A dream destination for any spirited traveler, Bhutan is a paradise in the foothills of the Himalayas, offering you the glorious landscapes full of mountains and valleys. Bhutan has also been described as ‘The Land of Happiness‘, owing to its unique concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) instead of the world norm of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
With 65% forest cover being a constitutional condition and having wildlife corridors between different national parks throughout the country, Bhutan is the only Carbon Negative country on Planet Earth! Not to miss, this country has a cultural heritage like none other.
We bring you an experience of a lifetime in Bhutan. Our carefully planned itinerary offers you the best experience possible – the joyous adventure of a road trip, while we explore the scenic and cultural heritage of the country! We promise the trip will be a treat to all your senses, making it an experience you’ll cherish forever!
So what are you waiting for?? Come, get enchanted by the mystic beauty, that is Bhutan!
This Bhutan Itinerary is Perfect For:
- Cultural Explorers
- Natural Enthusiast
- Explore the cultural heritage of Bhutan
- Trek to The Tiger’s Nest – Yes, the one you find on most Bhutan pictures
- Architectural Beauty of the Dzongs all over Bhutan
- A treat to your taste buds with local cuisines.
- 108 Stupas at the high altitude pass of Dochu La
- Drive through Bhutan’s highest motorable road at Chele La
- Enjoy a natural Hot Stone Bath, a definite treat after the hike!
Brief Itinerary – 9 Nights, 10 Days
Arrive at Bagdogra, Transfers to Phuentsholing
You will be picked up from the airport, leading way to a beautiful journey across the fields of West Bengal, while we make way to the India – Bhutan border. We cross the border and enter Bhutan. Overnight stay in the border town of Pheuntsholing.
Phuentsholing to Thimphu
After processing Entry Permits early morning, we visit Kharbandi Gompa on our way to Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu is very scenic through beautiful forests, towns and roadside villages. The quietness of the country will take you by surprise. We take our hit at the first chance of tasting the local cuisine as we make way to the only multicultural city in Bhutan. Overnight stay in Thimphu.
A day filled with activity! After breakfast, we visit Memorial Chorten which was built by the then, Her majesty in memory of her late son, His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”).
Next up, Kuensel Phodrang, the largest Buddha statue in Bhutan, which is about 169 feet tall. We then explore the Folk and Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating account of Bhutan’s living tradition.
If time permits, we visit the National Library where the history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts. After enjoying a filling lunch in town, we visit Trashichho Dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. Overnight stay at Thimphu.
Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast will drive to Punakha. On the way, you will stop at Dochula (3150m) and there you can see 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten. It’s time to chill as we relax at a cafe at the top, enjoying views of the snow capped mountain ranges of Bhutan. It’s time to enjoy a more relaxed second half of the day!
Once we reach Punakha, we visit the Punakha Dzong, said to be the most beautiful Dzong of Bhutan! – I couldn’t agree more, especially under the lights! As we take some time off to relax, spend sometime by the river, peace time for a few, game time for the others!
First, we visit Chimi Lhakhang, built at the joining of two rivers. This temple is also known as The Temple of Fertility, thanks to the famous philosophy, ‘Salvation through Sex’ by its maker.
Later, we explore the only monastery for and run by nuns – Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup! Yes, learn the spellings…Give it a try! During the second half, we visit the Hanging Bridge, enjoy amazing views of the valley around in addition to display picture photography.
Those wanting some thrill, can take a shot at white water rafting, which as per regular standards, is on the expensive side, but worth doing! For others, it’s time to explore the quaint town of Punakha! Overnight stay in Punakha.
Punakha to Paro
After breakfast, we move towards Paro, some relief to all as we will be staying there for the next 3 nights! On reaching Paro, we will visit Ta Dzong, a watch tower built for the sole purpose of defending Rinpung Dozng, the main Dzong in Paro, during inter-valley wars of the 17th century. However, since 1967 it has been modified to become the National Museum of the country.
Later, we pay a visit to Rinpung Dzong. This Dzong, houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district.
Finally, we’ll end our day with Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines. If you ask me, there are few places releasing more positivity than this place! It brings one to the epitome of stillness!
Day Excursion to Chele La
Post breakfast will drive towards Chele La. Situated at an elevation of 3,988 meters, it happens to be the highest motorable pass in Bhutan. The pass provides stunning views of
the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.
