilip@buffyfish.com or call +91-9158351185 / +91-9168245755

Beyond Wild – Ranthambore

Dates

5th Nov – 10th Nov 2016
25th Dec – 30th Dec 2016
25th – 30th Jan 2017

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Board the 12955 BCT JP Express at 18:50 pm from Mumbai Central.

Day 2

Reach Sawai Madhopur at 10:30 am and check-in at the resort. A delicious breakfast would be awaiting you here, following which you get leisure time. Over lunch we will discuss our plan of action over the next few days. In the afternoon, we go on our first safari. A brief session on the various photographic opportunities in the jungle would be conducted by our experts in the evening.

Day 3

Today, we enter into the park for a morning safari ride. Get your cameras in action! In the evening, we will go for yet another safari in the magical Ranthambhore landscape. Our guides and experts would search for the tiger, the elusive leopard and other birds and mammals found in this iconic jungle. We return to the resort by late evening for a relaxed group session!

Day 4

Today, we take 2 safari rides in the forest. We search for the creatures who eluded us on the previous day! Enjoy a campfire at night!

Day 5

Our last safari ride into the forest! Explore the great wilderness for one last time before bidding adieu to the jungle! After lunch we head towards Mumbai by the JP BCT SupFast Express 3AC.

Day 6

Reach Borivali by 6:40 am / Mumbai Central by 7:40 am. Tour concludes. We will arrange transport for Pune campers at an extra cost.

Cost of the package

Double Sharing (Safaris By Canter):
Rs 17900 per person

Triple Sharing (Safaris By Canter):
Rs 16900 per person

Double Sharing (Safaris By Gypsy):
Rs 20900 per person

Triple Sharing (Safaris By Gypsy):
Rs 19900 per person

Photographer’s Gypsy Increment (4 People In A Gypsy):
Rs 3800 per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.

Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

 

CANCELLATION

REFUND (on tour cost)

If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure. 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure. 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure. 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure 60%

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation in a wildlife lodge.
  2. All meals ex-Sawai Madhopur.

  3. Internal transportation by Innovas / similar vehicle.

  4. Safari charges including entry, permits, guide and camera charges.

  5. Services of 1 or more BEYOND WILD wildlife expert.

  6. Return train fare via 3 tier AC.

Exclusions

  1. Food during train travel.

  2. Any airfare.

  3. personal expenses such as soft drinks, hard drinks, laundry etc.

  4. Any item not included in the list of inclusions.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

Get in touch

For more details on our wildlife trips, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

Beyond Wild – Bandhavgarh

Dates

5th Nov – 10th Nov 2016
24th Nov – 29th Nov 2016

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Board the Jabalpur bound Garibrath Express at 1:30 pm from Mumbai. [Pune campers to start for Mumbai at 7:30 am.]

Day 2

On our arrival in Jabalpur at 6 am, we have a quick breakfast before making our way towards Bandhavgarh. After lunch and an orientation session, we proceed for our first jungle safari. In the evening, after an eventful safari ride, we return back to the resort for a group discussion.

Day 3

We have morning and evening safari rides in the forest. We go out in search of some of Bandhavgarh`s most iconic animals, whose tales are steeped in Indian wildlife history. After a busy, rewarding day out in the jungle we gather for a group discussion session before having a sumptuous dinner.

Day 4

Two more safaris into the forest! Four safaris old, the great Indian-safari experience will start unfolding before you! Overnight at the resort.

Day 5

Today we venture into the forst one last time, before bidding adieu to the temple of the tiger! Thereon we proceed towards Jabalpur and reach the station to board our train back towards Mumbai.

Day 6

Reach Mumbai by 12:15 p.m.

Cost of the package

 

Triple Sharing: 
Rs 17900 INR per person

Double Sharing:
Rs 19500 INR per person

Photographer’s Gypsy Increment (4 People In A Gypsy):
Rs 3800 INR per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.

Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

 

CANCELLATION

REFUND (on tour cost)

If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure. 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure. 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure. 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure 60%

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation in a wildlife lodge.
  2. All meals ex-Jabalpur.

