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Overnights

Place Nights   Hotel Category
Delhi 1
Ashok Country Resort / Radisson Blu 4* / 5*
Darjeeling 2
Hotel Mayfair / Hotel Cedar Inn Heritage Hotel
Gangtok 2
Hotel Norkhil Heritage Hotel
Phuensholing  1
Hotel Lhaki 3*/4*
Thimpu 2
Hotel Migmar 3*/4*
Punakha 1 Meri Puensum Resort 3*/4*
Bumthang 2
Hotel Peling 3*/4*
Gangtey 1
Hotel Dewachen  3*/4*
Paro 2
Hotel Zhiwaling 5*
Delhi 1
Hotel JP Siddhatha 5*


Note: 

1. Heritage Hotels are old ancient castles, palaces and fortresses, which are converted into a hotel. They offer a high quality of service and provide a glimpse into the traditional life style and architecture. 

2. In case the rooms are not available in the mentioned hotels, we will book for you equivalent category hotels with a correspondingly high level . The advertised hotel classifications are based on country category.

Transport

Traveling with a pleasant transport is a delight. For your convenience, we organize comfortable small or large, air-conditioned or non air-conditioned buses or vehicles that meet international standards. We choose reliable drivers who know the routes very well based on their long experiences. You will travel with us in safe hands.

Depending on the number of participant different means of transport will be available.

 

1 - 4 people: Toyota or comparable car

  • The backrest of the comfortable seats can be adjusted.
  • Plenty of room for 4 people and their luggage - suitable for a family trip
  • The nice scenery can be enjoyed through the large windows.
  • The rides are comfortable with the Toyota Innova. Plenty of room for things like travel bag, book, bottle, cell phone, camera and others are available.

 

5 - 16 people: Minibus Toyota Coaster

  • 21 Seats (including driver)
  • Big windows, comfortable Seats
  • Free baggage car for the suitcases 

 

 

B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner, N - Night stay, CW - Change & Wash

Day 1

Delhi

On arrival you are met and transferred to hotel. After breakfast we do a city tour of old and New Delhi. We pass by the Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, India Gate and Govt. buildings. B, D

Day 2

Delhi - Bagdogra – Darjeeling | 2 hrs. flight time + 68 km | 2N

In the Morning we fly from Delhi to Bagdogra. From here we continue to the famous tea gardens of the world in Darjeeling. B, L, D

Day 3

Darjeeling

Early in the morning departure to Tiger Hill (2590 m), with a clear view during sunrise one has a view of the famous Himalayan Mountain peaks Kanchenjunga (8,598 m) and Mount Everest. The rest of the day we visit the Himalayan Mountaineer Institute and Museum, the botanical garden and a Tibetan refugee camp. In the afternoon we take the mountain railway "Toy Train" to the Monastery of Ghoom. B, L, D

Day 4

Darjeeling - Gangtok | 97 km | 2N

Drive to Gangtok, the most important town of the former kingdom and the present state of Sikkim. The afternoon is for your own leisure. B, L, D

Day 5

Gangtok

Visit the once sacred Buddhist Monastery Rumtek (25 km) in Ranipul Valley. Visit of the royal Monastery Tsukla Khang, the Royal Palace, the Namgyal Institute and the Museum for Tibet ology. Afterwards we drive up to the Monastery Enchay, the main market and the Do Drul Chorten. B, L, D

Day 6

Gangtok – Chalsa - Phuentsholing | 225 km | 1N

Drive to Phuentsholing. Today we cross the border to Bhutan. B, L, D

Day 7

Phuentsholing – Thimpu | 175 km | 2N

After breakfast drive through the beautiful countryside to Thimphu with a stop at the oldest monastic fortress in the country, the Simtokha Dzong and Gompa Kharabandi. B, L, D

Day 8

Thimpu

Today you will visit the Tashichho Dzong - the administrative center in Thimpu, the Capital of Bhutan. You will observe the usual life in Bhutan, the Arts and Crafts School, the monasteries, the Chorten, which the believers circle in a clockwise direction, the colorful market and the national animal the Takin, a goat-antelope. B, L, D

