Bhutan often revered as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” or ‘Druk Yul’, is still regarded as one of the last “Shangri-La’s” in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. It is in the relatively unexplored pockets of Asia, which allows only a limited number of discerning travelers in order to preserve its fragile environment and culture in its magical purity.
How To Reach:
Flight: The nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB) which is around 162 KMs from Bhutan Border.
Train: The nearest railway station is Hasimara (HSA) which is well connected with various trains Kolkata. Hasimara is around 16 KMs from Bhutan Border. The single best train from Sealdah (SDAH) is 13149 Kanchankanya Express. Else, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is well connected with various cities and is around 152 KMs from Bhutan Border. New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is well connected with various cities. From Sealdah (SDAH), you can take overnight trains such as 12343 Darjeeling Mail, 12377 Padatik Express etc.
Road: The bordering town Jaigaon is well connected by Bus from various cities such as Siliguri, Kolkata etc.
Pickup From Bagdogra : 24th December 2018 03:00 PM
Drop at Bagdogra : 02nd Jan 2019 01:00 PM
Participants are expected to book their flights as per the above pickup and drop timings. Travel Trikon will not be responsible for delayed arrivals and early departures. In such cases, participants need to borne the cost for pickup and drop separately.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation in triple sharing rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary
- Breakfast (Day 2 – Day 10) & Dinner (Day 1 – Day 9)as per the itinerary
- Comfortable Non-AC Hiace Bus / Winger vehicle, as per the itinerary
- Pickup & Drop from Bagdogra on Day 1 and Day 10, as per the itinerary
- Entry Fees at the sightseeing points as per the itinerary
- SIM Card Charges (with Talktime of Rs. 200/-)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Train / Flight Ticket till Bagdogra & Return
- Lunch on all days, throughout the tour
- Any expenses of personal in nature such as Liquor or Souvenirs
- Any miscellaneous expenditure incurred during the tour
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
- Blend the profound and rich culture of Bhutan
- Experience the unique architecture of buildings
- Experience the largest statue of the country at Kuensel Phodrang
- Visit the most beautiful and oldest Dzong at the old capital, Punakha.
- Experience the 108 memorial stupas at Dochula
- Drive through Bhutan’s highest motorable pass at Chele La
- Trek to Tiger’s Nest, a Monastery hanging in the cliff.
Day 1: Monday, 24th December 2018: Bagdogra to Phuentsholing / Overnight at Phuentsholing
Arrive at Bagdogra and drive to Phuentsholing. Take a walk to nearby Zangtog Pelri Lhakhang nd spend the day at leisure and take rest.
Day 2: Tuesday, 25th December 2018: Phuentsholing to Thimphu / Overnight at Thimphu
Process the Entry Permit, early morning and after the breakfast, we will drive to Kharbandi Goempa before proceeding to Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu is very scenic, once we climb up from the Indian plain to Bhutan foothills through beautiful forest, towns and roadside villages. Our drive will pass through Gedu, Chukha, and Chuzom before emerging ourselves into the only multicultural city in Bhutan. Check into the hotel. Overnight in Thimphu
Day 3: Wednesday, 26th December 2018: Thimphu Sightseeing / Overnight at Thimphu
After breakfast, first we will process the Inner Line Permit and visit Memorial Chorten which was built by Her majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her late son His majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ("the father of modern Bhutan") the third king of Bhutan. Kuensel Phodrang where you can see largest Buddha statue in Bhutan which is about 169 feet tall. If time permits, we’ll explore Folk and Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan's living traditions and National Library where the history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts.
In the afternoon we’ll drive to the town for lunch and post lunch we will visit Trashichho Dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government's office and King's Throne room. Dinner and night halt at Thimphu.
Day 4: Thursday, 27th December 2018: Thimphu to Gangtey / Overnight at Gangtey
After breakfast will drive to Gangtey. On the way, you will stop at Dochula (3150m) and there you can see 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten. If you wish we can stop for tea and snacks as there is a cafe. You will then drive down further through temperate forests into semitropical range of orange and cactuses. Will have lunch the way. On reaching Gangtey, we will visit Gangtey Goempa and then if we have time will go for a Gangtey Nature Trail which would take about 2 hours. As we walk through will have a very good view of Black Necked Crane as it is in winter. Dinner and night halt at Gangtey
Day 5: Friday, 28th December 2018: Thimphu to Punakha / Overnight at Punakha
Today we will drive towards Punakha and on the way, we will make a brief halt at Dochula Pass. The pass is a popular location among tourists as it offers a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. The view is especially scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass After reaching Punakha and having lunch we’ll enjoy breathtaking view from Hanging Bridge and proceed to explore Puankha Dzong which is built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River) and considered as most beautiful dzong of Bhutan. Then and on the way, will visit Chimi Lhakhang which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley in 15th century (This monk is popularly known as the Devine madman for his philosophy, "Salvation through sex"). He subdued the demons with his Magical Thunder Bolt. The Temple is also known as The Temple of Fertility.