  3. Internal transportation by Innovas / similar vehicle.

  4. Safari charges including entry, permits, guide and camera charges.

  5. Services of 1 or more BEYOND WILD wildlife expert.

  6. Return train fare via 3 tier AC.

Exclusions

  1. Food during train travel.

  2. Any airfare.

  3. Personal expenses like laundry, soft drinks, hard drinks, etc.

  4. Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section above.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

Get in Touch

For more details on our wildlife trips, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

You could also send us a message using the form given below

Beyond Wild – Corbett

Dates

15th – 20th Nov 2016
25th – 30th Dec 2016
8th Mar – 13th Mar 2017

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
People traveling by train should arrive in Delhi by 12 noon.
Fly to Delhi and departure for Ramnagar by the Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti Express post lunch. Overnight at Ramnagar.
Day 2
Today, we take 2 safaris in the magnificent Bijrani zone, famous for the female tiger called ‘Charamma’ who is regularly seen along with her 4 cubs.
Day 3
After breakfast, we leave for Dhikala, one of the most popular areas of the Park. Here we have morning and evening safaris into the famed grasslands (chaurs) of Corbett. Dhikala offers an uninterrupted panoramic view of the valley. We set out in search of the tiger that is often spotted in the open grasslands. Overnight at Dhikala.
Day 4
Today, we have two more safaris into the forest. Four safaris old, we are now familiar with the alternating chaurs and dense forests interrupted by the Ramganga and its tributaries. On our trails, we witness the rich avifauna of the region and go scouring for Cinereous Vultures, Himalayan Griffon Vultures, Tawny Fish Owls, Great Slaty Woodpeckers, red-billed leiothrix and many other birds. Overnight at Dhikala.
Day 5
Today we have our final safaris in Dhikala. Post dinner, we leave for Ramnagar, from where we leave for Delhi by the Corbett Park Link Express at 10:00 pm.
Day 6
We arrive at Delhi early morning and fly back.
Please note: Notify us beforehand for train bookings.

Cost of the package

Triple Sharing:
Rs 20900 per person

Double Sharing:
Rs 22900 per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.

Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

 

CANCELLATION

REFUND (on tour cost)

If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure. 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure. 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure. 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure 60%

Inclusions

  1. Return transfers by Gypsies from Ramnagar to resort and back.
  2. 6 (complete) + 2 (en-route) jungle safaris in the Corbett National Park in
    the company of expert guides and local drivers). This includes the park
    entry fees, driver and guide charges and the vehicle rent. In addition, we
    have 1 walking trail in the rich Corbett buffer for birding along with our
    experts and local experts.
  3. Accommodation with all meals (from Delhi to Delhi) at the selected resorts for 4 nights.
  4. Services of ‘Beyond Wild’ wildlife expert/s.

  5. Discussions, inputs and lots of knowledge-sharing on wildlife.
    6.Tips, tricks and sessions on wildlife photography and animal behavior.
    7.Govt. Service tax of 3.09%.
  6. Tips and gratuities from our side to the hotel and safari staff.
  7. Return Delhi-Ramnagar-Delhi train fare in AC coaches.
  8. Visits to genuinely local handicraft shops.
  9. Interactions with local wildlife experts and naturalists.

Exclusions

  1. Food during train travel.
  2. Any airfare.
  3. personal expenses such as soft drinks, hard drinks, laundry etc.
  4. Any item not included in the list of inclusions.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

Get in touch

For more details on our wildlife trips, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

Beyond Wild – Pench

Dates

2nd Nov – 7th Nov 2016

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Depart from Pune via Pune Nagpur Express
Day 2
Nagpur by 9 AM. Drive to Pench. Evening safari.
Day 3
Morning and evening safaris in Pench. (Optional night safari at an additional cost of 3900/- per gypsy).
Day 4
Morning and evening safaris in Pench.
Day 5
Morning safari in Pench. Drive to Nagpur.
Day 6
Reach Pune.

Cost of the package

Triple Sharing:
INR 17, 900 per person

Double Sharing:
INR 18, 900 per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.

Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

 

CANCELLATION

REFUND (on tour cost)

If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure. 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure. 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure. 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure 60%

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation at 3-star wildlife lodges at Pench .These would be selected so as to give

you a very comfortable stay (with AC, etc), great food and lots of birding around the resort.

  1. All meals from breakfast on day 1 to lunch on day 4 (daily morning tea, breakfast, lunch

evening tea and dinner).

