Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.
Day 01: Arrival in Bagdogra and drive to Phuentsholing (180 km/ 03 hour drive approximately)
The drives to Phuntsholing will pass through Indian state of Siliguri, Hasimara, and Birpara and into border town of Jaigoan before entering into Bhutan main gate. On arrival in Phuentsholing, check into the hotel and proceed for entry permit/visa formality.
Overnight stay in Phuentsholing
Day 2: Phuntsholing to Thimphu (182 km/ 06 hour drive approximately)
After the breakfast, we will visit the amazing sightseeing’s
Zangtog Pelri Lhakhang - Situated in city centre, this small temple represents the heaven of Guru Rinpoche ground floor there are statues of eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche and paintings on Buddha's life while the next floor contains eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
Kharbandi Gompa - Founded in 1967 by Royal Grand Mother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron and situated at the altitude of 400m, this beautiful monastery contains paintings on the life of Buddha, statues of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpoche. From the monastery garden there is a fascinating view of Phuentsholing town and surrounding plains.
Drive for Thimpu, on arrival check in the hotel, after some rest, yet sightseeing’s awaits for us. The drive is very scenic once we climb up from the Indian plain to Bhutan foot hills through beautiful forest, towns and road side villages.
Gedu - It is located in Chukha District. It also is the place for one of the colleges of Royal University of Bhutan; called as Gaeddu College of Business Studies.
Chukha - Chukha District is one of the 20 dzongkhag comprising Bhutan. The major town is Phuentsholing which is the gateway city along the sole road which connects India to western Bhutan. Chukha is the commercial and the financial capital of Bhutan
Explore the city by walk in evening. Check into the hotel .Overnight stay in Thimpu
Day 03: Thimphu sightseeing
After breakfast early morning visit the weekend market, Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town.
Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) - Built in the memory of Bhutan's third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. People are continuously circumambulating the chorten, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels.
Changangkha Lhakhang - It is a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. The temple was established in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who came from Tibet. The central statue here is Chenrezig in a manifestation with 11 heads. From temple courtyard, there is fascinating view of Thimphu valley.
Overnight in Thimphu
Day 04: Thimphu -Punakha Excursion
After the breakfast in the morning proceed to Punakha, via Dochu La pass, at 3150m. The road winds up passing through small Tibetan settlements and hamlets. Take in the views of eastern Himalayan range, the colorful displays of Buddhist prayers flags and the 108 chorten. Further drive town to Punakha.
Punakha Dzong - Majestically standing on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers, the city's dzong is one of the most photogenic of all Bhutan's ancient fortresses, and you will see pictures of it hanging in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. The dzong is joined to
the mainland by an arched wooden bridge, and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reined the kingdom from this valley. The dzong serves as winter home of the monastic body.
En-route we will hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of fertility which is associated with religious arts of phallus. The temple is very famous for getting blessed for having healthy child and for childless parents and couples. Evening we will drive back to Thimphu.
Overnight stay in Thimphu
Day 5: Thimphu to Paro (65 km/ 02 hour drive approximately)
After the breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Paro, on arrival check into the hotel. After some rest get ready for sightseeing’s
National Museum - The National Museum of Bhutan is among the few educational institutions that interpret the history and culture of Bhutan through its exhibits, conducting symposiums, publication of research findings and conservation of artifacts.It boasts a rich variety of artifacts from all over the country representing different eras, as early at 4000 B.C E. to the present day.
Paro Rinpung Dzong - The Paro Dzong is one of Bhutan's most impressive and well-known Dzongs, and perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture you'll see. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 06: Paro Haa Excursion
Visit the temples of Dzongdrakha on foot, which studs the rock cliff. Continue driving to Haa over the Chelela Pass, your highest point of the trip at 3800m. When the weather permits one can view the most scared mountain in the country Mt. Jomolhari (7314m). Visit the quiet, timeless Haa valley with a picnic lunch.
Overnight stay in Paro
Day 07: Paro sightseeing
After the lovely breakfast get ready for the amazing sightseeing’s:
Kyichu Lhakhang -It is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century (the other is Jambey Lhakahng in Bumthang). The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in original pattern.
Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores.
Day 08: Paro to Phuentsholing (6 hrs)
After our breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to the scenic Phuentsholing. Relax in the hotel and get prepared for your departure the next day.
Overnight stay in Phuentsholing
Day 9: Departure
Take away the sweet memories of Bhutan .Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.
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Sightseeing as per the itinerary
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Internal permits for visiting temples and municipal areas
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