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Road Trip to Bhutan - The Land of Thunderdragon

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Sun, 1 Dec 12:00PM - Sun, 8 Dec 5:00PM
Siliguri Rail Junction
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 Bhutan, also recognized by the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Land of Thunder Dragon, is a tiny country in Asia that settled in the lap of Eastern Himalayas. The 70% area of Bhutan is still covered with forest and this is the main beauty of Bhutan and that is why it comes under the hidden treasures in terms of natural beauty. Another unique thing about Bhutan is that it has developed the concept of Gross National Happiness in which development is measured by the happiness of the residents and peacefulness.

 

 ITINERARY:

DAY 1: Arrive at Bagdogra. Assemble and Travel to Phuentsholing

DAY 2: Travel to Thimphu

DAY 3: Sightseeing in Thimphu

DAY 4: Travel from Thimphu to Punakha

DAY 5: Travel from Punakha to Paro

DAY 6: Trek to Tigers Nest

DAY 7: Sightseeing in Paro and Travel to Phuentsholing

DAY 8: Travel from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra

 

DAY 1: ARRIVE AT BAGDOGRA. ASSEMBLE AND TRAVEL TO PHUENTSHOLING

The journey to Bhutan will start from Bagdogra Airport. Our trip leader will meet you at the airport and from here we will travel to Phuentsholing, which is the border town of Bhutan.

Phuentsholing is around 164 km from Bagdogra so it will take around 5 hours to reach there. We will depart by 12 pm from the airport. Pickup can also be arranged from New Jalpaiguri railway station. The journey is comfortable and through the plains. Amidst the way, we will also get to see the tea estates of West Bengal. After crossing Hashimara, the mountains of Bhutan would start becoming visible. We will reach by 5 pm in the evening and after reaching, check-in at the hotel and relax. You can roam around Phuentsholing if you want.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 2: TRAVEL TO THIMPHU

The day starts with getting the permits. We all will proceed towards the immigration office after checking out from the hotel. Be ready with your passports and passport-sized photographs. After getting the permits, we will head towards the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu, which is around 150 km from Phuentsholing. The journey would take around 5 to 6 hours to reach as the complete drive is through the mountains.

We will be making a stop at Gedu or any other place to have lunch. The town of Thimphu is big and beautiful. Settled in a valley which is covered with green mountains from all four sides. After reaching Thimphu, we will check-in to our hotel and relax. We will have dinner and roam around the local markets of Thimpu.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 3: SIGHTSEEING IN THIMPHU

This day is reserved for sightseeing in Thimphu. After having breakfast, we will start by visiting the Tashichho Dzong which is a fortress and a monastery and is also called as Bhutan King Palace, Changangkha Lhakhang which is a 12th-century Buddhist temple, National Memorial Chorten or the Stupa and Motithang Takin Preserve which is famous for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. We will also have to visit the immigration office to get the permits of Punakha and Chele La pass.

The evening will be spent at the Buddha Point as sunset looks mesmerizing from that place. Buddha Point is a temple and a huge statue situated on a hill on the outskirts of Thimphu. After all this, we can visit the football stadium if time allows.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 4: TRAVEL FROM THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA

We will check out after having breakfast at the hotel and then we move towards Punakha which is around 84 km from Thimphu. Punakha is one of the administrative centers of Bhutan and is also famous as the former capital of Bhutan. The town is based along the two rivers Pho Chu and Mo Chu and these rivers enhance the beauty of this place. We will be crossing a mountain pass, Dochula, which is one of the high passes of Bhutan and is situated at an altitude of 3100 m. One can see a panorama of Himalayan peaks from the pass during clear weather.

We will have our lunch at the pass as there is a café situated there. After crossing the pass, we will drive down to the town of Punakha. The town is mainly famous for the beautiful Dzong and the longest suspension bridge of the nation. We will visit the bridge and explore the town and then we will check-in into our hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 5: TRAVEL FROM PUNAKHA TO PARO

We will start our day with sightseeing at Punakha Dzong. The Dzong means the administrative center of a district and it also comprises of a temple or a monastery. The Punakha Dzong is built beautifully on the river bed. After exploring, we will head towards the town of Paro.

Paro is a historic town, settled in the Paro valley and is home to many historic sites and palaces. The town is 125 km from Punakha and it will take around 4 hours to reach. After reaching, relax in the hotel as the next day is reserved for the trek to Tigers Nest.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 6: TREK TO TIGERS NEST

We will get ready and head towards the starting point of the trek by 9 am. The Tigers Nest or the Paro Taktsang is a monastery situated on a mountain cliff and is a popular sacred site for Buddhists.

The monastery is dedicated to Buddhist Guru Padmasambhava. In actual, it is not a trek. It is a hike as the distance is less, only 8 km including the ascent and descent. The trail starts from the outskirts of Paro and is not very steep. The entire hike is easy except the last half km as it comprises of stairs. After negotiating all this, we will reach the main temple premises which are built amazingly on a cliff. One can see the beauty of Paro and the paddy fields from the hike. We will explore the temple and come back to Paro after descending all the way through the same trail. The evening can be spent in the local markets of Paro.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

DAY 7: SIGHTSEEING IN PARO AND TRAVEL TO PHUENTSHOLING

Today, we will do the sightseeing in Paro which will cover places like Paro Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan and exploring the markets and cafes of Paro. Apart from all this, we will also visit the Chele La pass which is the highest motorable pass and is also the gateway to Haa Valley. While traveling to the Chele la, we will get a view of Paro Airport and it looks amazing.

After this, we start our return journey to Phuentsholing which is about 3-4 hrs of travel time.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 8: TRAVEL FROM PHUENTSHOLING TO BAGDOGRA

Now its time to leave Bhutan. We will travel directly to Bagdogra Airport and it will take around 4 hours to reach.

We will reach the airport by 1 pm in the evening so book your flights/stay accordingly.

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • Entire Travel in private vehicle during the trip - Bagdogra to Bagdogra
  • All stay in the hotel on double sharing basis
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel
  • All Permits
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