Overview

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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.

 

10 Days 24 Dec
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation in triple sharing rooms at all destinations as per the itinerary
  • Traveling from Bagdogra to Bagdogra  by Private As well as Public Vehicles
  • Breakfast & Dinner at all hotels
  • Comfortable Non-AC Hiace Bus / Winger vehicle for all days, as per the itinerary

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Lunch on all days, throughout the tour
  • Any personal expenses
  • Train / Air Fare till Bagdogra
  • Any miscellaneous expenditure incurred during the tour
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Highlights
  • Blend the profound and rich culture of Bhutan
  • Experience the unique architecture of buildings
  • May experience Snowball Competition in Thimphu depending on weather
  • Spot the rarest Black Necked Cranes in Phobjika.
  • Visit the most beautiful and oldest Dzong at the old capital, Punakha.
  • Drive through Bhutan’s highest motorable pass at Chele La
  • Experience the White Temple and Black Temple at Haa
  • Trek To Tiger’s Nest, a Monastery hanging in the cliff.
Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday : Bagdogra to Phuntsholing / Overnight at Phuntsholing

Arrive at Bagdogra and drive to Phuntsholing. Spend the day at leisure and take rest.

Day 2: Monday : Phuntsholing to Thimphu / Overnight at Thimphu

Process the Entry Permit, early morning and after the breakfast, we will drive to see nearby Zangtog Pelri Lhakhang in the heart of the town and Kharbandi Goempa before proceeding to Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu is very scenic, once we climb up from the Indian plain to Bhutan foot hills 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, evening we will explore the city by walk. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3: Tuesday : 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. Kuenselphodrang where you can see largest Buddha statue in Bhutan which is about 169 feet tall. Folk and Textile Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of Bhutan’s living traditions. The Painting School, where young monks learn the art of painting Buddhist Thangkha, Handicraft emporium, Changangkha Lhakhang (Temple).

In the afternoon drive to Sangaygang from where we can see the view of whole Thimphu town. And on the way, we can visit mini zoo where you can see Takin the national animal of Bhutan. And then will visit Trashichho Dzong, the beautiful fortress which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot.

Day 4: Wednesday : Thimphu – Gangtey / Overnight at Gangtey

After breakfast we will drive to Gangtey. On the way, we will stop at Dochula (3150m) where 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. We will have lunch on the way. On reaching Gangtey we will visit Gangtey Goempa and then if we have time we will go for a Gangtey Natural trail which would take around 1 hour 45 minutes. As we walk through we will have a very good view of Black Necked crane as it is winter. Dinner and night halt at Gangtey.

Day 5: Thursday Gangtey to Punakha / Overnight at Punakha

Today we will drive towards Punakha and on the way, we will visit Puankha Dzong which is built on the confluence of Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). And it is the winter residence of the Je-khenpho the Chief Abbot and also serves as the administration center of the Punakha district.  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 Divine 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: Friday : Punakha to Paro / Overnight at Paro

After breakfast, we’ll drive towards Paro and in the afternoon, will visit Drugyel Dzong, fortress which was built to commemorate a victory over Tibetan. Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. In the evening stroll in Paro town. Dinner and overnight at Paro.

Day 7: Saturday : Day Trip to Haa via Chele La Pass / Overnight at Paro

After breakfast will drive towards Haa. On reaching Haa will do some sightseeing there and will have lunch. After lunch will continue to Paro. On reaching Chelela will halt for some time. Then continue Paro, and after reaching Paro will visit National Museum and Paro Rinpung Dzong if not covered on previous day.

Day 8: Sunday : 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: Monday : Paro to Phuntsholing

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: Tuesday : Phuntsholing to Bagdogra

Time to fly back home from Bagdogra! Trip concludes with happy memories!


Things to Carry

  • Valid Identity Proof (Passport / Voter ID 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.
  • 5 Passport Size Color Photographs
  • Water Bottles
  • A light-weighted 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
  • Snow Jackets and Fleece Jackets
  • 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 (Optional)
  • Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder

Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Anybody found consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund. Selling of Tobacco products in Bhutan is strictly banned. Anyone found selling Tobacco products will lead to severe punishment. However, tourists may bring in Tobacco Products after paying 200% imports duty with no more than 200 sticks of Cigarette. However please note that, Smoking in Public is strictly banned and a punishable offence.

Fitness & Health – Though  backpacking trip is a fun-filled activity, it demands good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.