CLASSIC BHUTAN TOUR – 08 DAYS Phuentsholing (1N) – Thimphu (2N) – Punakha (1N) – Paro (2N) – Phuentsholing (1N)
Day 01: Arrival at Phuentsholing
You 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 Phuentsholing.
Day 02: 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 Thimphu.
Day 03: In Thimphu
The capital of Bhutan also has 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 view point for aerial view of the capital and its suburbs. Along the way, visit Takin Sanctuary, the national animal of Bhutan. Also visit giant Buddha statue. There are others like Zangdopelri temple, Changangkha monastery, Simtokha Dzong, Crafts workshop, Textile museum which can be visited as per available time or based on your interests. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 04: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue (85 Km/2-3 hrs.)
The drive from Thimphu to Punakha across spectacular Dochula takes about 3hrs. From Thimphu, 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. Punakha-Wangdue valley is lower (about 1450m above sea level) and it enjoys sub-tropical climate. In the afternoon, visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of the two rivers.
Later drive short distance north through the idyllic countryside and walk short distance 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.
Day 05: 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 minute 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 surrounding 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 Rinphung Dzong, National Museum, temples of Kichu and Dungtse, visiting local home and the stroll around the township. Overnight in Paro.
Day 06: Paro Valley (Taktsang Hike)
Drive for about 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 pony for the uphill part, till the first view point & 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 even to try getting till the first view point. Return to Paro, where we may have more time for stroll around the town. Overnight in Paro
Day 7: 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 Phuentsholing.
Day 8: Phuentsholing – Departure
Departure transfer to Bagdogra Airport/ NJP railway station for your onwards journey.
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Le Meridien Paro
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- Accommodation on twin/double sharing basis as
- per hotel selection
- Daily breakfast and dinner in staying hotel/resort
- Exclusive chauffeur driven luxury air conditioned
- vehicle for all transfers and sightseeing
- Accompanying English speaking licensed
- Bhutanese Guide for entire tour
- Bhutan Permits
- Clean drinking water for guests
- 24/7 Assistance during the tour
- All Bhutan service charge and taxes
- Any international/domestic flight
- All other meals/ drinks
- Expenses of personal nature like – telephone/Internet, shopping, laundry, etc.
- Tips & Gratuities (optional)
- Travel Insurance
- Any tourist activity
Travel By Land
Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas open to tourists.
The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra. Though Bhutan does not have any rail link but it is conveniently reached by road from nearest Indian Railway stations at New Jalpaiguri (Siliguri), Hasimara, Alipurdwar & Guwahati. After crossing Phuentsholing, you begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city with travel time of about six hours for the 170 km stretch. Gelephu, in south-central Bhutan, is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 kms from Thimphu and the journey will take you through the sub-tropical areas of Bhutan before entering the alpine zone and then finally into Thimphu. One will have to traverse across three districts and the travel time will be about ten hours. The district of Samdrup Jongkhar in south-east Bhutan borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150 kms away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about three hours. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, and from there over the lateral route to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and then finally into the capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 kms and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.
Travel By Air
There are flights to destinations that include Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai. Paro is situated at a height of 2,225 m (7300 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan; Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. There are also domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan. Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Airport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga at their best.
With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors traveling to Bhutan need a visa.
Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card). Child below 05 years required Original Birth Certificate and child between 06 to 17 years require academic School Identity Card along with Original Birth Certificate.
If you are entering Bhutan via land, it is to be noted that the permits are issued only during working days (Monday to Friday between 9 am to 4 pm during winters and till 5 pm during summers). It is suggested that the travelers arrive a day prior in Phuentsholing so that they can get the permits done.
No permits are issued on Saturday, Sunday and Bhutan government holidays.
Online Regional Permit System
In order to streamline and facilitate smooth visitation by tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives, the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Council of Bhutan have launched the Online Permit System. The system facilitates the Online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered Bhutanese tour operators like Wind Horse Tours. The facility is offered as an optional channel to process permits for visitors from the region and is applicable for entry from Paro and Phuentsholing. Visitors who use this facility will be able to obtain their permit clearances and route permits ahead of their arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists. You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your e-permit.
Visa (Foreign Nationals)
All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior the travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an Online system by licensed Bhutanese tour operator like Wind Horse Tours directly or through a foreign travel agent. You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours. At your point of entry you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
Thimphu, Haa Valley
Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang
Thimphu, Paro, Bagdogra (India)
70km/2-3hrs, 140km/5hrs, 215km/8-10hrs
165km/4-5hrs, 160km/4-5hrs, 165km/4hrs
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