Bhutan Road TRIP OVERVIEW
This Road Trip can be done through-out the year.
Bhutan Road Trip from India
Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimphu
Available as small group/join-in or Independent.
|Day 01||Bagdugra receive and drop to Phuentsholing|
|Day 02||Phuentsholing to Paro|
|Day 03||Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery|
|Day 04||Thimphu Sightseeing|
|Day 05||Thimphu – Dochulla|
Day 01 – Bagdugra/Sikkim/Assam/Kalimpong receive and drop to Phuentsholing
We can receive you from kalimpong,Sikkim,Bagdugra or Assam and drive you to Phuntsholing. In phuntsholing we shall process your Bhutan visa and get ready to start your trip the next day.
Day 02 – Phuntsholing to Paro
After Permit procession drive to Paro, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong 16 km up the valley built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 03 – Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery
The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery.
This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort.
After Lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening, drive to Thimphu.
Day 04 – Thimphu Sightseeing
The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the largest Buddha statue overlooking Thimphu valley. Visit only zoo which has the national animal of Bhutan called TAKIN.
Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Over night in Hotel.
Day 05 – Thimphu – Dochula (72 Kms, 3 hours drive):
After breakfast, Drive to Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. This is the best place to take picture. Drive back to Thimphu.
Day 06 – Thimphu to Phuntsholing/fly out from Paro
Early morning drive to Phuentsholing and to Bagdugra.
Please keep in mind that before you take this trip. Few things to remember are your visa acceptance letter, your air tickets, Passport validity should be 6 months and more. If you have any health condition please make sure your health insurance covers all.
Visa is must for all travelers. For Indian you entry permit is given upon arrival and as for foreigner tour operator like ourself will process your Visa. For Bhutan Visa process please check Bhutan Visa.
Bhutan Tour Cost
Daily tariff of USD 250 for peak season (March,April,May,September,October and November) is applicable.You can also check the government website for daily Bhutan tour cost in TCB website.
Etiquette and Taboos
Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Bhutan and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.
Appropriate attire: Most Bhutanese are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (Man and Women). Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries and Dzongs.
Itinerary Disclaimer for Bhutan Road Trip
Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to sudden change in time and the local circumstances and climate.
Keeping in touch with your beloved at home
If your family members or colleagues or friends want to talk to you during your Bhutan Tour or Trek, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or you can directly give the company phone number. We will make the arrangement to reach you with guide.
Meals during Bhutan Road Trip
Meals are usually provided in buffet system and most of tourist food are blend and if you need to change the foods varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with guide. We have Indian, Chinese and authentic Bhutanese restaurant where you can have very spicy food.
Bhutan Road Trip Guide
Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.