  1. All 6 Safaris in open-air gypsies with all permits and entries.
  2. All surface transfers by an AC Innova (Nagpur-Pench, Pench-Nagpur).

  3. Services of a Beyond Wild wildlife expert cum tour guide.

  4. Daily sessions on photography and animal behavior.

  5. All Govt. service taxes and other duties.

Exclusions

  1. Anything not mentioned in ‘Inclusions’ section above.

  2. Extra meals, drinks and mineral water.

  3. Airfare and railfare.

  4. Laundry, internet and telephone charges.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

Get in Touch

For more details on our wildlife trips, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

You could also fill up this form and send us your queries 

Beyond Wild – Tadoba

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Depart for Nagpur by the Garibrath 3AC express from the Pune station at 540 pm.

Day 2
(Those coming by flight are requested to reach Nagpur by 7 am and thereafter proceed towards Tadoba). After a quick breakfast, we leave for Tadoba.
On arrival, we have lunch and proceed for our first safari.

Day 3
We take two safaris in the forest today. Tadoba is famous for its large number of tigers, sloth bears and wild dogs. We will search for all these enigmatic animals and also concentrate on Tadoba’s healthy birdlife. The sheer beauty of this iconic ‘Tiger-land’ would leave you enthralled. Over a hot cup of evening tea, we discuss the day’s proceedings.

Day 4
Another two safaris in the forest. We will be exploring the areas of Telia, Tadoba lake, Pandharpauni and others, which together, make one of the world’s densest tiger areas! In the evening, we would be having lots of activities and group discussions.

Day 5
Our last foray in the national park. We go on a morning safari to explore the enchanting forest one final time! We would have had a very productive time till now and be would be saying a regretful goodbye! We would be moving back to Nagpur from where we board the Pune-bound Garibrath express.
(Those flying back from Nagpur can take any flight departing Nagpur after 7 pm).

Day 6
Reach Pune by 9:40 am.

Dates

02 TO 07 NOV 2016

07 TO 12 NOV 2016

26 TO 31 DEC 2016

29 DEC TO 03 JAN 2016

25 TO 30 JAN 2017

Costing of the package

Double Sharing (Deluxe Suites):
INR 20,900/- per person

Triple Sharing (Deluxe Suites):
INR 19,900 per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.

Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATION

REFUND (on tour cost)

If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure. 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure. 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure. 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure 60%

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation at MTDC Tadoba in triple/double sharing Deluxe AC suites.
  2. All meals ex-Nagpur (daily bed tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea and dinner).

  3. 6 jungle safaris in Tadoba National Park with all fees, permits, taxes.

  4. Professional driver and guide.

  5. Services of a ‘Beyond Wild’ wildlife expert.

  6. All taxes and service charges.

  7. Return Nagpur-Tadoba-Nagpur transfers by an AC Innova.

  8. Return Pune-Nagpur-Pune train fare by a 3AC coach.

Exclusions

  1. Laundry.

  2. Food during train travel.

  3. Soft drinks, hard drinks, mineral water.

4. CAMERA FEES (200/- per camera with lense of 250 mm or above per safari).

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

Get in touch

For more details about the wildlife trips, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

You could also fill up the form below

Beyond Wild – Umred

Dates

1st Nov – 3rd  Nov 2016

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Reach Nagpur by 10 AM. Drive to Umred (overnight at note that there are no luxury stay facilities there). Evening safari.
Day 2
Morning and evening safaris. Overnight at the guesthouse.
Day 3
Morning and evening safari. Drive to Nagpur (1 hour). Reach Nagpur 730 PM and board the train / flight thereafter..

Cost of the package

Single Person:
Rs 13,500 per person

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is 50% of tour cost.
Remaining amount to be paid minimum 15 days prior to departure.

REFUND (on tour cost)
If cancelled when less than 7 days remain for departure – 20%
If cancelled when less than 14 days remain for departure – 30%
If cancelled when less than 30 days remain for departure – 40%
If cancelled when more than 30 days remain for departure – 60%

Inclusions

  1. Five safaris in Umred in company of our expert.
  2. Accommodation in Umred for 2 nights in double sharing rooms at local resort.
  3. All meals in Umred (daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee).
  4. Return AC Innova transfers from Nagpur-Umred- Nagpur.
  5. Services of our wildlife expert.
  6. All taxes.

