Let us drive into the land lit up with fragranced Rhododendrons, nestled in the heart of the Himalayan mountain ranges, this tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has a lot to offer to every soul in and out of it. With the credit of having the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, thousands of trekkers try to get to the top of it every year, but nature always proves to be stronger than humans.
Our journey, however, is to the Bhutan local, into the lit up cities of Paro and Thimphu, where scenic beauty is not the only thing that soothes the eye. It’s the grace of traditions, dedication to religion and belief, flowering cultures, colourful clothing, beautiful minds with smiling faces, Bhutan is beauty and beyond.
Day 1: Phuentsholing: Arrive at Bagdogra International Airport and drive to Phuentsholing, the point that takes us to the rest of Bhutan.
Day 2: Thimphu: Today we drive to Thimphu, the place where the adventure begins. Local Sightseeing around the homestay.
Day 3: Thimphu Sightseeing: Today we do some local sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 4: Punakha: Today we drive to Punakha via Dochu la pass. Local Sightseeing in Punakha
Day 5: Phobjikha Valley: Drive to Wangdue Phodrang and do some local sightseeing. Drive to Phobjikha Valley
Day 6: Phobjikha Sightseeing: Today we do some local sightseeing in Phobjikha Valley
Day 7: Punakha: Drive to Punakha from Phobjikha and do some local sightseeing in Punakha
Day 8: Paro: Drive to Paro and go shopping at the local market in Paro
Day 9: Paro: Today we do some local sightseeing in Paro.
Day 10: Paro: Today we do the Tiger’s Nest trek.
Day 11: Haa Valley: Today we drive to Haa Valley and do some local sightseeing around the homestay.
Day 12: Paro: Today we do Local Sightseeing in Haa and do an evening drive to Paro
Day 13: Phuentsholing: Today we drive to Phuentsholing from Paro.
Day 14: Departure: Today we drive to Bagdogra International Airport and depart.
- 2 nights in Phuentsholing
- 2 nights in Thimphu
- 2 nights in Phobjikha Valley
- 4 nights in Paro
- 2 nights in Punakha
- 1 night in Haa Valley
Room with Breakfast: Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimphu, Haa Valley, Phobjikha Valley
A mix of SUV and Wagon R
Day 1: Bagdogra-Phuentsholing
Fly into Bagdogra and transfer to Phuentsholing. Overnight at Phuentsholing with immigration.
Day 2: Drive to Thimphu
Arrive at Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The city is glittering with lights and stars that make the night serene. Witness the nightlife of Thimphu and indulge in local delicacies.
You may visit the Traditional Arts and Craft Museum and the National Library.
Day 3: Thimphu Sightseeing
Today we do some local sightseeing at Thimphu. You can visit the following places:
National Memorial Chorten
Visit the National Memorial Chorten which is built in honour of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Thimphu Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.
Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park
Thereafter, we will drive up to Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park where the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha is located. It one of the largest statue of Buddha in the world.
Located 14 kilometres to the North of Thimphu is the Tango Monastery which was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century. The monastery’s excellent architecture has stayed for decades now. It consists of six temples, each with unique architecture.
Also visit the Thirteen Traditional Arts and Crafts School and the Folk Heritage Museum, before continuing to the National Library and the Traditional Paper Making Factory.
Day 4: Drive to Punakha
After breakfast, we will drive you to Punakha and stop at Dochula Pass, where you will have a coffee break, regard the grand 108 stupas (sacred structures) and appreciate the stunning view of the Himalaya’s if it is a clear day.
Later we will hike around 1.5 hours to Chimi Lhakhang, located 10 km from Punakha, which is a temple dedicated to the divine Madman and people come here to pray for children.
Continue to Punakha Dzong, a large and spectacular Bhutanese architecture, located at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. It was the religious and administrative centre of Bhutan until 1950 when the capital moved to Thimphu.
After that, we visit the nearby Suspension Bridge, which is the longest bridge of Bhutan.
Day 5: Drive to Phobjikha Valley via Wangdue Phodrang
Today we drive to Phobjikha Valley via Wangdue Phodrang. Visit the Gangtey Monastery here. Drive to Phobjikha after visiting Wangdue Dzong.
Day 6: Phobjhikha Sightseeing
Today we do some local sightseeing at the Phobjikha Valley. You can visit the Gantge Goemba and the Black-Necked Crane Information Centre.
Day 7: Return to Punakha
Today we drive back to Punakha and spend the day at leisure. You can take walks around the farm stay or take village farming lessons here.
Day 8: Drive to Paro
Today we will drive back to Paro. It takes about 3 to 4 hours by road. We settle at the homestay, enjoy authentic delicacies of Bhutan, and interact with the local family at the homestay. You can go shopping at the local market today. You can also visit the Paro River.
Day 9: Paro Sightseeing
Today we do some local sightseeing at Paro. Later we visit the Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, now housing the National Museum with more than 3000 exhibits. Some of them may date back to the 8th century. We will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
Also known as the “Rinpung Dzong”, this is an extravagant monastery and fortress, which is the highpoint of Bhutanese architecture.Now it is the local administrative centre and the school for monks.
Day 10: Tiger's Nest Trek
This is a strenuous day as we will hike up to the holiest Buddhist monastery in Bhutan, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). It is located in a cliff about 900 meters (3000 feet) above the Paro Valley. After about 2 hours hiking, we arrive at this spectacular monastery, where you will appreciate the awesome architecture and take in the beauty of the Paro Valley.
The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 1⁄2 hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months.
Day 11: Drive to Haa Valley
After breakfast, we drive westward to the remote and pristine Haa Valley via Chele la pass. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. The Torse Chu River flows through the densely forested valley, which, together with the bright green of the rice terraces and the brilliant white of the temples, gives the Haa Valley a fresh look and pleasant atmosphere. The Haa Valley is also home to the Dorji Family, to which the Royal Grandmother Ashi Kesang Wangchuck belongs. You can be a part of the activities organised by the Heritage home. You can also take a walk by the beautiful river. Visit the Haa Dzong
Day 12: Haa Valley Sightseeing
Today we do local sightseeing in Haa. The whole day Haa Valley hike includes the Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) in the village of Dumchoe and the central bazaar in Haa Town.
Evening drive to Paro.
Day 13: Drive to Phuentsholing
Drive from Paro to Phuentsholing. You can visit the Zangto Phelri Lakhang here.
Day 14: Departure from Bagdogra
Drive from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra and fly out with memories to cherish for a lifetime!