Day 6: Saturday, 29th December 2018: Punakha to Paro / Overnight at Paro
After breakfast, we’ll drive towards Paro and in the afternoon,and after reaching Paro we will visit Ta Dzong, watch tower built to defend Rinpung Dozng during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, since 1967 it’s serving as the National Museum of the country. Then we’ll pay a visit to Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first National Museum spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. The 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 of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century. In the evening stroll in Paro town. Dinner and overnight at Paro.
Day 7: Sunday, 30th December 2018: Day Trip to Chele La Pass / Overnight at Paro
After breakfast will drive towards Chele La Pass, at an elevation 3,988 meters which happens to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Here, visitors can see cascades of wild roses; purple and yellow primulas; and swathes of deep blue iris covering the forest floor. The top of the pass bloom with rhododendrons in a variety of colours-pale pink, deep pink, burnt orange, mauve, white and scarlet. We’ll have our lunch at Paro after returning back. Rest of the day is free for you to explore the quaint town and shopping.
Day 8: Monday, 31st December 2018: Hike to Tiger’s Nest / Overnight at Paro
After early breakfast will hike to Paro Taktsang which is one of the most popular monastery visited by the tourist. It 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 performed meditation in one of the caves here 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.
Celebrate the New Year’s Eve!!
Day 9: Tuesday, 1st January 2019 Paro to Phuentsholing
After our breakfast, we will retrace our scenic drive back to Phuentsholing. Relax in the hotel and get prepared for your departure the next day.
Day 10: Wednesday, 2nd January 2019: Phuentsholing to Bagdogra
Time to fly back home! Trip concludes with happy memories!
Things to Carry
- Valid Identity Proof (Passport / VoterID Card), along with 5 Photocopies for each document.
- If you do not have either of Passport or Voter ID Card, please carry Aadhaar Card along with another supporting document such as PAN Card / Driving License / Ration Card. In this case please inform the lead in advance.
- 5 Passport Size Color Photographs
- Water Bottles
- A lightweight Haversack or Backpack, and a smaller Day Sack
- Good pair of trekking shoes, and a pair of flip-flops
- Woolen Gloves, woolen socks, Monkey Cap/Balaclava, Neck Scarf
- Thermal Inners
- Waterproof gloves and windcheater/poncho
- Personal clothing (Dressing Moderately is mandatory 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 (As some journeys are 6-7 hours long)
- Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
- Any customization in arrival and departures may lead to additional cost.
- Customization would not be adjusted with any inclusions such as missed sightseeing, stay, meals etc.
- Due to delay by participants if any destination gets missed same will not be covered.
- If any of the points remains closed without prior intimation, we will try to cover it up with another destination if feasible.
- Please note that Bhutan is culturally very rich and have intentionally preserved their cultures by maintaining distances from western cultures. So please respect their culture and please refrain from commenting on bullying about Bhutanese and their culture.
- Bhutan still follows Monarchical System. Thus, please respect The King and The Queen and please refrain from commenting anything about the same. Please use “His Highness” or “Her Highness” if you need to refer The King and/or The Queen or anyone from Royal Family in public.
- Bhutanese on a regular basis chew “Doma” which is dried Areca Nut. The smell can be an issue for some days though until you get accustomed!!
- Bhutanese are very religious and follow Buddhism. Please refrain from touching holy items without permission and maintain discipline within Monasteries and Dzongs. Dzongs are also the administrative office of respective districts (Dzongkhags) and this is where the Royal Family is supposed to live. So please maintain extra caution while visiting Dzongs in particular.
- You must be dressed moderately while visiting Monasteries and Dzongs. You’ll not be allowed to enter in revealing dresses and thus please refrain from wearing such dresses.
- Participants must carry cash in order to survive and buy anything in Bhutan. Except high end luxury hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops, plastic money such as credit card and debit card are not accepted throughout Bhutan.
- Most Indian Debit Cards are not authorized to use in Bhutan even if International Transaction is enabled. So please carry cash from your home town.
- Avoid wearing precious Jewelry, as Travel Trikon won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
- Please make sure you report at the start location as per the itinerary. No refunds would be entertained by Travel Trikon. Consult your Trikon buddy in advance in case of any changes.