Exclusions

Air / Rail fare
Personal expense
Any items not mentioned in the list of inclusions

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history asthma, high blood-pressure, cardiac problems are kindly advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for the tour.
  2. BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for any injuries, loss, damages, etc to the participants arising due to any untoward and unexpected man-made or natural calamity.
  3. All clients travelling with BEYOND WILD Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement” form. t of D

Get in touch

For more details on our wildlife trips, write to us at tripwithbuffyfish@gmail.com or call +91-9158351185

Bhutan, 6 nights – 7 days

Here is the detailed itinerary for the 6 night – 7 day trip to Bhutan

Day 1: Journey from Bagdogra

Start your journey early in the morning from Bagdogra Airport. It is a 4 hour drive through the Indian plains.

You will arrive at Jaigaon, which is the border town on the Indian side. From Jaigaon, you will drive down to Phuentsholing, which is the border town on Bhutan side.

You will meet the Bhutanese representative from BuffyFish in Phuentsholing.

He will help you get the permits for the next day. He will also brief you on the trip, tell you about the general rules for the trip, the dos and the donts during the trip, and will help you check into your hotel in Phuentsholing for the night.

Ensure that you reach Phuentsholing latest by 6pm, as you need to get permits for the drive for the next day and might need to stand in the queue at the Bhutan Immigration Office for a couple of hours, if there is rush. The immigration office at Phuentsholing, in Bhutan, is open till 8pm Bhutan time.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Phuentsholing or at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Phuentsholing.

Day 2: Road trip from Phuentsholing to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan

You will depart early in the morning from Phuentsholing for Thimphu. This distance from Phuentsholing to Thimphu is 175kms and will take at least 6-7 hours depending on the condition of the roads.
Enroute you will visit Karbandi monastery. It is about 400m above the town of Phuetnsholing. From here you can view the stunning Indian Plains of Jaigaon, through the prayer flags that flutter in the wind.

The history behind this monastery is that apparently, an Indian couple who were childless visited this monastery & prayed for a child. Shortly after, they were blessed with a child and since then couples who want to conceive often come here and pray that they be blessed with children.

Continue your journey. You will witness the beauty of Bhutan on your way to Thimphu, engraved in the hills, the spectacular country side, the lush green valleys and the dense forests.

You will go to the recently developed town of Gedu, through tropical vegetation. This is where the Tala Hydropower project is. Some of the best waterfalls and lush green valleys are visible from here.

You will have lunch en-route.

Post lunch, resume road trip. You will see the Chukha Hydropower, some towns along the way and drive through Chapcha village. You will then visit Chunzom, the confluence of Wong Chuu (Thimphu river) and Paro Chuu (Paro river). Stop by to click some photographs.

You will continue with your journey along the Wong Chuu through several villages. You will then arrive at your final destination for the day, Thimphu, which is located in a largish valley which is cut by the Wangchuk River. You will see some high peaks that surround the valley.

You will check into the hotel, which is located in the heart of the Thimphu City, making it friendly for you to visit all the points of interests.

Evening walk through the streets and spend time in the city.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Thimphu or at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing followed by a road trip from Thimphu, the current capital city of Bhutan, to Punakha, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Today you will wake up early in the morning.

There are a lot of interesting sightseeing activities lined up in Thimphu, for the morning.

Post breakfast you will visit one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world, standing at 169ft, at Kuensel Kuensel Phodrang. This is a very religious and a sacred monument. The Thimphu valley from here looks stunning.

Then you will visit National Memorial Chorten, which was built in the honor of the 3rd King of Bhutan or Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It has some stunning golden spires and bells. It is one of the most visible religious landmarks in Bhutan. You will witness, local, religious Bhutanese people, gather throughout the day and turn the prayer wheels.

Then you will drive to the Takin enclosure to see the National Animal of Bhutan called the Takin, which is one of the most endangered species in the world, as it is found only in Bhutan. It is a mix between a goat, a cow and an antelope.

Then you will have lunch at one of the local restaurants in Thimphu.

Post lunch you will begin your 3-hour road trip to Punakha, which is located at a height of 3050m/10,000ft, after Dochula pass. From this pass, on a non-cloudy day, you will get to see some spectacular sights of the eastern Himalayas. Prayer flags and chortens adorn the pass. Spend some time here, have some light snacks, click photographs and walk around for a while.

