Category Archives: September 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

Stok la Trek

Stok – La Pass trek

Its a beautiful and scenic trek with a easy to medium grade difficulty not making it very strenuous

Dates

Sept 4th to Sept 9th 2016

Detailed Itinerary

Sept 4th – Arrival in Leh . Rest & acclimatization day. Overnight in Hotel .
Sept 5th – Rest & Acclimatization . Drive to Zingchen in the evening . Overnight at camp.
Sept 6th – Trek from Zingchen to Rumbak . Overnight at camp through the Hemis National park .
Sept 7th – Trek from Rumbak to Manokarmo over Stok la  pass ( about 4950 Mts ) . Overnight in Camp .
Sept 8th – Trek from Manokarmo to Stok village . Drive from Stok Village to Leh . Overnight in hotel.

Cost of the package

INR 24,950 + 4.5% ST.

Inclusions

  • 2 nights in the hotel Himalayan residency on Map plan twin sharing basis.
  • 3 nights of overnight camping.
  • Experienced and qualified Guide.
  • Support staff like cook and helper boys.
  • All trekking permits.
  • All inner line permits.
  • All ground transportation for the trek in private cars.
  • Airport pick up and drop.

The last day to register for this trek is Wednesday, August 10th.

There is more that you can do if you wish to stay back

Sept 8th onwards, if you want to stay back, there is a range of Adventure activities that could be arranged on actuals

  • Hotel night would cost INR 2150 per head on Map plan on double sharing basis.
  • White water rafting INR 1900 for a day trip.
  • Khardungla pass: Drive up to the highest motor-able road in the world. (can be arranged on actuals)
  • Trip to Khardungla / Monasteries (can be arranged on actuals)

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 

Ladakh Photo Tour, 2017

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BuffyFish and Lifetime Memoirs bring to you an 11-day photo tour of Ladakh

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25th August 2016 – 4th September 2016

Summary

The primary goal of this trip will be to try and better your photography skills. Our expert professional photographer/guide Hrishikesh Puranik will accompany you on the tour.

On this trip you will witness the local culture of Ladakh first hand – try the delicious, local food, learn about the history of Ladakh, interact with the locals, do some street photography, walk and discover cafes and restaurants in Leh and other towns and villages, visit some beautiful monasteries, visit high passes, visit beautiful mesmerizing lakes of Ladakh, star gaze under the clear skies of Ladakh, walk around small villages and quaint towns, shop and much more.

Here is what you will learn in the photography sessions which will be conducted on the Ladakh photo tour

  • Landscape, Himalayan lifestyle and portrait photo opportunities.
  • On location Hands-on photography assistance.
  • Extensive learning off-field during travel and hotel sessions.
  • Daily Image-reviews, post-processing discussions.
  • Post-Tour guidance, advice and assistance.
  • Sunrise and sunset photography.
  • Suitable for beginners and amateurs.
  • One to one attention with small group (max 10).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – 25th August 2016, Thursday – Leh

Arrival and acclimatization day

You will arrive in Leh on this day.

This is a rest day for acclimatization. We will take it slow and get used to the altitude. We will have local food for breakfast (not included) as we will reach early in the morning in Leh.

We will rest for a couple of hours after arrival and settle down in the hotel.

For lunch, visit a vegetarian restaurant called Norlakh, situated in the main bazaar neat state bank of India and indulge in some local Tibetan cuisine.

Post lunch you can go back to the hotel or choose to sit in a café and gossip.

In the evening, we will go for a small walk around Leh and visit the Shanti Stupa, which gives a panoramic view of Leh city, which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

We will also visit old Leh which has narrow lanes and alleys, mud-brick houses and quaint ruined gompas. The peculiarity of the houses in this area is that they do not have windows.

Indulge in the local food in the cafes of Leh. Try the thukpas, which is a local noodle soup served with spicy chutney. Try the thukpas with the “khambir”, local baked bread. You can try the momos too. These can be found at any restaurant or café in Leh.

Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 2 – 26th August 2016, Friday

Visit to the Hemis, Thiksay and Shey Monasteries

Post breakfast, we will visit the Thiksay, Shey and Hemis monasteries.

Thiksay monastery is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh. It serves as the residence of approximately eighty monks. It holds the huge indoor Maitreya Buddha statue in a two storied building. It is also a smaller version of the Potala palace in Lhasa.

Following this, we visit the Shey Palace. This was the summer capital of the old rulers of Ladakh.

We will then visit Hemis monastery which is situated 45kms from Leh. It is the biggest gompa in Leh. It is situated on a green hill, amidst surrounded some spectacular mountains.

After returning to Leh, we will visit the Hall of Fame which is open till 7:00pm.

Dinner at the Desert Rain restaurant in Leh. This restaurant has the best espresso café in town.

Overnight at the hotel in Leh.

Day 3 – 27th August 2016, Saturday

Turtuk (via Khardung-La, Diskit, Hunder)

Post an early morning breakfast, we will start our drive towards Nubra valley, the cold desert. We will cross Khardung-la, which is the highest motorable pass in Ladakh, located at an altitude of 5,359m (18,380ft). We will stop for a cup of tea at the pass and view the valley of Nubra and the mountains from here.

We will then visit the Chamba statue of Diskit (headquarter of Nubra valley). The chamba statue is 100 ft tall situated on a hill overlooking the entire beautiful valley.

We will get to see some double hump Bactrian camels of Hunder, which are only found in this area. We will also see some famous sand dunes of Hunder.

Later in the evening we will reach the quaint, last village on the border of India and Pakistan, called Turtuk.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Turtuk.

Day 4 – 28th August 2016, Sunday

Turtuk – Leh

We will have breakfast early in the morning and walk around the town of Turtuk.

Turtuk is the last village on India-Pakistan border. Civilians are allowed to visit it. Turtuk is the only part of Baluchistan which is in India now. The village was in Pakistan until 1971. In the war that happened in 1972, India won Turtuk. We will get to see the India-Pak border and check-posts. We will take a small walk around the village and see some quaint architecture. We start our journey back to Leh after a short visit to the village, and reach Leh by evening. The journey from Turtuk to Leh is 8 hours by road.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner at Zoya café in Leh. Learn about history of Buddhism with the monks there and enjoy the artists paint their renditions of Leh.

Overnight at the hotel in Leh

Day 5 – 29th August 2016, Monday

Leh – Pangong tso

We will start our journey, early in the morning post breakfast. We will go through some beautiful mountain ranges of Ladakh and reach the mesmerizing, blue Pangong lake.

Enroute we pass Chang la (17,000 plus ft) known as the third highest motorable road in the world. We will reach Pangong-tso by lunchtime. We will stay at a campsite on the bank of the blue waters of the mighty Pangong-tso.

In the evening we will witness the beautiful sun set behind the golden mountains near Pangong-tso.

Rest of the evening you can walk around the lake and soak-in the beauty of the lake and surroundings by being with yourself.

Dinner and overnight at campsite in Pangong-tso.

Post dinner you can choose to watch the stars above the lake.

Day 6 – 30th August 2016, Tuesday

Pangong tso – Leh

We will wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise at Pangong-tso. Post breakfast, we will start our return journey for Leh.

After returning to Leh, we will vist the Leh Palace and Chamba temple before 4pm. Visit the main square of the city of Leh. You can visit the area around the Jama Masjid which is situated the main square.

You can also indulge in some street photography.

You can visit Lala’s art café in Leh in the evening and spend time talking and gossiping.

Dinner at KC Garden restaurant in Leh.

Overnight at the hotel in Leh.

Day 7 – 31st August 2016, Wednesday

Leh-Alchi-Lamayuru-Alchi

Early morning, post breakfast, we will begin our journey towards the Srinagar-Leh highway and reach Lamayuru.

Enroute we will visit the Magnetic hill, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus.

Lamayuru is situated right after the Fotu-La, and is famous for its moonland landscapes that are carved out in the mountains nearby. If time permits, we will climb the meditation hill near the monastery and view the spectacular moonland landscapes.

