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
The 7-day Phuentsholing to Paro tour offers cultural highlights of Bhutan. If you wish to explore Bhutan overland from Nepal or from North East India's Sikkim and Darjeeling, you will find this tour to be highly rewarding experience. Bhutan 'Land of the Thunder Dragon' - a small country sandwiched between Tibet in the north and India in the three sides offers a mesmerizing and unspoilt cultural and natural grandeur. Bhutanese landscape is characterized by rugged terrain and steep mountain valleys from subtropical plains in the south, through temperate zone to the Sub-alpine Himalayas exceeding 7000 meters.
The Phuentsholing to Paro Tour begins from Phuentsholing which is a main commercial hub in south-west Bhutan. Popularly known as the 'Gateway to Bhutan', Phuentsholing is a typical border town, which is also called Jaigaon in the Indian side in West Bengal state. Enjoy long exhilarating journey to Thimphu. The road is uphill and you will come across tiny villages, waterfalls and animals. Visit important cultural sites in Thimphu. You may also like to stroll and mingle with the locals in the town. On your journey to Punakha, enjoy incredible of the Himalayas from Dochula pass. Visit historical sites in Punakha and Paro including Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan, Chimi Lhakhang, the temple dedicated to Devine Madman and Kichu Lhakhang, and the oldest monastery in Bhutan. One of the highlights of the trip is a hike to absolutely 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.
The 7-day Phuentsholing to Paro tour has been designed for those travelers who wish to make a cultural tour of Bhutan overland from Nepal or from North East India's Bengal, Sikkim and Darjeeling. If you are flying to Paro, and wish to explore Bhutan in just a couple of days, we suggest you to try our 4-days Glimpse of Bhutan Tour
. Moreover, if you wish to combine both trek and tour in your Bhutan trip, we highly recommend you to undertake our 12 days Bhutan Cultural Tour which includes 3 days Bumthang Trek
or the 10 days Druk Path Trek
that offers cultural highlights of Bhutan combined with stunning 5-days trek and 3 days cultural tour.
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.
What Is Included
- All meals, tea & snacks
- Government approved A category hotel in Thimpu & Paro and in other places B or C category hotel on twin sharing basis
- All airport pick up and drop
- Ground transport in comfortable private vehicle
- Experienced English speaking guides and local staff
- All city tour
- Government taxes, permits, sightseeing, entrance fees for museums and monuments
- Bhutan Visa fee
What Is Not Included
- Airfare to/from Paro, 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 )
1-2 people = USD 2220 per person
3-12 people = USD 1920 per person
( Note! above price valid until end of 2012 )
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 your booking, we provide grade A and B hotels in Paro and Thimphu. We use B & C category or other hotel in other places because A category hotels are not available in other places except in Paro and Thimpu. Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort or similar in Paro and Hotel Migmar or similar in Thimpu. Since the Phuentsholing to Paro Tour with Thimphu and Punakha is designed on twin sharing basis, you share room with your fellow traveler but in case you prefer single rooms we charge USD 300 as single supplement.
All your meals included in 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
Arrive Phuentsholing (300m/ 985ft)
Our representative will meet you at the border check point, assist you to complete your visa formalities and transfer to your hotel. Phuentsholing, which is the gateway to the south, is a thriving commercial center on the northern edge of the Indian plains. Situated directly at the base of the Himalayan foothills,the town is a fascinating mixture of Indian and Bhutanese, a perfect example of mingling of people and their culture. Overnight hotel in Phuentsholing.
Phuentsholing-Thimphu (2350m/7710ft): 7 hrs/172 Km
After breakfast, begin your long exhilarating journey to Thimphu with stop en route for lunch. The drive is beautiful, and you'll see some waterfalls along the way. Check into your hotel on arrival. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
After breakfast you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the Textile Museum, the Handicraft Emporium, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, you can stroll through Thimphu town and absorb the life style of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu-Punakha (2350m / 7710ft): 3 hrs/76 Km
After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama`s wooden phallus! After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Punakha-Paro (2250m/ 7382ft): 4 hrs/130 Km
This morning, return to Paro via Dochula Pass. On the way, visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Stop in Thimphu for lunch. After lunch, drive to Paro. Visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there you will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Hike to Tiger Nest Monastery (3180 m/10,430 ft)
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (the great 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. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, hike down to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.
After breakfast, drive to airport for departure. Today you bid farewell to the Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather.
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.
You can join our Phuentsholing to Paro Tour with Thimphu and Punakha as per your convenience. Spring season (March to June) and in the autumn season (September to November) are the best time to visit Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms. The spring season also observes the biggest festival of Bhutan.
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