At the top, you will fine innumerable prayer flags tied everywhere, fluttering in the wind, spreading positive energy – as believed by Buddhism! This place is heavenly for anyone who loves flowers, one can see cascades of wild roses; purple and yellow primulas; countless deep blue iris covering the forest floor.
The top of the pass blooms with rhododendrons in a variety of colours-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet. Yes, its surely time for some photography enroute. Once back, its time to eat something junk. We explore the town of Paro and its cozy little cafe’s. All those who were waiting to get their hands on some goodies, clothes etc…Here’s the time for shopping!
Hike to Tiger’s Nest
After an early breakfast, we begin the hike to Paro Taktsang. It’s a place where all of you will click a mandatory picture, most being converted to display pictures as well! This place was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century.
It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then meditated in one of the caves and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, the place came to be known as the Tiger’s Nest. Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan.
Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated. Once done with the hike, it’s time to give your muscles a treat. You may choose to go for a natural hot stone bath. We go to a sweet shop, a treat to our ever eager taste buds, as we touch a near end to the trip.
Paro to Pheuntsholing
It’s time to begin the return trip, back to Phuentsholing. Enjoy the wee hours of experiencing the cleanest air in the world.
Return to Bagdogra, Fly off!
As your 9 nights 10 days Bhutan trip comes to an end. Proceed for your transfer to the airport/railway station and begin your journey home.
- Phuentsholing – Hotel Asian Kitchen/Similar
- Thimphu – Hotel Kenny/Similar
- Punakha – Hotel Kingaling/Similar
- Paro – Hotel Blue Poppy/Similar
- Accommodation in Triple Sharing at all destinations as per the itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner from Day 2 to Day 9
- Dinner on Day 1
- Breakfast and Lunch on Day 10
- Comfortable Non-AC Tata Hiace Bus for day 2 to Day 9
- Comfortable Non – AC Innova on Day 1 and Day 10
- Sim Card Charges (With Talktime of Rs. 200)
- Taxes applicable
- Lunch expenses during the tour
- Train/Flight to and from Bagdogra
- River Rafting, if one chooses to do
- Hot Stone Bath
- Any miscellaneous expense incurred during the tour
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Things to Carry:
- One valid Identity Proof, along with a Photocopy
- 5 Passport Size Photographs
- Water Bottles
- A lightweight Haversack or Backpack, and a smaller Day Sack
- Woolen Gloves, woolen socks, Monkey Cap/Balaclava, Neck Scarf
- Thermal Inners
- Waterproof gloves and windcheater/poncho
- Personal clothing(Dressing Moderately to visit monasteries and dzongs)
- Cap, sunglasses, scarf
- Camera, Binoculars (Optional)
- Toiletries – Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Light towel, Lip balm, Wet wipes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer
- Extra Polythene Bags (To segregate used/ unused garments, wet/ dry clothing)
- Any medicines that you consume normally, post consulting a doctor
- Mosquito repellent
- Snacks & Biscuits to munch on (Optional)
How to Get There:
Flights fly regularly in and out of Bagdogra Airport. Please choose a flight that has a scheduled arrival time in accordance to the pickup time.
The nearest railway station to Bagdogra Airport is New Jaipalguri(NJP), 19 Kms away. Regular trains from different parts of the country run, especially from Kolkata and Guwahati. Share transport is available from the railway station to the airport, which take about 30 mins. Please plan your train journeys in accordance to the pickup timings.
The bordering town Jaigaon is well connected by Bus from various cities such as Siliguri, Kolkata etc.
- Pickup Time: 2 pm on Day 1, Bagdogra Airport
- Drop Time: 12 pm on Day 10, Bagdogra Airport
Participants are expected to book their flights as per the above pickup and drop timings. We will not be responsible for delayed arrivals and early departures. In such cases, participants need to borne the cost for pickup and drop separately.
Modes Of Payment: You have an option to pay Rs.
15,000/- per person in part to book a seat now. However, full payment will be needed at least 30 days prior to the event date for confirmation.
Net Banking Details:
- Bank Name: HDFC Bank
- Account ID: 00841140026974
- Account Type: Savings Account
- Account name: MonilJhaveri
- Branch: MUMBAI – Dadar
- IFSC Code :HDFC0000084
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Look forward to having you with us!