This drive-in/ drive-out classic itinerary showcases the best of Bhutan within a short period of time. It traverses through the commercial hub town of Phuentsholing to vibrant Thimphu, and onward to the agrarian belts in Punakha and Paro. We pass Read More
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This drive-in/ drive-out classic itinerary showcases the best of Bhutan within a short period of time. It traverses through the commercial hub town of Phuentsholing to vibrant Thimphu, and onward to the agrarian belts in Punakha and Paro. We pass through a kaleidoscope of scenic attractions of ancient monasteries and temples which sit atop ridges and overlook soulful valleys amid fluttering prayer flags which evoke a complete picture of serenity and tranquility.
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Arrival at PhuentsholingYou can fly into Bagdogra airport, or travel by train to NJP, Alipur or Hashimara, or travel from Darjeeling, Gangtok, and Kalimpong to the Indo-Bhutan border at Phuentsholing. Upon arrival in Phuentsholing, we process route permit and then take a leisurely stroll through the market in the evening. Overnight in hotel.
Phuentsholing – Thimphu (165 Km/5 hrs.)Complete immigration formalities and drive to Thimphu, which takes about five to six hours. En-route visit Rinchending monastery, and stop in villages and scenic spots to enjoy and photograph the landscape which is replete with bounties of nature including waterfalls. In Thimphu visit the site of the world’s biggest Buddha statue, Memorial Stupa and stroll around the town. Overnight in hotel.
In ThimphuThe capital of Bhutan also has the most things to see for visitors. A full-day tour of Thimphu’s cultural sites and monuments may include Memorial Chorten, traditional Art school or Painting school, Indigenous Hospital, Nunnery at Zilukha, a short drive up to a viewpoint for an aerial view of the capital and its suburbs. Along the way, visit Takin Sanctuary, the national animal of Bhutan. Also, visit the giant Buddha statue. There are others like Zangdopelri temple, Changangkha monastery, Simtokha Dzong, Crafts workshop, a Textile museum which can be visited as per available time or based on your interests. Overnight in Thimphu.
Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue (85 Km/2-3 hrs.)The drive from Thimphu to Punakha across spectacular Dochula takes about 3hrs. From Thimphu, the road climbs up to Dochula pass (3,050m), where you have opportunity to view the peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Descend into Wangdue/Punakha valley. The Punakha-wangdue valley is lower (about 1450m above sea level) and it enjoys the sub-tropical climate. In the afternoon, visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of the two rivers. Later drive short distances north through the idyllic countryside and walk short distances uphill to Khamsum Chorten on Nyenzangang hill. The views from here of the terraced rice fields, dotted with traditional houses, the river and the valley surrounded by mountains is amazing! On the way to the hotel, stop to visit the township of Punakha at Khuruthang. Overnight in Punakha.
Punakha to Paro (130 Km/3-4 hrs.)In the morning, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of Pho and Mochu rivers. If you wish, you can also take a short (40 minutes each way) walk to visit Khamsum Yuelley Chorten. On the return drive to Thimphu, we spend some time below Dochula pass to explore the botanical park and nearby surroundings for birds for diverse flora. Lunch could be planned at Dochula pass. After descending into Thimphu, continue short drive to Paro. The popular attractions within Paro include visiting Rinpung Dzong, National Museum, temples of Kichu and Dungtse, visiting a local home and the stroll around the township. Overnight in Paro.
Paro Valley (Taktsang Hike)Drive for about an hour to Paro and hike to famous Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery (3120m/10,200ft). Visible from afar, this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan. If for some reason you are not able to hike, your Guide can arrange other interesting alternatives. You can also hire a pony for the uphill part, till the first viewpoint & cafeteria but you must be able to walk back downhill. While some will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, however, it is worth to even try getting till the first viewpoint. Return to Paro, where we may have more time for a stroll around the town. Overnight in Paro
Paro – Phuentsholing (160 Km/5 hrs.)After breakfast, drive back to Phuentsholing (5-6 hours). Upon arrival, check-in and evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Phuentsholing - DepartureDeparture transfer to Bagdogra Airport/ NJP railway station for your onwards journey.
- Accommodation on twin/double sharing basis for 07 nights as per hotel selection
- Daily breakfast and/or dinner in staying hotel/resort as per the selected meal plan
- Exclusive chauffeur-driven luxury air-conditioned 01 Toyota Coasters for the entire program
- Transfers between Bagdogra and Phuentsholing by 02 Toyota Innova/ Xylo
- Accompanying English speaking licensed Bhutanese Guide for the entire tour
- Daily mineral water to guests during the drives
- River rafting in Punakha
- Bhutan Permits
- 24/7 Assistance
- All Bhutan service charge and taxes
- Any domestic/international flights
- Any other meals
- Entrance Fee (Rs. 2000 – 2500/- per person approx.)
- Expenses of personal nature like – telephone, drinks, laundry, camera fee, shopping, etc.
- Travel/Medical Insurance (recommended)
- Tipping/Gratuities to local staff (optional)
- Any other item not mentioned in the includes section
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