Then you will resume your journey and descend into the forests of rhodeodendrons and magnolia, through the fertile valley of Lobesa. You will pass the villages of Thinleygang and Lumitsawa.

Reach Punakha.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Punakha or at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Explore the valley of Punakha

Have breakfast early in the morning.

Post breakfast, drive down through the Punakha valley to the Punakha Dzong also known as Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong meaning “Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss”. This Dzong was built in 1637  by Ngwang Namgyel. It is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan.

Punakha Dzong was the former capital of Bhutan until 1955.

It is located between two rivers Pho Chuu “Father River” and Mo Chuu “Mother River”.

Punakha Dzong is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo, the main monk, even today.

Have lunch at one of the local restaurants in Punakha.

Then drive down to the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong which was built in 1638. The Dzong was burnt down by fire on 24th June 2012. They were able to retrieve some of the structures and all efforts to restore are still ongoing to rebuild the Dzong into its full glory.

If there is time on hand, you can take a short walk in the valley.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Punkaha or at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Road trip from Punakha to Paro via Thimphu

Have breakfast early in the morning and leave for Paro.

Paro is about 125kms from Punakha. The drive will take around 4 to 5 hours via Thimphu and Dochula pass.

Depending on the time you arrive at Thimphu, either you will have lunch in Thimphu or head straight to Paro, which is around 2 hours from Thimphu.

Paro is a town that lies in the valley of Paro. It has the only international airport of Bhutan. It has a many ongoing development projects but inspite of that, Paro still retains its rural nature to a great extent.

Beautiful lush green and brown fields dot the valley.

En-route you will visit the Tachogang Lhakhang, located on the Paro-Thimphu highway. It is one of the most beautiful and oldest temples, built by Thang Tong Gyalpo, the Iron chain maker of Bhutan. It is also called the “Temple of the Iron horse”.

You will then visit the 15th century, Iron Chain Bridge. It is one of the most ancient visible craft works from the middle-ages. It was also built by Thang Tong Gyalpo, who is said to have built 58 other iron chain suspension bridges in Tibet and Bhutan.

Arrive in Paro. Check-in to your hotel.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Paro or at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Explore the Paro valley

Option 1

Have breakfast early in the morning.

Post breakfast, drive to Chele Pass which is at 3988 meters, the highest motorable road in Bhutan. It is a 3 hour drive, through some beautiful blue pine and rhodeodendron forests.

You will see some spectacular views of Mount Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey.

Walk along the Chele pass to see Himalayas and some breath-taking views of Haa and Paro valleys.

Have lunch at the pass.

Drive back to the hotel

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Paro.

Option 2

Have breakfast early in the morning.

You will drive down to Ramthangkha and you will hike to Taktsang monastery, also known as Taktsang Palphug Monastery, more popularly known as Tiger’s Nest.

The trek is through the mesmerizing pine forests which have a carpet of moss covering them. You will see many prayer flags along the way.

This monastery is located on a cliffside and is one of the most sacred monasteries and Buddhist sights in the world.

It was built in 1692. There was a cave here in the 8th century, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on a tigress and is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours.

After the hike, have lunch at the cafeteria.

Hike back and drive down to Paro town.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Paro or at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Drop to Bagdogra

Have breakfast early in the morning. Leave for Phuentsholing and then Bagdogra for your return journey home.

Inclusions

  1. All breakfasts from Day 2 onwards.
  2. All accommodation in 3* properties.
  3. Entry permit and Route Permit.
  4. Entrance fees to monasteries.
  5. One local English speaking guide.
  6. Car and Fuel cost for all the days in the itinerary.
  7. Driver costs.
  8. Pick up from Paro and drop back to Paro

Exclusions

  1. Airfares/Train tickets to and from Paro.
  2. All Lunches and Dinners.
  3. Video and camera fees at monasteries.
  4. Travel Insurance.
  5. Tips at hotels and restaurants.
  6. Tips for the drivers and guides.
  7. Medical expenses.
  8. Personal expenses.
  9. Shopping expenses.
  10. Costs for emergency evacuation due to various reasons.
  11. Any costs introduced by the Indian government or Bhutanese government or hotels or any other bodies at the last minute due to various reasons.
  12. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section above.

