This cultural tour is ideal for those wishing to enter Bhutan from the Indian state of Western Bengal via the southern overland border gateway of Phuentsholing. Beginning with a breathtaking journey on roads surrounded by lush green tea plantations with breathtaking views of the Himalayan foothills, this tour explores the highlights of Bhutan’s western valleys.
DAY 1 | BAGDOGRA AIRPORT– PHUENTSHOLING
DAY 2 | PHUNTSHOLING – THIMPHU
DAY 3 | THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING
DAY 4 | DAY EXCLUSION TO PUNAKHA
DAY 5 | THIMPHU – PARO
DAY 6 | PARO -PHUNTSHOLING
DAY 7 | PHUNTSHOLING –BAGDOGRA AIRPORT
- Pick and drop from Airport
- Entry permit fees charged by Government of Bhutan
- Entry permit processing charges
- 1 Bhutan sim card.
- 4 Nights stay in our Hotels.
- MAP Meal Plan (Breakfast and Dinner in hotel) with vegetarian and non-vegetarian option
- 1 Bottle spring water every day
- Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary in an SUV/Haice bus/Hi-Roof/ Coaster bus.
- English speaking licensed cultural Guide.
- 24/7 customer support before, during and after the tour
- 1 T-Shirt (Bhutan Themed)
- All the Tax levied
|Overnights||3 Star Accommodation
|3 Star Accommodation
|Thimphu (2 Night)||Peacefull Resort||Jambayang Resort|
|Punakha (1 Night)||Kingaling Resort||Zhingkham Resort|
|Paro (1 Night)||Rema Resort||Tashi Namgay Resort|
|Phuntsholing (2 Night)||Pelling Resort||Pelling Resort|
- Full time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, shall be given 20% discount on flight.
- Child below the age of 12 years, shall be given 50% discount on package rate.
- Child below age of 2 years is Complementary.
CONTACT US FOR GROUP DISCOUNT FOR PEOPLE TRAVELING MORE THAN 2 ADULTS.
N.J.P RLY. STATION / BAGDOGRA AIRPORT– PHUENTSHOLING
On arrival at N.J.P Rly. Station / IXB Bagdogra airport you will be received by our Proffessinal representative, who will be waiting outside for a traditional well come and proceed for Phuentsholing (980 ft./142 km/3 hours), through the lush green as well as most beautiful Tea garden in Douars.
On arrival at Phuentsholing, The most rapidly growing town in Bhutan check in at your hotel.• Overnight at Phuntsholing
PHUNTSHOLING – THIMPHU
After breakfast proceed for Thimphu and after a short drive visit Kharbandi Gompa to get a breathtaking view of Phuntsholing also the Indian plains. Being the nature loving and friendly with the Guest we stops our journey on the way time to time to see & feel the Bhutan Himalayan scenery.
We will take a lunch break and again start our journey on the way we will reach the highest point of about 2800m/9,185ft.
On arrival at Thimphu check in at hotel & you will be take care by our hotel’s premium hospitality.• Overnight at Thimphu
After breakfast, we will begin to unlock the mysteries of Bhutan by touring Thimphu’s most important sites. The National Memorial Chorten, it was built in 1974 to memorialize Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the third king of Bhutan (1928-1972).
Afterwards visit to Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). It holds one of the largest Buddha’s statue in the country of 169 feet (51.5m), made of bronze and gilded in gold. Visitors can also get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from this point.
Then visit Changangkha Lhakhang. This temple is located above central Thimphu, built in 12th century by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo on a ridge overlooking the town. Local parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessing from the protector deity ‘Tamdrin’.
Later drive to upper Motithang in Thimphu to visit Takin Preserve. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drukpa Kuenley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animal to fit established categories.
Post lunch, sightseeing in Thimphu valley including visit to the following : the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts; the Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as the Painting School) where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts, Textile Museum, which provides deep insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art form, Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to connect people with the rich Bhutanese Folk heritage and rural history through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs and documentation of Bhutanese rural life.
Conclude the day’s sightseeing with visit of Trashichhoedzong, or ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’. This is one of the most impressive buildings situated along the right flank of the Thimphu river built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan and was later reconstructed in 1962 by the third King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. Evening at leisure in Thimphu city centre. Also explore the Local Crafts Bazaar, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts.- Overnight stay at Thimphu
DAY EXCLUSION TO PUNAKHA
Today we travel to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan until 1955, and will stop off at Dochula Pass along the way. This popular tourist spot provides stunning 360-degree views of the Himalayas. It is also home to the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens (stupas).
Afternoon visit Punakha Dzong or ‘Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss, built at the junction of the Phochu and Mochu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. This majestic dzong served as both the religious and the administrative center of Bhutan in the past. It measures some 600 by 240 feet and has a six-story, gold-domed tower. Inside are courtyards and religious statuary that hint at the depth of history and spiritual tradition embodied here. Your guide will illuminate your understanding of this intricate culture that is exotic, though long established here.
After exploring Punakha city centre, embark on a short walking excursion to Chimi Lhakhang, located on a ridge surrounded by beautiful paddy fields. From road point, it takes about 10-15 minutes’ walk through Sobsukha village to reach the monastery. Also known as Fertility temple, it is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as ‘Divine Madman’. It is widely believed that couples who do not have children and wanting one, if they pray at this temple, they are usually blessed with a child very soon.
Evening drive back to Thimphu.- Overnight stay at Thimphu.
THIMPHU TO PARO
Early morning, we will drive towards Paro and we take an exhilarating one-hour hike to Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest), one of the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. Built precariously on a hillside cliff, it sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Accessible only by foot, we follow a trail decorated with colorful prayer flags along the way to protect travelers from evil spirits. Built over the caves that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in for three years, this eighth-century father of Bhutan Buddhism is said to have been brought there on the back of a tigress. One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan it offers breathtaking views to those energetic enough to make it to the top.
We then take a short drive north of Paro to visit the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of medieval Bhutan, it was used as a stronghold against invading Tibetan armies. After a fire destroyed it in 1951, it remains a ruin as a symbol of the past military victories. On clear days, you can also see the snowcapped peak of Chomolohari mountain.
- Overnight stay at Paro
PARO TO PHUNTSHOLING
After breakfast we will take quick round around Paro Valley, The beautiful valley of Paro is home to many of Bhutan's old monasteries and temples. The country's only airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to Mount Jomolhari (7, 300m) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pa Chhu flowing through the valley.
Kyichu Lhakhang - it is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue and pin down an ogress that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. According to legend, all 108 temples were built in a single night.
After Lunch, we will drive towards Phentsholing. The journey takes around 07 hours. Reach to Phuentsholing. Evening free to local shooping area of Phuentsholing. Overnight stay in Phuentsholing.- Overnight stay at Phentsholing
PHUENTSHOLING - IXB BAGDOGRA AIRPORT / NJP RAIL STATION.
Today is the farewell day of your magnificent tour so do spare few minute of your valuable time and write to tell us how much you enjoyed the tour .After breakfast with many wonderful memories to IBX Bagdogra airport / New Jalpaiguri Rly. Station /4 hour) for Delhi / Onward Destination.*****Thank You******