Day 9

Thimpu – Punakha | 76 km | 1N

After breakfast we will drive to Punakha using the Dochula Pass (3150 m). From there you have a look at the beautiful Chorten and mountains. In the late afternoon you will visit the Punakha Dzong, the Tsang-Chhu River, and winter residence of the former Bhutanese king. The program contains a hike (about 1 hour) to the Chimi Lakhang monastery, which is situated on a beautiful hill. Then we will visit the temple of fertility. B, L, D

Day 10

Punakha – Trongsa - Bumthang | 214 km | 2N

Drive to Trongsa via the Pele La Pass (3.350m). In Trongsa, visit of the Trongsa Dzong on Mandgi River, one of the most impressive monastery fortresses throughout Bhutan. We continue our journey having nice views of the snowcapped mountains of the Himalayas to the most beautiful valley Bumthang in central Bhutan. B, L, D

Day 11

Bumthang

Today is a day for sightseeing and hiking, since not everything can be reached by car. Visit of the Jampey Lakhang, Dzong Bumthang and Lakhang Kurjey. Depending on the timing and schedule, we will be able to drive to Lake Membartsho. B, L, D

Day 12

Bumthang - Probjikha | 60 km | 1N

From Gangtey Monastery we will do an easy walking tour over the green meadows down to the Probjika Valley, a valley of black-necked cranes. In the afternoon, visit the Crane Information Center. B, L, D

Day 13

Probjikha - Paro | 185 km | 2N

Return to Paro using the Wangdi Phodang. On the way we take a break on the Dochu-La Pass. B, L, D

Day 14

Paro

 

A trip to the famous monastery "Tiger's Nest", Taktshang a place of meditation of the tantric Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Lunch in the cafeteria of Taktshang. On the way back to Paro we visit the oldest temple in Bhutan, the Kyichu Lakhang. B, L, D

Day 15

Paro - Delhi | Flight time 2.5 hrs. | 1N

Morning flight from Paro to Delhi over the Himalaya chain, a unique and impressive experience. The rest of the day is free to relax. B, L, D

Day 16

Delhi | CW

In the event that the flight from Paro to Delhi should not work on the previous day due to weather conditions, this day is meant to be a spare day. Tour of Delhi's Old- and New Town, the afternoon is at leisure. After refreshment and dinner transfer to the airport to return home. B, L, D

 

We make stops and breaks for photos and food on the way from one destination to the other.

 

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Practical Information India, Ladakh, Sikkim and Bhutan

For a satisfying travel experience good preparation is important. On this page you find some practical information for your trip to India and Bhutan. 

Insurance

Flying Elephant Tours and Leisure recommends you take out travel insurance, inclusive of tour cancellation insurance, medical insurance with repatriation costs in case of accident or illness. 

For European traveler we can assist with a link to ERV Insurance

Passport and Visa requirements

A valid visa and a passport with 6 months of validity from the commencement date of the journey are required for all parties, adults as well as children. 

Online visa application for India

Since June 20 2011 only online visa applications are accepted. The application form can be filled out directly on the website of the Indian Embassy:

https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/  

  • Visa fees: currently 63.78 EUR + handling fee of the Visa Agency 
  • Processing time: 3 working days at the desk of visa agency, 2-3 weeks for postal application 
  • Validity of tourist visa: 6 months from the date of issue. Extension is not possible. 

Alternatively, you can organize your visa for India quickly, reliably and at reasonable prices through our partner agencies.

For the countries below please see the www.cibtvisas.com website.


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Visa for Sikkim and Bhutan

Please note that for a few regions (e.g. Sikkim) an extra permit must be applied for in addition to the visa. The visa for Bhutan will be organized by Flying Elephant Tours & Leisure for you.