We will then make our way for Alchi, which has the famous 12th century UNESCO world heritage monastery. It is a beautiful monastery located on the banks of the Indus river. There are plenty of apricots that are found in abundance in Alchi. We will walk around the villages near Alchi.

Dinner at a restaurant in Alchi,

Overnight at hotel in Alchi.

Day 8 – 1st September 2016, Thursday

Alchi-Leh

Early morning, post breakfast, we will begin our return journey for Leh. If time permits, we will visit the Likir monastery.

After reaching Leh, go for a walk and visit the donkey sanctuary.

Visit Pumpernickel German bakery for an evening snack with coffee and cakes. Indugle in conversations with the owner of the cafe. You could also try some butter tea with some cakes at any other café.

Dinner at Nirvana Garden Restaurant. Enjoy some live music.

Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 9 – 2nd September 2016, Friday

Leh – Tso-moriri

Post an early morning breakfast, we will begin our drive for the Tso-moriri wetland conservation reserve. It is a long 7-hour drive. Tso-moriri is located at an altitude of 4,522m. Enroute you will see some purple mountains and some quaint, beautiful villages. After reaching Tso-moriri we will visit the lake and walk around. We will also visit the Korzok village and walk among the fields. If time permits, we will visit a nomadic encampment and spend time with the nomads.

Dinner and overnight at campsite near Tso-moriri lake.

Day 10 – 3rd September 2016, Saturday

Tso-moriri – Leh

Post a heavy early morning breakfast, we will begin our return journey for Leh.

Enroute stop for lunch.

We will reach Leh around 3-4pm.

Post lunch you can visit the Leh markets and do some shopping.

Evening at leisure.

Farewell dinner at Bon-appetit restaurant in Leh.

Overnight at hotel in Leh

Day 11 – 4th September 2016, Sunday

Leh departure

Early morning, drop off to the Leh airport to catch your return flight to your hometown.

End of trip


Cost of the 11-day trip

INR 54,999/-

Cost of return flights from Mumbai to Leh

INR 4,999/-

Offer valid till 10th August 2016

Total cost of the package – INR 59,998/-


Inclusions

  • Accommodation in standard hotels and campsites (at the lakes) for the days in the itinerary mentioned above.
  • Breakfast is included as mentioned in the itinerary above.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • All inner line permits, parking fees and other permits.
  • Guide/Photographer and excellent photography tips.
  • All entries and fees for monasteries and museums and other sights.

Exclusions

  • Return airfare/transport to Leh from your hometown
  • Lunches and Dinners on all the days is excluded.
  • Camel rides and other activities in Hunder.
  • Any medical expenses, medical evacuation, other evacuation.
  • Any other kind of transport.
  • Any entry to ongoing festivals in Ladakh,
  • Any other costs introduced by government or hotels or other body, at the last minute, due to various reasons.
  • Rafting is not included in the itinerary.
  • Bike costs are not included.
  • Any personal or shopping expenses of any kind
  • Mineral water, beverages, alcohol, table drinks etc.
  • Any snacks or meals not mentioned in the inclusions section above.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section above. 

What to carry on the trip to Ladakh

Pack light! If you want to use your throw away clothes you can bring them on the trip. It is the best way to get rid of them. If you want reuse the clothes that you will be wearing you can do so. That will ensure you have packed light.

Carry warm clothes – you will dress in layers of clothes to keep yourself protected from the cold at all times.

