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Escape to The Kingdom of Bhutan

Overview

Bhutan, locally known as Druk Yul – means “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” It is a small landlocked country in the high Himalayan region and 133rd country by area, covering 38,394 square kilometres. It is slightly smaller than Switzerland and marginally larger than Taiwan.

Why should people visit Bhutan? Because in a word the country is – ‘beautiful’.

Its’ unparalleled mountain vista, peaceful and loving locals, rich culture and heritage, local flavours, and, above all, an in-built spirituality are the main things that attract people from across the world to this little country.

For many years, travelling was not allowed to Bhutan to keep their heritage and culture intact and remained a beautiful sacred land by keeping the whole country from tourist invasion. Only in the recent past, in 1974, The Kingdom of Bhutan allowed travellers to explore the country with limited openings. Bhutan is thriving to date with its’ robust approach towards sustainable tourism.

Bhutan, with its gorgeous mountain views, natural greeneries, cultural uniqueness, various heritage festivals, extraordinarily delicious spicy food, iconic Tiger’s Nest, incredible monasteries placed in mountain cliffs and above all, happy peace-loving locals, make this country a heaven on earth. In all aspects travelling to Bhutan is worth all the effort.

Below is Susmita’s itinerary, where she entered Bhutan from Jaigaon, the last town of West Bengal between the borders of Bengal and Bhutan.

Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    On arrival, pick-up from Bagdogra Airport or Hasimara Railway station. Our TWS representative will meet and assist you in transferring to Phuentsholing (Bhutan). First to reach Jaigaon. The border of India and Bhutan. The Indian side is Jaigaon, and the Bhutan side is called Phuentsholing. After completing Immigration formalities, then drive to Thimphu. Drive through scenic mountain roads and greeneries. Overnight stay at Thimphu.

  • Day 2:

    After breakfast, drive to Dochula pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft), stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the Chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. The Himalayan Mountain range can be seen from the Dochula Pass if the sky is clear. The peaks those are dominating the horizon are from left to right: Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. After spending a good time in Dochula Pass and enjoying a cup of coffee in the only cafe in the pass area, head to visit Punakha Dzong. Built strategically at the junction of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. The present King has fully restored the Dzong after it was damaged by catastrophic fire and earthquake. Punakha Suspension Bridge: One of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan, spanning 350m and perched high above the very swift river of Po Chhu. After the scenic day excursion, back to Thimpu town by late afternoon and can take a leisure walk in the local Punakha market or Thimpu market. Overnight stay in Thimphu.

  • Day 3: Thimphu local sights seen and overnight stay in Paro.

    Today you will visit National Library. Bhutan National Library holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts dating back several hundred years. You will also see many academic books on Himalayan culture and religion. Then proceed to the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum: These opened in 2001 and provide insight into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

    National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. After a whole day cultural programme, visit nearby Bhutanese Villages, savouring some local food and start your journey to Paro. Take the most enchanting drive to Paro through the quiet Himalayan road and enjoy your time.

    Overnight stay at Paro.

  • Day 4:

    After breakfast, hike Taktsang Monastery. The iconic Tiger’s Nest is a spiritual place for Bhutanese and many Buddhists worldwide. This most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries is spectacularly perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the Paro valley floor. In the 8th century, Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave there for three months, hence its name, “Tiger’s Nest”. The site, which has long been recognised as a most sacred place, was visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646. The principal Lhakhang of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking renovation work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former Overnight stay at Paro.

  • Day 5:

    After breakfast, proceed to Hasimara or Bagdogra Airport.

Escape to The Kingdom of Bhutan

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Country Bhutan
Tour length 5 days
Travellers Details Couple, Small Group, Solo Traveller, Senior Citizen, Family with Kids, Women Only Group
Tour Categories Road Trips, Cultural Trips
Travel Style Fully Guided, Susmita’s Itinerary
Journey Start & End Points Bagdogra Airport to Bagdogra Airport / Hasimara Train Station to Hasimara Train Station
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    Inclusions

    • SDF @1200 (for Indian citizens) per night per person.
    • Pick-up and drop from Airport or Railway Station.
    • Welcome Dinner
    • Accommodation
    • Hindi & English speaking guide
    • Transportation in an Air-conditioned van (no of seats will depend on the size of the group) from arrival to departure
    • Food Included - (4 Breakfasts and  4 Dinners)

    Exclusions

    • Flight Tickets.
    • Train Tickets.
    • Required VISA.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Lunch on any day.
    • Tour Guide and Driver Tips.
    • Your toiletries and medicines.
    • Personal beverages (Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic).
    • Personal entertainment equipment (music system, etc.).
    • Any change in plan, visits to additional destinations and car hire.
    • Personal guide fees if you are hiring during the trip for any additional activities.
    • Entrance fees for monasteries, national parks, museums, historic places, and other places that require entrance fees or additional ticket fees.
    • Trip costs do not ensure the supply of local SIM cards and paying bills for your usage.
    • Any medicines, medical treatment, and hospital charges if needed. Hospital commuting and waiting charges for vehicles.
    Service on request: (extra cost applicable)
    • icon Air-tickets Purchase. (for Indian Citizens)
    • icon Travel Insurance. (for Indian Citizens)
    Fitness Level
    • icon A Moderate fitness level is required.
    What to wear and bring for this trip
    • icon Passport.
    • icon Travel Insurance Copy.
    • icon Sunhat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion.
    • icon Medicines, Painkillers, Insect Repellent.
    • icon Raincoat for unpredictable weather changes.
    • icon Woolen Caps, Balaclava, Woolen Socks and Gloves.
    • icon Inner Thermals, Long Sleeves Shirts or Tops and Fleece Jacket.
    • icon Down jacket, heavy jacket, woollen hoodie, or parka as a top layer.
    • icon Comfortable Trekking Pants or Trousers to wear on top of baselayers.
    • icon Comfortable walking shoes or insulated boots. Flip-flops for the hotel room.
    • icon Water bottle, Universal adapter, Camera and Extra Batteries for your camera.
    Code of Ethics
    • icon Be a Responsible Traveller.
    • icon Feeding wild animals is strictly prohibited.
    • icon Walking off roads in protected areas is prohibited.
    • icon Be respectful to the locals and their cultures and religious belief.
    • icon Collecting, handling, or keeping specimens/any wildlife matter is strictly prohibited.
    • icon Tourists must obey all rules and regulations the Bhutan government and related authorities enforce.
    Sustainable Tourism Initiative
    • icon Animal Welfare.
    • icon Supporting Locals.
    • icon Zero-tolerance on plastic pollution.
    • icon Encouraging Environmental Protection.