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BEST OF BHUTAN ROAD TRIP

Join us on a Trip of a Lifetime as we explore the remote kingdom of Bhutan - The Land of the Thunder Dragon from India!

Sector: Bagdogra - Phuentsholling - Thimphu - Punakha - Phobjikha (Gangtey) - Paro - Haa valley - Chelela Pass - Phuentsholling - Bagdogra

Tour duration: 10 Days 9 Nights


Tour Program:

Day 

Trip Details

1

Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station – Phuentsholling (Approx 165 km /4 hrs) Assistance on arrival at Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railway Station and transfer to Phuentsholling. Check-in to your hotel on arrival. Evening see the local market around. Overnight in Phuentsholling.

2

Phuentsholling – Thimphu (Approx 6 hrs) After breakfast, we process the permit and drive towards Thimphu, where you will be checked into your hotel on arrival. Evening free to explore local markets. Overnight stay in Thimphu.

3

After breakfast, we go for a full day sightseeing tour of Thimphu including visit to BBS Tower (that offers a wonderful view of Thimphu valley), The Memorial Chorten(a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan) , The School of Arts & Crafts and the magnificent statue of Buddha Dordenma built on a hillslope 100 metres above Wangchu River overlooking Thimphu capital city.  Later, we shall also visit the impressive SAARC Building and Simtokha Dzong.  Overnight stay in Thimphu.

4

Today, we drive to Punakha (Approx 3 hours) through some of the Kingdom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys.  

The first stop after leaving Thimphu on the journey east is Dochu La pass around 3100 m high and way above the clouds.  Only an hour's drive from Thimphu, it offers visitors their first glimpse of the Eastern Himalayan range. From the pass the road curls its way down into the relative lowlands of the Punakha Valley. Before Thimphu was made the permanent capital of Bhutan, Punakha was the Winter Capital because of its more temperate climate.

Later, we shall visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong(known as the  “the palace of great happiness”),located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley. We shall also visit the Chimi Lhakhang monastery. Overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.

5

Today, we drive to Gangtey (Approx 78 kms/ 3 hours), one of the most pleasant valleys in Bhutan. Enroute, we shall visit the remarkable Wangdi Dzong. Our drive takes us through dense forests, Oak and Rhododendron trees before reaching Gangtey village near Phobjikha valley.  Later, we shall visit the popular Gangtey Gompa. Evening free to explore the beautiful Phobjikha valley.  Overnight stay in Phobjikha.

6

Today, we proceed towards Paro (Approx. 5-6 hours). Enroute, we shall stop for lunch. Evening, you will be checked into your hotel on arrival. Evening free to explore. Overnight stay in Paro.

7

Today, we shall for a local sightseeing tour of Paro, wherein we shall visit the famous Taktsang Monastery, also known as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’, located on a high cliff towards the north of Paro town. One can hike/take a pony ride (around 2 -3 hours) uphill to the monastery to capture the spectacular views.

Later, we shall visit the old ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, 17th century ‘fortress of victory’ built to commemorate the victory of the Bhutanese over the invaders from Tibet and the National Museum of Bhutan, a major attraction that has in its possession over 3,000 works of Bhutanese art, covering more than 1,500 years of Bhutan's cultural heritage.  Evening free to explore. Overnight stay in Paro.

8

Day trip to Haa Valley via Chelela Pass (Approx. 65 kms/ 2 hours). The picturesque Haa valley is an isolated valley south of Paro and was only opened to tourists in 2001.  Chelela pass separates Haa and Paro valley and at 3,988 m, it is one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. One can see spectacular views of the towering Mount Jumolhari and panaromic views from Chalela Pass. Later, on the way back we shall visit the magnificent Paro Dzong located above the Paro river. Overnight stay at Paro.

9

 After breakfast, we leave Paro and proceeds towards Phuentsholing( Approx 6–7 hrs). Evening, you will be checked into your hotel on arrival. Overnight stay in Phuentsholing.

10

After breakfast, we leave Phuentsholing and drive to NJP Rly station/Bagdogra Airport (Approx. 165 kms / 4 hrs) for your onward journey with memories of a Lifetime!

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