Essentials for Indian nationals

  1. Please carry 2 passport sized photographs for the permits.
  2. Must bring along your Indian Passport or Indian voter’s ID card.

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Bhutan, 5 nights-6days

Detailed Itinerary for 5nights 6days in Bhutan 

Day 1: Journey from Paro to Thimphu

Arrive in Paro before noon.

You will meet the Bhutanese representative from BuffyFish in Paro. He will help you get the permits. He will also brief you on the trip, tell you about the general rules for the trip, the dos and the donts during the trip, and will help you check into your hotel in Thimphu for the night.

Get the left hand side seat in the car to see the spectular views of the Himalayas. Start your journey from Paro airport. It is a 2 hour drive to Thimphu.

Paro is a town that lies in the valley of Paro. It has the only international airport of Bhutan. It has a many ongoing development projects but inspite of that, Paro still retains its rural nature to a great extent.

Beautiful lush green and brown fields dot the valley.

En-route you will view the Tachogang Lhakhang, located on the Paro-Thimphu highway. It is one of the most beautiful and oldest temples, built by Thang Tong Gyalpo, the Iron chain maker of Bhutan. It is also called the “Temple of the Iron horse”.

You will then visit Chunzom, the confluence of Wong Chuu (Thimphu river) and Paro Chuu (Paro river). Stop by to click some photographs.

You will then visit the 15th century, Iron Chain Bridge. It is one of the most ancient visible craft works from the middle-ages. It was also built by Thang Tong Gyalpo, who is said to have built 58 other iron chain suspension bridges in Tibet and Bhutan.

You will witness the beauty of Bhutan on your way to Thimphu, engraved in the hills, the spectacular country side, the lush green valleys and the dense forests.

You will continue with your journey through several villages. You will then arrive at your final destination for the day, Thimphu, which is located in a largish valley which is cut by the Wangchuk River. You will see some high peaks that surround the valley.

You will check into the hotel, which is located in the heart of the Thimphu City, making it friendly for you to visit all the points of interests.

Have lunch in Thimphu.

Walk through the streets and spend time in the city. See the culture of Bhutan.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner in Thimphu.

Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Exploring the Thimphu valley

Today you will wake up early in the morning.

There are a lot of interesting sightseeing activities lined up in Thimphu, for the morning.

Post breakfast you will visit one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world, standing at 169ft, at Kuensel Kuensel Phodrang. This is a very religious and a sacred monument. The Thimphu valley from here looks stunning.

Then you will visit National Memorial Chorten, which was built in the honor of the 3rd King of Bhutan or Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It has some stunning golden spires and bells. It is one of the most visible religious landmarks in Bhutan. You will witness, local, religious Bhutanese people, gather throughout the day and turn the prayer wheels.

Visit a local art and craft school to see the artists at work. They specialize in paintings and woodwork. They preserve the right heritage and produce skilled manpower.

Then you will have lunch at one of the local restaurants in Thimphu.

Then you will drive to the Takin enclosure to see the National Animal of Bhutan called the Takin, which is one of the most endangered species in the world, as it is found only in Bhutan. It is a mix between a goat, a cow and an antelope.

Visit the National textile museum, where you will see antique textiles and artifacts of different tribes of Bhutan. The textiles have intricate patterns that represent religious, social and official events.

Around 5pm, visit Tashichho Dzong/monastery which is located along the Wang Chu river. It is the seat of Druk Desi, the head of Bhutan’s civil government. It is also the summer capital of the country.

Drive back to your hotel.

Dinner at the hotel in Thimphu and overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3: Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

Post breakfast, early in the morning, you will begin your 3-hour road trip to Punakha, which is located at a height of 3050m/10,000ft, after Dochula pass. From this pass, on a non-cloudy day, you will get to see some spectacular sights of the eastern Himalayas. Prayer flags and chortens adorn the pass. Spend some time here, have some light snacks, click photographs and walk around for a while.

Then you will resume your journey and descend into the forests of rhodeodendrons and magnolia, through the fertile valley of Lobesa. You will pass the villages of Thinleygang and Lumitsawa.

Reach Punakha.

Drive down through the Punakha valley to the Punakha Dzong also known as Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong meaning “Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss”. This Dzong was built in 1637  by Ngwang Namgyel. It is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan.

