We have designed this tour package from Bagdogra to Bhutan for our guests to experience the extraordinary landscape and unique cultural heritage of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. .
The six-night package incorporates with a visit to:-
Thimphu: The largest city and capital of Bhutan and the only Capital city in the
world without traffic lights.
Punakha: The old capital and winter residence of Chief Abbot of Religion. The most
historical ‘the abode of perpetual happiness’ – fortress is situated here.
Paro: Site of the international airport and the home to the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Your usual entry/exit points by Air. Your five – night holiday in the three different valley counts with sightseeing to holy sites like Temples, Monasteries, Fortress, Living Museums, farm house, panoramic views of the unscaled snow-capped mountains, unsurpassed beauty of the valleys and walk through lush pristine forest with stunning lookout of waterfalls. Your tour executive will elaborate more on Bhutan’s era of landscape and cultural heritage.
Bagdgora Airport, Thimpu, Punakha, Paro Valley, Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest)
Day 1- Bagdogra To Phuntsoling:
You will be travelling in an SUV (Innova/Xylo) from Bagdora to Phuentsoling. Driving time approx. 5 hours. Have lunch enroute. You reach Phuentsoling towards the evening. Overnight Stay: Hotel Centenial/ Gadhen Hotel, Phuntsholing|
Day 2- Phuentsoling To Thimpu:
Post breakfast at Phuentsoling, we drive to Thimphu. After check in at the hotel, your guide will await your convenience to give you the overview of the day’s activities and touch upon some issues in regard to the appropriate protocol to be observed while on visit to religious and secular institutions. After lunch, your guide will take you on a visit to the Memorial Chorten; a stupa that was built for the purpose of commemorating World peace and at the same time serves as a gentle reminder to the visitors that this architecturally unique structure was raised up as a memorial to the late third king of Bhutan. As you see the devout worshippers circumambulating the stupa in the clockwise order, you will gain your first experience of what actually it is to be in Bhutan. You will be visiting Tashi Chho Dzong, the first of the many Dzongs on your trip. A medieval fortress of defence in the 16th Century and now both the administrative and religious seats of a district, the Tashi Chho Dzong has the distinction of being the summer residence of the Chief Abbot of Bhutan as well as the Throne Room of the King. The office of the king is also housed within the Dzong complex. Return to the hotel in the evening. Meal Plan: Breakfast. Duration: 4 Hours (Driving duration). Overnight @hotel - Khamsum Inn, Golden Roots or similar in Thimpu.|
Day 3- Thimphu To Punakha (Valley Of Happiness):
After breakfast, drive to Punakha – approximately 3 hours drive through picturesque valleys and mountain slopes dotted with typical Bhutanese villages. From the Dochula pass, at over 10,000ft, vast panoramic views of the high snowcapped peaks of the Bhutanese Himalaya can be enjoyed on a clear day. Tea/coffee and snack at the cafeteria. Continue drive to Punakha valley. On the way visit Chhimi Lhakhang. This was built in 15 Century (dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley also known as divine mad man). It is half hour walk across a local village and rice field. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong (old capital of Bhutan) built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. It is one of the most beautiful Dzong in the country. Punakha is synonymous with history: the very reason that it is the winter Capital of Bhutan, the chosen refuge of the Chief Abbot and his monk subjects makes this locale a place of enormous holistic proportions. The main highlight of the trip to the Punakha valley partially owes its credit to the Dzong. Built in 1637 at the confluence of the Pho Chu-Male River and Mo Chu-Female Rivers, Punakha Dzong is the winter home for the central monk body headed by the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. From the exterior, this formidable structure holds a commanding position and as you cross over a suspension bridge and embark on an exploration of this 17th century fortress with its white washed walls, steep entrance stairs and ornate interior, you will marvel how such a structure came to be built in the absence of modern technology. Your guide will escort you back to the hotel to spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Meal Plan: Breakfast. Duration: 7-8 Hours, 76 kms (Inclusive of sightseeing, lunch stop and drive). Overnight @ Damchen Hotel, Kuenga Hotel, Yak Hotel or similar in Punakha|
Day 4- Punakha To Paro Valley:
After breakfast, drive to Paro which is about 4 and half hours approx. Afternoon visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred temple in the kingdom, dated back to the 7th century. Visit Ta Dzong former Watch Tower which now houses the National Museum and then visit Rinpung Dzong which houses the monastic school, monk’s residence and the office of the civil administration. Walk down and cross the Bhutanese typical wooden roofed bridge. Overnight stay at Khangkhu Resort or Similar. Meal Plan: Breakfast. Driving time: 130 kms (4.5 hours of drive). Stay at: Ama Homestay, Aum Om Homestay, Sonam Trophel Hotel, Pema Yangsel Hotel or similar|
Day 5- Hike To Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery:
“It is said that even if you have seen all of Bhutan but have overlooked the visit to the Tiger’s nest, it implies that you have not visited Bhutan at all”. The above observation, made by a visitor after her first visit to Bhutan is indicative of itself, the importance of the Taktsang not just in socio- cultural dimensions, but more importantly, as a must-see attraction that Bhutan has to offer as an experience of a hermit kingdom. The trail which has a lot of switchbacks is wide enough to let packs of ponies pass by, but be advised to keep to the right side to avoid mules and ponies edge you out of the path. It is about an hour’s walk to get the glimpse of a homely inn where you may get a sense of satisfaction as you regale yourself with tea and snacks and the first wholesome view of the Tiger’s nest. Continuing the walk for the next 45 minutes brings you to the first view point, the spot designated by a huge stupa-shaped river rock which has become a foreground subject for numerous photographic enthusiasts who take pictures of it with the Tiger’s nest in the background. There are a lot of flat stones to secure your footing as you descend down some 450 steps and pass a stupa, another stupa, and a butter lamp offering altar till you reach a waterfall, an area sanctified by a lot of wish fulfilling string of prayer flags. You will see your efforts paid off as you trudge up the entrance to the Tiger’s nest and take a very well earned breather before you are escorted into the temples by your guide. Lunch will be served at the ‘cafeteria’ after which it is the last 45 min way down to the car park. For those who seem to be fazed by this virtual talk up the Taktsang, there are two options: your guide will always make sure to inform you about the alternative of riding a pony up, or better still, encourage you to walk up at your own pace till the inn from where you can have a vicarious delight of actually being up at the Tiger’s nest. Meal plan: Breakfast. Duration: 7-8Hours (Inclusive of hike, sightseeing and short drive). Overnight @ Ama Homestay, Aum Om Homestay, Sonam Trophel Hotel, Pema Yangsel Hotel or similar. Elevation: 2250m|
Day 6- Paro To Phuentsoling:
Post breakfast, we depart for Phuentsoling. Travel time approx. 4 hours. Once you reach Phuentsoling, you can go for some shopping before you leave Bhutan. Meal Plan: Breakfast. Travel Duration: 4 Hours. Over Night Stay: Hotel Centenial/ Gadhen Hotel, Phuntsholing|
Day 7- Phuentsoling To Bagdogra:
Early morning at 6 am, depart for the airport from Phuentsoling to Bagdogra. Reach by 11 am. Approx. driving time: 5 hours. Breakfast is not included as you have to leave early in the morning.
Accommodation in handpicked properties during the entire tour duration Transportation on all days in Innova/Creta or similar vehicle Complimentary breakfast on all days. Guide fees during your Bhutan tour included All permit fees and taxes included.