For more information about the India visa application click on the information page of the Indian Embassy

Health

The Indian subcontinent has a subtropical climate. Therefore, we encourage you to be well prepared for common travel health issues that may occur during the journey. 

We at Flying Elephant Tours & Leisure provide the advice below on health precautions that should be taken during the trip. However our information can never replace a medical consultation. We recommend that you get a medical check-up and then prepare to take the following with you: 

  • Mosquito repellent, diarrhea medication and sunscreen with high SPF 
  • Medication for nausea, fever, pain and cold symptoms 
  • Plasters/bandages and antiseptic cream for minor cuts
  • Medications that you must take regularly, in double amount 

Vaccinations

The German Foreign Office recommends you to take the standard vaccinations for the journey in addition to immunization schedule of the Robert Koch Institute for children and adults

Recommended Vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis A 
  • Typhoid 

Optional Vaccinations:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Polio (infantile paralysis)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Influenza (flu) 
  • Pneumococcal

Vaccinations for Long Stays

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Japanese encephalitis

We also recommend the protection against mosquitoes and insects, as they transfer some diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya. Preventions is an effective measures against diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, tuberculosis, HIV / AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, influenza (seasonal flu), avian influenza (AIH5N1).

A yellow fever vaccination is not required for the entry to India, unless you have been in Africa in the last few weeks.

International Travelers may wish to refer to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an online source for credible health information.

The following websites can also be useful for you.

 

Altitude sickness only for Ladakh and Bhutan

You may be faced with the altitude sickness during rapid ascent to altitudes above 2000-2500 meters ("too fast too high,"). The main reason is the low oxygen pressure. The symptoms are not always the same and can be different for each person. These include headache, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, and weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, drowsiness, tinnitus and insomnia. 

The best tip to avoid all problems is to pay attention to your body and slowly adapt to the altitude. The body can acclimatize within a few days to some extent by producing more red blood cells. A day of rest and avoidance of further ascent is the best treatment. If symptoms do not improve after a day, a descent to 500 to 1000 m is recommended. One should avoid alcohol, smoking or sleeping pills. The body needs a lot of liquid and therefore it is advisable to drink plenty of water. 

For headaches anti-inflammatory without steroidal e.g. Ibuprofen can be taken. 

Against nausea antiemetic may be effective. For better acclimatization acetazolamide (Diamox®) can be helpful. Other drugs, such as theophylline, ginkgo biloba capsules and montelukast are currently also used. 

 

Health insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out valid health insurance inclusive of tour cancellation insurance, medical insurance with repatriation costs in case of accident or illness as the statutory health insurance does not cover all related costs abroad. 

Flying Elephant Tours & Leisure works with "ERV - European Travel Insurance AG". ERV can give you the right insurance for your needs. 

Below link from the US Department of State, Travel.State.Gov gives an overview of US Health Insurer. The link is provided for informational purposes only and in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the Department of State and/or Flying Elephant Tours & Leisure.

US Department of State

 

The following web links are recommended for further information on health for traveling. 

Geography

India

Total area: 3,287,590 square km, Population: 1.2 billion

Bhutan

Total area: 38,394 square km, Population: 756,894

Climate

India: North and Central India - subtropical and monsoon rains from June to September 

Ladakh and Bhutan: Continental mountain climate, June to September dry and warm, strong variations in temperature between sun and shade, day and night, from October to May very cold down to -40° C 

Best time to visit

India 

September to April

  • Rajasthan - Colourful Fairyland
  • Diamonds of India 
  • Golden Splendour of India 
  • Surprising South India

June to September

  • Ladakh Himalaya - Mini Tibet

Bhutan

October to March

  • Bhutan - Inviting Happiness 

Finance

India 

Money 

The import and export of Indian rupees is prohibited. To carry cash in € or $ is allowed in limited sums. A maximum of 5000 U.S. $ cash or $ 10,000 maximum in traveler's checks is allowed.

You can bring cash and travelers checks. Both are changeable from the money changers. We recommend changing cash and checks at banks or official exchange offices and to keep the receipts for these. You need to change back rupees on departure. You can also change money in most hotels.

