Arrival to Bagdogra-drive to Phuentsholing
(4-5 hrs drive-elevation-293 meters above the sea level)
Drive from Bagdogra to Phuentsholing. On reaching Phuentsholing you will be welcomed by our professional guide in a traditional Bhutanese by way of Khadar offerings. Our representative will help you with hotel check in. Evening leisure in Phuentsholing town. Visit Zangto pelri Park. Overnight stay will be in Phuentsholing.
Drive to Thimphu
(4-5 hrs 174 km- 2250 mtrs)
After breakfast proceed to make route permits and documents in the Immigration office and RSTA for vehicle documents with the help of our representatives. After all the protocols and required documents are acquired start your journey for Thimphu which is 6 hours’ drive. On a short drive visit Kharbandi Gompa to get a breathtaking view of Phuentsholing and the Great Indian plains. Half way to Thimphu stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way you will reach the highest point of about 2800m/9,185ft (Chapcha). On arrival at Thimphu visit
- National Memorial Chorten which is located at the heart of Thimphu city. It is continuously circumambulated by the devotees who are continuously murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Here you can see different people from all walks of life.
- Buddha Point: It is the largest sitting Buddha in the world standing 169 feet from the ground. The statue of Buddha Dordhenma is located at an elevation 2350 meters above the sea level. One can have a panoramic view of Thimphu City. It was constructed through donations from devotees all around the world. check in at hotel & you will be taken care by our hotel’s premium hospitality.
-After breakfast depart for sight seeing
This morning visit the majestic Trashichhoe Dzong and the newly consecrated Tara Lhaden Zhingkham lhakang (temple). Continue on to the awesome Golden Buddha which also offers an excellent 3 km hike option with sensational valley views. Other recommended places to visit are Zorig Chusum – the Institute of the 13 Arts & Crafts of Bhutan (closed over school holidays and weekends); the Folk Heritage Museum; the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts; the hand-made paper making factory & the colourful weekend markets (Fri-Sun) where everyone goes to buy an array of fresh fruits & vegetables, home-wares, handicrafts and clothes. After lunch we will visit the memorial chorten, the term memorial chorten refers to the stupa build in memory of late 3rd Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, built by HRH Ashi Phuentsho Choden Wangchuck. Herwill seeing different walks of life and some of the love birds catching their own time.
-We will visit one the first Dzongs (Fortress) by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, in early 16th century (1629) known as Simtokha Dzong. Then after lots of fortress has been built over Bhutan to protect from the Tibetan Invasion (Lam Kha Nga, five lopens). Now the fortress serves as the main administrative office and monastic central of the country. -Visit Changangkha Lhakhang: the temple is located at the valley of Chang. It was first founded in the 12th century by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and later built in the 13th century by his son Nima. -Evening leisure.
Thimphu to Punakha
(3 Hours’ drive, 1200 meters above the sea level)
-After breakfast. - Drive to Punakha with a stop at Dochula pass (3100 meters). Here we can view the spectacular Jigme Singye Wangchuck Himalayan ranges. Dochula pass is surrounded by 109 stupas/chortens which are ordained by beautiful prayer flags and one can get a gimpse of heaven. - Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. - After that visit Chimi Lhakhang which is a short hike through the fertility village and can also have the option of direct en-route to Chimi Lhakhang by vehicle. Chimi Lhakhang Temple lies in the fertile land of Lobesa village located at Punakha Valley. The temple is dedicated to a great saint known as Drukpa Kuenley who is also known as the divine madman to the west-whose story remains forever in the hearts of people. The temple is also known as the Temple of Fertility. Check in hotel. - Visit Punakha Dzong. It is situated on the confluence of two rivers namely the river Pho Chu (Male River) and river Mo Chu (Female River.) Punakha Dzong is one of the largest and the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Take the suspension bridge to arrive at the Dzong. Punakha Dzong was initially called Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). For many years until the second king of Bhutan assumed power, Punakha Dzong happened to be the seat of the Government. (Here you can have the option of going for river rafting which is exclusive). Overnight stay will be at Punakha.
