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Bhutan, 6 nights – 7 days

Here is the detailed itinerary for the 6 night – 7 day trip to Bhutan

Day 1: Journey from Bagdogra

Start your journey early in the morning from Bagdogra Airport. It is a 4 hour drive through the Indian plains.

You will arrive at Jaigaon, which is the border town on the Indian side. From Jaigaon, you will drive down to Phuentsholing, which is the border town on Bhutan side.

You will meet the Bhutanese representative from BuffyFish in Phuentsholing.

He will help you get the permits for the next day. 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 Phuentsholing for the night.

Ensure that you reach Phuentsholing latest by 6pm, as you need to get permits for the drive for the next day and might need to stand in the queue at the Bhutan Immigration Office for a couple of hours, if there is rush. The immigration office at Phuentsholing, in Bhutan, is open till 8pm Bhutan time.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Phuentsholing or at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Phuentsholing.

Day 2: Road trip from Phuentsholing to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan

You will depart early in the morning from Phuentsholing for Thimphu. This distance from Phuentsholing to Thimphu is 175kms and will take at least 6-7 hours depending on the condition of the roads.
Enroute you will visit Karbandi monastery. It is about 400m above the town of Phuetnsholing. From here you can view the stunning Indian Plains of Jaigaon, through the prayer flags that flutter in the wind.

The history behind this monastery is that apparently, an Indian couple who were childless visited this monastery & prayed for a child. Shortly after, they were blessed with a child and since then couples who want to conceive often come here and pray that they be blessed with children.

Continue your journey. 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 go to the recently developed town of Gedu, through tropical vegetation. This is where the Tala Hydropower project is. Some of the best waterfalls and lush green valleys are visible from here.

You will have lunch en-route.

Post lunch, resume road trip. You will see the Chukha Hydropower, some towns along the way and drive through Chapcha village. 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 continue with your journey along the Wong Chuu 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.

Evening walk through the streets and spend time in the city.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Thimphu or at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing followed by a road trip from Thimphu, the current capital city of Bhutan, to Punakha, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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.

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.

Then you will have lunch at one of the local restaurants in Thimphu.

Post lunch 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.

Reach Punakha.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Punakha or at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Explore the valley of Punakha

Have breakfast early in the morning.

Post breakfast, 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 one of the local restaurants in Punakha.

Then drive down to the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong which was built in 1638. The Dzong was burnt down by fire on 24th June 2012. They were able to retrieve some of the structures and all efforts to restore are still ongoing to rebuild the Dzong into its full glory.

If there is time on hand, you can take a short walk in the valley.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Punkaha or at the hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Road trip from Punakha to Paro via Thimphu

Have breakfast early in the morning and leave for Paro.

Paro is about 125kms 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.

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 visit 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 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.

Arrive in Paro. Check-in to your hotel.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Paro or at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Explore the Paro valley

Option 1

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 Jichu 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.

Option 2

Have breakfast early in the morning.

You will drive down to Ramthangkha and you will hike to Taktsang monastery, also known as Taktsang Palphug Monastery, more popularly known as Tiger’s Nest.

The trek is through the mesmerizing pine forests which have a carpet of moss covering them. You will see many prayer flags along the way.

This monastery is located on a cliffside and is one of the most sacred monasteries and Buddhist sights in the world.

It was built in 1692. There was a cave here in the 8th century, where Guru Padmasambhava flew on a tigress and is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours.

After the hike, have lunch at the cafeteria.

Hike back and drive down to Paro town.

Evening at leisure.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Paro or at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Drop to Bagdogra

Have breakfast early in the morning. Leave for Phuentsholing and then Bagdogra for your return journey home.

Inclusions

  1. All breakfasts from Day 2 onwards.
  2. All accommodation in 3* properties.
  3. Entry permit and Route Permit.
  4. Entrance fees to monasteries.
  5. One local English speaking guide.
  6. Car and Fuel cost for all the days in the itinerary.
  7. Driver costs.
  8. Pick up from Paro and drop back to Paro

Exclusions

  1. Airfares/Train tickets to and from Paro.
  2. All Lunches and Dinners.
  3. Video and camera fees at monasteries.
  4. Travel Insurance.
  5. Tips at hotels and restaurants.
  6. Tips for the drivers and guides.
  7. Medical expenses.
  8. Personal expenses.
  9. Shopping expenses.
  10. Costs for emergency evacuation due to various reasons.
  11. Any costs introduced by the Indian government or Bhutanese government or hotels or any other bodies at the last minute due to various reasons.
  12. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section above.

Essentials for Indian nationals

  1. Please carry 2 passport sized photographs for the permits.
  2. Must bring along your Indian Passport or Indian voter’s ID card.

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Bhutan, 5 nights-6days

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.

Reach Punakha.

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.

Inclusions

  1. All breakfasts from Day 2 onwards.
  2. All lunches and dinners from Day 1
  3. All accommodation in 3* properties.
  4. Entry permit and Route Permit.
  5. Entrance fees to monasteries.
  6. One local English speaking guide.
  7. Car and Fuel cost for all the days in the itinerary.
  8. Driver costs.
  9. Pick up from Paro and drop back to Paro

Exclusions

  1. International airfares to and from Paro.
  2. Video and camera fees at monasteries.
  3. Travel Insurance.
  4. Tips at hotels and restaurants.
  5. Tips for the drivers and guides.
  6. Medical expenses.
  7. Personal expenses.
  8. Shopping expenses.
  9. Costs for emergency evacuation due to various reasons.
  10. Any costs introduced by the Indian government or Bhutanese government or hotels or any other bodies at the last minute due to various reasons.
  11. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section above.

Essentials for Indian nationals

  1. Please carry 2 passport sized photographs for the permits.
  2. Must bring along your Indian Passport or Indian voter’s ID card.

Get in touch

For more customized trips or details about this particular trip, write to us at getintouch@buffyfish.com or call +91-9158351185

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