Credit cards 

Credit cards are also recommended. (Please note credit card must be activated for overseas - please check with your own bank before departure). Some cash machines (ATM) also allow withdrawing money with the normal Maestro card; in this case, the fees can be cheaper than withdrawing cash with your credit card. 

Maestro card 

Cards with the Cirrus or Maestro symbol are accepted in Europe and worldwide. For more information, please contact with banks and financial institutions. 

Note: Travelers who want to pay with their bank card and withdraw money abroad should check with their financial institution about the possibility to use their card prior to arrival.

Bhutan

Bhutan's currency is the Ngultrum (Nu). It is par with the Indian rupee which is accepted as legal tender in the country. 

Note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.

ATM's are located within all main towns throughout Bhutan, where money can be withdrawn using a Visa or MasterCard. A list of ATM locations can be found on this Link.

Currency Change: Bhutan National Bank, the Druk PNB and the Tashi Bank. Traveler's cheque can be easily withdrawn and exchanged for local currency. Many of these banks provide internet banking facilities.

Customs Regulations

Regulations for India and Bhutan

Passenger declaration form at port of entry and departure form at port of departure are required to be filled out. This will be asked by the Customs authorities in India as well as in Bhutan. A clearance certificate is required for export of old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance. If importing any items to Bhutan which are for sale or gifts, they may be liable for customs duty.

Allowed Import / Export

There is no import duty on personal property and items like jewelry, camera, binoculars, radio, video camera, gifts worth up to 750 rupees, 200 cigarettes (in Bhutan payment of import duty of 200%) and 0.95 liter alcoholic beverages.

Prohibited Import / Export

  • Arms, ammunitions and explosives
  • all narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs
  • Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species
  • Antiques
  • Gold, Silver and Currency in excess of prescribed limits

Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be declared on arrival. 

Electricity 

India 

Most 220 volt AC, 50 Hz.

Bhutan

230 Volts AC, 50 Hz., round hole two-pin and three-pin outlets

However, there are often severe voltage fluctuations in India and Bhutan. The size of outlets varies, it is recommended to bring a set of adapter plugs (mainly English system). 

Local Time

India

GMT + 4.5 hrs (+ 3.5 hrs in summer). In India there is no summer and winter time.

Bhutan

GMT + 6 hrs

Languages

India: Hindi, English

Ladakh: Ladakhi, Tibetan, Hindi and English 

Bhutan: Bhutani, English, Nepali. 

Distances to Delhi

From Bhutan 1,212 km / 753 miles

From London 6,720 km

From Amsterdam 6,360 km

From Frankfurt 6,120 km

From Vienna 5,570 km

From Washington 11,370 km / 7,067 miles

From New York 11,770 km / 7315 miles

From Houston 13,490 km / 8380 miles

Recommended clothing

India and Bhutan are still partial conservative countries. Clothes should not be too tight or too short. You should cover your neck with a scarf. 

In winter (October to February) warm clothes and T-shirts with long arms are recommended, as the nights can be cool. 

Phone / Postal 

Post Office 

Letters to overseas locations need approx. 8-10 days by air mail (must be marked as such). By sea transport it will take about 2-3 months from India as well as from Bhutan. 

Phone 

India: The country code to call is +91  

Bhutan: The Country code to call is +975

To have and use of satellite phones is prohibited.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

India

Police:  100

Fire:  101

Medical:  102/108

Bhutan

Police:  113

Fire:  112

Medical:  110

Mobile 

India

Network technologies: GSM 900/1800. 

Currently, there are roaming agreements with operators in India by E-Plus, O2, Telekom and Vodafone. 

For the iDEN network technology a special iDEN mobile phone is needed.

Bhutan

B-Mobile (the local mobile phone company) has agreements with most Asian and European mobile providers to allow calls to be made. B-Mobile SIM cards are available for purchase.

Internet 

India

Country Code: .in 

Internet cafes are everywhere in the cities.