  1. A mediums sized, rucksack or a duffel bag or a stroller
  2. 1 small day pack to carry your water bottle, camera, small snacks, wallets etc
  3. One pair of good walking/trekking shoes – you will be wearing them all the time
  4. Clean cotton socks for 11 days
  5. 2 pairs of warm socks
  6. Floaters/chappals for using in the hotel/loos
  7. Trousers – 2 (you can choose to bring more)
  8. T-shirts – 3 (you can reuse them)
  9. Full sleeved t-shirts or shirts- 4 (you can reuse them and pack light)
  10. 1 woolen sweater
  11. 1 warm heavy jacket
  12. 1 woolen monkey cap – you can wear this all the time
  13. Carry a sun cap or a hat which you can wear with your balaclava
  14. Woolen gloves
  15. Cotton or woolen scarves/woolen stoles
  16. 1 pair of thermal wear
  17. 1 balaclava – if you do not have this you can get one in Leh
  18. Inner wear – as many as you think you will want
  19. Sleep-ins for you to sleep in. Make sure they are warm
  20. One cotton towel
  21. 2 small hand towels/face towels
  22. 1 water bottle. You can choose to get mineral water or refill your water bottle
  23. 1 Toiler paper roll
  24. Tissue paper packets
  25. 1 packet of wet wipes
  26. Sanitary napkins for women
  27. Tooth brush, tooth paste
  28. Soap/paper soap/hand wash
  29. Hand sanitizer
  30. Moisturizer lotion
  31. Cold Cream
  32. Perfumes/Deodorant sprays
  33. Good Sun Screen lotion with SPF 50 or more
  34. Other toiletries
  35. Lip cream, vaseline
  36. A pair of scissors
  37. Nail cutters
  38. Tweezers etc. if you want to carry them
  39. Oil for hair if you want to oil your hair
  40. Shampoo and conditioner
  41. Bathing soap/shower gel/loofah
  42. Sun glasses
  43. 1 Head lamp or torch, batteries + extra batteries for the head lamp or torch
  44. Memory cards for camera
  45. A DSLR Camera and all accessories that you would like to bring along with it
  46. Extra batteries for camera
  47. Chargers for your phone
  48. Charger for the camera
  49. Phone
  50. Lenses/glasses could be photo-chromatic
  51. Your own medical kit with personal medication
  52. Your Driving Licence or a valid government ID proof
  53. Spending money as in loose cash
  54. Extra ATM Cards if you want to carry them
  55. Diaries
  56. Pens
  57. Candies, chocolates
  58. Copy of your airline tickets
  59. A copy of your travel insurance
  60. A mind full of good will
  61. Yourself
  62. Smiles for the road

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness occurs when a human is acutely exposed to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It normally occurs above 2400meters or 8000feet. Anyone and everyone can be affected by altitude sickness. Most people can ascend to about 2400m without difficulty.

Altitude sickness is also known as altitude illness, hypobaropathy, “the altitude bends” or soroche.

It has 3 forms.

Mild altitude sickness is also called acute mountain sickness. It is similar to having a hangover. It causes nausea, fatigue and headaches. It is very common. Some people are affected mildly while some feel awful.

If a human experiences acute mountain sickness, then there is a chance of it developing more serious forms of altitude sickness like HAPE and HACE, both of which can be fatal within hours.

Acute mountain sickness (or AMS) can lead to HAPE (or high altitude pulmonary edema). Excess fluids accumulate in the lungs. This can be life-threatening and can happen to anyone who goes above 2400m. If you experience any of the following symptoms then you may die soon
• Difficulty in breathing or breathlessness
• Cough
• Weakness or decreased exercise performance
• Chest tightness or congestion
• Blue skin color
• Rapid shallow breathing
• Rapid heart rate
• Crackles or wheezing, while breathing, in at least one lung field
• In some cases, HAPE can cause a high temperature fever and coughing up frothy spit.

One of the main causes of HAPE is a shortage of oxygen which is caused by lower air pressure at high altitudes.

Acute mountain sickness can also lead to HACE (or high altitude cerebral edema). Excess fluids in the brain, leads to the swelling of the brain and this can happen because of the physiological effects of travelling at high altitude. Some of the symptoms are

• Vomiting
• Confusion
• Clumsiness
• Stumbling
• Laziness
• Excessive emotion
• Excessive violence
• Fever
• Coordination of movement
• Discomfort or pain in the eyes due to light exposure or by presence of actual physical sensitivity of the eyes
• An altered mental state
• Severe headaches
• Hallucination in some cases
• Stupor
• Blurred vision
• Paralysis
• Drowsiness and loss of consciousness can occur shortly before death.