Punakha to Paro
(5 Hours’ drive, 1200 meters above the sea level)
Today you will be traveling Paro, it roughly takes 4-5 hour driving time depending upon the road condition. As you travel enjoy the scenic Himalayan view and relax. We will check out the National Museum in Paro to view the fine collection of ancient Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and other artefacts and we recommend a wander along the main street which offers good shopping for jewellery and handicrafts. - Visit kyichu lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in the country built by Songtsen Gampo in 7th century. Its believed that he built the 108 temple around the himalayan region to pin down the ogress that was harming the flourish the teaching of buddhism.
(2900 meters above the sea level)
Today after having breakfast you will visit one of the global Hotspot in the world which is known as Taktshang' or the Tigress Nest. Located at 2900 meters above the sea level it clings on the face of the cliff. It takes roughly around 2 hours by average walking speed and another 1 and half hour back to Ramthangkha valley where the parking is located for the vehicles. It surely is the highlight of the day. Paro Taktshang was first founded in the 7th century when Guru Padmasambhava flew to Taktshang assuming the wrathful form known as Dorji Droloe riding a female tigress. He came to meditate for 3 months on the spiritual Daggers for subduing malicious spirits into servitude. Evening Leisure, Overnight stay will be at Paro.
Paro to Phuentsholing
Today start your journey towards Phuentsholing slowly. On the way stop for lunch at a local restaurant. On reaching Phuentsholing our representative will help you with hotel check-in. Evening leisure at Phuentsholing. Overnight stay will be at Phuentsholing.
Phuentsholing to Bagdogra
Like all good things come to an end, your journey in Bhutan with us ends here. Our representative will fare you well and see you off from Phuentsholing. You will proceed towards your destination with a venture that will truly last in a life time.
Amenities includes according to the tour
- All sightseeing,
- All Breakfast and dinner
- Entry Fees,
- Professional Guide cum Driver services,
- Permit Assistance,
- Mineral Water for drinking (Compliment),
- All Internal Taxes,
- All accommodation as per itinerary,
Amenities excludes according to the tour
- Other Than Mentioned in Inclusion
- Vehicle or any cost related
- Anything not included in the package
- Any travel or medical insurance
- Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance
- Premiums, Rafting Charges.
- Cost for service provided on a personal request.
Payments and cancellations
- A minimum 50% of total on confirmation.
- 2 months before departure –No Charge
- 29‐60 days before departure‐25% of total
- 10‐28 days before departure‐50% of total
- Less than 10 days before departure‐No Refund
Indian Nationals who are travelling between Bhutan & India do not need Visa. An identity document, be it either passport or an election commission I. D card is, however required for presentation at the immigration during entry, to obtain an entry permit along with 04 passport size photographs. Indian Nationals travelling between Bhutan and Nepal require valid passport as per Nepalese immigration regulation.
It is required for those travelling to restricted areas beyond Dochula pass. The Route Permit is processed & issued in Thimphu, only after arrival in Bhutan and on production of the Entry Permit. Two copies of passport size photos required while processing Route Permit. Also this permit can be processed only during working days (Mon-Fri) and applications are accepted from 9 -11 a.m. and permit granted on same day from 3-5 p.m in summer and 3-4 p.m. in winter.
What to Do and Don’t on the Trip
- On Arrival please rest for 24 Hours, as you are travelling to High Altitude and would need time to acclimatize.
- Have plenty of drinking water or any kind of liquid (except alcohol).
- While visiting any Gompa, Please take a Lamas Permission for Photo or Video Shoot.
- Please wear proper clothing while visiting Gompas.
- For Females: No Open Hair, Short Skirts or any Short Dresses allowed at Gompa.
- For Males: No Short Pants or Sleeveless allowed at Gompa.
- Please follow Gompa Rules while visiting.
- D Cold –Illness / Combiflam–Body Pain.
- Vicks Balm.
- Diamox(250mg) –For High Altitude / High Pressure.
- Personal Medicines if any.
- GluconD / Electralpowder & Camphor.
- Dependel M
- Vicks inhaler
Essential Stuff that you might need.
- T-SHIRTS (preferably dry-fits)
- TRACK LOWERS
- THERMAL INNERS (Upper & Lower)
- SWEAT SHIRT
- SUN CAP & BALACLAVA
- EXTRA BATTERIES
- SUNSCREEN, minimum 50spf
- SUN GLASSES
- DOWN JACKET
- PERSONAL MEDICATION –if any
- PEN KNIFE
- SOCKS (min.5 pairs) –Cotton & Woollen