Bhutan

Country Code: .bt

There are some Internet cafes in Thimphu.

Important Contacts

The diplomatic missions in Europe and India have an address list of doctors and hospitals in each city for emergencies

U.S. Embassy New Delhi

  • Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021 India
  • Telephone +(91) (11) 2419-8000
  • Emergency After-Hours Telephone +(91) (11) 2419-8000
  • Fax +(91) (11) 2419-8407
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Indian Embassy & Consulates in the US

  • 2107 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
  • Telephone: (202) 939-7000, 
  • Fax: (202) 265-4351
  • Embassy Hours: 930 AM - 600 PM EST
  • Website

Netherland Embassy in New Delhi

  • 6/50 F, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021
  • Phone (+91) 011 2419 7600
  • Fax (+91) 011 2419 7710
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Indian Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands

  • Buitenrustweg 2, 2517 KD, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Tel. 070-346 9771 (general)
  • Fax: 070-361 7072
  • E-mail: [email protected] 

Belgium Embassy New Delhi 

  • 50-N Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, 110021 New Delhi, India
  • Tel. +91 11 424 280 00
  • Emergency: +91 98 101 179 31
  • Emergency consular assistance, ONLY for of Belgians in difficulty, outside opening hours
  • Fax: +91 11 424 280 02
  • E-Mail: [email protected] 
  • WEBSITE

Indian Embassy in Belgium

  • 217, Chaussee de Vleurgat, 1050 Brussels
  • Tel: +32 (0)2 6409140, +32 (0)2 6451850
  • Fax: +32 (0)2 6489638(Chancery), +32 (0)2 6451869(Consular wing)
  • E-Mail: [email protected]
  • WEBSITE 
  • Emergency help line No for consular assistance (after office hours): +32 (0)2 6466872

German Embassy in New Delhi 

  • 6, Shantipath Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 21
  • Tel. 011-26871813 
  • WEBSITE

Embassy of India in Berlin 

  • Tiergartenstraße 17.10785 Berlin
  • Tel. 030-257950 

Austrian Embassy in New Delhi

  • EP-13, Chandra Gupta Marg Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 21
  • Tel. 011-26889050 

Indian Embassy in Vienna 

  • Kärntnerring 2A, 1015 Vienna 
  • Tel. 01-5058666
  • Fax: 01-5059219
  • E-mail: [email protected] 

Swiss Embassy in New Delhi 

  • Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri New Delhi 21
  • Tel. 011-26878327 

Indian Embassy in Bern 

  • Kirchenfeldstrasse 28, 3005 Bern
  • Tel. 031-3511110 / 031-35110 46 
  • Fax: 031-3511557
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Do's

  • Drink every day plenty of water. Please drink only mineral bottled water during the journey never tap water. In mountain area you should adapt to the high altitude.
  • You can take photographs everywhere but please ask the monks in temples/monasteries and women for permission before taking pictures.
  • Create copies of your documents like passport, visas and other identification documents and store them where they are easily accessible (e.g. send via email to yourself).
  • Inside temples, always move in clockwise direction. The same applies when spinning a prayer wheel: rotate the wheel clockwise.
  • During festivals, please avoid the use of flash. When attending a festival, dress your best.

Don’ts

  • Do not drink tap water! Drink only bottled water, or treat water before drinking.
  • Please don't do extensive sunbathing.
  • Please do not touch any animals on the street.
  • No alcohol in holy places, smoking is banned in public places.
  • No shoes in holy places.
  • Don't have your feet extended in front of you in most temples and monasteries.
  • When visiting temples, monasteries and sacred sites please dress conservatively in long skirts or trousers and tops with sleeves. Entering a monastery, please speak softly. Remove your shoes.