It occurs when the body fails to acclimatize while ascending to a high altitude. It also occurs because of oxygen deprivation.

Treatment of HAPE and HACE are

• Immediate descent to lower altitudes is absolutely essential
• Dexamethasone and acetazolamide should both be given, if available
• Pressure bags and oxygen gas can buy time

The main causes for altitude sickness are

• Ascending faster than 500m per day
• Exercising vigorously at high altitudes
• Lower levels of oxygen at high altitudes
• Every one including a physically fit person such as an Olympic athlete can get altitude sickness.

To prevent high altitude sickness, one must ascend very slowly. One needs to acclimatize the body properly and get used to the altitude at every level. The body can acclimatize beautifully however, it needs enough time. It could take up to a week to adapt to an altitude of 5000m.

Only one drug is currently known to prevent AMS and to be safe for this purpose: acetazolamide (diamox). It causes some minor side effects, such as tingling fingers and a funny taste in the mouth.
Content reference

http://www.altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness

There is no known cure for altitude sickness. Although these methods have been tried and it helps in reducing symptoms

• Stay well hydrated throughout. Before you hit high altitude ensure that you have had 0.5 litres of water atleast half an hour before. Ensure that every night before going to bed, you have 0.5 litres of water.
• Force yourself to eat even if you have slight headaches. Having slight headaches is normal.
• Slow down and don’t force yourself to go faster.
• Ascend very slowly.
• Go high, sleep low. You can go to a high altitude but ensure that you always sleep at lower altitudes.
• Stay positive.
• Enjoy the nature.
• Breathe deeply if you go breathless.
• While climbing stairs, go one step at a time. If you feel breathless, stop, take a minute to recover and then start climbing again. Slight breathlessness is normal.
• Staying fit is also a key. Altitude sickness can hit even the fittest of the people, but that doesn’t mean one should not be fit. It is better to tackle altitude sickness with a fit body than an unfit body.
• Regular pranayama exercises like simple anulom-vilom if started a couple of months before the trip to a high altitude destination can help in better breathing.
• Simple 30mins brisk walking, if started a couple of months before the trip to a high altitude destination can also help in improving levels of fitness.
• Ensure that you are dressed in layers. Even if you are indoors, ensure that you only take off the top most layer. The heat should never escape the body.
• Don’t stay indoors. Be outside in the cold rather than the warm indoors. It helps in better acclimatization.
• Some say Coca helps. Consult your homeopath.
• Don’t drink alcohol as it tends to dehydrate the body.
• Take the first day to acclimatize to the altitude. Take it easy. Rest for a couple of hours before you go for a short walk the moment you land at the high altitude destination.
• Avoid caffeinated products as they tend to dehydrate.
• Have the local food as far as possible.

Descend to a lower altitude immediately if the symptoms get worse. Consult the doctor. Use oxygen to increase oxygen pressure. Diamox is easily available over the counter in Leh-Ladakh and Nepal. Resort to that in case of bad nausea or bad headaches.


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.

Essentials for non-Indians

Coming soon!


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Italy 2017

8-day trip to Italy

One of the most beautiful destinations in Europe, Italy, is a spectacular country offering diverse landscapes and is a treasure trove of art. Known for its sumptuous cuisine, Italy is a heaven for food lovers. Amidst the historic ruins of the city, experience the divine combination of wine and pasta.

Rome

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Birthplace of Renaissance and the center of Roman Empire, Rome is the classic combination of history, food and architecture and the romantic al fresco settings. Eating out in Rome is one of the finest experiences. Throughout history, Rome has produced top artists who have gone beyond the creative achievement. Statues and museums, mosaics and frescoes and ornamental facades flanking medieval piazzas adorn city’s historic streets. This is the place where you will be amidst Michelangelo’s pieces of art; David and Sistine Chapel frescoes, the Da Vinci’s Last Supper and many more. The city offerings of artistic and architectural treasures leave you wanting for more.

