Detailed Itinerary for 5nights 6days in Bhutan
Day 1: Journey from Paro to Thimphu
Arrive in Paro before noon.
You will meet the Bhutanese representative from BuffyFish in Paro. He will help you get the permits. He will also brief you on the trip, tell you about the general rules for the trip, the dos and the donts during the trip, and will help you check into your hotel in Thimphu for the night.
Get the left hand side seat in the car to see the spectular views of the Himalayas. Start your journey from Paro airport. It is a 2 hour drive to Thimphu.
Paro is a town that lies in the valley of Paro. It has the only international airport of Bhutan. It has a many ongoing development projects but inspite of that, Paro still retains its rural nature to a great extent.
Beautiful lush green and brown fields dot the valley.
En-route you will view the Tachogang Lhakhang, located on the Paro-Thimphu highway. It is one of the most beautiful and oldest temples, built by Thang Tong Gyalpo, the Iron chain maker of Bhutan. It is also called the “Temple of the Iron horse”.
You will then visit Chunzom, the confluence of Wong Chuu (Thimphu river) and Paro Chuu (Paro river). Stop by to click some photographs.
You will then visit the 15th century, Iron Chain Bridge. It is one of the most ancient visible craft works from the middle-ages. It was also built by Thang Tong Gyalpo, who is said to have built 58 other iron chain suspension bridges in Tibet and Bhutan.
You will witness the beauty of Bhutan on your way to Thimphu, engraved in the hills, the spectacular country side, the lush green valleys and the dense forests.
You will continue with your journey through several villages. You will then arrive at your final destination for the day, Thimphu, which is located in a largish valley which is cut by the Wangchuk River. You will see some high peaks that surround the valley.
You will check into the hotel, which is located in the heart of the Thimphu City, making it friendly for you to visit all the points of interests.
Have lunch in Thimphu.
Walk through the streets and spend time in the city. See the culture of Bhutan.
Evening at leisure.
Dinner in Thimphu.
Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2: Exploring the Thimphu valley
Today you will wake up early in the morning.
There are a lot of interesting sightseeing activities lined up in Thimphu, for the morning.
Post breakfast you will visit one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world, standing at 169ft, at Kuensel Kuensel Phodrang. This is a very religious and a sacred monument. The Thimphu valley from here looks stunning.
Then you will visit National Memorial Chorten, which was built in the honor of the 3rd King of Bhutan or Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It has some stunning golden spires and bells. It is one of the most visible religious landmarks in Bhutan. You will witness, local, religious Bhutanese people, gather throughout the day and turn the prayer wheels.
Visit a local art and craft school to see the artists at work. They specialize in paintings and woodwork. They preserve the right heritage and produce skilled manpower.
Then you will have lunch at one of the local restaurants in Thimphu.
Then you will drive to the Takin enclosure to see the National Animal of Bhutan called the Takin, which is one of the most endangered species in the world, as it is found only in Bhutan. It is a mix between a goat, a cow and an antelope.
Visit the National textile museum, where you will see antique textiles and artifacts of different tribes of Bhutan. The textiles have intricate patterns that represent religious, social and official events.
Around 5pm, visit Tashichho Dzong/monastery which is located along the Wang Chu river. It is the seat of Druk Desi, the head of Bhutan’s civil government. It is also the summer capital of the country.
Drive back to your hotel.
Dinner at the hotel in Thimphu and overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3: Drive from Thimphu to Punakha
Post breakfast, early in the morning, you will begin your 3-hour road trip to Punakha, which is located at a height of 3050m/10,000ft, after Dochula pass. From this pass, on a non-cloudy day, you will get to see some spectacular sights of the eastern Himalayas. Prayer flags and chortens adorn the pass. Spend some time here, have some light snacks, click photographs and walk around for a while.
Then you will resume your journey and descend into the forests of rhodeodendrons and magnolia, through the fertile valley of Lobesa. You will pass the villages of Thinleygang and Lumitsawa.
Drive down through the Punakha valley to the Punakha Dzong also known as Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong meaning “Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss”. This Dzong was built in 1637 by Ngwang Namgyel. It is the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan.
Punakha Dzong was the former capital of Bhutan until 1955.
It is located between two rivers Pho Chuu “Father River” and Mo Chuu “Mother River”.
Punakha Dzong is the winter residence of Je-Khenpo, the main monk, even today.
Have lunch at Lobesa in Punakha.
Take a short walk in the valley through the rice fields for about an hour to Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery, located on a hillock. This monastery was built in 1499 by Ngawang Choegyel after it was blessed by Drukpa Kuenley aka “Divine Madman.
Evening at leisure.
Dinner at a local restaurant in Punakha or at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Punakha to Paro
Have breakfast early in the morning and leave for Paro.
Paro is about 135kms from Punakha. The drive will take around 4 to 5 hours via Thimphu and Dochula pass.
Depending on the time you arrive at Thimphu, either you will have lunch in Thimphu or head straight to Paro, which is around 2 hours from Thimphu.
Arrive in Paro.
Check-in to your hotel.
Visit a farm house in Paro.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Exploring Paro valley
Have breakfast early in the morning.
Post breakfast, drive to Chele Pass which is at 3988 meters, the highest motorable road in Bhutan. It is a 3 hour drive, through some beautiful blue pine and rhodeodendron forests.
You will see some spectacular views of Mount Jhomolhari and Jichy Drakey.
Walk along the Chele pass to see Himalayas and some breath-taking views of Haa and Paro valleys.
Have lunch at the pass.
Drive back to the hotel
Evening at leisure.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Paro.
Day 6: Transfer to Paro airport
Drop to the airport in Paro, for your return journey home.
- All breakfasts from Day 2 onwards.
- All lunches and dinners from Day 1
- All accommodation in 3* properties.
- Entry permit and Route Permit.
- Entrance fees to monasteries.
- One local English speaking guide.
- Car and Fuel cost for all the days in the itinerary.
- Driver costs.
- Pick up from Paro and drop back to Paro
- International airfares to and from Paro.
- Video and camera fees at monasteries.
- Travel Insurance.
- Tips at hotels and restaurants.
- Tips for the drivers and guides.
- Medical expenses.
- Personal expenses.
- Shopping expenses.
- Costs for emergency evacuation due to various reasons.
- Any costs introduced by the Indian government or Bhutanese government or hotels or any other bodies at the last minute due to various reasons.
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section above.
Essentials for Indian nationals
- Please carry 2 passport sized photographs for the permits.
- Must bring along your Indian Passport or Indian voter’s ID card.
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