Checklist

  • Tickets, valid passport with visa
  • Money (cash and traveler's checks, maybe a credit card)
  • If available vaccination certificates
  • Light summer clothes, warm sweater, dark socks, hat and swimsuit 
  • Mosquito cream, sun hat, personal toiletries, lip balm 
  • Drugs: painkillers, preparations for gastric intestinal infections, colds and fever, further compresses, bandages, adhesive plasters, 
  • Medicines that you must take regularly, fever thermometer. 
  • Alarm clock (radio alarm clocks do not work), flashlight, camera with plenty of memory cards / movies 
  • Sunglasses, hat / cap, umbrella, sports or hiking boots, flashlight, water bottle 
  • Extra socks for temple visits, because to enter in the temples, monasteries and mosques with shoes is not allowed
  • Small backpack for excursions 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Binoculars (for wildlife observation)

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  • from € 3.695
  • 12 Pers. Max
  • 16 Days
  • 15 Nights

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Bhutan - Inviting Happiness   (best travel time: October to March)

On this trip, your joy grows along with the ascending pathways to the Himalayas. Seeing the golden mountain "Kanchenjunga" at sunrise will leave you with happy memories for years. On this trip, you will experience God’s creation more movingly than you’ve even seen. 9 days "In the Land of Joy", including 3 days in unspoiled Bumthang and Gangtey, will let you experience the specificity of the original Bhutan. The visits of monasteries, Dzong (monastery fortresses) and Buddhist temples tell the story of the reach of Buddhism from a simple village in India out into the high mountains of the Himalayas. The trip is intended for people who want to take a piece of pleasure back home from the Himalayas of India and Bhutan.

This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant's website (www.sto-garant.nl/en/downloads).

Delhi > Darjeeling > Gangtok > Rumtek > Phuentsholing > Thimpu - Punakha > Trongsa - Bumthang > Gangtey > Paro > Delhi

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Program Overview

Day 1 Delhi Day 9 Thimpu - Punakha 
Day 2 Delhi - Bagdorga - Darjeeling Day 10 Punakha - Trongsa - Bumthang
Day 3 Darjeeling - Toy Train Day 11 Bumthang
Day 4 Darjeeling - Gangtok Day 12 Bumthang - Probjikha Valley (Gangtey)
Day 5 Gangtok - Chalsa Day 13 Gangtey / Probjikha - Paro
Day 6 Gangtok - Chalsa - Phuentsholing (Bhutan) Day 14 Paro
Day 7 Phuentsholing - Thimpu Day 15 Paro - Delhi
Day 8 Thimpu Day 16 Delhi

Detailed Program

Bhutan - Inviting Happiness

12 Persons Max

Price per Person in EUR

Dates Double Room Single Supplement    
auf Anfrage / upon request € 3.695 p.P. + € 720 p.P. Enquiry Book

*Note to the group size:  If it fails to achieve an advertised minimum number of participants, it is still possible to perform the travel in a small group with an extra surcharge; alternatively we reserve the right to withdraw from the travel contract up to 21 days prior to departure (see Terms & Conditions). In this situation we inform you immediately. In this case the payments already made will be refunded immediately.
*Subject to change, travel confirmation and T&C of Flying Elephant Tours and Leisure are decisive.

Included Services (as described in Travel Itinerary)

  • Hotel stays in Double/Twin Rooms with Bathroom or Shower/WC
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
  • Domestic flights in destination land 
  • Train Tickets in destination land 
  • Transportation and Transfer in Air-conditioned Car/Bus
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tour guide
  • Foto and Camera fees (excluding movie shots)
  • 1 litre of Water per Person per day  

Not Included

  • International Flights to India
  • Drinks & beverages, personal expenses
  • Additional hotel stays for extension of the tour (outside of itinerary, can be arranged)
  • Tip for the local service
  • Visa fees for Visa to India, Nepal & Bhutan
  • Extended Tours (can be arranged)
  • all travel insurances
  • movie shots at sightseeing sights (when applicable)

 

Payments to Flying Elephant

Upon receipt of the written confirmation from the travel customer a deposit of 20 % of the price is due. The payment of the total price must be made 30 days before departure . For more information , please refer to our terms and conditions .