BuffyFish takes you on an exhilarating night tour, walking through tangled lanes of the historic city experiencing the enticing aroma of freshly ground coffee and giving a breathless view of the cityscape, magnificent Colosseum and the luring St. Peter’s dome. A trip with BuffyFish will give you a thrilling and an overwhelming experience of the cultural conundrum that is Rome. Viewing the Colosseum, Pantheon will take you back to the days of the Roman Empire, while the catacombs and churches will give you a glimpse of the early days of Christianity. While in Rome, you must gorge on the food and absorb the culture of the city. Spending hours at the street side cafes and enjoying the breathless view is a part of Roman experience.

Florence

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Florence, a place to enjoy world class art, is a romantic, captivating and an absorbing city. Explore the ‘Cradle of Renaissance’ with an expert guide and learn about some of the hidden sights. Enjoy a perfect blend of the city’s alluring beauty and its contemporary places, while knowing how “Street of beautiful Women’ got its name. A trip with BuffyFish’s tour guide will take you back in time to the Italian Renaissance and discover the reasons for the city being one of the significant places for art and cultural movements in the history of Europe. Unravel the small city’s ancient legends and the history that goes back to 1000 years.

Tuscany

From extraordinary paintings to sculptures and frescoes, Tuscany is considered the repository of art. Enjoy the wonderful, yet simple cuisine and wine in the amazing countryside of the region. Refresh in the medieval villages and historical towns and castles and churches, all which lend a unique blend of landscape to Tuscany. Indulge in the spas offering a well-deserved relaxation.

Located in central western Tuscany, Pisa is a renowned tourist destination with a splendid landscape incorporating Romanesque architecture and historical villages with the Leaning Tower of Pisa being the most magnificent monuments. Archaeological finds are scattered all over the place offering a history that goes way back in time. Culture, wine, cuisine and spas are all that you can discover in this unique but impressive land.

Siena extends over some of the most famous territories of Tuscany. A walk past the countryside offers remarkable abbeys such as Sant’ Antimo, architecture and small towns such as San Quirico d’Orcia or San Gimignano which have their original appearance preserved until this date. Experience the fresh Tuscan feel with BuffyFish’s exclusive trips.

Cinque Terre is a district comprising of five towns, where houses are bordered by lush nature. Take delight in the beauty of these five villages- Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare that create a blend of nature and culture.

The optional tour that you opt for is Tuscany where you could explore the countryside with the following tours.

  • Travel to Pisa from Florence in a bus
  • Experience the wine estate of San Gimignano and Siena in a bus from Florence
  • Trip to Cinque Terre, one of the most enchanting landscapes, in a bus
  • Experience the life in villages between sea and land which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

End the day well with an aperitif in one of the most entrancing location of the city.

Venice

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Gorge on the Venetian cuisine, a royal spread with lagoon sea food, the kinds found nowhere else. Enjoy the Venetian architecture along the banks of the Grand Canal. The city built on water has much more to explore than one may think. Venice thrives on mystery and awestruck sights of the hidden passageways to the beyond comprehension radiance of the Titian’s Assunta altarpiece. The place is spell bound to anyone who visits and will return for more.

BuffyFish’s trip takes you on a tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello islands. Preserving the authentic traditions of Venice, these islands offer a tranquil experience in which you can absorb yourself. Visit the glass- blowing factory in Murano, the first cathedral of Venice in Torcello and check out for some beautiful handcrafted lace in Burano.

Known for its ancient glass making tradition, island of Murano can be explored while stopping at a glass factory to see some works of art. Absorb in the magnificence of the palaces and churches and get a glimpse of San Michele, a 19th century cemetery. The island of Torcello was the earliest center of civilization in the Venetian lagoon. See here the evidence of a glorious past that flourished with embellished churches and palaces. Burano is a picturesque island with bright colored houses and is home to the finest of the laces in Europe. See for yourself the craft of lace making.

BuffyFish gives you an experience and a real feel of the culture and traditions of Italy, allowing your soul to absorb in the art and cuisine of the country.


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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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