Phuentsholing to Paro Tour-7 days
Phuentsholing Buddha Temple
Zangdo Pelri Lhakhang in Phuentsholing
Tiger's Nest Monastery
Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan
Bhutan has been regarded as a sacred place for hundreds of years. The tranquility of the area will have a positive effect on anyone that is able to experience it. The people, the buildings, and the land are all symbols of serenity. In Bhutan, you can truly escape.
If you wish to explore Bhutan by road via Nepal or from North East India's Sikkim and Darjeeling, this tour will surely be a highly rewarding experience. The 7-day tour begins from Phuentsholing which is a main commercial hub in south-west Bhutan, popularly known as the 'Gateway to Bhutan'. Next we visit Thimpu and tour its many cultural landmarks like King's Memorial, nunnery temple, Tashichho Dzong and others. Our next stop is Punakha via the incredible Dochula pass. While there we tour a number of historical sites some of which inlcude the Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple. One of the highlights of the trip is a hike to the breathtaking Tiger's Nest Monastery situated at 10,400 feet and perched on the edge of a steep cliff about 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
= USD 2220 per person 3-12 people
= USD 1920 per person ( Note! above price valid until end of 2014 )
What Is Included
- Bhutanese visa fee
- All airport pickups and drops
- All meals, tea and snacks
- Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
- English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
- All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
- All required government taxes
What Is Not Included
- Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
- Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
- Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
- Tips for staff (guide and driver)
- Travel insurance
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of booking, we will be accommodated in A grade hotels in Paro Thimpu and Phuentsholing and B grade hotel in Punakha. We use Druk Hotel in Phuentsholing, Hotel Migmar in Thimpu, Meri Puensum Resort in Punakha and Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 420.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels – the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh and in season.
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival in Phuentsholing (300m/985ft)
Our representative will meet you at the India-Bhutan border check point in Phuentsholing. He or she will assist you with the visa formalities and drop you off at your hotel. Phuentsholing is the administrative seat of Chukha District of Bhutan. The town lies opposite the Indian town of Jaigaon, and cross-border trade has resulted in a thriving local economy. Overnight in Phuentsholing.
Phuentsholing to Thimphu (2350m/7710ft): 172 Km, 7 hours
We leave the border down for Bhutan’s capital city, Thimpu after breakfast. On the way we enjoy the amazing landscape that Bhutan has to offer. We also encounter a few waterfalls which provide a photo opportunity for nature lovers. Overnight in Thimpu.
Sightseeing in Thimphu
In the morning, we visit King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and the radio tower (for a great view of the Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong). After lunch, we visit other landmarks of Thimpu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed in the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimpu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimpu.
Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
After breakfast, we enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, we drive downhill through rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. We then pass through rice fields along river banks and reach Punakha. After lunch, we visit Punakha Dzong. Built between 1637-1638, it is the second oldest and the second largest dzong in Bhutan. Overnight in Punakha.
Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours
After breakfast, we visit Punakha Dzong. Built between 1637-1638, it is the second oldest and the second largest dzong in Bhutan. Next, we have lunch then drive to Paro. On the way, we will visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After the tour of the temple, we continue our drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery (3180m/10,430 ft)
After breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor and return back to Paro for an overnight stay.
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. After early breakfast, we leave Thimpu for Paro airport which will take us around 1 hour. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure.
Equipment and Packing List
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Trip Start Dates
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.
Spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November) are the best time to visit Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms whereas Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring.
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