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Bhutan Overland Tours. This travel itinerary is one of the unique Bhutan travel routes that cover the best of Bhutan starting from Phuntsholing bordering West Bengal to the remotest district of Bhutan. The tour itinerary covers the visit to exclusive Culture, Architecture, Bhutanese traditions, and society of different ethnic groups (Ngalong and Nomadics) across the country. The highlight of this trip is a visit to the Royal village of Toebesa in Punakha.
West Bengal and Drop at West Bengal India
Phuntsholing- Paro- Thimphu- Punakha- Gasa- Phobjikha to Wangdiphodrang than to Paro Airport.
Paro: Hotel Paro Grand.
Thimphu: Hotel White Tara
Punakha: Hotel Meri Puensum
Gangtye: Hotel Dewachen
Haa: Hotel Lhayul
Bagdugra airport is a domestic airport located in Siliguri West Bengal. The airport connects most of the travelers from the Hilly region of Darjeeling, Sikkim, Kalimpong, and Bhutan with other International airports in India.
Two routes to reach Paro are either by flight or overland journey from Phuntsholing. Upon arrival at Bagdugra, our Indian team from Excursion to the Himalayas will receive you at the airport and drive you to Phuntsholing. The actual time taken to reach Phuntsholing is 3 hours but due to heavy traffic, the time may extend to 5 hours to reach the Bhutan border.
It’s a long road trip from Phuntsholing to Paro city. The journey starts from the warm valley to the alpine region of Bhutan. As we move uphill we halt at Kharbandi’s viewpoint. We spend some time seeing the hazy view of Duar plain. The further drive we reach at temple recently built zangtopelri. Don’t forget to bring a warm jacket because as we climb the mountain the temperature gets cold. Check in to Paro Hotel.
The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Drugyel dzong (fortress in the northern part of Paro).On a clear day, you will be greeted by the majestic view of snowclad Jumolhari Mountain. Our guide will escort you to the dzongs and narrate the story of how the Dzongs defended themselves from enemies. Upon returning visit 6th-century Kichu Resort followed by an airport view point. Evening at Hotel.
Hike the secret temple of Paro popularly known as Tiger nest. The cave got its name when the Guru from Tibet flew on the back of a tigress and meditated here. Just before reaching the main temple you can see the waterfall from the cliff beside the temple which adds the beauty of monastery. In the afternoon visit the farm house followed by hotstone bath. Evening at Hotel
Drive to Punakha the old capital city of Bhutan, before it was replaced by Thimphu in 1961. Punakha valley is famous for red rice which is the main diet of Bhutanese people. The climate is warm and temperate which makes the perfect condition for varieties of fruits and vegetables. Visit the majestic Punakha Dzong located between two rivers Pho Chhu and Mochu. Evening at Hotel.
Today we drive to the remotest district of Bhutan. It is sparsely populated and 70% of people depend on domestic animals for their daily needs. Nomadic people from Laya and Lunana occupy this district. The Hot spring is very popular in Bhutan and many locals visit this hots spring during winter time. Upon reaching the place we shall relax at Hot Spring. Evening at Camp.
Your Bhutan Travel Hot Spring Visit at Gasa is the highlight of this tour. The legend has it that when Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel came to Bhutan from Tibet he used this route to enter Bhutan. In Gasa, you can visit Gasa Dzong and the village around the Dzong. In Bhutan, most of the settlement is around the Dzong because Dzong played a vital role in protecting people and supplying the necessary items during the time of need. In the evening relax at Hot Spring.
Drive to Phobjikha Via Punakha. It is 6 hour drive from Gasa following the winding road. Upon reaching Phobjikha visit the Gangtye Monastery one of the oldest monasteries and most important monasteries in the country. Evening at Hotel
Phobjikha is a wide valley with extravagant scenes during summertime. The valley the amazing green scenes during the time of the potato plantation. Walk around the village and talk to locals. Locals are very friendly people and many understand English very well. Overnight at Hotel.
Visit the royal Queen’s mother village at Toebesa at Punakha.
Visit Tango Monastery. Explore Tango. Tango Monastery is one of the most religious significant destinations of Bhutan. With its teaching and amazing hiking route, Tango Monastery has been a must-visit place in Bhutan and a favored sightseeing place in Thimphu for both pilgrims and travelers.
Your overland Journey from India to Bhutan ends here today with seeing you off from the Paro International Airport.
Planning a tour from India to enter Bhutan can be tricky. You need to decide where you want to enter Bhutan. There are three entry points to enter Bhutan. One from Phuntsholing which is the most popular entry point and two from Gaylegphu and Samdrupjongkhar.