7 Days Bhutan Travel
Best Seasons to take this Trip
This trip can be done through-out the year.
Overland Journey from India with Cultural Highlight
Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimphu, Punakha
Available as small group/join-in or Independent.
|Day 01||Receive from Bagdugra/NJP/Alipur and drop to Phuntsholing|
|Day 02||Phuentsholing to Paro|
|Day 03||Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery|
|Day 04||Thimphu Sightseeing|
|Day 05||Thimphu – Dochulla – Punakha|
|Day 06||Punakha to Thimphu|
|Day 07||Thimphu to Phuntsholing and see off|
Day 01 – Receive from Bagdogra/NJP/Alipur and drop to Phuentsholing
If you are traveling from India, Bagdogra is the only airport in west Bengal close to Bhutan. It takes 4 hours drive to reach the border town of Phuntsholing. Our Indian representative will receive you at the airport and drive you to PHuntsholing bordering with Jaigoan India.
Day 02 – Phuntsholing to Paro:
Visa or permit process at Phuntsholing takes time and its advised to reach the immigration office early morning to avoid crowds. Upon getting the visa your drive to Paro takes 5 hours through the winding road of Bhutan. As you climb towards Paro the weather changes from hot to cool climate giving you a fresh feeling. Don’t forget to carry jackets as you might need.
If we have time we shall take you to visit the Drugyel Dzong. It is 16Km from Paro town. The Dzong is beautifully located on the small hills. On a clear day view of Mt Jumolhari(7314m) is clearly visible from the Dzong.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 03 – Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery:
Your Bhutan Travel Journey is not complete if you don’t hike the most popular and secret temple of Bhutan. Tiger Nest Temple is one of the most visited tourist attraction sites in Paro Bhutan. The hikes take approximately 3 hours from the base to reach the monastery.
The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below.
After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 04 – Paro to Thimphu Sightseeing:
Thimphu is the new capital of Bhutan. The old capital Punakha was replaced by Thimphu in 1961. Thimphu is located in the western-central part of Bhutan surrounded by valleys.
The day begins with a visit to the Memorial Chorten built-in 1974 in memory of the 3rd King of Bhutan. We then visit only the national library stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts. The National Library of Bhutan was established in 1967 under the patronage of HM Queen Ashi Phuntso Choden (1911-2003) , with a small collection of precious texts. The library was initially housed within some rooms of the central tower (utse) of Tashichodzong.
In the evening visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the national government, and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05 – Thimphu – Dochulla- Punakha(72 Kms, 3 hours drive):
Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan until 1961. unlike Thimphu, Punakha is hot in summer and warm in winter. It is located at an elevation of 1200m above sea level.
The travel from Thimphu to Punakha takes you via Dochula Pass(3200m). The pass is the most amazing point where you are welcome with a 360-degree view of the Himalayan Range on a clear day. The pass also has 108 stupas built by the 4 queens of Bhutan. You will spend some time here exploring the place.
A further drive takes you to beautiful Chimi Lhakhang located on the small hills of LObesa overlooking the valley. The Lhakhang also called the temple of fertility and this temple is very secret to local people of Bhutan who come here to pray to become parents.
In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). The Dzong was named Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The war materials captured during the battle with Tibetans are preserved here. Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Lobesa.
Day 06 – Punakha to Thimphu:
Early morning, drive to Thimphu, you can visit Takin Zoo, Largest Buddha Statue overlooking Thimphu valleys. Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan celebrating the 60th anniversary of fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Great Buddha Dordenma itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold.
Afternoon visit the simply Bhutan Museam. Simply Bhutan is an interactive ‘living’ museum that gives a quick introduction to various aspects of traditional life in Bhutan.
Day 07 – Thimphu to Phuentsholing and see off
Please keep in mind that before you take this trip. Few things to remember are your visa acceptance letter, Passport validity should be 6 months and more. If you have any health conditions please make sure your health insurance covers all.
On this tour of Bhutan, you can choose to fly out of Bhutan or return via the same route exiting to India. Bhutan flights operate to Delhi, Bangkok, Kolkatta, Singapore, and Kathmandu on daily basis.
Getting Bhutan Visa is very easy. All you need to do is book your Bhutan tour with licensed Bhutanese tour operator. The documents required to apply Bhutan Visa is filled Visa application form, Passport scan copy, Confirmed flights tickets to bhutan and Hotel confirmation voucher. We process your visa upon getting all this documents and same will be emailed to you. The cost of Visa is USD 40 per person. The cost is applicable to infant also.
Hotels and Guide in Bhutan
All hotels provided during your trip to Bhutan is 3 star approved by Tourism Council of Bhutan. The hotel will be clean with attached toilet and continious hot and cold shower.
Bhutan Tour Cost
Your tour cost for this trip is based on daily tarriff fixed by the Government of Bhutan. Trip cost for peak season is USD 250 per person per night and USD 200 for lean season. The cost does not include visa fees.
Meals during Bhutan Trip.
Travel Bhutan and enjoy the best local Bhutanese dish. Meals are usually provided in the buffet system and most of the tourist food is blend. If you need to change the foods varieties we are very open to change and you need to discuss with a guide. We have Indian, Chinese, and authentic Bhutanese restaurants where you can have very spicy food.
Bhutan is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before traveling to Bhutan. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be.