Punakha Dzong was the former capital of Bhutan until 1955.

It is located between two rivers Pho Chuu “Father River” and Mo Chuu “Mother River”.

Punakha Dzong is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo, the main monk, even today.

Have lunch at Lobesa in Punakha.

Take a short walk in the valley through the rice fields for about an hour to Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery, located on a hillock. This monastery was built in 1499 by Ngawang Choegyel after it was blessed by Drukpa Kuenley aka “Divine Madman.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Punakha or at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Punakha to Paro

Have breakfast early in the morning and leave for Paro.

Paro is about 135kms from Punakha. The drive will take around 4 to 5 hours via Thimphu and Dochula pass.

Depending on the time you arrive at Thimphu, either you will have lunch in Thimphu or head straight to Paro, which is around 2 hours from Thimphu.

Arrive in Paro.

Check-in to your hotel.

Visit a farm house in Paro.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Exploring Paro valley 

Have breakfast early in the morning.

Post breakfast, drive to Chele Pass which is at 3988 meters, the highest motorable road in Bhutan. It is a 3 hour drive, through some beautiful blue pine and rhodeodendron forests. 

You will see some spectacular views of Mount Jhomolhari and Jichy Drakey.

Walk along the Chele pass to see Himalayas and some breath-taking views of Haa and Paro valleys.

Have lunch at the pass.

Drive back to the hotel

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 6: Transfer to Paro airport

Drop to the airport in Paro, for your return journey home.

Inclusions

  1. All breakfasts from Day 2 onwards.
  2. All lunches and dinners from Day 1
  3. All accommodation in 3* properties.
  4. Entry permit and Route Permit.
  5. Entrance fees to monasteries.
  6. One local English speaking guide.
  7. Car and Fuel cost for all the days in the itinerary.
  8. Driver costs.
  9. Pick up from Paro and drop back to Paro

Exclusions

  1. International airfares to and from Paro.
  2. Video and camera fees at monasteries.
  3. Travel Insurance.
  4. Tips at hotels and restaurants.
  5. Tips for the drivers and guides.
  6. Medical expenses.
  7. Personal expenses.
  8. Shopping expenses.
  9. Costs for emergency evacuation due to various reasons.
  10. Any costs introduced by the Indian government or Bhutanese government or hotels or any other bodies at the last minute due to various reasons.
  11. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section above.

Essentials for Indian nationals

  1. Please carry 2 passport sized photographs for the permits.
  2. Must bring along your Indian Passport or Indian voter’s ID card.

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Safaris in Kanha-Bandhavgarh, 2017

Here is the itinerary

Day 1

Leave from Nagpur, early in the morning and reach Kanha.

Evening walking Safari.

Overnight in Kanha.

Day 2

Morning and evening safaris in a Gypsy in Kanha.

Overnight in Kanha

Day 3

Morning safari and then leave for Bandhavgarh.

Reach Bandhavgarh. Do walking safari in the evening in Bandhavgarh.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 4

Morning and evening safaris in a Gypsy in Bandhavgarh.

Overnight in Bandhavgarh.

Day 5

Leave early in the morning for Nagpur.

Depart for your journey onward, after reaching Nagpur.


 Inclusions

  • One innova for 6pax, one small car for 2pax,
  • Transfers from Nagpur to Kanha, Kanha to Bandhavgarh and from Bandhavgarh to Nagpur,
  • All accommodation for the days mentioned above,
  • All meals on the dates mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Morning and evening tea,
  • Tolls and fuel for the trip from Nagpur
  • National park charges
  • 3 safaris in Kanha, in a gypsy for 6pax and 2 pax,
  • One walking safari in Kanha,
  • One walking safari in Bandhavgarh,
  • 2 safaris in Bandhavgarh, in a gypsy for 6pax and 2pax.

Exclusions

  • Breakfast on day 1,
  • Lunch and dinner on day 5.
  • Airfare or train fare or transport to Nagpur from your destination,
  • Medical expenses,
  • Shopping expenses,
  • Beverages,
  • Alcohol,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Laundry, internet and telephone charges,
  • Any costs introduced by government, national parks, or any other bodies last minute due to various reasons,
  • Any other costs not mentioned in the inclusions section above.

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