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Rafting In Punakha

Two major river systems have carved deep gorges and created vastly untouched natural environments. Rivers are fed by monsoons and the snow run-off of the Himalayas. The country boasts a 64% forest cover. Paddling the whitewater of Bhutan will offer a unique view of the country rarely even seen by the Bhutanese. November is the perfect time of year to see this country by raft. The summer rainy season has ended leaving rivers high enough to run, and the cold Himalayan winter has yet to descend into the valleys.

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You’ll spend your days traveling and rafting throughout this virtually untouched natural environment. More than a river trip, you will have the chance to embrace the culture and history of Bhutan and encounter the peaceful, fun-loving citizens as you journey down the Paro Chhu, Mo Chhu, or Thimphu Chhu. With views of the Himalayas, visits to Buddhist monasteries, and an exploration of the rich history of this tiny kingdom, you won’t want to miss this incredible journey.

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Fly onboard Druk Air to Paro, Bhutan. On a clear day, the panoramic views of the Himalayas are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep, turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. On arrival, once you have cleared any airport formalities, you will be met and transferred to Thimphu (2 hrs).

Overnight at the hotel, Thimphu.

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Morning drive to Punakha. The journey of some 70 km (around 40 miles) takes approximately 3 hours, crossing over the Dochu la (3100m) and Thinleygang. If the weather is clear there are wonderful Himalayan views from the past. Afternoon rafting on the Mochu River. Class III & IV +. Duration- 2 hours.

Overnight at the hotel, Punakha.

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Sightseeing the journey of some 135 km takes approximately 5 hours, passing the scenic Simtokha Dzong. A half-day tour of Paro will allow you to see the principal sites of the Paro Valley – Ta Dzong, and the ruined fort of Drukgyel Dzong. The National Museum is housed in Ta Dzong, a circular building from the same period as the fort, and was originally a fort overseeing Paro itself.

The building was renovated in 1967 to house the country’s national museum, which comprises a host of religious and cultural artifacts, Thangka, carvings, weapons, and other equipment captured by invading Tibetan armies.

Overnight at the hotel, Paro.

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  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

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